Friday, April 29, 2011

2011 Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer Candidates by Towns

2011 Utah County Party Candidates by Towns

9 for 5 SLATE

Orem City
Kirby Glad                  (Chair)
Adrielle Herring        (Vice Chair)
Jared Jardine              (Secretary)
Scott Bell                    (Treasurer)


Orem City
Dave Duncan              (Chair)
Lisa Jensen                 (Treasurer)

Provo City
Dave Acheson             (Chair)
Lisa Shepherd           (Vice Chair)
Steven Reid                (Treasurer)

Kristen Chevrier       (Secretary)

Saratoga Springs
Jeremy Roberts         (Secretary)

Don Larsen                (Treasurer)

April 30 Convention Proposed Platform Change P-101

Proposed Platform Change P 101   Convention documents click on P 101
UCRP CBC Voter Information Guide
Platform P-101 – Entitlement Reform
       ( Changes in bold,  additions are underlined, removed text is in strikethrough)
       Social Security
       Social Security must satisfy its obligations to those who have contributed to it, and become an optional program for any who wish to participate.
       Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have become entitlements far beyond the minimal safety net they were intended to be.  We call for urgent and significant entitlement reform which returns to the principles of free-market choice and financial self-reliance,

 National Republican Platform   2009 National Republican Platform download PDF version
(See Page 19)
        National Republican Platform
       Social Security
       We are committed to putting Social Security on a sound fiscal basis. Our society faces a profound demographic shift over the next twenty-five years, from todayís ratio of 3.3 workers for every retiree to only2.1workersby2034. Under the current system, younger workers will not be able to depend on Social Security as part of their retirement plan. We believe the solution should give workers control over, and a fair return on, their contributions. No changes in the system should adversely affect any current or near- retiree. Comprehensive reform should include the opportunity to freely choose to create your own per- sonal investment accounts which are distinct from and supplemental to the overall Social Security sys- tem.

April 30 Convention Proposed Platform Change P-102

P 102 Proper Form of Government.
The following platform change is proposed to the convention delegates to accept.  First is listed the proposed change posted on the county party web site. Convention documents link click on P 102

Utah County Republican Party Platform
UCRP CBC Voter Information Guide
Platform Change P-102 Proper Form of Government
This proposal would add this paragraph to the platform,
 by inserting it after the current section on Proper Role of Government

The United States of America is a Compound Constitutional  Republic based on the
 rule of law, representatives elected  by sovereign citizens to exercise
 authority on their behalf,  and a system of internal and external checks and balances.

This is the State Party Platform posted on the Utah State Party Web site  State Party web site click on Party Platform
Utah Republican Party State Party Platform (as ratified at the 2009 State Convention)
We believe government properly exists by the consent of the governed and must
 be restrained from intruding into the freedoms of its citizens. The function of
 government is not to grant rights, but to protect the unalienable, God-given rights of life,
 liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.

National Republican Party Platform on Immigration

In my opinion all of the Republican platforms, 
National, Utah and Utah County Republican Platforms, support
Immigration as a National issue controlled by the Federal Government.
It will be difficult for all 50 states to have their own immigration policies that differ from the other 49 states.

Immigration, National Security, and the Rule of Law
Immigration policy is a national security issue, for which we have one test: Does it serve the national interest?  By that standard, Republicans know America can have a strong immigration system without sacrificing the rule of law. 
Enforcing the Rule of Law at the Border and Throughout the Nation
Border security is essential to national security.  In an age of terrorism, drug cartels, and criminal gangs, allowing millions of unidentified persons to enter and remain in this country poses grave risks to the sovereignty of the United States and the security of its people.  We simply must be able to track who is entering and leaving our country. 
Our determination to uphold the rule of law begins with more effective enforcement, giving our agents the tools and resources they need to protect our sovereignty, completing the border fence quickly and securing the borders, and employing complementary strategies to secure our ports of entry.  Experience shows that enforcement of existing laws is effective in reducing and reversing illegal immigration.
Our commitment to the rule of law means smarter enforcement at the workplace, against illegal workers and lawbreaking employers alike, along with those who practice identity theft and traffic in fraudulent documents. As long as jobs are available in the United States, economic incentives to enter illegally will persist.  But we must empower employers so they can know with confidence that those they hire are permitted to work.  That means that the E-Verify system—which is an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and identity of employees—must be reauthorized.  A phased-in requirement that employers use the E-Verify system must be enacted.

