Posts Tagged ‘Elections’

Mia Love: Make the moral case about the future we are leaving our children

July 17, 2012

Republican Congressional candidate Mia Love says that while we have plenty of facts and figures about the out-of-control debt, we must ALSO make the moral case about the future the federal government is now stealing from our children and grandchildren.


Obama: Washington still broken

July 16, 2012

This weekend on “CBS Sunday Morning“, President Obama told Charlie Rose that hope-y, change-y thing was still working for him. (Well, kind of.) Rose asked about the current campaign compared to the 2008 race in which Mr. Obama ran on “hope,” “change,” and “Yes, we can.” “What happened to that? Because that’s not the narrative today,” said Rose.

“I tell people this campaign is still about hope. If somebody asks you, it is still about change,” said Obama. Then he added: “Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago.”

(Actually, it’s worse. Much wor$e.)

President Obama goes on to explain that what frustrates him the most is the he has not been able to change Washington. “In this office, everything takes a little longer than you’d like,” the president said.
“I think it’s important to know we did an awful lot in the first four years,” Mr. Obama told Rose when asked why he was seeking reelection. “But when I think about the next four years, what’s undone?” Please, Mr. President. Your brand of fixing costs a whole lot of money we don’t have. Let’s just leave it undone, shall we?

Rose asked if Obama blamed himself for the gridlock.
“I think there is no doubt that I underestimated the degree to which in this town politics trumps problem solving,” Obama added.

I wonder if he means the politics of circumventing the Constitution via executive order and re-writing regulations? Or having a do-nothing Senate that won’t propose a budget and kills every bill sent to it by the House? In any case, I know I’m doing my part to make sure he’s a one-termer.

Dan Liljenquist’s convention speech

April 27, 2012

Doing the impossible: forcing Orrin Hatch to a primary

April 25, 2012

Two years ago, GOP delegates to the state convention knocked off Senator Bob Bennett, sending now-Senator Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater to a primary.  Orrin Hatch started his campaign for an unprecedented 7th term that very day. The Hatch campaign polled delegates and realized they could not win with that group, so they launched a campaign to target and remove the 75% of delegates that voted for change. “This is not going to be a campaign of persuading delegates,” said Dave Hansen at the time, former GOP party chair, now campaign manager for Hatch. “This is going to be a campaign of replacing delegates.”

They meant business. They hired 36+ staffers, not including the ones they sub-contract with. From January of 2011 through caucus night of this year, they spent almost $6 million.  They targeted primary voters in an older demographic and helped drive caucus turnout to record highs. Six out of seven delegates were new this cycle, were considerably more moderate than previous delegates and many were elected on one simple platform: “I support Orrin Hatch.”

After caucus night, the Hatch campaign claimed victory. They released poll after poll after poll that put them comfortably above the 60% threshold. Senator Hatch trumpeted “Mitt Romney needs me” at every turn. Never mind that Romney endorsed Hatch last September, long before there was a challenger in the race and when Olympia Snowe was still planning on running ….

Even with all of that – $6 million, 2-years of campaigning and a very favorable caucus night, Hatch could not seal the deal on convention day. Dan Liljenquist, his primary opponent, worked hard, holding 108 delegate meetings between caucus and convention. He traveled the state, looked delegates in the eye and answered every question. Dan’s message of true entitlement reform and the need to stop doing what we’ve always done in Washington resonated with delegates. Starting out with poll numbers around 16%, no one thought he had a shot. In fact, one anonymous “insider” said “Romney’s public embrace would hand any candidate a 70 percent chance of victory at the April 21 convention. It’s already over. Orrin Hatch has the election won. He won it caucus night. They don’t even need to have the convention.”

Yet here we are… unstoppable work ethic, hundreds of volunteers, thousands of live phone calls, a powerful speech and Dan got just under 41% of the vote – a 25-point swing in just 3 weeks.

Headed in to the primary, Hatch is already claiming victory – again. But even the national pundits are seeing cracks in the armor, writing articles with titles like “The Meaning of Orrin Hatch’s Nightmare” and “Hatch Heading for a Fall?” Dan Liljenquist has momentum, with hundreds of volunteers flooding his campaign since Saturday and more than 400 individual financial donations in 72 hours. He has passion, he has drive, he has a vision for America’s future – and the ability to lead us there.

We can not change Washington  unless we change who we send to Washington.   We all know it’s broken back there.  You see that reflected in the abysmally low approval ratings for DC politicians, hovering somewhere around 10%.  You also see it in the high rate of turnover. In the Senate alone, there have been 55 new Senators since the end of 2002. Long-time incumbents are passing the torch – ten more Senators are retiring this year, making room for new ideas and fresh faces.  That means a super-majority of the Senate will be turned over in just a decade.  Those new Senators are ready to change the way business is done in Washington – and that means changing the way things have “always been done.”  A primary – Orrin Hatch’s first in 36 years – now means that all Republican voters in Utah have a choice.

