Posts Tagged ‘Utah elections’

Dan Liljenquist goes up with his first TV ad

May 22, 2012

The Deseret News, in a strongly worded editorial, agrees that Utah voters deserve the openness and transparency of a debate with both candidates side-by-side. The DNews says: “Voters have come to expect, and they deserve, an opportunity to see their candidates in open issue-oriented debate. Indeed, few skills are more important to the job of senator than the ability to argue and persuade — in committee, in the well of the Senate and in the court of public opinion.

We have previously observed that the U.S. Senate has become one of Washington’s most dysfunctional institutions, a place where the cynical misuse of position, procedure and protocol has led to a lack of accountability and transparency. Based on our effort to provide the broadest and most accessible platform for civil debate in this important primary, it appears Hatch has picked up some bad habits from the Senate. At least in this instance, he has shown he is willing to cynically use his position to block the open and transparent debate his constituents deserve. We are sorely disappointed.”

They are joined in calling for a debate by the Salt Lake Tribune (Hatch Hides), the St George Spectrum (Step up, debate), The Standard-Examiner (Thumbs Down), and the Daily Herald (Buffalo Chip).

Momentum – Dan Liljenquist’s got it!

February 7, 2012

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Essential Primer for Candidates in Utah

December 12, 2011

So – you’re considering running for office in Utah. Congratulations! (Or condolences, as the case may be.) In order to help you in your quest, I have compiled an all-important list if you are to be taken seriously as a candidate. In no particular order, here are the absolute essentials you must know:

*That the people who live here are Utahns, not Utahans. I don’t care what the dictionary says.
*How to pronounce Tooele, Hurricane, Hooper and Oquirrh.
*That we take our college football VERY seriously. U and Y are not just letters in the alphabet. And the “Holy War” is not referencing the middle east.
*What a caucus is and why all your friends want to go there
*That Fetch, Flip and Freak are acceptable swear words – but the other one is not.
*The difference between a “Steak House” and a “Stake House”
*That if you want to win, you do NOT campaign on Sundays, Monday nights or when the Y plays the U. In any sport.
*That you actually can buy liquor in this state. From a state-run liquor store. With 25 forms of identification.
*That Utah drivers have NO problem passing on the right.
*That we also forget how to drive in snow, even though it’s on our roads 6 months out of the year.
*That we can go either 50 or 80 in the fast lane and wonder what’s wrong with all the other drivers.
*You must know how to make funeral potatoes and green Jell-O with carrots.
*The Legend of Timpanogos.
*That being a 10-cow wife is a compliment.
*That “election party” means plenty of Coke, Diet Coke and BYU brownies. And red licorice if it’s Rob Bishop’s party. Or water if it’s Jason Chaffetz’ party. And you bring it.
*That your convention displays must be designed by a Relief Society president and must include red, white and blue floral arrangements.
*That you must throw approximately 250 pounds of taffy at each parade you attend
*That if your opponent’s name is Lehi, Nephi, Moroni, Joseph or Emma, you automatically lose 20 points.
*That Utah is the only state you can NOT mention religion in your speeches. We’re not the Bible belt.
*But you might be OK slipping in some Book of Mormon references if you don’t name your source.

Now you know how to run in Utah. You’re welcome.

Quick recap of last night’s elections

November 3, 2010

Not many surprises at the top of the Utah ticket.

Gary Herbert cruised to re-election over Peter Corroon with 64% of the vote AND, the Governor WON Salt Lake county by a 51-46 margin.  Kudos to the Herbert team for beating Corroon in his own backyard.

Mike Lee won with 62% of the vote.

Congressman Rob Bishop won with 69% of the vote.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz won with 72% of the vote.
Congressman Jim Matheson squeaked out a 51-46 win over challenger Morgan Philpot who led at one point during the evening. Matheson carried Salt Lake county by a 2 to 1 margin, boosting him to victory.

In Utah legislative races, there were some surprises. House Democrats lost 5 seats:
Neil Hansen in District 9 lost to Jeremy Peterson 47-53
James Gowans in District 21 was upended by newcomer Douglas Sagers 41-52
Laura Black lost in District 45 to Steve Eliason 46-50
Trish Beck in District 48 lost to long-time nemesis LaVar Christensen 47-53
Jay Seegmiller in District 49 lost to Derek Brown 44-56.

On the Utah Senate side, Republican Daniel Thatcher defeated Senator Brent Goodfellow 53-47.

Stay tuned for updates all day long!

Meet Derek Brown

October 18, 2010

Derek Brown is the Republican candidate running for office in Utah House district 49. He has long been fascinated by the political process and this year decided it was time to step into the fray. He is running in a traditionally Republican district, but one where the seat is currently held by a Democrat labor union boss. Brown does not feel that is someone who is representative of the district’s demographics and he is working hard to change that. He knows he could make a difference at the legislature and has been out grassroots campaigning, contacting over a thousand households in the district.

He has a fascinating background. He put himself through school as a professional pianist with perfect pitch. He married into the famous musical De Azevedo family. He went to law school and practiced for a number of years.  He is currently the owner and president of “Two Little Hands Entertainment” and a board member of the “Signing Time Foundation.” Many parents of young children recognize “Signing Time” for their television programs targeted at teaching children under age 8 to use sign language.

He also is an adjunct professor of communications at BYU, has been the legal counsel for two US Senators and practiced constitutional law with an international law firm in DC. He is married to Emilie and they are parents to two boys and a newborn daughter.

If elected, his priorities are education and growing Utah’s economy. He wants to “advocate policies that increase parental involvement in the schools, increase local control, support innovative practices, and focus on outcomes and student performance.” In the area of economic development, he would like to see the state promoting policies that “incentivize the creation of new jobs, attract new companies to our state, and help Utah emerge from the recession without raising taxes.” For his own company, he has had to implement a hiring freeze while waiting for the largest tax increase in history to hit on January 1. Many other companies are in the same boat.

He also is a strong advocate of state’s rights and says:

The most important separation of powers in our country is the one least talked about—the separation of powers between the federal government and the states. Whenever our state’s sovereign powers are threatened by the federal government, it is our responsibility to resist that encroachment. Whether we are talking about health care or land ownership in our state, we must make sure that our voice is heard. There is a delicate balance between federal powers and state powers, and we must ensure that the balance is kept in check.

With under two weeks left in the campaign, he knows he is facing a tight race. He could use more financial donations, and more volunteers. Anyone who is interested in knocking doors, getting out the vote, or especially interested in poll watching on November 2nd is invited to contact the campaign. He would be a great addition on Utah’s Capitol Hill.  Virtually all of the political insiders speculating about Salt Lake county races pick this one as the top race to watch.


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