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Gov. Gary Herbert may have picked a fight with lawmakers because of two bills he vetoed. None of the citizen initiatives have enough signatures to get on the ballot yet, but a couple are close. Citizens may be ready to send a message with the proposal to legalize medical cannabis. Utahns don't want ...
A group pushing a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Utah says the governor's opposition to the plan is one more example of "politicians ... Utah Patients Coalition director DJ Schanz says Herbert's comments opposing the initiative and warning it will open the door for recreational use of ...

She is the longest-serving female state senator in the Utah Legislature, and one of only two female state legislators representing Utah County, alongside state Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork. However, she said in the statement she does not believe gender qualifies or disqualifies someone for ...
Instead, Sessions revealed Thursday that Utah's top federal prosecutor, John Huber, is looking into allegations that the FBI abused its powers in surveilling ... was not immediately condemned by those in the GOP who have recently ramped up calls to investigate claims of political bias at the nation's top law ...
During his first swearing-in ceremony as a US attorney, Huber was described as a "jock with the soul of a geek," a protector for others against bullies, and a man who lived by the motto: "Be the hammer, not the nail," according to The Deseret News. A Utah native, Huber graduated with honors from the ...
SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – A new political party in Utah is hoping to make some noise in November. In less than a year as a qualified political party, the United Utah Party has fielded a slate of candidates for the 2018 election. "We have 19 candidates. And, they are running in three congressional ...

The Utah Republican Party lost a big legal battle Tuesday in its attempt to overturn a 2014 Utah election law that allows candidates to qualify for the ballot ... But the court said that SB54 “strikes an appropriate balance between protecting the interests of the state in managing elections” and allowing political ...
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah - Republicans, Democrats and other parties gathered their voters last night across the state to caucus. “I think there is great hope for Democrats this year,” said Democratic Senate hopeful Jenny Wilson. “I think we need some balance in government from the state of Utah and ...
The Utah GOP, and all qualified political parties, committed to a set of rules for the 2018 elections late last year, Cox said, and he's going to hold the party to those rules. “My job is to follow the law and make sure that those candidates are able to follow what the law says and are able to get on the ballot.”.
Political Cornflakes: Treasury secretary finds it 'funny' when Trump swears during campaign rallies. Political ... Topping the news: Three Utah senators lashed out at lobbyists over a controversial inland port proposal while Salt Lake City leaders denounced the plan and called for a veto. [Trib] [DNews].
“Our Utah communities and our state are best served when Utah citizens fully engage in the political process through caucus meetings, primaries and ... The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics found that among “very active” Utah Mormons, 66 percent are Republicans, ...
The 2018 Utah Legislature is over. Lawmakers passed more than 500 bills and approved a budget for next year that is close to $17 billion. We asked our "Political Insiders" and readers to pick the best and worst from the 2018 session. Here's what they told us.
The main events in a political campaign used to happen in the open: a debate, the release of a major TV ad or a public event where candidates tried to earn a spot on ... That was before the explosion of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as political platforms. ... Phony allegations are nothing new in politics.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) - This week on Inside Utah Politics we discuss tariffs on steel and aluminum, and what impact it would have on our states economy. President and CEO of World Trade Center Utah Derek Miller and former chair of the Utah Democratic Party Peter Corroon join this weeks ...
Who has the most political power in Utah? The 2018 Utah "Political Power" bracket is here! UtahPolicy.com's political experts and our readers nominated Utah political power players and organizations for this year's bracket. We picked the top 64 and seeded them in a "March Madness" style tournament.
Alex Cragun, executive director of the Utah Democratic Party, said Friday that Cox “cannot pick and choose which laws he can enforce,” and should now move to strip the GOP of its qualified political party status. “They can choose whether to violate the law, but they have to face the consequences.”.
Mike Noel has dropped his controversial proposal to name a southern Utah highway after President Donald Trump, insisting he had “enough votes to pass ... Noel had wanted to rebrand the 631-mile Utah National Park Highway as a way to honor Trump for listening to the state's Republican leaders and ...

