Republicans

A Utah representative is working on a new bill to protect consumers from payday lenders. This comes as a report reveals the state’s payday lending rate now averages more than 400 percent annual interest.

Brian Grimmett

In response to questions from state lawmakers about the allegations surrounding Utah Attorney General John Swallow, the Utah House Majority leadership is sending out weekly informational emails to legislators while the body considers options for dealing with the embattled public official.

Andrea Smardon

Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright gave his final address to Republicans as their state leader on Saturday. Wright called on his fellow party members to be more inclusive.  

Thomas Wright announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election as the state Republican Party leader.  At Saturday’s organizing convention, he called on Utah Republicans not to push away groups that may not traditionally embrace conservative values.

Andrea Smardon

Utah Republicans elected former state legislator James Evans to lead the state GOP.  Evans is the first African-American to hold the post. 

Outside of politics, Evans is the owner of Checkline, a payday loan franchise. Going into the convention, he had support from Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and other state lawmakers in his bid for party chairman. During his speech at the GOP organizing convention, Evans showcased his experience and his ability to successfully market GOP values.

Utah Legislature Releases Redistricting Documents

Nov 16, 2012

Legislative leaders made 16 thousand pages of documents related to redistricting available online Friday. Earlier this year, leaders in the Utah Democratic Party requested all documents related to 2012 redistricting process. It’s the largest legislative records request in state history and earned them a more than 15 thousand dollar bill the legislature refused to waive. Democrats then refused to pay the bill in full and filed a lawsuit in the third district court over the matter.

Election 2012 Slideshow

Nov 6, 2012
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.

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan makes a stop in Utah County, the Clear The Air Challenge comes to an end, and the Utah Department of Health releases their annual report on smoking.

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.

Some Utah Doctors say the state’s new asthma plan should also address pollution, a confrontation between a Hollywood production company and the Bureau of Land Management has some Utahns worried about the state’s film reputation, and Utah’s GOP delegation at the Republican National Convention takes part in a day of service.

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.

This week the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC, will hold its four day conference at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. But the group isn't without those who oppose their agenda and plan to protest the meeting.

Carl Wimmer
Dan Bammes