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4:24 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Utah GOP Claims There's Not Enough Time to Implement SB54

File: Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Republican Party is now saying that they don’t have enough time to make the changes called for in the County My Vote compromise legislation, known as SB54.

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans says SB54 does not give his party long enough to change its bylaws and constitution to fit the new definition of a qualified political party.

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4:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Democrats Defend Count My Vote Compromise Amid GOP Lawsuit

State Senator Jim Dabakis, Representative Mark Wheatley and Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon respond to the Republican Party's lawsuit against the state over Senate Bill 54.

Utah Democrats stand behind a 2014 law that amends the state’s caucus and convention system. Meanwhile, the Republican Party has filed a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality.

Senate Bill 54 was a last minute compromise between Democrats, Republicans and representatives of the County My Vote initiative. It preserves Utah’s caucus and convention system and provides an alternative path for candidates to get their names on the primary election ballot.

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4:38 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Utah GOP to File Lawsuit Challenging SB54

File: Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans speaks at the state party convention
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Utah State Republican Party are filing a lawsuit challenging the legality of  SB 54. The legislation passed this year changes the state’s caucus/convention system for nominating political candidates.

In a statement sent to KUER, Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans says the lawsuit should be seen as a friendly attempt to clarify the Constitutional boundaries between the state and political parties. He argues that the state should not be able to tell individual political parties how to elect their candidates.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Count My Vote Co-Founder Worried Legislature Will Gut Election Reforms

A leader of the Count My Vote initiative says he’s concerned the legislature is positioning itself to destroy the intent of a compromise bill, known as SB 54, passed during the last legislative session.

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2:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Democrats Lose Three Close Legislative Races

Utah House of Representatives
Dan Bammes

  Democrats in Utah’s state House of Representatives are choosing new leaders at a meeting Wednesday evening.  The minority party lost three close races Tuesday when the final vote tallies were announced.

One of the Republicans who won a hard-fought race is former State Representative Fred Cox, who defeated Democrat Mike Lee in District 30 in West Valley City.  The margin was just 47 votes.  Cox said his opponent was gracious when the results were announced.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Vote-By-Mail Option a Success in Davis County

Davis County Elections Manager Brian McKenzie talks to media about election results.
Whittney Evans

Davis County voters were more informed and engaged during this mid-term election than in past years according to one Davis County Election Official.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Hughes Chosen as Utah House Speaker

State Representative Greg Hughes (R-Draper)
Utah House of Representatives

  State Representative Greg Hughes will be the new Speaker of the House when the legislature begins its work in January.

Hughes represents District 51 in Draper.  The 60 Republicans in the House met Thursday evening and picked Hughes over two other candidates, Representatives Brad Dee of Ogden and Mel Brown from Coalville.

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Politics
7:37 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

5 Utah Counties Initiate HB 156 Election-Day Voter Registration

Credit File: laschoolreport.com

Voters in five counties in Utah are able to register at their polling locations today under a pilot program.

Salt Lake County is one of the five that applied for the Election-Day Voter Registration Pilot Project through the Lieutenant Governor’s Office. Sherrie Swensen is the County Clerk.

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Politics
4:28 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

LDS Democrats Kick off Billboard Campaign to Rope in New Members

LDS Democrats

LDS Democrats, the largest caucus in the Utah Democratic Party has a launched a new billboard campaign aimed at Mormon swing-voters.

The billboards focus on education, poverty and LDS scripture. One billboard criticizes Utah’s position in the nation for per pupil spending in public education. It reads quote, “Our children deserve better than last place.” End quote.

One billboard states simply Mosiah 4, referring to the LDS scripture that State Representative and Mormon Democrat Brian King says highlights the churches’ focus on service, giving and reserving judgment. 

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Politics
8:15 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

2nd Congressional District Candidates React to President Obama's Speech

President Barack Obama committed U.S. support to fighting and pursuing members of the terrorist group ISIS during a nationally broadcast speech Wednesday night. Now candidates in Utah’s 2nd Congressional district are responding to the speech.

Republican Representative Chris Stewart says while he wishes the president would have acted sooner, he’s relieved Obama has finally gotten serious about confronting the growth of ISIS.

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Politics
12:09 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Sen. Harry Reid's Name Removed from SUU Center

U.S Senator Harry Reid speaks at a convocation at Southern Utah University, September 1, 2011
Asher Swan, SUUNews.com

  The name of U.S. Senator Harry Reid disappeared from a doorway at Southern Utah University last week, thanks in part to objections from community leaders in Cedar City.

Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada attended Southern Utah University as a young man, and he was pleased when SUU decided to name a campus program in his honor.  But no funds have been raised for the Harry Reid Center, so the program was merged with the existing Center for Outdoor Engagement.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Millard Primary Election Goes to Utah Supreme Court

Results from the official canvass of the primary election in Millard County, Utah

  The Republican primary election for a seat on the Millard County Commission could be decided by the Utah Supreme Court.  State election officials are asking for a quick ruling in the case.

Election night returns on June 24th showed Jim Dyer defeating incumbent County Commissioner Jim Withers by one vote.  But the official canvass a few weeks later gave Withers the victory by five votes.  Dyer then sued Withers in 4th District Court to challenge the results of the election.  But Mark Thomas, who oversees elections in the lieutenant governor’s office, says that was a mistake.

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Politics
1:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

State May Intervene In Millard County Election Case

Millard County Courthouse, Fillmore, Utah
Bob Weston

  The state of Utah may intervene in a lawsuit challenging the results of a primary election in Millard County.  A court decision last Friday raises a number of issues that aren’t addressed by Utah’s current law.

The initial count of votes in the June 24th Republican primary for a seat on the Millard County Commission showed the incumbent candidate, James Withers, losing to Jim Dyer by one vote.  A second count showed Withers winning by five votes.

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Politics
6:10 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Teachers Back McAleer in 1st District; Both Candidates Raise Campaign Cash

Democrat is expected to announce two, big endorsements on Tuesday -- from the National Education Association and the Utah Education Association -- in her campaign to unseat Rep. Rob Bishop, R-1st District.
Credit Courtesy: / Donna McAleer

The democratic challenger vying for Utah’s 1st district congressional seat hopes two big endorsements will help her unseat the incumbent in November. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports.

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Politics
4:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

FEC Complaint Names Senator Mike Lee for Alleged Campaign Violations

Brian Grimmett

Alliance for a Better UTAH has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, asking the FEC to investigate allegations that Utah Senator Mike Lee violated election laws.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Democrat Charles Stormont Calls for Reform as He Kicks Off His Campaign for Attorney General

Democratic Attorney General Candidate Charles Stormont
Brian Grimmett

Democratic Utah Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont officially launched his campaign today with a call for real reform in the office.

Charles Stormont says as a recent employee in the Attorney General’s office he can say with confidence that Sean Reyes hasn’t done enough to fix the problems in the office left over from former AG John Swallow.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

AG Sean Reyes Reorganizes Office

File: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has reorganized several positions in his office over the past month, including demoting several Division Chiefs. 

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Politics
2:02 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Senator Orrin Hatch Delivers Memorial Day Message to Woods Cross Crowd

Republican US Senator Orrin Hatch reminds Woods Cross residents of the importance of remembering fallen soldiers. He asks citizens to honor their fight for freedom by voting.
Credit Bob Nelson

Republican US Senator Orrin Hatch delivered the keynote address for the Memorial Day celebration in Woods Cross Monday. Senator Hatch stepped to the podium following the Woods Cross Men’s Chorus singing a song Hatch co-wrote with Janice Kapp-Perry called “I Love Old Glory.” He recalled his emotions while standing at the grave site of General George Patton in Luxembourg where 5-thousand American soldiers are buried.

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5:38 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Dabakis Hopes DC Trip Will Help Save the Tribune

Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis is leading an effort to salvage the financial future of the Salt Lake Tribune and next month he’ll be taking his message to Washington, DC. 

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5:48 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Love, Owens Spar in 4th District Debate

Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens debate key issues Tuesday at the Utah Taxpayers Association conference.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Utah’s 4th Congressional District race is expected to be one of the hottest in the November elections, and the top candidates met Tuesday for their first debate at a Utah Taxpayers Association conference.

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Politics
11:42 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Lifferth Apologizes for Racist Tweets

Representative David Lifferth

State Representative David E. Lifferth is publicly apologizing for saying the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a racist organization. The Utah County Republican made his initial remarks on Twitter, then used his blog late Thursday to make his apology and announce he had deleted the offensive tweets.  In his statement he called his tweets a joke and said they were insensitive to others.

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6:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Law Professor: Race Still Uncomfortable to Discuss

Emily Chiang started the S.J. Quinney School of Law's specialized Civil Rights Clinic. She says race is an issue many people think American have conquered racism but it troubles them enough to keep talking about it.
Credit S.J. Quinney School of Law / University of Utah

The conversation about race has heated up this week in Utah and throughout the nation.

Civil Rights expert Emily Chiang, associate professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, says it’s a sign that America still isn’t the color-blind society many claim it is.

