While celebrating Independence Day with my family, I have a patriotic playlist we listen to. It’s pretty eclectic—from Aaron Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” to “Is Anybody There?” and from the soundtrack of the Broadway play 1776 to Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
But one song was particularly striking to me this year. It speaks of our nation being on a “long, hard ride” with “a ways to go” as we seek “better days.” It lauds the fact that “we’re not the same, but that’s what makes us strong.” And most importantly, it repeatedly affirms “this is still the place that we all call home.”
The song is Dierks Bentley's "Home." Ironically, it was written in 2012, a year that seems almost idyllic in retrospect. Eight years later, we’re facing a global pandemic, staggering unemployment, and nationwide protests against racial inequality. We are truly on a long, hard ride with a ways to go.Read more
WHENJuly 22, 2020 at 7pmWHERE
Join us Wednesday Jul 22, at 7pm for a Virtual Townhall on Zoom.
Chris Rawlins (House District 6),
Emily Bergeson (Senate District 7),
Nils Bergeson (House District 61),
Catherine Eslinger (House District 59),
Kate Walters (House District 56), and
Christine Heath (House District 60),
will be presenting. Come ask questions and learn more about the United Utah Party, a new moderate political party where you can work with your neighbors for better government in Utah: government that is responsible, reasonable, and representative.
WHENJuly 15, 2020 at 7pmWHERE
Join us Wednesday Jul 15, at 7pm for a Virtual Townhall on Zoom.
Jeff Bardin (House District 43), Ryan Boudwin (House District 42), Dave Lundgren (House District 41), and Jonia Broderick (Congress District 4) will be presenting. Come ask questions and learn more about the United Utah Party, a new moderate political party where you can work with your neighbors for better government in Utah: government that is responsible, reasonable, and representative.
All eyes are on the government.Read more
We are waiting.
For a change, or a promise, or anything that might signal movement.
It’s been two and a half weeks since the death of George Floyd. Two and a half weeks of daily protests. Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox met with members of Utah’s black community to listen to their stories, and the Governor said that he wanted to see change.
Brent Allsop published UNITED UTAH PARTY VIRTUAL TOWN HALL FOR MILLARD COUNTY in Newsfeed 2020-06-10 11:24:02 -0600
Ed Phillips, who served as one of Utah’s longest-serving sheriffs, is now the United Utah Party candidate for the Millard County Commission. He will be holding a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, June 17th, at 7:00 PM.Read more
In last weeks blog post, we spoke about the death of George Floyd and what we could do to push for meaningful change towards better policing and to reduce the suffering of blacks and other people of color in America. Since that time, we have seen little movement for change from our government, either here in Utah or in our country. We’ve seen some politicians show some empathy, but many have shown precious little. We’d like to see our elected political leaders, both local and national, act more like some of these Utah community leaders, who have shown great abilities to work across political and cultural divides, and help where they can.Read more
Brent Allsop published UNITED UTAH PARTY PROPOSES REFORMS TO REDUCE RACISM IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN UTAH in Newsfeed 2020-06-03 20:39:46 -0600The United Utah Party is saddened by the events of the past week commencing with the tragic and wrongful death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last Monday, but also including the reaction of some that included burning, looting, and vandalizing in a large number of cities across the nation. We support those who exercised their American right to protest, including marching and demonstrating, in opposition to racism. We oppose those who took advantage of those protests to cause destruction and hurt the cause of protests against racism.
Brent Allsop published UNITED UTAH PARTY CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO HERBERT/WRIGHT CONVERSATION AND A CHANGE TO A NON-PARTISAN ATTORNEY GENERAL in Newsfeed 2020-05-29 15:40:40 -0600
UNITED UTAH PARTY CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO HERBERT/WRIGHT CONVERSATION AND A CHANGE TO A NON-PARTISAN ATTORNEY GENERALBoth Governor Gary Herbert and Republican gubernatorial candidate Thomas Wright are acknowledging that the two had a conversation where the governor urged Wright to drop out of the race and endorse Spencer Cox, who is Herbert’s handpicked successor. The discussion may also have included a promise from the governor that if Wright were to drop out now, Herbert would agree to assist Wright in a race against Senator Mike Lee in 2022.
