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Political Dates to Remember

Primary mail in voter registration deadline: May 29th
Primary in person and online registration deadline: June 11th
Early voting: June 12th-June 22nd
Primary Election: June 26th
General mail in voter registration deadline: October 9th
General in person and online registration deadline: October 22nd
Early voting: October 23rd-November 2nd
General Election: November 6th

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Fellow Delegate…

Fellow Delegates – 
As you may know, the County Convention on April 14th will now be at Salem Hills High.  It is imperative that we are on our best behavior!  There will be ACT testing in half of the school, and parents are concerned that we will be too loud.  The parents have hired police to patrol the school, so we ask that you be extremely respectful to rules and these important tests that determine if these students get into college.
– The only door to the school that we may enter is the North door.  
– Parking is only at the football stadium and tennis court.  Once this parking is full, then we begin parking on the road.  Absolutely no parking in the East parking lot.  This will be monitored by the police.
– Candidate signs can only be placed in the North Lawn.  This is where we enter.
– If an area is marked “No Talk Zone” – that really means No talking.  
The Executive Committee approved an agenda for the Convention.  Room assignments have not been made, but we will let you know them as soon as we hear this.
6:30 – Credentialing opens.  We will credential by Legislative District, so look for District 61.
7:30 – 8:05 – Central Committee Meeting (Precinct Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and Party Leadership) – Auditorium
8:20 – 9:00 – Senate Caucuses
9:15 – 10:15 – House Caucuses
10:30 – General Session begins
We will adjorn when business is completed.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Legislative District 61 Leadership

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April 6, 2012 · 9:00 am


This caucus season has been the craziest that I have ever seen.  I knew I was jumping into a wild party when I ran for district chair, but WOW!  I want to say thank you for all of your patience as we work through the aftermath of redistricting.  Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to help out as we put together a highly publicized caucus on a very short schedule.  A special thank you to my district team: Beau, Richard, Matt and Thayne.  They have been more than wonderful.  I have no doubt that this year’s caucus night will be deemed a great success.  Our caucus hosts are all excited and prepared.  So, here we go…

See you on Thursday!


ps.  Remember, just as caucus has been moved up, so have the conventions.  The county convention will be April 14th and the state convention will be the following week, April 23.

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Caucus Locations

Neighborhood caucuses will be held Thursday, March 15th at 7 pm.  Here is the list of caucus locations and hosts.

OR13 UVU, room 206a/b, Student Center, Scott Strong

OR47 Cherry Hill Elementary, Arturo Morales

OR12 Cherry Hill Elementary, Leonard Laxton

OR37 Cherry Hill Elementary, Joyce Mitchell

OR11 Westridge Elementary, Jay Henrie

PR31 Westridge Elementary, John Breeding

PR27 Westridge Elementary, Justin Heideman

PR25 Grandview CAS (old Grandview Elementary Gym), Lynda Roper

PR13 Grandview CAS, Jeff Strain

PR19 Lakeview Elementary, Christy Gomm

PR20 Lakeview Elementary, Lisa Shepherd

PR24 Lakeview Elementary, Paul Hollingsworth

PR18 Dixon Middle School, Shaun Pace

PR21 Dixon Middle School, Matt Thompson

PR22 Dixon Middle School, Scott White

PR23 Dixon Middle School, Carol Walters

PR35 Dixon Middle School, Ken Clark

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Delegate Training Video Now Online

Many thanks to all the delegates who attended our County Delegate Organizing Convention Training on Wednesday.  For those of you who were unable to attend, we have posted a video of the training here on the District 61 blog.  You may find the video by clicking the Delegate Training Video tab on the homepage of the blog.  The training documents referenced in the video can be located on the Utah County Republican Party website.

This is our fist attempt at recording a training, and we apologize that the sound is not as perfect as we had hoped; training in a large gym using microphones tends to give a bit of reverberation.  Hopefully it will be helpful.  As always, feel free to contact any member of the District 61 team if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you at our County Organizing Convention on April 30!

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Meet with your Legislator for “Eggs and Issues”

Legislators are available to speak and listen to constituents at the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues” breakfast forum, which is held at 7:30 a.m. each Saturday morning during the legislative session.  The event is sponsored by Intermaountain Healthcare and is held at their Northwest Plaza (450 W 1230 N, Provo).  All are invited.

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Happy Statehood Day, Utah

On January 4, 1896, Utah was admitted to the union as the 45th state of the United States of America.  Happy Statehood Day, Utah!

Today the Deseret News published an article detailing some of the events of that day and posting an interesting gallery of photographs; it makes a fitting read for the occasion.

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Senator Madsen Town Hall Meeting Wednesday

For those living in State Senator Mark Madsen’s district (Senate District 13), please be aware that Senator Madsen is holding a town hall meeting to discuss upcoming legislation tomorrow, Wednesday August 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Helaman Academy (996 W. 800 S., Payson – I-15  Exit #248, just past Wal-Mart).

To locate the senate district in which you live, visit Legislator Lookup or view the Utah State Senate District Map.

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Scholarship Funding Restored

Many high school students and recent graduates have learned an important lesson:  If you get involved in politics, you can make a difference.  Students from across Utah recently joined forces to request that the state legislature restore funding for the New Century Scholarships they were promised, and they were victorious.

Because of budget cuts and record demand, funding for the New Century Scholarship (which promised to pay 75% of college tuition to students who earned their associates degree while still in high school) was recently cut by the Board of Regents to 40% of tuition for this school year and 25% for 2010-2011.  Students who labored and sacrificed to earn their associates degree while also completing high school were suddenly left with less money for college than they expected, and no time to make up the difference. Nearly 1,200 people joined a Facebook group called “We’re NOT okay with New Century and Regent Scholarship Cuts!!!”  Students called and emailed their legislators petitioning for help, and on Tuesday Gov. Gary Herbert and legislative majority leaders instructed the Utah Board of Regents to fully fund the New Century Scholarship for this school year.

Lawmakers will work with the governor and the Regents between now and the next legislative session to figure out where estimated $1.5 million in funding will come from; it is expected to come from other places within the higher education budget.

Nearly 1,500 students will likely receive New Century Scholarships this year.  Last year 116 students received the Regents’ Scholarship Exemplary Awards. If the economy continues to struggle, full funding for these scholarships might not be offered in the future.  Lawmakers will work to make changes to the program to help improve its longevity.

Another scholarship, the Regents Scholarship Exemplary Awards, had been cut to 55% of tuition for this school year and an undetermined amount for 2010-11.  The agreement to restore funding to the New Century Scholarship reportedly does not apply to the Regents’ Scholarship Exemplary Awards; however, higher education officials said would like to fully restore funding to that one as well.

Hopefully these students will take this lesson with them throughout their lifetime and remember that when you speak up and get involved, you can make a difference.

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“Common Sense” Rally to be Held in Provo

Organizers of the Utah Tax TEA Parties and 9/12 Utah will be holding a Common Sense Rally this Saturday, August 22, at 6:30 pm., at the Utah County Courthouse (at the Corner of Center St. and University Ave) in Provo. The rally will specifically address:

1.  Our Founding Fathers & The Constitution
2.  Nationalized Health Care
3.  Cap & Trade
4.  State Rights
5.  Call to Action

The Common Sense Rally is free and open to all.  The organizers write, “Invite your friends and family. If you care about our country we want you there! Enjoy meaningful speakers, live patriotic music and meeting other great Americans. Bring your signs and patriotism and we’ll see you there!”

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