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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. 

Utah Foundation

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.

Brian Grimmett

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.


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.

Brian Grimmett

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

Brian Grimmett

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.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Republican Party’s lawsuit over possible changes to the caucus convention system could soon be resolved as a federal judge is poised to modify the law known as SB54.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Courts are not doing a great job at facilitating people’s Sixth Amendment Rights. That’s according to a new report by the Utah Judicial Council and the Sixth Amendment Center.

The federal judge overseeing the Utah Republican Party’s lawsuit challenging the state’s new election law known as SB54 has ordered them to hire a second attorney to help them better meet the court’s deadlines.

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A federal judge heard arguments today over whether or not he should grant Planned Parenthood a preliminary injunction that would prevent the state from cutting off some of their funding until after the case has been heard in court.

Ambassador Pinzòn

The Colombian Ambassador to the United States is in Utah participating in Congressman Chris Stewart’s conference on America’s Role in the World. The ambassador is on a mission to change perceptions of his fast growing country.

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.

Courtesy: / House Speaker John Boehner's office

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.

Whittney Evans

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.

Whittney Evans

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.

Brian Grimmett

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.

Brian Grimmett

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.

Brian Grimmett

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.