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to the cost of the war in Afghanistan, both in American lives and in money, as he vowed to make sure all troops are withdrawn from the country as soon as possible.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State House and Senate leaders told the Utah Democratic Party yesterday, they will have to pay more than nine thousand dollars if they want to see the remaining redistricting documents they asked for in a GRAMA request. The party had requested a fee waiver based on the argument that release of the records was primarily in the public interest. But the Legislative Records committee rejected the Party’s request for a fee waiver in a 3 to 1 vote. House Democratic leader David Litvack voted against his own party, saying the request primarily benefits the political interests of Democrats.
The latest GOP national figure showed up in Utah Thursday night to support Saratoga Springs Mayor and congressional candidate Mia Love. Arizona Senator and former Presidential hopeful John McCain rallied with Love in West Valley City.
Close to three hundred people gathered in the amphitheater outside the Utah Cultural Celebration Center to see what McCain had to say about the GOP candidate in the state’s fourth congressional district. The Senator broke the ice with a few jokes about his failed presidential bid in 2008 and then offered his support to Love.
For the past year, the Utah Judicial Council has been looking into two rule changes that could increase the media’s video access to courts and permit the use of electronic devices within the courtroom.