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Who’s Who on the Utah GOP Establishment Ballot

On Saturday, April 23, 2016 Utah State Delegates will assemble and make decisions on multi-county state legislative races as well as to elect the Republican nominee for Governor, Treasurer, federal races and to elect by acclamation others unopposed.

Foremost on everyone’s mind is who will be the national delegates that will represent Utah in Cleveland at the national convention in July to nominate the candidate for President.

This campaign season has drawn attention to the problem of the “Establishment” and its influence in the selection process.  In an attempt to education national delegates and citizens who are wondering what happens and what they can do, Phyllis Schlafly wrote a book that vividly describes how King making works at these conventions.  In A Choice Not An Echo, she reviews the history of these back room deals.  It is MUST reading!

So does Utah have an establishment?  And what does it mean?  Great questions!  The Establishment has been around a long time.  Here’s what Thomas Jefferson said:

I join in your reprobation of our merchants, priests and lawyers for their adherence to England & monarchy in preference to their own country and it’s constitution. but merchants have no country. the mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. in every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. he is always in alliance with the Despot abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. it is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them: and to effect this they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man, into mystery & jargon unintelligible to all mankind & therefore the safer engine for their purposes. with the lawyers it is a new thing. they have in the mother country been generally the firmest supporters of the free principles of their constitution. but there too they have changed. 

Some things never change.  Delegates have been asking me who the Establishment is in Utah.  I wrote a post in 2015 and identified them. They are the same group that has funded and has tried to destroy Utah’s caucus system.

The very discussion about the RNC rules and how the Romney team stipulated that you had to have eight states (in order to keep Ron Paul out), now those rules don’t fit their plans to bring in a third candidate, dark horse.

Now they are trying to say, “Well, that doesn’t mean you have to get those eight state prior to the convention, you just have to get it AT the convention?”

I don’t care WHO you support.  This is what the Establishment does.  This is a deception.  I have been in this party for a long time.  My mission has always been to expose who these elites are.  And so here it is:

[Disclaimer:  I know and have worked with a few of these people.  They each have value and are good people and have strengths I admire.  But we must put that aside when it comes to policy setting, votes that will be cast and legislative representation.]

COUNT MY VOTE ESTABLISHMENT

These are the donors that have sought to destroy our republican form of government.  Please read this blog post because I list the names and how much they have donated.  You may be shocked.  Some of them are running for national delegate.  If you see any of these names DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM.  Included on this DNV (Do Not Vote) list are these names and their family members:

  • Rich MeKeown
  • Mike Leavitt
  • Kirk Jowers
  • LaVarr Webb
  • Orrin Hatch
  • Thomas Wright
  • Ann Wright Lampropoulos

CMV CANDIDATES

DNV – Do not vote for the following candidates because they are receiving PAC donations from the CMV PAC through Mike Leavitt, Rich McKeown (Leavitt Group), Gail Miller.  Here is the screen shot:

CMV Candidates

TODD WEILER

CMV is concerned that Weiler’s challenger, Heather Gardner, will be elected because she has run an effective campaign to support the caucus.  Senator Weiler was censured in a State Central Committee for lying about the facts of the lawsuit in a series of Tweets.

Here are some screen shots of his distasteful Tweets to me, mocking me for raising funds for Marriage between a man and a woman as he helped LGBT constituents to undermine that institution.  It was not easy raising enough money to file the amicus briefs in the 4th, 10th Circuits and at the U.S. Supreme Court.

I also also discovered that he and Ken Ivory deliberately tried to stop the nullification of the ACA (ObamaCare) by watering it down to a Prohibition of Medicaid Expansion.  Then Senator Weiler tried to unsuccessfully undermine that substitute bill.

Weiler - Marriage 4

Weiler-Marriage 2

Weiler-Marriage 2

CURT BRAMBLE

He was the sponsor of the CMV bill – SB 54, falsely called a “compromise.”  It was no compromise.  It was CMV.  See my post.

