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10:22 am
Tue August 21, 2012

State Democratic Party Denied Fee Waiver Request For Redistricting Documents

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.

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10:57 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Senator John McCain Stumps for Mia Love

Arizona Senator John McCain shows support for Utah congressional candidate Mia Love at a rally in West Valley City Thursday night.
Terry Gildea

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.

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3:36 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Cooke Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke called a press conference today, to respond to the National Democratic Party’s recently updated platform.

“I do not support gay marriage," Cooke said.

That’s where he said he differs from the National Democratic Parties political platform, which endorsed same-message marriage in its proposed platform over the weekend.

“However, I strongly believe that no one should be discriminated against on any grounds, especially in the workplace and in housing," he said.

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1:58 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Utah Courts Could Become More Open to Media, Public

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.

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5:15 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Lawmakers Postpone Decision on Redistricting Records: Documents Remain Hidden in Boxes

State Senate President Michael Waddoups and Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis share a word during a recess of the Legislative Records Committee.
Andrea Smardon

Two bins of documents related to Utah’s controversial redistricting process remain hidden from the public.  That’s mainly because Utah’s Democratic Party is refusing to pay thousands of dollars to let them go.  The legislature’s Records Committee put off a decision Monday on whether to waive the fee for the records request.  The committee decided it needs more information to determine whether the request primarily serves the public or the Democratic party. 

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5:20 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Utah Special Interest Groups Voice Concerns About ALEC

Special interest groups from Utah and other states gathered Thursday to voice their concerns over the corporate-lobbyist group, ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is currently hosting their 39th annual conference in Salt Lake City through Saturday.

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4:12 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Salt Lake County Republicans Announce Support For Ben McAdams

Republicans leaders from various parts of Salt Lake County met in Murray today to announce their support for Ben McAdams, the Democratic candidate for Salt Lake County Mayor.

The announcement comes just two weeks after Republican candidate, Mark Crockett, officially defeated primary opponent Mike Winder to become the GOP candidate. Mayors of Sandy, West Jordan, Riverton and Taylorsville were just a few on hand to show their support. Mayor Russ Wall of Taylorsville says, unlike Crockett, McAdams represents the best chance to bring both parties in Salt Lake County together.

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9:53 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Conservative Group ALEC Comes to Salt Lake, Draws Criticism

This week the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC, will hold its four day conference at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. But the group isn't without those who oppose their agenda and plan to protest the meeting.

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2:01 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Cooke Offers Plan to Increase Service, Decrease Student Loan Debt

In honor of Pioneer day, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke has introduced new policy initiatives that focus on community service and helping college graduates pay off student loans.  Cooke presented his plan this morning at This is The Place Heritage Park, where Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake Valley one hundred and sixty five years ago.

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10:51 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Democratic Representative Withdraws Membership from ALEC

A state Representative from Price has withdrawn her membership from the American Legislative Exchange Council – known as ALEC - just before the group convenes in Salt Lake City next week.  Democrat Christine Watkins says the goals of the conservative Council no longer align with the values of her district. 

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5:09 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Utah Attorney General Helps Raise Awareness About Child Sex Trafficking

Utah’s Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, spoke with High School students from around the U.S. Thursday, to help raise awareness of child sex trafficking. The students are in Salt Lake City for one week to learn how to create awareness campaigns when they return to their hometown schools.

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8:55 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Crockett Defeats Winder in Primary Election

It’s official, Mark Crockett is the Republican Nominee for Salt Lake County Mayor. The Salt Lake County Clerk’s office announced Tuesday that Crockett defeated West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder in the June Primary election according to official results.

“Mark Crockett 38, 387 votes, Mike Winder, 37,368 votes for a difference of 1,119 votes.”

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3:14 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Republican Leaders Critical of Health Care Ruling

Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Utah Education Network

Republican leaders in Utah were uniformly critical of Thursday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, saying it threatens the nation's economic recovery and could sharpen the partisan divide.  

