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Democratic State Senator Jim Dabakis is in Washington D.C. this week and will be meeting with White House officials on Friday to give his unique perspective on public lands.

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Members of Congress might have been a little apprehensive going into Pope Francis’ speech Thursday because of the Catholic leader’s recent comments on issues that have been divisive in Washington. But at least a few members of Utah’s delegation to Congress were pleased with the historic address.

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Jackie Biskupski wants to make Salt Lake City a more friendly place to do business. The mayoral candidate unveiled her economic development plan on Tuesday.

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Local labor union leaders came out in support of Jackie Biskupski for Salt Lake City Mayor this morning. Many complained of not getting enough face time with current Mayor Ralph Becker.

The political parties involved in a lawsuit against SB54 are once again attempting to find a settlement with the state, this time using a mediator.

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Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans is accusing Republican State Senator Todd Weiler of encouraging some donors to stop giving money to the party. Weiler denies those allegations, but the incident is a very public representation of a divide that’s growing among members of the Utah GOP over how the party chooses its candidates.

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Marriage and family therapist Dr. Jonathan Swinton announced his run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. He filed with the Federal Elections Commission Monday as a Democrat.

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A long-time spokesperson for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has been placed on paid administrative leave for making political statements under a pseudonym on the comment section of the Salt Lake Tribune’s website.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the National Governors Association’s new leader, talked Monday about his goals for the group in the year ahead.

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Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow pleaded not guilty to public corruption charges Monday setting the stage for a jury trial next year.

Democratic State Representative Patrice Arent wants to put more restrictions on how county candidates can spend campaign money.

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Utah Democrat Doug Owens announced online today that he will once again take on Mia Love for Utah’s 4th congressional district seat in 2016.

President Barack Obama has announced that the United States has reached a deal with Iran that will prevent the country from obtaining a nuclear weapon. But Utah’s congressional delegation believes it will have the opposite effect.

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A political advocacy group’s attempt to put term limits on positions that the governor appoints has encountered a roadblock.

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Mark Shurtleff’s appearance in third district court on Monday was brief, as he pleaded not guilty to all seven charges brought against him. Shurtleff is accused of accepting prohibited gifts, bribery, and obstructing justice during his time as Attorney General.

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The Utah Legislature is beginning to take a look at how to address the potential plurality issue in primary elections.

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Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings has dropped all bribery charges against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

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The Utah Democratic Party held their state convention on Saturday and delegates have chosen to become a qualified political party.

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Members of the Utah Republican Party’s state central committee have made the decision to move forward and comply with election changes made by SB54.

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The annual Utah Taxpayers Association conference is always heavily attended by state legislators and important policy makers and that means it’s also a great way to figure out what Utah’s most pressing budget and tax issues will be for the coming year.

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Prosecutors are accusing John Swallow of yet another crime in the corruption case against Utah’s former attorney general. 

In the amended filing made Wednesday in Third District Court, prosecutors with the Salt Lake County Attorney’s office added money laundering to the list of alleged crimes committed by John Swallow. The charges now total 14.

The Utah Democratic Party says they won’t be holding a presidential primary in 2016. Instead of holding a presidential primary, the Utah Democratic Party has decided to poll its members during their neighborhood caucus meetings in March of 2016.

A federal judge has denied an injunction against the controversial election reform law known as SB54.

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Former Republican State Representative Carl Wimmer says tension often exists between Utah lawmakers’ political ideologies and their affiliation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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It’s official, President Obama is finally coming to Utah. He’s expected to fly into Hill Air Force Base where he will give a speech on the economy. Utah is only one of two states that Mr. Obama has not yet visited as president. 

Women planning to run for political office in Utah have an opportunity to get some spring training Saturday. The organization Real Women Run is offering a day of workshops for those working on their campaigns. The training comes at a time when the number of elected female leaders in the state is dwindling.

The legislature ended at midnight last night, and less than 6 hours later I’m on the road to get out of the state as quickly as possible. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide.

To recap the session, here’s a quick list of what the legislature did…and didn’t do.

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The Utah Republican Party’s attempts to delay the County My Vote compromise did not survive the legislative session.

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For a bill to become law the Senate, the House, and the Governor all have to give their approval. But even with a Republican super-majority in the Utah legislature, that process often encounters obstacles.

Week six was the most eventful of the legislature thus far, but somehow much of the hotly contested bills still have a ways to go before reaching the Governor’s desk.