BRIAN SHIOZAWA

Senator Shiozawa is an example of a very kind man (a church leader) that got elected while no one was looking.  His score is worse than his Democratic colleagues.


SB 54-CMV MEMBERS OF THE UTAH LEGISLATURE

Here is the list of State Senators that supported SB 54, which is the same as CMV and the original proposal that DC lobbyists (including Kirk Jowers) who have supported the Democratic National Committee and who set up and managed Stephen Colbert’s SuperPAC to mock Republican candidates

Here is the list of the State Representatives that supported SB 54.

WHICH MEMBERS OF THE UTAH LEGISLATURE ARE GETTING PAC MONEY FROM CMV?

This is your DNV (Do Not Vote) list for State Legislators that are accepting funds from the CMV elite (this is a SCREEN SHOT!)

CMV Candidates

Todd Weiler was censured during a recent State Central Committee for Tweeting false information about the lawsuit, which damaged the case.  He has a history on Twitter that has shown me he is not for Marriage between a man or a woman and is only a small portion of the abusive and mocking tweets he has sent out about me during a very difficult year of raising $100,000 to defend Marriage in the Courts.

Here is proof:

ELECTION OF A NEW NATIONAL COMMITTEEMAN AND WOMAN:  A CMV COUP?

At approximately 4:55 PM on the filing deadline day for National Committeeman and woman, two establishment candidates filed. Those of us who are involved in the Party were told that the current Committeeman and woman, Bruce Hough and Enid Mickelson, were running again.  In fact, even Party leadership were told just recently that they were not stepping down.

Without announcement, they both decided not to run and suddenly Thomas Wright and Ann Marie Lampropoulos,  brother and sister (wife of Fred Lampropoulos of Merit Medical) stepped forward.

Because the Wrights (which would be a question of nepotism in the first place) are running unopposed, the party rules stipulate that they will be elected by acclamation.  Why is this of any concern?

If you review my previous post about the Establishment and CMV=SB 54, you will notice that Merit Medical (the Lampropoulos’ company) donated $25,000 to destroy the caucus and to oppose the party’s position on the law suit – that CMV and SB 54 are unconstitutional.

The Party is in the Court on this matter.  It is a serious issue of a First Amendment right to freely assemble and to define membership, rather than open it up to unaffiliated and render the caucus and convention a mere endorsement with little reason for any candidate to go through the process and be motivated to get to know us, the grassroots.

It is plausible to believe that there was coordination between the two candidates and the current Committeeman/woman.

I know from a previous poll I took of Republicans that Fred Lampropoulos, candidate Ann Marie’s husband, favors a fully OPEN PRIMARY.  I also know that Enid Mickelson favors the 80% threshold, which would render the convention purposeless.

The RNC is Establishment-controlled.  All the in-fighting going on over rules is a great concern.  Both Bruce and Enid supported the rule change that created a favorable situation for Mitt Romney to control the delegates.  Now, that same group is trying to manipulate the rule Romney wanted to keep the Ron Paul delegates out, by saying “Oh the candidate doesn’t need to carry 8 states into the convention.  They can do that DURING the convention.”  Seriously?  Then WHY do we need all these Primaries?  Why not just show up at the convention and influence the delegates there?

To have two people succeed these two new candidates that are the heirs apparent to the current Establishment Committeeman/woman that have actively worked, with their money and in the case of Thomas Wright, who fully supported SB 54, is objectionable.

Not only do the members of the RNC help raise money for the Party, they also set the rules for the national convention and they have a lot of power to manipulate those rules and who becomes the next president.

We don’t need any more games played at the RNC, which is Establishment-controlled.  

This matter will be handled in a follow-up State Central Committee meeting to resolve.

[Ultimately, this problem is happening because we have allowed people to be elected that have departed from the U.S. Constitution and have perverted it with some amendments that have altered its original intent, which is why I am running for Presidential Elector.  Read more about this topic in this post.]