In his monthly news conference on KUED, Utah Governor Gary Herbert said, "This has divided the country terribly and taken our eye off the ball on economic recovery.  I do believe, if you want to repeal Obamacare, you need to repeal Obama."

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3:55 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Scott Howell Says Orrin Hatch’s Campaign Money is a Problem for Utah

Utah Democratic candidate for US Senate Scott Howell at campaign headquarters
Andrea Smardon

Senator Orrin Hatch won the Utah Republican primary, and spent 10 million dollars in the process.  Now, Democratic challenger Scott Howell aims to turn that money against the incumbent Senator.   Howell says Hatch’s significant campaign war chest is not a problem for him.  It’s a problem for the people of Utah. 

“When you see that big money, that drives the behavior that we’ve seen in Washington DC, that gives loopholes to businesses and industries that have access that you and I don’t,” said Howell, “We’re going to end that in this campaign.”

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3:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Social Media Recap: Utah GOP Primary Elections

Brian Grimmett

The KUER News team spent last night covering the biggest races in the GOP Primary Elections. We sent reporters and interns to election night events across the Salt Lake Valley and they used our new twitter account, @KUERnews, to keep you updated throughout the night of the latest results and to help give you a broader view of each candidates thoughts.

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1:41 am
Wed June 27, 2012

John Swallow Defeats Sean Reyes for Utah Attorney General

John Swallow defeated Sean Reyes in the Republican primary for Utah Attorney General last night. Swallow is the current Chief Deputy Attorney General and will face Weber County Attorney Dee Smith in the general election.

The race took an ugly turn when ads attacking Reyes’ background aired in the weeks leading up to the primary. Reyes’ campaign in turn issued a rarely successful cease and desist order to remove the ads from television. Despite the negative campaigning and lost election, Reyes explained how he felt about the last two weeks.

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1:35 am
Wed June 27, 2012

County Mayor's Race Still Undecided

Winder campaign manager Mike Dennis checks election results online.
Whittney Evans

The outcome of the GOP primary race between West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder and Holladay businessman Mark Crockett is still uncertain. Although Crockett ended the night with a slight lead, a vote recount is likely.

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12:52 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Senator Hatch Easily Wins Primary

Dan Liljenquist gives his concession speech to a group of his supporters.
Brian Grimmett

Senator Orrin Hatch won the GOP Primary Tuesday night, defeating former state senator Dan Liljenquist with more than 60 percent of the vote after a campaign stoked by anti-incumbent sentiment. Hatch told supporters at his election night gathering that he was relieved that the primary is behind him.

"You know I’ve learned that you can’t take anything for granted. No matter how good you are, no matter how much you’ve done. There’s always going to be somebody who's going to find fault with you and I think that’s kind of good in some ways," Hatch said.

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10:13 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Utah’s Immigration Law Still in Limbo After Supreme Court Decision

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff at the Capitol Monday.
Dan Bammes

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on Arizona’s immigration law, but the implementation of Utah’s similar “show me your papers” legislation - HB 497 -  is still awaiting a federal court decision.  The law gives police officers authority to check suspects’ immigration status, but immigrant advocates say the US District Court in Utah needs to consider racial profiling arguments that were not heard by the Supreme Court.

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11:31 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Sen. Hatch Faces 'Youth Movement' In Utah Primary

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist talk before a debate at KSL NewsRadio in Salt Lake City on June 15. The two face each other in the Utah Republican primary on Tuesday.
Laura Seitz AP

The Tea Party revolution swept through Utah in 2010, when conservative favorite Mike Lee ousted three-term Republican Sen. Bob Bennett at the state party convention.

Perhaps the person watching the upset closest that day was Utah's longest-serving senator, Orrin Hatch. Now 78, Hatch is trying to keep his job in an anti-incumbent atmosphere that led to the defeat last month of his colleague Richard Lugar of Indiana.

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11:17 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Social Media Recap: Special Session of the Utah Legislature

KUER News has a new twitter account (@KUERnews) and yesterday's special session of the Utah Legislature proved to be a great way to break it in. We sent three reporters to the capitol and throughout the day they took advantage of twitter to keep you updated.