Several retailers are boycotting Utah-based Vista Products because of the company's support of the National Rifle Association. ... continued mass shootings has prompted MetLife, Hertz, Delta Air Lines and other major U.S. corporations to cut ties with the National Rifle Association, at some political risk.
That's what GOP lawmakers will do with what they claim is an “illegal” bylaw change made last Saturday by the Utah Republican Party's Central Committee. State Rep. Mike McKell told UtahPolicy.com Friday morning that his “fix” bill will be simple. It will say that if a political party picks the Qualified Political ...
“Throughout my term of service, I have always recognized the importance of civility, particularly in engaging with those of different political perspectives,” Hatch said Friday. “While I occasionally slip up, I believe that my legislative record reflects my commitment to bipartisanship and civility much more than ...
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott guide you through the big news from a crazy week in Utah politics. A small group inside the Utah GOP changed the party bylaws, and that could have a huge negative effect on every Republican running for office in 2018. Legislative Republicans are considering a $20 million ...
Analysis: The Utah lawmakers who approved a $1.7 million fee break for EnergySolutions received thousands in campaign contributions ... Tribune analysis, he correctly predicted that the bulk of EnergySolutions' donations were going to Republicans, who dominate Utah politics and control the Legislature.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former governor of Massachusetts, officially announced Friday morning that he is running for the Senate seat being vacated by seven-term GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. Romney tweeted a video announcement, after delaying a planned launch ...
As quirky political nerds ourselves, we provide our perspectives. Utah campaign operatives are already planning how to deal with the Trump factor in this year's elections. How will Trump help or hinder Republicans and Democrats in Utah? Pignanelli: "The distance between 'controlled Trump' and ...
When a person bases their candidacy on policies that are clear nonstarters in the Utah Legislature, they are sending a clear message that they either don't understand Utah politics or are willing to say anything to get elected. They reeked of dishonesty and appeasement, rather than political ability.
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with steel and aluminum executives in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Washington. Trump's announcement that he will impose stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum has upended political alliances on Capitol Hill.
Today At Utah Policy · Bryan Schott's Political BS · Bob Bernick's Notebook · Insider Surveys · Featured Articles · Washington Watch · Policy Buzz · Multimedia · Bernick and Schott on Politics · Utah Policy Lightning Round · Calendar · Topics · Legislation · Leadership Tips · Campaign Guru · Campaign Tips ...
Even if Romney had lost his ability to run as a Republican, political observers in Utah say he is popular enough to win the Senate seat as an independent, or even as a write-in candidate. “Mitt Romney's popularity in Utah transcends party politics,” said Jason Perry, director of the University of Utah's ...
Throughout my career as a public servant — as a planning commissioner, state legislator and mayor of Salt Lake City — I have argued that this brand of lawmaking represents the worst of politics. And it smacks of corruption. I have great respect for people in elected office, and I believe most public leaders ...
(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Ed Hendershot, owner of Medical Vanguard and Aspen Grove Rustics, said that the Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing came into his store, and confiscated the CBD oil he had been selling in his store on Main Street in Heber City, Wednesday, December ...
The Capitol Dome at sunrise, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. The Senate is ready for a showdown debate over immigration, including whether to protect young "Dreamers" from deportation, in an election-year battle that's sure to electrify both parties' most fervent voters and could well end in stalemate.
House members noted the absence of cameras when lawmakers took up discussion of a noncompete bill that is opposed by Utah's four main television stations. ... While journalists are not supposed to take political positions, we acknowledge this is a unique situation involving a matter directly impacting our ...
Reyes has told Utah lawmakers he plans to file a lawsuit challenging an aspect of federal law governing public lands, part of an attempt to “take back” 31 ... It's been more than two years since Utah political leaders set aside $4 million for a yet-to-be-filed lawsuit aimed at “taking back” 31 million acres of ...
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, looks away during a visit to Utah Senate Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah's Legislature unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday honoring retiring Hatch. The resolution declared the day "Orrin G. Hatch Day" in honor of Hatch and his ...
