Thursday, August 17, 2017

What - You want me to be the Salt Lake County Recorder

What? - You want me to be the Salt Lake County Recorder?

Last week, a friend of mine texted me and called me and wanted to know if I was willing to be the Salt Lake County Recorder. He said he was planning on nominating me from the floor of the special central committee meeting. You can guess my reaction.

But Victor, 
I have already told Mel Nimer he would do a great job as the Recorder. He has likely sent out a list of endorsements including me. 

I already have my yard signs for Utah House Representatives, and even though I didn't win last year,, I was planning on running next year. 

I have already told people I am running for that office next year. If I ran for Recorder, and somehow won, I would likely run for Recorder in 2018 and I don't have any signs.

I am a self employed architect and have projects I am working on. 

If you know Victor, that wasn't enough. He pointed out reasons I should run. I asked for some time to think about it.

I called Mel Nimer. If I agreed to be nominated, I did not want Mel to feel like I let him down. He was OK either way.

(This is where I say I never did endorse Julie Dole to run for Salt Lake County Recorder)

I made other calls. Very early this morning, I noticed a text from Victor on my work phone. He said the Media was already reporting that I was running, so perhaps his nomination was not required. 

Really? I found out who told the press. They thought my candidacy was a done deal. So it is.

Here I am a candidate for County Recorder for tonight. I still have almost 11 hours to get ready. First thing was to go to my political website I hadn't done much with since last year and take down last years endorsements. :)

Why would anyone vote for me? There are already great people running.

First, I want the committee tonight to pick the very best person to be recorder. If you vote for me, I will serve. I can do it. I can hit the ground running. If you don't pick me. No bad feelings. Neither of us knew I was running. I can still run next year for Utah House.

Second, as an architect, I can read property boundary descriptions and easements. I know how important these and deeds are to owners and developers. They need to be right.  I have also learned over the years that is better to know who knows something, than promote that you know everything yourself. I know a lot about a few things and a little about a lot of things, but if you meet someone that says they know everything about everything.....RUN AWAY!   :)

For over 30 years I have walked into the Recorders Office to get copies of Subdivisions, Plats, Deeds, Easements, etc. 
I have seen things change, and in most cases for the better.

I have regularly used the recorder's office, the surveyor's office or website, and the assessor's office website. It is true that they need to communicate with each other. The Surveyor and Assessor websites function fairly well and are free to use. Because of the cost to use it, the Recorder's website might as well be non existent to anyone that doesn't work for a title company. It however needs to be separate. I do not agree with proposals to combine the office.

The Recorder's office has some really great staff, such as Rich (who knows how to do anything or knows who does), and the front counter staff. The computers that staff uses for most customers work much better than years ago.

If you are looking for an easement from pre-statehood, the 1/2 size record books with the large magnifying glass are a pain to use and see clearly. The Office has them on the computer, which you can see better zoomed in, which didn't work the last time I needed it. It was working for the out of office people. It can take a while to use the microfiche cards, but you don't need to use them as much as you used to. Gary Ott, over the last 15 or so years, has made things work much better.

Third, the recorder's office helps protect the property rights for over a million people and businesses covering Salt Lake County. It needs someone that knows something about property rights and gives the office the respect it deserves.

What would I do if selected to be the County Recorder?

Make sure the information coming from the new computer software the Recorder's Office developed in-house, communicates with the old mainframe computer the county is still using for other offices. Since the office created the software, we don't need some outside team coming in to provide a translating interface, it just needs to be done, and should have been done prior to the switch.

Change the atmosphere for the employees. One former employee told me how she loved working for Katie Dixon because she knew she cared about her personally and her family.
 
I have read though the audits from the county and the state and several items still need to be followed up on.

I can make sure my current clients are OK and projects happen. In the past, I have served 4 different years in the Utah Legislature. I know how to make that work.

I have read though the chapter in state law that says what the County Recorder's office must do. We need more focus on that and making sure things are done right, and still quickly enough not to stop projects or slow down someone buying a new home. 

We need a Recorder that can go to the legislature and help them understand how proposed changes in the law effect this office and the property rights of our county. As a former legislator, I can do that.

We also need leadership and not management in the office. How cool would it be to walk in the Recorder's office needing help finding a document, and have the Recorder realize the line is too long and come offer to help you find what you are looking for.

Again, pick the best candidate. If you vote for me, I will work to protect the property rights of this county, protect the records it stores, and makes sure the public can get access to them. I will also make sure the office remembers to help the average person, and not just the title companies.

Fred C Cox
http://www.fredcox4utah.com/

Monday, August 14, 2017

I have NOT endorsed Julie Dole for County Recorder. She isn't the Recorder Now. She wasn't legally appointed.

I have NOT endorsed Julie Dole for County Recorder. Since there is a new post with my photo with a 2011 endorsement for Julie Dole for SLCo Gop Chair being posted on the web, by Julie, I should clarify. If you read it carefully, it asks what is changed. Initially I just thought it to be a very public way of pointing out I have NOT endorsed her for SLCo Recorder for Thursday to fill the vacancy caused when Gary Ott stepped down.

If you don't read it clearly, some have assumed to be a current endorsement, which is NOT true. I have now seen perhaps Nineteen of these for different people, some of which are active candidates for the office. As far as I know, None of these has endorsed her for the current race. It is possible this is a violation of state law 76-9-407.

I have also posted this reply: [Julie] I do believe you have worked very hard for the last 4 years, (thank you) but we are looking to replace Gary Ott. You have made sure Gary was able to win in 2014 and stay in office for this long despite his current limitations.

