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1:55 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Poll Shows Majority of Utahns Feel Swallow Acted Illegally or Unethically

File: Utah State Capitol
Brian Grimmett KUER

 A poll released by the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy gives new insight into how Utah voters feel about the alleged scandal involving Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

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Politics
5:33 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Remote Mental Health Care a Possibility with New House Bill

Rep. Ronda Menlove (R.) presents HB 56 to the House Health and Human Services Committee
Brian Grimmett

 The Utah House Health and Human Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a bill that would allow mental health and substance abuse counselors the ability to provide therapy remotely.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Utah Democrats Call for Increased Education Funding

Josie Valdez, the Vice-Chair of the Utah Democratic Party, calls on lawmakers that the Capitol to increase education funding.
Credit Terry Gildea

On the second day of the 2013 Legislative Session, Utah Democrats called for a dramatic increase in state education funding, but where that money would come from remains uncertain.  

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Politics
9:22 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Chief Justice: Utah Courts Stronger, More Efficient

Utah courts are becoming stronger, more efficient and more transparent according to newly-appointed Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant. Durrant gave the annual State of the Judiciary to lawmakers this afternoon on day one of the 2013 legislative session. 

Chief Justice Durrant touted the high court's ability to handle a 10 percent cut in staff during the recession. In the face of reductions, the court system was able to reduce the age of pending cases by 34 percent, meaning cases are being resolved faster.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

State House Speaker Calls for Plan to Wean Utah Off Federal Dollars

New members of the Utah House of Representatives are sworn into office on the first day of the 2013 legislative session.
Andrea Smardon

State House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart opened this year’s legislative session by calling on Utah to become less reliant on federal dollars.

Lockhart told House members that gridlock in Congress has a direct and immediate effect on Utah.

“It’s become increasingly apparent that the action or inaction of the federal government profoundly influences our success. We must have or implement a plan to get the state of Utah less reliant on federal revenue,” said Lockhart.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

New Utah Senate President Calls For Fiscal Responsibility

Spectators watch as the Utah Senate begins the 60th Utah Legislative session
Brian Grimmett

Newly elected Utah Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser opened the 2013 Legislative session by urging senators to be fiscally responsible.

In his opening remarks Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser warned his fellow senators to be careful not to believe they can create money out of thin air as they go about tackling some of Utah’s tough budget issues. He says he hopes to see legislators pass laws that work in the long term, especially when it comes to education funding.

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Politics
7:40 am
Mon January 28, 2013

New Legislators Ready for Session

Representatives Dana Layton (R-Orem) and Keven Stratton (R-Orem)
Utah House of Representatives

The Utah legislature opens its general session on Monday with a lot of new faces.  21 out of 75 members of the Utah House of Representatives are serving their first terms, along with 4 out of the 29 members of the state Senate.  Republicans still far outnumber Democrats.  In fact, there are only 14 Democrats left in the House.  But among those new Republican members, there could be a few more moderate voices.  KUER's Dan Bammes spoke to a couple of new members of the House from Utah County.

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Politics
1:58 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Herbert: Don't Rush to Judgment

Utah Governor Gary Herbert
KUED

Governor Gary Herbert says he doesn't want to join what he calls the "rush to judgment" in the case of Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Hinckley Forums: A View from the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

January 18, 2013

A View from the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff—What Happened and What’s Next?

