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3:01 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Crockett to Refund Campaign Dollars After Violation

The Salt Lake County Clerk’s office has requested Salt Lake County Mayoral Candidate Mark Crockett refund a portion of his campaign funds to his donors, following a decision that the republican violated campaign finance rules.

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9:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Immigration

The Utah Foundation's Utah Priorities Project is looking at the top issues identified by voters in this campaign.
Utah Foundation

The non-partisan Utah Foundation surveys voters every election cycle to find out what issues concern them most.  It's called the Utah Priorities Project, and KUER is presenting a series of programs examining these issues with the help of Foundation researchers.

Talk to the candidates and they'll have a list of issues that they say their constituents respond to.  But Utah Foundation President Steve Kroes says the Utah Priorities Project lets voters set their own agenda.

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4:27 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: U.S. - China Relations

New Dynamics in U.S. - China Relations

Quansheng Zhao, Professor of lnternational Relations & Director of the Center for Asian Studies, American University.

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9:44 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Jon Huntsman Appears in Salt Lake City

Jon Huntsman and his wife Mary Kaye talk to business leaders at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah's 25 Anniversary.
Andrea Smardon

Former Utah Governor and US Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman was back in Salt Lake City Thursday after a failed run for president.  He was the keynote speaker at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah’s 25 Anniversary celebration. 

Huntsman kept his comments focused on the path towards successful economic development in Utah and around the country.  But when the floor was opened for questions, Huntsman was asked – what is the single biggest issue in the election now?   He replied, money in politics.

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5:51 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums: U.S. - German Relations

His Excellency Peter Ammon, Ambassador to the United States for Germany.

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3:35 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Scott Howell: Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan Now

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Scott Howell vowed his support for the American military Wednesday saying the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is long overdue.

Howell pointed to the cost of the war in Afghanistan, both in American lives and in money, as he vowed to make sure all troops are withdrawn from the country as soon as possible. Howell even criticized President Barack Obama’s lack of action.

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2:57 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mark Crockett Announces Plan to Save County Money

Republican Salt Lake County Mayor Candidate Mark Crockett says his opponent’s proposal to make county government more efficient shows his lack of experience. Crockett laid out his plan today.

Last week, Crocket’s opponent Ben McAdams stood in a cul-de-sac in Sugar House to explain why it’s wasteful for Salt Lake City to plow one side of the road, while Salt Lake County plows the other. Crockett contrasted his plan with that of McAdams while standing in front of the Salt Lake County Public Works Building. He says McAdams obviously doesn’t know how public works, operate.

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Politics
11:32 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Jim Matheson Criticizes Mia Love's Fiscal Record as Mayor of Saratoga Springs

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson criticized fiscal decisions made by his opponent, Republican fourth congressional candidate Mia Love, Monday, as Mayor of Saratoga Springs.

During a press conference at his campaign headquarters in West Jordan, Matheson criticized Mia Love’s record of increasing taxes while Mayor of Saratoga Springs. He says it shows that her actions don’t match her campaign rhetoric of lowering taxes.

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Politics
1:39 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: The Importance of Boards and Commissions in State and Local Govt.

Sidney Fonnesbeck, Former Government Consultant, Salt Lake City Councilwoman (1980-1992)
Sheryl Ivey, Salt Lake County Director of Volunteer Services

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12:41 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum: Diversity and Social Capital: The Need to Increase Diversity i

Maria Chavez, Professor, Political Department, Pacific Lutheran University

Co-sponsored with the Master of Public Administration, Office of the Vice President for Equity and Diversity, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Utah Nonprofits Association

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Politics
3:23 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Herbert and Cooke Square Off in First Debate

Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic Candidate Peter Cooke face off in their first public debate.
Courtesy of the Peter Cooke for Governor Campaign

Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic Challenger Peter Cooke faced off in their first debate Friday.  The two men touted policy accomplishments and ideas concerning the state economy, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and federal control over public lands.  Herbert and Cooke also shared their differences on the future of Hill Air Force Base.  Cooke, a retired U.S. Army Major General, asserted that Hill could lose its vital maintenance mission to Tinker Air Force Base outside of Oklahoma City in the next Base Realignment and Closure round scheduled for 2015.

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1:47 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics Forum: U.S. - Peru Relations

Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums from the University of Utah

His Excellency Harold W. Forsyth, Ambassador to the United States for Peru.

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5:19 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: It's Even Worse Than It Looks

Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.

Thomas Mann, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution.
Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at American Enterprise Institute.

Mann and Ornstein are co-directors of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and have written a number of books together.

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5:00 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Switzerland and the United States, a partnership for Common Global C

Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah

Consul General Julius F. Anderegg, Consulate General of Switzerland

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4:46 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Sex Education, Utah PTA, and the Legislature 09-10-12

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5:22 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Condoleezza Rice in Utah to Stump for Mia Love

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice appeared with Republican Congressional candidate Mia Love at a fundraiser on Friday.
Salt Lake Tribune - pool photo

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Utah today stumping for 4th District congressional candidate Mia Love. Rice spoke during a fundraiser at Thanksgiving point, where she said the economy is in trouble.  

Rice told the audience that people across the country are feeling great anxiety about the economy, yet leaders in Washington continue to stall economic growth.

“If we can’t get control of our spending, if we keep borrowing money than nobody is going to look to America as the land of opportunity because frankly it won’t be," Rice said.

