Politics http://kuer.org en Teachers Back McAleer in 1st District; Both Candidates Raise Campaign Cash http://kuer.org/post/teachers-back-mcaleer-1st-district-both-candidates-raise-campaign-cash <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The democratic challenger vying for Utah’s </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> district congressional seat hopes two big endorsements will help her unseat the incumbent in November. </span>KUER’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Judy </span>Fahys<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:10:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 49602 at http://kuer.org Teachers Back McAleer in 1st District; Both Candidates Raise Campaign Cash FEC Complaint Names Senator Mike Lee for Alleged Campaign Violations http://kuer.org/post/fec-complaint-names-senator-mike-lee-alleged-campaign-violations <p></p><p>Alliance for a Better UTAH has filed a <a href="http://betterutah.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/FEC_complaint.pdf">complaint</a> with the Federal Elections Commission, asking the FEC to investigate allegations that Utah Senator Mike Lee violated election laws.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:01:52 +0000 Andrea Smardon 48437 at http://kuer.org FEC Complaint Names Senator Mike Lee for Alleged Campaign Violations Democrat Charles Stormont Calls for Reform as He Kicks Off His Campaign for Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/democrat-charles-stormont-calls-reform-he-kicks-his-campaign-attorney-general <p>Democratic Utah Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont officially launched his campaign today with a call for real reform in the office.</p><p>Charles Stormont says as a recent employee in the Attorney General’s office he can say with confidence that Sean Reyes hasn’t done enough to fix the problems in the office left over from former AG John Swallow.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:07:15 +0000 Brian Grimmett 48364 at http://kuer.org Democrat Charles Stormont Calls for Reform as He Kicks Off His Campaign for Attorney General AG Sean Reyes Reorganizes Office http://kuer.org/post/ag-sean-reyes-reorganizes-office <p>Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has <a href="http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/our-office/office-organizational-chart/" target="_blank">reorganized several positions</a> in his office over the past month, including demoting several Division Chiefs.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:06:07 +0000 Brian Grimmett 46937 at http://kuer.org AG Sean Reyes Reorganizes Office Senator Orrin Hatch Delivers Memorial Day Message to Woods Cross Crowd http://kuer.org/post/senator-orrin-hatch-delivers-memorial-day-message-woods-cross-crowd <p>Republican US Senator Orrin Hatch delivered the keynote address for the Memorial Day celebration in Woods Cross Monday. Senator Hatch stepped to the podium following the Woods Cross Men’s Chorus singing a song Hatch co-wrote with Janice Kapp-Perry called “I Love Old Glory.” He recalled his emotions while standing at the grave site of General George Patton in Luxembourg where 5-thousand American soldiers are buried.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:02:46 +0000 Bob Nelson 46864 at http://kuer.org Senator Orrin Hatch Delivers Memorial Day Message to Woods Cross Crowd Dabakis Hopes DC Trip Will Help Save the Tribune http://kuer.org/post/dabakis-hopes-dc-trip-will-help-save-tribune <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis is leading an effort to salvage the financial future of the Salt Lake Tribune and next month he’ll be taking his message to Washington, DC.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 23:38:45 +0000 Terry Gildea 46786 at http://kuer.org Dabakis Hopes DC Trip Will Help Save the Tribune Love, Owens Spar in 4th District Debate http://kuer.org/post/love-owens-spar-4th-district-debate <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s </span>4th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District race is expected to be one of the hottest in the November elections, and the top candidates met Tuesday for their first debate at a <a href="http://www.utahtaxpayers.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2014-TNC-Agenda-051414.pdf" target="_blank">Utah Taxpayers Association conference</a>.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 23:48:41 +0000 Judy Fahys 46605 at http://kuer.org Love, Owens Spar in 4th District Debate Lifferth Apologizes for Racist Tweets http://kuer.org/post/lifferth-apologizes-racist-tweets <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">State Representative David E. Lifferth is publicly apologizing for saying the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a racist organization. The Utah County Republican made his initial remarks on Twitter, then used his blog late Thursday to make his apology and announce he had deleted the offensive tweets. Fri, 02 May 2014 17:42:17 +0000 Judy Fahys 45748 at http://kuer.org Lifferth Apologizes for Racist Tweets Law Professor: Race Still Uncomfortable to Discuss http://kuer.org/post/law-professor-race-still-uncomfortable-discuss <p></p><p></p><p>The conversation about race has heated up this week in Utah and throughout the nation.