Utah County and Utah State Republican Paltforms on Immigration

 Much of the debate this convention will be on HB 116.  These are the current Utah County and State Republican Platforms.

Utah County Republican Platform
We support reforming the immigration system to ensure that it is legal, safe, orderly and humane.  We also support measures to ensure that the immigration system is structured to address the needs of national security. We support efforts to enforce the law while welcoming immigrants who enter America through legal avenues.  America is a stronger and better nation because of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants.  We support the Constitutional mandate for the federal government to protect and secure our national borders.  Taxpayers should not be covering state benefits for illegal aliens.

Utah Republican Platform
 America is a stronger and better nation because of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of legal immigrants, and the Republican Party honors them.  We believe that control of our borders is an urgent national security interest and our national sovereignty depends on those secure borders
We oppose illegal immigration and all forms of amnesty, or legal status, for illegal immigrants.  We support suspending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrant parents.  We oppose granting government benefits to those illegally present in the US.  We oppose any temporary or “guest” worker program that would offer an automatic path to citizenship. We believe that the current laws against employing illegal immigrants should be vigorously enforced, particularly to stem the now too common crime of identity theft in obtaining employment. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

State Central Committee Candidates in Leg Districts

  This list reflects the names of the candidates who have officially withdrawn from the race, seven if they withdrew AFTER the ballots were printed.

LEG 27
Lowell Nelson
Mark Steele
Derek Seal
Heather Groom 
Christy Kane
Jacki Wilson
Daryl Acumen
Jennifer Lambert
Kristen Chevrier
Carlton Bowen

LEG 56
Jeremy Roberts 
Heather Williamson
Brian Jenkins
David Lifferth
Becky Pirente
Cory Maloy
Mia Love
Matthew Lindner

LEG 57
Craig Frank
Kim Frank
Holly Richardson
Joel Wright
Kraig Thorne
Bill Lee
Karen Lee 

LEG 58
Chris Shelley
Dave Duncan
Chip Browne
Kirby Glad
Doyle Mortimer
Chris Nichols

LEG 59
Brandon Beckham
Merrill Hansen
Mike Thompson
Val Hale
Eric Aroca
Jared Jardine

LEG 60
Linda Houskeeper
Steve Diamond
Kay Thoreson
Cathy Young
Joey Smith
Ivan Keller

LEG 61
Keri Witte
Lisa Shepherd
Arturo Morales 
Thayne Bailey
Adrielle Herring
Jordan Gundrson

LEG 62
Jackie deGaston
Andrew Holmes
Pam Warren
Taylor Oldroyd
Jeff Rogers
Toby Emory

LEG 63
Leo Lines
David Acheson

LEG 64
Gary Taylor
Sterling Beck  
Martha Winsor
Paul Baltes
Stan Lockhart
Shaun Farr

LEG 65
Sharon Storrs
Wayne Woodfield
Matthew Duffin
Erin Clawson

LEG 66
Victor Jackson 

Leg 67      No one filed from Leg 67

Bold names are  State Central Committee Incumbents

Saturday, April 23, 2011

LDS MIssionaries Sang National Anthem at Jazz-Spurs Game

The San Antonio LDS Missionaries sang the National Anthem for the Spurs-Jazz game in the AT & T Center in San Antonio  on April 9. 

Of course their performance and rehearsal before they sang are now available on You Tube.

Friday, April 22, 2011

New Filing Deadline for Poll watchers Monday April 25 5:00 P.M.

