Caucus meetings this week give public a chance to get involved

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  • doylespar WARETOWN, NJ
    March 18, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    CAUCUSES,really in this day and age?,What a 17th century farce and Utah is so wealthy and connected to the internet.Politicians rather,STATESMEN SHOULD BE ASHAMED .

  • #1 Champ Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    Hey BU52,

    You're about 2 weeks late to the party. Herbert signed. Nothing meaningful will happen in the courts. 45 states have made similar reforms. It's over. What's new is law. Thank goodness.

    #1 Champ

  • Sequoya Stafford, VA
    March 17, 2014 1:22 p.m.

    I'm really not sure of the nuances of the proposed legislation. However, from the standpoint of grass-roots participation, I really liked the "Mass Meeting" system in Utah. This is where the neighborhood could gather and make their wishes known; where delegates could be selected from the group to represent at County and State conventions. Your political ability, if you had any such ambitions, would be initially tested by your ability to get friends and neighbors to come out and support you.

    Ever since then, other places I've lived (and where I currently live), I've always felt that the Party Apparatchiks controlled everything, including who got to run, the platform, etc. To be sure, some of that is also true in Utah; but at least there is a clear(er) opportunity for the individual citizen to make themselves felt. (I also like the idea behind the Caucus systems in places like Iowa, etc.)

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    "Bailout Bob" LIKED the caucus system when it elected him.

    Not so much when it held him responsible for his votes.

    For 18 yrs.(almost 40 for Hatch)we listened to BOTH of them tell us how "conservative" they were, and how they would work to "stop the spending" in D.C. They didn't do that. Instead, they "reached across the aisle", "compromised" (to the tune of 17 trillion debt), and "went along to get along". Now they think its' UNBELIEVABLE that anyone question whether they should hold public office - in perpetuity!

    There's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with being a democrat; just admit it upfront.

    Gov. Herbert - please veto the direct primary bill. ONLY the political party themselves should be allowed to nominate their candidates.

  • jimhale Eugene, OR
    March 17, 2014 10:30 a.m.

    One would think that "former Senator" Bennett would be content to keep quiet.

    This campaign on his part to change the Utah process strongly suggests that he thinks it was the process that denied him a place on the ballot instead of his record in Congress.

    His attitude - of entitlement - like that of others who have been in Washington too long - is one of the greatest problems we have in our republic.

    Utah should not change its caucus system to a more open primary process. The power of the caucus is the only way either party can get rid of a bad, but persistent incumbent - short of losing the seat to the opposing party.

  • Western Rover Herriman, UT
    March 17, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    I hope that Bennett explained to the reporter why it would have been a good thing to give him a shot at the ballot, and the reporter just cut that out. Because the way Bennett is quoted in the story, it makes it sound like the purpose of elections is to elect candidates who somehow deserve it, instead of elect candidates who will carry out the will of the people.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 17, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    Twenty two years of voting in Utah and it still is not a fair voting system.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    Whether you like Sen. Mike Lee or not you should consider the following. The delegates almost eliminated him at convention.

    re: Sen. Bennett in 2010. He was not in the top 2 coming out of convention. In fact the more moderate of the two, Tim Bridgewater was selected by 57% of the delegates in the last round of voting by the delegates. If he had received 60% Tim Bridgewater would have been the party nominee and Mike Lee would have been eliminated.

    Sen. Bennett endorsed Tim Bridgewater during the primary, but with voters ticked at TARP and ObamaCare, they went with Mike Lee.

    Sen. Mike Lee was the party nominee after the primary

    The Neighborhood Election and Convention system in Utah is the best way to make sure a grassroots process can win over large amounts of money. It is the only way someone with $100,000 can go against someone with $2 million in election funds.

    We have a system that that does NOT favor the incumbent, the wealthy or the famous. This is a good thing, and should be preserved.

    Adding the Lexus Lane to the ballot for the rich and famous is not a good thing.

  • Joemamma W Jordan, UT
    March 17, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    How dare we get rid of the one of thee Republican stablishment candidate without thier aproval
    (Bob Bennett)

    We have to change the entire election system to ensure that doesn't happen again.
    The government and the political parties run this country not the people.
    Caucus will stay as is, no compromise or we'll run their sorru behinds out of office.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    March 17, 2014 5:44 a.m.

    The more I hear Bennett whine the happier I am that the convention system is in place. I hope Herbert saves the state some money in a court battle by just vetoing the bill and allowing private organizations to choose their candidates as they want. That does sound like a Republican principle.