The Republicans who represent Utah’s 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts easily won their party’s nominations at Saturday’s state convention.
Congressman Rob Bishop is running for a seventh term. He says his ambition is to stay there.
“I have never seriously wanted to be a U.S. Senator," Bishop told convention delegates. Because I am committed to the House. I am invested in the House. I want to be effective in the House. The only problem is, that means every two years I have to come and ask you for your vote again.”
State Republican and Democratic Party 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.
While Democrats piece together their own party-specific plans, a Republican group is preparing to file a statewide ballot initiative.
Utah Democratic Party delegates voted last month to keep the caucus and convention system with the understanding that a committee of Democrats would spend the next year studying possible changes to the status quo.
Utah lawmakers look into ways to encourage people to buy long-term care insurance, a state Senator suggests that the Attorney General become an appointed position, and the Utah Republican Party considers pushing for the elimination of the Common Core academic standards.