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A fresh take on politics from the right, in Happy Valley.

Updated: 2017-09-14T04:38:10.564-06:00


Utah County GOP rejects immigration repeal effort


I know that Lisa Shepherd and Dave Duncan voted against their church. Not sure about the other candidates.

I'm back


I have been busy pouring through the minutes of the Steering Committee in Utah County and the Executive Committee. Wow, that Secretary is a fruitcake.

Poor Lisa Shepherd


Poor Lisa Shepherd

Wow, look what happens when the tables are turned. Two years ago, there were blatant rules violations by the Utah County Republican Party and Lisa Shepherd, yet the party decided that the rule violations were ok.

Now Lisa is complaining that the Utah GOP is playing favorites. Where was the outrage Ms. Shepherd two years ago? Lisa worked her tail off to break the rules and take every advantage to elect Mr. Garr Judd. Well, Ms. Shepherd, payback is a B***h.

GOP flier raising a ruckus (edited for space)
Candidates accuse party of wrongly backing incumbents
By Leigh DethmanDeseret Morning News
Utah County Republican legislative candidates are fuming after the state party sent out a mailer that seems to endorse the Republican incumbents they are challenging.
The flier advertises an April 10 fundraiser for .. Rep. Keith Grover, R-Provo. It includes a line that says, "Paid for by the Utah Republican Party," and the party's postal rate number.
Challengers fear that delegates will feel pressure to cast their vote for the incumbents, since the mailer was paid for by the party.
"They are just telling you who they want you to vote for," said Jared Sepulveda, who is running against Sumsion in District 56. "If they want to do this after the primaries are done, that's fine. But not now."
State party bylaws do not allow party officers, national committee members and paid staff to publicly endorse or oppose any Republican candidate over another in a convention or primary election.
But state GOP Chairman Stan Lockhart said "it doesn't amount to an endorsement at all."
To make things right, Lockhart said he's offered the challengers the chance to send out a mailer paid for by the party as well.
"The party works very hard to treat all Republican candidates the same," Lockhart said. "We take that very seriously."
Lisa Shepherd, who is running against Grover in District 61, said the mailer is a "direct violation of Republican rules."
"It completely looks like an official document of the party," Shepherd said. "It's against the bylaws to take a stand or play favorites or anything until you've come out of the primary."

Candidate Sumner in Orem is a copycat


Two Orem candidates have same platform wording

And Mr. Sumner teaches college. Can he penalize his students for plagiarism when does the same thing? Just wondering.

Hate Crimes? Where is the outrage???


I am totally opposed to hate crime legislation; but since we already have this stuff; where is the outrage?

LDS Church windows are being bashed in; copies of the Book of Mormon are being burned; and the Temples are being protested. Is there no outrage because it is the LDS church?

What if a mosque was being attacked? The way i see it; the homosexuals can demonstrate hate at anytime; but heaven forbid if hate is demonstrated towards them.

Hill's E-mail


On orders from the Commander-in-Chief of Operation Chaos I signed a pledge of support for Mrs. Bill Clinton to stay in the race. I got the following e-mail this morning:

I wanted you to be one of the first to know: on Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign. Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you.
On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans. I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise.
When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House. I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life. I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise.
I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you. In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness.
I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you.
Sincerely, Hillary Rodham Clinton

Bob Barr - 7%


If Bob Barr runs on the same positions he held as a member of Congress, this man has my vote. (Unless McCain picks a great VP like Rice or Romney - picks Huckabee? I donate to Barr)

