I am solidly conservative but staunchly against the caucus system for a number
of reasons too lengthy to fully elaborate on here. The system is outdated and
meant to keep power in the hands of a few extremists. The neighborhood caucuses
are a colossal waste of time. I have been to meetings over 3 hours long where
most of it was spent reading the Utah County Republican platform and then doing
needless housekeeping issues. In my mind the entire purpose of the meeting is
to elect delegates, but instead we spent less than 10 minutes on the process of
actually electing delegates. Each delegate got up for 1 minute to explain why
we should vote for him or her. Hardly an informed decision. I don't need
anyone else to "represent" me anyway. I am happy to make an informed
vote myself.Time for the GOP to drop the lawsuit. I wish that the
count my vote initiative were dropping the caucus and convention all together,
but I guess allowing an alternate course of action to the primaries is a
The "elitist" caucus system is solely designed to keep power controlled
by a close nit group of people. It made sense in the past when polling places
were days rides between each other. And when news didn't travel freely, so
you needed to rely on a few to represent the many on their behalf. But those issues don't exist anymore. People in Southern Utah hear
about things about the same time people in the two northern valleys do. It is
ironic that Utah was one of the leaders in getting the vote for women, and yet
today want to hold onto old outdated ways of protecting the voters from
themselves.The base of the Republican party should decide who is on
the ticket - not some elitist crowd who are friends of friends, that think they
need to decide for the average Republican.
Most people who know me would say I am staunchly conservative. I am a
conservative until I hear about Utah Republicans. Since they are in the vast
majority of the Utah Legislature then they should make changes of law there
instead of challenging it in court. With this divisiveness in the party, why
do we need a second party in the state? I guess maybe it is for these reasons?
Step up Democrats, give us viable candidates, it is past time.
You keep mistakenly calling this law 'controversial'. It is not
controversial except to a few people at the top of the GOP who think that THEY
should get to decide who in on the ballot instead of the people.
Well, this is the best news I’ve read today.
It is now time for the Utah Republican Party to stop this needless power play by
the minority ultra conservatives. SB 54 has been a fair compromise between the
majority moderates and the minority ultra conservatives in the party. So much
for the ultra conservative argument that SB 54 is unconstitutional. Maybe they
should go back a study the constitution. Nothing is unconstitutional just
because of their personal opinion. It is only unconstitutional if the courts
rule that it is. Which they did not.
Please tell us that Utah taxpayer dollars weren't used in any of this
childish bickering? Plus, the Utah GOP can never again use the phrase
"Party of Fiscal Responsibility". They are 400K in the hole due to their
petty infighting. They are shooting themselves in the foot. No one wants to
donate to the Utah GOP because they know their money will go to paying for this