The man that retired Utah GOP debt: David Bateman Exposes “Buckshot Caucus” Lies

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Who is Dave Bateman? What is the Buckshot Caucus?  Why is Bateman being extorted?

Here’s Dave Bateman, CEO of the Year, Entrata, property management software entrepeneur, the man that retired the Utah Republican Party’s debt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some Facebook Live videos you need to watch before tonight’s caucus:

David Bateman responds to Daryl Acumen, CMV and Buckshot Caucus

David Bateman exposes Daryl Acumen and the Buckshot Caucus’ lies and extortion.  #StoptheBS

 

Dave Bateman is the man that retired the $400,000 debt the Utah Republican Party owed in its defense of its First Amendment right to freely associate.

A few have called for Party leaders to quit and to give in, citing so much debt.

But Dave paid it. So why do they continue to complain?

Because along with paying the debt, he is nearly single-handedly saving Utah’s caucus, which the Establishment hoped to destroy. With help from some of the best grassroots conservatives in the field the general public is now becoming aware that something is terribly wrong in high places.

The Establishment and its accomplice – Big Media – lie. They call it “Count My Vote,” but they actually want to take away your voice in the process.

So Dave stepped forward and launched the counter initiative – The Freedom of Association Initiative under the banner of the Keep My Voice campaign.

For more information and to get involved, go to Keep My Voice

Most of all, Dave Bateman is courageous enough to expose the corruption he has encountered in the process. He dropped the first of several bombshells last night.

As a result, he has now become the latest target.

 

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Who is Dave Bateman? What is the Buckshot Caucus?  Why is Bateman being extorted? Here’s Dave Bateman, CEO of the Year, Entrata, property management software entrepeneur, the man that retired the Utah Republican Party’s debt.                       Here are some Facebook Live videos you need to […]

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Establishment v Grassroots face off in today’s caucus. Are you ready?

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Before you attend the Caucus Night Tuesday, March 20, 2018, be aware a war is going on between the grassroots and the establishment.  Know what it’s about.   Breitbart picked up on this story the morning of Utah’s caucus.

This battle is between the big government, globalist establishment and the Utah grassroots and it has gotten ugly, just like the establishment that sought to destroy Judge Roy Moore in Alabama.

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If you have received an email from Daryl Acumen (real last name is BRADSHAW), be aware he is a PAID contractor for “Count My Vote,” the Establishment initiative seeking to eliminate the caucus system and to go to a direct primary, the system other states use that do not share Utah’s values, such as California and Connecticut.

Acumen’s Facebook and email posts are considered volatile, vile, vicious and vulgar.  I have deliberately stayed away from engaging with his bullying tactics.

Also know that Acumen is lying and twisting the truth.  His latest action is to launch a vicious personal attack on the people that represent the 74% of Republicans that support a caucus system and the man that stepped forward to retire the legal and operational Party debt, Dave Bateman.

Acumen and the pro-CMV “Buckshot Caucus” have recently resorted to extortion.  Utah Senator Todd Weiler has arrogantly admitted to offering $1 million for a woman to fabricate a sexual harassment lie against Bateman.  Heads are going to roll.  Who asked a Utah Judge to open a marriage dissolution case that had been sealed?  And which Judge did it?  That is ILLEGAL!

Who is the “Gang of 51?”

Please watch the video that shows a sampling of these grassroots people he has viciously branded “Gang of 51” and  understand that CMV is trying to dupe you into thinking these are extremists and “bad” characters.

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CMV’s goal is to weaken your voice and the voices of your neighbors and friends that become engaged in learning more about the candidates through legislation SB 54 and now the elimination of the caucus altogether.

Senator Curt Bramble and Representative Mike McKell sponsored this unconstitutional legislation that interferes in the party’s business by manipulating how candidates are elected to favor incumbents such as themselves.

The Party has engaged in a lawsuit to remedy this unconstitutional action.  And it will win at the US Supreme Court where Justice Scalia spoke strongly in favor of a political party’s right to freely assemble without legislative intrusion.

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Justice Scalia in the U.S. Supreme Court decision on California Democratic Party vs. Jones stated:

“In no area is the political association’s right to exclude more important than in its candidate-selection process. That process often determines the party’s positions on significant public policy issues, and it is the nominee who is the party’s ambassador charged with winning the general electorate over to its views. The First Amendment reserves a special place, and accords a special protection, for that process…because the moment of choosing the party’s nominee is the crucial juncture at which the appeal to common principles may be translated into concerted action, and hence to political power… .”

CMV allows a candidate to bypass the convention of neighborhood-elected delegates and to petition on to the ballot.  It doesn’t matter what delegates may think or want, it throws that decision to voters that may not have had time to study out the issues or the candidates, but merely see a flashy commercial on TV.

The Predictable Results of the Dual Path: Undermine Real Republicans and the Platform

This dual path was tested in a special election with results that the grassroots predicted.  The result was what conservatives predicted.  The winner was the former Democratic Party Vice Chairman John Curtis, who ran as a Republican, did poorly among the delegates that had vetted the candidates.  But because of SB 54, he was able to move forward to a forced primary where he defeated the long-time favorite among delegates and conservatives, Chris Herrod.

Herrod has a strong conservative voting record in the state legislature  anti-illegal immigration champion and author of The Forgotten Immigrant, Chris Herrod.  The Establishment in Utah has the media in its corner because media make money when candidates must spend thousands and millions in a primary election.

Utah’s establishment is strongly pro-amnesty.  The sponsor of SB 54, Senator Curt Bramble, has also sponsored several pro-amnesty bills turning Utah into a sanctuary state.

My family of origin has long been conservative grassroots.  My brother, well known in Provo, has demonstrated this love of America first on all he has done in that community.