All candidates running for Utah County Party Officers and all
State Central Committee Candidates can select ONE person
 to watch while the ballots are counted.

The deadline for submitting the name of your poll watcher is Monday
April 25 at 5:00 P.M.

the name of your choice prior to Monday at 5:00 P.M.

You could ask your precinct chair or precinct vice chair if your spouse
or other family members are not available.

Candidates for GOP Party Officers charged $50.00 for convention tables

All candidates running for Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of the Utah County Party have to PAY $50.00 to the Party to get a convention table so they can talk to delegates. (State Central Committee Candidates have to pay the same fee)

These candidates have donated their time and money to SERVE in these volunteer positions and are not  PAID any money by the party at all.  They are not given any money to make literature, or any other campaign related expenses.

I think it is time the leaders of the Utah County Republican Party get the respect they
deserve for their LONG hours of dedicated service to the Republican Party.  They
spend countless hours working for Republican Candidates, raising money to give to
Republican Candidates and I think the party should  provide a convention table
for them free.

If you agree with me, please encourage the Utah County Republican Party to refund
this money collected from the STRONGEST volunteers the Utah County Party has.

(You could also send a donation to the candidates of your choice to help them cover their
campaign expenses)

Thanks to all candidates who are running for Utah County Republican offices in 2011!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April 28 Mountain View High School 7:00-9:00 All Candidates


Attention all County Delegates
One Stop Shop

“Political ChitChat”

 All Utah County Republican Party Leadership candidates and
State Central Committee candidates are invited.

Delegate Training

Thursday, April 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Mountain View HS, Commons Area
665 W Center Street, Orem
(No outside or inside signage allowed)

7:00 p.m. 
Delegate Training  (10 minutes)

7:10 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

"ChitChat" with State Central Committee Candidates

40 second Statements from SCC Candidates (Name, Candidate #, Why should we elect you to represent us?)
7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

"Political ChitChat" Panel Discussion with Candidates for:
Party Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer

Opening/Closing 90 second statements from Candidates.  Rules for Questions to be considered:   (80 second answers)Questions submitted Party office specific:  Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer Candidate Offices,  Questions not directed to individual candidates,  Questions written and given to moderators,  Questions which pertain to Party policy and qualifications. 

Tuesday, April 19  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  “Meet the Candidates”   Orem BSA Office, 748 N 1340 W (west of I-15),  All Candidates (SCC included), Event Coordinators:  Jolene & Mark Fincher 801-224-6921
Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.   “Meet the Candidates”  Orem, 830 E 500 N     Chair: David Acheson, Dave Duncan, Vice Chair: Lisa Shepherd,  Treasurer:  Lisa Jensen, Steven Reid,     Host:  Alan Arnoldsen 801-367-4316
Thursday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Utah County Republican Party Executive Committee Meeting  Orem, 1031 W Center,   Come see the Steering Committee (SC) and Executive Committees (EC) in action.
Vice Chair Candidates on SC and EC:  *Lisa Shepherd (Elected Party Secretary),  Adrielle Herring (Appointed Officer EdO),    Chair Candidates on EC:  *David Acheson (LDCH),  *Dave Duncan (LDCH),  *Kirby Glad (CBC)

Friday, April 22, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. South County “Meet and Greet”  Payson, 12798 S 3620 W,    Host:  LD67 Leadership:  Kepi Hemuli, Ben Smith, Kaye Westwood,  Kepi:  801-358-9564
Hostess, Lisa Shepherd, 801-787-8211

Monday, April 18, 2011

First veto override session either April 25 or May 2

Governor Herbert rejected four bills passed by the 2011 Legislature.  The legislators are looking at the first veto override session on either April 25 or May 2. Deseret News

Bills Vetoed by the Governor:
SB229 earmarks 30% of new tax revenues to pay for transportation projects. SB229
SB294 changed health insurance plans and costs.  SB294
HB328 changed the state back to five day work week.  HB328
SB305 creates a computer alignment for schools with the business community. SB305

The Legislators will discuss an override on all four bills, however no indication is being given now which ones will vetoed by the legislature.

