SB54

Brian Grimmett

Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber, is the only sitting legislator that has chosen to just gather signatures in his effort to be re-elected. But as the Utah Republican Party fights the state over the constitutionality of the law that allows him to do that, his status as a member of the party remains in limbo.

Utah Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning Of SB54

Apr 8, 2016
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Supreme Court has issued an opinion clarifying the meaning of recent changes to Utah’s election laws.

Judge Rules Against Utah GOP in SB54 Lawsuit

Apr 6, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A federal judge has ruled against the Utah Republican Party in its lawsuit over changes to Utah election law. 

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments from the Utah Republican and Democratic Parties Monday over who gets to decide how a candidate can get on a primary ballot.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Republican Party once again argued against an alternative path to the primary ballot in federal court Monday. 

Brian Grimmett

A federal judge issued an order last week indicating that the signature thresholds called for in Utah’s election laws are too high. With a few days left in the legislative session, one lawmaker has just introduced a bill to address that problem.

View From The Gallery: Week 4

Feb 19, 2016

Week four marks the half way point of the Utah Legislative session, but lawmakers seem to be stuck on repeat.

Anti-SB54 Effort Fails in Utah House

Feb 17, 2016

The Utah House has defeated an attempt to undo the SB54 compromise.

Lawmaker Wants to Repeal SB54 Compromise

Feb 15, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A freshman legislator in the Utah House of Representatives is trying to undo the Count My Vote compromise the legislature passed two years ago. 

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Several candidates running for state offices in 2016 have begun gathering signatures in an effort to get on their party’s primary election ballot. But the process is far from settled as the Utah Republican Party has filed yet another lawsuit in federal court challenging the law that allows the alternative petition route.

Brian Grimmett

Former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is on a mission to ensure the Utah House District where he lives remains in Republican control. His plan: oust the GOP incumbent.

Candidates To Begin Gathering Signatures January 4th

Dec 28, 2015
Brian Grimmett

Starting Monday January 4th, people wanting to run for political office in Utah will be able to start gathering signatures. And while significant questions about the process still remain, the state elections office is ready to move forward.

Holly Richardson

Political blogger and former Utah House member Holly Richardson announced Tuesday she is looking to fill the District 14 seat in the State Senate.

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A federal judge has ruled that Utah cannot force political parties to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections. But the ruling doesn’t apply to the Utah Democratic Party.

Brian Grimmett

A dispute over the interpretation of Utah’s election laws has resulted in the Lt. Governor’s office sending several letters aimed at clarifying their position.

Brian Grimmett

The conflict over Utah’s new election law continues to rage, even after a federal judge ruled that most of the law is constitutional. The next step in the fight is likely a special legislative session.

Federal Judge Likely to Strike Down Parts of SB54

Oct 27, 2015
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Republican Party’s lawsuit over possible changes to the caucus convention system could soon be resolved as a federal judge is poised to modify the law known as SB54.

The federal judge overseeing the Utah Republican Party’s lawsuit challenging the state’s new election law known as SB54 has ordered them to hire a second attorney to help them better meet the court’s deadlines.

Judge Pushes for Mediation Talks in SB54 Lawsuit

Sep 9, 2015

The political parties involved in a lawsuit against SB54 are once again attempting to find a settlement with the state, this time using a mediator.

Is GOP Infighting Sign of a Larger Divide?

Sep 3, 2015
Brian Grimmett

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans is accusing Republican State Senator Todd Weiler of encouraging some donors to stop giving money to the party. Weiler denies those allegations, but the incident is a very public representation of a divide that’s growing among members of the Utah GOP over how the party chooses its candidates.

Utah’s 2016 Primary elections will be different than they’ve been in the past, and the Lt. Governor’s office is beginning their campaign to tell parties, voters, and candidates what they need to know. 

Utah Republican delegates met on Saturday to elect new officers and hear from their elected representatives. But they also took on the difficult task of approving changes to the party constitution in order for candidates to appear on the 2016 ballot.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Legislature is beginning to take a look at how to address the potential plurality issue in primary elections.

Utah Democratic Party Implements SB54 Changes

Jun 13, 2015
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Democratic Party held their state convention on Saturday and delegates have chosen to become a qualified political party.

Utah GOP Central Committee Moves to Comply With SB54

Jun 1, 2015
Brian Grimmett

Members of the Utah Republican Party’s state central committee have made the decision to move forward and comply with election changes made by SB54.

A federal judge has denied an injunction against the controversial election reform law known as SB54.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to placing a constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot that would affirm the right of political parties to establish their own election process.

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The Utah Republican Party released a poll over the weekend that shows a majority of voters favor a legal challenge to SB54. That’s the bill approved by the legislature and signed into law last year that will modify the state’s system for nominating political candidates. 

Utah AG Sean Reyes Recuses Himself From Defending SB54

Dec 22, 2014
Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has recused himself from being involved with the state’s defense of SB54.

SB54 makes changes to Utah election law and allows candidates to bypass the caucus/convention system and appear on a primary ballot by gathering signatures from registered voters. The Utah Republican Party is suing the state over those changes because they say that it’s unconstitutional for a state to dictate to a party how they choose candidates.

Utah GOP to File Lawsuit Challenging SB54

Nov 26, 2014
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Utah State Republican Party are filing a lawsuit challenging the legality of  SB 54. The legislation passed this year changes the state’s caucus/convention system for nominating political candidates.

In a statement sent to KUER, Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans says the lawsuit should be seen as a friendly attempt to clarify the Constitutional boundaries between the state and political parties. He argues that the state should not be able to tell individual political parties how to elect their candidates.

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