This is the battle Utah faces.  Tonight caucus attendees will decide, based on which voices they believe – the voices of the Establishment bought by Big Media, or the voices of the grassroots who support the Republican Party platform and want to hold candidates accountable to it.

I am proud to be on the list he has branded “Gang of 51.”   I am honored to know the respectable people with whom I have worked to keep the caucus system strong.  We have long fought for the Republican Platform of fiscal and social responsibility.  We have long-standing records supporting “America First” ideals, best represented by Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.

The grassroots favors the caucus because it allows people that don’t have fame or fortune to remove bad incumbents.  Our hero is David Bateman, CEO of Entrata, a software company that provides CRM services for property management.  When the party Chairman Rob Anderson refused to retire the debt, suggesting the best way to retire would be bankruptcy, Bateman stepped up to the plate to rescue the Utah Republican Party and retire its $400,000 legal and operational debt.

Pro-CMV Rob Anderson never publicly thanked Bateman.  Instead he has allowed Acumen to launch vicious personal attacks and lies against Bateman.

 

 

Before you attend the Caucus Night Tuesday, March 20, 2018, be aware a war is going on between the grassroots and the establishment.  Know what it’s about.   Breitbart picked up on this story the morning of Utah’s caucus. This battle is between the big government, globalist establishment and the Utah grassroots and it has gotten […]

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Count My Vote’s Daryl Acumen: The face behind the mask and spam emails you have received

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This article appeared in the Utah Standard News.  It’s worth reading before you go to the Utah caucus.  Please share.

Daryl Acumen: The Face Behind the Mask

More About Count My Vote v Keep My Voice – It’s gotten ugly.

The Count My Vote (CMV) initiative seeks to eliminate the caucus system altogether and go to a direct primary.  The grassroots conservatives have responded with their own counter initiative “Keep My Voice” – formally titled The Freedom of Association Initiative.

Acumen has illegally used email lists to spam the inboxes of 51 conservatives with these lies, mass emailing for Count My Vote attacking our character.  In my case, these jammed up my email account that I use to communicate official party business in preparation for the caucus to the extent I was not able to use it any more.

He falsely claims that we have broken the law and will go to jail over a bylaw change that was necessary to fulfill the recommendation of Judge Nuffer, who said the Party had a constitutional case if it defined membership.  The lawsuit is in the 10th Circuit Court and the establishment hoped to end it, until Bateman retired the debt.

There has been no public thanks from the current Party Chairman Rob Anderson.  He is solidly with Count My Vote and wants to end the caucus convention process.

Daryl Acumen, whose last name is actually Bradshaw, has spun this issue wildly out of control and is lying.  He posted and shared a video that was dramatically edited and distributed parts of it publicly when it was an executive session called by the chairman.

One such communication called long time respected conservatives “a-holes” (spelled out).  I sat in a meeting in which he exploded at the committee members, shouting uncontrollably.  I had barely had any communication with him when he attacked me and shouted at me in a private conversation.  We have noted that he has an unstable background and a personal vendetta.  Unlike conservative Republicans, he subscribes to identity politics, now falsely accusing me and others of racism.

He has sought to brand the stalwart, respected conservatives in the Party as “far right extremists” just as the establishment did when Ronald Reagan ran for President.

This article appeared in the Utah Standard News.  It’s worth reading before you go to the Utah caucus.  Please share. Daryl Acumen: The Face Behind the Mask More About Count My Vote v Keep My Voice – It’s gotten ugly. The Count My Vote (CMV) initiative seeks to eliminate the caucus system altogether and go […]

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Red State Talk Radio – The Cherilyn Bacon Show for Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

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Candidate Chris Herrod pledges to join Reps. Love and Bishop as co-sponsor Pro-Life Heartbeat Bill in Congress

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This is a clip from the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Radio LIVE that aired Thursday, August 10, 2017 with Faith2Action.org’s Janet Porter, a champion of this measure. Janet tells the story of what happened with Congressman Jason Chaffetz and why Chris Herrod is a GAIN in Congress.

Chris Herrod – Candidate for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District – is the only candidate pledged to join Utah’s Mia Love and Rob Bishop and 260 others to co-sponsor the Pro-Life Heartbeat Bill! He’s the REAL DEAL. WATCH NOW … and SHARE with 10 others in the 3rd district!!!

Vote by mail for Chris Herrod through Monday August 14, 2017 or on Election Day Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – 7 AM to 8 PM. Find your location here:https://vote.utah.gov/vote/menu/index

This is a clip from the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Radio LIVE that aired Thursday, August 10, 2017 with Faith2Action.org’s Janet Porter, a champion of this measure. Janet tells the story of what happened with Congressman Jason Chaffetz and why Chris Herrod is a GAIN in Congress. Chris Herrod – Candidate for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District […]

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Cruz to Herrod: Trusted Candidate in Utah 3rd District Race

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On Sunday, July 30, 2017, the Salt Lake Tribune published my opinion editorial.  Only three days later it was archived and tagged as perhaps being “outdated.”  Regardless, I wish to thank the Trib for running it.

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Recently Paul Mero, the Sutherland Institute’s former director, joined former state Rep. Holly Richardson in submitting op-ed pieces expressing emotionally charged arguments against former Utah state Rep. Chris Herrod.

They appear to be motivated more by political sour grapes than using the best arguments to make their case.

In 2011, the Sutherland Institute sponsored a debate on immigration. Mero was on the panel supporting amnesty, surrounded by Democrats. Chris Herrod represented the position of the “forgotten immigrant” harmed by those who enter illegally. He was flanked by Republican panelists.

During that debate, Sutherland’s invited audience booed Mero when he called anyone who opposed amnesty a “nativist” and “racist.”