CAUTION
Although the Establishment is gathered around Ted Cruz right now, remember where they started:  JEB BUSH.  Then MARCO RUBIO. Then KASICH.  They will pull out all stops to get their Establishment goal and their elitist pick.  That candidate profile does not respect the U.S. Constitution, states rights, and our borders.  It does not regard the moral issues as winning and seeks to silence them.  The Establishment, as in Thomas Jefferson’s words, has been selling out this nation to global interests for decades.  We must return to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.

CRUZ OFFICIAL SLATE ESTABLISHMENT

I have consistently stated that ALL the candidates have Establishment consultants and figures seeded in their campaigns.  For this, I’ve been on everyone’s most-disliked list.  But I’m not here to be popular.  I’m here to tell the truth on my radio show The Liberty Lineup on AM 630 KTKK 10-Noon Mountain time daily and also online or by smart phone app k talk radio.

So when the Utah Official Cruz slate came out, there they were.  In fact, so alarming was it that two other slates emerged – a Leadership Slate and a Non-Establishment slate.  The first is the Cruz campaign team.  The second is not only members of the campaign team, but the grassroots that have worked hard to preserve the caucus and who also want to protect the platform – another role of a national delegate.

The Official Cruz slate Establishment include:

  • Spencer Stokes
  • Spencer Cox
  • Gary Herbert
  • Jeanette Herbert
  • Casey Voeks
  • David Clark
  • Wayne Niederhauser
  • Richard Snelgrove
  • Marco Diaz
  • Clair Ellis

It’s not a good idea to send people who will be “double-dipping” in their power.  National Delegates should be grassroots and not elected officials.  I will make ONE exception, and that is Mike Lee because, full disclosure, I do support Ted Cruz and without Mike’s endorsement, Ted would not be in the U.S. Senate.  I don’t agree with all their votes, but they are the best we have in DC.  So here are the elected officials that should step aside and allow grassroots to be elected as national delegates:

  • Family members of elected officials
  • Mia Love
  • Rob Bishop
  • Bill Lee

Here is the Non-Establishment slate.  I’m so honored to have been invited to join this great group of Americans!

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Utah GOP Convention Proposals

Good morning Utah state delegates! Today’s convention should be a smooth one. With regard to the proposals, in general they have been vetting thoroughly by the State Central Committee. Your representatives there are working hard for our First Amendment right to assemble, select our nominees, define who our members can be and what we believe in.

There are only a handful that oppose this First Amendment right. Unfortunately enough of our representatives in the state legislature voted against this right to pass SB 54, which is falsely identified as a “compromise.” It is not. It is identical to the original legal brief that the DC lobbyist firm Caplin and Drysdale submitted two years ago, which ignited and launched the Count My Vote initiative.

Follow what the speakers say and vote for the proposals that will strengthen our law suit. Please support this law suit with your vote and your financial support.

Republicans Stand Firm in Support of Private Property Despite Media Distortion

On May 30, 2015, the Utah Republican State Central Committee met to be briefed in executive session by legal counsel.  It was a productive meeting and never have I seen a committee work together with such a unity of purpose.  All but a handful support the defense of the caucus to preserve the constitutional right of a private corporation to define itself, its membership, its platform and its nominees.

The Utah media, which stands to lose millions if the caucus remains in tact, has worked overtime to keep its mantra going:  “insiders” (that’s you and me, the grassroots) want to keep you from participating.  And…we “insiders” are in a Civil War.  Really?   What lies and hogwash.

On June 9, 2015, the Deseret News published an opinion that confirms how invested they are in the “buy my vote” campaign of the CMV DC lobbyists and the elite.  “War over Count My Vote needs to end.”  So we are in a war, they tell us.

Obviously a lawsuit isn’t the same as a Valentine card and a box of chocolates, but we are doing the business that needs to be done to define who we are.  Furthermore, Judge Nuffer told us what we must do:  we must ask the Court to defend our Constitutional right to decide who is qualified to be a member.

