elections

Politics
11:58 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Jim Matheson Speaks Out Against Opponent's Plan to Abolish U.S. Department of Education

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.

Read more
Politics
11:56 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mia Love Speaks About The American Dream At GOP Convention

Saratoga Springs Mayor and Utah Congressional Candidate Mia Love took the stage last night at the GOP National Convention.

A video montage showcasing Love as a mayor and mother preceded her speech. Her speech was brief. Love spoke for just under four minutes, but she quickly invoked the story of her Haitian immigrant parents and what they taught her about American values.

"So the America I grew up knowing was centered in self-reliance and filled with the possibilities of living the American dream," she says.

Read more
Politics
5:47 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Peter Cooke Slams Health Care Compact A Week After Its Chief Sponsor Suggests Same Changes

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke criticized Utah’s involvement in a multi-state plan to take over the administration of Medicare but some key republicans also think that’s a bad idea.

Read more
Politics
12:17 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Senator Orrin Hatch Skips Debate

Senator Orrin Hatch was absent from last night’s U.S. Senate Debate in Bountiful, where Democratic Candidate Scott Howell challenged the 36 year incumbent to defend his record.

Howell, Independent Senate Candidate Bill Barron, Constitution party candidate Shaun McCausland debated social security reform, the nation’s debt ceiling and a constitutional amendment requiring congress to pass a budget, and trade. McCausland argued the U.S. can easily avoid outsourcing jobs caused by free trade policies.

Read more
KUER Local News
12:01 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday August 22, 2012

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.

Politics
3:55 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Scott Howell Says Orrin Hatch’s Campaign Money is a Problem for Utah

Utah Democratic candidate for US Senate Scott Howell at campaign headquarters
Andrea Smardon

Senator Orrin Hatch won the Utah Republican primary, and spent 10 million dollars in the process.  Now, Democratic challenger Scott Howell aims to turn that money against the incumbent Senator.   Howell says Hatch’s significant campaign war chest is not a problem for him.  It’s a problem for the people of Utah. 

“When you see that big money, that drives the behavior that we’ve seen in Washington DC, that gives loopholes to businesses and industries that have access that you and I don’t,” said Howell, “We’re going to end that in this campaign.”

Read more
Politics
3:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Social Media Recap: Utah GOP Primary Elections

Brian Grimmett

The KUER News team spent last night covering the biggest races in the GOP Primary Elections. We sent reporters and interns to election night events across the Salt Lake Valley and they used our new twitter account, @KUERnews, to keep you updated throughout the night of the latest results and to help give you a broader view of each candidates thoughts.

Read more
KUER Local News
2:07 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday June 27, 2012

In Utah’s GOP Primary elections, Senator Orrin Hatch easily defeats Dan Liljenquist, the Salt Lake County Mayor’s race is too close to call, and the Wood Hollow wildfire continues to burn uncontained. All that and more in today's News Pod.

Politics
1:41 am
Wed June 27, 2012

John Swallow Defeats Sean Reyes for Utah Attorney General

John Swallow defeated Sean Reyes in the Republican primary for Utah Attorney General last night. Swallow is the current Chief Deputy Attorney General and will face Weber County Attorney Dee Smith in the general election.

The race took an ugly turn when ads attacking Reyes’ background aired in the weeks leading up to the primary. Reyes’ campaign in turn issued a rarely successful cease and desist order to remove the ads from television. Despite the negative campaigning and lost election, Reyes explained how he felt about the last two weeks.

Read more
Politics
12:52 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Senator Hatch Easily Wins Primary

Dan Liljenquist gives his concession speech to a group of his supporters.
Brian Grimmett

Senator Orrin Hatch won the GOP Primary Tuesday night, defeating former state senator Dan Liljenquist with more than 60 percent of the vote after a campaign stoked by anti-incumbent sentiment. Hatch told supporters at his election night gathering that he was relieved that the primary is behind him.

"You know I’ve learned that you can’t take anything for granted. No matter how good you are, no matter how much you’ve done. There’s always going to be somebody who's going to find fault with you and I think that’s kind of good in some ways," Hatch said.

Read more
KUER Local News
2:43 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday June 26, 2012

Utahns head to the polls for state primary elections, local and state political and civic leaders react to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's immigration law, and multiple fires continue to burn throughout the state.

Politics
11:31 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Sen. Hatch Faces 'Youth Movement' In Utah Primary

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist talk before a debate at KSL NewsRadio in Salt Lake City on June 15. The two face each other in the Utah Republican primary on Tuesday.
Laura Seitz AP

The Tea Party revolution swept through Utah in 2010, when conservative favorite Mike Lee ousted three-term Republican Sen. Bob Bennett at the state party convention.

Perhaps the person watching the upset closest that day was Utah's longest-serving senator, Orrin Hatch. Now 78, Hatch is trying to keep his job in an anti-incumbent atmosphere that led to the defeat last month of his colleague Richard Lugar of Indiana.

Read more
KUER Local News
1:00 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday June 20, 2012

Utah’s revenue projections appear to be on target, the Department of Corrections is worried about overcrowding, and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke calls for ethics reform. That and more on today's News Pod.

Healthcare
1:57 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Senator Orrin Hatch Vows to Repeal Affordable Care Act

US Senator Orrin Hatch and state Senator Pat Jones share a word after a meeting of the Salt Lake Chamber Health System Reform Task Force
Andrea Smardon

States are awaiting a decision from the US Supreme Court on provisions of the Affordable Care Act,which will require all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a fine.  But Utah’s Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is vowing to repeal the law, regardless of the court’s decision.   Hatch and Wyoming Senator John Barrasso spoke at a meeting of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Health Reform Task Force Wednesday morning. 

Read more

Pages