Holly Richardson was similarly booed when she faced off with Herrod at a Utah county convention. The crowd found Herrod and his charming Ukrainian immigrant wife Alia wildly popular. During these immigration debates, Mero and Richardson lost credibility, and Herrod won respect.

Next Mero took his unpopular “Utah Compact” amnesty proposal to Washington, D.C. It was not received favorably in Republican circles. However, the Obama administration opened the door to him and adopted elements of that document in the infamous executive order that President Trump is now furiously working to unravel.

It’s hardly extremism to bring sanity back to a national policy that has contributed to enormous national debt and harmed American workers for decades with imbalanced and unfair international trade and immigration policies. Thankfully, Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are united in curtailing sanctuary cities, counties and states.

Conversely, Richardson and Mero both joined the more extreme “Never Trump” movement. Richardson voted for Evan McMullin and is rallying the more moderate and independent voters who support a go-along style that maintains the status quo of unelected bureaucrats and lobbyists running the show.

They appear to be attempting to tie Herrod to what they call a “far-right” take over, wrongly blaming the system for producing more extreme candidates. In fact, that system has given Utah some moderate Republican legislators who vote with Democrats 90 percent of the time.

In the 2016 presidential election, Utah’s voters embraced Donald Trump’s Monroe Doctrine-America First message, anchored on building a wall and bringing back U.S. jobs, which Chris Herrod continues to support.

Richardson voted for Ted Cruz in the primary. It’s ironic that Chris Herrod, the very candidate she seeks to redefine as the “extremist” in this race, is also the very candidate that Richardson’s and Utah’s favorite primary candidate Cruz chose as his Utah state director. Cruz even took time to come to Utah to endorse Herrod.

Herrod fought the good fight for Cruz and then, along with most Utah voters, showed his practical good sense when Trump emerged as the nominee. Unlike the real extremists who refused to vote for Trump, and in some cases would rather have seen Hillary Clinton elected, Herrod graciously devoted his time and energy to help Trump get elected, notwithstanding his rough edges.

Practically speaking, Herrod wisely understood the race was between Trump and Clinton. He traveled around speaking for Trump while Richardson cast her lot with a spoiler who admitted he had no chance to win.

While Mero calls for “civility,” he uses pejoratives such as “rubes” (e.g. unsophisticated and naive), “radicals,” “crazies” and “extremists,” to arrogantly insult every Utah voter who supported the presidential candidate who actually won in Utah. He then attempts to besmirch Herrod’s good name and 80 percent conservative voting record with these fake brands.

Who are the real radicals here? Surely not Chris Herrod. Being trustworthy, passionate and principled is not extremism. He has earned – and he deserves – our vote on August 15.

Cherilyn Bacon Eagar is serving her third term on the Utah Republican Party State Central Committee and was elected a 2016 Utah Republican Presidential Elector.  The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News Editorial Boards named her 2011 Wasatch Woman of the Year – Community Service for her non-profit fundraising and for being the first Republican woman to run for U.S. Senate in Utah.  

 

 

 

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On Sunday, July 30, 2017, the Salt Lake Tribune published my opinion editorial.  Only three days later it was archived and tagged as perhaps being “outdated.”  Regardless, I wish to thank the Trib for running it. Read More… Recently Paul Mero, the Sutherland Institute’s former director, joined former state Rep. Holly Richardson in submitting op-ed […]

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Chris Herrod is the Ronald Reagan of the 3rd Congressional Race

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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684771/Op-ed-Chris-Herrod-is-the-Ronald-Reagan-in-the-3rd-Congressional-District-Race.html

This opinion editorial was published in Utah’s largest paper, the Deseret News, July 15, 2017.  Editor’s Note:  July 15, 2017 marks the 23rd anniversary of my mother Dorothy Bacon’s passing.  She was a great American and an ardent supporter of Ronald Reagan in California and the principles for which he stood when she moved back to her native state Utah.  

She and my father, Samuel Kenneth Bacon, a urologist, encouraged him to run for public office and helped arrange for his landmark speech delivered to the California Medical Association on the dangers of socialized medicine, known as Medicare/Medicaid.  The day it passed in 1965, he warned, “This is the first day of the end of quality delivery of medicine in America.”  His words were prophetic.  

Today Establishment Republicans are chastising the few remaining faithful Republicans that believe Reagan’s warning.  

I want my party back.  It’s being hijacked by leftists who identify as libertarians and globalists, working both sides of the aisle, while masquerading as Republicans.  A true Republican believes as Reagan did:  “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are:  ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.'”  

Whatever happened to limited government, free enterprise and the principles of state and national sovereignty, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights?  

I’m taking “my” party back and I hope you will join me.  

This piece is dedicated to my courageous parents.  We have personally known the Herrod family, Dr. Niles and Janet Herrod for many years. There could not be a finer family and home in which Chris Herrod was raised. I also wish to thank the Deseret News for publishing this opinion on that special date.     

Forty years ago Ronald Reagan was recruited to defend conservative values as a presidential candidate. According to rank-and-file media and the GOP establishment, Reagan was the candidate to fear, an “extremist,” dangerous to America.

As with Donald Trump today, Reagan seized upon trigger issues: the economy, jobs, the sell-out of America’s workers, within a growing nationalistic environment.

But the time was right. Voters had suffered from high inflation at home and America had been embarrassed abroad. They were ready for Reagan’s traditional Western-civilization message, while the establishment dismissed him as too old and too conservative to win.

Sound familiar? Some “Never Trumpers” are still reeling from Trump’s win and raising their voices in the midterms, where two special elections are being held. One is in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, replacing Congressman Jason Chaffetz. The other is to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions in Alabama. Evidence shows that Indivisible.org, an organization with ties to liberal-globalist George Soros funding, is on the ground working in both races to defeat the conservative choice.

