Utah Democratic Party http://kuer.org en Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon Considers Running for State Democratic Party Chair http://kuer.org/post/former-salt-lake-county-mayor-peter-corroon-considers-running-state-democratic-party-chair <p>Former Salt Lake County Mayor and Gubernatorial candidate Peter Corroon says he’s considering running to be chairman of the Utah Democratic Party.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Corroon hasn’t been heavily involved in politics for almost two years. And while he says he hasn’t made a final decision on whether or not to run for State Democratic Party Chair, he says it’s a position that definitely piques his interest.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:32:45 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44186 at http://kuer.org Neighborhoods Hold State Party Caucuses This Week http://kuer.org/post/neighborhoods-hold-state-party-caucuses-week <p></p><p><a href="http://www.utgop.org/">State Republican</a> and <a href="http://www.utahdemocrats.org/">Democratic Party</a> Caucuses are this week. People will gather in neighborhoods across Utah to discuss candidates and issues and to elect their neighborhood delegate. Tuesday is the Democratic Party Caucus. Republicans meet on Thursday. Anna Thompson is the Communications Director for the Democratic Party. She says this is the smallest organizing unit in any election, so it’s very important for everyone to become involved.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:33:46 +0000 Andrea Smardon & Bob Nelson 43516 at http://kuer.org Neighborhoods Hold State Party Caucuses This Week House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig Won't Run for Re-Election http://kuer.org/post/house-minority-leader-jennifer-seelig-wont-run-re-election <p>Women top the leadership of both parties in Utah’s House of Representatives. But that’s going to change next year. Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake, announced she’s stepping down as leader of the House Democrats. Like House Speaker Becky Lockhart, Seelig is the first woman in Utah’s history to hold her post. She says serving in the Legislature has been an education in juggling and she’s ready to focus once again on her personal goals.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:24:27 +0000 Judy Fahys 43030 at http://kuer.org Bill To Modify Caucus System Clears Hurdle in State Senate http://kuer.org/post/bill-modify-caucus-system-clears-hurdle-state-senate <p>A bill that would force political parties in Utah to change the current caucus and primary system cleared a hurdle in a Senate committee on Friday. &nbsp;SB 54 would mandate that parties raise the threshold for office nominations to 65 percent of the delegate vote – up from 60 percent.&nbsp; It would force parties to allow absentee voting at neighborhood caucus meetings and state party conventions. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:10:28 +0000 Terry Gildea 42185 at http://kuer.org Bill To Modify Caucus System Clears Hurdle in State Senate Utah Democrats Claim Swallow Election is Null and Void http://kuer.org/post/utah-democrats-claim-swallow-election-null-and-void <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of the Utah Democratic Party are calling on Governor Gary Herbert to hold a special election to replace Attorney General John Swallow, instead of appointing the replacement himself. But, there might not be a legal path for what the Democrats want.</span></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:26:26 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38767 at http://kuer.org Utah Democrats Claim Swallow Election is Null and Void Dean Says Utahns Have Much in Common with Democratic Values http://kuer.org/post/dean-says-utahns-have-much-common-democratic-values <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean attended two rallies in Utah in an effort to get more voters to register as Democrats.&nbsp; The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee says he’s not discouraged by the numbers: only 25% of voters in Utah cast ballots as Democrats.&nbsp; KUER’s Terry Gildea sat down with Dean to talk about the challenges of cultivating Democrats in a red state and about his own political future.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:52:38 +0000 Terry Gildea 34159 at http://kuer.org Dean Says Utahns Have Much in Common with Democratic Values Howard Dean Will Visit Utah Supporting Democrats http://kuer.org/post/howard-dean-will-visit-utah-supporting-democrats <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Vermont Governor and presidential hopeful Howard Dean will be in Utah today hoping to motivate Democrats more than a year ahead of midterm elections. KUER’s Terry Gildea reports.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dean served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009. His visit to Utah on Monday isn’t under the official banner of the party, but he does hope to get grassroots volunteers excited about recruiting more Democratic voters in a state many believe to be held strongly by Republicans.</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:09:03 +0000 Terry Gildea 34065 at http://kuer.org Howard Dean Will Visit Utah Supporting Democrats Democrats Looking at Utah's Caucus-Convention System http://kuer.org/post/democrats-looking-utahs-caucus-convention-system <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah Democrats hold their state party convention Saturday in Ogden.&nbsp; Like the Republicans, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">they’ll be looking at whether to change Utah’s caucus-convention system for nominating candidates.</span></p><p>Under the current system, voters choose delegates in neighborhood caucuses.&nbsp; Candidates can avoid a primary election if 60% of those delegates support them in state or county conventions.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:32:45 +0000 Dan Bammes 31299 at http://kuer.org Democrats Looking at Utah's Caucus-Convention System Democrats Vying for State Senate Seat Meet in Debate http://kuer.org/post/democrats-vying-state-senate-seat-meet-debate <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Six Democratic candidates hoping to fill a vacant state senate seat met in a debate last night organized by the Alliance for a Better Utah.&nbsp; The seat in Senate district 2 is left open by Ben McAdams who was elected the Salt Lake County Mayor earlier this month.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:27:41 +0000 Terry Gildea 21602 at http://kuer.org Democrats Vying for State Senate Seat Meet in Debate KUER News Pod: Tuesday August 7, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-august-7-2012 <p>Utah&rsquo;s Democratic Party appeals a nearly $15,000 records fee, the Southern Nevada Water Authority threatens a lawsuit against Utah, and state health officials confirm the first human case of West Nile Virus.</p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F55507468&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 17:27:29 +0000 Brian Grimmett 16214 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday August 7, 2012 Lawmakers Postpone Decision on Redistricting Records: Documents Remain Hidden in Boxes http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-postpone-decision-redistricting-records-documents-remain-hidden-boxes <p>Two bins of documents related to Utah&rsquo;s controversial redistricting process remain hidden from the public.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s mainly because Utah&rsquo;s Democratic Party is refusing to pay thousands of dollars to let them go.&nbsp; The legislature&rsquo;s Records Committee put off a decision Monday on whether to waive the fee for the records request.&nbsp; The committee decided it needs more information to determine whether the request primarily serves the public or the Democratic party.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 23:15:47 +0000 Andrea Smardon 16177 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Postpone Decision on Redistricting Records: Documents Remain Hidden in Boxes