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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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.
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.”
“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."
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.
More information is available at unite4termlimits.org.