</p><p><a href="http://today.law.utah.edu/2013/10/chiang-interviewed-by-ksl-tv-on-bill-targeting-religious-freedom-in-utah/" target="_blank">Civil Rights expert </a>Emily Chiang, associate professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, says it’s a sign that America still isn’t the color-blind society many claim it is.</p><p>Chiang runs the law school’s civil rights clinic, and she says people are talking about race so much because they’re conflicted about it.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 45715 at http://kuer.org Law Professor: Race Still Uncomfortable to Discuss Owens Says He's a Good Democrat for 4th District Election Race http://kuer.org/post/owens-says-hes-good-democrat-4th-district-election-race <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah Democrats in the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">4</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District chose&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Doug Owens </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to run against Republican Mia Love.</span></p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:23:12 +0000 Judy Fahys 45492 at http://kuer.org Owens Says He's a Good Democrat for 4th District Election Race McAleer Wins Democratic Nomination in 1st Congressional District http://kuer.org/post/mcaleer-wins-democratic-nomination-1st-congressional-district <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats had a convention contest to see who would would get the chance to try unseating Republican Congressman Rob Bishop in the </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District.</span></p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:15:38 +0000 Judy Fahys 45491 at http://kuer.org McAleer Wins Democratic Nomination in 1st Congressional District Democrat Luz Robles Will Challenge Congressman Stewart in 2nd District http://kuer.org/post/democrat-luz-robles-will-challenge-congressman-stewart-2nd-district <p></p><p>Utah Congressman Christ Stewart will face Democrat Luz Robles in the upcoming November election. Robles had no Democratic competitors for the District 2 nomination, leaving her free to focus on her Republican opponent.&nbsp;</p><p>At the convention, Luz Robles acknowledged that running for Congress as a working mother, a state senator, and a Democrat would be an uphill battle.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 04:25:02 +0000 Andrea Smardon 45470 at http://kuer.org Democrat Luz Robles Will Challenge Congressman Stewart in 2nd District Utah Democrats Choose Peter Corroon for Party Chair http://kuer.org/post/utah-democrats-choose-peter-corroon-party-chair <p></p><p>Utah Democrats elected former Salt Lake County mayor Peter Corroon as their new party chair over the weekend. Both Corroon and his opponent Richard Davis emphasized the need to recruit more Democrats outside of Salt Lake valley.</p><p>BYU political science professor Richard Davis was chair of the Democratic Party in conservative stronghold Utah County for four years.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 04:10:48 +0000 Andrea Smardon 45469 at http://kuer.org Utah Democrats Choose Peter Corroon for Party Chair GOP Delegates Rail Against Count My Vote Compromise http://kuer.org/post/gop-delegates-rail-against-count-my-vote-compromise <p></p><p>GOP delegates passed a resolution at Saturday’s state convention to defend the caucus and convention system. The issue likely forced one incumbent Senator into a primary election.</p><p>By a show of hands, delegates opposed changes the state legislature made this year to the nominating process – a compromise between supporters of the Count My Vote initiative, who want a direct primary election and backers of the caucus and convention system. But delegates like Michael Willson, say it violates the right of the party to exercise political speech.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 02:13:10 +0000 Whittney Evans 45468 at http://kuer.org GOP Delegates Rail Against Count My Vote Compromise Congressmen Bishop, Stewart Win GOP Nominations http://kuer.org/post/congressmen-bishop-stewart-win-gop-nominations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Republicans who represent Utah’s 1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> Congressional Districts easily won their party’s nominations at Saturday’s state convention.</p><p>Congressman Rob Bishop is running for a seventh term.&nbsp; He says his ambition is to stay there.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:34:28 +0000 Dan Bammes 45467 at http://kuer.org Congressmen Bishop, Stewart Win GOP Nominations Democrat Brian Wonnacott has "Toughest Climb Ever" for 3rd Congressional Seat http://kuer.org/post/democrat-brian-wonnacott-has-toughest-climb-ever-3rd-congressional-seat <p>Software engineer Brian Wonnacott ran unopposed for the Democratic seat in the 3<sup>rd</sup> Congressional District against <a href="http://chaffetz.house.gov/">Republican incumbent Jason Chaffetz</a> Saturday. The avid outdoorsman says he regularly climbs Mount Olympus and Grandeur Peak. In asking delegates for their vote, Wonnacott expressed his realistic view of his campaign.</p><p>“I’ve climbed Mt. Rainier and Kilimanjaro and now I hope to climb the highest mountain of all, the bureaucracy of the US Government,” say Wonnacott.