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Why Caucus?

Utah will select our Presidential candidates at the Neighborhood Precinct Caucus on March 22nd this year.

Heather is using the Caucus/Convention route to the ballot, rather than collecting signatures. Why? Heather believes that Utah's Caucus and Convention system help keep elected officials accountable throughout their entire term of office - not just during election season.

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Would you like to know more about your Neighborhood Precinct Caucus? Here is what the Utah GOP has to say:

What is a Neighborhood Precinct Caucus?

A caucus is a meeting sponsored by political parties where you and your neighbors from your voting precinct meet together once every two years to elect a few of your fellow neighbors as delegates to represent your voting precinct at the political party’s convention where Republican Candidates are chosen. This year you will be able to cast your Republican Presidential Preference ballot at your Neighborhood Caucus in person or online.

Who Can Participate in a Neighborhood Precinct Caucus?

Anyone can attend a caucus meeting, however, in order to participate in your neighborhood caucus you must live in the precinct, be at least 18 years of age by the general election date, and be a registered Republican or affiliate as a Republican.

What Happens at a Neighborhood Precinct Caucus? How Long Does it Last?

Members of each precinct vote for Precinct Officers, County Delegates, State Delegates, read the Party’s platform, discuss and learn about the Party’s candidates.

The caucus starts at 7pm and usually last about 2 hours.

What Do Delegates and Precinct Officers Do?

Delegates represent their precinct at county and state party conventions where they vote for candidates who will go on to public primary or general elections. Precinct officers represent their precinct on the governing body of the political party and work to get Republican candidates elected.

Where Is My Neighborhood Precinct Caucus?

Visit utah.gop/caucus-locations for more information on where your neighborhood precinct caucus will be held.

What is the Republican Presidential Preference Caucus?

The Republican Presidential Caucus is essentially a Presidential Primary that is administered by the political party on March 22, 2016. You may cast your ballot in-person at your precinct caucus, on-line (7am -11pm), or by absentee ballot.

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Platforms

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A Political Party is defined by a document called a "Platform". Each platform is made up of individual "planks". For your reference, here are the Platforms of the Utah Republican Party, the Davis County Republican Party, and the Salt Lake County Republican Party.


Platform of the Utah State Republican Party

(as ratified at the 2009 State Convention)

PREAMBLE

We, the Republican Party of the Great State of Utah, affirm our belief in God and declare our support for government based upon a moral and spiritual foundation. We affirm freedom for every individual as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution. We believe that citizens' needs are best met through free enterprise, private initiative, and volunteerism. We support the “Rule of Law” and believe in upholding the law of the land.

THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT

We believe government properly exists by the consent of the governed and must be restrained from intruding into the freedoms of its citizens. The function of government is not to grant rights, but to protect the unalienable, God-given rights of life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.

PRIVATE PROPERTY

We recognize the rights of the individual to own property. We resist any effort by government to take private property without an overwhelming need for public use. We strongly oppose the forfeiture of private property from innocent owners.

REAFFIRMATION OF STATES' RIGHTS

We oppose congressional, judicial, and executive abrogation of the principle that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. We oppose unreasonable and intrusive federal mandates.

ETHICS AND STANDARDS

We demand honesty, integrity, morality, and accountability of our public officials. We will work to expose and stop corruption.

NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

We support a military force of sufficient strength and readiness to deter any threat to our national sovereignty or to the safety and freedom of our citizens. We support the Constitutional mandate to protect and secure our national borders. We oppose placement of United States troops under any foreign command, including the United Nations. We support lawful efforts of local law enforcement agencies to protect citizens in their homes and in their communities. We urge reform of the legal system to accomplish a swift and balanced administration of justice, including consideration of rights of the victim. We support capital punishment when appropriate.

SELF DEFENSE

We support the individual constitutionally-protected right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes. We encourage personal responsibility for the care and use of these firearms.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

We claim freedom of religion for every citizen and expect the protection of government in securing to us this unalienable right. We affirm the right to religious expression, including prayer, in both private and public.

FAMILY VALUES

We recognize the traditional family as the fundamental unit of society. We affirm that parents have the fundamental right and primary responsibility to direct the upbringing of their children and to provide nurturing care, discipline and training in moral values.