Numbers Boost Exploratory Committee Action

Atlanta, GA - In a survey commissioned last week by the Bob Barr 2008 Presidential Exploratory Committee, seven percent of likely voters responded that they would vote for the former Georgia congressman for president if he were on the ballot in November. Shortly after Ross Perot announced he was re-entering the presidential race in October 1992, he polled at seven percent.
Barr is considering whether to seek the nomination of the Libertarian Party for president. According to the latest poll, Barr enjoys 36 percent name recognition. When questions were asked reminding voters about Barr's role in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, and about the reasons why Barr left the Republican Party to join the Libertarian Party, Barr's seven percent rose to nine percent against Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain. He polled at eleven percent against Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
Russell Verney, Ross Perot's 1996 campaign manager and a volunteer with the Barr Exploratory Committee commented, "Bob Barr's name recognition and voter support are tremendous considering he has never run as a national candidate and has yet to spend any money on advertising. In the event Bob Barr officially enters the race, he will already be half way to qualifying for the fall Presidential debates.”
The telephone survey of 1,000 ‘Likely Voters’ was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research on April 3, 2008. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC is an independent public opinion research firm using automated polling methodology and procedures licensed from Rasmussen Reports, LLC. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
The Libertarian Party, America’s oldest and largest third party, formed in 1971, is on track to achieve ballot access in at least 48 states. Its nominee will be chosen at the Libertarian National Convention which will be held in Denver, CO May 22 through 26.

-30-Paid for by the Bob Barr 2008 Presidential Exploratory Committee
900 Circle 75 Pkwy. Suite 1280, Atlanta, GA 30339
Not printed at government

Meet Rep. Keith Grover - LD 61


1. Please introduce yourself.
My name is Representative Keith Grover.

2. Why are you running?
I am seeking re-election to office to continue representing the conservative values of District 61. In my extensive communication with delegates (over 4,000 emails, 600 letters, many phone calls and personal visits) I have learned that my constituents are very informed and concerned about moderation creeping into the House of Representatives. I am a principled based voter on the Hill and act on data and from a conservative framework rather than emotion. People appreciate a thinker rather than a reactor.

3. For the incumbent: What are your proudest accomplishments while serving on Utah’s Capitol Hill?
My proudest accomplishment is the implementation of HB 176 - Sex Offender Amendments which adds to the crimes requiring lifetime registration of a sex offender "attempting" or “conspiring to commit" an offense currently subject to lifetime registration. I am also very proud of my co-sponsorship of HB 256 - Criminal Penalties Amendments Including Jessica’s Law. C. Wimmer, Co-sponsor K.Grover. This bill, along with other provisions, increases the minimum term of imprisonment for rape of a child, object rape of a child, or sodomy on a child, to 25 years and which may be for life. It ensures the worst offenders are locked up for a long time. More importantly, it spares child victims the added trauma of facing an alleged sexual perpetrator in court.

4. Would you favor spending more on education and transportation or a tax cut?
I favor more spending on data driven, school responsive, education spending only. Forward thinking innovative schools and districts should be rewarded. I am not supportive of increased funding for any program that is not supported by data indicating a meaningful contribution to learning.
I support transportation funding - specifically in Utah County and I actively sought votes on the floor to ensure the reconstruction of I-15 in our area.
I support and have supported all tax cuts presented - this includes the 88 million two years ago and the 50 million this year.

5. Would you favor a complete audit of every school district’s spending and making that available to the public?
I would sponsor the bill, if needed, to make that a reality. It is the public's money.

6. Who do you admire most in the political world (dead or alive) and why?
I admire former Utah County Commissioner Jerry Grover - my brother. He stayed true to conservative principles and avoided the political hoopla as he served Utah County for 12 years.

7. How can a delegate, or potential constituent contact you?

Meet Chance Williams


Here is the first survey response I have gotten. I have others and will post them soon.

1. Please introduce yourself.
Chance Williams I'm a self-employed software engineer. I'm a lifelong Republican and I am a true compassionate conservative. I genuinely care about people. I've served as: Planning Commission Member, Chairman of Public Safety, and City Council Member, all in Woodland Hills. I was elected to the City Council position as a "write-in" candidate.

2. Why are you running?
I kept reading about all the conflicts of interest the incumbent (Rep Mike Morley) has on his legislation. Also, tired of the "head fakes" on illegal immigration and crime fighting. I want to see real progress.

3. For the challenger: What legislative achievements (can't think of a better word) of your opponents do you most disagree with?
Google on and the web will tell you more than I ever could :
mike morley charter

mike morley roof leaks

morley SEC lawsuit

mike morley conflict

mike morley workers

4. Would you favor spending more on education and transportation or a tax cut?
Education needs to move in the direction of technology, so they allow students to progress as fast as they can. This allows teachers to work with the students that need extra help. We can do that without raising taxes. Transportation: Project by project reviews. Need a complete review of Public transportation.
Some buses are packed beyond reason, most are left empty.

