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Some of the quote “biggest losers” in the proposed GOP tax plan gathered in Salt Lake City to rally against the bill. Large families, college students and disabled vets say they’ll bear the brunt of the cuts.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch and Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown got into an angry exchange Thursday night after Brown accused Republicans of protecting the rich in their new tax plan.

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Utah’s newly elected Republican Congressman, John Curtis, has begun his first week in Washington D.C. representing the 3rd District. So far, he says it's already been a busy few days.

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Republican state lawmaker Dan Hemmert was reading headlines about Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat last month that worried him.

Four incumbent mayors in Salt Lake County will be out of the job, if unofficial election results hold. KUER spoke to two of the new mayors-elect who will replace them.

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The special election to replace former Congressman Jason Chaffetz is in the rear-view mirror. Now state lawmakers are looking ahead to making changes to the way special races are conducted in the future… should another vacancy occur.

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It's election day in Utah. More than 400 municipal races will be decided Tuesday night, in addition to ballot questions and bond referendums. 

Temple & State: A Proposed Series From KUER

Nov 3, 2017
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KUER's Lee Hale talks with former state lawmaker Steve Urquhart, who unpacks what the Mormon Church's influence looks like at the Utah Capitol. He explains how the Church weighs in on legislation, from water rights to civil rights, and why they haven't lost a battle yet. 

Utah's Municipal Election Turnout Lags

Nov 3, 2017
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On Tuesday November 7th, Utahns around the state will have a chance to vote in local elections. It’s also the time to fill former Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s seat in the 3rd Congressional District. So far, turnout of mail-in ballots is low.

Hatch Retirement Rumors Heat Up Again

Oct 27, 2017
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Sen. Orrin Hatch retirement rumors are heating up again, and this time it could be a question of when, not if Utah's senior senator plans to step aside.

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Will medical marijuana become legal in Utah next year? Early polling suggests wide support for a proposed medical cannabis ballot initiative.

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Frustrations from Salt Lake County Republicans over the drawn-out investigation into former recorder Gary Ott’s aides is now turning into political back-and-forth.

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The future of a limited Medicaid expansion in Utah is in question after the departure of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

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Anyone who follows Utah politics or the hashtag #utpol on Twitter knows Republican state Sen. Todd Weiler. He freely admits he can be pretty sarcastic online. He pokes fun at liberals, current events and his tortured love of BYU football.

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Jon Huntsman Jr. says it’s imperative that the U.S. and Russia repair their bilateral relationship — and the sooner the better. The newly tapped ambassador to Russia spoke during a ceremonial swearing-in at the Utah State Capitol on Saturday.  

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Provocative commentator Ben Shapiro told a crowd at the University of Utah that he thinks it’s pathetic college campuses have to beef up security when conservatives come to speak. Shapiro’s lecture took place amid heightened political tensions on campuses across the country.

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College campuses across the country are wrestling over the limits of free speech in a politically divisive era. Conservative author Ben Shapiro’s lecture on Wednesday will test the University of Utah’s own reputation as a place where diverse points of view are welcome.  

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Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. is finally getting a confirmation hearing for the position of U.S. ambassador to Russia. 

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Francisco Juarez was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when he was six months old. He's now a senior at the University of Utah. He's also one of nearly 10,000 undocumented immigrants in the state who benefit from the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA.

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President Trump is addressing the nation Monday night, beginning at 7:00 PM MST, on U.S. engagement and "the path forward" in Afghanistan and South Asia. Senior U.S. officials tell NPR that the president is expected to order about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. 

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Utah Democratic Party Delegates chose Daisy Thomas as their new party chair at Saturday’s organization convention.

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Listen live on KUER to NPR special coverage from 12:30 - 3PM MST.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open hearing on Tuesday, June 13th. 

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A new ballot initiative is in the works to address redistricting in Utah. The proposal would create an independent commission to advise the legislature on the process.

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Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies.

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Listen live on KUER to NPR special coverage from 8am to 11am MST. Please note that RadioWest and Here & Now will not be aired on June 8th due to this special coverage.

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago.

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The Utah Republican Party has chosen new leadership. Delegates ousted two-term chair James Evans and elected Rob Anderson at Saturdays GOP organizing convention.

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Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in 2018. He’s returning to the private sector after eight years representing Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution Monday that reaffirms state leader’s resolve to guard the civil liberties and freedoms of all Americans, including legal immigrants and refugees.

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage gathered for separate rallies Tuesday night at the state Capitol. Both sides said fundamental values are at stake. 

Mark Lawrence says supporters of same-sex marriage believe in the same family values as opponents. Lawrence is founder of Restore Our Humanity, and that group brought the lawsuit that overturned Utah’s Amendment 3 that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. He told those at an anti-

  discrimination rally that prejudice against gays and lesbians is no way to give children a healthy, loving start.

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