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Who is a Better Filter, Caucus Attendees or Primary Voters?
Every system requires trade-offs between competing values. But we ought not to pretend that one set of filters has virtues that are simply not present. In a previous post, I examined the relationship between attitudes in the public and support … Continue reading
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On Count My Vote, Who is Toeing the Party Line?
Why does the Republican Party in Utah oppose the reform when only one segment of the party seems to oppose it? Only those who are the most conservative and support the Tea Party seem to prefer the status quo. Utahns … Continue reading
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Background research on Utah’s caucus-convention system
The news reports a proposed ballot measure to reform Utah’s nominating system. This might be a good time to remind readers of an excellent report by the non-partisan Utah Foundation about a year ago. The report’s author, Morgan Lyon Cotti, … Continue reading
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Do we live in a democracy or a republic?
Maybe it’s not a coincidence that we began referring to ourselves as a “democracy” more frequently at the same time that our country became more (directly) democratic. Do we live in a democracy or a republic? Let’s ask Google. I … Continue reading
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