Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Legislative District 60 Debate

For all Orem 28 County Delegates:

I would like to invite you to a debate that I am hosting between the candidates for House District 60 on April 14th at 7:00 p.m. The debate will be held in the gym at:

Noah Webster Academy
205 East 400 South
Orem, UT

Brad Daw - Incumbent

Calvin Harper - Challenger

Moderator: Ivan Keller, Legislative Vice-Chair

Please plan on joining me for this great opportunity to hear the candidates in this race. Please respond to this e-mail with any questions you would like asked at the debate.

Richard Jaussi

Delegate Training April 7th

This delegate training is for all state and county delegates in Legislative District 60. I strongly urge all of Orem 28's state and county delegates attend this training as well as the County Commissioner debate right afterward.
Dear Delegate:

I am inviting you to a great night of training and fun.

The location:

Noah Webster Academy
205 East 400 South
Orem, UT 84058-6311
(801) 426-6624

The time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EXACTLY
The date: April 7th, 2010 (Next Wednesday night)

Come enjoy an hour with a wild and crazy Education Officer (that would be Steve Diamond.) You will learn:
  • How to prepare for the Republican State and County Nominating Conventions.
  • What it means to be a delegate--the great privilege it is to represent the people in your precinct.
  • What you can do to make a difference in the Party.
  • How to submit ideas to your legislators and participate in getting them passed. I will give you examples of legislation that has passed and how it happened.
  • How to put the FUN back into the fundamentals of politics.
And we'll have a Question and Answer period at the end -- I hope I can answer your questions! All this in one hour or less. I believe in getting to the point. Short and sweet. We must be done by 7:00 PM because a debate for County Commissioner will take place at 7:00 PM. You are encouraged to stay for the debate if you would like to.

I look forward to seeing you there.

We are also extending an invitation to anyone in Legislative District 58 who could not come to the last training. You are welcome to come to this training.

Steven Diamond
Legislative District 60 Education Officer
Please adjust your schedules and plan on attending this training. I look forward to seeing all you there.

Candace E. Salima
Orem 28 Precinct Chair

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

You're Invited!

Mike Lee, U.S. Senatorial candidate and constitutional scholar, will be speaking at a rally this evening and you're invited. It is an amazing opportunity to hear one of the greatest constitutional scholars of our generation.

I've heard Mike speak about the U.S. Constitution, America and the situation we find ourselves in many times. He has many wise solutions to the problems we face. And he has given me hope. When hope becomes present, a wise person seeks the source and does all they can to keep that source burning this case, keeping the light of freedom burning brightly, and it does that in Michael S. Lee.

For Mike, the solutions to the problem we face are outlined on his website.

In addition, I have posted on my blog the reasons why I am supporting Mike Lee in his bid for Senator Bennett's seat. You can read more about that at Why I Support Mike Lee.

In the meantime, I hope to see everyone in Utah County there tonight. It is always inspiring and always leaves me with a brighter hope for America.

Rally for Mike Lee
7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
644 North 2000 West
Lindon, UT

(Access off Exit 275. Turn right at 700 North, which is the first light. Then right at 2000 West. Noah's is the big gray building off to your left.)

"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -- John Adams

May God bless and preserve this great nation we call the United States of America.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Caucus Meeting Tonight

Our precinct caucus will be held at Orem High School tonight. Each of you should have a received a flyer on your door, thanks to Robin Devey and her helpers.

Orem High School
175 South 400 East
Orem, UT

The caucus will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Many people wonder why they should even bother to become politically active and how the caucus plays a role in the process.

The caucus is where it all begins. At the caucus is where you elect the precinct chair, vice chair, two state delegates, four county delegates, secretary and treasurer. At the caucus, you should vote for those people who you feel will best represent your interests in your city, county, state and country.

The precinct chair and state delegates will meet and assess every single candidate running on the federal level and attend the state Republican convention on May 8th to whittle the field down to the federal candidate (congressmen, senators, governor, etc.) who will represent you in the November election, assuming a clear candidate emerges. If not, a primary will go forward and you will cast a vote again to choose your November candidates.

The precinct chair, vice chair and county delegates will meet and assess every single candidate on the county and state levels and attend the county Republican convention on April 24th to whittle the field down to the candidates (representative, state senator, etc.) who will represent you in the November election, again assuming a clear candidate emerges. If not, a primary will go forward and you will cast a vote again to choose your November candidates.

