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4:12 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Rural Commissioner Returns to Office -- Thanks to 3 Votes

Uintah County Commissioner Mike McKee
Credit Judy Fahys / KUER News

  

Republicans dominate politics in eastern Utah’s conservative Uintah County. So, a vote recount and long wait for a winner in the county commission primary was unusual and tense. Mike McKee will keep his seat for a fourth term because there is no Democratic challenger. KUER’s Judy Fahys reports.

Incumbent County Commissioner Mike McKee sat in on the final tally of nearly 4,300 votes.

“This was a nail-biter: I won by three votes,” he said Wednesday.

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Utah Politics
3:49 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Utah Democratic Party Has a Lot More Cash On Hand Than Their Republican Counterparts

James Evans speaks at the Utah Republican Party Convention
Brian Grimmett

The latest state financial disclosure reports show that the Utah Democratic Party has a lot more money than the Utah GOP. That difference could mean something for the upcoming election.

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Local Politics
4:48 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

A Small Group of Davis County GOP Members Looks to Oust County Chair

Several Davis County Republicans are trying to oust their local party chair because he wasn’t registered with the party when was elected. 

Davis County GOP Chair Phill Wright believes the whole thing is a big mistake. He says he inadvertently failed to check a box declaring himself a Republican on a provisional ballot in 2012 and never knew that it caused his status to change.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Mia Love Wins GOP 4th Congressional District Race

Mia Love speaks to delegates at the Utah GOP Convention
Brian Grimmett

Former Saratoga Springs mayor Mia Love won the state Republican nomination for Utah’s 4th congressional district.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Utah AG Sean Reyes Accepts GOP Nomination

Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks to delegates at the Utah GOP Convention
Brian Grimmett

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will be the Republican nominee in the special election to replace former AG John Swallow. Reyes was the only republican candidate running. He has been working as the AG since January when Governor Herbert appointed him to replace Swallow. At the GOP state convention on Saturday, Reyes reaffirmed his commitment to fighting for Utah’s Amendment 3.

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Politics
6:59 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Compromise Announced on Count My Vote

Utah State Senator Curt Bramble (R-Provo)
Dan Bammes

Leaders of the Count My Vote ballot initiative appeared with legislative leaders at a rare Sunday news conference to announce a compromise on the effort to replace Utah’s caucus-convention system for nominating political candidates.

The deal preserves the caucus system, but it also allows candidates to get on a primary election ballot by gathering voter signatures on a petition – from one thousand for a legislative seat to 28-thousand for a statewide office such as governor.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Bill To Modify Caucus System Clears Hurdle in State Senate

A bill that would force political parties in Utah to change the current caucus and primary system cleared a hurdle in a Senate committee on Friday.  SB 54 would mandate that parties raise the threshold for office nominations to 65 percent of the delegate vote – up from 60 percent.  It would force parties to allow absentee voting at neighborhood caucus meetings and state party conventions.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Sutherland Institute, Count My Vote Debate Merits of Direct Primary Elections

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans, LaVarr Webb, Kirk Jowers, and Paul Mero participate in a panel on the County My Vote initiative.
Brian Grimmett

Leaders of the Count My Vote initiative joined members of the opposition to discuss their ballot measure Wednesday during a panel at the Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference.

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Politics
9:32 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

GOP Candidates for Attorney General Debate, Campaign for Votes

Candidates to replace Former Attorney General John Swallow debate using UEN's video conferencing infrastructure.
Brian Grimmett

Republican Candidates vying to replace former Attorney General John Swallow, faced off in a debate on Wednesday night. They answered questions that came from across the state using the Utah Education Network’s video conferencing infrastructure.

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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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Politics
4:40 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Utah GOP Chairman Deflects Attention Away from County Leader's Inflammatory Comments

Utah GOP Chairman James Evans
Brian Grimmett

Utah Republican Party chairman James Evans addressed the media today about inflammatory comments made by Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Chad Bennion. Evans’ comments come more than a week after Bennion first said that District Attorney Sim Gill might be a cop hater and then helped promote a rally aimed against him.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Salt Lake County GOP Chairman Ready for a New Salt Lake County District Attorney

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill
Salt Lake County

Last week Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill determined that two West Valley City detectives were not justified in their shooting of an unarmed woman. In response, the County’s GOP Chairman Chad Bennion offered some harsh criticism of Gill that isn’t sitting well with some.

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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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-KUER News Pod
12:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

KUER News Pod: Friday May 17, 2013

The wife of LDS President Thomas Monson passes away, the University of Utah receives a grant to research child asthma, and some members of the Utah Republican party propose a change to the delegate system.

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Politics
2:03 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Thomas Wright Not Seeking Re-election as Utah GOP Chairman

Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright announced today that he will not seek re-election when the state GOP meets in May. 

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-KUER News Pod
12:15 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

KUER News Pod: Monday April 1, 2013

Federal spending cuts affect Utah’s poor and hungry, Utah’s GOP Chairman says he won’t run for re-election, and Utah’s courts begin a new era of openness.

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Politics
9:29 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Partisan Politics

Democrats and Republicans in the Utah Senate
Dan Bammes

The increasing polarization of the political process in Utah and across the nation is the next issue identified by the Utah Foundation as part of its Utah Priorities Project.  In their open-ended survey, voters ranked partisan politics the 8th most important concern.

A former president who also served for many years in Congress once said, “Truth is the glue that holds government together.  Compromise is the oil that makes government go.”  Over the past several years, it has seemed at times that government was pretty low on that oil -- about ready to seize up.

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