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Newsletter - Citizen Voice in the Legislature


  • Chair's Note - We Are the Citizen Voice in the Legislature
  • Success or Failure
  • Sign Up for Our New United Utah Legislative Newsletter
  • Convention Plans
  • Why Is the Question Coke or Pepsi . . . ?
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The Legislature's Undoing of Medicaid Expansion is Based on a Lie

With the passage of SB96, the Utah Senate is hoping that Utah voters will swallow a lie. The lie is that they are actually trying to implement the Expansion of Medicaid that Utah voters required.

The truth is that they want to kill Medicaid expansion, but look like they tried to make it work. SB96 is set up so that Medicaid expansion will be repealed when the federal government refuses to pay 90% of Utah’s Medicaid costs. No other state has gotten a deal like that from the federal government.

As always, false pretenses require false explanations. In this case, Senate leadership is hiding behind “fiscal responsibility”. “It costs too much.” “We can’t afford it.” They hope nobody will notice that a proposed alternative bill (HB-210) is actually more fiscally sound, costs less, and covers more people than SB96. HB-210 is currently blocked from coming to a vote. The leadership of the Utah legislature could honor the will of the people if that’s what they wanted to do.

Senator Allen Christensen, the sponsor of SB96, and the rest of the legislative leadership, represent a hard line ideological position. They do not represent the people of Utah. Like other members of the Republican Senate leadership, they are accustomed to unchecked power and do not feel obligated to respect the voice of the people.

If you want a representative form of government, the current Republican leadership must be removed. The United Utah party is gearing up to challenge a Utah political establishment based on hard line ideology and the arrogance of unchecked power. We need your support.

This article was written by Jared Oates. This article represents the views of the author and not necessarily all members of the United Utah party. We highly encourage all citizens to continue to research this and other issues to arrive at personal conclusions. Civic engagement and diversity of opinions are fundamental to the United Utah Party's unique approach to politics. 

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Overruling the Will of the People

In November the majority of Utahns voted in favor of Proposition 3. Now, regardless of whether or not you specifically voted for the measure, I’d invite you to consider the actions of our elected "representatives".

I put “representatives” in quotes here because many of them are no longer seeking to represent the people that elected them into office. Proposition 3 sought to expand Medicaid to everyone up to 138% of the poverty level (150,000 people), a number that is important because it then ensures the government will pick up 90% of the cost. However, Utah lawmakers decided to rewrite the law such that it would only cover people up to 100% of the poverty level (90,000 people), making the state ineligible for the additional federal funding, unless we were able to obtain a waiver from the Trump administration.

If this were all, this would be concerning. Overriding a law the people put in place should not be done lightly, but there are more concerning things in this new law. If the waiver is not granted, the law is rolled back, and nobody receives the benefits granted in the law passed last November. While the state may keep asking for waivers, Proposition 3 would be effectively dead. But the icing on the cake is that this new law that our legislature is seeking to pass also comes with a block on any repeals that come through additional referendums, preventing the people from having further direct voice on the topic.

This is not something we should be seeing from our representatives. When the people pass a law, our lawmakers should respect the will of the people, and not overrule it, or block any further attempts from the people.

This article was written by BJ Taylor, a member of the United Utah Media Advisory Committee. This article represents the views of the author and not necessarily all members of the United Utah party. We highly encourage all citizens to continue to research this and other issues to arrive at personal conclusions. Civic engagement and diversity of opinions are fundamental to the United Utah Party's unique approach to politics.  

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United Utah Announces Legislative Agenda

The United Utah Party today announced a sweeping legislative agenda that focuses on improvements in Utah’s election process. 

“This session, the Utah legislature has the opportunity to return the government to its citizens by enacting new reforms and preserving the ones it has already made,” said Richard Davis, United Utah Party chair. “We call on it to take the major steps to bring people back into their government.” 

Specifically, the UUP proposals covered a number of items, including:

1. The elimination of straight party ticket voting. 
2.  Maintaining the dual route to the primary ballot created by SB54
3.  Preserving citizen initiatives
4.  Strengthening the independent redistricting commission created by Prop. 4
5.  Campaign finance limits
6.  Non-partisan county elections
7. Term limits
8. Open primary elections 

“We believe these changes will give people a greater voice in their own government,” Davis said. “Utah should be a model for transparency, accountability, and citizen involvement.  These changes will foster those values Utahns hold dear.”
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Fear Based Arguments

“People who vote for or help 3rd parties are wasting their time.”

“The idea that we will ever have a legitimate third political party is a fantasy.”

“We should wait until we have a viable 3rd party before we vote for them.”

“All voting for a 3rd party will do is split the (party they belong to) vote and allow the (party they do not belong to) to win.”

These are things I’ve heard a lot. A LOT. And many more like them. Whenever I tell people that I am voting for United Utah Party candidates, if they are a strong Republican or Democrat, they will come up with one of these reasons why I shouldn’t vote 3rd party (usually assuming that I would vote for their party if I didn’t).

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Where Our Legislators Find Their Donations


  • Chair's Note - Where Our Legislators Find Their Donations
  • United Utah Party Pushes for Transparency of All Filed Bills
  • How You Can Follow Utah Bills During the Current Legislative Session
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Success or Failure?

When I was young… well, younger… and struggling with decisions and pathways that seemed shadowed and uncertain, I had an older, wiser friend introduce me to one of my now favorite poems. Rudyard Kipling, inspired by military failure, wrote the poem “If”. I am still inspired by its profound message.

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Newsletter - We Have a Dream Too


  • Chair's Note - We Have a Dream Too
  • Why Utah Needs a Reform Party
  • Eliason and Weeks Recognized as Impressive Candidates
  • Party Strategy Session
  • Convention Plans
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Newsletter - Enough Already!


  • Chair's Note - Enough Already!
  • Major Party Share of Registration Declines Again
  • Legislative Thoughts
  • Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus Members Seek to End the Shutdown
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Nils Bergeson has been elected by the United Utah Party’s Executive Committee as State Party Vice Chair. He will replace Aaron Aizad, who recently resigned from the position.  

Bergeson has been serving as the UUP’s Executive Director since February of 2018. He will be replaced in that post by Hillary Stirling, who recently ran as the UUP candidate in Utah House District 57 (Pleasant Grove and American Fork).   
“We are sorry to lose Aaron, but we are happy to have Nils as the Vice Chair and Hillary as our new Executive Director,” said United Utah Party Chair Richard Davis.  “Both of them have been active in helping build the party over the past year.”
Bergeson, a native of Cache County, served as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) prior to his appointment as the UUP Executive Director. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in International Relations in 2006 and later earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2008. He lives with his wife and three children in Providence, Utah.

Stirling has a BA in English from BYU and an AS in Paralegal Studies from UVU, where she was also valedictorian of her program. She was raised in Montana, but she has lived in Utah for almost all of her adult life and considers it her home.  In addition to her professional work as a paralegal and her political involvement, Stirling serves on the Pleasant Grove's Historic Preservation Commission. She lives in Pleasant Grove with her husband and two teenage children.
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