Legislative Priorities Being Set for Upcoming Session

The Utah State Legislature will convene on January 23, and the session will run through March 8.  The Utah House Republican caucus will be focusing a lot of attention on education this year — an issue that ranks high in priority with voters, and therefore a good election-year topic.  Check out more info in this Daily Herald article.

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Special Central Committee Meeting Called for 12/10

A Special Central Committee meeting has been called by a petition of more than 10% of the Central Committee, as provided in UCRP Bylaw 8, C, for the purpose of addressing Bylaw proposals not finished at the committee’s 11/17 meeting.

The special meeting is scheduled for:

Saturday, December 10
9:00 a.m.
Dixon Middle School,  750 West 200 North, Provo

At last month’s meeting, the Committee was about to vote on how the County Party wants State Delegates to be allocated; however, due to a credentialing snafu, the business of the meeting was significantly delayed and a vote was not taken.  Members were very upset and have called another meeting in order to complete this important and time-sensitive work.  Special attention is being given to credentialing and balloting to help facilitate a smooth and productive meeting.

State Delegate allocation has been a heated issue in the Party for a long time.  Essentially, the issue comes down to whether or not all State Delegate positions should be allocated to the precincts for election at caucus, or whether the Party should be allowed to scoop State Delegate seats off the top of our allocation and give those seats to Party officials (known as ex officio or “automatic” delegates) instead of to the precincts that earned them.

Precincts earn State Delegates according to their Relative Republican Strength – that is, the more people in your precinct who vote for Republican state candidates during gubernatorial election years, the more delegates your precinct earns.  According to the State GOP Constitution (Article XII, 1.A), these delegates are to be elected in the precincts.

This is an important issue for the committee to address right now, without delay, because:  1) Legislative District Officer elections are coming up next month and candidates for these offices deserve to know whether or not the offices will come with ex officio delegate status, and  2) caucus is quickly approaching and the time for allocating delegates to caucus is nearly upon us.

In 2010, 78 precincts lost a State Delegate because it was reallocated to a Party official (three from my District, Dist 61).  Because redistricting will add more districts (and thus more Party officials) to our county, even more precincts will lose State Delegates in 2012 if the State Delegate allocation process remains unchanged.

The following precincts were shorted a State Delegate in 2010:

HD 27:  AF04, AL04, AL05, DR01, HI01
HD 56:  AF11, EM01, EM03, EM05, LE07, LE08, LE09, LE15, LE16, LE17, SR01, SR05
HD 57:  AF10, CH01, CH03, PG03, PG08, PG13, PG14
HD 58:  LI03, OR01, OR32, OR36, OR38, OR41, OR48, PG04
HD 59:  OR05, OR18, OR22, OR39, OR40
HD 60:  OR08, OR16, OR25, OR26, OR31, OR35, OR37
HD 61:  OR13, PR13, PR20
HD 62:  PC01, PR10, PR32, PR40, PR42
HD 63: PR12
HD 64:  PR02, PR03, PR04, PR45, PR47, SP02
HD 65:  MA02, SF16, SP05, SP06, SP07, SP08, SP11, SP15
HD 66:  ER01, PA08, SF01, SF06, SF10, SF12, WH01
HD 67:  BECB, EL01, SL01, SQ01

If the Party continues to accommodate ex officio delegates, redistricting will result in up to 17 more seats being taken from the following:

Seven for sure: PR01, OR46, AF02, PR18, OR19, OR09, PR26
Ten maybe: PG02, SF08, PR27, LI06, PR38, SF07, AL01, PR48, PR49, PR33

All Precinct Chairs and Vice Chairs should attend this Special Central Committee Meeting so that you can vote on this important issue.

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Automatic Delegate Issue Left Unresolved

Members line up to speak for or against eliminating ex officio (or "automatic") delegates

Woooooo, if you missed attending the Utah County Republican Party Central Committee meeting tonight, you missed one wild ride!

Tonight the committee was scheduled to vote on bylaw amendments that could have eliminated or reduced the number of ex officio (“automatic”) state delegate seats — seats that are taken from the precincts and awarded to various leaders in the Party.  This issue has a long and controversial history, and people on both sides of the issue are passionate about their views.

The committee was only minutes away from casting ballots on the first proposal, which would have eliminated all ex officio delegates, when the clock struck 9:00 p.m. — the set adjournment time for the meeting.  A motion to extend the meeting until the bylaw votes were taken failed by just *5* votes of the 2/3 threshold required, and so we stood adjourned, ballots in hand.