Orrin in his own words

March 12, 2012

“We must work to assist in the dismissal of many others who have been dominating our country for years and running us into bankruptcy.”

“Give the people of Utah a choice. We must have a change.” Amen.

Not-quite-daily-fix, July 5

July 6, 2011

Spent the weekend camping in the canyons sans phone or Internet. Amazing. Came back to a bunch of political news I’m sure you’re dying to catch up on, so here ya go.

*Chaffetz, Hatch and Bishop endorse Mitt Romney for prez, along with Lt Gov Bell, AG Shurtleff, 16 (of 29) state Senators and 41 (out of 75) state Reps. D News

*Economic, demographic and social changes in Mexico are suppressing illegal immigration as much as the poor economy or legal crackdowns in the United States. Douglas S. Massey, co-director of the Mexican Migration Project at Princeton, an extensive, long-term survey in Mexican emigration hubs, said his research showed that interest in heading to the United States for the first time had fallen to its lowest level since at least the 1950s. “No one wants to hear it, but the flow has already stopped,” Mr. Massey said, referring to illegal traffic. “For the first time in 60 years, the net traffic has gone to zero and is probably a little bit negative.” New York Times

*Since I started my political involvement as a midwife looking for legalization in Utah, I love articles like this one from the AP – homebirths rise by 20%….(and it’s even more in Utah). Complication rates are low, outcomes are good – and it’s a great choice for many women.

*Utah has officially requested that the federal government grant us waivers to deal with Medicaid in our state in the way that best meets the needs of our state. Novel concept, I know. Senator Dan Liljenquist (R-Bountiful) shepherded the legislative changes through the 2011 session and is now working with the feds to get permission to handle things ourselves. Does that strike anyone else as just a little funky, having to beg the feds for permission to use our money to serve the residents of our state? Oh wait….Denver Post, D News

*Casey Anthony was found not guilty in the murder of her daughter, Casey. Brings to mind the quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “It is better [one hundred] guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer.” But it still suck for Cayley. CNN

Utah’s own political rockstar – Jason Chaffetz

October 21, 2010

Passionate, articulate, hard worker, impact player. [He] is an energetic new voice for the principles of fiscal discipline and limited government. – John Boehner

A freshman with [his] soul left. He really does want to get in there and expose corruption and he really doesn’t care which side it’s on. He should be a refounder. – Glenn Beck

“Think about a Congressman who refuses to have the expenses of a Washington home and sleeps on a cot in his office, refuses to provide a penny of pork to his constituents, will go back to his constituents this holiday and tell them, “You know what, I have no bridges, I have no schools, I have no hospitals, I have no flagpoles named after me. I have none of that.” Imagine if 434 other congressmen did that, a hundred senators did that, a President attempted to do that, pretty big.” Neil Cavuto, 12-10-2009

In 2008, Dan Jones published a poll prior to the GOP state convention that showed political newcomer Jason Chaffetz with 4% of the vote. Undeterred, he and his campaign pushed forward and left the convention 9 votes shy of 60%. Outspent by his incumbent opponent 6 to 1, he captured the GOP nomination with over 60% of the vote in the primary and cruised to victory in November. His platform of limited government, fiscal discipline, accountability and a strong national defense carried the day. Those planks are now familiar talking points, but just two years ago, he delivered them in a way that was a stunning shift from “traditional” campaigning. He even chastised his own party while campaigning – gasp! That was simply unheard of. Chaffetz was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool. He was the leading edge of what will be a tsunami less than two weeks from now – and guess what. He delivered.

He has spent his political capital on those 4 areas of fiscal discipline, limited government, accountability and a strong national defense.  He has worked on hundreds of  bills, either sponsored or co-sponsored.  As a freshman in the minority, it is unusual to pass any bills at all, but he has passed a number of them, including getting $106 million power plant in Diamond Fork without an earmark and getting the Magna Water District $12 million to clean up water contaminated by the federal government.

When Chaffetz hit DC in January 2009, he did it with a cot in hand. Now a well-known tourist attraction, the cot represents the frugality Chaffetz is known for. Throughout his entire run for office, he maintained that how you run your campaign was how you would govern – and he has followed through in spades as an award winning fiscal hawk. He received the 2009 “Defender of Economic Freedom” from Club for Growth, the “Taxpayer’s Friend” award from the National Taxpayers Union, and the 111th Congress “Tax Fighter Award” from the National Tax Limitation Committee. He has also earned a 100% rating from the American Conservatives Union and an A rating from numbers USA. He has been an integral part in Rep Eric Cantor’s YouCut plan, where citizens vote on the next program to cut. (Unfortunately, the Democrat-controlled Congress has killed every YouCut proposal brought forward.) He is admired and respected by his colleagues for his get-to-work, no-nonsense attitude.

