Daily Fix, June 3


*Rep. Ken Sumsion introduced a proposed map at the redistricting hearing last night that puts a piece of Salt Lake County into all 4 congressional districts. (SL Trib) There are a number of people who object to the proposed map, presumably because of the effect it may have on Democratic incumbents. But it looks to me like it will make all of the districts potentially more competitive and interesting. And “rural-urban” seems like just as good of a reason as any for redistricting. Seems to me their efforts would be better spent persuading voters on the merits of their particular candidate. How about explaining Matheson’s votes on Obamacare — is he for it now or against it? You want to talk about donut holes ….

*The magazine Governing included our very own Utah Senator Ben McAdams on a national list of Democratic Legislators to Watch. (Governing) The article described McAdams as a “moderate-to-liberal Mormon Democrat.” In other words – a DINO.

*Apparently, Jon Huntsman has snagged some pretty big fund-raisers for his campaign, er, exploratory committee. (WSJ) I didn’t recognize any of the names on the list of cash-cows. I’m not quite sure what that says about me.

*The U.S. House adopted a Resolution today rebuking President Obama for his use of military forces in Libya without congressional approval. (MSNBC) The President was going to respond, but decided to go golfing instead.

*I was mainly joking around yesterday when I channeled Jack Nicholson into the Solicitor General’s comments to the 6th Circuit during the Obamacare hearings. What the SG really said was much more nefarious. Philip Klein wrote about it here, and I tweeted about it here. The gist? Solicitor General Neal Kumar Katyal, President Obama’s representative to the Supreme Court, actually told the Court that if someone doesn’t like the individual mandate, all they have to do to avoid it is EARN LESS MONEY. We’ve known for awhile that American exceptionalism is under attack, but this is nuclear.

*John Edwards was indicted today for using campaign donations to support a mistress and love-child on the side. (ABC News) Who? Oh right, one of the guys that ran for President in 2008. We really dodged a bullet there.

*The Office of Personnel Management concluded a recent report with the news that federal employees spent nearly 3 million hours on union-related activities during work hours in 2009, costing taxpayers $129 million. (National Journal) The law allows union reps to use official time for bargaining and negotiating contracts, but not internal union business or partisan political activity. Again with the public unions – who exactly are they organized against???

*Unemployment rose to 9.1%, and employers hired only 54,000 new workers, the fewest in eight months. (KSL)

On that good news — we don’t have $ to travel, eat out, or pay the exorbitant gas prices, but we have each other. Have a great weekend!


3 Responses to “Daily Fix, June 3”

  1. markg91359 Says:

    Its business as usual in Utah when it comes to redistricting. I expected nothing less than this from the one-party government we get from you clowns in the state legislature. Who am I to complain? Just one of the minority of democratic voters in what maybe the heaviest republican state in this country.

    Although, it makes no geographic sense, go ahead and chop up one of the smallest counties in Utah in terms of square miles into pieces of four separate congressional districts. What is going on here is absolutely transparent. The GOP dominated legislature is making one more effort to gerrymander Jim Matheson out of his congressional seat. I think it really is beyond the comprehension of some of you folks that not everyone in Utah just loves conservative Tea Potty nonsense.

    Heck, why not have two GOP senators and four GOP representatives from this state? Why make a pretense of pretending we have an actual functioning two-party system in this state?

    Having said all that, I’ll still make you a bet: When all is said and done, Jim Matheson will keep his congressional seat. Perhaps, in an attempt to spread democrat voters around, the GOP will even place another seat in possible jeopardy. If you do lose a second seat, it couldn’t possibly happen to a “nicer bunch of people”.

  2. 21st CenturySLC Says:

    Michelle – have you been actually following the RD mtgs? Maybe you shouldn’t “presume” anything without further information. Lots of people object to a 4 way split of UT which includes spiltting the Capitol city of our state, and the most densely polulated urban area in our state. Voters in SLC and SL County are more diverse than citizens in rural areas, and are interested in urban issues, less so rural areas. As communnity leaders and elected officials have frequently stated in recent public mtgs led by the RD committe who is requesting citizen input – keep my city and/or county whole with a few boundary changes as possible!

    SLC and SL County voters simply want the same treatment from the RD Committe. SLC does not need a split wheras SL County is big enoughl that it does need to split off a portion of it’s voters to another district.

    Check out the 4 maps at the Utah Citizend Coalition website for some viable options. But really there is nothing in this hope for community inclusiveness that had anything to do with re electing Matheson as that would in factbe gerrymandering. It is also gerrymadering for this county to be spilt 4 ways for either political interest – oust an incumbent like Matheson, or to support special interest groups who lobby our legislators state wide – oil,gas, coal industries that seek to earn profits from our wild land.

  3. Michelle Q. Mumford Says:


    While I understand your frustration, and “get” your dripping malevolence, your resignation is a bit dramatic. I spent almost 10 years in New York City and Los Angeles, and not once did I hear someone bemoan the fact that local politicians weren’t creating Republican enclaves in the clearly Democrat-majority cities and towns. And not once did I limit my political involvement. Yes, Utah is likely the most Republican state in the nation — there is not one Utah county that has more registered Democrats than Republicans. That fact alone does not make this state a one-party state. We have two parties, and one party is the majority. It’s as simple as that. To have a “functioning two party system” in this state, you would have the majority of Republicans minimize their interests in order to upgrade the status of a single Democrat. I don’t see that as a functioning two party system.

    And yes, it would be funny if Republicans try to create 4 “competitive” districts and end up losing 2. Comedic justice. You never know, I guess.

    21st Century SLC,

    No, I have not yet attended one of the 2 redistricting meetings, but yes, I have been “following” them. Are you suggesting that there are no people that object to Rep. Sumsion’s latest map because it affects the seat Matheson holds? Because if you are, then you haven’t been following the articles in the papers. I understand that the Utah Citizen Coalition isn’t objecting to the current map based on political party lines but instead on the basis of keeping SLC together as a community of interest. But your group is not the only group involved. I am a SLC voter, and I don’t feel mistreated by the RD committee. Your group doesn’t represent all of us. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure the numbers require that Salt Lake County be split. Why should SLC not be up to a split but other cities, like Weber, vulnerable?

    Regardless, my purpose in the post was to say that seeking a rural/urban mix is just as legitimate an interest as seeking communities of interest. It’s up to the legislators to decide, I guess. And up to you to decide who they’ll be for next time.

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