Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Really Bad Pizza Recipe

 According to the above opinion piece in the Daily Herald Newspaper,
the "pizza slice" plan may not benefit Utah County despite the fact
Utah county lawmakers are poised to vote for it.

"Never mind that this play would water down Utah County's clout in Washington, without any compensating benefits. And never mind that these lawmakers are supposed to represent their local constituents." 

. . . . ."Note that a district comprising Utah County and a few other small chunks would focus a U.S. representative's attention squarely on this valley. You'd think that area lawmakers would naturally favor the idea.
But no. Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork, the House chair for the committee, and Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, are favoring the pizza slice plan.
"I would like our congressional delegation unified in representing all the interests of Utah," Sumsion says. Defenders of the slice idea say it would force members of Congress to pay attention to rural areas in the four districts, since each slice would include some rural zones."  Daily Herald Opinion Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:03 am.

In 1990 when I campaigned for candidates for the 3rd congressional district race,
it was possible to win without any votes outside Utah County.  Sadly, the 1991 and 2001
redistricting diminished Utah County's voice in Washington D.C, and 2011 appears to
make the strongest conservative voice in the country more weak than it currently is.

Utah County Lawmakers Like Pizza Plan

Redistricting in Utah 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Utah County Constitution and Bylaw Committee 2011-2013

These are the 7 elected members of the Constitution
and Bylaw Committee.

•    Diane Christensen  154 Votes
•    Kristen Chevrier     139 Votes
•    Lisa Shepherd         130 Votes
•    Kirby Glad                 129 Votes
•    Dan Forward           124 Votes
•    Paul Baltes               124 Votes
•    Norman Jackson     121 Votes

•    Sherrie Spencer       116 Votes
•    Shaun Farr                 109 Votes
•     Chris Shelley            87 Votes
•    Linda Houskeeper    48 Votes

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Central Committee Meeting Agenda Sept. 24, 2011

Note the Constitution and Bylaws Elections are number 10 on the Agenda. 
This is the Agenda posted on the Official GOP County web site.
Utah County GOP web site    Click documents and then
September 24 Central  Committee Meeting.

Should the elections be first in case the meeting runs out of time?

24 September 2011
1. Call to Order
2. Invocation
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Approval of the Minutes
5. Audit Committee Report
6. Representatives Report
7. 2012 Budget
8. Redistricting
9. Officer Report
10. Elections for Constitution and Bylaws Committee
11. Elections for Audit Committee
12. Operation 2012
13. Adjournment

Utah County GOP Constitution and Bylaw Committee Candidates

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee has 7 Members.

The following individuals have submitted their names for consideration for the Utah County Republican Party Constitution and Bylaws Committee:
•    Chris Shelley         801-734-0122           Orem Leg 58 
•    Dan Forward         801-836-3687   Provo Leg 62
•    Kirby Glad            801-376-2050           Orem Leg 58
•    Linda Houskeeper 801-225-3332         Orem Leg 60
•    Norman Jackson    801-224-4947  Provo Leg 62
•    Paul Baltes            801-636-2442              Provo Leg 64

•    Shaun Farr             801-228-7642              Provo Leg 64
•    Diane Christensen 801-377-5912       Provo Leg 64
•    Sherrie Spencer     801-691-6571                Provo Leg 64
•    Kristen Chevrier    801-756-0677    Highland Leg 27
•    Lisa Shepherd        801-787-8211        Provo Leg 61

Utah County Republican Party Audit Committee 2011-2013

The following individuals have submitted their names for consideration for the Utah County Republican Party Audit Committee:
•    Chris Shelley          801-734-0122    
•    Dann Hone             801-221-1997    
•    Clayton Holbrook    801-357-9298   
•    Dave Duncan           801-360-1683   
•    Peggy Burdett          801-225-1806   

The Utah County Republican Party Audit committee consists of 5 members.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Orem City has AA Bond Rating

Jeff Koterba, Omaha World Herald, NE


Orem City's credit rating is not as good as the US credit rating and has
been only AA for years.

Should Orem City be borrowing more money (bonding) and risk an even
lower credit rating?

Friday, September 9, 2011

President Monson in Washington Post

"9/11 destruction allowed us to spiritually rebuild" was posted in the
Washington Post on 9/8/2011 and is written by President Thomas
Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The following paragraphs are the conclusion of his piece.  Click on the link to
see the entire story.
. . . . . . .

If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that He gives to us. We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. It should not require tragedy for us to remember Him, and we should not be compelled to humility before giving Him our faith and trust. We too should be with Him in every season.

The way to be with God in every season is to strive to be near Him every week and each day. We truly “need Him every hour,” not just in hours of devastation. We must speak to Him, listen to Him, and serve Him. If we wish to serve Him, we should serve our fellow men. We will mourn the lives we lose, but we should also fix the lives that can be mended and heal the hearts that may yet be healed.

It is constancy that God would have from us. Tragedies are not merely opportunities to give Him a fleeting thought, or for momentary insight to His plan for our happiness. Destruction allows us to rebuild our lives in the way He teaches us, and to become something different than we were. We can make Him the center of our thoughts and His Son, Jesus Christ, the pattern for our behavior. We may not only find faith in God in our sorrow. We may also become faithful to Him in times of calm.

Thomas S. Monson is president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day 2011

Larry Wright / Detroit News,
MSNBC Political Cartoon

 Maple Leaf Web Sun Media

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New Link to Utah County Republican Party 2006 & 2007 Documents

The Following outdated documents can be found at the link
below and also on the links on the right side of this blog. 
Bylaws of the Utah County Republican Party
(as amended February 17, 2007)

Constitution of the Utah County Republican Party
(as amended April 29, 2006)

Platform of the Utah County Republican Party
(as adopted April 28, 2007)

Pat Bagley Cartoon: Ode to the American Worker

This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Salt Lake City's Grand America Hotel hired undocumented workers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security audit of Salt Lake City's Grand America
Hotel that began October 2010 found undocumented workers.

During this audit process, Department of Homeland Security determined that
some hotel employees did not have valid documentation to work in the
United States even though they had presented facially valid documents
when they were hired.

Homeland Security notified the hotel that those who had not been able to
document their right to work in the United States during the audit
could no longer be employed after August 31, 2011.  In order to comply
with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security audit,
the Grand America Hotel laid off all workers who couldn’t provide
legal documentation to work in the United States to the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In 2006, the Grand America hotel began verifying all applicant Social Security
numbers with the Social Security Administration.

State Workforce Service records indicate the Grand America hotel has a workforce
of between 599 and 1,000 people, however hotel officials did not verify
either the number of hotel employees or the number of people who were unable
to provide legal documentation to the audit, and consequently were laid off

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