Passing legislation is only one part of being a legislator.  He has a remarkable ability to lead and to get people to follow.  He instituted the Sunset Caucus, designed to find and end federal programs that no longer serve a purpose.  He is a ranking member of a subcommittee—virtually unheard for a freshman.  He is fearless when it comes to speaking up for those Republican principles he champions. He has had hundreds of opportunities to talk with the press.  He talks about the need to stop spending, the live within our means, to reduce the reach and influence of the federal government – even his military stance of “Go big or go home.”  He took on Obama himself and instead of lobbing softballs, he pointed out broken promises on healthcare, earmarks, lobbyists and more.  “We have a deficit of trust,” he said.  It was not an accident that he was chosen for that role by GOP leadership.  He was even willing to got on the Colbert show when 434 other Representatives were afraid to.

Back in his district, he and his staff have dealt with hundreds of cases for people needing assistance with immigration, with military issues and many other federal agencies.  He and his staff have attended  hundreds of outreach meetings, answered thousands of phone calls and held town hall meetings where thousands of people came to express their concerns.  He welcomed all comers and answered questions from constituents across the political spectrum.  He has earned accolades from groups and individuals who were more than a little skeptical two years ago.  Last weekend, theSalt Lake Tribune even endorsed him, saying “Chaffetz has shown a mastery of the issues and the political process. Third District voters should elect Chaffetz to a second term and see how high his star can rise.”

This year, all across this nation we will be voting for people we think will best represent us. This year, clearly the American people’s desire is for the government to stop spending more than it takes in, to decrease its size and scope and for elected officials who have the political will to actually get the work done.  Undoubtedly, some candidates who will win on Nov 2 saw where public opinion was going and adapted themselves and their message to fit.  Jason Chaffetz, however, is the real deal.  He led out with that message and has proven time and again over the last 2 years that he means it.  He is young, he is energetic and he is THE new face of the GOP.  In short, he is a political rockstar with a skyrocketing political trajectory.

He has EARNED my unabashed support and endorsement for a second term.  If you live in the Third Congressional District, please join me in sending Jason Chaffetz back to DC to represent us to Washington – because you can be dang sure he won’t be trying to represent Washington to us.

Matheson tries to scare seniors into voting for him

October 16, 2010

Congressman Jim Matheson claims to be a fiscal conservative. He assures voters they can count on him to rein in government spending but when his conservative GOP opponent Morgan Philpot talks about true reform, Matheson turns it into an attack ad. In August, Philpot talked about a plan to keep this country from plunging off the financial cliff. He has short-term, medium-term and long-term goals.

In the long term, Philpot knows we need to address entitlement programs. Right now, this “non-discretionary” spending, aka “entitlement spending”, uses up almost all of the money the federal government brings in. The rest of government is run on a credit card.

No one can call themselves a “fiscal conservative” when they refuse to address entitlement spending. NO ONE. Matheson obviously is NOT interested in really doing the heavy lifting required of true fiscal conservatives. Instead, he takes Philpot’s statements about reforming entitlement spending and sends out a mailer scaring senior citizens by telling them that Philpot wants to gamble away their retirement.

In fact, what Philpot said was that he wanted to address reforming Social Security that does not affect those currently receiving benefits while reforming the ongoing program for future generations.

Whatever it takes, eh Congressman?

Could the GOP take 100 House seats?

October 13, 2010

Last week, Gallup released their first poll of likely voters in the 2010 election cycle. Their results were stunning. In the generic ballot question, Gallup gave the GOP a 46% to 42% edge. It then applied two versions of its “likely voter” turnout model. In “high turnout model”, Republicans led Democrats by 53% to 40%. In the “low turnout model”, the gap for the GOP widens even further – 56% to 38%. That kind of margin favoring Republicans has never been seen in Gallup surveys.

According to John Fund, writing for the Wall Street Journal:

What should worry Democrats most is that the “low turnout model” is typical of recent midterm elections. If the Gallup numbers hold up (and the firm cautions that “the race often tightens in the final month of the campaign”), some word more cataclysmic than “tsunami” would be needed for the Democratic losses.


Michael Barone, co-author of the Almanac of American Politics, says either of the Gallup turnout models would produce “a Republican House majority the likes of which we have not seen since the election cycles of 1946 or even 1928.” Mr. Barone says the historical parallel might no longer be 1994, when the GOP gained 54 House seats, but instead 1894, when Republicans gained more than 100 House seats in the middle of the economic downturn that engulfed Democratic President Grover Cleveland.

Democrats downplayed the Gallup poll, pointing to Rasmussen instead, which currently project a GOP House gain of about 40 seats. But, as Fund points out, “It’s a strange political year when Democrats start consoling themselves with Scott Rasmussen, whose polls they have long disparaged as being biased towards Republicans.”

Busted! Matheson scolds constituent!

October 11, 2010

Phantom Jim refuses to hold town halls because he can’t handle being asked to explain his positions.  He finally got tracked down and asked about 84% of his campaign money coming from PACs.  Utah’s “PAC-man” refuses to answer – but finally turns to the guy asking the questions and says “Shame on you“.  No Jim.  Shame on YOU.  That sound you hear?  That’s the Philpot Express coming up behind you and headed all the way to DC.

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