Newsletter - Moderate Muscle

Newsletter - Moderate Muscle

Contents

  • Chair's Note - Moderate Muscle
  • Straight-Party Voting Ban Readies for Senate Vote
  • Bills Attacking Citizen Initiative Process Waiting for Senate Vote
  • Convention Plan

Chair's Note - Moderate Muscle

Utah is known as a conservative state.  However, the reality is more nuanced.  Utah does have a higher proportion of self-described conservatives than is found in most other states, according to a Gallup Poll of ideology across states issued last month.

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Yet, Utah also is among the top five states in the number of self-identified moderates.  Forty percent of Utahns identify themselves not as conservatives or liberals, but as moderates.  Only Hawaii, Delaware, and North Dakota have a higher percentage of moderates.  Rhode Island ties with Utah.

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After having lived in Utah for a long time, these results do not surprise me.  Utah has a well educated population that is enamored with neither the right-wing Republicans nor the left-wing Democrats.  Individual districts elect extremists from both parties, but voters statewide tend to eschew the extremists.  Even many Utah voters who are Republicans differentiate themselves from the more extremist elements of the Republican Party.  The presidency of Donald Trump has separated them even more.  Moreover, the political stances of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the religious affiliation of the vast majority of active Utah voters, have been more moderate than either the Republican or Democratic parties on issues such as abortion and immigration.

What does that mean for the United Utah Party?  It means Utah is a prime location for our experiment of whether a centrist political party can attract a niche that leads to competing across the state, winning elections, and beginning to help shape public policy in a more moderate direction.  This is a much better state than nearly all others to launch such a party.

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Can we translate that 40 percent of self-identified moderates into 40 percent of the votes in an election?   That is the challenge.  But if we could, we would win many of those elections in three way races.  To do so, we need to get our message out.

What can you do with this information?

Screen_Shot_2019-03-11_at_11.15.53_PM.png  First - When you look around your neighborhood and community, you may think you only see conservatives.  But, in reality, a large proportion of the people you see are really moderates, just like you.  Invite them to join the UUP and finally find a political home for themselves.

Screen_Shot_2019-03-11_at_11.16.08_PM.png  Second - Donate to the party so we will have the resources to inform voters of who we are and how close we are to what they already believe.  Go to unitedutah.org/donate.

Screen_Shot_2019-03-11_at_11.16.26_PM.png  Third - Volunteer - We need help with event planning, organizing party supporters in various precincts and legislative districts, research, and so one. 

Moderates are in abundance.  They just don't realize there is a party just for them.  Help us tell them.

- Richard Davis, Chair
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Straight-Party Voting Ban Readies for Senate Vote

A bill (HB 259) that would eliminate straight-party ticket voting, was passed by the Utah House and by a Senate committee.  The full Senate is now preparing for a vote.  

The United Utah Party continues to urge the passage of this bill for many reasons:

  • Utah is one of only eight states that still allows straight-party ticket voting.  And next year, that number will be down to seven when Texas, one of the most Republican states in the country, gets rid of this outdated practice. It’s time for Utah to follow suit.
  • Straight-party voting is not a partisan issue.  It has long been criticized by people of all political persuasions.
  • If you vote only for a party, you’re throwing your vote away in races where your party doesn’t have a candidate.  You also may be casting a vote for someone tainted by scandal that even your own party no longer supports.

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Please call or text your Senator, encouraging a favorable vote for HB 259.  If you don't know your senate district or senator's name, click here.  

Here is a table of our Utah senators:

Dist
Name County (ies) Contact
1 Escamilla (D) SL 801-550-6434
2 Kitchen (D) SL 801-674-6141
3 Davis (D) SL 801-647-8924
4 Iwamoto (D) SL 801-580-8414
5 Mayne (D) SL kmayne@le.utah.gov
6 Harper (R) SL wharper@le.utah.gov
7 Henderson (R) UT 801-538-1035
8 Riebe (D) SL 385-222-1742
9 Cullimore (R) SL 385-867-9474
10 Fillmore (R) SL 385-831-8902
11 McCay (R) SL UT 801-810-4110
12 Thatcher (R) SL TL 801-759-4746
13 Anderegg (R) SL UT 801-901-3580
14 Hemmert (R) UT 801-380-8262
15 Grover (R) UT 801-319-0170
16 Bramble (R) UT WS 801-361-5802
17 Sandall (R) BX CA TL 435-279-7551
18 Millner (R) DV MO WB 801-900-3897
19 Christensen (R) MO SU WB achristensen@le.utah.gov
20 Buxton (R) DV WB 801-707-7095
21 Stevenson (R) DV 801-678-3147
22 Adams (R) DV jsadams@le.utah.gov
23 Weiler (R) DV SL  801-599-9823
24 Okerlund (R)

 

BV GR JU KN ML PI SP SV UT WN

435-979-7077
25 Hillyard (R) CA RI lhillyard@le.utah.gov
26 Winterton (R)

 

DA DU SU UI WS

801-923-7618
27 Hinkins (R)

 

CB EM GN SJ UT WS

dhinkins@le.utah.gov
28 Vickers (R) BV IR WA 435-817-5565
29 Ipson (R) WA 435-817-5281

The ending of straight party voting is a part of United Utah's legislative agenda for 2019.  


Bills Attacking Citizen Initiative Process Waiting for Senate Vote

The Utah legislature has recently made substantial modifications to several citizen initiative laws already passed by voters in November.  Now, three bills are being prepared for a vote in the Senate that would increase the burdens on the initiative process itself.  The bills have already passed the House and are on the second reading calendar in the Senate.  

The United Utah Party opposes HB 133, HB HB 145, and HB 195.

HB 133 (Daw) will delay implementation of a citizen initiative until after the legislature has a chance to change and review the initiative, basically ripping any power that was left from the people. 

HB 145 (Thurston) extends criminal penalties for fraudulent collection of signatures and also puts your name on a website if you signed a petition. 

HB 195 (Handy) shortens the window to gather signatures to “allow more certification time” for signatures. 

These bills place more burdens on initiative gatherers and make it easier for opposing groups to knock off signatures.  Plus they give more time to the legislature to revise or even scuttle initiatives they don't like. 

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The lesson legislators have learned from the passage of Propositions 2, 3, and 4 last year is that the initiative process is too easy and should be made harder.  The lesson they should have learned is they need to be more responsive to what the public wants. 

Please call or text your senator to express your disapproval of HB 133, HB 145, and HB 195 before the vote.  To see the list of state senators, see the table above.  If you don't know your senate district or senator's name, click here.  Don't delay.  This legislative session ends on Thursday.  A lot will be happening between now and then. 

The legislature wants to ignore the voice of the people.  The people need to use their voice to let them know that’s not acceptable. Preserving citizen initiatives is also a part of United Utah's legislative agenda for 2019.

Convention Plans

We keep reminding you . . . because it's important.  Hold a spot on your calendar for United Utah's big event - the state convention:

  • When:  Saturday, 4 May 2019 at 10:00
  • Where:  Mount Jordan Middle School, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane, Sandy

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