The governor already called the legislature back into a special session since the end of the 2011 session to repeal HB 477, which made dramatic changes in the Open Records GRAMA laws currently in place.  The public outcry, led by the continuous media scrutiny of the changed bill created the motivation for the governor to call the special session where HB 477 was repealed.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Utah's delegation in China with Governor Herbert

KSL Photo of Utah delegation in China.

KSL photo of Governor Herbert in Bejing, China.  KSL story

Friday, April 8, 2011

HB 248 Party liaison picks replacement for midtern vacancies in county offices

HB 248 passed by the 2011 Legislature, signed by the governor, bill status
gives the "Party liaison" the responsibility to submit ONE name to fill the midterm vacancy to the county legislative body to fill the replacement.
text of HB 248
. . . .the county
             113      legislative body shall give notice of the vacancy to the [county central committee] party liaison

             114      of the same political party as the prior office holder and invite that [committee] party liaison to
             115      submit the [names of three nominees] name of a person to fill the vacancy.
             116          (ii) That [county central committee] party liaison shall, within 30 days, submit the
             117      [names of three nominees] name of the person to fill the vacancy to the county legislative body.
             118          (iii) The county legislative body shall[, within 45 days after the vacancy occurs,
             119      appoint one of those nominees] no later than five days after the day on which a party liaison
             120      submits the name of the person to fill the vacancy appoint the person to serve out the unexpired
             121      term.

Previously, the notification of the vacancy was submitted to the county central committee and they submitted three names to the county legislative body and then the county legislative body selected ONE of the three names to fill the vacancy.

Randall Convington, Utah County Recorder resigned in 2009 and the Utah County Central Committee, held an election and submitted three names to the Utah County Commissioners, who voted 2-1 to fill the vacancy with the candidate that did NOT receive the most votes from the Central Committee.

This change provides that ONLY ONE name be submitted, so it is not up to the county legislative body to select the midterm replacements.

May 19 5:00 P.M. State Republican Party Officer Filing deadline

The last day to file to run for Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary or Treasurer in the Utah State Republican Party is May 19, 2011, at 5:00 p.m.

The last day to file to run for the Utah  COUNTY Republican Party:   Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary or Treasurer is April 15, at 5:00 p.m.

You can also file to run for the Utah State Republican Party State Central Committee until April 15. at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Legislative 60 Report April 5

Thanks to everyone who attended the Legislative Report!
Leonard Laxton and his wife hosted Legislators Rep. Brad Daw
and Senator Margaret Dayton in a question and answer period 
on Tuesday.
Thanks to everyone, especially the special musical number,
the scouts who did the flag presentation, 
and the legislators!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Margaret Dayton's State Commission Amendments Bill was signed by Governor

SB 44 to modify provisions of certain state commissions was signed by the Governor on March 29, 2011.   SB 44 status
This bill amends the following Utah Codes:
     Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          59-1-903, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 144
             26          59-1-904, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1990, Chapter 237
             27          59-1-905, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 286
             28          59-5-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 323
             29          59-7-612, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 4 and 382

             30          59-7-613, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 4 and 382
             31          59-7-614, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 344
             32          59-7-614.2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 164
             33          59-7-614.3, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 389
             34          59-7-614.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 278
             35          59-10-1012, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 4 and 382
             36          59-10-1013, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 4 and 382
             37          59-10-1014, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 344
             38          59-10-1024, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 389
             39          59-10-1106, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 344
             40          59-10-1107, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 164
             41          59-10-1108, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 278
             42          59-12-103.1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 253
             43          59-12-104.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 203
             44          63I-3-203, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 25
             45          63I-3-204, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             46          63I-3-207, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             47          63J-1-205, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 138
             48          63M-1-1805, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 135
             49          63M-1-2406, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 372
             50          63M-1-2806, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 45
 SB 44 text