politics http://kuer.org en Thomas Wright Not Seeking Re-election as Utah GOP Chairman http://kuer.org/post/thomas-wright-not-seeking-re-election-utah-gop-chairman <p>Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright announced today that he will not seek re-election when the state GOP meets in May.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:03:23 +0000 Terry Gildea 27186 at http://kuer.org Thomas Wright Not Seeking Re-election as Utah GOP Chairman KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 19, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-march-19-2013 <p>A gay rights organization takes on Utah’s Amendment 3, Salt Lake County expands their small business loan program, and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love could be gearing up for a rematch with Congressman Jim Matheson.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83986315&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:33:25 +0000 Brian Grimmett 26578 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday March 19, 2013 Legislature Approves Dixie State University Name Change http://kuer.org/post/legislature-approves-dixie-state-university-name-change <p>Dixie State College is now one signature away from officially becoming Dixie State University after receiving approval from the Utah state legislature.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:09:59 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24989 at http://kuer.org Legislature Approves Dixie State University Name Change More Utah Highways Could See 80 MPH Speed Limits http://kuer.org/post/more-utah-highways-could-see-80-mph-speed-limits <p>The speed limit on several sections of Utah’s interstate highways could soon be increased to 80 miles per hour.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:40:53 +0000 Brian Grimmett 24377 at http://kuer.org More Utah Highways Could See 80 MPH Speed Limits Should Every Home Have a Gun? A Small Utah Town Says Yes http://kuer.org/post/should-every-home-have-gun-small-utah-town-says-yes <p>Officials in Spring City, Utah are considering an ordinance that would encourage every homeowner to own a gun.</p><p>Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen came up with the original idea that would have made owning a gun mandatory. But after discussion the city council quickly decided doing so would be too complicated, so they changed the language of the ordinance. Sorensen says he hopes the ordinance will make criminals think twice before attempting a home invasion.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:17:18 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23332 at http://kuer.org Should Every Home Have a Gun? A Small Utah Town Says Yes KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 8, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-january-8-2013 <p>Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into office for his first full term, new Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams holds an inauguration ceremony of his own, and environmental groups show concern over the acquisition of EnergySolutions.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74142943&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:49:38 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23319 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 8, 2013 KUER News Pod: Monday January 7, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-monday-january-7-2012 <p>Governor Gary Herbert is sworn into his first full term, newly elected State Auditor John Dougall sits down and talks with KUER’s Dan Bammes, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gives conditional approval to Utah’s health exchange.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74012848&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 19:59:21 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23267 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Monday January 7, 2012 Congressman-elect Chris Stewart OK with Armed Teachers http://kuer.org/post/congressman-elect-chris-stewart-ok-armed-teachers <p>In response to almost 200 teachers participating in a free concealed carry course offered on Thursday, Republican Congressman-elect Christ Stewart says he’s for the idea, as long as the individual and school district are on board.</p><p>Stewart says when he gets to congress he’s going to do what he can to protect 2nd amendment rights. And while he doesn’t think all teachers should have to carry a gun, he says it’s not necessarily a bad idea.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:33:42 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22929 at http://kuer.org Congressman-elect Chris Stewart OK with Armed Teachers Leigh von der Esch Retires as Managing Director of Utah Office of Tourism http://kuer.org/post/leigh-von-der-esch-retires-managing-director-utah-office-tourism <p>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 <a href="http://business.utah.gov/">Office of Economic Development</a> says von der Esch's dedication to promoting Utah is unmatched.</p><p>"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.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:30:08 +0000 Bob Nelson 22879 at http://kuer.org Leigh von der Esch Retires as Managing Director of Utah Office of Tourism New Salt Lake County Mayor Reorganizes Public Works Department http://kuer.org/post/new-salt-lake-county-mayor-reorganizes-public-works-department <p>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.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 23:46:03 +0000 Terry Gildea 22626 at http://kuer.org New Salt Lake County Mayor Reorganizes Public Works Department Number of Utah Children in Poverty Up to 141,000 http://kuer.org/post/number-utah-children-poverty-141000 <p>Child Poverty in Utah is on the rise according to the latest information released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:56:14 +0000 Brian Grimmett 22573 at http://kuer.org Number of Utah Children in Poverty Up to 141,000 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 KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 28, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-november-28-2012 <p>Democratic candidates for Utah’s vacant senate seat square off in their only debate, the Utah Supreme Court finds parts of Utah’s adoption laws “constitutionally defective,” and Utah students get a new standardized test.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F69228561&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:28:33 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21652 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 28, 2012 Final County Canvasses Show Matheson Narrowly Wins 4th Congressional District http://kuer.org/post/final-county-canvasses-show-matheson-narrowly-wins-4th-congressional-district <p>Official results from county canvasses released today show that Jim Matheson maintained his victory over Mia Love in the Utah 4th congressional district race.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:31:11 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21359 at http://kuer.org Final County Canvasses Show Matheson Narrowly Wins 4th Congressional District 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 Health Exchange Deadline Extended: Utah Still Non-Committal http://kuer.org/post/health-exchange-deadline-extended-utah-still-non-committal <p>Governor Gary Herbert plans to send a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services Friday declaring the state’s intentions on its health insurance exchange. Up until now, the Governor’s Office has not said whether the state will update its existing exchange, Avenue H, to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act - or let the feds create their own exchange in the state. But Utah’s Health Reform Implementation Coordinator Norman Thurston says the letter doesn’t commit the state to anything.