Orrin Hatch

Business & Labor
5:20 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Utah Mayors Call for Immigration Reform

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. 

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Business & Labor
12:29 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Salt Lake Area Immigrants Call on Senator Hatch to Fulfill Dreams, Reunite Families

Yolanda Guzman is taking care of her granddaughter, after her daughter Brenda Guzman-Sandoval was deported.

As the debate on immigration reform continues in the US Senate, immigrants in Salt Lake City held a press conference and vigil Wednesday night urging Senator Orrin Hatch to support legislation that creates a path to citizenship and keeps families together.  

The event was organized by the Salt Lake DREAM team, immigrant young people who want a chance to earn their citizenship through college or military service. In their stories, what you hear are dreams deferred.

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Business & Labor
4:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senator Hatch Files 24 Amendments to Immigration Bill

Senator Orrin Hatch on Tuesday filed 24 amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill put forward by a group of Senators known as the Gang of 8. Hatch’s amendments focus on law enforcement, high-skilled work, health benefits, and back taxes. 

Speaking in Salt Lake City last week, Hatch told KUER the immigration bill would substantially improve border security, but he said there’s more work to be done. 

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Business & Labor
4:43 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Senator Hatch Says Immigration Bill Could be Improved

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) talks with Zions Bank clients and business community about immigration reform.
Andrea Smardon

Senator Orrin Hatch spoke about immigration reform in Salt Lake City Wednesday at a Zions Bank client event. He praised the 844-page comprehensive legislation put forward by the group of Senators known as the Gang of 8, but stopped short of supporting it. 

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-KUER News Pod
11:03 am
Mon April 29, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 29, 2013

A unique medical technology company relocates to Salt Lake City, Senator Orrin Hatch says he’s ready to reform immigration, and state legislators plan to reintroduce a couple of defeated gun bills.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Senator Hatch Brings "Unhappy News" to House Chamber

Senator Orrin Hatch in Utah House Chamber
Credit Bob Nelson

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch visited state representatives in the House Wednesday to deliver what he called unhappy news. He says the Sequester, the automatic across-the-board spending cuts, will happen and it will be a difficult thing, especially for civilian employees at Hill Air Force Base.

”and it’s certainly going to hit a lot of small contractors and it’s also going to hit our workforce up there, is about two thirds civilian. So if you can imagine we’ve got to be prepared for whatever comes,”says Hatch. 

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Military
3:57 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Ninety Two Year-Old WW II Veteran Finally Receives Medals

Lewis Frongner receives WW II medals at the age of 92 years old.
Brian Grimmett

After more than 50 years of waiting a 92-year-old World War II veteran from Utah has finally received the medals he earned as a soldier fighting in the Pacific theater.

Lewis Frongner, 92, served for 20 months in the Army as a light mortar gunner during World War II earning him several medals, including a Bronze Star. But Frongner never received those medals. He says he left the service with only the shirt on his back. It wasn’t until his nephew, Steve Frongner, became curious about his uncle’s military service that anyone realized he had never received them.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Scott Howell: Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan Now

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Scott Howell vowed his support for the American military Wednesday saying the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is long overdue.

Howell pointed to the cost of the war in Afghanistan, both in American lives and in money, as he vowed to make sure all troops are withdrawn from the country as soon as possible. Howell even criticized President Barack Obama’s lack of action.

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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.

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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
3:14 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Republican Leaders Critical of Health Care Ruling

Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Utah Education Network

Republican leaders in Utah were uniformly critical of Thursday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, saying it threatens the nation's 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."

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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.”

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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.

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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
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.

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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.

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KUER Local News
1:58 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

KUER Newspod: June 7, 2012

In today's episode the Salt Lake City Council is looking at eliminating free on-street parking after 6 PM, the Intermountain Medical Center is opening a women's health clinic, and book store owner Betsy Burton gives her take on Mark Haddon's new no

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KUER Local News
3:39 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

KUER Newspod: June 6th, 2012

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. 

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