Mike Lee

This year’s U.S. Senate race in Utah pits incumbent Republican Mike Lee against political newcomer Misty Snow. She faces an uphill road to unseat Lee, but is taking a much different approach than fellow Democrats who’ve run before her.

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Republican Sen. Mike Lee faced off against Democratic challenger Misty Snow in their first and only debate at Brigham Young University on Wednesday night.

Whittney Evans

Indiana Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence stumped for his running mate, Donald Trump while in Salt Lake City Thursday. Utah Senator Mike Lee invited Pence to speak at his annual Utah Solutions Summit.

Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee has not endorsed Donald Trump for president, but he has invited Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence to speak at his 3 rd annual Utah Solutions Summit in Salt Lake City Thursday. Utah Democrats criticized Lee’s decision, saying it gives the appearance that Lee supports the Republican presidential nominee.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Democrats have chosen Misty Snow as their nominee to challenge Republican Senator Mike Lee. With the win, Snow becomes the first transgender person to be nominated by a major political party for a U.S. Senate Seat.

Brian Grimmett and Judy Fahys

Democratic candidates vying for Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s Senate seat are headed to a primary, while Lee faced no opposition on his way to the general ballot.

Mike Lee Seeks Senate Leadership Position

Apr 13, 2016
Brian Grimmett

Utah Sen. Mike Lee says he’s decided to run for a Republican leadership position in the Senate, but the news hasn’t gone over well with those currently in charge.

Brian Grimmett

Capping off recent visits from almost all of the presidential candidates, Republican Ted Cruz spent time with voters in Utah over the weekend. Cruz made two stops in the state on Saturday. Between rallies in Draper and Provo he responded to reporters’ questions. Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said last week that he would vote for Cruz in the Utah caucuses on Tuesday, but fell short of endorsing the candidate. Cruz told the press that he appreciates Romney’s support in helping defeat Donald Trump.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Senator Mike Lee kicked off his reelection campaign on Saturday with the help of several high profile Republicans.

Bob Nelson

"Regulatory overreach” has become a kind of rallying cry in conservative political circles, and now three Utahns in Congress are proposing new legislation Thursday that they say is aimed bringing federal powers back into balance.

Brian Grimmett

President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat, but Utah’s Senators insist he shouldn’t even be considered by the Senate.

Sen. Lee Hosts Utah Solutions Summit

Oct 12, 2015
Brian Grimmett

Utah Senator Mike Lee hosted the second annual Utah Solutions Summit Monday at Energy Solutions Arena. Lee hopes to use the event to find good ideas to take back to Washington.

Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee voted in favor of a bill that would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Brian Grimmett

Sen. Mike Lee, R-UT, criticized the United States’ regulatory climate in Salt Lake on Thursday at the Utah Solutions Summit. During his introduction to the conference, Sen. Lee stood next to two stacks of paper, each about 10 feet tall, to illustrate how much regulation federal bureaucracies created last year. In calling for less regulation of commerce, labor, and education, Lee pointed to Congress as being the root of the problem. He says members of congress have passed responsibility of...

Brian Grimmett

Utah Senator Mike Lee has asked a small number of donors to verify that their contributions in 2010 actually came out of their own pockets. Allegations that Sen. Lee received so called “straw man” donations first surfaced during the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow. In an unsealed search warrant Jeremy Johnson says that Swallow asked him to help funnel $50 thousand to the Lee campaign by giving money to friends and family who would then donate to Lee. That information led...

Brian Grimmett

Alliance for a Better UTAH has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission, asking the FEC to investigate allegations that Utah Senator Mike Lee violated election laws. The complaint stems from a search warrant request unsealed earlier this month, in which businessman Jeremy Johnson says he and former Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped launder about $50,000 for Mike Lee’s 2010 Senate Campaign. The complaint asks for an investigation into the alleged straw donations. It also...

Brian Grimmett

A recently unsealed request for a search warrant in the investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow reveals that he might have helped Senator Mike Lee launder campaign donations. Near the end of the 40-page affidavit Utah Department of Public Safety Agent Scott Nesbitt writes that businessman Jeremy Johnson says he helped launder about $50 thousand for Mike Lee’s 2010 Senate Campaign. He writes that Johnson said John Swallow, who was helping raise money for Lee’s campaign, asked him...

Karina Puikkonen

With the 2016 election more than two and a half years away, Republican Mike Lee accepted his first official re-election endorsement at Salt Lake City’s Grand America Hotel Wednesday. Members of the California-based group Tea Party Express put their support behind Utah’s junior senator. Mike Lee’s 2010 upset win over then incumbent Utah Senator Bob Bennett was considered by many a major victory for the Tea Party movement. Amy Kremer is chairman of the Tea Party Express. She hopes the...

Utah Mayors Call for Immigration Reform

Jun 5, 2013

A bipartisan group of Utah mayors have sent a letter to Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, urging them to immediately pass immigration reform legislation. From Fruit Heights to Salt Lake City to St. George, 19 mayors signed the letter. It calls for comprehensive immigration reform, and warns that Utah communities will face significant challenges unless that reform is enacted. “As Mayors, we’re dealing day in and day out with the families that live in our community, with the...

Republican Leaders Critical of Health Care Ruling

Jun 28, 2012
KUED

Republican leaders in Utah were uniformly critical of Thursdays ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, saying it threatens the nations economic recovery and could sharpen the partisan divide. In his monthly news conference on KUED, Utah Governor Gary Herbert said, This has divided the country terribly and taken our eye off the ball on economic recovery. I do believe, if you want to repeal Obamacare, you need to repeal Obama. Senator Orrin Hatch echoed the governors view that replacing the...