Democrat

Brian Grimmett

Democrat Charles Stormont has filed to run in the special election to replace former Attorney General John Swallow.

Charles Stormont has worked as an attorney in the Utah Attorney General’s office for the past 6 years.  He says the Swallow scandal and the effects it had on the office is one of the main reasons he decided to run.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Senate Democrats are calling on House and Senate leadership to authorize a committee to investigate the allegations brought against Attorney General John Swallow.

Senate Minority leader Gene Davis says the call for an investigation isn’t about impeachment. That’s a process left for the Utah House to begin. But he does say it’s in the interest of open government and the integrity of our elected officials to find the truth.

Utah Legislature

The Utah Republican party is welcoming former Democratic state representative Christine Watkins with open arms after her recent decision to join the GOP. Watkins, who has served her district near Price for four years, was considered a conservative democrat in the legislature and often sided with Republicans on issues like energy development. Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright says those shared values are some of the reasons why Watkins decided to make the switch.

Brian Grimmett

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 2nd 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.

Utah Legislature Releases Redistricting Documents

Nov 16, 2012

Legislative leaders made 16 thousand pages of documents related to redistricting available online Friday. 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.

Election 2012 Slideshow

Nov 6, 2012
Brian Grimmett

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.

Utah's 8th Senate District Race Up for Grabs

Oct 30, 2012
Brian Grimmett

Within the boundaries of Utah’s 8th Senate district 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. 

Lawmakers Decry Negative Campaign Ads

Oct 26, 2012
Alliance for a Better Utah

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. 

Senator Patricia Jones says voters should not ignore the onslaught of negative political mailers and television ads being employed during this election season.

“If we feel offended or if we have questions about something that’s been said in the campaign, we owe it to ourselves and to our democratic society to call them on it and that’s what we’re doing today," Jones said.

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan makes a stop in Utah County, the Clear The Air Challenge comes to an end, and the Utah Department of Health releases their annual report on smoking.

votescotthowell.com

As the Democratic National Convention kicks off today in Charlotte, North Carolina, organizers didn’t expect any congressional candidates from Utah to come. But, Senate candidate Scott Howell is participating after a last minute invitation.

Howell wasn’t planning on attending the convention because of campaign issues back home. But when he was asked last weekend to be a panelist at the DNC’s Faith Council meeting, he felt compelled to attend.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday September 5, 2012

Sep 5, 2012

A last minute invitation allows Democratic Senate Candidate Scott Howell to become Utah’s only congressional candidate at the Democratic National Convention, celebrated attorney and advocate Brian Barnard dies, and Salt Lake’s Downtown Alliance reassures the public that the Gateway Shopping Center is going to survive.

Matheson For congress

Utah’s lone Democratic Congressman, Jim Matheson is not participating in his party’s national convention this week.

Last week Matheson’s opponent, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love spoke at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, but Congressman Matheson will be home this week when his party meets in Charlotte to nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden for re-election. Matheson says it’s more important for him to stay in Utah.

Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Scott Howell was at the Olympus Hills Sinclair Gas Station today talking to voters about his energy plan.

Howell approached drivers as they pulled up to the gas pump and asked if they needed their windows washed, oil checked, or gas pumped. While helping out, he asked about concerns voters may have and broke down what his energy plan would look like if he defeats Republican incumbent Orrin Hatch. He says there is one key issue he’d like to see get more attention.

LDS Democrats prepare to use the National Convention to grow their caucus, Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson is staying home, and the Red Cross tries to make emergency food taste better.

Utah Congressman Jim Matheson spoke out today against his opponent Mia Love’s support for downsizing or abolishing the U-S Department of Education. The Democratic incumbent held a press conference at Salt Lake Community College.

Matheson brought along two University of Utah students to speak about the importance of college grants and loans, which come from the U-S Department of Education. The congressman told the crowd that if Mia Love had her way, those federal programs would cease to exist.

Senator Orrin Hatch skips a debate, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Representative Jim Matheson, and Governor Gary Herbert reorganizes the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

State House and Senate leaders told the Utah Democratic Party yesterday, they will have to pay more than nine thousand dollars if they want to see the remaining redistricting documents they asked for in a GRAMA request. The party had requested a fee waiver based on the argument that release of the records was primarily in the public interest. But the Legislative Records committee rejected the Party’s request for a fee waiver in a 3 to 1 vote. House Democratic leader David Litvack voted against his own party, saying the request primarily benefits the political interests of Democrats.

Union Labor Leader Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Aug 17, 2012
Jim Judd
Utah AFL-CIO

Jim Judd was a firefighter who worked his way up through his union to become the head of the state's largest labor organization, the Utah AFL-CIO.  He died Friday morning from the injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident in Missoula, Montana.

He was also vice-chairman of the Utah Democratic Party.  State Senator Karen Mayne says he was someone legislators from both parties could trust.

"He had good skills of figuring things out and networking, and negotiating and making everyone feel part of the movement and part of whatever committee he was on," Mayne told KUER.

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke criticizes Governor Herbert on Public Lands policy, Salt Lake County decides to help fund the new downtown theater, and KUER’s Dan Bammes takes a tour of the new LDS temple in Brigham City.

Cooke for Governor

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Cooke says he’ll limit individual contributions to his campaign, if Governor Gary Herbert will join him. Cooke and his running mate Vince Ramptom stood with Utahn’s for Ethical Government Tuesday at the State Capitol to propose a series of ethics reforms, including an overhaul of Utah’s campaign finance laws.

Cooke says declining voter participation in Utah is a testament to a lack of confidence in state government.