In Utah, these town hall protesters have posted on Facebook, urging their supporters to gather signatures and switch party affiliation to vote Republican. Their goal is to elect the current Provo mayor — a former registered Democrat.

The candidate with the most Reaganesque message, and the experienced record to prove it, is former Utah Rep. Chris Herrod. According to the liberal mindset, he is the one to be “feared.” While in the Legislature his overall score card, based on a constitutional, fiscally conservative score, was 80 percent.

In 2016, Herrod served as the Ted Cruz state chairman, the candidate who cleared the Utah presidential preference vote by a whopping 51-point lead. However, when Trump was nominated, Herrod became one of his strongest supporters and traveled with a team of speakers to help Trump win Utah with an 18-point lead over Clinton. Sen. Cruz recently endorsed Herrod.

Meanwhile, through 2015, Provo’s mayor continued to support Democratic candidates, including Salt Lake’s liberal mayor Ralph Becker. In 2016, he confessed to writing in a friend’s name instead of voting for the Republican nominee.

While Rep. Herrod built a trusted record voting consistently to lower taxes, the mayor supported raising taxes under a creative label “utility fees,” doubling the revenue, while citizens were unaware.

While Herrod defended America First law enforcement policies for strong and safe borders, the Provo mayor placed weak leaders in local law enforcement. It was actually his own hand-picked police chief who recently resigned over allegations of sexual assault.

Finally, Herrod has voted consistently to support the U.S. Constitution as the sovereign rule of law. Meanwhile, the mayor instituted globalist “sustainable” policies that align with the Paris Accord. Through the mayor’s “Vision 2030” initiative, Provo is now mirroring the very policies President Trump has courageously abandoned because they harm American business and prosperity.

Around July 25, ballots will be mailed. Citizens concerned for their children’s future prosperity should strongly consider voting for the trusted, experienced candidate in this race most aligned with Reagan’s conservative policies: Chris Herrod for Congress.

In 2011, the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune editorial boards named Cherilyn Bacon Eagar Wasatch Woman of the Year — Community Service as the first Utah Republican woman to run for the U.S. Senate and for her service raising funds for philanthropic causes.  She serves on the national Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Board of Governors, was elected three times to the Utah Republican Party State Central Committee and was elected as a 2016 Utah presidential elector.

Go to Chris Herrod’s website to donate or get involved:  www.HerrodforCongress.com

 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684771/Op-ed-Chris-Herrod-is-the-Ronald-Reagan-in-the-3rd-Congressional-District-Race.html This opinion editorial was published in Utah’s largest paper, the Deseret News, July 15, 2017.  Editor’s Note:  July 15, 2017 marks the 23rd anniversary of my mother Dorothy Bacon’s passing.  She was a great American and an ardent supporter of Ronald Reagan in California and the principles for which he stood when she moved […]

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Caution Utah 3rd Congressional District: The Republican Platform is still worth voting for

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The Republican Platform is worth voting for, and the voters deserve a candidate that not only says he believes in it, but has the record to prove it.  If you live in the 3rd Congressional District, you may have received your mail-in ballot already to select your first choice to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who vacated it to take a position at Fox News.

Before you send that ballot in, I hope you will review this research and that it will be useful in helping you make a wise decision.  It is well-cited and as accurate as possible.

In spite of the frustrations toward the two major parties, they are still the two parties through which we can best influence the outcome.  If you have been disappointed that some candidates that call themselves Republican have not been true to their promises after elected, you deserve a candidate that can be trusted.

Many who know Chris Herrod know he is that trusted candidate.  They have watched him while serving in the Republican Party’s highest deliberative body, standing fearlessly against the Establishment and for the people’s right to have a voice in the process.  He has supported legislation to put this country, its workers and families first.  I am among those that have watched him and supported him.  I can describe him with two adjectives:  passionate and courageous.

Unfortunately, one candidate running against Herrod has a record showing he does not believe in Republican principles.  He is the former Provo Mayor.  After reviewing this information, please ask yourself:  Do the people of Utah’s 3rd Congressional District who believe in Republican principles deserve this kind or representation in Washington DC?  

This sums it up.

Please help us take our party and platform back.  Vote for a Republican who has walked the walk for its principles.  Chris Herrod.  Donate and get involved now!  www.HerrodforCongress.com 

19 reasons why John Curtis should not be running as a Republican and why he should not get your vote:

Affiliation with the Democratic Party

Backed by Far-Leftist Groups

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Covering Up a Sex Assault after a Questionable Hiring

Economic Development Failures

Illegal/Unethical Use of City Resources

Intimidation Tactics

iProvo

Parking: Convention Center and Downtown

Parking: Neighborhoods

Property Taxes

Proposition One

RAP Tax

Spending Increases

Tax Increases

Transparency

Utah Transit Authority (UTA)

Utility Fee Increases

Zoning Enforcement

1. Affiliation with the Democratic Party

John Curtis was Unaffiliated for a long time, then he registered Democrat in 1998: http://imgur.com/a/K6dUV

John Curtis ran for state senate against Curt Bramble in 2000. Here was his website that year: http://imgur.com/a/RIpOa

John Curtis lost in a landslide to Bramble, but he stayed active in the Democratic Party and was elected Utah County Democratic Party Chairman for one term in 2002: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/975560/Utah-County-Democrats-pick-a-chief.html

In 2007, Jeff Alexander resigned his seat in the legislature. John Curtis went in to the county clerk and switched his affiliation to Republican. He ran against several other candidates, and the Republican delegates gave him a one-vote victory over Chris Herrod, but at that time the state party chair got to make the final choice, and Chairwoman Enid Greene chose Chris Herrod: http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/news/ci_8375983

Curtis then ran for Mayor in 2009, but of course that’s a non-partisan race. He won, and then won reelection in 2013.

