election 2012 http://kuer.org en Peter Cooke Called as LDS Mission President http://kuer.org/post/peter-cooke-called-lds-mission-president <p>Retired U.S. Army Major General Peter Cooke was the Democratic Party nominee for governor of Utah in the 2012 election, but lost to the Republican incumbent, Gary Herbert. &nbsp;He says it was a surprise when church leaders asked him to be a mission president a few days ago. &nbsp;He doesn't yet know where he'll be assigned among the church's 350 missions worldwide, but he says his wife Heather and their four children are delighted with the opportunity to serve.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:08:38 +0000 Dan Bammes 23416 at http://kuer.org Peter Cooke Called as LDS Mission President LDS Democrats Call for Day of Prayer http://kuer.org/post/lds-democrats-call-day-prayer <p>In his concession speech, Governor Mitt Romney prayed that the president will be successful in guiding the nation.&nbsp; Shortly after that, LDS Church leaders invited Americans&nbsp; - whatever their political persuasion - to pray for the President and the new Congress.&nbsp; Now LDS Democrats are calling for a day of prayer.&nbsp; Caucus chair Steve Olsen told KUER the prayers are directed at leaders on both sides of the aisle.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:46:47 +0000 Andrea Smardon 21711 at http://kuer.org LDS Democrats Call for Day of Prayer Hinckley Institute of Politics: Who Won and Why http://kuer.org/post/hinckley-institute-politics-who-won-and-why <p>November 07, 2012<br><br><strong>Who Won and Why</strong><br><br><strong>Dan Jones</strong>, President, Dan Jones &amp; Associates<br><strong>Frank Pignanelli, </strong>Weekly Political Columnist for Deseret News<br><strong>LaVarr Webb, </strong>Publisher, Utah Policy Daily, Weekly Political Columnist for Deseret News<br><strong>Doug Foxley</strong>, Attorney-at-Law Partner Foxley and Pignanelli, Nationally Recognized Political Consultant</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 21:55:12 +0000 20743 at http://kuer.org Hinckley Institute of Politics: Who Won and Why 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 KUER's Election 2012 Recap http://kuer.org/post/kuers-election-2012-recap <p><strong>Utah Governor</strong></p><p>Republican Gary Herbert secured his second term in office last night, breezing past Democrat Peter Cooke by more than 36,000 votes.</p><p>Just before 11 pm, General Peter Cooke arrived unexpectedly at GOP headquarters to congratulate Governor Gary Herbert on his win. Cooke said he tried calling the governor first but he didn’t pick up. Cooke later returned to the Democratic headquarters to concede, saying Utahns need to continue fighting for education.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:08:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon, Terry Gildea, Whittney Evans & Brian Grimmett & Todd Patton 20407 at http://kuer.org KUER's Election 2012 Recap State School Board Selection Process Challenged http://kuer.org/post/state-school-board-selection-process-challenged <p></p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 22:04:30 +0000 Whittney Evans 20571 at http://kuer.org State School Board Selection Process Challenged Utah Attorney General's Race Draws Two Very Different Candidates http://kuer.org/post/utah-attorney-generals-race-draws-two-very-different-candidates <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Next week voters will choose the next chief law enforcement officer for the state of Utah. The Attorney General is part criminal prosecutor – part political adviser and the two candidates vying for the job have very different ideas on how to do it right.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:50:31 +0000 Terry Gildea 20491 at http://kuer.org Utah Attorney General's Race Draws Two Very Different Candidates Corroon Endorses Propostion #1, Defends Against Pending Lawsuit http://kuer.org/post/corroon-endorses-propostion-1-defends-against-pending-lawsuit <p>Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon endorsed the <a href="http://slco.org/parkbond/">Regional Park and Trails bond </a>today during an open house at the Northwest Recreation center. If approved, The Regional Park and Trails bond, or Proposition #1, authorizes the county to issue a $47 million dollar bond. The money would be used to help finish the Jordan River Parkway Trail, Parley’s Trail, and build three new regional parks. Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon says the benefits of approving the proposition far outweigh the property tax increase.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 22:50:38 +0000 Brian Grimmett 20471 at http://kuer.org Corroon Endorses Propostion #1, Defends Against Pending Lawsuit KUER News Pod: Thursday November 1, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-november-1-2012 <p>Redistricting adds to the intrigue of Utah’s 68th district race, Lieutenant Governor candidates debate about the economy and education, and the 4th Congressional race breaks a Utah record.<br><iframe src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F65689548&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:09:03 +0000 Brian Grimmett 20447 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday November 1, 2012 District 68: Race to Represent Rural Utah http://kuer.org/post/district-68-race-represent-rural-utah <p></p><p>It’s been 20 years since Merrill Nelson served one term in the Utah House of Representatives, but this year’s legislative redistricting has given him the opportunity to seek another.&nbsp; He’s a Republican who lives in Grantsville, and the new boundaries of District 68 divide Tooele County and extend all the way to Milford in Beaver County. &nbsp;Most of Juab County, including Eureka, is also now in District 68, and that’s where the Democratic candidate, Tom Nedreberg, comes from.</p><p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:47:49 +0000 Dan Bammes 20441 at http://kuer.org District 68: Race to Represent Rural Utah Lieutenant Governor Candidates Square Off http://kuer.org/post/lieutenant-governor-candidates-square <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Education, the economy and voter turnout were the focus of Utah’s only Lieutenant Governor’s debate. Less than a week away from the election, Republican Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell joined Democratic candidate Vince Rampton this morning at Utah State University in Logan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:54:18 +0000 Whittney Evans 20406 at http://kuer.org 2nd District Race Remains Obscure to Many Voters http://kuer.org/post/2nd-district-race-remains-obscure-many-voters <p></p><p>Utah’s 2<sup>nd</sup> Congressional District has been overshadowed by the newly added 4<sup>th</sup> District this election year.