RIGHT TO LIFE

We believe in the right to life for both the born and unborn. We strongly oppose abortion, except to preserve the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. We believe the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We believe all human life is sacred regardless of age or infirmity, and therefore we oppose abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the public funding of any of these abhorrent practices.

HUMAN SERVICES

We believe that the primary responsibility for meeting basic human needs rests with the
individual, the family, and the voluntary charitable organizations. We recognize, however, that there are special social needs which must be addressed through state human service programs.

We support requiring welfare recipients to work towards self-sufficiency.

HERITAGE

We recognize the contributions made to our quality of life through ethnic diversity.

EQUAL RIGHTS

We believe that no individual is entitled to rights that exceed or supersede the God-given individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Utah.

EDUCATION

We believe that all children should have access to quality education. Parents have the primary right and responsibility to educate their children, and we support their right to choose public, private, or home education. We support incentives to promote competitive excellence. We encourage cooperative initiatives to help all Utahans become literate in English. We support the prudent and profitable use of school trust lands. We support all interest and dividends from the permanent State School Fund being distributed to each public and charter school to improve student academic performance.

TAXATION

We accept the necessity for limited taxation in order for government to perform and administer those services which meet essential public needs. However, we recognize that the power to tax is also the power to control, and believe that the best way to control government is to strictly control the amount of taxes imposed on the people. We encourage further simplification of tax systems, the elimination of the estate tax, and broad-based rate reduction where possible.

REGULATION

We recognize that government regulation can be a major impediment to productivity and to
competition. We must rely more on market forces and less on government. Regulatory power now exercised by the federal government must be eliminated or returned to state and local governments.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

We believe that a strong, diversified economy based on a positive work ethic, a well trained and well educated work force, a business-friendly environment, and safe work place will help Utah compete in a world market place. We believe that developing our human resources is essential to the future of Utah. We support the Utah Right to Work Law.

THE ENVIRONMENT

We appreciate the quality of our environment. Our air, water, and land are at the heart of our existence and must be protected through balanced management. We support reasonable laws and volunteer efforts to improve air and water quality. We continue to seek responsible solutions to controversies surrounding uses of our wilderness. We seek to preserve the environment while serving the best interests of our Utah citizens.
We oppose as unconstitutional the declaration by any President without approval from Congress of any large tract of land as a national monument. We call on the Governor of the State of Utah to use the Constitutional Defense Fund and other resources at his disposal to bring any such declaration affecting Utah before the United States Supreme Court for reversal.

JURY

The jury is a fundamental institution of liberty, because it is the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution. The jury has the right and the authority to acquit if jurors feel justice will be served.

IMMIGRATION

America is a stronger and better nation because of the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of legal immigrants, and the Republican Party honors them. We believe that control of our borders is an urgent national security interest and our national sovereignty depends on those secure borders.

We oppose illegal immigration and all forms of amnesty, or legal status, for illegal immigrants.

We support suspending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrant parents.

We oppose granting government benefits to those illegally present in the US. We oppose any temporary or "guest" worker program that would offer an automatic path to citizenship. We believe that current laws against employing illegal immigrants should be vigorously enforced, particularly to stem the now too common crime of identity theft in obtaining employment.

UTAH STATE SOVEREIGNTY

The 13 original Sovereign States in Constitutional Convention created the Constitution of the United States of America and subsequently ratified that document creating a Federal Government and granting to that Government limited and enumerated powers.

The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States defines Federal powers as those enumerated in the Constitution and reserves all other powers to the States and to the People.

It remains the sacred responsibility of the States as creators of the Federal Government to keep the federal powers within the limits set by the Constitution.

We resolve that the Republican Party of the Great State of Utah and elected party members take any and all steps necessary to ensure that Federal powers exercised within the Great State of Utah not exceed those granted by the Constitution of the United States, and that those usurpations of State Sovereign Powers already violated by the Federal Government be corrected by the State Legislature and enforced by the Governor’s office thus protecting Utah State Sovereignty

OUR MISSION

The Republican Party is a party by the people and for the people. We appreciate the productivity of our citizens, affirm the infinite worth of all individuals, and seek the best possible quality of life for all. We invite all citizens to join us in working together for a better Utah.


