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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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Gov. Gary Herbert says his office is already preparing to hold a special election to fill the U-S House seat in the 3rd Congressional district. Representative Jason Chaffetz announced today that he will leave office next month. 

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Republican Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz has announced he will resign his congressional seat on June 30.

In a letter to constituents on his website Thursday, Chaffetz said the time had come for him to turn the page and start a new chapter of his life. He did not reveal what he plans to do next.

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Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation are praising the selection of former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and its possible ties to President Trump’s campaign.

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After firing FBI Director James Comey last week, President Trump’s approval rating dipped to 39 percent. But among Trump voters — including those in Utah — many are unwavering in their support.

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Congressman Chris Stewart’s town hall in Central Utah on Friday brought out more supporters than detractors, but he still faced several tough questions about the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare.

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Republican Congressman Chris Stewart is holding a town hall tonight at Richfield High School in Sevier County.

 


As the fallout continues from President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, Utah Sen. Mike Lee has weighed in with an unusual suggestion to replace him.

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Utah’s top tourism official says at a time when the number of people visiting national parks is skyrocketing, the Trump administration and Congress should step up their funding of the National Park Service.


Gov. Gary Herbert has set an ambitious goal to kick-start rural Utah’s economy, but there are obstacles to attracting new businesses outside the Wasatch Front.

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Utah Democrats have historically been at an electoral disadvantage when it comes to congressional races, but a wave of younger progressive candidates are deciding to run anyway.

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Utah may be experiencing low unemployment and high job growth, but many businesses are still struggling to find qualified workers to fill jobs.

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University of Utah President David Pershing announced Monday that he is stepping down from his post.

Pershing broke the news during a meeting of the Academic Senate. He said he’d planned on announcing his retirement this August but pushed up the date due to recent unrest between the Health Sciences division and Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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A new poll of Republican voters in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District reveals some strong favorites to replace outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz.  

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Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz is doing well after undergoing emergency surgery.

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The Utah Republican Party is preparing to elect new executive leadership next month, including party chair — and the fallout over a three-year-old election law may be a deciding factor for members.

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Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez held a rally Friday in Salt Lake City, as they seek to reunify the party.

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Legislative leaders are advocating for a special session to hammer out the details of an election in the event Rep. Jason Chaffetz vacates his seat. 

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News of Representative Jason Chaffetz’s decision not to run for re-election on Wednesday stunned Utah’s political establishment – including several would-be contenders for his seat.

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Fifth generation dairy farmer Ron Gibson is showing off his farm in West Weber, Utah, on a sunny day in April. It's a 500-acre stretch of land with sweeping views of the still snow-capped Wasatch Mountains, about an hour north of Salt Lake.

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Former Democratic Senate candidate Misty K. Snow has announced her candidacy for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District against Republican incumbent Chris Stewart.

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During a visit to a Lehi company Tuesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch addressed President Donald Trump’s first 100 days and his own plans to run for an eighth term.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and new Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez will be making a stop in Utah next week as the Democrats try to capitalize on a resurgent grassroots activism among the left.


Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation largely praised President Trump’s decision to launch a sudden airstrike on a Syrian airfield Thursday night.

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To hear Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch tell it, Democrats’ filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is an unprecedented maneuver that goes beyond the pale.  

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A Utah lawmaker says she will likely bring back a bill that would allow Tesla and other vehicle manufacturers to sell their own cars after the state Supreme Court upheld a prohibition on direct sales.

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Randy Parker, CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau, says it’s been a tough few years for the Beehive state’s farmers and ranchers.

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Republican Rep. Chris Stewart defended his record to a packed town hall Friday night at West High School, where he took questions on health care, public lands and investigating President Trump.

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Kathryn Allen made headlines earlier this month after raising half a million dollars to challenge five-time Republican incumbent Jason Chaffetz in next year's election.


Gov. Gary Herbert issued his first veto of 2017 for a bill that would’ve scrapped a requirement to appoint an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to several state boards and commissions.

 

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Midvale’s mayor of 22 years JoAnn Seghini is expected to retire this year, paving the way for a new leader to oversee the growing Salt Lake suburb — and at least one candidate is throwing her name in the ring early.  

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