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Julia Ritchey, KUER

Third District Congressional candidate John Curtis has solidified the Republican nomination in his bid to replace former Representative Jason Chaffetz.

Julia Ritchey, KUER


John Curtis was declared the winner of the 3rd District Republican primary just two hours after the first wave of ballots were counted on Tuesday night.

 

But the Provo mayor wasn’t the only one celebrating.

Julia Ritchey, KUER


Provo Mayor John Curtis was declared the winner of Tuesday night’s Republican primary for the congressional race to replace Jason Chaffetz, though his main opponent had not yet conceded.  

Julia Ritchey, KUER

Elected officials gathered on the steps of the Utah State Capitol Monday night in a show of unity against racist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

Organizers are planning two rallies tonight in Salt Lake in response to a white nationalist protest that turned violent over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va. 

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Utahns will cast their ballots in primary elections along the Wasatch Front next week. Among the hundreds of candidates competing are several millennials running for office for the first time.

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Democratic Congressional candidate Kathie Allen is launching a health care listening tour in a bid to highlight an issue she hopes will resonate with voters of the 3rd District.

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A national group focused on enacting congressional term limits has launched a Utah chapter.

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Officials from two counties in Utah say they sent Republican ballots in the 3rd Congressional District to unaffiliated voters by mistake, but they will be able to correct the problem.

Nicole Nixon, KUER


A federal judge has cleared the way for the new United Utah Party and its candidate Jim Bennett to be included on the ballot in the 3rd Congressional District’s special election, but its prospects of winning remain slim.

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Election officials plan to upgrade the state’s old voting machines with newer, more secure systems. Five voting equipment companies under consideration for the contract held a demo Wednesday at the Utah State Capitol to let the public test drive their machines.

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The three GOP Congressional candidates running to replace former Rep. Jason Chaffetz faced off in a debate Friday night in Provo, just two weeks before the primary.

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Two Utah groups are suing the Lieutenant Governor’s office to protect voter privacy after a request from the Trump administration to turn over the state’s voter rolls.   

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Gov. Gary Herbert says he thinks a new ballot initiative to reform Utah’s redistricting process is worth considering, but isn’t ready to throw his support behind it.

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Utah’s deputy director of elections says he estimates the special election to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz will cost upwards of $385,000.

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is coming to Utah to endorse 3rd Congressional District candidate Chris Herrod as Gov. Gary Herbert throws his support behind Herrod’s main challenger.

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Matt Pinnell works for SilencerCo, one of the largest manufacturers of suppressors based in West Valley City. He’s conducting a sound test at a nearby shooting range to demonstrate the difference in noise levels with and without a silencer.

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A Utah lawmaker is introducing legislation to tackle voter privacy after a blanket data request by the Trump administration raised concerns.

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A new group is launching a ballot initiative to create an independent commission aimed at reforming the way Utah draws its electoral boundaries.

Herrod for Congress

Former state lawmaker Chris Herrod made headlines this year after he pulled off an upset win at the Utah GOP’s special nominating convention for the 3rd Congressional District. After several years on the political sidelines, the 51-year-old Republican is hoping to re-enter the fray, and is locked in a competitive race for Jason Chaffetz's seat. On the trail, Herrod has emphasized his conservative record and international experience of teaching in Ukraine for several years. 

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GOP candidates running for the seat left vacant by former Congressman Jason Chaffetz took to the airwaves this week in their first round of TV commercials.

Wilson For Senate

Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson announced Monday she’ll be challenging seven-term Republican Orrin Hatch for U.S. Senate in 2018.

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After President Trump’s commission on voter fraud requested data from all 50 states, Utah election officials are fielding more questions from concerned voters. 

Tanner Ainge is one of three Republicans vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat left vacant by Jason Chaffetz. The 33-year-old investment adviser is not only the youngest candidate in the race but a relative political newcomer. KUER sat down with Ainge in the studio to ask him his thoughts on health care, his famous father and why he decided to run.

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Organizers of Provo’s annual Freedom Festival are under fire after disinviting a LGBTQ group from marching in its 4th of July parade — and at least one lawmaker wants to pull the festival’s public funding.

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Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says his office is carefully reviewing a request by the Trump administration for the state’s voter roll data.

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Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz spent his last full day in Congress not unlike a student on the last day of school. He presided over the floor of the House of Representatives as members debated a resolution on immigration, packed up his belongings and bid goodbye to his colleagues.

Julia Ritchey, KUER


Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz will be joining Fox News after he resigns his seat from Congress this Friday.

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State election officials have given an initial OK to a new centrist political party called the United Utah Party — though a lawsuit over its ability to run a candidate in the 3rd Congressional District special election is still pending.

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Half a billion dollars. That’s the amount Utah estimates it forgoes every year in sales tax due to the state’s abundance of exemptions.

 

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