The sentiment of the body seemed to me to be in favor of getting rid of at least some (if not all) ex officios, and I think this would have been the result had we been able to ballot.  However, a credentialing snafu ate up much of the meeting time (coincidence? sabotage?).  In a departure from the norm, when members arrived and signed in to be credentialed they were not given any name tag, wrist band, etc., that would have designated them eligible to vote.  Additionally, many of the members’ names were absent from the credentials list, and some nonmembers names were on the list.  This caused a ruckus even before the meeting started, as members were concerned about the integrity of the vote.  This snafu lead to nearly an hour of debate on whether the committee could or should move forward with such important votes.  In the end we decided to move forward with our business, but precious time had been gobbled up and the automatic delegate issue was left unresolved.

This issue ain’t over.  The vote on automatic delegates will certainly be raised again at our next meeting, so stay tuned!

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New Videos Regarding Automatic Delegates

Two very good videos were recently released regarding the Utah County Republican Party’s use of ex officio (or “automatic”) delegates.  They are just a few minutes long each, and are filled with interesting and education information.  Check them out here:

Automatic Delegates and Precinct-Elected Delegates in the Utah County Republican Party

Give the Party to the People

 

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UCRP to Vote on Automatic Delegates

Thursday’s Utah County Republican Party Central Committee meeting promises to be very interesting.  After years of sometimes heated argument and debate over “automatic delegates”, the Party will finally vote on the issue when it addresses a Bylaw change proposal that could do away with some or all automatic delegates.

Automatic delegates, formally known as ex officio delegates, are those who are given delegate status by virtue of the Party office they hold, rather than by election at their precinct caucus.  Thursday’s vote will focus only on State Delegates.

At the heart of the controversy over automatic delegates is the delegate allocation process: when the Utah County Party receives their delegate allocation numbers from the State Party, they scoop off the top of the number of delegate spots they wish to award to ex officios, and then apportion the remainder to the precincts for election at caucus.  In 2010, 78 delegate spots (approximately 11% of the county’s total) were siphoned away and given to ex officios.  That means 78 precincts did not receive a State Delegate they had earned.  The following 78 precincts would have been able to elect an additional State Delegate at caucus in 2010 if those delegate positions had not been given to ex officios instead.  Is your precinct one of them?

American Fork: AF04, AF10, AF11
Alpine: AL04, AL05
Birdseye / Covered Bridge: BECB
Cedar Hills: CH01, CH03
Draper: DR01
Elberta: EL01
Eagle Mountain: EM01, EM03, EM05
Elk Ridge: ER01
Highland: HI01
Lehi: LE07, LE08, LE09, LE15, LE16, LE17
Lindon: LI03
Mapleton: MA02
Orem: OR01, OR05, OR08, OR13, OR16, OR18, OR22, OR25, OR26, OR31, OR32, OR35, OR36, OR37, OR38, OR39, OR40, OR41, OR48
Payson: PA08
Provo Canyon: PC01
Pleasant Grove: PG03, PG04, PG08, PG13, PG14
Provo: PR02, PR03, PR04, PR10, PR12, PR13, PR20, PR32, PR40, PR42, PR45, PR47
Spanish Fork: SF01, SF06, SF10, SF12, SF16
Spring Lake: SL01
Springville: SP02, SP05, SP06, SP07, SP08, SP11, SP15
Santaquin: SQ01
Saratoga Springs: SR01, SR05
Woodland Hills: WH01

The following officers are listed in the Utah County Party documents as ex officio State Delegates:

  • Executive Committee Members
  • Legislative District Vice-Chairs and Education Officers
  • Federal Republican Elected Officials residing in Utah County
  • State Republican Elected Officials residing in Utah County
  • County Republican Elected Officials
  • State Party Officers residing in Utah County
  • The most recently released County Party Chair
    (Bylaw 1, A, 3, b)

Note that Precinct Chairs are NOT included in this list of ex officio State Delegates.  Executive Committee Members includes the four elected officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary), the five appointed officers (Education, Volunteers, PR/Media, Organization, Finance), the Legislative District Chairs, and the Chairs of the Audit Committee and the Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

The bylaw change proposal to be heard Thursday will allow the Central Committee to vote to do away with all ex officio delegates, or they will have the option to pick and choose which ex officios they wish to keep (or, of course, they could choose to go with the status quo and leave things unchanged).