Elizabeth M. Gore, former Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)

Alexander R. Dahl, former Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia

Jacob A. Johnson, former Legislative Assistant for Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)

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Politics
10:52 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Hinckley Forums: The U.S. Foreign Service

January 16, 2013

The U.S. Foreign Service: Behind the Scenes of  American Diplomacy

Featuring: Nicholas Kralev, author, journalist and lecturer; former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Hinckley Forums: Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Wednesday January 16, 2013

  

Fighting Hunger Worldwide: The World Food Programme’s Global and Regional Reach

Featuring: Dr. Carlos Guevara Mann, Programme Officer, Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean United Nations World Food Programme.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Utah Attorney General Asks U.S. Attorney for Investigation

John Swallow takes the oath of office to become Utah's new Attorney General
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

Utah Attorney General John Swallow is asking the U.S. Attorney for Utah for a full investigation into allegations that he schemed to bribe a congressman.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Hinckley Forums: Lobbying at the Utah State Legislature

Hinckley Forums: Lobbying at the Utah State Legislature

Monday, January 14, 2013

Lobbying at the Utah State Legislature
David Spatafore, Spatafore Consulting Group

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Politics
1:50 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Critics Demand Investigations of Utah's Attorney General

Utah Attorney General John Swallow sworn into office on January 7, 2013
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

The chorus of voices demanding an investigation of Utah's attorney general is growing.  The Alliance for a Better Utah is asking the Utah State Bar to look into accusations that Attorney General John Swallow helped to arrange a lobbying effort aimed at sidetracking a federal investigation of Internet entrepreneur Jeremy Johnson.

Alliance Director Maryann Martindale says, if what Johnson has been saying is true, Swallow could have violated ethical standards.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

McAdams Sworn in as New Salt Lake County Mayor

Democrat Ben McAdams was sworn in as Salt Lake County Mayor this morning by Salt Lake County 3rd district juvenile court Judge Andrew Valdez at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. McAdams, Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and newly elected council members Max Burdick, Jim Bradley, Michael Jensen and Sam Granato all took the oath of office before a packed theater. 

Following his pledge to uphold the United States constitution and the constitution of the state of Utah, McAdams told the crowd today is the day he begins to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Governor Herbert Inaugurated to First Full Term

Governor Gary Herbert gives his inaugural address
Brian Grimmett

A performance by the One Voice Children’s Choir helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and a 19 gun salute by the Utah National Guard. In his inaugural address Herbert refrained from making any strong political statements. Instead he urged everyone to keep pressing forward while praising the “can-do” attitude of state residents both past and present.

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Politics
8:17 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Utah's New Auditor Promises Closer Scrutiny

State Auditor John Dougall
courtesy photo

John Dougall will be sworn in this morning as Utah's new state auditor as business opens for the day.  He won't be on the platform with Governor Gary Herbert or the other state officials during Monday's inauguration ceremony.  Dougall is a former Republican state legislator from northern Utah County who won the auditor's job after defeating the incumbent, Austen Johnson, in a primary election last summer.  He's promising to bring some fresh energy to the job.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

McAdams Announces Inauguration Plans

Photo courtesy of Ben McAdams for County Mayor.

Democrat Ben McAdams will be sworn in as the next Salt Lake County Mayor on Monday at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. He’ll be joined by newly elected county council members Sam Granato, Jim Bradley, Max Burdick and Michael Jensen. 

First on McAdams’ agenda is creating  a public works service district that operates like the model that currently exists with police and fire. Public works projects like road maintenance, flood control and snow removal will no longer be a service of the county. Cities or the county would contract with the new district for services.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Most of Utah's Congressional Delegation Votes Against Fiscal Cliff Deal

The George F. Landegger Collection of District of Columbia Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to help avert the “fiscal cliff” late Tuesday night that includes extending Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. But for most of Utah’s Congressional delegation the deal wasn’t good enough to earn their support.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Leigh von der Esch Retires as Managing Director of Utah Office of Tourism

Office of Economic Development

The managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, Leigh von der Esch is retiring after more the 28 years of public service. Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development says von der Esch's dedication to promoting Utah is unmatched.