5. Would you favor a complete audit of every school district's spending and making that availible to the public?
Audit as needed. Must be public.

6. Who do you admire most in the political world (dead or alive) and why?
Politically: Newt Gingrich. Solid intelligent conservative who knew how to balance a budget.

7. How can a delegate, or potential constituent contact you? has my email address and phone number: 801-423-2725

Best wishes,
Chance Williams



As I did two years ago, I would like to give every Republican candidate the opportunity to introduce themselves and explain why they are running. I reserve the right to edit for space, so please limit your responses to 100 words per question. You may include a photo as well.

1. Please introduce yourself.
2. Why are you running?
3. For the incumbent: What are your proudest accomplishments while serving on Utah's Capitol Hill?
For the challenger: What legislative achievements (can't think of a better word) of your opponents do you most disagree with?
4. Would you favor spending more on education and transportation or a tax cut?
5. Would you favor a complete audit of every school district's spending and making that availible to the public?
6. Who do you admire most in the political world (dead or alive) and why?
7. How can a delegate, or potential constituent contact you?

Once I get these responses, I will post them. Additionally; I will let you know who refuses to participate. (I am only doing contested Republican races in Utah County)

Obama: Children are punishment


Speaking about sex education at an event in Pennsylvania Saturday, Obama said, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network, that he will educate (image) his young daughters but “if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16.” (emphasis added)
And this is the man you want to be President??

Finally the mtn. will be on satellite


By Jay Posner
1:49 p.m. February 21, 2008
At long last, The Mtn. has a deal with DirecTV.
No, really.
Advertisement The network devoted to the Mountain West Conference has not been available on any satellite service since its inception in September 2006. But Jeff Schemmel, San Diego State director of athletics, said today DirecTV will offer The Mtn. beginning Aug. 1.
An official announcement is expected later today or tomorrow.
“It's invigorating and exciting for all of us,” Schemmel said. “ ... (There is) a realization of how much a satellite deal will mean to recruiting and the ability of people across the country to see us play.”
The Mtn. currently is available in just 1.2 million homes nationwide, including Cox Digital Cable subscribers in San Diego County who pay for the sports and information package. It is not known how many additional homes will receive the network after the deal with DirecTV takes effect.
Time Warner Cable, the other major cable operator in San Diego County, does not have a deal with The Mtn.

Utah County Democratic Party off their rocker:


What about the rule of law?

I was disgusted by an editorial written by Utah County Democratic leaders Richard Davis and Larry Brown in the Des-News. (,5143,695253249,00.html)

Do the Utah County Democrats not respect that we have laws in this country and that everyone is expected to abide by these laws? No one is above the law. In Richard Davis and Larry Brown’s world, people who break our immigration laws should be shown compassion by ignoring the offense. Please explain why these law-breakers are on a higher level than everyone else. Is this what the Democratic Party as a whole believes in?

Heaven help us if they ever take control here in Utah.

They mention that the church teaches compassion. No arguments here. I have seen numerous people spend money beyond their means and get help from the church so they don’t lose their house. I don’t have a problem with that, so long as it is not every month. I contribute generously (as generously as I can) to the fast offering and Perpetual Education Fund. I served a mission in Latin America, and send money there every year.

But please don’t say that the church expects us to ignore this law breaking. Article of Faith #12 states that “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” Growing up, this meant to me that I had to honor President William Jefferson Clinton, and probably will have to honor President-elect B. Hussein Obama.

As a member of the LDS church, I believe that we should all obey the laws of the land. WHETHER WE AGREE OR NOT. Just because I don’t agree with Roe v. Wade; doesn’t mean that I would do any harm to anyone else. (Speaking of which; why are the Democrats in Utah so bent out of shape on making animal torture a felony; but turn their backs to the killing of innocent children?)

I also find it ironic that the battle cry for the few Democrats in Utah County is that we need to replace the Republicans because they didn’t do the will of the people on the voucher issue. Let me remind you what a Dan Jones poll found in regards to tuition breaks for illegals: “A recent Deseret Morning News/KSL-TV poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates found that 63 percent of Utahns polled opposed allowing undocumented students to pay a lower rate; 33 percent supported the tuition rate (,5143,695247784,00.html).”

