Compassionate Immigration

You have seen the headlines:

77,000 cases involving migrant kids are stuck in limbo. Splitting families up will make it worse.”

About 2,000 minors separated from families"

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You have heard the quotes blaming the other side:

I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law.” - President Trump

Only in the Trump era would forcibly tearing children away from their parents be considered an acceptable policy to uphold our values. This is shameful & un-American.” ~Senator Menendez, D- NJ

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You have watched as Congress struggles to work out a solution all while being undermined by the President stating that he will not sign a moderate immigration bill.

It is time for a change
 

The United Utah Party is working to elect leaders committed to “federal action thatcreates an immigration system that respects the sanctity and dignity of families while enforcing the law.” (United Utah Platform)


It is time to start working together to do what is right. It is time to start putting human interests before special interests. It is time to solve our problems, not simply blame the other side.  
 

Join us in our fight.
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First Parade of the Season

The United Utah Party was in its first parade of the season last Saturday.  Orem Summerfest's grand parade included 100 entries, but I think ours was the best.  Special thanks to Hillary and Del Stirling who created the design, bought the materials, and built most of the float.  Thanks also to Diane and Larry Knight for donating the trailer for the season.  And thanks as well to those who came one or two Saturdays to help construct the float and/or walked the parade route or became an actor on the float.

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Press Release: CALL FOR NEW LAW TO PREVENT SELF-APPOINTEES

UNITED UTAH PARTY CALLS FOR NEW LAW TO PREVENT SELF-APPOINTEES 
Call comes after House Speaker Greg Hughes appoints himself to Inland Port board
 
Controversy over the new international inland port planned for Salt Lake City and the board to govern it took a new turn when Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes chose himself to fill a four-year term on that board.  

“This is yet another indication of the pressing need for government reform,” said Richard Davis, United Utah Party Chair. “The conflict of interest is so obvious here.  It should not be legal for a public official to appoint themselves to another office.” 
Six United Utah Party candidates for the state legislature  -  Michele Weeks (HD 54), Stephen Walston (HD 41), Eric Chase (HD 61), Hillary Stirling (HD 57) Alex Castagno (SD 9), and Lee Houghton (SD 15) - said that they would jointly introduce a bill to prevent any public official from appointing themselves to a public office.   
 
Davis said that this should provide an impetus for the legislature to address this problem head on in the next session. 

"A bill to prevent future incidents like this would be a critical step in restoring public trust," said Davis.
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Invest in Your Future

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School is out.  Summer is here.  It is time for mowing lawns, backyard picnics, and summer vacations. 

 

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Fixing Immigration Without Party Ties

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I attended the Republican candidate debate for US Senate earlier this week. During the debate, Mitt Romney lamented the fact that when he was running for president over ten years ago immigration needed to be fixed. And today it still needs to be fixed.

 

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The Ills of a One Party System

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From 1929 to 2000, Mexico had a one-party system.  It is true that political parties other than the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) could form and compete.  And it is likely one of those parties won the 1988 presidential election, but was denied the victory due to election fraud by the PRI.  But competition was stifled by the overriding influence of the governing party over not only the machinery of elections, but also all the various sectors in Mexican society.

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Candidates Worth Supporting

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As I talk with various "movers and shakers" about the United Utah Party, I tell them about how we started, what we stand for, and what we plan to do in 2018.  But I find these people are particularly interested in our candidates.  It is a pleasure to be able to introduce our candidates to them.

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Verify Your Voter Registration - Chair's Note

Chair's Note

Eric Eliason, our candidate for the 1st Congressional district, informed me over the weekend that he got a voter card in the mail from his elections office that showed he was registered as an unaffiliated voter.  He then compared it to one he received a month ago saying he was registered with the United Utah Party.  Without his permission, someone in an elections office had changed his party affiliation so he was not longer affiliated with the UUP. 

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Upon hearing of this, Jim Bennett, our former Congressional candidate, then checked his party registration online and found that the same had occurred to him.  He had done a video blog last year showing his new registration with the UUP.  But when he checked his registration on Monday, he was now unaffiliated.

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List of Candidates

United Utah Party is very proud of the 19 candidates who have stepped forward and are willing to do their part in pioneering real change in local, state, and federal lawmaking.  

Look for the complete list and information on each candidate: https://www.unitedutah.org/candidates.

Don't stop there.  In order to create the right momentum to effect real change, each of these candidates needs your help.  If you have few candidates running in your area, consider adopting a candidate in another part of the state.  Do you have a certain skill set or resources?  Consider volunteering or offering an in-kind donation.  

We can do more than we realize, when we're united!

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Successful State Convention 2018

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2018's state convention provided an atmosphere of agreement and progress towards a better political future for Utah. 

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