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Utah's caucus system made easy

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  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    "There are almost 4,000 GOP delegates and more than 2,000 Democratic delegates."

    Not true. There are even more county delegates. County Delegates, in many cases help vet the Utah Legislature plus all the county races such as county council, the county party officers and the county representatives to the state central committee.

    In Salt Lake County alone, there are 2,500 GOP County Delegates.

    That doesn't count the precinct chairs, who are part of the county central committee.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 21, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    The trouble with a caucus is that good sense can go right out the window as basic instincts for tribal affiliation kick in and a kind of mob rule takes over advancing rash decisions at the expense of good sense.

    It's primitive, and it's great if you need angry, aggressive, irascible leaders to fight another tribe for the rights to some hunting grounds, but it doesn't work so well in a civilized society where you're trying to find leaders who will build consensus and seek workable solutions to problems.