Senate candidates prepare to court 4,000 delegates

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  • carabaoU Moab, UT
    March 19, 2012 1:59 p.m.


    So in 2016, let's vote out Lee for another newbie.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 18, 2012 4:45 a.m.

    I for one have come to the conclusion that these causes should be abolished as blocking the rights of the majority of citizens to choose who they want to elect as their representatives.

    This caucus concept is assuming the 4,000 individuals are the voice of the 3,000,000 who live in the state. I don't like that voter choice ratio at all.

    A ballot should have all registered candidates all the way through the process so the 3,000,000 can all have a voice in who they choose to lead, regardless of their party affiliation. That's what an election is supposed to be, one where every vote counts and not just those of 4,000 drunks at a party.

    That concept puts a many individuals at risk to keep their 'Good ol Boy' political game active but it will broaden the the voice of all citizens with true representation.

  • Vintage ME Kaysville, UT
    March 17, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    Clearly a much needed change is coming to the Utah political scene. The general populace is becoming involved in politics again and their voices are being heard. This is how our founding fathers intended for it to be and in the strongest terms pleaded through their writings for the coming generations to stay involved for the sake of maintaining our freedoms. Sadly we have gotten away from that and many of our freedoms have been seriously compromised.
    I note from another article that a large majority of our elected representatives in Utah favored the sex ed bill but the public outcry against is was overwhelmingly against it and the Governor did as he should and vetoed it. Regardless of the merits of the bill or what organizations not popular here were against it, it's sobering and revealing to see this dichotomy. Clearly something is seriously wrong here. And it is that we the people are not electing representatives who represent our views. We must get involved and stay involved in our political system; go to your caucuses informed and prepared. Your voice and your vote do count.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    March 17, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    I was glad attendance was up this year. We live in a country where being part of the political system requires very little sacrifice. No bombs, sniper attacks nor corrupt practices at the polling station here in the USA should deter that, yet countries where voting could cost you your life have been more active in voting than in Utah. Perhaps the winds are changing.

    Hatch was highly unpopular at our caucus. The person who was most vocal he should go won with the largest vote total meaning Hatch will not get any of the three votes from our neighborhood.

  • goatesnotes Kamas, UT
    March 17, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    Would definitely agree with the "pragmatic" comment by Jowers. My sense is that the anger level was substantially absent this year, whereas it was brimming over two years ago.

    It appears to me that Utahns have decided they need to balance their delegation in the Senate between Lee, the newcomer, and Hatch, the old guard. Further, I heard people saying if Nevada isn't going to retire Reid we need Hatch to counter balance him.

    Slice it any way you like, the delegate count this year is solidly in Hatch's corner, portending that he will make history this year by becoming the oldest statewide candidate to ever win an election in Utah.

    I'm one who is adamantly opposed to the suggestion there should be a perpetual entitlement mentality in sending representation to Utah and bowing to the corrupt seniority system that exists there. Obviously, based on the results in our precinct caucus and others across the state, I am in a very small minority.