Now, if that’s a war, so be it.  We certainly did not start it.  And now we are working to do exactly what the Deseret News suggests:  to end it.  We are on the precise path to ending the war CMV brought to us.  I’m reminded of a famous quote, the origin of which is disputed, but the point remains amid the dispute.  Viet Nam protestors in the 1960s used it in a film title.  Some have wrongly attributed it to the Marxist turned disenchanted East German, Bertolt Brecht.  Others show that Carl Sandburg penned a version in his epic poem “The People, Yes” in 1936: “Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.”

Brecht, Sandburg or whoever, here’s a version by an unknown poet which yields the most appropriate rendition for this moment in time.

“What if they gave a war and nobody came?
Why, then, the war would come to you!
He who stays home when the fight begins
And lets another fight for his cause
Should take care:
He who does not take part
In the battle will share in the defeat.
Even avoiding battle will not avoid battle.
Since not to fight for your own cause
Really means
Fighting on behalf of your enemy’s cause.”

I compliment Republican Dana Dickson for soundly reprimanding the Deseret News for its continual misrepresentation of this “war” and the perpetuation of misinformation and fiction as fact.  He wrote:

“If it was any other organization in the entire state of Utah (besides the UTGOP) fighting for a critical aspect of its freedom to assemble (which is what is going on here) the Desnews editorial board would be front-and-center cheerleading for them. However, since the UTGOP enjoys a special “freedomless” place in the hearts of media moguls in Utah the public is told that the UTGOP is somehow controversial when it uses the legal system to defend itself.

“Look everyone, the point of continuing the lawsuit is to get the courts to overturn the SB-54 QPP code that has non-Republicans selecting Republican candidates in primaries. Other state political parties have won this battle. Is it “unfortunate” or unreasonable for the UTGOP to want the same thing? Of course not.

“Bad on the Desnews editorial board for deliberately misleading the public on this issue, for beating up the UTGOP as it defends its freedom to assemble and select its candidates, and for calling out UTGOP Chairman Evans as the guy driving this whole thing (recent surveys show the party is behind him). They know better.”

Shortly after I read that outrageous opinion editorial, I called the Deseret News and left a message that we’d like to meet with the opinion editor.  No response.  Not surprising.  How many times has the Deseret News done this and how many times more before we lose our trust in the information this paper publishes?

 

 

Utah’s Caucus Again Misrepresented in the News

I’m feeling more like a broken record as time goes on.  I want to say, “Just read the previous posts,” but I’d like to comment directly to statements made in today’s Deseret News article titled “Gov. Herbert stepping up pressure on GOP to settle ‘civil war.'”

Civil war?  My great grandfather fought in the real Civil War.  Governor, I know what that war was.  This is no civil war.  That’s hyperbole at its finest and a misrepresentation at best.

The author, Lisa Roche, also editorializes in her first sentence, rather than doing her journalistic duty and simply stating the facts and limiting all opinions to quotations within the article.  She identifies Herbert’s “civil war” as the candidate nomination compliance process that “limits the power of party delegates.”

That was an explosive choice of words.  Actually, the party’s concern is a constitutional matter:  does a private corporation have the right to freely assemble, to set its rules and determine qualifications of members and to define its statement of belief – its mission statement, if you will.  This should be a concern to all business owners.  How far should government meddle?

(You might ask Chuck Barber who received a letter of franchise termination from President Obama in 2009, and who found that his family business he had invested in and spent his life building was unilaterally stolen from him and given to a competitor down the street.)

The article stated that the governor “is calling for a leader who can bring the fractured party together.”

Fractured party?  The governor may not be aware, but in the largest counties (including some of the most liberal counties), the “COUNT/BUY MY VOTE” proposal has been soundly defeated by the delegates who understand the constitutional question at stake.

Calling the Utah GOP a “fractured” party is more of a fractured fairytale.  But the Count/Buy My Vote crowd owns the media here, so it was no surprise.

Consider this:  If you belong to a church, do you believe the legislature should be allowed to step in and tell your church how it selects its leaders, what its membership qualifications must be and what its tenets must be?

