Politics http://kuer.org en 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 Swallow Scandal Results in Campaign Finance Changes http://kuer.org/post/swallow-scandal-results-campaign-finance-changes <p>The scandal surrounding former Utah Attorney General John Swallow not only ended in his resignation, but also brought about several changes to Utah’s campaign finance reporting laws.&nbsp;</p><p>The House’s investigation into John Swallow came with a price tag of about $4 million. A cost House Speaker Becky Lockhart says was well worth it.</p><p>“It was a high cost, but we cannot put a price on public trust," she says. "One does not cut corners when the very integrity of the justice system is at question.”</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:14:26 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43367 at http://kuer.org Swallow Scandal Results in Campaign Finance Changes 2014 Utah Legislature Comes to a Close http://kuer.org/post/2014-utah-legislature-comes-close <p>As the 2014 session of the Utah Legislature comes to a close we're putting together an ongoing list of the best sights, sounds, stories, and tweets from the last day. Be sure to check back frequently to see the lastest.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:35:05 +0000 KUER News 43360 at http://kuer.org 2014 Utah Legislature Comes to a Close Utah Legislature Rushes Through Final Day http://kuer.org/post/utah-legislature-rushes-through-final-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the last day of Utah’s general legislative session.&nbsp; State senators and representatives will be working ‘till midnight to get as many bills passed as they can.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:13:27 +0000 Dan Bammes 43353 at http://kuer.org Utah Legislature Rushes Through Final Day Sex Abuse Education Bill Passes Legislature http://kuer.org/post/sex-abuse-education-bill-passes-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/HB0286.html">House Bill 286</a> passed a final vote in the Utah House of Representatives 71-0 on Wednesday, after an amendment in the Senate required it to come back one last time. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:52:13 +0000 Dan Bammes 43302 at http://kuer.org Sex Abuse Education Bill Passes Legislature Final Report on Swallow Presented to House, Released to Public http://kuer.org/post/final-report-swallow-presented-house-released-public <p>Members of the House Special Investigative Committee of former Attorney General John Swallow presented their <a href="http://le.utah.gov/investigative/investigativecomm.jsp" target="_blank">final report</a> to the full body of the Utah House of Representatives Wednesday. The presentation on the House floor marked the conclusion of the nearly 9 month long investigation into Swallow.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:40:25 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43288 at http://kuer.org Final Report on Swallow Presented to House, Released to Public House Swallow Investigation Approves Final Report http://kuer.org/post/house-swallow-investigation-approves-final-report <p class="p1">The House Special Investigative Committee of <span class="s1">former Utah Attorney General </span>John Swallow approved their final report Tuesday ending a nearly 9 months long process.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:22:27 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43223 at http://kuer.org House Swallow Investigation Approves Final Report Legislative Humor: #InternPickUpLines http://kuer.org/post/legislative-humor-internpickuplines <p>The normal place to find Utah political chatter on Twitter is #utpol, but on Tuesday morning the hashtag InternPickUpLines exploded with humor and wit perfect for the last few days of the Utah legislature. Here is a selection of the very best.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:24:45 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43211 at http://kuer.org Swallow Committee Delays Final Report http://kuer.org/post/swallow-committee-delays-final-report <p>The House Committee investigating former Attorney General John Swallow pushed back the release of their final report Friday. It<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is now scheduled for public release some time next week. Committee Chairman Rep. Jim </span>Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he delayed the release to be able to include information they only recently recovered from a crashed hard drive in one of Swallow’s personal computers.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:40:37 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43073 at http://kuer.org Swallow Committee Delays Final Report Utah Unemployment drops to 3.9% http://kuer.org/post/utah-unemployment-drops-39 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s unemployment rate dropped below four percent in February for the first time since 2008.</span></p><p>Governor Gary Herbert was beaming as he went before the TV cameras this morning to say Utah’s unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent, compared to a national rate of 6.7 percent.&nbsp; The statewide rate of job growth is at 2.8 percent.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:41:24 +0000 Dan Bammes 43068 at http://kuer.org Utah Unemployment drops to 3.9% House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig Won't Run for Re-Election http://kuer.org/post/house-minority-leader-jennifer-seelig-wont-run-re-election <p>Women top the leadership of both parties in Utah’s House of Representatives. But that’s going to change next year. Rep. Jennifer Seelig, D-Salt Lake, announced she’s stepping down as leader of the House Democrats. Like House Speaker Becky Lockhart, Seelig is the first woman in Utah’s history to hold her post. She says serving in the Legislature has been an education in juggling and she’s ready to focus once again on her personal goals.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:24:27 +0000 Judy Fahys 43030 at http://kuer.org Count My Vote Compromise Heads to Governor’s Desk http://kuer.org/post/count-my-vote-compromise-heads-governor-s-desk <p></p><p>The Utah legislature has approved a compromise solution between the backers of a direct primary system and those who want to preserve the current caucus-convention system.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:31:08 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42983 at http://kuer.org Count My Vote Compromise Heads to Governor’s Desk Count My Vote Compromise Advances to House Floor http://kuer.org/post/count-my-vote-compromise-advances-house-floor <p></p><p></p><p>Members of the&nbsp;House Government Operations Committee voted this morning to advance a newly-minted compromise between legislators and organizers of the Count My Vote ballot initiative. But several members of the committee say they won’t support the bill when it reaches the House Floor.