elections http://kuer.org en 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 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 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 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 Rep. Jim Matheson Will Not Run For Reelection http://kuer.org/post/rep-jim-matheson-will-not-run-reelection <p>Utah’s only Democratic state representative, Jim Matheson, has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:38:34 +0000 Brian Grimmett 39695 at http://kuer.org Rep. Jim Matheson Will Not Run For Reelection Mia Love Joins Former Congressman Allen West for Town Hall Meeting http://kuer.org/post/mia-love-joins-former-congressman-allen-west-town-hall-meeting <p>Utah congressional candidate Mia Love held a town hall meeting in Sandy today. Former Congressman and retired Lieutenant Colonel Allan West was also present to endorse the Saratoga Springs Mayor’s campaign.</p><p>During the meeting, Colonel West says he traveled to Utah because he believes republican candidates like Mayor Love would restore principles of equal opportunity rather than equal results to the modern American Dream.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:55:11 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38172 at http://kuer.org Mia Love Joins Former Congressman Allen West for Town Hall Meeting State GOP Makes Changes to Neighborhood Caucuses http://kuer.org/post/state-gop-makes-changes-neighborhood-caucuses <p>Leaders of the Count My Vote initiative say they will continue to move forward with their efforts to replace the party caucuses with direct primaries even after state GOP delegates voted over the weekend to reform the current system.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:20:57 +0000 Brian Grimmett 37389 at http://kuer.org State GOP Makes Changes to Neighborhood Caucuses Business Owner, Clean Air Advocate Vie for District 5 Seat in Salt Lake City http://kuer.org/post/business-owner-clean-air-advocate-vie-district-5-seat-salt-lake-city <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On November </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Salt Lake City residents in districts 1, 5, and 7 will choose new people to represent them on the city council. In District 5, Jill Remington Love, the only woman on the council is vacating her seat, and two very different candidates are vying to fill it: small business man Bill Davis and clean air advocate Erin </span>Mendenhall<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 01:10:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 36765 at http://kuer.org Business Owner, Clean Air Advocate Vie for District 5 Seat in Salt Lake City Democratic State Senator Luz Robles to Challenge Rep. Chris Stewart in 2014 http://kuer.org/post/democratic-state-senator-luz-robles-challenge-rep-chris-stewart-2014 <p>Democratic State Senator Luz Robles says she’s planning to run against Republican incumbent Chris Stewart for Utah’s 2nd Congressional district seat in 2014.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:35:32 +0000 Brian Grimmett 35050 at http://kuer.org Democratic State Senator Luz Robles to Challenge Rep. Chris Stewart in 2014 Lt. Governor's Office Names Special Counsel in Investigation of AG John Swallow http://kuer.org/post/lt-governors-office-names-special-counsel-investigation-ag-john-swallow <p>The Utah Lt. Governor’s office has picked the law firm <a href="http://www.swlaw.com/" target="_blank">Snell &amp; Wilmer</a> to be the special counsel in the investigation into whether or not Attorney General John Swallow violated state election laws.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:58:27 +0000 Brian Grimmett 32863 at http://kuer.org Lt. Governor's Office Names Special Counsel in Investigation of AG John Swallow Murray City Councilman Jim Brass Announces Mayoral Bid http://kuer.org/post/murray-city-councilman-jim-brass-announces-mayoral-bid <p>Murray City Councilman Jim Brass announced today that he’s running to replace Murray City Mayor Dan Snarr, who recently disclosed he will not be running for re-election.&nbsp;</p><p>Jim Brass has been on the Murray City Council for ten years. Before that, he served on the planning and zoning commission. Democratic state Representative Carol Spackman-Moss was at Brass’ announcement. She says she’s giving her support to Brass because of his experience.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:05:16 +0000 Brian Grimmett 30365 at http://kuer.org Murray City Councilman Jim Brass Announces Mayoral Bid WVC Mayor Mike Winder Won't Seek Re-Election http://kuer.org/post/wvc-mayor-mike-winder-wont-seek-re-election <p>West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder announced today that he will not run for re-election later this year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite problems plaguing the city’s police force and a scandal where Winder admitted writing articles under a pen-name praising his city, he says he’s proud of his tenure as Mayor.</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:48:42 +0000 Nicole Nixon 29705 at http://kuer.org WVC Mayor Mike Winder Won't Seek Re-Election Utah Republicans Decide to Keep Party Nomination Process http://kuer.org/post/utah-republicans-decide-keep-party-nomination-process <p>Utah Republicans decided at their convention on Saturday to keep their system in place for choosing party nominees.&nbsp;A proposal to raise the percentage of votes needed to avoid a primary sparked heated debate about how best to give lesser-known candidates a fair shot.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 19 May 2013 00:49:27 +0000 Andrea Smardon 29500 at http://kuer.org Utah Republicans Decide to Keep Party Nomination Process Lt. Governor to Seek Special Counsel in Swallow Investigation http://kuer.org/post/lt-governor-seek-special-counsel-swallow-investigation <p>Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell will seek special counsel to investigate three of the 12 allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow that he violated election law.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 22:24:27 +0000 Brian Grimmett 29113 at http://kuer.org Lt. Governor to Seek Special Counsel in Swallow Investigation Election Day Voter Registration Bill Approved by House Committee http://kuer.org/post/election-day-voter-registration-bill-approved-house-committee <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would allow citizens to register to vote in Utah on election-day was approved by a House Committee today.&nbsp; HB 91 would allow voters to register at the polls on and require county clerks to count those votes.&nbsp; Democrat Rebecca Chavez Houck of Salt Lake County is the sponsor of the bill.&nbsp; She hopes the legislation would increase voter turnout.</span></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:44:53 +0000 Terry Gildea 26005 at http://kuer.org Election Day Voter Registration Bill Approved by House Committee KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 6, 2013 http://kuer.org/post/kuer-news-pod-wednesday-march-6-2013 <p>Utah students and families battle the rising cost of higher education, a bill to fund preschool programs for at-risk children fails in the Utah Senate, and Representative Jim Matheson introduces legislation to end straight ticket voting.<br><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F82079406&amp;color=98091a&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:13:13 +0000 Brian Grimmett 25973 at http://kuer.org KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 6, 2013 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 Governor Herbert Inaugurated to First Full Term http://kuer.org/post/governor-herbert-inaugurated-first-full-term <p>A performance by the <a href="http://www.onevoicechildren.com/">One Voice Children’s Choir</a> helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the <a href="http://mormontabernaclechoir.org/">Mormon Tabernacle Choir</a>, and a 19 gun salute by the Utah National Guard. In his inaugural address Herbert refrained from making any strong political statements. Instead he urged everyone to keep pressing forward while praising the “can-do” attitude of state residents both past and present.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:24:30 +0000 Brian Grimmett 23278 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Inaugurated to First Full Term 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 Utah's Electors Cast Presidential Votes http://kuer.org/post/utahs-electors-cast-presidential-votes <p></p><p>Utah's six presidential electors met today at the state capitol and cast their ballots for Mitt Romney. The electors are all Republicans who were chosen at the party's state convention. They're required to vote for the Republican candidate, since he won the popular vote in Utah. Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell announced the results, which were not a surprise to anyone.</p><p>"We declare that Utah casts all its ballots for president for Mitt Romney and all its ballots for vice-president for Paul Ryan," he told a crowd made up mostly of media and school children.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:49:32 +0000 Dan Bammes 22453 at http://kuer.org Utah's Electors Cast Presidential Votes 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 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 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