Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Washington Post on the state of Utah:

In an editorial this Monday about the lame-duck Congress, the Post suggests a move to give voting rights in the House for the District of Columbia, and (one more vote) for the state of Utah. Here is how they put it:
Another pressing task should be to give the District of Columbia full voting rights in the House. The moment is right for this to happen, thanks in large part to the efforts of Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) to broker an agreement that would create a new seat in the District along with a new congressional district in Republican-leaning Utah. Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has said he will call a special session of his state's legislature to create a new, at-large congressional district.
"Republican-leaning Utah" ?!

Utah is the most Republican state in the union. In the 14 presidental elections beginning in 1952 it has cast its electoral votes for a Republican every time except once (in 1964 for Johnson over Goldwater). That's not Republican-leaning. It's as solid as it can get.


If one solidly republican district is the price of three permanent democratic majority seats, I'd make the trade.

By Blogger Jeremy, at 11/15/2006 10:15 AM  

i live in Utah in a remote town known as renegade / we are an international tourist destination / we are 7000 strong residents / smile / Jim Matheson, the congressman for our district, (which is the size of Alabama) is the only democratic representative in the state / granted he votes more than he should with the republicans / however, you would be surprised at the number of progressives in the state who write more letters to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune than do the regressives / not everyone in Utard is a moron (sic) and not every mormon is a retard / i am an independent eccentric and very happy to be in this state / heh

yup, we cd use another congressman but dont necessarily count on the new one being a regressive republican

after the recent election every letter to the editor was condemning Orrin Hatch / his democratic opponent did pretty well for this place and plans to keep at it his name is Pete Ashdown

dont put us down / keep an open mind / Utah is unique / and btw Utard is our own affectionate term and not to be bandied about lightly by anyone who doesnt know us

By Blogger skaterina, at 11/15/2006 10:52 AM  

I was thinking how the deadlock between Isreal and Palestine could be resolved. It came to mind that Utah is "Zion" to the Mormons and if the Isrealies could be persaided we could relocate them to Utah and give Palestine back to the Arabs. Both have a "dead sea", a river Jordan and are mostly desert. In Utah the jews would be one hell of a distance away from the Arabs and maybe everyone except the mormons would be happy. I expect there would be some controversy over just who is the "chosen people" but maybe that could be worked out. The mormons believe that the american indians are the lost tribes of the jews. Things just might work out.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/15/2006 8:08 PM  

Idaho is currently more solidly GOP than Utah.

By Anonymous American Citizen, at 11/16/2006 4:00 PM  

Wait anonymous, before you bring all the Israelis to Utah. I have a plan to bring a whole lot of Arabs to the beehive state. We pick-up 200,000 Iraqis of military age, ship them to Utah for training, and then ship them back in place of our GIs. We the Mormons convert them all while they are there, so much the better. Who better than to stick between warring Shiites and Sunnis than a bunch of Mormons.

By Anonymous Rockie the Dog, at 11/16/2006 7:51 PM  

I'm not sure how the Chinese and Russians would feel about the US shipping 200,000 new Mormon converts into the middle east.

By Blogger Jeremy, at 11/17/2006 7:59 AM  

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