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Candidate Conscience vs Party Line

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Sometimes people will tell us that political party doesn't really matter. Why don't our candidates simply run as moderate Republicans, or moderate Democrats, and then they would be able to get elected and vote their consciences anyway? Well, that is not how it works.

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A Party in the Toddler Stage

I have a 16 month old granddaughter who is learning to walk. Right now, she walks like she is leaving a bar after too many drinks. And she falls down a lot. 

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Practical Tax Solutions

Last Saturday, the party hosted an issue summit on tax reform.  John Valentine, chairman of the State Tax Commission, made a presentation showing the growing gap between tax revenues and services that has been building for over 20 years.  Increasingly, the state legislature and the governor have cut taxes and created a pending severe budget shortfall.

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A United Take on Potential Impeachment

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The United States is facing a constitutional crisis. Only twice in the nation's history has a president been impeached. In both cases the president was not removed from the office because two-thirds of senators did not agree with the House. In one other instance, impeachment would have been likely had the president (Richard Nixon) not resigned first.

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The United Utah Party Opposes Changing New Voter Privacy Law

The United Utah Party Opposes Changing New Voter Privacy Law
 
SALT LAKE CITY -- UT On September 18, 2019, both the Republican and Democratic Party chairs testified at the legislature against a new voter privacy law, urging its reversal. The United Utah Party opposes any efforts to change the law, which would prevent voters from keeping their voter registration data private.  voting_booth.jpg
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Newsletter - Millennial Mindset

In this edition -- 

  • Chair's Note -- Millennial Mindset
  • Statewide Term Limits Hearings Continue
  • Come to County Conventions
  • United Utah Tax Reform Summit
  • No Taxation Without Open Primaries
  • Other Upcoming Events -- Volunteers Needed
  • Forward This Newsletter
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Addressing the Problem of Mass-shooting

When the school shooting at Columbine hit the news more than 20 years ago, Americans were stunned. Since then, the number of mass shootings in public places is making Americans look deeper and more personally into possible solutions for this growing problem. 

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2019 COUNTYWIDE CONVENTIONS

Beginning September 7, 2019, the United Utah Party will be holding county party conventions across Utah. The purpose of these conventions is to elect county officers, help party supporters get to know each other, and work together to build the party in the county.   
"We invite to our county conventions anyone interested in a new alternative to the dysfunctional Republicans and Democrats.  Come join us in building a new political system build on moderation, common sense, and practicality," said Richard Davis, the UUP Chair. "You will find other like-minded people who want to end the partisan gridlock that dominates today's politics."
 
UUP county conventions are open to the public. However, only those who are registered members of the party can vote on party business at the convention. For those not already UUP members, voter registration can be done in advance at vote.utah.gov or at the door.
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Newsletter - Challenging the Duopoly

In this edition

  • Chair's Note -- Challenging the Duopoly
  • Ready to Do What's Good for Utah, Not 2-Party System
  • County Conventions Start in a Month
  • Young Uniters Luau
  • Did You Know?  
  • Forward This Newsletter
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UNITED UTAH PARTY BACKS TERM LIMITS INITIATIVE

UNITED UTAH PARTY BACKS TERM LIMITS INITIATIVE
Launches new website at unite4termlimits.org 

The United Utah Party announced today in a Live Facebook event on its Facebook page held at 9:30 am that it is submitting an application for a ballot initiative that would place term limits on state elected officials in Utah.
 
Under the proposed initiative, state legislators would be subject to a 12-year limit that would allow state senators to serve three consecutive terms, while House members would be limited to six consecutive terms. However lawmakers would not be banned from running again after a “time-out” period.  The initiative also would exempt all elected officials currently serving on those positions.  

Statewide officials - governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state treasurer, and state auditor - would be limited to two four-year terms. Federal officeholders would not be affected. 

“The goal is to restore the ideal of citizen service and discourage career politicians,” said Richard Davis, United Utah Party Chair.  “What we are proposing is a reasonable term limit that still allows elected officials to serve long enough to make a difference, but not so long their career becomes more important than their constituents.” 
 
Fifteen other states have term limits on their legislators, including Arizona, California, Montana, and Nevada, and twenty-eight other states have term limits on the governor, including Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, and Nevada.

“We prefer the legislative process, but we know that legislators will not seriously limit their own terms," Davis said. “The last time they did so, they repealed it before it affected anyone."  
 
In 1994, in response to a citizen initiative, the Utah legislature limited its terms to 12 years.  However, in the last two hours of the 2003 legislative session, with no debate, the legislature repealed its own term limit.  Governor Mike Leavitt signed the repeal.  
 
"We believe an initiative will make it harder for the legislature to play games with the voters since it will be the voters who impose the term limit system,"  Davis explained.  

The UUP has launched a website - unite4termlimits.org - that outlines several reasons for the initiative, including eliminating a sense of entitlement to an office, rotating office holders to bring in new and fresh ideas, and decreasing incumbency advantage in elections. The website also will offer information about upcoming public hearings and allow supporters to donate time and money to the cause. 
“If it gets on the ballot, we are confident it will pass,” Davis said. “Surveys show that the voters want term limits.  We will need the help of many Utahns to get this on the ballot.” 

More information is available at unite4termlimits.org.
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