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1:00 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Interim Committee Approves Bill to Add Liquor Licenses

Sen. John Valentine testifying before the Business and Labor interim committee.
Andrea Smardon

Updated 2:40 PM 6/20/2012

Utah may be getting 90 new liquor licenses. The State Legislature is expected to vote this afternoon on a bill that would allow 50 full-service and 40 limited-service restaurants to obtain licenses. The amendment to the Alcohol Beverage Control Act, sponsored by Senator John Valentine, was presented to the Business and Labor interim committee this morning. Representative Don Ipson urged the committee to approve it. 

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4:00 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Cooke Wants Ethics Reform

File: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke
Cooke for Governor

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke says he’ll limit individual contributions to his campaign, if Governor Gary Herbert will join him. Cooke and his running mate Vince Ramptom stood with Utahn’s for Ethical Government Tuesday at the State Capitol to propose a series of ethics reforms, including an overhaul of Utah’s campaign finance laws.

Cooke says declining voter participation in Utah is a testament to a lack of confidence in state government.

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12:42 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Governor Herbert Calls a Special Legislative Session

 

Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced on Monday that he’s calling a special legislative session to begin Wednesday. He plans to tackle a number of issues that include education funding and  the shortage of liquor licenses available in the state.

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3:52 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Partisanship, Barriers Lower Utah Voter Turnout

Utah Foundation

Voter turnout in Utah has dropped dramatically in recent elections, and a new study by the Utah Foundation looks at some of the reasons why.

In the presidential election of 1992, 67% of Utah's registered voters took part, while only about 50% turned out in 2008.  A study by the non-partisan Utah Foundation suggests fewer close races and barriers to voter participation such as the state's closed Republican primary could be among the reasons.  Research director Morgan Lyon Cotti says the strident partisanship of recent years also plays a part.

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7:48 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Hatch and Liljenquist Engage in Final Debate Before GOP Primary

 

Senator Orrin Hatch and Dan Liljenquist faced off Friday in the only debate scheduled before the primary election later this month.  

Hatch and Liljenquist debated for an hour on KSL Newsradio’s Doug Wright Show.   Hatch claims his 36 years in the Senate position him to continue being a powerful voice for Utah. But Liljenquist says Hatch has already had more than three decades to fix problems and has failed.  During the debate he attacked Hatch’s voting record.

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4:40 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Utah Receives Good Economic Rankings

UCF U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Governor Herbert is in Washington, DC touting Utah’s latest rankings in an annual U.S. Chamber of Commerce report. The state ranked high in economic development and recovery efforts.

Natalie Gochnour, Executive Director of the Salt Lake Chamber, says it’s a good day for Utah’s economy.

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10:42 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Draper City Council Withdraws Measure For New Recreation Center

Draper city residents expecting to vote in favor of a $29 million tax bond for the construction of a recreation center in the June primary will be disappointed to see it won’t be on the ballot. Draper City Council is withdrawing the measure amid concerns from the Draper business community.

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11:13 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Liljenquist Stages Mock Debate Without Hatch

Dan Liljenquist debates video clips of Senator Orrin Hatch in a mock debate.
Terry Gildea

 

Republican Dan Liljenquist vented his frustration last night over the fact that Senator Orrin Hatch will not debate him multiple times before the June 26th Primary. Hatch has agreed to one radio debate before then, but the  former state senator held a mock debate anyway without the incumbent present. 

Liljenquist was unapologetic about holding the event where he debated pre-selected video clips of Senator Hatch on policy issues.  He said the incumbent’s refusal to engage in more than one debate between now and the election won’t stop him from getting his message out.

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4:09 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Anti-Corporate Personhood Initiative Stalled

Salt Lake City County Building

An effort to ban corporate personhood in America through a local Salt Lake ballot initiative has been stopped, but city officials who support the measure say it’s not over yet.

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