It appears you have assumed the office of Salt Lake County Recorder the last couple of weeks without an appointment contrary to 20A-1-508 and 17-16-7 and apparent violation of 76-8-203. I do believe you can run the office [as deputy] until the council appoints the party nominee, most likely on the 22nd.

I don't know who will be nominated to be our party nominee on Thursday. We are taking nominees from the floor, so it could be almost anyone.

I did say this: Mel Nimer is someone I trust that has the knowledge, experience and ideas to tackle the current problems with the Salt Lake Recorder's office, and make it work for everyone and not just title companies. There are great people in the office that have worked hard for many years. I believe Mel will solve the recent lack of computer coordination with the surveyor's and assessor's offices.

[Update]
When the Salt Lake County Sheriff stepped down, it was announced Undersheriff Scott Carver would be acting Sheriff. He didn't assume the office of sherriff, but correctly stated

" In the absence of the sheriff, the undersheriff has full authority to act as the sheriff for operational and administrative purposes. He, along with the many very experienced and highly qualified supervisory staff, and the even more important line staff, will ensure that the mission of the Sheriff’s Office and the Unified Police Department is carried out in the most effective and professional way. We will continue to serve the citizens of this county with unwavering commitment and without interruption of service in any way."

"Once the Salt Lake County Council notifies the Utah Democratic Party of the vacancy, they will begin the process of filling the position. This process should be completed within 45-60 days."

If the DA thought they would get this with Julie Dole, Chief Deputy, acting as Recorder, they were wrong. It appears she illegally assumed the office she hasn't been appointed to.

She now is implying endorsements for County Recorder that are 6 years old for a different office, asking what has changed. She has. The public was deceived in 2014 apparently by Julie to get Gary Ott elected. She got the money and now has assumed the office. Since no one seems to be willing to endorse her she is now implying fake ones as well.

Perhaps the person in the Recorder's Office with the biggest mental health challenge wasn't Gary Ott. It appears Julie Dole should be locked up.

Monday, August 7, 2017

2011 to 2016 Original Sponsored Bills

Some comments in the 2016 Election mentioned my effectiveness. I can make this bill list look much larger and pad this list with Co-Sponsored Bills, but those bills are sponsored by someone else and you just sign to endorse them. No other work is required.

Original Sponsored Bills
(Not including Substitute versions,  Co-Sponsored or Floor Sponsored Bills)

2011
HB0221S01    Classic Car Inspections (Gov. Signed)
HB0227    Test Driving Vehicles (Industry Changed)
HB0281    Sex Offender and Kidnapping Amendments (See 2012)
HB0377    Higher Education Textbook Fairness Act (Agency Changed Policy)
HB0380    Utah Lands Protection Act (See 2012)

Several Redistricting map proposals

2012
HB0018S01    Kidnapping Offender Amendments (passed, Gov. Signed)
HB0067S03    Storm Water Capture Amendments (See 2013)
HB0209S01    Utah Lands Protection Act (Alternate Bill passed)
HB0262    Building Code Amendments (Modified in 2013)

2013 (Sponsored for 2013, Transferred, passed and Gov. signed)
HB0036    Storm Water Capture Amendments (passed, Gov. Signed)
HB0215    Water Quality Amendments (passed, Gov. Signed)
HB0262    Unaffiliated Voter Amendments (passed, Gov. Signed)
HB0338    Alimony Revisions (passed, Gov. Signed)

2015
HB0029    Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board Amendments (Passed, Gov. Signed)
HB0126S02    Design Professionals - Amendments (Alternate Passed in 2016)
HB0162    Construction Trades Continuing Education Amendments (See 2016)
HB0177S02    Modifications to Voting Law (Passed, Gov. Signed)
HB0243    Vintage Vehicle Amendments (Passed, Gov. Signed)
HB0281    Revisions to Elections Law
HB0286    Building Code Amendments (Alternate Bill Passed 2016)
HB0448    Disabled Adult Child Guardianship (1/2 passed in another bill)
HB0450    Licensing Modifications (See 2016)


Alternate to moving the Draper Prison

2016
HB0011S02    Referendum Amendments
HB0065S01    Exemption from Daylight Saving Time
HB0069    Qualified Political Party Amendments
HB0080    Vehicle Impound Amendments
HB0101S02 Disabled Adult Guardianship Amendments (Passed and Gov. Signed)
HB0108    Licensing Amendments
HB0109 Construction Trades Education Amendments (Alternate Passed)
HB0125    Fire Code Amendments (Alternate Construction and Fire Codes Passed)
HB0152S01    Voted and Board Local Levy Modifications (passed in HB1)
HB0256    Net Metering of Electricity Amendments
HB0261    Wood Burning Stoves Amendments
HB0269    Recycling of Copper Wire (Passed and Gov Signed)
HB0361    Air Quality Modifications (Included in other passed bill)
HB0429    Specie Legal Tender Amendments
HJR011    Joint Resolution Designating Utah as a Purple Heart State (Passed and Lt. Gov. Signed)

See also:
http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2016/04/floor-power-rating-and-bill-sponsor.html
Also see the Session Update for each year

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Is it OK if the Governor games the system

 Is it OK if the Governor games the system?
  
The Governor would not call a special session that was requested by both state houses and political parties because he didn't want someone to game the system so the Governor created the system that caused a GOP primary. The Legislature, under the US Constitution, was supposed to set the overall rules, but he would not let them do it. Now the Governor endorses someone that lost at convention and wouldn't still be in the running if the Governor hadn't set up this system.