Platform of the Davis County Republican Party

Preamble:

We, the Republican Party of Davis County, affirm our beliefs in a Divine Providence and recognize the need for moral and spiritual foundations. We affirm our support for the freedoms expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected in the Constitution of the United States of America, and recognize the efforts of others to seek the freedoms we enjoy.

The Republican Party is a party for the people and by the people. It represents the values of productive citizens and its goal is to bring the best quality of life to all.

THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT

Government exists by the consent of the governed and must be restrained from intruding into the freedom of its citizens. The function of government is not to grant rights, but to protect the unalienable, God-given rights of life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. Law that governs the people should be made by their elected representatives and not by courts or government agencies.

We urge all citizens to understand government actions more fully and to seek ways to improve government's performance. We support the right of citizens to petition government and to use the initiative and referendum processes to control taxes and budgets at all levels of government as provided in the Utah Constitution. We oppose the use of public funds, or personnel, acting in the capacity of their office, using facilities, supplies, or school children, organized by virtue of being school children, to promote or oppose petitions or referenda.

Private Property

We recognize the rights of the individual to own property. We resist any effort by government to take private property without both an overwhelming need for public use and just compensation.

Reaffirmation of States' Rights

We oppose congressional, judicial, and administrative abrogation of the principle that any powers not delegated to the central government of the United States of America by said Constitution, nor prohibited by said Constitution to the states, are reserved to the states respectively or to the people. We demand that Federal law and administration be amended to require that administrative law fully comply with unalienable individual rights guaranteed under the constitution. We are persuaded that government actions under administrative law have not ensured the basic constitutional rights of the citizens. Legislative action is essential to require government agencies to formulate rules and regulations that are consistent with unalienable individual constitutional rights. To assist in balancing the federal budget, we demand an independent, outside policy, operational and financial audit of the Federal Reserve System, or by the General Accounting Office, similar to H.R.1468, a bill in the 102nd Congress. We proclaim the constitutional right of any state to require such an audit. (1) We encourage Utah’s Attorney General to initiate an audit by proceeding directly before the United States Supreme Court under a state’s right of ORIGINAL JURISDICTION. (2) Article I, Section 9, paragraph 7, of the Constitution of the United States. Article III, Section 2, paragraph 2, of the Constitution of the United States.

Ethics and Standards

Public officials must be honest, have personal integrity and high moral standards and be accountable to the electorate. We will work to prevent undue influence by the power and money of special interest groups. Members of legislative bodies must be accountable to the same laws and code of ethics imposed on others. Legislators should not grant themselves special privileges. While we expect all Republican candidates to support the principles in this Platform, we recognize honest disagreement may exist in some areas. We call on all candidates to state their position on important issues clearly so voters can compare them with their party’s platform.

National Security and Public Protection

We support military force of sufficient strength and readiness to deter any threat to our national sovereignty or to the safety of our citizens. We also support the efforts of law enforcement agencies to protect citizens in their homes and in their communities. We urge reform of the legal system to accomplish a swift and balanced administration of justice. We support capital punishment when appropriate. We urge political leaders to honor the Constitution by prohibiting the placement of United States government troops under any foreign command.

Firearms

We support the individual unalienable constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, other, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes. We encourage personal responsibility for the care and use of firearms.

Freedom of Religion

Government must protect freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, with the same tenacity as our other freedoms. We affirm the right and benefit of allowing prayer in public meetings.

Family Values

We recognize that the strength and stability of the traditional family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, is the core of our society. All legislation should have a positive effect on the stability and tradition of the family unit. We affirm that parents have unalienable rights and primary responsibility in nurturing and rearing their children and affirm parental rights.

Right to Life

We believe in the unalienable right to life for both the born and unborn. We strongly oppose abortion, except to preserve the life of the mother or in cases of rape and incest. We oppose tax-financed abortions and support legislation encouraging adoption.

Human Services

We believe the primary responsibility for meeting basic human needs rests with the individual, the family, and the voluntary charitable organizations. We oppose national or state health care sponsored or controlled by the government. Access and the choice of quality, affordable health care is ideal. We believe, however, that there may be special social needs that can be addressed through state human service programs. We support human service programs that encourage recipients who are capable of working to obtain training and employment. We oppose the treatment of any communicable disease as a civil rights issue or political issue at the expense of good public health policy.