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3:24 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Matheson Warns Against Love's Proposed Cuts to Federal Grants for Local Law Enforcement

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson and Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder gathered in West Valley City Thursday to support federal grants for local law enforcement.

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2:02 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Howell Attends Democratic National Convention After Last Minute Invitation

votescotthowell.com

As the Democratic National Convention kicks off today in Charlotte, North Carolina, organizers didn’t expect any congressional candidates from Utah to come. But, Senate candidate Scott Howell is participating after a last minute invitation.

Howell wasn’t planning on attending the convention because of campaign issues back home. But when he was asked last weekend to be a panelist at the DNC’s Faith Council meeting, he felt compelled to attend.

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12:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Jim Matheson Puts Family Over Party, Won't Attend Democratic National Convention

Matheson For congress

Utah’s lone Democratic Congressman, Jim Matheson is not participating in his party’s national convention this week.

Last week Matheson’s opponent, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, but Congressman Matheson will be home this week when his party meets in Charlotte to nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden for re-election. Matheson says it’s more important for him to stay in Utah.

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12:24 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Howell: Renewable Energy is Homeland Security

Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Scott Howell was at the Olympus Hills Sinclair Gas Station today talking to voters about his energy plan.

Howell approached drivers as they pulled up to the gas pump and asked if they needed their windows washed, oil checked, or gas pumped. While helping out, he asked about concerns voters may have and broke down what his energy plan would look like if he defeats Republican incumbent Orrin Hatch. He says there is one key issue he’d like to see get more attention.

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10:08 am
Tue September 4, 2012

LDS Dems Head to Charlotte This Week For National Convention

This week some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are gathering at the Democratic National Convention to participate as an organized caucus. According to the Pew Research Center nearly three quarters of all Mormons in the country side with the Republican Party, but LDS Democrats hope their numbers will increase this week.

Crystal Young-Otterstrom  was at home last week getting ready for a trip to Charlotte while her young daughter Betty rocked side to side in a laundry basket behind her.

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4:12 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Congressman Jim Matheson 08-30-12

Congressional Update with Congressman Jim Matheson

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10:04 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Democratic 2nd Congressional District Candidate Jay Seegmiller Outlines His Job Plan

Jay Seegmiller, Utah’s Democratic Candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, outlined his plan for job creation and economic growth.

Seegmiller held a press conference where he broke down what he believes would be a solution for the nation’s economy. He says his 3-2-1 could create up to 3 million new jobs, add 2 trillion dollars in private investment capital and give tax incentives for companies that set up domestically. Seegmiller says his Republican opponent Chris Stewart has a plan that could further damage the economy.

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11:58 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Jim Matheson Speaks Out Against Opponent's Plan to Abolish U.S. Department of Education

Utah Congressman Jim Matheson spoke out today against his opponent Mia Love’s support for downsizing or abolishing the U-S Department of Education. The Democratic incumbent held a press conference at Salt Lake Community College.

Matheson brought along two University of Utah students to speak about the importance of college grants and loans, which come from the U-S Department of Education. The congressman told the crowd that if Mia Love had her way, those federal programs would cease to exist.

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11:56 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mia Love Speaks About The American Dream At GOP Convention

Saratoga Springs Mayor and Utah Congressional Candidate Mia Love took the stage last night at the GOP National Convention.

A video montage showcasing Love as a mayor and mother preceded her speech. Her speech was brief. Love spoke for just under four minutes, but she quickly invoked the story of her Haitian immigrant parents and what they taught her about American values.

"So the America I grew up knowing was centered in self-reliance and filled with the possibilities of living the American dream," she says.

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5:47 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Peter Cooke Slams Health Care Compact A Week After Its Chief Sponsor Suggests Same Changes

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke criticized Utah’s involvement in a multi-state plan to take over the administration of Medicare but some key republicans also think that’s a bad idea.

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4:01 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Hatch Steers Clear of Debates For Now

Utah candidates running for the U-S Senate race hoped to debate GOP incumbent Orrin Hatch on Tuesday night in Bountiful. What they got instead was an empty chair and a name plate labeled Orrin Hatch. A spokesperson for the Hatch campaign says the Senator will hold off on debates for the time being.

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12:17 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Senator Orrin Hatch Skips Debate

Senator Orrin Hatch was absent from last night’s U.S. Senate Debate in Bountiful, where Democratic Candidate Scott Howell challenged the 36 year incumbent to defend his record.

Howell, Independent Senate Candidate Bill Barron, Constitution party candidate Shaun McCausland debated social security reform, the nation’s debt ceiling and a constitutional amendment requiring congress to pass a budget, and trade. McCausland argued the U.S. can easily avoid outsourcing jobs caused by free trade policies.

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5:32 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Matheson Endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Rep. Jim Matheson accepts an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Terry Gildea

Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson got an enthusiastic endorsement from the U-S Chamber of Commerce Tuesday . The organization is launching a voter education initiative to support pro-business candidates.  

The Chamber supports small business and the organization is endorsing lawmakers during this election season that vote at least seventy percent of the time in favor of their issues.  Rob Engstrom is the national political director for the Chamber.  He says Matheson has voted with his group nearly eighty percent of the time.

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3:56 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Winder, Hatch Raise Funds for Crockett Campaign

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch spent their Friday afternoon in Salt Lake City fund raising for Mark Crockett, the Republican nominee for Salt Lake County Mayor and also Winder's former opponent in the primary election. Crockett, a former Salt Lake County Councilman now faces Democratic Senator Ben McAdams in the race to replace Democrat Peter Corroon, who is retiring.

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