One of the principles of those wanting to gut the neighborhood election caucus
meeting and convention system we have in Utah, was this: " A system that
provides inherent advantages to those who are incumbent, wealthy or famous is
not acceptable."The problem is their proposals would do exactly
that.The Caucus System in Utah is the best way to make sure grass
roots movements can work over large amounts of money. It is the only way someone
with $100,000 can go against someone with $2,000,000 in election funds.There were about 120,000 republicans in Utah that went to the neighborhood
caucus elections in 2012 to elect the 4000 State Delegates. Add to those numbers
the democrats and the primary elections. Certainly the municipal elections
didn't do any better in voter representation.Bypassing the
Caucus / Convention System will NOT create more participation. There are 4000
state delegates that spend countless hours vetting candidates to be on the
ballot. They are selected by those that attend the neighborhood election caucus
meeting. You just have to attend.The current system does not protect
the incumbent, wealthy or famous. I think that is a good thing.
The 60% threshold to avoid a primary works, allowing a shot of a challenger to
eliminate an incumbent and yet requires a challenger to be a strong
candidate.Based on the state gop released stats since 2000 for state
wide or congressional races, at 60%, threshold to avoid a primary, 1/2 of
contested races went to primary. If at 2/3, 67% of contested races go to a
primary and at 70%, 70% of the races go to primary.70% would not
have helped Sen. Bennett in 2010. He was not in the top 2 coming out of
convention. In fact the more moderate Tim Bridgewater was selected by 57% of the
delegates in the last round. Mike Lee managed to get 43% and make it to a
primary. Sen. Bennett endorsed Tim Bridgewater during the primary, but with
voters ticked at TARP and ObamaCare, they went with Mike Lee.Sen.
Hatch just barely missed eliminating Dan Liljenquist by hitting just under the
60%, and Jason Chaffetz just missed eliminating Chris Cannon by hitting just
under 60%.The current system does not protect the incumbent, wealthy
or famous. I think that is a good thing.
"CMV is willing to spend a lot of money ($1 million) in a campaign to have
the state impose their ideas on all political parties. Why doesn't CMV
spend money on research that supports its ideas and educate parties rather than
threaten to expand the power of the state."I wish this same
mentality applied towards guns and clean energy. It's funny how
repubs don't like it when lobbyists attempt to bribe politicians for stuff
they disagree with. Like this caucus stuff. they hate how lobbyists are bribing
politicians. Yet, where was this outrage a few weeks ago when the wishes of the
90 percent were crushed by the big money of the NRA?Repubs are
totally fine when lobbyists bribe politicians to go against gun regulation or
clean energy. Soooo sometimes bribery is good and other times it is
bad? Huh?I just wish I could see some consistency from the right.
"One thing that Washington, Adams, Madison and Jefferson all agreed on was
don't create political parties. And the parties they had in that day were
things where a few people got together on three issues, four issues, five
issues, but not like what we have today, permanent factions, Republicans,
Democrats always on opposite sides. and the founders all warned against that.Q: What has happened to the parties?EDWARDS: over time they
got to be where they're in control of who gets to be on the ballot. So they
have closed party primaries, where a small segment of the electorate gets to
decide who is the most pure candidate they have got.And then what
happens is, because of sore loser laws that they got passed in most states, the
person who lost the primary can't be on the ballot in November, even though
that may be the choice of most of the voters in the state. And so you end up
with candidates who are not really representative. There are hard-liners,
non-compromisers, and they're the people that eventually go to
Washington."(PBS)R-Mickey Edwards served 16 years in the
House representing Oklahoma.
Private organization should have the right to choose their internal membership,
leadership and candidates for the outside world. People in general
as citizens of a government should have that right also. An
important part of that right would be the rules and regulation as specified by
the people of how, when and where the government leaders are to be selected.
I believe that any citizen, otherwise qualified, should be allowed
to apply for the jobs of representing the people and that the requirements for
money, religion or ethnic status, be eliminated in favor of affiliation,
education, training and experience. Political campaigns should be
abolished in favor of a written and published personal resume similar to that
used in the private world to seek employment. The resume to be published so that
every voter may have access to it. No other campaigning would be allowed.
Voting would occur in a single statewide election where the voter
specifies his affiliation to support and the candidates for that affiliation.
Counting the votes first by affiliation to determine the percent of
available jobs to be given each affiliation and then by candidates of those
I hope this letter writer shows the same integrity to support the Boy Scouts.