So Professor Davis and Mr. Brown: do the legislators have to do the will of the people at all times, or only when it is politically expedient for your minority party?

Mitt. Not McCain


I will be voting for Gov. Romney today. I got the following e-mail today:

Today, voters in 21 states across the nation are heading to the polls to cast their vote for the Republican presidential nomination.

As they make their final decision, they should consider the vastly different visions of the two candidates who remain in this race -- Governor Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain.

In 2008, the Republican Party needs a nominee who can debate Senator Hillary Clinton on the critical issues confronting our nation today. We need a nominee who will ensure that liberal initiatives fail and conservative principles prevail. Take a look at this video, called "Very Close," which highlights how Senator McCain and Senator Clinton actually agree on more issues than not.

Then, please consider making a contribution today to ensure the two-man race becomes a one-man race with Governor Romney winning the gold. We need "a full-spectrum conservative" like Governor Romney who can provide a clear conservative contrast with Senator Clinton. The challenges we face in our nation are too important!

Thank you, and on to victory…

Spencer J. Zwick
National Finance Director & Sr. Advisor
P.S. With a contribution of $500, $250, $100, $50, or even $25 or whatever you can afford today , we can ensure voters see the clear contrast between Governor Romney's vision of bringing conservative change to Washington and Senator McCain's approach that resembles that of Senator Clinton. Thank you.



I have taken off the link to Mike Huckabee's website out of protest over his bigotry attitude towards Mormons. As a Mormon, I think his comments were way out of line and he should drop out of the Presidential race.

National Review Endorses......


National Review has just announced that the editors are endorsing Mitt Romney for President. National Review is considered by many as THE conservative publication.

Our guiding principle has always been to select the most conservative viable candidate. In our judgment, that candidate is Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. Unlike some other candidates in the race, Romney is a full-spectrum conservative: a supporter of free-market economics and limited government, moral causes such as the right to life and the preservation of marriage, and a foreign policy based on the national interest. While he has not talked much about the importance of resisting ethnic balkanization — none of the major candidates has — he supports enforcing the immigration laws and opposes amnesty. Those are important steps in the right direction. (Read it all here)

Select a Candidate


KSL has a link to a great “select the candidate” website. Take the test to see who you most favor.

My candidates are:
Duncan Hunter – 16
Mitt Romney – 16
Fred Thompson – 16

Tom Tancredo – 11
John McCain – 10
Mike Huckabee – 10

I decided to take the Minnesota Senate race for kicks, and:
Norm Coleman – 18
Al Franken – 2

Correction: Voucher Opponents: From Satan


I laughed out loud when I read the following in the Deseret News:
“…the more I learn about these 'parents for choice,' the more I know they are from Satan.”
-- Ronda Rose, former state PTA board member and legislative vice president, in an e-mail message sent to PTA members.

If my religious studies correct me, Satan was the one who presented a plan that had no choice. So who is more Satanic, those who would not let Parents choose, or those who advocate choice in education?

Vote for Choice, Vote for Better Education, Vote for Vouchers

Utahns For Public Schools - Unsolicted E-mails


Someone forwarded me an e-mail from Utahns for Public Schools. This person is very pro-vouchers and did not sign up to receive these e-mails. So answer the question Utahns for Public Schools, who are you sending this to?

The latest attack on public education!
Please go to these websites and post comments to tell these pro voucher people what Utahn’s for Public School really think.

Rolly's great piece


Today Rolly has a great blog piece:

He was talking about how VP Cheney is not holding a fundraiser and the money the party could raise by his appearance. My favorite line is:

Just think, if Cheney would bother to raise a little money for the party, it
could afford to buy its own parade float rather than be forced to have
Republican legislative leaders strong-arm education officials to build them one.

Great wordsmith Rolly!

Fmr Gov. Romney coming to Utah


Governor Mitt Romney will be having a rally on Friday Sept. 28, 2007. To attend you have to commit to raise at least $1,000.

Utah's upcoming Rally

2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Salt Palace Convention Center
100 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Who will be the scapgoat?


