Monday, March 26, 2012

Fasting for Our Country

This blog post is different than any other I have posted so far. I have been following the blog Evangelicals for Mitt by the husband and wife team of David and Nancy French. I was impressed with this post by Nancy about fasting and prayer. I believe there is great power in our nation uniting together in prayer and that is it appropriate no matter what our politics or the candidates we support. Please read  and ponder what she has to say at this link Fasting for America 
It has been a great experience for me to fast from the Internet.  

And you might also enjoy reading the book Home and Away: A Story of a Family in Time of War. This book is about the year that David was serving in Iraq. Caution: It might make you cry, so avoid reading it in a doctor's office or other public place if you don't want to be seen weeping. This is what happened to me. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Messages from Candidates for Utah Attorney General

This post is a copy of an email from the Utah Republican Party. The names are links to messages from the Republican candidates for Attorney General of Utah. In some instances there are also links within the messages that will take you to more information about the candidates.

All declared Republican candidates for public office in Utah have equal opportunity to use this service. This e-mail may contain the opinions of others and is not necessarily the opinion of the Utah Republican Party.

Below are messages from Sean Reyes and John Swallow

Messages from Candidates for Governor

This post is a copy of an email from the Utah Republican Party. Their names are links to messages from the Republican candidates for Governor of Utah. In some instances there are also links within the messages that will take you to more information about the candidates.

All declared Republican candidates for public office in Utah have equal opportunity to use this service. This e-mail may contain the opinions of others and is not necessarily the opinion of the Utah Republican Party.

Below are messages from Morgan Philpot, Lane Ronnow, Representative Ken Sumsion, Governor Gary Herbert, and David Kirkham.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Utah 4th Congressional District Candidate Forum

Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero hosted candidates Jay Cobb, Mia Love, Stephen Sandstrom and Carl Wimmer at the Utah 4th Congressional District Candidate Forum. 
The forum is available on You Tube at this link:
Listen to 4th Congressional District Candidates

The four candidates are Jay Cobb, Mia Love, Stephen Sandstrom and Carl Wimmer. They answer questions from a telephone and email audience.

Western Growth Coalition Meeting March 19, 2012

Thank you to Peggy Kennett for writing today's blog post:

This is some information that the blog group might find interesting.
Every month the group Western Growth Coalition meets on the 3rd Monday at 4:00 p.m. at West Jordan City Hall.  The group is comprised of all of the cities on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley, the Chambers of Commerce from the same areas, Legislators that represent these areas, the Jordan and Granite School Districts, business people, and any interested citizens.
On March 19 the Western Growth Coalition heard from our legislators on the 2012 session.  The legislators in attendance were:  Senate President Michael Waddoups, Senator Aaron Osmond, Representative Wayne Harper, Representative Ken Ivory, Representative Jim Bird, Representative Fred Cox.  All of the legislators said that the 2012 session was one in which lots of work was done without too much controversy.  A balanced budget was adopted, there were no tax increases, and the state's rainy day fund had $11 million added.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Peggy Jo Kennett Candidate for Utah Legislature District 43

Peggy Jo Kennett who lives in a neighboring precinct is running for Utah Legislature District 43. Many of us have known Peggy for years and wish her the best. More information can be found at her website.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Republican Party was born March 20, 1854

'Three weeks after the U.S. Senate passes the pro-slavery Kansas-Nebraska Act, a small group of politicians opposed to the legislation meet at a schoolhouse in Ripon, Wis. The participants—mostly "Conscience" Whigs and Free Soil Democrats—decide to form a new political organization. By summertime the party, which referred to its members as "Republicans," would hold its first state convention. By 1856, the faction had developed strongholds in the Northeast and Midwest, and just four years later the party's unlikely nominee would claim the White House.'
---  From "This Week in History" Email by The History Channel.  

Of course, the Republican candidate who won the Presidential election in 1860 was Abraham Lincoln.
See photos of Abraham Lincoln

Happy Birthday Republican Party!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Utah Republican Party Platform