Chiang runs the law school’s civil rights clinic, and she says people are talking about race so much because they’re conflicted about it.

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Politics
11:23 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Owens Says He's a Good Democrat for 4th District Election Race

Doug Owens asks to be the Democratic nominee for the 2014 race in the 4th congressional district.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Utah Democrats in the 4th Congressional District chose Doug Owens  to run against Republican Mia Love.

Owens says he’s ready to take on Love in November. The 4th District already knows Mia Love from her 2012 race against Democrat Jim Matheson, who’s retiring after this term. Owens contends his Republican opponent is courting the national GOP, while his views are more in line with 4th District voters.

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11:15 am
Sun April 27, 2014

McAleer Wins Democratic Nomination in 1st Congressional District

Donna McAleer (under placard) poses for a group selfie with supporters Saturday after winning her party's nomination to challenge Republican Rob Bishop in the 1st District.
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

Democrats had a convention contest to see who would would get the chance to try unseating Republican Congressman Rob Bishop in the 1st Congressional District.

And now Donna McAleer is looking forward to a rematch against Bishop. She said she’s got much more ammunition against the incumbent in the two years since their last faceoff. McAleer says congressional bickering and Bishop’s role in the government shutdown last fall are good campaign issues in the 1st District.

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10:25 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Democrat Luz Robles Will Challenge Congressman Stewart in 2nd District

Fellow Democrats congratulate Luz Robles. (April 26. 2014)
Andrea Smardon KUER

Utah Congressman Christ Stewart will face Democrat Luz Robles in the upcoming November election. Robles had no Democratic competitors for the District 2 nomination, leaving her free to focus on her Republican opponent. 

At the convention, Luz Robles acknowledged that running for Congress as a working mother, a state senator, and a Democrat would be an uphill battle.

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10:10 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Utah Democrats Choose Peter Corroon for Party Chair

Peter Corroon addresses the Utah Democratic Convention. (April 26, 2014)
Andrea Smardon KUER

Utah Democrats elected former Salt Lake County mayor Peter Corroon as their new party chair over the weekend. Both Corroon and his opponent Richard Davis emphasized the need to recruit more Democrats outside of Salt Lake valley.

BYU political science professor Richard Davis was chair of the Democratic Party in conservative stronghold Utah County for four years.

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8:13 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

GOP Delegates Rail Against Count My Vote Compromise

GOP delegates passed a resolution at Saturday’s state convention to defend the caucus and convention system. The issue likely forced one incumbent Senator into a primary election.

By a show of hands, delegates opposed changes the state legislature made this year to the nominating process – a compromise between supporters of the Count My Vote initiative, who want a direct primary election and backers of the caucus and convention system. But delegates like Michael Willson, say it violates the right of the party to exercise political speech.

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7:34 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Congressmen Bishop, Stewart Win GOP Nominations

Congressman Rob Bishop speaks with a delegate at the Utah Republican Convention
Dan Bammes

  The Republicans who represent Utah’s 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts easily won their party’s nominations at Saturday’s state convention.

Congressman Rob Bishop is running for a seventh term.  He says his ambition is to stay there.

“I have never seriously wanted to be a U.S. Senator," Bishop told convention delegates.  Because I am committed to the House.  I am invested in the House.  I want to be effective in the House.  The only problem is, that means every two years I have to come and ask you for your vote again.”

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7:00 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Democrat Brian Wonnacott has "Toughest Climb Ever" for 3rd Congressional Seat

Software engineer Brian Wonnacott ran unopposed for the Democratic seat in the 3rd Congressional District against Republican incumbent Jason Chaffetz Saturday. The avid outdoorsman says he regularly climbs Mount Olympus and Grandeur Peak. In asking delegates for their vote, Wonnacott expressed his realistic view of his campaign.

“I’ve climbed Mt. Rainier and Kilimanjaro and now I hope to climb the highest mountain of all, the bureaucracy of the US Government,” say Wonnacott.

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6:40 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Democrat Charles Stormont's Run at AG's Seat Official After State Convention

Democratic Candidate for Attorney General Charles Stormont gets strong endorsement from Representative Patrice Arent in her nominating speech Saturday.
Credit Judy Fahys

Charles Stormont will be the Democratic candidate for Attorney General. He’s been working in the Attorney General’s office since 2008. He ran uncontested at the Democratic Convention. Following an impassioned nomination speech by Representative Patrice Arent, Stormont declared his stand against Amendment 3.

“It is time for an attorney general who will not play politics with Utah families,” says Stormont.

He says he doesn’t question the character of his opponent, Sean Reyes.

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