(Actually, the Courts are attempting to force that on legislatures in one sticky area these days – the definition of marriage, and the steep fines levied against family owned businesses that believe their religious liberty is being infringed if they are forced to provide wedding services for those whose wedding vows violate their religious beliefs.  But let’s not go there for now.)

The governor continued to perpetuate – no, to create – his own civil war (he is the defendant in this legal case, what more could we expect?) with us when he said, “…the chairman needs to work very diligently to unite the party.”

Where has this governor been lately?

This chairman, James Evans, is communicating with members of the party as best he can, in spite of the false press this paper continues to perpetuate.   The dissenters are very few.  The State Central Committee meeting coming up this Saturday is anticipated to be very supportive of the lawsuit and the proposals on the agenda.

The governor has fabricated this “civil war.”  The unpopular challenge made by elitists that don’t even engage in the party, but have for a long time controlled from the shadows with their big bucks, is uniting this party more than ever.  This challenge is actually strengthening the party.

Then the governor commented that he has not decided whether to endorse a candidate for party chairman.  This governor apparently believes that his endorsement will have any impact.  Governors do not own political parties in caucus states.  The people who are engaged do.  In states with open primaries and dual tracks allowing unaffiliated and anyone to petition onto the ballot in a party’s name and that are elected by plurality instead of majority, yes, the elites DO own the party.  That’s what the delegates that support the caucus are trying to preserve – the people’s voice – those that choose to be engaged in the process by attending their neighborhood meetings and being elected by those neighbors.

The governor needs to know that we do not feel any discord.  We are more united than ever.  Who is he getting his information from?  We know that answer.  From the elites that are funding his campaign.  He has entered the ranks of the politically corrupted, good as he is in his personal family life.  It happens all the time.

And that’s at the crux of what we are hoping to preserve in the lawsuit – an ability to stop corrupted politicians – the incumbents who become so after each subsequent term in office.

The Deseret News then states that SB 54 was a “compromise.”  No, it was not a compromise.  We have proof in writing and audio that the Count/Buy My Vote leaders were satisfied that they got exactly what they wanted in the first place with SB 54.

Senator Bob Bennett’s opinion editorial reiterates this inevitable outcome.  He was the catalyst for the Count/Buy My Vote challenge.  Invariably, I have learned as I’ve mingled with them, that they have one thing in common:  They despise Senator Mike Lee and carry enormous resentment against anyone that ran against him and helped defeat him.  This challenge is really nothing more than “sour grapes” from some Bennett diehards that have never gotten over it, even though their candidate clearly has.

The paper also misstated the purpose of the State Central Committee’s meeting on May 30 and its upcoming convention.  We are not there to decide whether we will agree to SB 54 or not.  We are there to chart a legal course to make sure we have Republican candidates on the 2016 ballot and that we WIN the lawsuit (that the judge has told us we will most likely win on constitutional grounds), by so doing.  Let it understood:  The delegates and State Central Committee members have shown in their recent county conventions that they DO NOT support Count/Buy My Vote or SB 54 by virtue of who they elected.  The party survey to which 4,500 have responded so far also show strong support for winning the lawsuit.

A rare exception is Davis County where several of the Count/Buy My Vote leaders live and network.  However, the chairman lost his election only by only three votes, with five votes in his favor that were “misplaced.”  It is a messy day led by a few disgruntled delegates that have since been caught obfuscating the truth.  The body of delegates overwhelmingly passed the resolution to continue to win the lawsuit, while Senator Todd Weiler’s resolution thanking himself and his colleagues for their support of SB 54 barely squeaked by (more of an uncomfortable vote there – many delegates find it difficult to call out an individual Republican official publicly).  More on that county soon…

The Governor’s main concern is that the party maintain its Good Ol’ Boy system so that he can get re-elected by this elitist friends that have rallied to corrupt his views on so many very un-Republican positions such as his support of socialized medicine and putting in place the three policies that will allow the ACA to succeed (ObamaCare), rather than working to defeat it.  Also is his support of progressive education and the national takeover through common core standards and testing.  A third contention is his support of amnesty, which has made Utah the fourth largest sanctuary state in the nation and costing us millions annually (hence the need for “expansion”).