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:00:10 +0000 Bob Nelson 45466 at http://kuer.org Democrat Charles Stormont's Run at AG's Seat Official After State Convention http://kuer.org/post/democrat-charles-stormonts-run-ags-seat-official-after-state-convention <p><a href="http://www.stormont4ag.com/">Charles Stormont will be the Democratic candidate</a> for Attorney General. He’s been working in the Attorney General’s office since 2008. He ran uncontested at the Democratic Convention. Following an impassioned nomination speech by <a href="http://www.patricearent.com/">Representative Patrice Arent</a>, Stormont declared his stand against Amendment 3.</p><p>“It is time for an attorney general who will not play politics with Utah families,” says Stormont.</p><p>He says he doesn’t question the character of his opponent, Sean Reyes.</p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:40:40 +0000 Bob Nelson 45465 at http://kuer.org Democrat Charles Stormont's Run at AG's Seat Official After State Convention Mia Love Wins GOP 4th Congressional District Race http://kuer.org/post/mia-love-wins-gop-4th-congressional-district-race <p>Former Saratoga Springs mayor Mia Love won the state Republican nomination for Utah’s 4th congressional district.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:48:39 +0000 Brian Grimmett 45464 at http://kuer.org Mia Love Wins GOP 4th Congressional District Race Utah AG Sean Reyes Accepts GOP Nomination http://kuer.org/post/utah-ag-sean-reyes-accepts-gop-nomination <p>Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will be the Republican nominee in the special election to replace former AG John Swallow. Reyes was the only republican candidate running. He has been working as the AG since January when Governor Herbert appointed him to replace Swallow. At the GOP state convention on Saturday, Reyes reaffirmed his commitment to fighting for Utah’s Amendment 3.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:13:16 +0000 Brian Grimmett 45463 at http://kuer.org Utah AG Sean Reyes Accepts GOP Nomination Dabakis Looks Back on Tenure as Democratic Party Chair http://kuer.org/post/dabakis-looks-back-tenure-democratic-party-chair <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Saturday, Republicans and Democrats across Utah will gather at state party conventions to nominate candidates for the mid-term elections. But one party will also be choosing a new leader.&nbsp; Jim Dabakis&nbsp; ended his nearly three year tenure as chairman of the Utah Democratic Party last month. The veteran politician sat down with KUER's Terry Gildea&nbsp;and reflected on his experience leading Utah's minority party.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Terry Gildea 45317 at http://kuer.org Dabakis Looks Back on Tenure as Democratic Party Chair Davis County Will Vote by Mail http://kuer.org/post/davis-county-will-vote-mail <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.co.davis.ut.us/clerkauditor/elections/default.cfm">Davis County</a> is trying a vote-by-mail system for the primary election this spring and the general election in the fall.</p><p>Voters in Davis County received letters last week telling them about the changes.&nbsp; Election Manager Brian McKenzie says ballot packets will be mailed out 28 days before each election.&nbsp; When they come back, they’ll be verified using a bar code and by comparing the voter’s signature to their registration forms.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:47:17 +0000 Dan Bammes 45225 at http://kuer.org Davis County Will Vote by Mail Announcing the Return of Ken Rudin's Political Junkie to KUER http://kuer.org/post/announcing-return-ken-rudins-political-junkie-kuer <p><a href="http://www.prx.org/group_accounts/193570-politicaljunkie" target="_blank">Ken Rudin's Political Junkie</a> returns to KUER on&nbsp;Friday April 18th!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Ken Rudin brings his trademark knowledge of American history and politics to a weekly sit-down with journalists, pundits and politicians – and invites listeners to show off their political trivia skills. Tune in Fridays during Morning Edition at 8:50 and in All Things Considered at 5:50 here on KUER.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:29:04 +0000 Renee Bright 45021 at http://kuer.org Announcing the Return of Ken Rudin's Political Junkie to KUER Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Given Legislature Stronger Subpoena Power http://kuer.org/post/governor-vetoes-bill-would-have-given-legislature-stronger-subpoena-power <p class="p1">On <span class="s1">final day to approve</span> bills passed by the Utah Legislature, Governor Gary Herbert vetoed <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0414.html" target="_blank">HB414</a>, which would have given the legislature the final say on challenges to legislative subpoenas.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:51:56 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44314 at http://kuer.org Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Given Legislature Stronger Subpoena Power Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon Considers Running for State Democratic Party Chair http://kuer.org/post/former-salt-lake-county-mayor-peter-corroon-considers-running-state-democratic-party-chair <p>Former Salt Lake County Mayor and Gubernatorial candidate Peter Corroon says he’s considering running to be chairman of the Utah Democratic Party.