Archive for April 29, 2012
Democratic and Republican state conventions were held in Utah Saturday, April 21. Each party chose candidates for statewide and multi-county offices.
On the Democratic side, things were pretty calm. The Democrats don’t hold much power in Utah politics, and there were no major controversies. I’ve been to past state Democratic conventions, and the overall air is like a high school pep rally for a losing team that everyone is compelled to attend. The Democrats only have one Congressional seat — more on that later — and have not been a significant force in state politics since 1966. Currently, the State Senate has 22 Republicans and 7 Democrats, while the State House has 56 Republicans and 17 Democrats. All the Democrats are from the Salt Lake and nearby Park City areas, with the exception of one lone Democratic State Representative, Christine Watkins, who lives in Price, in the coal-mining east-central part of the state.
There is much more activity on the Republican side. Remember that in 2010, U.S. Senator Bob Bennett was unable to make it past the second round of balloting which sent now-Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Tim Bridgewater into the primary, which Senator Lee won.
Could the Tea Party repeat this feat in 2012, with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who has served for 36 years?