House gives go-ahead to prepare Utah for first U.S. presidential primary in 2016

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  • elkman11 salt lake, UT
    March 11, 2014 6:34 p.m.

    What a waste of tax dollars!! Especially when The republican nominee will get the majority of the Utah vote.

  • Dragline Orem, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:36 p.m.

    Rep. Jon Cox, R-Ephraim, needs to do a little investigation before changing up the order of primary elections. Does he know that New Hampshire has it in their constitution that they are to be the first primary? Does he know they were going to change it from January to December or November last presidential election? Does he remember the problems that Florida and others ran into with the GOP when they tried to get out ahead of NH in the last presidential election?
    I know about dreaming, but I also know about waking up. This isn't going to happen.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 11, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    The primary is a good idea to replace the caucus, but the idea of jumping ahead of New Hampshire and Iowa is a bad idea. It would make Utah look needy, and Utah does not need to look needy.

    But the primary is a good idea. With a caucus, it's easier for the likes of the Koch brothers to grease the palms of the most influential people in the caucus.

    At least with a primary, everyone gets a chance to vote.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    Why spend $1.6 Million taxpayer money when we could do it free March Neighborhood Caucus meetings. Vote No on HB 410

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 11, 2014 12:06 a.m.

    It all sounds pretty silly . . . So silly, l'm guessing the Tea Party is all for it. So Utah is going to be waving and shrieking "Look at me!" to the national media?

    How are you going to feel when the national media refuses to look?

    What makes you think the rest of the country will even turn their heads to watch a bunch of Utah Mormons vote Republican again?

    Think about the image of Iowa compared to the image of Utah. Iowa is America's heartland . . .Mom and apple pie . . . typical America.

    Utah is Utah.


  • SAS Sandy, UT
    March 10, 2014 11:30 p.m.

    Ok, so the party that's been apoplectic about voter fraud (after all, it's the only way "that one" could have been elected president) and the need for seven forms of identification before anyone can vote is now proposing an *online* election?

    I think we can be pretty sure that this will never actually happen.

  • One of a Few Layton, UT
    March 10, 2014 2:24 p.m.

    Tilting windmills since everyone, including national republicans know it doesn't matter in Utah who wins the Republican nomination, the Republican nominee will win the vote in Utah.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    March 10, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    Perhaps our legislature would do well to spend that 1.6 million dollars in some place in the state where it is needed.

    Remember the statement from Senator Dirkson years ago: A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we're talking about real money.

    Dear Utah legislature: A million 600 thousand here and there can also amount to real money. Where is the conservative philosophy that our legislators claim?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    March 10, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    You would think there would be a better way to do this. Why not have all the states in the same region have their primaries on the same day and rotate which region goes first? The current system is just crazy.

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    March 10, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    Would be a refreshing change to not hear 'Iowa' all the time.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 10, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    Talk about frivolous "message" bills...

    There are lots of problems with the selection of nominees at all levels. This fixes noe of them, but only give Utah politicians the illusion of "doing something".

    This is a bill that we don't need.