Democrat http://kuer.org en 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 House and Senate Dems Call For Investigation of John Swallow http://kuer.org/post/house-and-senate-dems-call-investigation-john-swallow <p>Utah Senate Democrats are calling on House and Senate leadership to authorize a committee to investigate the allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow.</p><p>Senate Minority leader Gene Davis says the call for an investigation isn’t about impeachment. That’s a process left for the Utah House to begin. But he does say it’s in the interest of open government and the integrity of our elected officials to find the truth.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:49:20 +0000 Brian Grimmett 30697 at http://kuer.org House and Senate Dems Call For Investigation of John Swallow GOP Welcomes Former Democratic State Representative to Their Ranks http://kuer.org/post/gop-welcomes-former-democratic-state-representative-their-ranks <p>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.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:09:06 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22194 at http://kuer.org GOP Welcomes Former Democratic State Representative to Their Ranks Special Election: Jim Dabakis Wins Utah 2nd Senate District Seat http://kuer.org/post/special-election-jim-dabakis-wins-utah-2nd-senate-district-seat <p>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 2<sup>nd</sup> 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.</p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 20:33:55 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21783 at http://kuer.org Special Election: Jim Dabakis Wins Utah 2nd Senate District Seat Utah Legislature Releases Redistricting Documents http://kuer.org/post/utah-legislature-releases-redistricting-documents <p>Legislative leaders made <a href="http://www.redistrictutah.com/perspective/grama">16 thousand pages of documents</a> related to redistricting available online Friday.&nbsp;Earlier this year, leaders in the Utah Democratic Party requested all documents related to 2012 redistricting process. It’s the largest legislative records request in state history and earned them a more than 15 thousand dollar bill the legislature refused to waive. Democrats then refused to pay the bill in full and filed a lawsuit in the third district court over the matter. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:50:28 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21183 at http://kuer.org Election 2012 Slideshow http://kuer.org/post/election-2012-slideshow <p>Take a look at some of the sights from the Utah Republican and Democratic election night HQ's. Let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:11:56 +0000 KUER Staff 20468 at http://kuer.org Election 2012 Slideshow Utah's 8th Senate District Race Up for Grabs http://kuer.org/post/utahs-8th-senate-district-race-grabs <p>Within the boundaries of <a href="http://elections.utah.gov/map/district-maps">Utah’s 8th Senate district</a> are the cities of Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, most of Murray, and a sliver of Holladay. Unlike most districts in the state the demographics of the 8th district essentially make it a toss-up between Republicans and Democrats and both candidates feel they have a shot at victory.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 03:34:28 +0000 Brian Grimmett 20357 at http://kuer.org Utah's 8th Senate District Race Up for Grabs Lawmakers Decry Negative Campaign Ads http://kuer.org/post/lawmakers-decry-negative-campaign-ads <p>Two Democratic State Lawmakers joined progressive watchdog group Alliance For a Better Utah this morning to condemn what they call a barrage of negative campaign ads leading up to this year’s election.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Patricia Jones says voters should not ignore the onslaught of negative political mailers and television ads being employed during this election season.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:36:41 +0000 Whittney Evans 20199 at http://kuer.org Lawmakers Decry Negative Campaign Ads KUER News Pod: Thursday September 6, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-september-6-2012 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan makes a stop in Utah County, the Clear The Air Challenge comes to an end, and the Utah Department of Health releases their annual report on smoking. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F58951819&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:05:21 +0000 Brian Grimmett 17878 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday September 6, 2012 Howell Attends Democratic National Convention After Last Minute Invitation http://kuer.org/post/howell-attends-democratic-national-convention-after-last-minute-invitation <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:02:06 +0000 Todd Patton 17869 at http://kuer.org Howell Attends Democratic National Convention After Last Minute Invitation KUER News Pod: Wednesday September 5, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-september-5-2012 A last minute invitation allows Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Howell to become Utah’s only congressional candidate at the Democratic National Convention, celebrated attorney and advocate Brian Barnard dies, and Salt Lake’s Downtown Alliance reassures the public that the Gateway Shopping Center is going to survive. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F58809486&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:30:40 +0000 Brian Grimmett 17797 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday September 5, 2012 Jim Matheson Puts Family Over Party, Won't Attend Democratic National Convention http://kuer.org/post/jim-matheson-puts-family-over-party-wont-attend-democratic-national-convention <p>Utah’s lone Democratic Congressman, Jim Matheson is not participating in his party’s national convention this week.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:39:24 +0000 Terry Gildea 17738 at http://kuer.org Jim Matheson Puts Family Over Party, Won't Attend Democratic National Convention Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Howell: Renewable Energy is Homeland Security http://kuer.org/post/democratic-senate-candidate-scott-howell-renewable-energy-homeland-security <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:24:41 +0000 Todd Patton 17733 at http://kuer.org Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Howell: Renewable Energy is Homeland Security KUER News Pod: Tuesday September 4, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-september-4-2012 LDS Democrats prepare to use the National Convention to grow their caucus, Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson is staying home, and the Red Cross tries to make emergency food taste better. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F58688242&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 17:47:19 +0000 Brian Grimmett 17728 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday September 4, 2012 Jim Matheson Speaks Out Against Opponent's Plan to Abolish U.S. Department of Education http://kuer.org/post/jim-matheson-speaks-out-against-opponents-plan-abolish-us-department-education <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:58:16 +0000 Whittney Evans 17444 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday August 22, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-august-22-2012 Senator Orrin Hatch skips a debate, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Representative Jim Matheson, and Governor Gary Herbert reorganizes the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. <br/> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F57197912&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:01:57 +0000 Brian Grimmett 17074 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday August 22, 2012 State Democratic Party Denied Fee Waiver Request For Redistricting Documents http://kuer.org/post/state-democratic-party-denied-fee-waiver-request-redistricting-documents <p>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.</p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:22:37 +0000 Andrea Smardon 17008 at http://kuer.org Union Labor Leader Dies in Motorcycle Accident http://kuer.org/post/union-labor-leader-dies-motorcycle-accident <p>Jim Judd was a firefighter who worked his way up through his union to become the head of the state's largest labor organization, the Utah AFL-CIO.&nbsp; He died Friday morning from the injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident in Missoula, Montana.</p><p>He was also vice-chairman of the Utah Democratic Party.&nbsp; State Senator Karen Mayne says he was someone legislators from both parties could trust.</p> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:40:19 +0000 Dan Bammes 16864 at http://kuer.org Union Labor Leader Dies in Motorcycle Accident KUER News Pod: Wednesday August 15, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-august-15-2012 <p>Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke criticizes Governor Herbert on Public Lands policy, Salt Lake County decides to help fund the new downtown theater, and KUER&rsquo;s Dan Bammes takes a tour of the new LDS temple in Brigham City.<br /><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F56423771&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:56:26 +0000 16709 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday August 15, 2012 Cooke Wants Ethics Reform http://kuer.org/post/cooke-wants-ethics-reform <p>Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke says he&rsquo;ll limit individual contributions to his campaign, if Governor Gary Herbert will join him. Cooke and his running mate Vince Ramptom stood with Utahn&rsquo;s for Ethical Government Tuesday at the State Capitol to propose a series of ethics reforms, including an overhaul of Utah&rsquo;s campaign finance laws.</p><p>Cooke says <a href="http://www.kuer.org/post/partisanship-barriers-lower-utah-voter-turnout">declining voter participation</a> in Utah is a testament to a lack of confidence in state government.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:00:27 +0000 Whittney Evans 13707 at http://kuer.org Cooke Wants Ethics Reform