On May 25, George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department. The alleged crime was forgery. The police handcuffed him and put him on the ground where one of the officers began to kneel on his neck. Despite distress signals from Floyd, and despite the protests of those around him, the officer kept his knee on Floyd until an ambulance arrived to take Floyd away. He didn’t have a pulse by the time the ambulance arrived. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.Read more
During an emergency, certain rules and regulations are relaxed in the office of the Governor in dealing with the emergency. The idea is that it is an emergency, and that they need the ability to move quickly. Minutes matter when dealing with disasters, and Covid-19 is a disaster. However, there is a difference between moving quickly, and making rash decisions.Read more
Brent Allsop published Making Sure “Moderate” Doesn’t Mean “Boring” in Newsfeed 2020-05-14 14:22:05 -0600
Guest Opinion piece by Brent Allsop and Jim Bennett.
In the recent State Convention, Bruce Lindsay wonderfully clarified a big problem we have with the United Utah Party when he listed synonyms for “moderate,” including “average, middle of the road, mediocre, unbiased, compromising, and boring.” We believe we can create a party that doesn’t match those synonyms. The way to do that is make this a party that directly reflects the consensus of its members.Read more
To date, all political parties are modeled after traditional hierarchies. And for thousands of generations, we’ve been bred to only support what the guy at the top of the hierarchy wants. Anything else is feared and something that needs to be destroyed. Any group that tries to function without a hierarchy is like “herding cats” and can’t scale.
But what if it could?
What does it mean to be a Uniter during quarantine when group gatherings are off limits? Being a Uniter means more than being a moderate. It means we are actively taking part in trying to bring the community together. This is something that seems to be rare from the major parties. But we think a Uniter might do some of these things:
2020 UUP Candidates
Be sure to look at the websites and get to know the stances of the awesome people running for office with the United Utah Party this year!
Brian Fabbi - State Auditor
Jonia Broderick - CD 4
Thomas McNeill- CD 3
San Juan County
Monette Clark - San Juan County Commission
Piper Manesse - HD 72 (Iron County)
Sanpete and Juab Counties
Homer Morrill HD 58 (San Pete and Juab County)
Larry Smith - Sanpete County Commission
Ed Phillips - Millard County Commission
Catherine Eslinger - HD 59
Austin Simcox - HD 63 (Provo)
Joseph Shelton HD 48 (Provo/Orem)
Nils Bergeson - HD 61 (Provo, Orem)
Kate Walters - HD 56 (north Utah County)
Christine Heath - HD 60 (Orem)
Emily Bergeson - SD 7 (west Utah County)
Chris Rawlins HD 6 (northwest Utah County)
Salt Lake County
Ryan Boudwin - HD 42 (southwest Salt Lake County)
Dave Lundgren - HD 41 (Riverton, Bluffdale)
Jeff Bardin HD 43 (southwest Salt Lake County)
Cabot Nelson HD 25 (Salt Lake City)
Adam Bean HD 35 (Salt Lake City)
John Jackson HD 44 (Sandy)
Ammon Gruwell - HD 15 (north Davis County)
Davis and Weber Counties
Shawn Ferriola HD 12 (Davis and Weber)
Weber and Box Elder Counties
Tanner Greenhalgh HD 29 (Box Elder and Weber County)
Understandably, in presidential election years the race for the presidency gets more attention from voters than races for state and local office. That applies to United Utah Party members as well. And it has led to some members suggesting that the party should be a national party and not just a local one.Read more
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Brent Allsop published UtahPolocy.com announces UUP Convention in Newsfeed 2020-04-08 20:21:09 -0600
The United Utah Party will be holding its third annual state convention on Saturday, April 18 at 10 AM. Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines still in place, the convention will not take place in any one physical location and will be held entirely online. Bruce Lindsay, former news anchor for KSL-TV, will be the keynote speaker at the conventionRead more
Brent Allsop wants to volunteer 2020-03-24 19:23:43 -0600