Utah's job discrimination watchdog, which last year was the subject of a critical audit that has the Utah Legislature considering imposing changes, filed an increased number of ... EEOC charges against Utah employers were steady over the past two years: 264 charges were filed against employers in 2017.
This year, there are six proposed ballot measures vying for Utahns' signatures. One of them is Better Boundaries, an initiative to reform the way Utah draws its state and Congressional legislative districts. Currently, Utah's redistricting process is handled by political incumbents in the State Legislature, the ...
Salt Lake City Councilman Derek Kitchen and Past President of the Utah Federation of Republican Women Kathleen Anderson join this weeks Inside Utah Politics Panel to discuss their thoughts on the bill. They also discuss 2030 Olympic bid, the resignation of Rob Porter and the July 4th military parade.
(courtesy of Utah State Auditor John Dougall) A state worker began cleaning spray paint from the outside of the Utah Capitol on Saturday, Feb. 10. The message, "solidarity w. Bears Ears," refers to the national monument President Donald Trump recently shrunk and broke into pieces. it also included an ...
The irony surrounding Karl Rove's speech this week at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics was hard to ignore. ... He cited numerous historical examples of political discord and boorish, even mean and nasty, behavior on the part of presidents, presidential candidates and their surrogates.
A British newspaper reports that a Utah lawmaker stepped down because he paid an escort for sex. Karl Rove says ... Republican strategist Karl Rove suggested that political discourse in the past has been more “nasty and mean and vicious” than what President Donald Trump has tweeted. [Trib]. Tweets of ...
In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, photo, Rep. Timothy D. Hawkes, R- Centerville, left, and Rep. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, talk behind Rep. Jon Stanard, empty chair, on the House floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Stanard has unexpectedly resigned from the Legislature. The Utah House ...
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) "We'll be broken for a while," said Karl Rove to the crowd at Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. "We're ... Still, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Thursday, the political discourse has been more “nasty and mean and vicious” in America's past than it is now. Trump ...
FILE - Delegates sit and listen at the beginning of the 2011 Republican State Convention Saturday, June 18, 2011 at South Towne Exposition Center. The Utah House voted down a bill Thursday that would have allowed political parties to stop candidates from participating both in the caucus and ...
Utah Rep. Jon Stanard, accused of meeting call girl for sex, used public money for hotel rooms. 290. Utah Rep. Jon Stanard, accused of meeting call girl for sex, used public. (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Jon Stanard, R-St. George, in the Utah House of Representatives, Wednesday, ...
Letter: Here's a bright spot in Utah politics — two Republicans want to acknowledge climate. (Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune File Photo) Poor air quality blankets the valley, obscuring visibility and increasing health concerns. By Anders Hart | The Public Forum. · January 29, 2018. While political discourse on the national level ...
Utah House GOP slaps at governor for refusing special session last year ... Utah House Republican leaders took a first slap Tuesday at Gov. ... If the attorney general declines to do so for any reason, it allows legislators to appeal directly to the Utah Supreme Court for an expedited review of the case.
“A lot of decisions, unfortunately, in political environments are made short term,” he said. “You have what we call the 'tyranny of the urgent.' Your phone is always ringing and somebody is always at your door asking for things. You sometimes don't have a chance to take a big step back and really think about ...
A poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics found that should Romney run, the Republican and former Massachusetts governor who now lives in Utah would handily win the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch. Friends say he's seriously considering a ...
Topping the news: The 2018 Utah Legislature began Monday, giving lawmakers 45 days to work through more than 1,200 bills. House Speaker Greg Hughes opened the session with a “call to arms” against opiate manufacturers that have contributed to Utah's opioid epidemic. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4] [Fox13] ...
... to me,” Stewart, Utah's only member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday on the Utah Senate floor. “When it comes to the politicalization of agencies like the FBI, the Department of Justice and frankly, in my opinion, worst of all, the CIA, where they've been turned into political operatives.


 

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