8. James Evans is playing a dangerous game of chicken and has been for almost a year. The most likely result is that there will be no state candidates on the ballot next year with the Republican label next to their names.The Long View
9. Before the hearing, James Evans filed a sworn declaration with the Court. He testified: “I can state with certainty that the party cannot adopt the monumental amendments required … to make it consistent with Senate Bill 54’s requirements in time to meet the deadlines imposed.” But the Utah Democratic Party has already made the changes. And the Utah Republican Party has already announced it intends to make similar changes to switch from a presidential primary to caucus next year. The only reasonable conclusion to be drawn is that the Party cannot change in time because it simply doesn’t want to!—Utah Politico Hub
Juan Delgado was growing impatient. He threw his notes off the lectern.
“You are not listening!” he said.
The planning commission, familiar with angry environmentalists, remained calm.
“The state will regulate,” said Brian Baca, who is in charge of granting permits to oil companies, which allow them to inject the Ventura County earth with chemicals and steam that turns the ground molten hot.
Delgado, 61, is old enough to know the state won’t regulate. The state didn’t regulate when his mother worked too many hours on the farm for too little pay, developed arthritis and died of cancer. It didn’t regulate the industries that may have killed his brother, who breathed chemicals much of his 60 years and died of colon cancer. The state didn’t regulate when a driller’s chemicals oozed into the local groundwater and ruined a whole field of broccoli near Delgado’s house. And the state didn’t regulate when a Chevron employee was boiled alive in a pit of that molten ground. In fact, as Delgado followed that news horrified, the governor pushed to deregulate the tar sands industry even more.—Latterly