Isn't that gaming the system?

Remember that hundreds of thousands of voters came out to the 2016 caucus meetings including democrats. They elected the tens of thousands of delegates. Democrats picked their nominee using the delegate system. They have no primary. We get a couple of Buy My Ballot Spot candidates that could have just as easily gone straight to the general election if they didn't want to go though the caucus/convention system. That is costing us 3 months more not having 4 representatives in Congress. We could be voting among all candidates in August.

It is the people's choice of who to fill the vacancy for the 3rd Congressional District as stated in the US Constitution. The Governor doesn't get to appoint this particular vacancy so now he is endorsing?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Do Not combine Salt Lake County Surveyor and Recorder Offices

"But County Mayor Ben McAdams said Friday that he would push to eliminate the recorder position altogether and merge it into the surveyor's office in an effort to "save tax dollars and streamline services." Both offices deal with real estate and land issues."

This is a Bad idea. I have for over 30 years regularly used the recorder's office, the surveyor's office or website, and the assessor's office website. It is true that they need to communicate with each other. The Surveyor and Assessor websites function fairly well and are free to use. Because of the cost to use it, the Recorder's website might as well be non existent to anyone that doesn't work for a title company. It however needs to be separate.

The Recorder's office has some really great staff, such as Rich (who knows how to do anything or knows who does), and the front counter staff. The computers that staff uses for most customers work much better than years ago.

If you are looking for an easement from pre-statehood, the 1/2 size record books with the large magnifying glass are a pain to use and see clearly. The Office has them on the computer (which you can see better zoomed in) which didn't work the last time I needed it. It was working for the out of office people. It can take a while to use the microfiche cards, but you don't need to use them as much as you used to. Gary, over the last 15 or so years has made things work much better.

The reason I met Rich several years ago, was I came in to the office and asked Gary how to do something with an existing condo plat. He said Rich would know. Kenneth "Rich" Richmond is a rock-star in that office.

As an architect, I can read property boundary descriptions and easements. I know how important these and deeds are to owners and developers. They need to be right.  I have also learned over the years that is better to know who knows something, that promote that you know everything yourself. I know a lot about a few things and a little about a lot of things, but if you meet someone that says they know everything about everything.....RUN!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Chris Herrod is the best candidate for Utah Congressional District 3

I wore Chris Herrod and Deidre Henderson stickers at the special Congressional District 3 GOP Convention and so I was thrilled one of them won.

Chris Herrod supported Ted Crus for POTUS. He supports limiting Federal over reach and protecting our freedoms. He believes in the US Constitution and would support that over whoever is President of the US. He married someone from Ukraine and is not a fan of Russia as he lived under Soviet rule for a few years. He has been pro-legal immigration for years. His wife's family came from Muslim upbringing and he isn't prejudiced. I have a few friends that voted for Trump only because Hillary was such a bad candidate. I didn't vote for either. 


Chris Herrod is the best candidate running for Utah's Congressional District 3 "vacancy". I served with Chris in the Utah Legislature in 2011 and 2012. He cares deeply for this county. He has my full support and endorsement.

Remember that hundreds of thousands of voters came out to the 2016 caucus meetings including democrats. They elected the tens of thousands of delegates. Democrats picked their nominee using the delegate system. They have no primary. We get a couple of Buy My Ballot Spot candidates that could have just as easily gone straight to the general election if they didn't want to go though the caucus/convention system. That is costing us 3 months more not having 4 representatives in Congress. We could be voting among all candidates in August.

For more information for Chris Herrod, go to
http://herrodforcongress.com/

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Background on 2016 HB 69 and why it is important now

Email sent June 2, 2017
 
SCC members. Sorry for this email. I thought it was important as we are not scheduled to meet in June 2017 anymore as a SCC.

Background on 2016 HB 69 and why it is important now. Violating our own party C&B may cause our selection on June 17th to be in question. Perhaps that is the intent?


See lines 78 to 83.

While 2014 SB 54 was being created and passing, I kept making fun of the concept that the party would need a hall for 8,000 delegates under the QPP status. 4,000 in the hall and 4,000 ready to step in if someone didn't show. As late as 2016 I was proposing to change our Party C & B so it would match the QPP for alternate delegates or change the law to match our Party C&B (Constitution and Bylaws). My attempt to change the law was hijacked and then failed.

In discussing this concern with Mark Thomas at the Lt. Gov. office at the time he said that they had determined, in consultation with the AG's office that the party having a deadline of 5 days or 8 days or 14 days to change out delegates prior to the convention was reasonable and they accepted the party as a QPP for the 2016/2017 elections. We wouldn't need a hall for 8,000 state delegates and alternates because we would know someone needed to be replaced if they simply told us in advance.

I also personally asked the 2014 SB 54 sponsor what his intent was just prior to a SCC meeting. He said he didn't like the last minute appointments and wanted to have as many vote as possible and mentioned what we do at National RNC conventions with delegates and alternate delegates. That might work fine for 40 delegates from Utah, that are not voting on different races but the party opted to create a process to replace delegates (alternate delegates) and it is in our party C & B

If we don't follow our C & B, which includes deadlines such as 5 days prior to the convention to replace delegates (alternate delegates) are we saying we were not a QPP for the 2016 elections? While the party may not have done what the original sponsor of 2014 SB 54 wanted re: alternate delegates, it seemed to be fine during his 2016 race. Does he want to invalidate his election in 2016 or invalidate our party's selection of a nominee to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz on June 17th.

