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3:07 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Democrat Charles Stormont Calls for Reform as He Kicks Off His Campaign for Attorney General

Democratic Attorney General Candidate Charles Stormont
Brian Grimmett

Democratic Utah Attorney General candidate Charles Stormont officially launched his campaign today with a call for real reform in the office.

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.

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Politics
1:42 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Sean Reyes Begins His Campaign to Remain Utah's Attorney General

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
Brian Grimmett

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.

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.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Democrat Charles Stormont to Run for Attorney General

Democrat Charles Stormont announces his candidacy for Utah Attorney General
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.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Mia Love and Doug Owens File for 4th Congressional District Race

Republican Mia Love files paperwork to run again for Utah's 4th Congressional District, while campaign manager Dave Hansen looks on. (March 17, 2014)
Andrea Smardon

UPDATE: Additional candidates who have filed for the 4th Congressional District include Bill Peterson (DEM), Bob Fuehr (REP), and Jim Vein (LIB).

The race for Utah Congressman Jim Matheson’s seat is on. Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens both filed Monday to represent the 4th 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.

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Politics
6:18 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

House Passes Bill to Limit Voter Details

Lawmakers say they want to add some privacy protection for voters' personal details, including birth dates, phone numbers and addresses.
Credit Utah Elections Office

    

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.

Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, supports a bill that would allow voters to choose whether they want their personal details from state election records to be public. Last year, a web site bought personal information for 1.5 million Utah voters and posted it on the web. Hutchings says that kind of data is fodder for thieves like the ones who stole his identity.

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Politics
4:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mitt Romney Supports Count My Vote Initiative

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall event in Dayton, Ohio, on March 3, 2012.
Photo by Terence Burlij/PBS NewsHour.

Organizers of The Count My Vote Initiative can now add Mitt Romney to their group of supporters. If passed, the proposal would move Utah to a direct primary election system.  But a bill moving through the legislature could keep the current caucus system intact.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Conflict Between Count My Vote and Utah Legislature Heats Up Over SB54

Couny My Vote Executive Director Rich McKeon
Brian Grimmett

A bill that would exempt political parties from any outcome of the Count My Vote initiative passed another hurdle Thursday as the Utah Senate gave SB54 preliminary approval.

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.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Rep. Jim Matheson Will Not Run For Reelection

Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah
U.S. House of Representatives

Utah’s only Democratic state representative, Jim Matheson, has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014. 

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Politics
4:55 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Mia Love Joins Former Congressman Allen West for Town Hall Meeting

Mia Love and Former Congressman Allan West
Karina Puikkonen

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.

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.

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Politics
3:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

State GOP Makes Changes to Neighborhood Caucuses

FILE: Utah GOP Chairman James Evans
Brian Grimmett

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.

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Local Government
7:10 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Business Owner, Clean Air Advocate Vie for District 5 Seat in Salt Lake City

Erin Mendenhall & Bill Davis
erinforcouncil.com & Bill Davis 4 District 5

On November 5th 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 Mendenhall.

The Coffee Garden in the 9th and 9th neighborhood is in the heart of District 5. Darryl High says places like this that make his neighborhood truly great. He’s a member of the East Liberty Park community council.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Democratic State Senator Luz Robles to Challenge Rep. Chris Stewart in 2014

Utah Senate Democrats

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.

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Politics
3:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Lt. Governor's Office Names Special Counsel in Investigation of AG John Swallow

File: Utah Attorney General John Swallow
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Lt. Governor’s office has picked the law firm Snell & Wilmer to be the special counsel in the investigation into whether or not Attorney General John Swallow violated state election laws.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Murray City Councilman Jim Brass Announces Mayoral Bid

Murray City Councilman Jim Brass declares his candidacy for mayor
Brian Grimmett

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. 

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.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

WVC Mayor Mike Winder Won't Seek Re-Election

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder
West Valley City

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder announced today that he will not run for re-election later this year. 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.

Winder says the $35K annual salary he receives as Mayor is not enough to provide for his family and he’ll be looking for a better paying job when his term ends next January. He says West Valley City’s economy blossomed on his watch.

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Politics
6:49 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

Utah Republicans Decide to Keep Party Nomination Process

Republican delegates line up to speak about the party nomination process.
Andrea Smardon

Utah Republicans decided at their convention on Saturday to keep their system in place for choosing party nominees. 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. 

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Politics
4:24 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Lt. Governor to Seek Special Counsel in Swallow Investigation

John Swallow at Inauguration
The Salt Lake Tribune (pool photo)

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.

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Politics
5:44 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Election Day Voter Registration Bill Approved by House Committee

A bill that would allow citizens to register to vote in Utah on election-day was approved by a House Committee today.  HB 91 would allow voters to register at the polls on and require county clerks to count those votes.  Democrat Rebecca Chavez Houck of Salt Lake County is the sponsor of the bill.  She hopes the legislation would increase voter turnout.

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-KUER News Pod
11:13 am
Wed March 6, 2013

KUER News Pod: Wednesday March 6, 2013

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.

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-KUER News Pod
12:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

KUER News Pod: Tuesday January 8, 2013

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.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Governor Herbert Inaugurated to First Full Term

Governor Gary Herbert gives his inaugural address
Brian Grimmett

A performance by the One Voice Children’s Choir helped mark the inauguration of Gary Herbert to his first full term as Governor. The ceremony also included performances from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 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.

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-KUER News Pod
12:59 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday January 7, 2012

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.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Utah's Electors Cast Presidential Votes

Utah's presidential electors meet at the state capitol.
Dan Bammes

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.

"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. 

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Developing
1:33 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Special Election: Jim Dabakis Wins Utah 2nd Senate District Seat

Jim Dabakis speaks to delegates in the Salt Lake County Council chamber
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.

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KUER Local News
3:28 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 28, 2012

KUER News Pod

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.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Final County Canvasses Show Matheson Narrowly Wins 4th Congressional District

Congressman Jim Matheson, D-Utah
U.S. House of Representatives

Official results from county canvasses released today show that Jim Matheson maintained his victory over Mia Love in the Utah 4th congressional district race.

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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
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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