Nevertheless, Curtis continues to keep close ties to Utah Democrats. He donated to far-left liberal Ralph Becker’s reelection campaign in 2015: http://imgur.com/a/SddvD

According to Aimee Winder Newton, Curtis also donated to the campaign on her Democratic opponent, Dan Snarr, in 2014. However, I do not have access to an original source to back up that claim (though it is highly likely to be true because Snarr is Curtis’s brother-in-law).

2. Backed by Far-Leftist Groups

John Curtis is backed by several far-left groups and individuals. These people are encouraging Democrats to register as Republicans in order to vote in the Republican primary for John Curtis. Here is a small sampling of how these liberal groups are campaigning for John Curtis: http://imgur.com/a/3R8Wn

3. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

John Curtis is the biggest proponent there is of the controversial $150 million Bus Rapid Transit project. This video explains some of the problems with the BRT project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qFIZNHW-fg

He once said, “We want bus rapid transit, we want it to move forward.” Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598005/Provo-City-Council-pushes-to-advance-bus-rapid-transit.html

Even though citizens successfully collected the required number of signatures for a referendum on BRT, Curtis blocked the proposal from going onto the ballot: http://www.sltrib.com/home/3991954-155/provo-orem-petitioners-push-forward-on

Even the Salt Lake Tribune, which seemingly supports BRT, said he should let the project be put on the ballot: http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3978974-155/let-them-drive

Ten BRT facts:

  1. The Provo-Orem Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is a $150 million transit project that will replace UTA’s already existing 830 bus route.
  2. This particular 10.5-mile long route was chosen because it is the only one that qualifies for federal funding, and without those funds the project will not move forward. Even proponents of the project agree that the proposed route was not chosen because it was the best route. Rather, the proposed route was chosen because it qualifies for federal funds.
  3. Funding for the Provo-Orem BRT construction project will come from several different sources. President Obama and UTA have proposed that $75 million come from the federal government, $65 million from Utah County, and $10 million from the cities of Provo and Orem.
  4. The Provo-Orem BRT project will cost approximately $14.3 million per mile to build.
  5. The Provo-Orem BRT road construction project will require the tearing out of two (and in some cases more) lanes of traffic so that bus-only lanes (called “dedicated lanes”) and loading stations can be constructed down the middle of the roads along the BRT route. This construction will occur on major thoroughfares throughout Orem and Provo, including University Parkway, University Avenue, and Provo’s 900 East.
  6. No left turns will be permitted along the Provo-Orem BRT route except at certain traffic lights.
  7. Rather than resolve traffic problems, the Provo-Orem BRT project will create additional traffic problems. Traffic along the construction route will result in more congestion, greater frustration for motorists, longer travel times, and more pollution.
  8. Lanes for car, truck, and bus traffic will be much narrower in areas where dedicated Provo-Orem BRT lanes are installed. Some lanes will be eliminated. Skinnier lanes will also make for more difficult transit for emergency and other larger vehicles.
  9. The Provo-Orem BRT project threatens to divert critical funding from other much-needed road construction and maintenance projects throughout Utah County. (John Curtis’s solution: just raise taxes! That’s why he supported Proposition One.)
  10. The buses running along UTA’s already existing 830 route, which will be replaced by the Provo-Orem BRT system, are running at only a tiny fraction of their capacity: an average of 3,600 daily riders. UTA claims that number will jump to 12,900 riders per day once BRT is built. It is difficult to validate UTA’s claim that ridership will increase simply by adding more buses, exclusive bus-only lanes, and spending $150 million to do so. There is no justification for UTA’s claim that “If you build it, they will come”—especially in light of the low ridership numbers that currently exist along the route.

4. Covering Up a Sex Assault after a Questionable Hiring

Utah’s media has covered this story rather extensively, but there’s a line (bolded below) from this KSL article that juxtaposes the statement Curtis made when the story first broke with differing information that came out a little while later. Here is the article: https://www.ksl.com/?sid=44476085&nid=148

Newly released police records shed light on sexual assault allegations against Provo’s former police chief that forced him to resign in March.

John King said he had consensual sex four times with a volunteer at his department, according to Unified police documents released Tuesday.

The woman reporting a series of assaults by King said otherwise in interviews with investigators. …

… “(The woman) walked into the Utah County Attorney’s Office and disclosed she was raped by the chief of police in Provo,” a Unified police report dated Feb. 9 states.

The woman said she told Provo Mayor John Curtis “brief details” about what happened.

Curtis asked King to step down in March. The mayor and King at the time said the chief was leaving because of family issues and did not mention the sexual misconduct allegations. Later that week, news of the allegations surfaced.

Curtis said King’s reputation was damaged but no policies or laws had been broken. He said he and King agreed it was in the best interest of the city that King resign.

It is quite obvious that Curtis tried to cover up the sex assault allegation when he originally announced King’s resignation. Why did Curtis not just come clean at that time? Even if the allegations against King were false, Curtis should have known that the information would come out through police reports, so why lie initially about the reason for the resignation? Curtis should have either said nothing when King resigned or told the truth rather than make up a false reason for King’s resignation.