I have contacted two party officers on this issue. one agreed and the other said it was a moot point, potentially referring to someone posting 20A-9-101 at the last convention to justify not following our party C&B. I am more worried at this point at the 2016 elections and at the nomination of our candidate for CD3 in 2 weeks to replace Rep. Chaffetz.

If our Party C&B has a 5 day deadline to change our delegates prior to the 17th, we should follow it. Someone claiming we are violating the QPP status needs to remember those deadlines were specifically allowed by both the Lt. Gov office and the AG office for the 2016 elections.

If anyone questions my talking to Mark Thomas (Chief Deputy/Director of Elections, Utah) last year on this issue, re: 2016 HB 69, call him. I confirmed our conversation with him this week.

Fred C. Cox, Salt Lake County
2015-2017 SCC member and 2017-2019 SCC member

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

We do Not need the Buy My Ballot Spot system

We never needed the Buy My Ballot Spot (2014 SB 54) for someone to get on the ballot if they didn't want to go though the parties. Just get 300 signatures from their friends or 1000 signatures for a state wide race and go directly to the General Election as an Unaffiliated Candidate.

The Buy My Ballot Spot with paid signature gatherers favors the rich and famous. Why do they need State Mandated help?



My Poll Results from respondents. Survey was sent to all active voters in House District 30 in West Valley City in January 2016 (not just one party)


A federal judge has ruled that a portion of the law that passed in 2014, SB 54 Elections Amendments, is not constitutional for two political parties, the Utah Republican and the Utah Constitution parties. This part of the law requires the political parties allow voters who were not members of their party to select their party’s nominee. Because of that ruling, candidates of the Utah Constitution Party cannot use the optional signature route to get on the party primary ballot. (They don’t have enough members). They are OK with the ruling because they didn’t want the State telling their Party how to select its nominees.

Voters can only sign one candidate petition per race but might be able to sign a form to remove their signature, if they act fast enough, and sign someone else’s petition.

In some areas of the State, there are not enough registered Republican Party voters to make the signature party nominee route fair. Candidates using the signature route likely will have to register to do so prior to the legislative session and then all candidates will register after the legislative session. If someone decides to run for Party Nominee after the legislative session, there is almost no time to gather signatures.


The Utah Republican Party, who wasn’t part of the “compromise” is still contesting the law in court. A special legislative session to fix the law based on the court ruling was not called by the Governor.

30% The legislature should provide minor fixes of the current election law and see what happens in 2016.

53% The legislature should repeal this petition law because the court’s ruling has caused the law to become unfair to some candidates in some political parties.

17% It is too late for the legislature to do anything this election year, but I will not be signing any signature party nominee petitions this year.


(Disclaimer, I have personally fought the signature party nominee route because I believe it favors the incumbents, the rich and the famous. While I [was] an incumbent and plan on running for [election] after the legislative session though the neighborhood caucus and convention system, I am NOT also using the signature route because I do not believe that route is fair).

Do Not Sign Our Schools Now

Do you support Our Schools Now?
No, What was originally a 20% income tax increase, and then reduced to 17.5%, is now a 10% income tax increase and a 10.6% sales tax increase.[update, they are now saying it is only a 9% income tax increase and a 9.6% sales tax increase]
 A  tax increase is not the answer, especially when there is no limit generally to what is spent on Higher Education which can be spent by the same Education Fund. While OSN places new limits for new money, it doesn't solve the underlying problem.

If the Legislature doesn't fund Higher Education to the level the Regents want, (and put some more back for K-12 Public Education), the Regents simply raise tuition and blame the legislature. That must change.  

We also do not spend all the $4.84 Billion K-12 Public Education funds in the best way, with too much of it not getting directly to classroom teaching. 

Read what the proposed bill says. How much local control do you want taken from a school? See the bottom of page 6.
https://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/initiatives 

See how much of our State Tax Money for K-12 Public Education is going where:

https://le.utah.gov/lfa/cobi/currentCobi/cobi.html?cobiID=8&tab=overviewTab

click on the uses and also see where it comes from.

Take a look at the $1.81 Higher Education Budget as well.
 https://le.utah.gov/lfa/cobi/currentCobi/cobi.html?cobiID=6&tab=overviewTab

The proposed amended initiative has this at the bottom
Persons gathering signatures for the petition may be paid for doing so.

This initiative petition seeks to (a) increase the current state sales tax rate by .45 percent, resulting in a 9.6 percent increase in the current state sales tax rate, and (b) increase the current income tax rate by .45 percent, resulting in a 9 percent increase in the current tax rate.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Voting Ratings for 2017

Note: I was not in the legislature in 2017.  (I will be running in 2018 and hope to be back in 2019)

 Below is what I posted a year ago. As the ratings/rankings come in for 2017 for my current representative, I will be posting them below. See the bottom of this post for additional links. 

Winder 2017 Votes for the General Session are at:
Unlike what I have always done, there are no public postings yet for all votes together, but you can look up each bill vote at le.utah.gov

Cox 2016 Votes for the General Session are at:
 http://www.fredcox4utah.com/2016GenSessionVotes.pdf 
(2011, 2012, 2015 votes are also shown on this blog. Look in March of each year)

Winder 2017 Utah Grassroots, 38%, tied for 39 of 75, Average House 44%)
Winder: 38% lifetime average.
http://www.utahgrassroots.org/annual/

Cox: 2016 Utah Grassroots, 57%, tied for 11th of 75, (Average House 36%)
Cox: 69% lifetime average. 
http://www.utahgrassroots.org/annual/2016/index.html
http://www.utahgrassroots.org/annual/2016/GrassRoots2016.pdf

Winder: Libertas 2016, 59% rating.  
 http://libertasutah.org/resources/legislator-indexes/the-2017-libertas-legislator-index/
 Cox: Libertas 2016 Defenders of Liberty Award, 94% rating.   

