election 2012

Religion
12:08 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Peter Cooke Called as LDS Mission President

Peter Cooke

Retired U.S. Army Major General Peter Cooke was the Democratic Party nominee for governor of Utah in the 2012 election, but lost to the Republican incumbent, Gary Herbert.  He says it was a surprise when church leaders asked him to be a mission president a few days ago.  He doesn't yet know where he'll be assigned among the church's 350 missions worldwide, but he says his wife Heather and their four children are delighted with the opportunity to serve.

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Religion
4:46 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

LDS Democrats Call for Day of Prayer

In his concession speech, Governor Mitt Romney prayed that the president will be successful in guiding the nation.  Shortly after that, LDS Church leaders invited Americans  - whatever their political persuasion - to pray for the President and the new Congress.  Now LDS Democrats are calling for a day of prayer.  Caucus chair Steve Olsen told KUER the prayers are directed at leaders on both sides of the aisle. 

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Politics
2:55 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Who Won and Why

Who Won and Why - Election 2012

November 07, 2012

Who Won and Why

Dan Jones, President, Dan Jones & Associates
Frank Pignanelli, Weekly Political Columnist for Deseret News
LaVarr Webb, Publisher, Utah Policy Daily, Weekly Political Columnist for Deseret News
Doug Foxley, Attorney-at-Law Partner Foxley and Pignanelli, Nationally Recognized Political Consultant

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Politics
7:11 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Election 2012 Slideshow

Utah Republican HQ
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.

Politics
11:08 am
Mon November 5, 2012

KUER's Election 2012 Recap

Utah Governor

Republican Gary Herbert secured his second term in office last night, breezing past Democrat Peter Cooke by more than 36,000 votes.

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.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

State School Board Selection Process Challenged

Utah State Office of Education

The process for which Utah elects members to the State Board of Education is shrouded in controversy. So much that two lawsuits have been filed against the state calling for an end to the method altogether. Some say it has manufactured a conservative group of education bosses that don’t represent the community. But those who support the system say candidates are better qualified for the job than ever and more willing to collaborate with state lawmakers to make tough choices.

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Politics
9:50 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Utah Attorney General's Race Draws Two Very Different Candidates

Credit Courtesy of the Utah Attorney General's Office

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. 

Inside his office on the second floor of the state capitol, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff says he’s ready to move on.  The 55-year-old Republican has held the job of the state’s chief legal advisor for 12 years and he’s proud of his efforts to protect Utahn’s while also navigating the political pitfalls of the job.

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Environment & Public Lands
4:50 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Corroon Endorses Propostion #1, Defends Against Pending Lawsuit

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon endorsed the Regional Park and Trails bond 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.

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KUER Local News
12:09 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

KUER News Pod: Thursday November 1, 2012

Redistricting adds to the intrigue of Utah’s 68th district race, Lieutenant Governor candidates debate about the economy and education, and the 4th Congressional race breaks a Utah record.

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Politics
10:47 am
Thu November 1, 2012

District 68: Race to Represent Rural Utah

Utah House District 68 covers a vast area of western Utah.
Credit vote.utah.gov

It’s been 20 years since Merrill Nelson served one term in the Utah House of Representatives, but this year’s legislative redistricting has given him the opportunity to seek another.  He’s a Republican who lives in Grantsville, and the new boundaries of District 68 divide Tooele County and extend all the way to Milford in Beaver County.  Most of Juab County, including Eureka, is also now in District 68, and that’s where the Democratic candidate, Tom Nedreberg, comes from.

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KUER Local News
3:54 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Lieutenant Governor Candidates Square Off

Education, the economy and voter turnout were the focus of Utah’s only Lieutenant Governor’s debate. Less than a week away from the election, Republican Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell joined Democratic candidate Vince Rampton this morning at Utah State University in Logan.  

Democrat Vince Rampton says he would be a pro-active Lieutenant governor, tackling Utah’s low voter turnout and one-party rule by reforming lax campaign finance laws, expanding voter outreach and reducing lobbyist control in the legislature. He says these factors have led to helplessness among voters.

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Politics
12:07 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

2nd District Race Remains Obscure to Many Voters

2nd Congressional District Map

Utah’s 2nd Congressional District has been overshadowed by the newly added 4th District this election year.   The race between Jim Matheson and Mia Love has attracted national attention as well as money from out of state, while candidates in the recently redrawn 2nd District have had little time in the spotlight. 

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KUER Local News
11:53 am
Wed October 31, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday October 31, 2012

Utah’s 8th Senate district candidates vie for votes in one of the states few contested races, Candidates in Utah’s 2nd Congressional district try to get noticed, and the Millcreek incorporation debate gets even hotter.

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Politics
9:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Utah's 8th Senate District Race Up for Grabs

Utah's 8th Senate district candidates Brian Shiozawa and Josie Valdez
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. 

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Politics
4:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Millcreek "City" May Foot the Bill for 2300 East Repairs

Millcreek residents occupy a corner on 2300 east.

Emotions are running high in Millcreek 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. 

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Politics
5:36 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Lawmakers Decry Negative Campaign Ads

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.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Tens of Thousands of Ballots Already Cast in Utah

Thanks to early voting and absentee ballots, 169,000 people have already cast ballots in Utah - or about 13 percent of registered voters. Those are the latest numbers on Friday afternoon from Justin Lee, Elections Specialist for the Lieutenant Governor’s office.  At this rate, Lee said, early voting may make up half of all ballots in the state.

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Politics
11:18 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Independent Candidates Fight to be Heard in Utah

Volunteers for Joe Andrade's 2nd Congressional District campaign make signs.

Utah has three independent candidates running for Congress this election.  But most voters haven’t seen a single ad or billboard about their campaigns.  For a candidate with no funds or party support, it’s an uphill battle to get a message out.  This story looks at what it means to be an independent candidate in Utah.

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Business & Labor
4:13 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Study Reveals Small Business Priorities in Upcoming Election

A new national survey reveals the most important issues to small business owners in this year’s election.  Utah is in line with national trends - rating the economy as the most important issue.  But the Beehive state parts ways with the rest of the country on which Presidential candidate is a better supporter of small businesses. 

George Washington University and Thumbtack.com surveyed more than 6000 small businesses across the country. 

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Politics
5:30 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Public Education Problems Magnified in an Election Year

Public Education Problems Magnified in an Election Year

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lily Eskelsen, Vice President, National Education Association

Click here for more information about the Hinckley Institute of Politics Forums at the University of Utah.

Past Hinckley forums can be found here.

Politics
5:20 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Seegmiller Calls Stewart a Hypocrite for Taking Millions from Federal Government

Jay Seegmiller in front of the State Capitol where he once served as Representative.
Andrea Smardon

Democrat Jay Seegmiller came out with an attack Thursday on his Republican opponent for the 2nd Congressional District Chris Stewart.  Seegmiller called Stewart a hypocrite for accepting federal stimulus dollars and for refusing an invitation to debate. 

Seegmiller squinted into the sun as he stood in front the State Capitol building, where he once served as Representative.  He told reporters that it was here he learned that if you say something, you better mean it, or someone will call you out on it.  

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Politics
1:15 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Hinckley Institute of Politics- Decision 2012: Salt Lake County Mayoral Debate

Hinckley Institute of Politics: Mark Crockett v. Ben McAdams

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mark Crockett v. Ben McAdams

Jennifer Napier-Pearce (moderator) Host/Executive Producer, KCPW “City Views”