Leavitt stresses importance of allies, alliances

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  • MemoFromA Demo SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    Count My Vote is simply a "Buy" My Vote scheme in disguise. In year 2000, when running for a third term as governor, Leavitt was opposed by 46% of the delegates at the statewide Republican Convention and forced into running in a statewide primary election. He felt humiliated and was so rocked by the rejection that when considering running for a forth term as governor he expressed concern about the possibility of not making it through another Republican Party convention. He chose not to run again.

    When Bob Bennett was rejected by the delegates at the Republican Party convention, Leavitt and others in high places forged "allies and alliances" to began brainstorming how they could circumvent the party convention process and easily get their names on the ballet. The Count My Vote initiative is plainly and simply an effort to provide a way for rich men to buy their candidacy without having to go through the grass roots vetting process. It takes away the voice of many well qualified political candidates who aren't able to buy their electioneering prominence.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    Republicans have made fellow American Democrats as the enemy,
    and stressed 'allies, alliances’ with Communist Red China.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 10, 2013 10:04 a.m.


    What are the supposed flaws, and who said the legislature would have to fix this mess? If the flaw is that it will cost the state a little additional money for elections, that is a price well worth creating a system that ALL can participate in.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 7:39 a.m.

    Have you read it? More than the first 25 lines?

    The "bill" Count My Vote, or proposed law is flawed, terribly so. Even some of the strongest supporters admit the legislature will have to fix it if this mess passes.

    We tell public officials to kill these kind of errors in committee, not skip the public hearing, not read the bill and vote to send it to the floor of the legislature to decide if it should pass or not.

    That is exactly what Count My Vote is telling people to do. Sign it, unread, and hope everyone realizes next fall it doesn't deliver. They could have amended it but chose not to and by law, can no longer amend the "bill".

    They claim more people will be able to vote. A large percentage of voters will not affiliate to vote in the GOP primary election and those same people will not be able to vote in a "GOP" direct primary under Count My Vote. They will get to pay more as Count My Vote makes sure the parties will not be picking up the tab they currently do, it will be the taxpayers, unaffiliated or not.

  • TwoBitssWorth Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 1:51 a.m.

    I agree with Mike's suggestion that we change our Primary Voting System.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 12:22 a.m.

    Allies, Alliances? People that have been fighting for a year are working together

    As you know from 2008 to 2010 neighborhood election meeting attendance doubled. From 2010 to 2012, meeting attendance doubled again. There is hope that in 2014, it will double again and 250,000 will attend. I know that The State GOP has a committee that is working to make sure we don't have the same growth problems for 2014 and that the system can handle the volume of those interested and still allow time to meet candidates and ask questions.

    New proposals for 2014 include a better system for check in, including optional preregistration. The ability to optionally pre-file to run to represent your neighbors as well. The meeting will be designed to last for 2 hrs. or less, from 7pm to 9pm. There will be a pre-meeting from 6pm to 7pm to allow you to personally meet candidates to represent your neighborhood that have decided to run and for you to ask one on one questions. Even with large groups, changes to make sure members can agree on questions to ask neighborhood representative candidates with more time to hear from them.

    I hope you will come again in 2014 and make the meeting better.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 12:18 a.m.

    When Utah tried a direct primary in 1937 to 1947, it came with a run off primary, so the majority would elect the nominee. When the voting turn out and the cost drove the public and the media to reject that system - a compromise, caucus/convention and run off primary was created. We have that today.

    Count My Vote not only removes the nominating for general elections using delegates, it removes the run off primary system we have and nominees will no longer be selected out of a 2 person race.

    This proposed law will cost taxpayers millions, $1 Million the first year and almost that every 2 years, with about 1/2 of the unfunded mandate being picked up by the less populous counties, the ones that the same proposed law will cause to be flyover places where the candidates and elected officials won't come anymore

    The sponsors of Count My Vote loved the current system when the turnout to the neighborhood caucus elections meetings (GOP) was about 25,000, but when it exceeded 50,000 and 100,000, they no longer want that system because they no longer have the power.

    Don't sign, just to vote on it later. Do read it. Do find out more.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 11:44 p.m.

    "To become more competitive in the marketplace and survive, the former secretary of Health and Human Services said inventing new ways of doing things is necessary.

    I believe we’re seeing the world intuitively begin to organize itself into networks, and those who can, in fact, accomplish this most sufficiently will be leaders in the future," he said.

    Could be, but what is the fate of labor in this process? Unless labor finds ways to network internationally it will continue to be an object of exploitation - labor is facing a race to the bottom.