Winder 2017 Floor Voting Attendance 14 missed of 727 votes. 1.93%
http://adambrown.info/p/research/utah_legislature/absent?year=2017
Cox 2016 Floor Voting Attendance 2 missed of 657 votes. 0.30%


Winder: 2017 Utah Taxpayers Association, 83.3% rating, tied for 33rd place
http://www.utahtaxpayers.org/?p=7992
 http://www.utahtaxpayers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Scorecard-Final.pdf

Cox: 2016 Utah Taxpayers Association, 100% rating, tied for 1st place
http://www.utahtaxpayers.org/?p=7594

Winder: 2017 Heal Utah, 100%, A rating
http://www.healutah.org/2017-legislative-grades/

Cox: 2016 Heal Utah, 92%, A- rating
http://www.healutah.org/2016grades/ 

Winder: 2017 AFP-Utah, 84.48%, B rating, #38 in the House
https://utahscorecard.com/
https://utahscorecard.com/results/?leg[]=UTL000295&dist=30 
(no 2016 rating)

Winder: 2017 Salt Lake Chamber Business Champion. 
Cox: 2016 Salt Lake Chamber Business Champion, 89% rating (Also 2015, 2012 Business Champion.

 Winder: 2016 UEA, 78% rating,
http://www.myuea.org/issues_action/uea_under_the_dome/legislative_voting_records.aspx 
http://www.myuea.org/sites/utahedu/Uploads/files/Politics/2017%20Under%20the%20Dome/2017-HouseVotingRecords.pdf
Cox: 2016 UEA, 50% rating, 
http://www.myuea.org/issues_action/uea_under_the_dome/legislative_voting_records.aspx
http://www.myuea.org/sites/utahedu/Uploads/files/Politics/2016%20Under%20the%20Dome/2016-HouseVotingRecords.pdf
 
 
Winder Number of "No" Votes on the Floor, 28 votes or 3.9% #63 in the House (2017)
Cox: Number of "No" Votes on the Floor, 61 votes or 9.3%  #19 in the House (2016)
http://adambrown.info/p/research/utah_legislature/nay?year=2016

Winder: Party Line Voting 79.6%, 66th in the House (2017)
Cox: Party Line Voting 70% 68th in the House (2016)
http://adambrown.info/p/research/utah_legislature/party_support


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These I am still looking up or they haven't been released

Cox: 2016 Sutherland Institute Legislative Scorecard, 94% rating.
http://sutherlandinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016-legislator-scorecard-f.pdf


Cox: Utah School Board Association, 75% rating
http://usba.cc/
12 of 16 votes matching USBA stand on several bills.

Cox: UACC, 62% rating, tied for 12th of 75
http://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kOCUhwFq2DX9ZJY49Jq9ieZ56YQ1RHOIPR9Qjk3-kM8/edit#gid=0


Cox: 2016 Utah CLI Index 70% rating. 
http://utleg.blogspot.com/

Cox: Utah Chapter, Sierra Club, 50% rating 
https://utah.sierraclub.org/content/utah-legislative-scorecard 

Links for Cox, 2016 Ratings/Rankings:
http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2016/03/rep-fred-cox-voting-ratings-for-2016_12.html



For 2015 Session Ratings/Rankings and votes for previous years, see:
http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2015/03/rep-fred-cox-voting-ratings-for-2015.html

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Utah Republican Women's Liberty Caucus Q and A