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Corroon hasn’t been heavily involved in politics for almost two years. And while he says he hasn’t made a final decision on whether or not to run for State Democratic Party Chair, he says it’s a position that definitely piques his interest.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:32:45 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44186 at http://kuer.org Utah's Democratic Party Leader Resigns http://kuer.org/post/utahs-democratic-party-leader-resigns <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The chairman of the Utah Democratic party is stepping down from the position he’s held for nearly three years.</span></p><p>Jim Dabakis says he’s resigning to deal with an undisclosed medical condition. But he says the move also frees him to be a stronger advocate for progressive causes.&nbsp;</p><p>“As a party chair, I often felt constrained about what I would say,” Dabakis explains, “and what I could say not wanting to hold candidates from the rural parts of the state to a flaming progressive agenda.”</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:36:56 +0000 Judy Fahys 43861 at http://kuer.org Utah's Democratic Party Leader Resigns Candidates File to Run in Utah’s Second Congressional District http://kuer.org/post/candidates-file-run-utah-s-second-congressional-district <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the deadline looms, several candidates filed to run for the congressional seat in Utah’s second district this week including the Republican incumbent and the potential Democratic front-runner. &nbsp;</span></p><p>On Wednesday morning, Republican Congressman Chris Stewart met with reporters at the state Capitol as he filed his paperwork to run for re-election. The incumbent won his seat in the 2012 election with more than 60 percent of the vote and he’s confident he’ll post similar numbers when voters turn out in November.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:17:04 +0000 Terry Gildea 43680 at http://kuer.org Candidates File to Run in Utah’s Second Congressional District Sean Reyes Begins His Campaign to Remain Utah's Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/sean-reyes-begins-his-campaign-remain-utahs-attorney-general <p>It’s been three months since Governor Gary Herbert appointed Sean Reyes to fill the vacancy left by John Swallow in the Attorney General’s office, and today Reyes officially filed to run to keep the spot for the remainder of Swallow’s term.</p><p>Reyes says he wants to keep his position so he can continue implementing changes aimed at improving the public’s eroding trust in the Attorney General’s office in the aftermath of the John Swallow scandals. He says he’s already seeing results and he’d like to continue what he’s started.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:42:51 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43613 at http://kuer.org Sean Reyes Begins His Campaign to Remain Utah's Attorney General Democrat Charles Stormont to Run for Attorney General http://kuer.org/post/democrat-charles-stormont-run-attorney-general <p>Democrat Charles Stormont has filed to run in the special election to replace former Attorney General John Swallow.</p><p>Charles Stormont has worked as an attorney in the Utah Attorney General’s office for the past 6 years.&nbsp; He says the Swallow scandal and the effects it had on the office is one of the main reasons he decided to run.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:52:10 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43571 at http://kuer.org Democrat Charles Stormont to Run for Attorney General Mia Love and Doug Owens File for 4th Congressional District Race http://kuer.org/post/mia-love-and-doug-owens-file-4th-congressional-district-race <p><em>UPDATE: Additional candidates who have filed for the 4th Congressional District include Bill Peterson (DEM), Bob Fuehr (REP), and Jim Vein (LIB).</em></p><p>The race for Utah Congressman Jim Matheson’s seat is on. Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens both filed Monday to represent the 4<sup>th</sup> District. Love narrowly lost to Matheson in the last election, and claims to be a better candidate than she was in 2012. But Owens insists he could still pull off a win.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:23:15 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43527 at http://kuer.org Mia Love and Doug Owens File for 4th Congressional District Race Neighborhoods Hold State Party Caucuses This Week http://kuer.org/post/neighborhoods-hold-state-party-caucuses-week <p></p><p><a href="http://www.utgop.org/">State Republican</a> and <a href="http://www.utahdemocrats.org/">Democratic Party</a> Caucuses are this week. People will gather in neighborhoods across Utah to discuss candidates and issues and to elect their neighborhood delegate. Tuesday is the Democratic Party Caucus. Republicans meet on Thursday. Anna Thompson is the Communications Director for the Democratic Party. She says this is the smallest organizing unit in any election, so it’s very important for everyone to become involved.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:33:46 +0000 Andrea Smardon & Bob Nelson 43516 at http://kuer.org Neighborhoods Hold State Party Caucuses This Week