Shortly after King’s resignation, the media discovered that King had recently been investigated for sexual assault. Curtis then held a press conference, and it’s pretty funny to watch the media basically call him out for lying initially about why King had resigned. The press conference is available here: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/mayor-says-former-police-chief-resigned-due-to-totality-of/article_524de990-f8cd-58b6-9935-054cfedec595.html

King never should have been hired to begin with. After Provo Police Chief Richard Gregory resigned in 2013, Mayor Curtis did an extensive search. He took over six months to find a new Chief of Police, and had over sixty applicants. Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/provo-names-new-police-chief/article_483109c0-51ef-11e3-a0e8-0019bb2963f4.html

Out of those applicants, Mayor Curtis selected John King, who had a questionable employment history. King worked 25 years in Montgomery County MD, rising to the position of Asst. Chief and there seem to have been no problems there. In 2002 he was promoted to Asst. Chief. Then in 2007 he retired from the county, and took the job of police chief in Gaithersburg MD. King was investigated for claiming a disability pension from Montgomery County, but the investigation was resolved and it was determined he hadn’t broken any laws. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/08/AR2009030801777.html

King was Chief of Police in Gaithersburg for two-and-a-half years, but In January 2010 the town council met in private to discuss a “personnel matter,” after which they immediately brought in an interim police chief and two days later announced Chief King was leaving “to pursue other opportunities in the private sector.” Source: http://towncourier.com/2010/G3/pdf/TCGThree0110Web.pdf

Then he seems to have been out of work until Dec 2011 when he was hired as Training Director in the Baltimore PD. But he only lasted six months and then he was apparently asked to resign, even being “escorted from his office.” King’s public statement was that the acting Police Commissioner “wants to go in a different direction.” The police spokesman said only that King’s departure was a “personnel matter.”

Sources: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-06-27/news/bal-city-police-training-director-resigns-amid-misconduct-complaints-20120627_1_overtime-slips-king-commanders and http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/06/27/head-of-baltimore-police-training-division-resigns/

Despite King’s less than desirable history, in Jan 2014, he was hired to be Provo police chief by John Curtis.

5. Economic Development Failures

A quote from a recent newspaper article mentioning the current Administration’s abject failure to bring new retail to Provo to broaden the tax base (that’s on Mayor Curtis’ watch):

As part of the presentation there was open discussion about the retail gap in the city and how much sales tax revenue the city is losing in various categories. The numbers are surprising.

An exported taxes report shows Provo is losing $24 million a year in restaurant sales tax, $27 million in pharmaceuticals, $16 million to home centers, $32 million in hardware sales, and the greatest net loss in a year is $53 million in groceries.

Curtis said the administration is willing to shift some of its focus away from places like downtown to answer the residents’ call for retail.

“Be careful what you ask for,” he said. “We hear you. We’ll look at incentives, but you will need to be patient, be engaged and you must shop in Provo.”

Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-mayor-talks-retail-with-residents-at-town-hall-meeting/article_2c780522-d569-5ca4-a9b2-bc313417f9e9.html

6. Illegal/Unethical Use of City Resources

EXAMPLE ONE:

John Curtis’s top political appointee is Corey Norman, who holds the title of “Provo Deputy Mayor.” In 2016, Norman was fined $250 for violating a state law that prohibits “using the email of a public entity to advocate for or against a ballot proposition.” Source: http://www.sltrib.com/news/3960425-155/provo-orem-officials-fined-for-illegally

Here’s the exact wording of the law:

Utah Code 20A-11-1203 “…a public entity may not make an expenditure from public funds for political purposes or to influence a ballot proposition…” (violation results in a Class B misdemeanor)

Utah Code 20A-11-1205 “…a person may not send an email using the email of a public entity: (a) for a political purpose; (b) to advocate for or against a ballot proposition…”

Curtis refused to reprimand Corey Norman for breaking this law. In fact, he responded by threatening to sue Utah County Clerk-Auditor Bryan Thompson for imposing the law. (Norman has also stated that he sent out the email under the direction of Curtis.)

EXAMPLE TWO:

This anecdote comes from a longtime Provo resident:

Mayor Curtis is very very good at some things. One is marketing – his PR and media budget is massive, and he “sells” not just Provo City, but himself.

A city employee tells me that when the Mayor came on board, there were three people in Public Relations. He let one go as part of the 2008 cost saving measures made necessary by the Recession. But since then he has hired 8-10 more people. They do a great job of filming videos, doing contests, giving away ice cream and tee shirts, making a splash on social media. Provology. The Rooftop Concerts. No question they are good at what they do, and John Curtis is too. He’s a great ambassador for John Curtis.

EXAMPLE THREE:

Provo City holds a monthly concert during warm weather months called “The Rooftop Concert Series,” which is funded by the city. On June 2, 2017, John Curtis showed up and hijacked the concert by going on stage and having his supporters go through the audience to gather signatures for his congressional campaign. Perhaps this was not illegal (or perhaps it is), but it definitely raises eyebrows and is an ethical use of city funds.

7. Intimidation Tactics

John Curtis’s Provo City employees used intimidation tactics to prevent BRT petitioners from gathering signatures in public areas. Source: http://www.sltrib.com/home/3932939-155/rolly-memo-to-signature-gatherers-beware

Here is an anecdote sent to me by a Provo citizen and activist:

Connected with the BRT saga were two well-publicized instances of Mayor Curtis getting squarely in the way of the rights of the people – his own constituents. This is an obvious concern for anyone who wants to feel their federal elected official is going to actually represent them instead of yanking away their rights.

The first time I heard of someone being removed it was Sharon Anderson, a petition organizer. She called me to tell me she had been ordered to leave the Rec Center by an employee. In her account, “…about 8:30 a young man came out and stood nearby as I was speaking with one of the citizens.  When we were through talking, he came over and said I would have to leave because no soliciting was allowed on city property which he said included the whole block.  I asked him ‘What about free speech?’ and he repeated soliciting was not allowed.  I said I wasn’t selling anything, but he still said I would have to leave…”

The second instance was when Mayor Curtis instructed the Police Dept. to remove people who were collecting signatures on the referendum petition from two places: the grounds of the Rec Center and the grounds of the County Building.