From the audit: The Mountainland Applied Technology College, a Utah College of Applied Technology Campus (the Campus) inappropriately expended $416.14 for the construction of a parade float for the Utah Republican Party. Utah Code 20A-11-1203(1), states that, “a public entity may not make expenditures from public funds for political purposes… .” Utah Code 20A-11-1202(8) defines political purposes as “an act done with the intent or in a way to influence or intend to influence, directly or indirectly, any person to refrain from voting or to vote for or against any candidate for public office… .” Because the parade float would be used by the Utah Republican Party to promote the interests of the Party, the expenditure appears to be made for a political purpose as defined by Utah Law.
After the initial $416.14 expenditure, the Campus President was advised by the Utah State Auditor’s Office and the Utah Attorney General’s Office through the Campus’ Vice President of Finance that the expenditure was against the law. In spite of this advice, the Campus President continued to look for a way to use Campus funds to pay an additional $694.87 towards the parade float, including falsifying documents to hide the true purpose of the expenditure.

You can read the whole audit at:

Rudy in Utah


A couple of Rudy fundraisers:

The Alpine Host Committee

Cordially Invites You to Attend a Reception


Rudolph W. Giuliani

to benefit the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Reception with Photo $2,000

Business Casual Attire

For More Information Contact:
Kristy Coleman
Phone: (801) 604-6303
Fax: (801) 269-9985


The Park City Host Committee

Cordially Invites You to Attend an Evening Reception


Rudolph W. Giuliani

to benefit the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Reception and Photo with Rudy Giuliani $2,000

Reception with Remarks $500

Business Casual Attire

For More Information Contact:
Kristy Coleman
Phone: (801) 604-6303
Fax: (801) 269-9985

Oh yes! Harry Potter book 7 lived up to all the hype


Now I can get my life back! My wife read the book all day Saturday, and I read it all day Sunday. What an excellent read.

How did I get on the US House e-mail list?


I got an e-mail from a Fred Piccolo at the U.S. House e-mail address. I never signed up to be on a mailing list? Does the Congressman's office have some free time that they put in e-mail addresses to pass the time away?FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 19, 2007CONTACT Fred Piccolo 202-225-7751 (O) 202-536-8424 (C)Note: An electronic copy of this release can be found at - A video of Congressman Cannon's opening statement can be seen at - Statement ofRanking Member Chris Cannon at Hearing on“Meeting to Consider the Executive Privilege Claims Asserted by White House Counsel in Response to the Subpoena for the Production of Documents Issued to Joshua Bolten, White House Chief of Staff, or Appropriate Custodian of Records”Thursday, July 19th, 1:00 p.m., 2141 RHOBOne week ago, this Subcommittee met before an empty witness chair, in a hearing the majority knew would yield no new information.One thing did happen during that hearing that could have advanced our resolution of this matter.I challenged the majority to present to the American people and the minority the evidence it believes justifies the continuance of this investigation.I challenged the majority to cite and produce specific hearing testimony, interview testimony or documents demonstrating that in this case there is a critical question that remains unanswered and can be answered only by information from Harriet Miers or other White House sources – such as the White House documents at issue today.The silence since I issued that challenge is deafening.The majority did not present that evidence at the hearing.The majority has not presented that evidence since.I draw one conclusion – the majority does not have that evidence.We are here today to consider a ruling on the executive privilege claims the White House has asserted over its documents and lining up contempt citations for Harriet Miers and the White House.Once the majority obtains that ruling, it presumably will move on to contempt proceedings over the refusals, based on those claims, to appear, testify and turn over documents.These games may be strangely entertaining to lawyers, press hounds, and academics.But they are not parlor games, and they promise no productive end.On the contrary, they pointlessly threaten to land in jail people who are asserting understandable claims to executive privilege, concerning evidence we don’t really need, and that we could have had – and still could have –if we were willing to take up the months-old White House offer of informal discovery.Instead, we are placing Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten in the crosshairs for refusing to give us information, when we ourselves for months have refused the White House’s offers to give us precisely that information voluntarily.This investigation began with the outcry over the dismissals of eight U.S. Attorneys from the very party whose leader, President Clinton, dismissed all 93 U.S. Attorneys in 1993.It continued just last week, when the majority overruled executive privilege claims Harriet Miers forwarded – even though they rested on the legal opinion of Janet Reno, President Clinton’s Attorney General, that immediate advisers to the president, specifically including the White House Counsel, were absolutely immune from being compelled to testify before Congr[...]