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:10:12 +0000 Whittney Evans 42880 at http://kuer.org Count My Vote Compromise Advances to House Floor Parks, Communities Lost Millions During Shutdown http://kuer.org/post/parks-communities-lost-millions-during-shutdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Interior Department issues a report every year on the economic benefit of national parks.&nbsp; This year, that was complicated by the government shutdown that closed the parks for 16 days in October.</span></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/docs/Economic2013ShutdownReport_Final_nrss_VSE.pdf">report from the National Park Service</a> estimates parks and gateway communities lost more than 400-million dollars in visitor spending during the 16-day government shutdown.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:36:09 +0000 Dan Bammes 42858 at http://kuer.org Parks, Communities Lost Millions During Shutdown Compromise Announced on Count My Vote http://kuer.org/post/compromise-announced-count-my-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of the <a href="http://www.countmyvoteutah.org/">Count My Vote</a> ballot initiative appeared with legislative leaders at a rare Sunday news conference to announce a compromise on the effort to replace Utah’s caucus-convention system for nominating political candidates.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:59:47 +0000 Dan Bammes 42831 at http://kuer.org Compromise Announced on Count My Vote Legislature Will Have a Modest Budget Surplus http://kuer.org/post/legislature-will-have-modest-budget-surplus <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Final revenue projections for the legislative session show the state will have a little more money in the coming year.&nbsp; For some legislators, though, the numbers were a disappointment.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:25:45 +0000 Dan Bammes 42784 at http://kuer.org Legislature Will Have a Modest Budget Surplus House Passes Bill to Limit Voter Details http://kuer.org/post/house-passes-bill-limit-voter-details <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Utah House has passed a bill that would allow voters to keep their personal information private. That information is currently available from voter registration records that have been posted online.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:18:39 +0000 Judy Fahys 42648 at http://kuer.org House Passes Bill to Limit Voter Details Mitt Romney Supports Count My Vote Initiative http://kuer.org/post/mitt-romney-supports-count-my-vote-initiative <p>Organizers of The <a href="http://www.countmyvoteutah.org/" target="_blank">Count My Vote Initiative</a> can now add Mitt Romney to their group of supporters. If passed, the proposal would move Utah to a direct primary election system.&nbsp; But a bill moving through the legislature could keep the current caucus system intact.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:17:49 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42599 at http://kuer.org Mitt Romney Supports Count My Vote Initiative Congressman Jason Chaffetz Opposes Count My Vote Initiative http://kuer.org/post/congressman-jason-chaffetz-opposes-count-my-vote-initiative <p></p><p>Mitt Romney has endorsed the Count My Vote initiative in Utah, but Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT3) said Monday he is opposed to changing the state’s nomination process from a caucus-convention system to direct primaries. In his annual address to the state legislature, Chaffetz told lawmakers he could never have beat incumbent Chris Cannon without the caucus system. He said he didn’t have big name ID, and he didn’t have big money, but he did spend time talking with delegates.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:11:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42598 at http://kuer.org Congressman Jason Chaffetz Opposes Count My Vote Initiative Public Lands, PILT Funding on Congressman Bishop's Agenda for Legislature http://kuer.org/post/public-lands-pilt-funding-congressman-bishops-agenda-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah’s </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> District Congressman is hoping he can claim a key committee chairmanship that would give Utah a significant advantage in Congress.&nbsp; That was one of the messages Republican Rob Bishop brought to the Utah legislature today.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:37:43 +0000 Dan Bammes 42482 at http://kuer.org Public Lands, PILT Funding on Congressman Bishop's Agenda for Legislature Matheson Addresses Legislature for the Last Time as a Utah Congressman http://kuer.org/post/matheson-addresses-legislature-last-time-utah-congressman <p></p><p>Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson addressed members of the Utah House and Senate on Thursday.&nbsp; For now, it is the lawmaker’s last visit to the Capitol as a member of the state congressional delegation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman </span>Matheson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> began his speech in the Utah House describing a political atmosphere in Washington, DC that is so partisan that un ending gridlock is the status quo. He says voters are fed up a congress that can’t get work together.</span></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:57:14 +0000 Terry Gildea 42415 at http://kuer.org Matheson Addresses Legislature for the Last Time as a Utah Congressman Conflict Between Count My Vote and Utah Legislature Heats Up Over SB54 http://kuer.org/post/conflict-between-count-my-vote-and-utah-legislature-heats-over-sb54 <p>A bill that would exempt political parties from any outcome of the <a href="http://www.countmyvoteutah.org/" target="_blank">Count My Vote initiative</a> passed another hurdle Thursday as the Utah Senate gave <a href="http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0054.html" target="_blank">SB54</a> preliminary approval.</p><p>SB 54’s sponsor, Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, says the bill is the ultimate compromise between the political parties that want to keep the current caucus/convention system and the members of the Count My Vote initiative that want to move toward direct primaries.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:28:25 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42414 at http://kuer.org Conflict Between Count My Vote and Utah Legislature Heats Up Over SB54