Saturday, April 21, 2012

Convention ended at 8:08 P.M.

As voting started at 7:30 a.m., the 2012 convention was over 12 1/2 hours in total voting
time.  By 6:30 p.m. only 70.8% of the state delegates credentialed were left to vote.
There is no minimum number for a quorum for voting, and each candidate must
get 60% of the total votes cast.

In the case of National Committeewoman she only needs to get 50% of the votes cast.

Vote count for Utah GOP National Committeewoman. 2777 total delegate votes cast.
Enid Mickelsen – 1605 votes, 57.8 percent
Rebecca Monson – 380 votes, 13.68 percent
Nancy Lord – 792, 28.52 percent

Senator Hatch missed convention win by about 32 votes

Second round voting results: Liljenquist 40.81% Hatch 59.19%. 
The Utah U.S. Senate race will go to the June primary.

Hatch 2313
Liljenquist 1595

3921 State Delegates at Republican Convention

3742 or .9355% of the 4,000 Republican state delegates elected at caucus voted at 11:00 a.m
on the Republican Party constitution and bylaws amendments proposed for the 2012 convention.

Chris Sloan, Tooele County Party Chair, Chairman of the 2012 Credentialing Committee
 made the motion to adopt the credential total of 3921 state delegates out of a possible
3989 total delegates or 98.3% of the state delegates were credentialed.  12:00 Noon

Republican State Convention State Senate Results

Unofficial initial reports for the state senate races.
District 16:
Andrew Holmes – 39%
Curt Bramble – 61%
District 19:
Dan Deuel – 28%
Allen Christensen – 72%
District 23:
Todd Weiler – 87%
Lamont Peterson – 13%
District 24:
Patrick Painter – 41.2%
Ralph Okerlund – 59.8%
This race goes to a primary

District 27: 2nd Round Results
David Hinkins – 69.89%

Stephen Whyte – 30.1%

Michael Stansfield – dropped out on the first round
This race goes to a Primary

District 28:
Casey Anderson – 57%
Evan J. Vickers – 43%
This race goes to a primary.

Monday, April 9, 2012

780,000 Utah people had sensitive information breached in state computer hacking

There are only 300,000 Utah people enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, however sensitive information about 780,000 people were taken by computer hackers two weeks ago.  Victims are those who saw a health care provider in the last four months.

Scope of Utah Medicaid data breach explodes

By kirsten stewart
The Salt Lake Tribune
The Social Security numbers of an additional 255,000 Utahns may have been exposed to hackers in last week’s data breach, while less sensitive information — such as names and birth dates — from 350,000 people may have been released.
State officials announced the new, dramatically higher numbers at a Monday press conference. They now estimate the Social Security numbers of a total of 280,000 patients, plus other information about another 500,000, were exposed.
The victims were likely people who saw a health care provider in the last four months, they said.
Two Sundays ago, hackers believed to be operating from Eastern Europe broke into an inadequately-protected computer server at the Utah Department of Health.
The breach was initially reported as involving 24,000 claims. As the investigation progressed, officials said hackers stole information from 181,604 Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program recipients between April 1 and April 2.
Of those clients, officials initially said 25,096 had their Social Security numbers compromised.
At Monday’s press conference, officials said the newly-identified victims may have been Medicaid or CHIP patients, or could be patients of providers who were uncertain about their coverage.
The state’s computer systems are the responsibility of the Department of Technology Services. The breach is being blamed on employee who put a server online without its proper security. State officials believe it was a mistake and have declined to name the employee.
The state manages 260,000 Medicaid clients and 40,000 in CHIP. About two out of three Medicaid recipients are children.
Help for hacking victims
Protect yourself • Concerned Medicaid clients can call 1-800-662-9651 or go online to get more information on how to protect themselves and their identities.
Protect your child • The Utah Attorney General’s Child Identity Protection provides a secure process to enroll a child’s information with the national credit reporting company TransUnion.

Utah State Hospital top Salaries and benefits between $273,000 and $480,000

Nine of Utah’s 10 highest state salaries, outside academia, are earned by psychiatrists at the Utah State Hospital for the mentally ill. Salt Lake Tribune

The 10 highest salaries are at the University of Utah with the football coach Kyle Whittingham being the highest at $1.5 million.  Only one woman is included in the 10 highest salaries at the University of Utah.

How do salaries at other Universities in Utah, especially UVU compare with the University of Utah salaries?

Salary and benefits by the numbers
Some community members criticize the high pay of psychiatrists at Utah State Hospital, but many other state employees earn as much or more:
University of Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham » $1.5 million
University of Utah orthopedics professor John T. Smith » $1 million
University of Utah chief of the Division of Otolaryngology Clough Shelton » $1 million

Utah State Hospital clinical director and psychiatrist Richard Spencer » $480,869
Utah Transit Authority chief executive officer John Inglish » $351,891

 The Salt Lake Tribune and provides information on the gross compensation of public officials at all levels of government and other agencies that use taxpayers’ money.

Gross compensation is the combined total of the employee’s wages, benefits, bonuses and reimbursements. A breakdown of the employee’s compensation can be found by clicking on that person’s name.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Utah County Convention and ACT Test at Salem Hills High School

300 students have paid money and registered to take the ACT Test at Salem Hills High School on April 14, hoping to get the highest score possible so they can attend the college of their choice or get the best scholarship possible.  The Utah County Republican Party moved their April 14 convention to Salem Hills High after problems with the previous location.
Now 1500 county delegates, candidates for all races including statewide races, must maintain a quiet presence in a school where there is ACT testing going on at the same time as elections for republican elected officials.

Fellow Delegates - 

As you may know, the County Convention on April 14th will now be at Salem Hills High.  It is imperative that we are on our best behavior!  There will be ACT testing in half of the school, and parents are concerned that we will be too loud.  The parents have hired police to patrol the school, so we ask that you be extremely respectful to rules and these important tests that determine if these students get into college.

- The only door to the school that we may enter is the North door.  
- Parking is only at the football stadium and tennis court.  Once this parking is full, then we begin parking on the road.  Absolutely no parking in the East parking lot.  This will be monitored by the police.
- Candidate signs can only be placed in the North Lawn.  This is where we enter.
- If an area is marked "No Talk Zone" - that really means No talking.  

The Executive Committee approved an agenda for the Convention.  Room assignments have not been made, but we will let you know them as soon as we hear this.

6:30 - Credentialing opens.  We will credential by Legislative District, so look for District 61.
7:30 - 8:05 - Central Committee Meeting (Precinct Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and Party Leadership) - Auditorium
8:20 - 9:00 - Senate Caucuses
9:15 - 10:15 - House Caucuses
10:30 - General Session begins

We will adjorn when business is completed.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Legislative District 61 Leadership

Becky Strain
Beau Sorensen
Richard Jaussi
Matt Thompson


Monday, April 2, 2012

1940 Census Information Available Online

The 1940 census records are now online and access to the 1940 census records are free and open to anyone on the Internet, but for now you need an address to search.  You need to know approximately where the person was living in April 1940 in order to look them up.
          As the records were released today, Family History organizations will begin indexing them and in a short time, you will be able to access them with a name search, although that search may not be free. 1940 census archives