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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.

Lawmakers have been talking for weeks about how to spend taxpayer dollars. Now they are drawing up priority lists in hopes of snagging some of the state’s $5 billion budget for their favorite projects.


Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation largely praised President Trump’s decision to launch a sudden airstrike on a Syrian airfield Thursday night.

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To hear Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch tell it, Democrats’ filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is an unprecedented maneuver that goes beyond the pale.  

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On Tuesday Utah’s congressional delegation voted to repeal an Obama-era regulation preventing internet providers from tracking and sharing citizens’ personal information. That has one Utah privacy advocate worried. 

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On Thursday night, a jury acquitted former Utah Attorney General John Swallow on nine counts that included charges of bribery, obstruction of justice, falsifying government documents and misuse of public funds.

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On Tuesday Governor Herbert spoke with reporters about meeting with President Trump and Vice President Pence during the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address. Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care. NPR will have a transcript of Beshear’s remarks and journalists across the NPR newsroom will also be annotating his remarks.

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President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

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Lawmakers in Utah’s Republican-controlled Legislature are excited to have new allies in Washington on a key issue: getting the federal government to shift power to states.

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As Donald Trump was sworn in as president Friday morning, students at the University of Utah were gathered around a TV in the student union building. Many of them watching an inauguration for the first time.

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Two Mormon apostles will attend Trump’s presidential inauguration next week. Elders Todd Christofferson and Gary Stevenson continue a tradition that goes back more than a century.

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Term limits are once again a hot topic in Utah ever since Sen. Orrin Hatch began hinting that he may run for an eighth term in 2018.

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Utah has made slight progress in the number of women in politics over the past two years, but a new study says there’s still work to be done.

Medical Aid In Dying Bill To Return in 2017 Session

Dec 29, 2016
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For the third year in a row, Democratic State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck is sponsoring a bill focused on medical aid in dying for people with terminal illnesses. 

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A survey published on Tuesday from UtahPolicy.com asked whether Utahns would support President-Elect Donald Trump’s proposal to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records.


As the Democratic and Republican parties drift further toward opposite ends of the political spectrum, some disaffected voters are looking for middle ground.

Lawmaker Seeks To Soften Redistricting Rules

Dec 21, 2016
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Redistricting: it’s the process of defining the boundaries of voting districts and it can be politically contentious. A new law in the upcoming legislative session is trying to take some of the politics out of the process. 

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As head of the powerful House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says he can investigate anything at any time.

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On Wednesday a discussion took place at the World Trade Center Utah about the economic impact of a Trump Administration on the state. 

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The Salt Lake County Council is meeting tonight to finalize steps in the Pay for Success program. It’s part of Mayor Ben McAdams’ effort to reduce homelessness and deal with criminal justice issues in the county.

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Utah’s 3rd District Representative, Republican Jason Chaffetz, says he won't use his House Oversight Committee to go after Donald Trump’s potential business conflicts — at least not yet.

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is one of a handful of legislators backing a sweeping criminal justice reform bill in Congress. But with a new administration comes concerns over the bill’s future, which Lee and others would still like to see passed.

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She calls herself a right-wing conservative, but Janalee Tobias immersed herself in liberal social media this fall. Now she says she understands better how the political climate has gotten so tense.

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A group of business and community leaders in Utah have come together to advocate for what they’re calling “responsible” immigration reform.

 

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In his first post-election interview, President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to act fast to deport 2-3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal histories. That has some immigration groups wondering what Trump’s policies could mean locally.

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People throughout Salt Lake City are rallying to protest the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.

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