The neighborhood caucus, our is Orem 28, is where it all begins. No one is elected into office without beginning at the neighborhood caucus. Those you elect tonight will choose the candidates who will go forward in the general election. Even the president of the United States begins his journey at the neighborhood caucus.

I hope to see you all there tonight.

Governor Herbert Signs HB67

Governor Herbert Signs HB67, Responds to Passage of Federal Healthcare Reform
Monday, March 22, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed HB67, which requires the Utah Department of Health to carefully analyze federal healthcare reform efforts prior to implementation and to report to the Legislature potential impacts on Utahns and to the state's own healthcare reform efforts.

"States must take reasoned, proactive steps to keep themselves in control of their own reform efforts," Governor Herbert said. "With last night's passage of federal healthcare reform legislation, it is more important than ever that we stand up to the federal government. States simply cannot afford an unfunded mandate of this magnitude that creates yet another unmanageable federal entitlement program."

"In addition, every Utahn should be concerned about the impact of this legislation on our economic recovery, the chilling effect on job creation for small businesses, and the added burden to an already unacceptable and growing national debt."

One possible response to the expected signing of the legislation by President Barack Obama is a lawsuit against the federal government, such as that proposed Monday by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

"In light of the concerns shared by many people in Utah and around the country, it is entirely appropriate that the Attorney General and his counterparts across the nation consider every option on this issue," Governor Herbert said. "A lawsuit puts into action concerns over a federal government overreach that is unprecedented and possibly unconstitutional."

Of particular concern to the Governor is the possibility that the federal legislation will supersede Utah's own healthcare reform efforts, which have been ongoing for several years and are beginning to show great promise toward increasing transparency, access and choice in Utah's healthcare system.

"I have consistently said that one-sits-fits-all federal solutions do not address states' unique circumstances, on this issue or any others," Governor Herbert said. "We must recognize the differences that exist throughout the country and develop customized solutions to healthcare reform that addresses the needs of our citizens."

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Brad Daw, our own representative, strongly supported HB67, voting for it to pass out of committee and against casting a vote in the positive on the floor. Thanks, Brad, for watching out for Utah. And thank you Governor Herbert, for signing the bill sponsored by Representative Wimmer into law.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

March Madness at the Legislature

March Madness at the Utah Legislature

Dear Neighbor,

As the session draws to a close, the legislature is at full speed. We have one week left, just one, to do everything that we need to do. This means that our last committee sessions have taken place and we are now in floor time from sun up to sun down (but every once in a while they allow us a motion for a fifteen minute “saunter”).

I have recently completed the analyses of the constituent surveys that I sent out with Senator Dayton prior to the commencement of this year’s session. The results of this survey can be found by clicking here.

The majority of my bills this session have been given the gubernatorial stamp and been set in stone as a law of Utah. HB 401, Residential Facilities for Elderly Persons, has been sent back to Interim Committee to work out some final quirks before a final vote, and HB 366, Motor Vehicle Business Regulation Act Amendments, and HB 150S01, Administrative Su bpoena Amendments, still sit in the Senate to await a final debate and vote. Also, my trio of prescription drug abuse bills have finally passed through the senate and are enrolled to be sent to the governor.

Highlights of this week include the following: The Legislature passed legislation that would expand and strengthen the state's health insurance exchange. House Speaker David Clark says, in regards to his bill, that he wants Utah to be the model of a market based health care solution. HB 294 now advances to the governor's office. For information on the health exchange, visit

Other bills to take note of that have passed through both the Senate and the House and are: Two bills to overhaul the state's retirement system, four bills regarding ethics reform one of which establishes an independent five-member ethics commission and a tobacco tax bill which increases a pack of cigarettes by a dollar and will generate about $43 million in revenue.

I truly am grateful to all of you for expressing your support during this past year and not hesitating in contacting me with questions on legislation or in providing your own insight on issues here at the capitol. With that said, I do have one last favor—as if you’re not tired enough of surveys already—I have compiled together a survey asking for your opinions on this session’s newsletters and my communication. I would very much appreciate if you took a moment to fill it out so that I may be able to improve my ways of connecting to our district while working at the capitol. It is only eight brief questions and can be found here: 2010 Newsletter, Tell Me What You Think.

Thanks again and have a great week!


Brad Daw