The Utah Republican Women's Liberty Caucus Q and A
What is the proper role of government?
We specifically limited Government by the US and Utah Constitutions, but there are obvious areas where we need Government. Driving from our home to downtown, wouldn't happen without it. It has to provide basic infrastructure. There needs to be basic security. We have the option of deciding we do or we do not want something, such as a county theater in Taylorsville, or proving basic safety and having enough jail cells available vs a "catch and release" policy. We get to decide and we may not all agree. That is OK.
How do you plan to help candidates?
Candidates need some money and lots of volunteers. Over the years, I have primarily helped by volunteering. The Party organization should be a great source of volunteers and has been in the past, but not as much recently. That needs to change.
What are you going to do to improve the caucus registration and check in system? (Some people believe it takes too long. Many people have to re-register to vote, even if they have already recently registered?)
The Counties and the State Party have not been cooperating re: data. Salt Lake County tried something in 2016 that simply didn't work. I still do not have a list of the attendees for my district.
I was very involved when the SCC set up pre-registration for caucus night, along with Same Day Ballots for Fire Fighters, Police, Mom's with Sick Kids, etc. We can use simple methods and not a one size fits all method.
How can we ensure that party election results are more accurate and mistakes are avoided?
Mistakes can easily be avoided when we make counting simple. I was 2 votes shy of getting out of convention last year for the Utah Legislature Primary, but everyone knew the results at the same time as they were counted in front of us. We were able to find the "extra" delegate prior to the voting and remove their ballot, by simply counting off prior to voting. Jake Parkinson ran my House District election. It worked for 70 delegates. We make things too complicated when we don't have to.
How do you plan to protect the privacy of voting registration records and personally identifiable information?
There has to be a balance between getting information to voters and protecting privacy. Changes have been made in the last few years.
What does party loyalty mean to you?
Party loyalty is based on good principles and should not void voting our conscience. Normally I get to the bottom of the ballot and had voted for all R's, but sometimes a D. This was the first year I had to go for write-ins, unaffiliated candidates, and 3rd party as well as D's to fill up my ballot. Yes, the majority of my votes were for Republicans, but I was not impressed with some of the options. 
I voted for or against thousands of bills for 4 legislative sessions. I didn't vote yes or no because of the sponsor or their party.
Do you support the caucus system? 
Yes. I have been on the front lines for several years for fighting to protect it.
For more info:
Do you support SB54 in its current legal form?
2014 SB 54 was a bad bill to start with. I was not in the Utah Legislature the year it passed but spoke against it for months prior to passage.
Was the original version of SB114 an acceptable solution to the perceived problems with SB54? 
No! 2017 SB 114 sailed through the Senate and was scheduled to be voted on a Monday morning prior to my writing the House Committee Sunday night. It was off the agenda within hours.
Some problems of the bill passed by the Senate I sent to the House Committee: Under SB 114, the filing deadline will move from March, a week after the end of the legislative session to the 5th working day of January. Obviously there are pros and cons to this change. I believe there will be a public backlash about the change of the filing deadline. It takes away any accountability from the legislature. If members of the House voted to do one thing and the voters didn't like it, the deadline to file to run as a candidate against an officeholder has passed and you will see voters cry foul. Perhaps that is the intent.
No Majority winner. 35% ?  The whole point in dealing with plurality is to get a majority winner that a party could stand behind. This doesn't do that.
Do you believe that the lawsuit should continue until SB54 is repealed in its entirety?
The lawsuit has caused heartburn for those wanting to raise money for the party, but most of that money has been spent and pulling out now would leave us in a worse position. Having an outside group deal with any more costs helps. People forget that one of the main pieces of SB 54 was struck down by the Court and has been repealed. Others are still in the process.
Do you support Our Schools Now?
No. A 17.5% income tax increase is not the answer, especially when there is no limit to what is spent on Higher Education which can be spent by the same Education Fund. If the Legislature doesn't fund Higher Education to the level the Regents want, (and put some more back for K-12 Public Education), the Regents simply raise tuition and blame the legislature. That must change. We also do not spend all the $4.84 Billion in the best way, with much of it not getting to the classroom.
If you have held this (or another) party office in the past, how was your meeting attendance and did you help with the party work?
I have been a member of the SCC since 2011 and have had perfect attendance since 2010. I also have one of the best attendance records for the Utah Legislature in the years I served.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fred Cox for Utah Republican State Central Committee

Fred Cox for Utah Republican State Central Committee

Salt Lake County Delegates:

Thank you for being involved to help the Salt Lake County Republican Party. Thank You for your willingness to come to the County Party Convention next weekend.
 
There is Meet the Candidate Night Friday, April 21 from 7pm to 9pm at Cottonwood High School, 5715 S 1300 E, Murray, UT 84121.
 
The Convention is also at 5715 S 1300 E, Murray, UT 84121, Saturday April 22 from 10am until we are done. Check in starts at 8am.I would suggest coming at least by then.
 
The north main entrance doors are closer to the auditorium. Most of the candidates will be meeting in the gym, which is visible from there.

Come and Vote. At stake is our County Party Officers, plus 29 of 180 members of the Utah Republican State Central Committee.

You can learn about them here

and here

Don't worry about any one "Slate" of candidates. There could be several "Slates of candidates". There are at least 45 candidates for the 29 SCC spots to represent our county. Some of the best candidates never make it to any "Slate".

You don't have to vote for all 29 spots, just don't vote for more than the elections chair tells you.

I started attending the SCC meetings in 2010, even before I was elected. Periodically one group tries to run over another group. It isn't always pretty. This year one group that tried to run over another group, and found they didn't quite have the votes, is trying this year to stack the SCC with people that do not fully support our neighborhood election caucus system. You will not be able to tell by their Slate, as they will put some people from the "other side" on the Slate. You are better off to do your own research and consider all information from all sources.

We need to stop trying to bulldoze over people that don't agree with us on one issue and work on the issues we do agree on. We can agree to disagree.

Why vote for Fred Cox for Utah Republican State Central Committee?

I am a current member of the Utah Republican State Central Committee representing Salt Lake County and a former member of the Utah House of Representatives.

I am an active defender of the Neighborhood Caucus Election and Convention System, with knowledge of both the state and county documents along with state election laws. 

I have not missed any of the state central committee meetings (since 2010) and am not afraid to stand up and be heard.   
 
Vote Fred Cox for Utah Republican State Central Committee, to represent you, Salt Lake County, to help strengthen the State Republican Party. 
We agree on many things and should work on those areas first. We don't need one faction of the party running over another. We should work together. 


ABOUT FRED C. COX
Fred served as a member of the Utah State House of Representatives for 2015 and 2016 representing almost 1/3 of
West Valley City residents. He also served in the Utah State House for 2011 and 2012. A Utah native, and a lifelong resident of Salt Lake County, Fred graduated from Highland High School, studied at the University of Utah, graduating from what is now called Salt Lake Community College in Architectural Technology. A licensed Utah Architect, Fred started his own architectural firm in 1996, working and living in West Valley City. Fred and his wife Aleta have lived in West Valley City for over 29 years.

