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Julia Ritchey

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Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her three regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she continues to preach the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies. 

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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will be joining Fox News after he resigns his seat from Congress this Friday.

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State election officials have given an initial OK to a new centrist political party called the United Utah Party — though a lawsuit over its ability to run a candidate in the 3rd Congressional District special election is still pending.

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Half a billion dollars. That’s the amount Utah estimates it forgoes every year in sales tax due to the state’s abundance of exemptions.

 

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Update Sunday June 25:
The Brian Head Fire grew slightly overnight but firefighting officials are hopeful that calmer winds and a bit of rain on Sunday will slow the fire's growth. The fire is 42,800 acres and 8 percent contained. Evacuations remain in place for Brian Head, Panguitch Lake, Horse Valley, Castle Valley, Rainbow Meadows, Mammoth Creek, Beaver Dam, Blue Springs, Dry Lakes and Second Left Hand Canyon. 

 

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Gov. Gary Herbert is defending his authority to organize a special election to fill the upcoming vacancy in the 3rd Congressional District, after lawmakers accused the governor of a power grab.

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Utah state lawmakers are ramping up their fight with Gov. Gary Herbert over the special election to fill Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s seat. 


The once-crowded Republican field to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz is now down to three candidates — and when it comes to discussing President Trump, the GOP candidates are striking a delicate chord between support and uncertainty.

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In a surprise win, former state lawmaker Chris Herrod won the Republican nomination to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz of the 3rd Congressional District.

 

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The Utah Democratic Party will elect new leadership at its organizing convention in Ogden this weekend — but recent allegations of sexual harassment by a high-profile member have cast a cloud over the party.

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Eight GOP congressional candidates running for the seat being vacated by  Rep. Jason Chaffetz squared off in one of the few forums before their party's nominating convention this weekend. 

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President Trump has renominated U.S. Attorney John Huber to serve as Utah's chief federal prosecutor, just three months after ordering his resignation. 

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Three candidates running in the 3rd Congressional District race to replace Jason Chaffetz met Monday's deadline to turn in signatures to get their name onto the ballot, including one newcomer. 

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Business executives, wealthy donors and political leaders gathered in Park City on Friday for former Gov. Mitt Romney’s annual leadership and political summit, where speakers and attendees had a decidedly more upbeat take on President Trump’s first few months in office.  

A candidate for Utah Democratic Party state chair is dropping out of the race following allegations of sexual impropriety.

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During the campaign, President Trump called for $1 trillion to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and highways. The proposal he debuted this week — which the White House dubbed infrastructure week — falls well short of that, pledging just $200 billion in federal spending over 10 years.

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Utah Republicans elected Rob Anderson chairman of the state party last month, ousting two-term incumbent James Evans.

Anderson, 51, is a commercial airline pilot and former chair of the Davis County GOP. He takes over at a time when the party is in serious debt and facing deep divisions within its membership.

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At the launch for Provo Mayor John Curtis' congressional campaign a week and a half ago, volunteers put out two clipboards for people to sign as they entered the room. The first was for people who wanted to sign up to volunteer. The second clipboard was a little more important. 

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A Republican from the 3rd Congressional District who sued state officials to declare his candidacy while overseas says he will not pursue further legal action.

Several female members of the Utah Democratic party are accusing a candidate for chairman of sexual misconduct. 

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State lawmaker Rebecca Chavez-Houck announced this week she won’t be running for re-election after nearly a decade in Utah politics. 

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Candidate filing began Thursday for municipal races in Salt Lake and across Utah. 

Mitt Romney will hold his annual political retreat in Park City next week from June 8 through June 10, according to Politico. 

Romney first launched the Experts and Enthusiasts Summit, or E2, six years ago after his 2012 presidential bid. The retreat brings together top policy and political leaders for discussions and activities at the Deer Valley Resort. 

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Longtime Democratic state lawmaker Rebecca Chavez-Houck will not be running for re-election next year.


New data from the Census Bureau ranks Lehi, Utah, as the 11th fastest growing city in the U.S., a reflection of the Wasatch Front’s strong economy, particularly in the area known as Silicon Slopes.

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A newly created centrist party that attempted to enter the packed 3rd Congressional District race fell short of a deadline to get certified, but may run a candidate anyway.

 

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Provo Mayor John Curtis stood inside a packed reception hall in the city’s downtown Thursday evening and made his candidacy official, joining a crowded field of more than a dozen candidates running to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz. 

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With a special election scheduled to replace outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, several Republican candidates wasted no time in launching their campaigns this weekend at the Utah GOP’s organizing convention in Sandy.

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Utah GOP state delegates overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to support medical marijuana in their party platform over the weekend.

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State election officials have announced that the special election to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz will take place November 7, the same day as municipal elections.

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Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz says he’s ready to start a new chapter of his life, but not yet ready to say what that may be.  

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