Soon after an 80-year-old petition circulator named Philip Hinckley told me he had been at the County Building, and two city policemen came out of the building and told him he couldn’t stand so near the door. It was a hot day and Philip asked them if he could just stay under the building overhang for the shade, many feet from the door. They responded he would have to stand in the sun, about 20 feet from the door. He complied, but the sun started to bother him and he went home before long.

At that point I spoke to Bryan Thompson, County Clerk-Auditor and Bill Lee, County Commissioner, and they both verified that signature gatherers could be on public property. So the city policemen left our people alone after that, on county property. But the battle on city property at the Rec center heated up, and Philip Hinckley, in addition to four other people at various times, were escorted off the property by between two and four officers, several times.

This got the attention of the Tribune, the ACLU, and Libertas. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/libertasutah/videos/1199233813443607/?fallback=1 and http://www.sltrib.com/news/3960425-155/provo-orem-officials-fined-for-illegally

8. iProvo

iProvo was “a financially distressed fiber Internet service in Provo.” In 2013, it was “sold to Google — for a whole dollar. The city, meanwhile, will have to pay millions to close the deal and to pay off bonds used to build the network in the first place.” Source: https://venturebeat.com/2013/04/24/iprovo-sad/

In 2011, John Curtis raised utilities to pay for the iProvo bond: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-s-utility-rate-increase-fee-set/article_45ae703b-1480-5923-89c5-683397046899.html

9. Parking: Convention Center and Downtown

John Curtis put Provo City at significant liability by breaking the city’s 2009 contract with Utah County to provide parking in exchange for the county building its convention center in downtown Provo. Utah County is suing Provo for at least $4 million in damages: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/utah-county-sues-provo-for-millions-over-convention-center-parking/article_194fad5e-bc40-56b3-b409-ec9dc6a46ad6.html

From the Herald article above:

The county, the city and the redevelopment agency entered an interlocal agreement in 2009 outlining the responsibilities of each entity for building the convention center, which has been operational since 2012.

That agreement stated Provo and the Provo Redevelopment Agency will “Provide, at their expense, all parking spaces, parking facilities, parking lots, parking structures, and related real property, easements and appurtenances, as required to both meet Provo City’s requirements and to adequately serve Phase One of the Convention Center … at such locations and in such a manner as approved by Utah County.”

According to the complaint, neither Provo nor the redevelopment agency have kept up that part of the agreement.

The Utah Valley Convention Center is a huge tourism draw for downtown Provo. However, the Convention Center is losing a ton of business over the lack of parking, which in turn hurts Provo downtown businesses.

Here’s another article that provides more context on the parking issue: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/utah-county-and-provo-spar-over-parking-for-the-utah/article_640cb46c-2ca4-52dc-8b7c-9256a2175974.html

10. Parking: Neighborhoods

Provo has a parking crisis in certain neighborhoods in the city because Planning & Development for years pushed higher density and lower parking ratios, assuming that people would magically stop using cars. They didn’t. That’s on Mayor Curtis’ watch. Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-in-the-slow-lane-on-parking-problems/article_c93ebe61-87ed-5988-b57b-7bbb7e603a82.html

11. Property Taxes

Curtis raised property taxes by 2.28% in 2015, and he proposed raising them by another 3% in 2016: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=40077694

12. Proposition One

Proposition One was a controversial 2015 ballot proposal to increase sales taxes permanently for roads and UTA: 60% of the money would have gone to cities and counties for roads, and 40% would have gone to UTA as a blank check for UTA to use however it wanted.

John Curtis didn’t just support Proposition One; he actually wrote the pro-Proposition One argument: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/profile/viewPDF.html?id=251250502

Proposition One failed in Utah County by a total of 59.18% against, and only 40.82% in favor: http://www.utahcounty.gov/dept/clerkaud/Elections/documents/SProp1Canvass.pdf

13. RAP Tax

John Curtis campaigned in favor of Provo City’s RAP tax, which was placed on the ballot in 2015. Source: http://www.provo.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6045

He spent $2,600 promoting the RAP tax: http://imgur.com/a/t9MmY

The RAP tax will cost Provo residents $1.2 million annually.

14. Spending Increases

Larry Walters, a member of the Provo City Council’s Budget Advisory Committee, is running for Provo City Mayor. He wrote this on his 2017 campaign website:

Recent spending trends cannot be maintained. … [S]ince 2008, the per person cost of Provo City government has increased at twice the rate of inflation. We are now spending more per person than at any point in the past 15 years, after adjusting for inflation. We cannot support this rate of spending growth into the future.

15. Tax Increases

This graphic outlines Curtis’s love affair with raising taxes: http://imgur.com/a/ftx5D

16. Transparency

John Curtis doesn’t post his campaign financial information on Provo City’s website: http://www.sltrib.com/news/5332737-155/gehrke-for-all-the-hoopla-signature

17. Utah Transit Authority (UTA)

John Curtis maintains a close relationship with the corrupt Utah Transit Authority (UTA). He pushed for the appointment of Sherrie Hall Everett to UTA’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Everett is perhaps UTA’s biggest apologist and defender, even in the midst of all of UTA’s well-documented corruption.