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:21:09 +0000 Andrea Smardon 21146 at http://kuer.org Health Exchange Deadline Extended: Utah Still Non-Committal Utah Legislature Looks for Ways to Fix State Data Security Issues http://kuer.org/post/utah-legislature-looks-ways-fix-state-data-security-issues <p>The state Health and Human Services interim committee unanimously supported draft legislation Wednesday aimed at fixing problems related to the state’s Medicaid data breach that left more than 800 thousand Utahn’s personal information vulnerable.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:20:06 +0000 Brian Grimmett 21085 at http://kuer.org Utah Legislature Looks for Ways to Fix State Data Security Issues 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 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 Matheson Battles Love Over Eliminating Special Education Money http://kuer.org/post/matheson-battles-love-over-eliminating-special-education-money <p>Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson is once again attacking opponent Mia Love’s proposed budget cuts and this time it’s over special education grants.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:11:11 +0000 Brian Grimmett 20159 at http://kuer.org Matheson Battles Love Over Eliminating Special Education Money Legislature Considers Sex Education Training for Parents http://kuer.org/post/legislature-considers-sex-education-training-parents <p>State legislators debated the merits of creating training courses for parents on how to teach sex education to their children Wednesday during the Education Interim committee meeting.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:24:41 +0000 Brian Grimmett 19872 at http://kuer.org Legislature Considers Sex Education Training for Parents Senator Orrin Hatch Skips Debate http://kuer.org/post/senator-orrin-hatch-skips-debate <p>Senator Orrin Hatch was absent from last night’s U.S. Senate Debate in Bountiful, where Democratic Candidate Scott Howell challenged the 36 year incumbent to defend his record.</p><p>Howell, Independent Senate Candidate Bill Barron, Constitution party candidate Shaun McCausland debated social security reform, the nation’s debt ceiling and a constitutional amendment requiring congress to pass a budget, and trade. McCausland argued the U.S. can easily avoid outsourcing jobs caused by free trade policies.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:17:55 +0000 Whittney Evans 17079 at http://kuer.org Utah Special Interest Groups Voice Concerns About ALEC http://kuer.org/post/utah-special-interest-groups-voice-concerns-about-alec <p>Special interest groups from Utah and other states gathered Thursday to voice their concerns over the corporate-lobbyist group, ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is currently hosting their 39th annual conference in Salt Lake City through Saturday.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:20:26 +0000 Ray Howze 15666 at http://kuer.org Utah Special Interest Groups Voice Concerns About ALEC Conservative Group ALEC Comes to Salt Lake, Draws Criticism http://kuer.org/post/conservative-group-alec-comes-salt-lake-draws-criticism <p>This week the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC, will hold its four day conference at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. But the group isn&#39;t without those who oppose their agenda and plan to protest the meeting.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 03:53:43 +0000 Todd Patton 15428 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday July 12, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-thursday-july-12-2012 Utah's members of the U.S. House of Representatives vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the state of Utah accuses a major oil company of double dipping, and the state forester bans target shooting in parts of four counties.<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F52634217&show_artwork=true"></iframe> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:47:11 +0000 Brian Grimmett 14850 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Thursday July 12, 2012 Social Media Recap: Special Session of the Utah Legislature http://kuer.org/post/social-media-recap-special-session-utah-legislature <p>KUER News has a new twitter account (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/KUERnews">@KUERnew</a><a href="http://www.twitter.com/KUERnews">s</a>) and yesterday&#39;s special session of the Utah Legislature proved to be a great way to break it in. We sent three reporters to the capitol and throughout the day they took advantage of twitter to keep you updated.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:17:19 +0000 Brian Grimmett 13815 at http://kuer.org Interim Committee Approves Bill to Add Liquor Licenses http://kuer.org/post/interim-committee-approves-bill-add-liquor-licenses <p>Utah may be getting 90 new liquor licenses. The State Legislature is expected to vote this afternoon on a bill that would allow 50 full-service and 40 limited-service restaurants to obtain licenses.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:00:30 +0000 Andrea Smardon & Brian Grimmett 13761 at http://kuer.org Interim Committee Approves Bill to Add Liquor Licenses KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 19, 2012 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-tuesday-june-19-2012 <p>Governor Herbert calls legislators back for a special session, Utahns get the opportunity to weigh in on their health coverage, and four former GOP congressional candidates file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. Those stories and more in today&#39;s KUER&nbsp;News Pod.</p><br/><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F50206691&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=98091a"></iframe> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:21:44 +0000 Brian Grimmett 13688 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 19, 2012 Partisanship, Barriers Lower Utah Voter Turnout http://kuer.org/post/partisanship-barriers-lower-utah-voter-turnout <p>Voter turnout in Utah has dropped dramatically in recent elections, and a new study by the Utah Foundation looks at some of the reasons why.</p><p>In the presidential election of 1992, 67% of Utah&#39;s registered voters took part, while only about 50% turned out in 2008. &nbsp;A study by the non-partisan Utah Foundation suggests fewer close races and barriers to voter participation such as the state&#39;s closed Republican primary could be among the reasons. &nbsp;Research director Morgan Lyon Cotti says the strident partisanship of recent years also plays a part.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:52:55 +0000 Dan Bammes 13641 at http://kuer.org Partisanship, Barriers Lower Utah Voter Turnout Senator Orrin Hatch Vows to Repeal Affordable Care Act http://kuer.org/post/senator-orrin-hatch-vows-repeal-affordable-care-act <p>States are awaiting a decision from the US Supreme Court on provisions of the Affordable Care Act,which will require all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a fine. But Utah’s Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is vowing to repeal the law, regardless of the court’s decision. Hatch and Wyoming Senator John Barrasso spoke at a meeting of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Health Reform Task Force Wednesday morning.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 19:57:59 +0000 Andrea Smardon 10547 at http://kuer.org Senator Orrin Hatch Vows to Repeal Affordable Care Act