Press Release: UNITED UTAH PARTY CANDIDATES CALL FOR GREG HUGHES TO RESIGN FROM INLAND PORT BOARD

UUP candidates pledge to propose law to prevent future self-appointments

Seven United Utah Party candidates for the state legislature  -  Michele Weeks (HD 54), Stephen Walston (HD 41), Mark Russell (HD 49), Eric Chase (HD 61), Hillary Stirling (HD 57), Alex Castagno (SD 9), and Lee Houghton (SD 15) – have prepared a joint statement calling on Greg Hughes to resign from the board of Utah’s planned Inland Port. Hughes appointed himself the board as one of his final official acts as Utah’s Speaker of the House. 

The statement reads as follows:

As candidates of the United Utah Party, we are committed to common-sense reform to restore the public’s faith in the integrity our state government. That faith was severely undermined by Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes’s self-appointment to the board of Utah’s Inland Port. 

Beyond that self-appointment issue, Speaker Hughes now is declining to submit a conflict of interest form required by law because he claims that the law on conflict of interest regarding board members is ambiguous.  He also admits that, as a real estate developer, he may have a conflict of interest.

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Chair's Note - Trump's Immigration

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Recent events involving the Trump administration’s immigration policy demonstrate how necessary our approach to immigration is to the nation and the state’s welfare.  There is a compelling need for a humane and compassionate immigration policy.  Clearly, we do not have such a policy today.

 

There is no doubt we need to protect our borders.  No nation can be sovereign without securing its own territory.  However, the Trump administration took that philosophy to its extreme.  By categorizing all individuals who cross our nation’s southern border to seek asylum as criminals, the administration was converting a minor offense into a felony.  That is why they took the next step in their logic and separated adults from children since children don’t go to jail.  But the criminalization of these individuals was a choice by the Trump administration.  It was not an essential policy under the law.  The president's reversal of his policy was overdue.  It should never have been implemented.

 

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A Call for Candidates - Salt Lake County Council Vacancy

There is a vacancy in the Salt County Council due to the sad passing of Sam Granato.  The vacancy in Council District 4 will be filled by a special election on November 6.  The United Utah Party, like other political parties, will be able to designate a candidate to stand for the general election.  The party is calling for individuals who are interested in being the candidate to indicate their interest in competing for the office by Thursday, June 28 at 5 pm.   They can write an email to assistant@unitedutah.org.  
Candidates must be registered voters in that district and be affiliated with the United Utah Party.

The party will hold a meeting of all party members on Monday, July 2, to formally nominate an individual as the nominee of the United Utah Party for this race.   (The time and place is yet to be determined.)  All registered party members are invited to participate in the voting at that meeting.  If there is more than one individual running, a vote will be held to determine the nominee.

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.

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.

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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