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.
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.
Jared Oates published The United Utah Party Opposes Changing New Voter Privacy Law in Newsfeed 2019-09-19 21:23:25 -0600The United Utah Party Opposes Changing New Voter Privacy LawSALT 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.Read more
Jared Oates answered 2019-07-04 20:04:32 -0600Q: Which of the following best represents your views on public education funding?
A: There should be significant increases in public education funding WITH increased accountability to improve student performance.
Jared Oates wants to volunteer 2019-06-29 16:32:09 -0600
Unite for Term Limits is an initiative that the party applauds and supports. Under current Utah law, any elected state official can serve indefinitely. This creates several problems, such as career politicians, resistance from party officials to challenger candidates within the party, and above all, an incumbency advantage that tips the scale against new office holders and ideas.
Learn more on the Initiative website here: https://unite4termlimits.org/
You can lend your voice on the initiative's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Unite4TermLimits/
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On May 4, we’ll be voting on the party platform at the UUP convention. Ahead of that, we’re deliberating on possible edits and updates. To make this process transparent and responsive, we are requesting input from all those interested in the future of the party. If there are questions or issues you think the platform should address, please send that feedback to email@example.com.
As you consider input you’d like to give please keep in mind the following guidelines:
The UUP is focused on the process by which our laws are made. We believe that good government requires transparency, fairness, and a robust and civil debate. We believe that public policy should ultimately reflect the will of the people. We don’t require candidates or members to agree on all important issues. That’s why we don’t, as a party, take rigid sides on most issues. Candidates can take sides, members should too, but the party doesn’t have a litmus test.
The UUP is not ideological. We ask instead that people come to the political process with good will and good faith. Being a Uniter means doing the listening and the hard work required to find common ground. We persuade when we can, extend a hand of friendship when we cannot, and we respect the voice of the people either way.
That is what sets us apart from all other political parties. Edits and updates to our platform must reflect this focus.
Dear Utah Congressional delegation:
We, the undersigned, call on the Trump administration and Congress to pass legislation that will correct the current policies of the Trump administration regarding immigration. Through President Trump's executive order of June 20, 2018, the misguided family separation policy has been ended for future detainees, but there is no provision for a change of status of those currently held. And the executive order still treats asylum seekers as criminals by imposing a penalty of imprisonment for those who present themselves to immigration authorities without proper documentation.
We call on you to work in Congress to pass legislation and urge President Trump to sign such legislation that will:
Make it illegal in perpetuity to separate children from their parents when crossing the border.
Provide adequate resources to reunite families that have been torn apart by the recent policy.
Remove the provision of automatic imprisonment of asylum seekers.
Jared Oates donated 2019-10-01 17:52:40 -0600
UNITED UTAH PARTY PLATFORM (2019)
The United Utah Party is focused on good government - the process by which our laws are made and executed. We believe that good government requires transparency, fairness, and a robust and civil debate. We believe that public policy should ultimately reflect the will of the people.
We don’t require candidates or members to agree on all issues. That’s why we don’t, as a party, take rigid sides on most issues. Candidates and members can take sides, but the party doesn’t have a litmus test.
The United Utah Party is not ideological. We ask instead that people come to the political process with good will and good faith. Being a Uniter means doing the listening and the hard work required to find common ground. We persuade when we can, extend a hand of friendship when we cannot, and we respect the voice of the people either way.
These guidelines set us apart from other political parties. The United Utah Party believes that solutions can be found to the pressing problems of society using a pragmatic approach, finding common ground with others, and encouraging widespread public involvement in the resolution of public policy issues. We believe in the worth of all individuals in a society and assert that engagement by all is the best means for operating a democratic republic.
Support process reforms that increase transparency
Allow all proposed bills to be open to meaningful public review.
Open legislative caucus meetings.
Promote ethics reforms that will make it easier to identify and eliminate conflicts of interest.
Support election reforms that expand participation and limit the influence of partisan insiders
Eliminate straight-party voting to ensure consideration of all candidates and issues.
Provide more non-partisan elections for positions such as city and county councils, school boards, sherriffs, and attorneys general.
Require that publicly funded primaries not be restricted to party members.
Reduce barriers to registration, making it easier for all citizens to vote.
Strengthen an independent redistricting commission.
Expand Ranked Choice Voting to reduce costs, encourage civility, and better reflect public will.
Support reforms that increase government accountability
Impose term limits that will reduce incumbent advantages.
Introduce campaign finance limits that will limit the influence of moneyed special interests.
Support sound fiscal policies that create viable long term balance between government revenues and expenditures for the benefit of current and future generations.
Preserve the free market system as the engine for future economic growth. This growth must “raise all boats”; public policy must promote economic opportunity for all, regardless of social and economic class.
Support increased funding for public education as a vehicle for sustained economic growth, an engaged citizenry, and to equip students for a rapidly changing world . Promote policies that balance the empowerment of teachers with accountability to ensure that funds are used effectively.
Advocate stewardship for Utah’s natural resources over the long term. Promote policies that protect our air, water, and land to provide quality of life and economic benefits for the many and across generations.
Taxes and Regulations
Support a more efficient tax system that minimizes loopholes, reduces negative effects on working families, and ensures a fair contribution from all. Review regulations and policies to continually assess their value in a changing economy.
Sound Public Policy
Support laws that provide protection against discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation. Every individual is of inherent worth, has a right to be respected, and deserves to fully participate in our shared political and economic life.
Protect the role of religious belief in public life as well as the constitutional right to free exercise of religious expression for all.
Support the family as the basic unit of society. Uphold the sanctity of human life including opposition to abortion except in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal deformities, or serious jeopardy to the life or health of the mother.
Promote reforms that extend healthcare to more people, reduce costs, and improve outcomes and the quality of care.
Endorse policy reforms that respect the dignity of individuals and the unity of families. Advocate for a healthy immigration system that includes fair, enforceable laws and that promotes the economic benefits of immigration.
Support the right of Utahns to possess firearms, while recognizing the need for safeguards to keep them out of the hands of those who would use them irresponsibly.