Fred specializes in Social Media, using Facebook, Twitter, etc., and online commenting to promote good news to a wider audience, or reduce the impact of negative news.

GOVERNMENT, POLITICAL
AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Utah State House of Representatives, January 2015 through December 2016.
Utah State House of Representatives, January 2011 through December 2012.

• Utah Republican State Central Committee, 2011 to present.
• Utah Republican State Delegate 2002-2003, 2005 to2012, 2013, 2015 to 2016.
Salt Lake County Republican Delegate, 2010-2012, 2014 to 2016.
Salt Lake County Republican Bylaws Committee,  2013 to present.
Salt Lake County Republican Central Committee, 2010-2012, 2014 to 2016.
• Salt Lake County Republican Legislative District Chair, August 2010 to January 2011.

• Valley West Rotary Club, Charter  member, 2014 to present, Currently: President Elect Nominee
• ChamberWest Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2007 through 2016
• Western Growth Coalition, 2010 to present.

AIA Utah, Government Affairs Committee, January 2008 to January 2011 and January 2013 to present.

Utah Child Care Center Licensing Committee, 2014. Appointed by Gov. Herbert, confirmed by the Utah Senate

• Campaign Volunteer and/or Consultant for many Federal, State and Local candidates.

• Church Based community service

ADDITIONAL
AFFILIATIONS
• Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout
• Member of the American Institute of Architects since 1991
• Charter Member of Valley West Rotary Club since 2014
Utah Legislature Clean Air Caucus, 2015, 2016

AWARDS
AND RECOGNITIONS
• For 2015 and 2016, 100% rating from the Utah Taxpayers Association for voting against tax increases and looking out for the taxpayers.
Salt Lake Chamber 2012, 2015 and 2016 Business Champion award for working to help Utah businesses grow.
Libertas 2016 Defenders of Liberty Award,

EDUCATION
• 1984-1985 Associate of Applied Science, Architectural Technology,
Utah Technical College
  (now Salt Lake Community College).
• 1979,80,82-84 Studies in Computer Science, Architecture,
University of Utah

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Salt Lake County Homeless Shelter

I hope the Governor vetoes H.B. 441 Housing and Homeless Reform Initiative Amendments unless Mayor McAdams does what he should have done in the first place: Contact all 17 cities and ask them for the location of the "best" site, IF their city is chosen for the men's only homeless shelter.

The 3 proposed locations in West Valley City are some of the worst places one could go. Mayor McAdams didn't even bother to involve West Valley City officials prior to the selection. West Valley City has tried to decrease homeless population along the Jordan River for years, and two of the proposed locations in the city are right there.

We have 17 cities in the County. We should have 17 locations on the short list and not 2 cities. The process shouldn't be NIMBY, but this has been mishandled.

[Update]
Feedback (tell the committee what you think of the process or location):
https://www.homelessfacilitysite.org/public-feedback/

Meetings (find out more and tell the committee what you think of the process or location):
[Update] New Open House Added:
Open House Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City 
Tuesday, March 21 6-8 p.m.

Committee and members:
http://slco.org/homeless-services/collective-impact-steering-committee/

Homeless Resource Center:
https://www.homelessfacilitysite.org/homeless-resource-center/

Local city leaders brace for a homeless shelter they’re powerless to stop
http://www.sltrib.com/home/5031920-155/local-city-leaders-brace-for-a?fullpage=1

 New shelter to be in West Valley or South Salt Lake —
cities already bearing plenty of state burdens, residents say

http://www.sltrib.com/news/5040923-155/new-shelter-to-be-in-west

Perhaps No City wants the shelter, but if all cities in the county were asked where one could go in their city, at least it wouldn't be located in the worst place it could go. 

In the legislative standing committee meeting, Mayor McAdams said he would put forward 5 locations for public comment but that those locations were not the only options and other locations would be considered and perhaps selected.

Legislative hearings/debates/public meetings:

House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Standing Committee  March 6, 2017
http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=21529&meta_id=692530

House Floor Debate, March 6, 2017
http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=21553&meta_id=692394

Senate Floor Debate, March 8, 2017
http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=21566&meta_id=694427

Senate Floor Debate, March 8, 2017 (2)
http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=21566&meta_id=694464


Other audio and video is at: 
http://le.utah.gov/~2017/bills/static/HB0441.html

Update:

We need to come up with the best sites, as it is clear the Mayor's committee didn't. It can't be Not In Our Backyard, it needs to be why a site is not a good location or why it doesn't meet their own criteria and we need to come up with a better choice. It is clear anywhere in the County (except SLC) is still on the table for the 3rd location shelter, if a better location is found.

Three of the sites are near the Jordan River, which the county and city have tried to make a regional asset and move the homeless population away from that.

The 2411 Winston St. Location is near a trax location, but is almost one mile to the Rancho Markets grocery store. The site is also too close to the Jordan River and will send foot traffic though the oldest section of Chesterfield neighborhood which is not able to support that kind of burden.

The 2249 Winston Street location is a little further from the same trax location, further to the Rancho Markets grocery store, just as close to Jordan River, and is apt to put foot traffic though the newest section of Chesterfield neighborhood.

The 1820 Printers Row, location is almost a mile from a trax station to the south. That trax location is a little closer than the trax station to the east on Winston St. Foot traffic between the trax station south of Printers Row, on Redwood Road takes foot traffic past Rancho Markets and also Redwood Elementary School

Am I missing a closer Grocery Store to these locations? I am familiar with the Rancho Markets location on 2470 S Redwood Road at the Latino Mall as I did the drawings for the mall and addition for the store.