"At the core of Leigh von der Esch you have a deep commitment and a deep passion for the state and for promoting the state and all of its grandeur. And all of the incredible characteristics, the diversity of the culture and of the landscape," said Eccles.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

New Salt Lake County Mayor Reorganizes Public Works Department

Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall and Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams discuss plans to reorganize the Department of Public Works.
Terry Gildea

Salt Lake County Mayor-Elect Ben McAdams is already implementing changes to the government structure. Thursday he announced he will reorganize the Department of Public Works and appoint two people to oversee it. It’s now called the Department of Public Works and Regional Development. McAdams has named Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall as the department’s director and Patrick Leary will fill a new position to called Township Executive. McAdams says the two men will help meet the diverse needs of county residents.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Chaffetz Voices Concern Over the Mentally Ill and Access to Firearms

Jason Chaffetz represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District
Credit Courtesy of Congressman Jason Chaffetz

Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is voicing his concern over connections between gun violence and those suffering from mental illness.  Chaffetz is one of the only Republican lawmakers in the U-S House to participate in a public discussion about reducing gun violence since the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week.  He says he’s most concerned about weapons being available to those with mental health issues.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Committee Recommends Moving Prison from Draper

Utah State Prison in Draper
Wikimedia Commons

The state’s Prison Relocation Authority Committee has endorsed the idea of moving Utah’s main state prison away from Draper, and that's something the business community there would like to see.

Bill Rappleye, the head of Draper's Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Draper City Council, thinks that's a great idea.  He says it would allow the kind of high-tech businesses that have been locating in Utah County to come into his city.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Utah's Electors Cast Presidential Votes

Utah's presidential electors meet at the state capitol.
Dan Bammes

Utah's six presidential electors met today at the state capitol and cast their ballots for Mitt Romney. The electors are all Republicans who were chosen at the party's state convention. They're required to vote for the Republican candidate, since he won the popular vote in Utah. Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced the results, which were not a surprise to anyone.

"We declare that Utah casts all its ballots for president for Mitt Romney and all its ballots for vice-president for Paul Ryan," he told a crowd made up mostly of media and school children. 

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Politics
2:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Hinckley Forums: Serious Rules for Nuclear Power Without Proliferation

Hinckley Institute of Politics Froums

December 11, 2012

Serious Rules for Nuclear Power Without Proliferation

Henry Sokolski, Executive Director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

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Politics
5:45 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Hinckley Institute Forums: Utah Third Party Candidates 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums

Monday, December 3, 2012

Independent and Third Party Candidates in the 2012 Utah Elections—
Role, Effect, and Future


Bill Barron, Unaffiliated Candidate, U.S. Senate
Tim Chambless, Hinckley Academic Outreach Coordinator, Professor Lecturer
Charles Kimball, Unaffiliated Candidate, District 2, U.S Congress
Ty Markham, Justice Party Candidate, State Legislature

Jeff Robinson, (moderator) Associate, The Exoro Group

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Politics
3:09 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

GOP Welcomes Former Democratic State Representative to Their Ranks

Rep. Christine Watkins
Utah Legislature

The Utah Republican party is welcoming former Democratic state representative Christine Watkins with open arms after her recent decision to join the GOP. Watkins, who has served her district near Price for four years, was considered a conservative democrat in the legislature and often sided with Republicans on issues like energy development. Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright says those shared values are some of the reasons why Watkins decided to make the switch.

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Development
3:28 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

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Politics
5:10 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Hinckley Forums: Helping Those in Need

Helping Those in Need - Kristin Cox

Monday, December 03, 2012

Helping Those in Need

Kristen Cox, Executive Director, Department of Workforce Services

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Developing
1:33 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Special Election: Jim Dabakis Wins Utah 2nd Senate District Seat

Jim Dabakis speaks to delegates in the Salt Lake County Council chamber
Brian Grimmett

With 67 votes in the second round of voting, Utah’s Democratic Party Chairman, Jim Dabakis, narrowly beat outgoing Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon in the special election for Utah’s 2nd Senate district. Dabakis will replace Senator Ben McAdams who is leaving with two years left in his term after winning the election for Salt Lake County Mayor.

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