Thursday, June 30, 2011

Redistricting Cartoon from Chicago Tribune 2010

Gerrymandering Cartoon – From March 14, 2010 
Chicago Tribune. © Chicago Tribune

In 2001 Redistricting in Utah, Utah County was in parts of at least 13 House seats,
and parts of 8 senate seats and in the end lost a House member because he wasn't
living in the boundaries intended by the 2001 legislature at the time of the redistricting.
8 of the 13 House seats are in at least 2 different senate seats, and 5 of the 13 house
seats are in 3 or more senate seats, and 3 senate seats have representatives that don't
live in Utah County.

It is Utah County's turn to have 14 house seats and 5 senate seats in Utah County.

Monday, June 27, 2011

July 5 is the new date for the Utah Reputlican Party New Officer Open House

Attention Friends!

There has been a change in date for our upcoming Officer Open House. Instead of Tuesday June 28th,  it will be held on Tuesday, July 5th.  We hope to see you all there!

Utah Republican Party New Officer Open House
Tuesday, July 5, 6-8 p.m.
Utah Republican Party Headquarters
117 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
Park just east of the building - validation provided

This is the latest e-mail from the State Republican Party.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Utah Republican Party New Officer Open House

Tuesday, June 28, 6-8 p.m.

Thomas Wright ,Chairman, Utah Republican Party has invited everyone to an 
Open House at the GOP headquarters in Salt Lake 117 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah.

(This is a portion of the e-mail Thomas sent out)

I would like to invite you to Party HQ to meet the new Party officers!

Utah Republican Party New Officer Open House
Tuesday, June 28, 6-8 p.m.
Utah Republican Party Headquarters
117 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
Park just east of the building - validation provided

Thank you for your service to the Utah Republican Party.  Now is the time to turn up the conservative heat!

Thomas Wright
Chairman, Utah Republican Party

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cheerios 70 years old this year

"Here’s a quiz for the breakfast table: What’s the most popular 
cereal brand in American grocery stores? The answer, of course, is Cheerios.
The iconic cereal, which turns 70 years old this year, accounts for 
one of every eight boxes of cereal sold nationwide."

It would take 3,155,524,416 Cheerios to circle the Earth.
Honey Nut Cheerios have outsold the originals since 2009.
Cheerios is General Mills top selling brand and is manufactured
in Buffalo New York.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Orem is 5th Largest City in the State after 2010 census

Orem stayed the 5th largest city in the state after the 2010 census.
The following cities are the largest cities in the state:
1.  Salt Lake City         
2.  West Valley City
3.  Provo
4.  West Jordan
5.  Orem
6.  Sandy
7.  Ogden
8.  St. George
9. Layton
10. Taylorsville

Orem City's senators represent combined 6 other cities and 2 school
districts.  Senator Dayton represents both Orem and Provo which includes
both Alpine and Provo School Districts.  Senator Valentine represens
Lindon, Pleasantt Grove, American Fork, Cedar Hills, in addition to
one House seat in Orem.

 Provo has their own senator exclusively in Provo city limits.
  Sandy's senators represent only 2 cities in addition to Sandy
not 6 like in Orem and West Valley City which are both larger
than Sandy.
Tenth place, Taylorsville senators represent only three other cities.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lowell Nelson new State GOP Vice Chair from Utah County

Lowell Nelson was elected to the State Central Committee at the Utah County Convention
on April 30 and was elected as the State GOP Vice Chair at the State Convention on
June 18.  Lowell Nelson  is also serving on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee
in Utah County.  Lowell is the Precinct Chair in Highland 05 Precinct.
Congratulations Lowell and all other elected state GOP officers!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pat Bagley The Mormon Question

 First published Jun 10 2011 03:20PM
Updated Jun 10, 2011 03:23PM
This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, June 12, 2011.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

3 out of 8 Most Populous House Districts in Utah County

"With 2,763,885 people living in Utah according to the 2010 Census, each district’s ideal population is 36,852. After the 2001 redistricting, each district’s population was roughly equal. However, growth over the past 10 years has been extremely uneven. The most populous district in the 2010 Census, District 56, has grown to 90,503 residents over the past 10 years. The second most populous is District 52, with 61,341 people. Together, these two districts have enough people to fill more than four districts."

This shows the shift in population since the last census in 2010.
8 Most Populous House Districts in Descending Order
District (incumbent, party, county)
2010 population Ideal population Difference
56 (Sumsion, R, Utah) 90,503 36,852 +53,651
52 (Wimmer, R, Salt Lake) 61,341 36,852 +24,489
50 (Newbold, R, Salt Lake) 54,430 36,852 +17,578
42 (Bird, R, Salt Lake) 51,909 36,852 +15,057
71 (Last, R, Washington) 51,723 36,852 +14,871
13 (Ray, R, Davis) 50,040 36,852 +13,188
27 (Dougall, R, Utah) 49,237 36,852 +12,385
65 (Gibson, R, Utah) 49,224 36,852 +12,372 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Leg 60 One of 8 of the least populated House Districts

Federal Laws mandate that at the time of the census and redistricting each district be
approximately equal in population.  Over the 10 years until the next re-districting
the population shifts.