3091 Main Street is closer to the Millcreek Station trax than the Printers Row location is to one, and the Salt Lake China Town grocery Store is not too far from the path between them. Is there a closer grocery store location? (yes, I did the drawings for the gate, the east building, gift store and restaurant for this project).

1144 West 3300 South is right next to the Jordan River, in the location West Valley has been working to remove the tents, waste and trash near the city's cultural center. It might as well be in West Valley City as well. It appears to be the worst location of the 5. It is the furthest from a grocery store, as far as I know, the closest one is the Kim Long Market on Redwood and 3500 S.

It appears 3 of the 5 are too close to the Jordan River and Printers Row location is too close to Redwood Elementary. That leaves 3091 S. Main Street out of the 5. I hope they have some better locations show up this week.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Keep it in Draper would have saved taxpayers $100 Million or more

In 2015, I made some "startling claims".

First, I stated that there was enough room at the current Draper Prison location to rebuild the prison, even if the state wanted a brand new 4,000 bed prison.

http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-to-keep-prison-in-draper-utah.html

Second, I stated it would save the tax payers $100 Million or more to "Keep it in Draper".

http://fredcox4utah.blogspot.com/2015/08/utah-prison-moving-it-or-not-to-salt.html

and from this:
http://www.sltrib.com/home/2856875-155/legislature-oks-prison-move-to-salt

"Rep. Fred Cox, R-West Valley City, pushed the Legislature to reject the unanimous recommendation of the Prison Relocation Commission to build in Salt Lake City. He also didn't want it moved to the other potential locations in Grantsville, Eagle Mountain and Fairfield. Instead, Cox argued it is not only feasible to rebuild the prison where it is in Draper, but it would save as much as $100 million. "I still believe the Draper site is the best location," he said."

Now that the dust has settled from the 2015 legislative votes, what has happened?


For the land area, I was told they needed 500 acres. I said there was enough land in Draper that was vacant and even if they did need 500 acres, it could be phased and would still fit as there were around 680 acres the state owned at the Draper Prison site.

The "experts" claimed they couldn't build at the Draper Prison for security reasons, even though they didn't have any issues with expanding the Gunnison Prison while it is occupied. "That is outside the security fence", I was told. I reminded them I worked on the site plan drawings for the original Gunnison Prison and I was aware of that.  I also told them they could build at Draper out side the security fence and even proposed a construction access point that would not create a security problem.

Again, I am not an expert on prisons. I served as a volunteer at the Draper Prison for 2 years. many years ago I worked on the construction drawings for the Gunnison Prison, including the site and floor plans and also the site and other drawings for Oxbow in South Salt Lake, plus site master plans for several proposed prison locations around the county, while working for a local firm. I have spent 30 years designing sites for commercial shopping centers and other commercial sites. 

I was told I didn't know what I was talking about. I have been proven right on all accounts.

Later, when the "real" consultants were hired, instead of the "experts" from New Jersey and Texas, the state decided they only needed 323 acres west of the Salt Lake Airport and it would have plenty of room to expand.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865662856/Potential-expansion-already-a-question-as-new-prison-moves-forward.html

http://fox13now.com/2016/11/04/utah-spends-12-4-million-for-323-acres-to-build-new-state-prison/


Now that they are adding up the cost of the west of the Salt Lake City Airport location, they now need $100 Million more from taxpayers.

http://www.sltrib.com/news/5022806-155/lawmakers-quickly-draft-pass-bill-for

So the $80 Million in cash plus $470 Million in Bonds for the Prison has now increased to $570 Million in bonds plus the $80 Million in cash.

Wow! Who could have seen this coming?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Do Not raise the tax on food

The number of people that are just getting by, without help, where food is the last thing on their budget, is too many. If raising the food tax increases the number of families needing outside help, including from taxpayers, it is the wrong thing to do. I fought this in 2011 (and since) and I hope it fails to pass this year. Go to the store even once and realize the $3 you have isn't enough to buy that can of chicken with the sales tax and you would not be in favor of adding back the full tax on food.

There are $3/4 B in other tax credits or reductions. Yes, something needs to change, but not starting there. 

Does the earned income tax credit help struggling seniors on a fixed income?

It has always made sense for a stable revenue for government to have a higher tax on food. However many people don't have a stable revenue to buy food. The reduced tax on food isn't going to make it easier to balance the state government budget but it does help the budgets of voters.

Some great articles on the subject:

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/4955832-155/holly-richardson-adding-sales-tax-on

Former State Rep. Holly Richardson:
"This year, it's straight-out a "revenue enhancement" or a tax increase called by another name.

"Here's the deal. It is only revenue-neutral to the state. It is not revenue neutral to people.

"Adding the tax back on food is regressive, meaning there is an inverse relationship between the tax rate and the taxable income. Clearly, the food tax negatively impacts families at the lower end of the income scale because — as is frequently noted — everyone needs to eat. An increase in the food tax balances the budget on the backs of Utah's working poor. The Legislature needs to look for others options."

 http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/sltrib/opinion/55373048-82/tax-taxes-sales-education.html.csp 

Former State Rep. Jim Nielson 
"Sure, that makes things stable for state government. Downright convenient, in fact. But a boon for the government can be a bane to taxpayers."

"To have stable sales tax revenues during economic downturns means the government takes more from taxpayers in bad times, regardless of our diminished ability to pay. We're asked to keep paying, even when we can't. Which begs this question: Just who do we as lawmakers represent, the government or taxpayers?"