GOP Plans to Charge Delegates to Participate

Read SL Tribune Columnist Robert Gehrke's piece:
GOP’s plan to charge delegates $20 harkens back to days of poll taxes

The Republicans want to promote the convention system as the way to nominate candidates and then they want to charge ordinary people for participating in it. This is why the convention system needs to be changed. The point is to exclude and not to include.
 
United Utah conventions will encourage, not discourage primaries in order to promote public involvement in the nomination process. No fees to keep people out.
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Help Jim Get on the Ballot

Utah State Capitol

The Utah Elections Office won't allow Jim to file provisionally as our candidate.  They will only let him file as an unaffiliated candidate.

We have submitted our petitions (2700  instead of just the 2000 required).  The only barrier is the Elections Office's administrative process of certifying the signatures.

Please help in one or more of these ways:

Write a letter to Lt. Governor Spencer Cox asking them to let Jim file.

Spencer Cox

Utah State Capitol Complex
Suite 220
P.O. Box 142325
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2325
801-538-1041
 

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Don't let the Republicans keep our candidate off the ballot!

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Statement from Jim Bennett, United Utah Party candidate for Congress

My name is Jim Bennett. Later today, I’m going to file paperwork with the state election’s office to declare my intent to run as a candidate in the upcoming special election in Utah’s third congressional district. I intend to run as the nominee of the United Utah Party. Yesterday, the United Utah Party submitted more than the required 2,000 petition signatures necessary to become a registered political party in the state of Utah.

The elections office has been working all day yesterday and today to verify those signatures. I want to express my gratitude for the good people in the election’s office who are, even as we speak, hard at work to make that certification happen.

I began working for the United Utah Party prior to Rep. Chaffetz’s announcement that he was leaving before the end of his term. This party was not founded because of this special election, and it will endure long after this election is over. At the same time, our party recognized that this special election presented a unique opportunity to introduce ourselves to the people of Utah and to provide a political home to the people who are not at home in either of the other two parties.

I have long been one of those people. For many years, I made my living managing and working on a number of Republican campaigns in Utah, but after my father’s defeat in 2010, I became less active in Republican party politics. And a few months before Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination, I changed my voter registration from “Republican” to “unaffiliated.”

I was heartbroken to watch the Grand Old Party, the party of Lincoln and the party of Reagan, become the party of Donald Trump.

At the same time, I have never viewed the Democratic Party as a real alternative, and, unfortunately, neither have Utah voters. It has been over twenty years since a Democrat won a statewide race in Utah. Common sense would suggest that this would teach Utah Democrats to find ways to become more appealing to the electorate. Instead, they have done precisely the opposite - they’ve taken a hard turn to the left in a state that national observers have frequently called the reddest of red states. As Utah Democrats become more and more extreme, they make it clear that they are more interested in making statements than winning elections.

That’s why the Utah Republican party sees no reason to look to the center to attract voters. They know that they can go as far right as they want with no real risk of losing. And the sad truth is that they’re right. Since they don’t have to compete, they have become arrogant and unresponsive. They think Utah voters will still stick with him no matter what, because even the Utahns that don’t like it have nowhere else to go.

So I’m running for Congress to give Utahns another place to go.

I’m going to be a reform-oriented congressman. I’m going to press for changes that the two parties have resisted for far too long, like congressional accountability and term limits. I’m going to work to find a middle ground in healthcare reform and insist that Congress doesn’t exempt itself from the laws they apply to the rest of us. I’m going to take an approach on immigration and support for refugees that reflects the best of who we are as a country, always remembering that I represent a state that was founded by refugees who, like many who suffer today, were driven from their homes because of what they believed.

I should note that this campaign is in its infancy, and we are still working to get things up to speed. Right now, I’m relying on my party to help me raise money, build a campaign structure, and develop specific and detailed policy positions on any number of issues. All that will come in its time. I’m more than confident that I will have the resources I’ll need to win this race.

One advantage I have is that my name will go straight to the general election ballot, so I won’t have to compete in a primary. As Republicans and Democrats are beating themselves up to secure their nominations, I plan to spend that time visiting with the people of the Third District. Since the other two parties are not responsive to the needs of the voters, I want to be the most responsive congressional candidate that Utah has ever seen.

I’m looking forward to the adventure. And, if I may say so, I think this is going to be a whole lot of fun.

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Our candidate announces tomorrow!

The United Utah Party candidate for the special election to replace Rep. Chaffetz will announce their candidacy and file with the state elections office tomorrow in accordance with the Governor’s special election calendar.

The candidate will take questions from the press in the Presentation Room in the Visitor’s Center of the Utah State Capitol.

For more information, contact Richard Davis, United Utah Party Chair at rdavis@unitedutah.org or Jim Bennett, United Utah Executive Director, at jim@unitedutah.org.

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A note from a Docile Moderate

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I did enjoy Jay Evenson's Deseret News Editorial where he wonders whether a bunch of political moderates can muster enough fire to win an election.

It's true, that most of us have day jobs. We go about our business without a lot of noise. We're the ordinary moms wiping noses, and the kids in the band on the back row. We're the guys teaching shop, and the clerks behind the counter. And there are more of us than you think.