The following 8 House Districts are the least populated House
Districts in the state at this time and will probably have to be combined with
other House districts in order to comply with the laws mandating equal populations in
each district.
Utah Data Points

District (incumbent, party, county)
2010 population Ideal population Difference
49 (D. Brown, R, Salt Lake) 27,228 36,852 -9,624
4 (Butterfield, R, Cache/Rich) 28,046 36,852 -8,806
48 (Christensen, R, Salt Lake) 28,348 36,852 -8,504
46 (Poulson, D, Salt Lake) 28,377 36,852 -8,475
63 (Sanpei, R, Utah) 28,493 36,852 -8,359
28 (King, D, Salt Lake) 29,137 36,852 -7,715
45 (Eliason, R, Salt Lake) 29,393 36,852 -7,459
60 (Daw, R, Utah) 29,398 36,852 -7,454

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Utah's Growth in the Last 10 Years in the Congressional Seats

Utah Data Points

Utah Data Points blog (link above) How Has Utah's Population Grown since 2000? lists the following information and map above.  In my opinion this map clearly shows the population grown in Utah which should be represented in the new redistricting boundaries set for the next 10 years.

The Daily Herald Newspaper has done an opinion piece called Utah County a Natural District
"The head of the redistricting panel, Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork, has floated his own trial balloon: A district that would include all of Utah County, plus a slice of southeast Salt Lake County to bring it up to the required population size of 690,000 people.
That doesn't make as much sense as a district that would include all of Utah County, plus Wasatch County and a slice of Juab County.
For many people, the ideal congressional district is a natural cultural, demographic, geographic and political unit. Utah County comes about as close to that as any place in America. It has a very strong cultural identity that in turn shapes its demographics, and the Point of the Mountain has long been a significant line of demarcation."

The Herald opinion includes other good points such as age of Utah County residents, second youngest in the nation, and natural borders.  Daily Herald Opinion

This is from Utah Data Points blog
"As shown in the table below, the 3rd district is overpopulated by 275,261 people. But even the least populated district (the 2nd) will need to shed 200,002 people in order to draw a fourth district. With each district losing between 22% and 28% of its population to the new district, a wholesale redrawing of district lines is likely."
District 2010 population Ideal population Difference
1 906,660 690,971 +215,689
2 890,993 690,971 +200,002
3 966,232 690,971 +275,261
4 0 690,971 -690,971                                                                        

Utah Data Points by Adam Brown

Utah Data Points is a blog by

About Adam Brown

Adam Brown is an assistant professor of political science at Brigham Young University and a research fellow with the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.   Utah Data Points

This blog will feature the following posts regarding redistricting in Utah and will post something almost
every weekday.
So keep us in your feed readers. We’ll be posting something almost every weekday for the next couple weeks.

Redistricting Hearing Provo Utah June 22 6:00 P.M. Centennial Middle School Auditorium 305 East 2320 North, Provo, Utah

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Redistricting Hearing Provo Utah June 22 6:00 P.M. Centennial Middle School Auditorium 305 East 2320 North, Provo, Utah

Total U.S. population = 308,745,538
Total resident Utah population = 2,763,885

Assuming the Legislature keeps the House at 75 members and the
State School Board at 15, ideal district sizes for redistricting in 2011 
will now be:
Congress – 690,971
State Senate – 95,306
State House – 36,852
State School Board – 184,259
Wednesday June 22, 2011 is one of only two redistricting hearings
scheduled in Utah County and the only one still remaining.

This is your chance to make suggestions, and or comment on the boundaries
they may be considering. 

Wednesday, June 15th
6:00 p.m.
Salt Lake Library Auditorium
 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

Wednesday, June 22nd
6:00 p.m.
Centennial Middle School Auditorium 305 East 2320 North, Provo, Utah

Wednesday, July 20th
6:00 p.m.
Glendale Middle School, 1430 West Andrew Avenue, Salt Lake City

Tuesday, July 26th
6:00 p.m.
Park City High School, 2700 Kearns Boulevard, Park City

Friday, June 3, 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama replaced food pyramid with the plate

After almost two decades, the USDA food pyramid is history. First Lady Michelle Obama today unveiled the USDA's update on America's visual nutrition guide, replacing the familiar - and much maligned - pyramid with a plate.

The new design incorporates seven key dietary messages:
- Enjoy your food, but eat less
- Avoid oversized portions
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks
- Make at least half your grains whole grains
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals - and choose the foods with lower numbers.

As a former Home Economics teacher, I can't resist posting this dramatic change in the
USDA recommended guidelines.   This change is consistent with Michelle Obama's
childhood obesity focus.

Not everyone agrees that the food pyramid should go, but looking at the obesity rate
in the United States, not only in adults, but also children and teenagers, it would appear
the "former" food pyramid was not creating a healthy nation.

There have been numerous changes to the food pyramid over the years and CBS has
a picture/image history of some of the changes to the USDA food pyramid guidelines.

In my opinion, the USDA guidelines have not been a guiding force in most people's eating
habits in the past, but maybe this new change that initially appears easier to understand
for both children and adults, will actually impact America's eating habits.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Utah's Four Day Work Week Ends September 6, 2011

Gary Herbert sent a letter to state employees announcing the state will be back
on a five day work week starting September 6, 2011.

Utah Legislature voted last month to override the Governor's veto of a
bill requiring state agencies to reopen on Fridays. The bill would have
allowed agencies to keep some employees on a work week of four
10-hour days, however Herbert said the legislature didn't allocate any extra funding
for the bill and so due to costs involved.  the state will go back to a five day work

 KSL                 Salt Lake Tribune

Provo City and Spanish Fork cities tried the four 10 hour day work weeks years ago
and both cities found that some city offices needed to be open on Fridays.  They then
kept offices open four 10 hour days with offices open on Fridays and rotated employees
to cover.  Provo City did not allocate any extra money to departments to cover the
extra hours on Friday.

I wonder how many more government agencies will try a four day work week or how
soon the state will try it again.

Flooding in Utah Cartoon by Pat Bagley June 2, 2011

This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune 
on Thursday, June 2, 2011.  Salt Lake Tribune

Governor Gary Herbert toured the Utah flooded areas earlier in the week
and appeared on several televised news broadcasts.