Utah Republican Party State Party Platform
(as ratified at the 2009 State Convention)
We, the Republican Party of the Great State of Utah, affirm our belief in God and declare our support for government based upon a moral and spiritual foundation. We affirm freedom for every individual as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution. We believe that citizens' needs are best met through free enterprise, private initiative, and volunteerism. We support the “Rule of Law” and believe in upholding the law of the land.
We believe government properly exists by the consent of the governed and must be restrained from intruding into the freedoms of its citizens. The function of government is not to grant rights, but to protect the unalienable, God-given rights of life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.
We recognize the rights of the individual to own property. We resist any effort by government to take private property without an overwhelming need for public use. We strongly oppose the forfeiture of private property from innocent owners.
We oppose congressional, judicial, and executive abrogation of the principle that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. We oppose unreasonable and intrusive federal mandates.
We demand honesty, integrity, morality, and accountability of our public officials. We will work to expose and stop corruption.
We support a military force of sufficient strength and readiness to deter any threat to our national sovereignty or to the safety and freedom of our citizens. We support the Constitutional mandate to protect and secure our national borders. We oppose placement of United States troops under any foreign command, including the United Nations. We support lawful efforts of local law enforcement agencies to protect citizens in their homes and in their communities. We urge reform of the legal system to accomplish a swift and balanced administration of justice, including consideration of rights of the victim. We support capital punishment when appropriate.
We support the individual constitutionally-protected right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes. We encourage personal responsibility for the care and use of these firearms.
We claim freedom of religion for every citizen and expect the protection of government in securing to us this unalienable right. We affirm the right to religious expression, including prayer, in both private and public.

We recognize the traditional family as the fundamental unit of society. We affirm that parents have the fundamental right and primary responsibility to direct the upbringing of their children and to provide nurturing care, discipline and training in moral values.
We believe in the right to life for both the born and unborn. We strongly oppose abortion, except to preserve the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. We believe the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We believe all human life is sacred regardless of age or infirmity, and therefore we oppose abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the public funding of any of these abhorrent practices.
We believe that the primary responsibility for meeting basic human needs rests with the individual, the family, and the voluntary charitable organizations. We recognize, however, that there are special social needs which must be addressed through state human service programs. We support requiring welfare recipients to work towards self-sufficiency.
We recognize the contributions made to our quality of life through ethnic diversity.
We believe that no individual is entitled to rights that exceed or supersede the God-given individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Utah.
We believe that all children should have access to quality education. Parents have the primary right and responsibility to educate their children, and we support their right to choose public, private, or home education. We support incentives to promote competitive excellence. We encourage cooperative initiatives to help all Utahans become literate in English. We support the prudent and profitable use of school trust lands. We support all interest and dividends from the permanent State School Fund being distributed to each public and charter school to improve student academic performance.
We accept the necessity for limited taxation in order for government to perform and administer those services which meet essential public needs. However, we recognize that the power to tax is also the power to control, and believe that the best way to control government is to strictly control the amount of taxes imposed on the people. We encourage further simplification of tax systems, the elimination of the estate tax, and broad-based rate reduction where possible.
We recognize that government regulation can be a major impediment to productivity and to competition. We must rely more on market forces and less on government. Regulatory power now exercised by the federal government must be eliminated or returned to state and local governments.
We believe that a strong, diversified economy based on a positive work ethic, a well trained and well educated work force, a business-friendly environment, and safe work place will help Utah compete in a world market place. We believe that developing our human resources is essential to the future of Utah. We support the Utah Right to Work Law.

We appreciate the quality of our environment. Our air, water, and land are at the heart of our existence and must be protected through balanced management. We support reasonable laws and volunteer efforts to improve air and water quality. We continue to seek responsible solutions to controversies surrounding uses of our wilderness. We seek to preserve the environment while serving the best interests of our Utah citizens.
We oppose as unconstitutional the declaration by any President without approval from Congress of any large tract of land as a national monument. We call on the Governor of the State of Utah to use the Constitutional Defense Fund and other resources at his disposal to bring any such declaration affecting Utah before the United States Supreme Court for reversal.
The jury is a fundamental institution of liberty, because it is the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution. The jury has the right and the authority to acquit if jurors feel justice will be served.
America is a stronger and better nation because of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of legal immigrants, and the Republican Party honors them. We believe that control of our borders is an urgent national security interest and our national sovereignty depends on those secure borders.
We oppose illegal immigration and all forms of amnesty, or legal status, for illegal immigrants. We support suspending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrant parents. We oppose granting government benefits to those illegally present in the US. We oppose any temporary or "guest" worker program that would offer an automatic path to citizenship. We believe that current laws against employing illegal immigrants should be vigorously enforced, particularly to stem the now too common crime of identity theft in obtaining employment.
The 13 original Sovereign States in Constitutional Convention created the Constitution of the United States of America and subsequently ratified that document creating a Federal Government and granting to that Government limited and enumerated powers.
The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States defines Federal powers as those enumerated in the Constitution and reserves all other powers to the States and to the People.
It remains the sacred responsibility of the States as creators of the Federal Government to keep the federal powers within the limits set by the Constitution.
We resolve that the Republican Party of the Great State of Utah and elected party members take any and all steps necessary to ensure that Federal powers exercised within the Great State of Utah not exceed those granted by the Constitution of the United States, and that those usurpations of State Sovereign Powers already violated by the Federal Government be corrected by the State Legislature and enforced by the Governor’s office thus protecting Utah State Sovereignty
The Republican Party is a party by the people and for the people. We appreciate the productivity of our citizens, affirm the infinite worth of all individuals, and seek the best possible quality of life for all. We invite all citizens to join us in working together for a better Utah.

