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Congresswoman Mia Love spent time at the Utah State Capitol on Friday touting her accomplishments during her first year in office.

The 2016 Utah Legislative session has begun and while week one saw little work on actual bills, it did see an overabundance of speeches. KUER’s Brian Grimmett has the full recap in this Week’s View From the Gallery.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted the state’s economy and recent growth in education funding during his annual State of the State speech from the Capitol on Wednesday night.

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The 2016 session of the Utah Legislature began on Monday. Listen to some of the sounds of the opening day from the State Capitol.

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Governor Gary Herbert weighed in on several topics expected to be debated during the upcoming legislative session during his monthly news conference on KUED.

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Democratic members of the Utah House of Representatives laid out what they hope to accomplish during the 2016 legislative session at a press conference Wednesdayat the state capitol.

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Several candidates running for state offices in 2016 have begun gathering signatures in an effort to get on their party’s primary election ballot. But the process is far from settled as the Utah Republican Party has filed yet another lawsuit in federal court challenging the law that allows the alternative petition route.

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A Utah Republican Senator is working on a bill to back out of a deal that would allow Salt Lake City to increase the sales tax. The agreement was a consolation for the city in which the new prison would be relocated.

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Former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is on a mission to ensure the Utah House District where he lives remains in Republican control. His plan: oust the GOP incumbent.

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Utah political leaders are condemning President Barack Obama’s executive action on gun safety. The President outlined the details Tuesday. 

A federal judge has ruled that, for now, Utah can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.

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The head of a charter school consulting firm was selected by Republican delegates Wednesday to fill the District 10 State Senate seat of Aaron Osmond.

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Governor Gary Herbert has selected David Damschen as the state’s new treasurer. 

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A group of retired community activists has unveiled their latest blueprint for making Utah a better place to live.

The nonpartisan Utah Citizens Counsel has assumed the role of a council of sages with deep community ties.

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The Utah State Records Committee has ruled in favor of a Salt Lake Tribune reporter seeking records about San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman from the Utah Attorney General’s office.

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Governor Gary Herbert has released his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2017 totaling $14.8 billion dollars. 

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Political blogger and former Utah House member Holly Richardson announced Tuesday she is looking to fill the District 14 seat in the State Senate.

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Utah Legislators will have a lot of new money to play with next year, but most of those dollars are already spoken for.

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Friends and family of the late Governor Olene Walker gathered to pay their respects at a viewing at the Utah State Capitol Thursday.

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Voter turnout in Utah has been on the decline for more than a decade. A new study from the Utah Foundation takes a look at why that might be happening.

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A federal judge has ruled that Utah cannot force political parties to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections. But the ruling doesn’t apply to the Utah Democratic Party.

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A dispute over the interpretation of Utah’s election laws has resulted in the Lt. Governor’s office sending several letters aimed at clarifying their position.

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Former Salt Lake County Councilman Randy Horiuchi died on Thursday. Horiuchi spent most of his life serving in political positions. Until late last year, he was a member of the Salt Lake County Council. He had also served as the chairman of the Utah Democratic party. 

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A new report from the non-profit Utah Foundation shows that despite an improving economy, Utahns feel their quality of life is about the same is it was two years ago.

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The Assembly of State Legislatures ended their three-day meeting in Salt Lake City on Friday without taking a final vote on a draft of rules for a Constitutional Convention.

Salt Lake County democratic delegates elected Lynn Hemingway Wednesday night to return to the Utah House of Representatives. He will finish out the term of embattled former State Representative Justin Miller, who resigned last month after pleading guilty to communications fraud. Hemingway says he hopes his re-election to the seat will allow his district to move forward.

“It’s been a rough, rough year and one of the reasons that drove me to run is I felt like District 40 wasn’t represented at all in the past year,” Hemingway says.

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Salt Lake County Democrats will decide tonight who will replace former Utah State Representative Justin Miller.

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State legislators from around the country will convene in Salt Lake City starting Wednesday to draw up rules for what is known as an Article V convention.

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Governor Gary Herbert has nominated Judge John Pearce to fill the vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court.

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The conflict over Utah’s new election law continues to rage, even after a federal judge ruled that most of the law is constitutional. The next step in the fight is likely a special legislative session.

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