Sherrie went on a tirade recently against Brent Taylor, the one reformer on UTA’s Board:

http://fox13now.com/2017/05/02/uta-trustee-brent-taylor-reacts-to-vice-chair-everett-facebook-post/

http://www.standard.net/Government/2017/05/03/North-Ogden-mayor-calls-for-UTA-board-leadership-to-step-down.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865679032/UTA-trustee-calls-for-chairman-vice-chairwoman-to-step-down-over-personal-attack-on-Facebook.html

http://www.sltrib.com/home/5240810-155/attacked-online-new-uta-board-member

18. Utility Fee Increases

John Curtis loves to hide tax increases through utility fee hikes. It is difficult to track all of the utility fee increases that he has imposed over the years. Here is what Senator Howard Stephenson said about this practice in an email to state delegates on June 14, 2017: “Provo Mayor John Curtis has a history of promoting new taxes, fees, and bond obligations.  That is a non-starter for me. He perfected the art of hiding tax increases in utility bill fees by tacking on fees unrelated to the cost of the utility.  With that practice, he has opened a Pandora’s box that the legislature will now have to close before other cities duplicate it.”

According to Provo City, “Transfers from Enterprise utility funds provide a transfer of 11% of utility sales to the General Fund each fiscal year.” In other words, Provo is billing Provo residents for utilities costs that don’t actually exist, and then the city takes that extra revenue and puts it into its general fund, which can be used to pay for all kinds of other expenses that have nothing to do with utilities. Source: http://www.provo.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=5764

19. Zoning Enforcement

Zoning compliance is poor, because John Curtis said at the beginning of his first term he wouldn’t aggressively enforce zoning violations. As a result, some neighborhoods (Provost South, for instance) have passed the tipping point, are now at 80% rentals, and are no longer healthy viable neighborhoods. The Provo City Council made zoning compliance their No. 1 priority for two years in a row. But the Curtis Administration dragged their feet because of a power struggle about the budget. That’s on Mayor Curtis’ watch. Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-municipal-council-city-administration-disagree-on-who-rules-the/article_5a95e01f-f20b-5873-98eb-ba326135f598.html

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This is an excellent video that recounts the events of the early 1970s and 1980s, a time when Phyllis Schlafly became the leader of the pro-family movement and against all odds was able to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment.  Three generations of women have been propagandized and have not heard the true story.  I was in Chicago from 1977-1979 and was on the front lines as a delegate at the International Womens Year.  I am a witness to what Phyllis shares in this short history.

 

 

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I delivered this speech at a Trump rally on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Utah State Capitol.  Please share.

I am a mother and a grandmother, the first Republican woman to run for US Senate in Utah, a conservative talk show host, one of Utah’s Republican State Electors … and I am a Mormon.  I am here today to proudly support Donald J. Trump for President of the United States because he is the moral choice.

We’re not voting for the Pope. We’re voting for the President. As Phyllis Schlafly, the First Lady of the conservative movement and my long time friend and mentor, once said, “Like it or not, we have a two party system and Jesus is NOT on the ballot.”

And Evan McMullin, you are not Utah’s “savior.” In fact, you are stealing votes from the moral choice and giving them to the crooked choice, and you’ve admitted it. How principled is THAT?

Phyllis passed away at age 92 just one day before the launch of her final book, The Conservative Case for Trump. She endorsed him when it was not easy. She knew it‘s not about personality; it’s about the principles.

She said, “I asked him to stand by the Republican platform, because we have the best conservative platform we’ve ever had. He endorses it, he will stand by it, and he is a real conservative.”

To my colleagues in the mainstream media and their pollsters: This is not about you and your feeble attempts to manipulate the people with your spin and collusion. You have been exposed, and it’s because of Donald Trump’s tenacity and leadership that you have been brought down. He is the wrecking ball we’ve needed.

And Gloria Allred, we know who YOU are. No one condones assault. This election is not about you and your drama, and your opportunistic and phony charges against Republican men – charges that have been debunked every election cycle.  This is about our children’s future. It’s about the Supreme Court and who will appoint the next four justices – and many more judges and thousands of Washington D.C. bureaucrats.

Let’s look at what’s at stake for our children: We can maintain our “high moral ground” to vote for NeverTrump, while more babies are aborted, our second amendment rights vanish, and the Supreme Court is forever changed. In fact, according to one of Trump’s advisors, former Ambassador Faith Whittlesey, your NeverTrump vote is treason to the Pro-Life movement.

Do we want another former ACLU president, anti-god, -family and -country Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by Bill Clinton?

Or Trump’s commitment to an originalist, respecter of First and Second amendment rights, such as Antonin Scalia, appointed by Ronald Reagan?

Do we want Clinton’s partial birth abortion choices?

Or Trump’s pro-Life choices?

Do we want Clinton’s war on religious liberty?

Or Trump’s championing of the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, restoring the First Amendment to religious institutions and non-profits?

Do we want to continue the Clinton’s globalist sell-out of production and jobs, undermining our rule of law?

Or do we want Donald Trump to fix or eliminate NAFTA, withdraw from TPP, and bring those jobs back home and keep our Constitution the Supreme law of the land?

Do we want Clinton’s open borders, flooding this land with too many that hate America, bringing crime and drugs to harm our children?

Or do we want Trump to make America great again, welcoming immigrants that love this country?

Do we want Clinton, the originator of the unconstitutional single-payer system – called HillaryCare – back in the White House?

Or do we want Donald Trump’s plan to repeal and replace the disastrous ObamaCare?

Do we want to continue the Clinton Corporate Crony machine in Washington DC padding their foundation pockets?

Or do we want Donald Trump to drain that swamp?

Hillary, you tell us that you want to solve our problems with more bureaucracy and government solutions. But I have a message for you: You ARE the problem. Donald Trump IS the solution!

When Mr. Trump spoke at Phyllis Schlafly’s funeral he said, “I’m sure that she’s telling us to keep up the fight. Phyllis, we love you, we miss you, and we will never, ever let you down.”

And that, my friends is why Donald Trump IS the moral choice for America!

Together we will make America great again! God bless Donald Trump and God bless America!

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