This platform is also the Salt Lake County Platform and can be found online at the Utah Republican Party website. Platform ratified 2009  This is the platform that was read by Van Walther at our Caucus meeting.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Invitation to the Blog

Dear  ________
Thank you for attending our Republican Party Caucus for Precinct WJD030 on March 15, 2012 at West Jordan Middle School. When many people participate there are benefits for all of us.
The blog for our precinct is now live at You are invited to view this blog, to become a follower and to make comments and suggestions. You can also write blog posts and send them to me and I will publish them to the blog.
When you visit the blog be sure to scroll to the bottom to view all the posts and click on “older posts” when we have them so you don’t miss anything. There is a “list of links to relevant websites” at the bottom left on the blog. There is also a “Republican Newsreel” on the right side of the blog. I have entered the key words “Utah Republican Politics” and every day there will be a listing of Google news articles. I hope that this blog will be a place where you can come and do research and learn about the issues affecting us in WJD030 in a timely manner. Rather than doing a lot of writing I will mostly be referring you to other sources of information.
There will not be very much about the Presidential election. But I will try to connect you with information about the candidates for other offices who are running for election to represent us.  I will also post information about our county and state delegates so that you can contact them and give them your opinions.  Our county and state delegates are also invited to report how they voted at convention and why they made their choices.
Chris McConnehey has offered to participate on this blog and to keep us up-to-date on City Council issues.
I cannot speak for the Salt Lake County Republican Party, but I will not be sending out group emails or sharing your email addresses with others. I will be posting contact information for our state and county delegates, but otherwise if you want your contact information posted you will have to ask me to do it.
Please let friends and associates know about this blog. You don’t have to be a registered and affiliated Republican to participate. If you have technical issues, please let me know. I already know that there may be a compatibility issue with Internet Explorer. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari seem to work fine. I do not know about compatibility with mobile devices. If you have webmaster skills, please give me advice.
Thank you.
Jeanette Drake
Voting District Chairman

Friday, March 16, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright issued the following statement and report on the March 15, 2012 Utah Republican Party Caucuses:

“I am amazed by the number of citizens who took action and attended their Neighborhood Caucus tonight. Our preliminary estimates are a statewide turnout of at least 125,000 Republicans and as high as 200,000. Government works best when citizens are informed and engaged in the voting process. Voters were heard loud and clear tonight.”

Caucus Report
· 100% of voting precincts in the State held a Caucus meeting
· 30,000 voters looked up their Caucus location at
· 14,000 live phone calls were made from the Utah Republican Party
· 20,000 yard signs were distributed across the state
· 260,000 door hangers were distributed across the state
· 10 days of aired TV and Radio Commercials
· 85 Precinct Chair Trainings
· 52 Caucus Awareness Trainings
· 1400 voters were trained by Caucus Ambassadors 

The Utah Republican Party launched a statewide 29 County Plan in May, 2011 to increase participation at every level of government. Caucus Night was one of three parts of the plan aimed at delivering 100,000 Caucus Attendees; 100,000 new Republican voters who Vote by Mail; and 100,000 new registered Republicans in the 2012 election cycle. The Caucus Night goal was for each County and Precinct in the state to have at least 18.5 percent of registered Republicans attend for statewide total of 100,000. The 2010 Caucus Attendance was 58,000 – an all time high

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Republican Caucus Meetings March 15, 2012

The Republicans of Voting District WJD030 in West Jordan, Utah met at West Jordan Middle School at 7:00 PM. Originally we met in the School Cafeteria. We had an opening prayer and said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag with Voting District WJD031. Then we divided into two groups and Van Walthers, voting district chairman, read the Salt Lake County and state of Utah Republican party platform. An envelope was passed around for contributions to the Republican Party. It was very noisy with the two groups in the same room and when Merlene Cook came in and gave us the opportunity to move to the choir room of the school, we took advantage of the opportunity.

The main business of the caucus meeting was to elect officers and county and state delegates for the next two years. The following people were elected:

Voting District Chairman:  Jeanette Drake
Voting District Vice Chairman: Dee Peel
Voting District Secretary/Treasurer: Sharon Masters

State Delegate:  Van Walther
State Delegate:  Jim Gastelum

County Delegate: Van Walther
County Delegate: Preston Brooksby
County Delegate: Michael Mahnken

WJD030 Precinct Map