Culture

We support diversity and the value of ethnic cultures to enhance the quality of life in Utah. We encourage all individuals to work together in the Republican Party to maintain the quality of life in Utah. We support English as the official language. We would encourage all to have a common language of expression.

Equal Rights

We strongly affirm that no individual or group is entitled to rights that exceed or supersede the unalienable rights of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America and as addressed in the Declaration of Independence. Equal rights are essential for all people.

EDUCATION

We believe that all children should benefit from quality education. Parents have the primary right and responsibility to educate their children and have the right to choose among public, private, and home education and the use of funding incentives to promote excellence in education.

Parents have the primary responsibility for sex education. In their sex education programs, schools should teach abstinence as the only certain and acceptable method for avoiding teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. We strongly oppose the dispensing of any contraceptives in our schools, and the teaching of homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, either by teachers, counselors, or any public servants.

THE ECONOMY

Taxation

We recognize the necessity for taxation in order for government to perform and administer those services that meet the public needs. However, we recognize the power to tax is also the power to control, and that the best way to control government is to strictly control the amount and form of taxes imposed on the people. We encourage further simplification of tax systems and broad based tax reduction where possible. We also recognize inflation, licensing, and user fees as forms of taxation.

Taxes: (1) should be inexpensive to administer and collect; (2) should not create excessive burdens on taxpayers; (3) should not create competitive disadvantages; and, (4) should not excessively distort markets.

Regulation

We recognize that government regulation can be a major impediment to productivity and
competitiveness. We must rely more on market forces and less on government. Regulatory power exercised by the federal government must be returned to state and local governments.

Economic Development

We believe in a strong diversified economy based on a positive work ethic and a business friendly environment. We support the Utah Right to Work law. We also support the idea of fair and free trade and deplore any trade agreement that compromises national sovereignty.

THE ENVIRONMENT

The quality of our environment, the air, the water, and the land is the heart of our existence and must be protected through balanced management. We support reasonable laws and volunteer efforts to improve air and water quality. We support reasonable resolutions to the wilderness question that protects the environment and is in the best interest of the citizens of Utah.

RESOLUTION

Whereas, we Republicans residing in Davis County, State of Utah, do establish this platform of the Davis County Republican Party to support the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Utah; to support the local, state, and national Republican Parties; to seek, support and select capable and effective Republican candidates for public office and to govern the Davis County Republican Party.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Davis County Republican Party adopts this platform as agreed upon on April 13, 1996.

Dated this day of April, 1996:

Randall T. Roberts, Platform Chairman
Cathy Barlow, Platform Vice-Chair
Anne E. Christensen, Davis County Republican Party Chairman

Unanimously ratified April 13, 1996
Ratified again April 24, 2004; Todd Weiler, Chairman
Amended and Ratified April 12, 2008; Ben Horsley, Chairman


Platform of the Salt Lake County Republican Party

(Last Revised April 16, 2011)

PREAMBLE

We, the Republican Party of Salt Lake County, affirm our belief in God and declare our support for government based upon a moral and spiritual foundation. We affirm freedom for every individual as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution. We believe that citizens' needs are best met through free enterprise, private initiative, and volunteerism. We support the “Rule of Law” and believe in upholding the law of the land.

THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT

We believe government properly exists by the consent of the governed and must be restrained from intruding into the freedoms of its citizens. The function of government is not to grant rights, but to protect the unalienable, God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

PRIVATE PROPERTY

We recognize the rights of the individual to own property. We resist any effort by government to take private property without an overwhelming need for public use. We strongly oppose the forfeiture of private property from innocent owners.

RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES

We oppose congressional, judicial, and executive abrogation of the principle that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. We oppose unreasonable and intrusive federal mandates. Municipal, county, state and federal governments each have rights and duties that should not be infringed upon or usurped by other government entities.

ETHICS AND STANDARDS

We demand honesty, integrity, morality, and accountability of our public officials. We will work to expose and stop corruption.

NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC PROTECTION

We support a military force of sufficient strength and readiness to deter any threat to our national sovereignty or to the safety and freedom of our citizens. We support the Constitutional mandate to protect and secure our national borders. We oppose placement of United States troops under any foreign command, including the United Nations. We support lawful efforts of local law enforcement agencies to protect citizens in their homes and in their communities. We urge reform of the legal system to accomplish a swift and balanced administration of justice, including consideration of rights of the victim. We support capital punishment when appropriate.

SELF DEFENSE

We support the individual constitutionally-protected right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes. We encourage personal responsibility for the care and use of these firearms.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

We claim freedom of religion for every citizen and expect the protection of government in securing to us this unalienable right. We affirm the right to religious expression, including prayer, in both private and public.

FAMILY VALUES

We recognize the traditional family as the fundamental unit of society. We agree with the Utah State Constitution, Article 2, Section 29, where it affirms that “Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman.” We affirm that parents have the fundamental right and primary responsibility to direct the upbringing of their children and to provide nurturing care, discipline and training in moral values.

RIGHT TO LIFE

We believe in the right to life for both the born and unborn. We strongly oppose abortion, except to preserve the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. We believe the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We believe all human life is sacred regardless of age or infirmity, and therefore we oppose abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and the public funding of any of these abhorrent practices.

HUMAN SERVICES

We believe that the primary responsibility for meeting basic human needs rests with the individual, the family, and the voluntary charitable organizations. We recognize, however, that there are special social needs which must be addressed through county human service programs. We support requiring welfare recipients to work towards self-sufficiency.

HERITAGE and Immigration

We recognize the contributions made to our quality of life through ethnic diversity. We support the rule of law and legal immigration to the United States. We believe that control of our borders is an urgent national security interest. We encourage a civil discourse as we address the future of immigration.

EQUAL RIGHTS

We believe that no individual is entitled to rights that exceed or supersede the God-given individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Utah.

EDUCATION

We believe that all children should have access to quality education. Parents have the primary right and responsibility to educate their children, and we support their right to choose public, private, or home education. We support incentives to promote competitive excellence. We encourage cooperative initiatives to help all Utahans become literate in English. We support the prudent and profitable use of school trust lands. We support all interest and dividends from the permanent State School Fund being distributed to each public and charter school to improve student academic performance.

TAXATION

We accept the necessity for limited taxation in order for government to perform and administer those services which meet essential public needs. However, we recognize that the power to tax is also the power to control, and believe that the best way to control government is to strictly control the amount of taxes imposed on the people. We encourage further simplification of tax systems, the elimination of the estate tax, and broad-based rate reduction where possible.

REGULATION

We recognize that government regulation can be a major impediment to productivity and to competition. We must rely more on market forces and less on government. Regulatory power now exercised by the federal government must be eliminated or returned to state and local governments.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

We believe that a strong, diversified economy based on a positive work ethic, a well trained and well educated work force, a business-friendly environment, and safe work place will help Utah compete in a world market place. Deregulation and privatization promote a healthy economy. Government should not influence or compete in private markets. We are in
servitude to the state when the state usurps the power to determine the value of our labor or our property. We believe that developing our human resources is essential to the future of Utah. We support the Utah Right to Work Law.

THE ENVIRONMENT

We appreciate the quality of our environment. Our air, water, and land are at the heart of our existence and must be protected through balanced management. We support reasonable laws and volunteer efforts to improve air and water quality. We continue to seek responsible solutions to controversies surrounding uses of our wilderness. We seek to preserve the environment while serving the best interests of our Salt Lake County citizens. We oppose as unconstitutional the declaration by any President without approval from Congress of any large tract of land as a national monument. We call on the Governor of the State of Utah to use the Constitutional Defense Fund and other resources at his disposal to bring any such declaration affecting Utah before the United States Supreme Court for reversal.

JURY

The jury is a fundamental institution of liberty, because it is the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution. The jury has the right and the authority to acquit if jurors feel justice will be served.

OUR MISSION

The Republican Party is a party by the people and for the people. We appreciate the productivity of our citizens, affirm the infinite worth of all individuals, and seek the best possible quality of life for all. We invite all citizens to join us in working together for a better county.

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Stand on the Issues

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