The article got one thing right:  Governor Herbert considers  himself to be the party leader, but he really has no authority.  (Look up the definition of “titular”).  He is technically, in fact, the individual the party is suing because he signed the law that created this disagreement.

The humor of the day was his spokesman Marty Carpenter’s statement, “We want to make sure we have good, conservative Republicans elected.”

The purpose of my blog site is to expose what is conservative and what is not.  Check out these legislative score cards.  You may be surprised how not conservative the state of Utah is.  Reality check.  It begins with the governor’s office.

Additionally, the Deseret News continues to make the injunction loss a big issue.  Attorneys know that injunctions are often lost (they are typically a preliminary step to get the sense of the judge on key points before proceeding) and then the cases move forward and win.  Such is the case.  But this is understandable.  The Deseret News stands to gain from the open primaries.  They will experience a windfall with dozens more media buys from primary candidates flocking to the ballot line.  The paper’s support of Count/Buy My Vote is purely self-interest and its long-standing collaboration with Dan Jones opinion shaping surveys and LaVarr Webb’s media firm Exoro Group.

Kirk Jowers – the DC lobbyist that got the ball rolling through his firm that supports the Democratic National Committee and that created Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC to mock Republican candidates is not worth commenting on here.  You get the point with his mere credentials.

As for the GOP legislative members that voted for SB 54, the delegates have taken note and those that show mediocre to low score cards when held up to the party platform will be held accountable.  If anything good has come from this disagreement, it is that the delegates are now paying much more attention.

The constituents of Representative Dan McCay might want to especially consider a growing attitude problem with their representative.  At times he has been flippant (e.g. admitting the school system is a socialist system, and suggesting we make it more so with a bill that came under fire by conservatives). His most recent comment puts him in the “arrogant incumbent” category when he said that the delegates and party leaders were “engaged in childlike behavior.”

I replied, “You, Dan, are not my parent.”  I suggested that HE was the one that needed to be given a good spanking over his mother’s knee.

The rest of the news about who’s who to challenge Chairman James Evans is not worth discussing.  It’s simply a big YAWN on a slow news day.  The fodder the news tries to create by stirring up the pot that isn’t even boiling is bigger news.  Our concern is that in the middle of a lawsuit, we maintain consistently.  We don’t need to be debating on two fronts.  James Evans has done a good job of keeping us united.

Count/Buy My Vote’s Rich McKeown, made the comment of the century when he said they are “staying out of the race” (for party chairman) and that it will not be taking “any official position on the chairman’s race.”

It doesn’t need to, and that’s not how the elite establishment works.  As he said, they work behind the scenes.  Party leaders, delegates, coalitions and campaigns have never known any of them to show up, become involved and to engage with the unwashed masses.  They do their work by throwing their money around in the media to influence the readers with their distortions.

PS.  Here are some insightful comments posted on Facebook by Dana Dickson, an active supporter of the caucus:

The Deseret News stirs the pot a little with this article and here are my takeaways:

  • This is a notification to UTGOP State Central Committee members, ahead of this Saturday’s meeting, that they are to quit making a fuss and conform to CMV’s wishes.
  • Someone let Marty Carpenter know that “the party continue to produce strong results” and conforming to SB54 are mutually exclusive things since SB54 allows non-party voters to choose Republican candidates.
  • The Governor rightly acknowledges how difficult it has been for Chairman Evans to defend the Caucus/Convention system, as the delegates elected him to do, which is good. But he neglects to mention that Chairman Evans has had to do this while being undermined by the press, past party chairs, and legislators like Dan McCay.
  • The results of the recent UTGOP survey have provided critical guidance Governor Herbert, Chairman Evans, and the legislature all agree on.