It will be exciting to see this hot-button issue finally come to a vote.  Before Thursday’s meeting, Central Committee members are asked to review the bylaw proposals and pro/con information distributed by the Constitution and Bylaws Committee so members will be prepared to participate in discussion and voting.

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Utah Compact Supporters Disrespect Veterans

Utah Compact supporters chose Veteran’s Day to meet and commemorate the one-year anniversary of the document that spawned Utah’s unconstitutional amnesty bill (HB116), touted by Senator Bramble as the “Utah Compact Bill.” The Compact is a thinly veiled bate-and-switch document that pretends to pertain to “immigration” in general, but was crafted by the usual pro-amnesty crowd and is being used to support illegal immigration, cheap labor and amnesty.

Illegal immigration has negatively impacted the job market for young Americans, and reports today show that the unemployment rate for young veterans is even higher than the average unemployment rate – 12.1 percent in October, vs. 9 percent for the U.S. overall.  The youngest of veterans, aged 18 to 24, had a 30.4 percent jobless rate in October, way up from 18.4 percent a year earlier.  HB116 will grant an unlimited number of work permits in unlimited job sectors to illegal immigrants who come to Utah; it will also grant them legal status within our state.  This will greatly harm job-seeking citizens in general, and our young and veteran job-seekers in particular.

Check out the following press release from the Utah Coalition on Illegal immigration (a coalition of various Utah organizations concerned about the negative impacts and the victims of illegal immigration) :

Salt Lake City **—November 11, 2011—* Rather than celebrating Veteran’s
Day and honoring the millions of veterans who have served their nation,
advocates for illegal aliens who have violated the sovereignty and laws of
the United States are overriding Veteran’s Day to promote their pro-amnesty
agenda.

Led by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, community, political and
religious leaders who place the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of
those men and woman who have served our nation, Utah Compact organizers
will once again use Veteran’s Day to promote amnesty by reaffirming their
support of the disingenuous and open-ended Utah Compact.

Just one year ago on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the
Utah Compact was signed. According to former Bountiful American Legion Post
Commander and Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration (UCOII) co-founder
Ronald Mortensen, “The actions of the Compact supporters are in sharp
contrast to the position of America’s veterans’ organizations and are a
slap in the face to the millions of veterans who oppose illegal immigration
and who have fought and died to preserve the sovereignty and U.S.
Constitution.”

According to the American Legion’s official policy on illegal
immigration: The American Legion is opposed to any policy that would give
illegal immigrants legal permission to remain in the United States, whether
such a policy is referred to as “legalization,” “regularization,” “a guest
worker program,” “earned status adjustment,” or “earned access” (Source: http://www.legion.org/documents/legion/pdf/illegalimmigration.pdf).

“Any such amnesty policy would send a clear message that the
interests of law-breakers take precedent over those of our service
members,” said past National Commander Jimmie L. Foster. “Like many
Americans, our veterans need jobs, health care, and other benefits they
earned and deserve by serving our nation in uniform, often during times of
war.”

Foster continues, “I am astonished that the individual interests of illegal
immigrants would ever move ahead of veterans, military personnel and their
families when it comes to case-by-case analysis.”

Additionally, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) website states that
“Illegal immigration is a monumental threat to our homeland security.”
(Source: http://www.vfw.org/VFW-in-DC/Homeland-Security—War-on-Terrorism/).

To learn more about today’s attempt by Utah Compact organizers to overshadow
Veteran’s Day with amnesty, please read: Supporters of the Utah Compact
Display Shocking Disrespect for America’s Veterans <http://cis.org/mortensen/utah-compact-disrespects-veterans>*. *

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House to Take Up Balanced Budget Amendment Next Week

Here’s an issue to definitely keep your eyes on.

The good news is, the U.S. House will reportedly take up a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution next week.  In this time of runaway spending and ballooning deficits, this is good news indeed.

The bad news is, the version of the bill most likely to come to the floor would enable Congress to raise taxes by a simple majority vote instead of the 2/3 requirement sought by fiscal conservatives — which could result in balancing the budget through tax hikes instead of through spending cuts.

Learn more about it at The Hill.

To amend the Constitution, it takes a two-thirds vote in both House and Senate and ratification by three-fourths (38) of the states. At least 48 Democratic votes are needed to get the required two-thirds margin in the GOP-controlled House.

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