&nbsp;&nbsp; The race between Jim Matheson and Mia Love has attracted national attention as well as money from out of state, while candidates in the recently <a href="http://elections.utah.gov/map/district-maps">redrawn 2<sup>nd</sup> District</a> have had little time in the spotlight.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:07:46 +0000 Andrea Smardon 20394 at http://kuer.org 2nd District Race Remains Obscure to Many Voters KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 31, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-october-31-2012 <p></p><p>Utah’s 8th Senate district candidates vie for votes in one of the states few contested races, Candidates in Utah’s 2nd Congressional district try to get noticed, and the Millcreek incorporation debate gets even hotter.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F65536071&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:53:15 +0000 Brian Grimmett 20391 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 31, 2012 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 Millcreek "City" May Foot the Bill for 2300 East Repairs http://kuer.org/post/millcreek-city-may-foot-bill-2300-east-repairs <p></p><p>Emotions are running high in&nbsp;Millcreek&nbsp;Township, as residents make final appeals to voters who are undecided on whether or not to become a city. This morning residents who oppose incorporation gathered near a street corner on 2300 east to address some looming financial problems they see with the proposal. But they weren’t alone, as residents who support it gathered close by.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:00:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 20352 at http://kuer.org Millcreek "City" May Foot the Bill for 2300 East Repairs 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 Tens of Thousands of Ballots Already Cast in Utah http://kuer.org/post/tens-thousands-ballots-already-cast-utah <p>Thanks to early voting and absentee ballots, 169,000 people have already cast ballots in Utah - or about 13 percent of registered voters. Those are the latest numbers on Friday afternoon from Justin Lee, Elections Specialist for the Lieutenant Governor’s office.&nbsp; At this rate, Lee said, early voting may make up half of all ballots in the state.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:20:23 +0000 Andrea Smardon 20196 at http://kuer.org Tens of Thousands of Ballots Already Cast in Utah Independent Candidates Fight to be Heard in Utah http://kuer.org/post/independent-candidates-fight-be-heard-utah <p></p><p>Utah has three independent candidates running for Congress this election.&nbsp; But most voters haven’t seen a single ad or billboard about their campaigns.&nbsp; For a candidate with no funds or party support, it’s an uphill battle to get a message out.&nbsp; This story looks at what it means to be an independent candidate in Utah.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 05:18:51 +0000 Andrea Smardon 20170 at http://kuer.org Independent Candidates Fight to be Heard in Utah Study Reveals Small Business Priorities in Upcoming Election http://kuer.org/post/study-reveals-small-business-priorities-upcoming-election <p>A new national survey reveals the most important issues to small business owners in this year’s election.&nbsp; Utah is in line with national trends - rating the economy as the most important issue.&nbsp; But the Beehive state parts ways with the rest of the country on which Presidential candidate is a better supporter of small businesses.&nbsp;</p><p>George Washington University and Thumbtack.com surveyed more than 6000 small businesses across the country.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:13:30 +0000 Andrea Smardon 19961 at http://kuer.org Hinckley Institute of Politics: Public Education Problems Magnified in an Election Year http://kuer.org/post/hinckley-institute-politics-public-education-problems-magnified-election-year <p>Thursday, October 18, 2012<br><br><strong>Lily Eskelsen</strong>, Vice President, National Education Association</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.hinckley.utah.edu/events/forums/index.html" target="_blank">Click here</a></strong> for more information about the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.</p><p><a href="http://www2.kuer.org/hinckley.html" target="_blank">Past Hinckley forums can be found here.</a></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:30:45 +0000 19904 at http://kuer.org Hinckley Institute of Politics: Public Education Problems Magnified in an Election Year Seegmiller Calls Stewart a Hypocrite for Taking Millions from Federal Government http://kuer.org/post/seegmiller-calls-stewart-hypocrite-taking-millions-federal-government <p>Democrat Jay Seegmiller came out with an attack Thursday on his Republican opponent for the 2<sup>nd</sup> Congressional District Chris Stewart.&nbsp; Seegmiller called Stewart a hypocrite for accepting federal stimulus dollars and for refusing an invitation to debate.&nbsp;</p><p>Seegmiller squinted into the sun as he stood in front the State Capitol building, where he once served as Representative.&nbsp; He told reporters that it was here he learned that if you say something, you better mean it, or someone will call you out on it. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:20:29 +0000 Andrea Smardon 19903 at http://kuer.org Seegmiller Calls Stewart a Hypocrite for Taking Millions from Federal Government Hinckley Institute of Politics- Decision 2012: Salt Lake County Mayoral Debate http://kuer.org/post/hinckley-institute-politics-decision-2012-salt-lake-county-mayoral-debate <p>Tuesday, October 16, 2012<br><br><strong>Mark Crockett</strong> v. <strong>Ben McAdams</strong><br><br><strong>Jennifer Napier-Pearce</strong> (moderator) Host/Executive Producer, KCPW “City Views”</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 19:15:12 +0000 19826 at http://kuer.org Hinckley Institute of Politics- Decision 2012: Salt Lake County Mayoral Debate