Our low key approach is exactly our strength. Moderates tend to be patient and low ego. We don't insist on having it all our own way, but we're persistent. We have the calm to bide our time, and play the long game. Zealots and demagogues make a lot of noise in the short term, but they don't last. Eventually, people get tired of slogans and rhetoric. They just want a little sanity. They want lawmakers that do their homework, work things out, and keep the country running.

Which will make a bigger hole, stick of dynamite or a stream of water? Well you'd pick the dynamite, obviously, until you remember the Grand Canyon. Remember the tortoise and the hare?

It's the moderates that clean up and carry on when the riots peter out. We outlast tea parties, countercultures, red scares, and even civil war. It's the moderate voices, in the end, that stabilize, and compromise, and hold the republic together. We're the ones with shovels after the show horses strut by. We use pitchforks, you know, for what they were made for. We moderates aren't coming for you, we've been here all along.

And our time has come. Again.

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We have the signatures!

Good news! We have well over the 2,000 signatures we need, and we’re submitting them to the Lieutenant Governor’s office tomorrow at 11:00 AM.

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Are We Docile Moderates?

In today's Deseret News Editorial, Jay Evenson says we are.

Prove him wrong!  Get Involved by Signing in on Our Volunteer Page to Help!

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Statement on Manchester Bombing

We are deeply horrified and saddened by the brazen and cowardly terrorist attack that occurred yesterday in Manchester, England.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms this murderous act committed against innocent children.  We similarly strongly condemn those organizations or individuals who sponsor, support, or encourage these acts.

Our deepest condolences and fervent prayers go out on behalf of the victims, the injured, and their families.

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Where do I sign?

Where do I sign?

We are extraordinarily grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve seen since our announcement this morning. Our inboxes are filling up; our phone is ringing off the hook, and everyone wants to know how they can help.

But the one question we’re getting above all others is this one:

“Where do I sign?”

As you know, we need to gather 2,000 signatures to become a registered political party with the state of Utah. We are well on our way to that goal, and we are optimistic that we will have those signatures delivered to the Lieutenant Governor’s office by Thursday of this week. But, of course, we still want to gather as many signatures as we can get.

The challenge is that this can’t happen online or remotely. Each signature has to come from a registered Utah voter, and they have to sign it in the presence of a witness who can verify that the signature was properly collected.  That means that those who want to sign have to show up, in person, to sign the petition.

To make that easier, we’ve talked to our supporters, some of whom have opened their businesses to allow people to come in and sign at locations in both Salt Lake and Utah counties. If you want to sign the petition, you can do so at the following places during regular business hours:


 

Garbett Homes
273 E Capitol St
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Open M-F 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM


 

The Lodge at Jordan River.
1341 W South Jordan Parkway.
Open M-F 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


ZYTO Corporation
1172 W 700 N
Lindon, UT 84042
Open M-F 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM


 

The other option available is to print a copy of the petition and collect signatures yourself. This would require a greater commitment of time and energy than just signing, but if this interests you, email me at jim@unitedutah.org and I’ll walk you through the process.

Thanks so much for your interest in the party! With your support, better government starts here!

Thanks,

Jim Bennett
Executive Director
United Utah Party

 

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Press Release: Announcing the United Utah Party

United Utah Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY, UT: Citing the critical need for unity, civility, and reasoned discussion in the public arena, a group of civic minded and politically experienced Utah citizens announced the formation of the United Utah Party on Monday, May 22, 2017 in the Centennial Room at the Utah State Capitol.

“The existing parties created the existing problems by becoming co-opted by extreme views on both sides,” said Richard Davis, who serves as the chair of the United Utah Party. “It is time for a political party that will represent the people of Utah and not merely the views of a few.” Dr. Davis is a political science professor at Brigham Young University. He previously served as a county chair of the Utah Democratic Party.

“The political landscape has shifted dramatically since this last election,” said Jim Bennett, Executive Director of the United Utah Party and son of former Utah Republican Senator Bob Bennett. “Both Republicans and Democrats in Utah are increasingly unhappy with their choices, and they are looking for a reasonable alternative. The United Utah Party is that alternative.” Mr. Bennett has managed a number of Utah political campaigns and served five times as a delegate to the Utah State Republican Convention.

Davis noted strong interest in this new effort, particularly among those who no longer feel at home in the two major parties. “People are eager to bridge the divide,” he said. “United Utah will give them candidates they can vote for instead of having to choose between two undesirable options.” The United Utah Party is collecting the 2,000 signatures necessary to be recognized by the state as a registered political party in Utah. They intend to submit those signatures to the Lieutenant Governor’s office by May 26, 2017, which is the day the governor has designated as the deadline for candidates to declare their intent to participate in the special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is stepping down at the end of next month.

“The United Utah Party plans to have a candidate on the ballot for the special election, and we will announce that candidate in accordance with the deadlines outlined in the governor’s special election calendar,” Bennett said.

The United Utah Party is online and accepting support at unitedutah.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unitedutahparty and on Twitter as @unitedutahparty.

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