Monday, September 18, 2006

Always Tell The Truth

Governor Huntsman told the U.S. House that Utah would be fair in drawing in a fourth Congressional seat. Two things about that: 1. It has been made abundantly clear that Governor Huntsman does not speak for the Legislature 2. It's wrong to lie when you testify before Congress


Blogger Mike Ridgway, Salt Lake City said...

Actually, Ethan, the governor's statement could be true.

All of the gerrymandering the last time was about getting Rob Bishop into Congress. (Remember Jim Hansen getting so disgusted with the way his district got "transformed" that he quit the Congress in protest two years earlier than he had planned to retire?)

Now that Rob has become a Congressman and is no longer in control of that really expensive redistricting software and massive plotter printer that he purchased as Republican State Party chair (but without the necessary Central Committee approval that is required for such major expenditures) it's just possible that the Republicans who will be responsible to get the job done this time will behave themselves more seemly.

Really. It could happen....

Don't you think....?

9/19/2006 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Reed L. Clegg said...

So, Mike Ridgway... It sounds like you hate everyone whoever chaired any committee at anytime anywhere for any reason. All you do is bitch, bitch, bitch. Are you going to run for GOP State Chair? Are you going to run for GOP County Chair? I'm not a Republican anymore, but, man, you make me want to give any Republican that knows you a hug.

Is there anything that doesn't piss you off? Of all the goofy, backwards, dishonest, messed up stuff that Rob Bishop has done and is doing, and you're still pissed about a 3500.00 map plotter? Really? Did it hurt that much to have a party chair make a smart decision that supports candidates all over the state and saves about 3500.00 a year in map costs? AND, how long has it been since he was chair?

Seriously, why don't you join the Libertarian Party? They just LOVE your brand of OCD.

9/19/2006 05:16:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Ridgway, Salt Lake City said...

That "smart decision" delivered the second congressional district into the hands of the Democrats for as far into the future as we can see.

Can you say "backlash?" I thought you could.

Run for state party chair?

I did last year, remember?

The candidate I supported (and who was supported by a majority of the legal delegates in attendance that day got cheated out of a win by a system that Rob Bishop helped to corrupt even worse than it was corrupted when he, a lobbyist, took the helm (and continued to be a lobbyist). (No conflict of interest there, I'm sure.)

Let's see. We'll give every Republican elected official in the state a "bonus" delegate position, in complete contravention of the state party constitution, some 300 seats, to negate 300 of the 3500 grassroots-elected delegates.

Then we'll let county parties scoop delegate seats away from the precinct caucuses so they can give them to their crony friends, who will vote for Joe and Enid in numbers approaching 100%.

Then we'll open the balloting, well before the newcomer challengers give their speeches, in contravention of state party rules, so that people who don't have the decency to at least listen to all of the candidates before they vote can vote for the one candidate they know already, the incumbent.

The margin of victory for Joe Cannon over Patrick Reagan? 36 votes out of more than 1400 cast. The margin for Enid Greene in the race for vice chair? 22 votes. Less than 1%.

Salt Lake County alone sent in more than 60 illegal "automatic" delegates into that convention, all of whom knew who Patrick Reagan was -- all of whom knew that Patrick, if state party chair, would have begun to enforce the rules that Joe Cannon and Senator Curt Bramble refuse to enforce every two years -- the rules that require all delegates to be elected in precinct caucuses. The rules that, if enforced just once, would strip every one of them of their illegal voting status. (No conflict of interest their, I'm sure.)

Reed, is the problem that I criticize or is it that I tell the truth? And if criticism is always such a bad thing, why are you now criticizing?

Rather than pretend that the biggest problem in the Utah Republican Party is Mike Ridgway, if you thought about it, you could strike at the real root of the problem by sending a friendly note to Joe Cannon suggesting that he admit the election fraud at last year's convention (and this years' convention and every year's convention) and relinquish the position of state party chair before he does as much damage to the Republican cause in this year's election as Governor Huntsman claims he did in 2004. (See "Key-player tension lends intrigue to GOP elections"
By Rebecca Walsh, The Salt Lake Tribune, August 21, 2005.)

But then, living, lobbying, and spending all of his energy in Washington as he does now, maybe we can rest easy this year.

I'm sure that Joe and Lavar have that race in District 2 well in hand.

P.S. Mr. Clegg, as you link your name to the Utah Policy web site, may I presume
1)that you are an employee of Lavar Webb,
2) that you are a lobbyist,
3) that politics is, for you, a job for pay, and
4) that if you ever stood up in agreement with me when I speak the truth JUST ONCE, that you would be out on your ear and unemployable in Utah politics ever again?

In other words, if the answers to my presumed questions are as I believe they are, please explain why any intelligent Utahn would take your "opinions" to be anything more than the hired-gun rantings of a political sycophant designed to ingratiate yourself permanently with the powers that be in Utah who "preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world ... but [who] seek not the welfare of Zion?"

Said another way, don't you think your opinions would be less assailable if you went back to posting anonymously, as do all of your courageous power-grubbing compatriots?

9/19/2006 10:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike, for the success of your cause, have you considered changing your tactics? I believe that you are actually driving mainstream Republicans into opposing the very ends that you seek. Please consider showing us the composed, decent, indeed brilliant, Mike Ridgway that surely does exist.

You have worked your way into fighting a multi-front war, where you flail your arms, throwing punches in every direction. Everyone is an enemy, and all that draw near you receive a flat lip and a bloodied nose. (I have made the same mistake in my life, so please don’t take this feedback too hard.)

"...I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.

"Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." (Luke 6:27-38)

9/19/2006 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciated the governor's comments later though, when he said something to the effect of- how could we gerrymander the seat? It's already incredibly republican. bloggers: How would you purpose to draw the new lines? Where should the lines of different districts be?

9/19/2006 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean propose

9/19/2006 03:36:00 PM  

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