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Legislative Fiscal Analyst


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.

 

Julia Ritchey, KUER


Gov. Gary Herbert is defending his authority to organize a special election to fill the upcoming vacancy in the 3rd Congressional District, after lawmakers accused the governor of a power grab.

Julia Ritchey, KUER

Utah state lawmakers are ramping up their fight with Gov. Gary Herbert over the special election to fill Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s seat. 


The once-crowded Republican field to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz is now down to three candidates — and when it comes to discussing President Trump, the GOP candidates are striking a delicate chord between support and uncertainty.

JULIA RITCHEY, KUER


In a surprise win, former state lawmaker Chris Herrod won the Republican nomination to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz of the 3rd Congressional District.

 

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Three candidates running in the 3rd Congressional District race to replace Jason Chaffetz met Monday's deadline to turn in signatures to get their name onto the ballot, including one newcomer. 

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Business executives, wealthy donors and political leaders gathered in Park City on Friday for former Gov. Mitt Romney’s annual leadership and political summit, where speakers and attendees had a decidedly more upbeat take on President Trump’s first few months in office.  

A candidate for Utah Democratic Party state chair is dropping out of the race following allegations of sexual impropriety.

Julia Ritchey, KUER

Utah Republicans elected Rob Anderson chairman of the state party last month, ousting two-term incumbent James Evans.

Anderson, 51, is a commercial airline pilot and former chair of the Davis County GOP. He takes over at a time when the party is in serious debt and facing deep divisions within its membership.

Julia Ritchey, KUER

At the launch for Provo Mayor John Curtis' congressional campaign a week and a half ago, volunteers put out two clipboards for people to sign as they entered the room. The first was for people who wanted to sign up to volunteer. The second clipboard was a little more important. 

Brian Grimmett, KUER

A Republican from the 3rd Congressional District who sued state officials to declare his candidacy while overseas says he will not pursue further legal action.

Several female members of the Utah Democratic party are accusing a candidate for chairman of sexual misconduct. 

Julia Ritchey, KUER


A newly created centrist party that attempted to enter the packed 3rd Congressional District race fell short of a deadline to get certified, but may run a candidate anyway.

 

Julia Ritchey, KUER


State election officials have announced that the special election to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Jason Chaffetz will take place November 7, the same day as municipal elections.

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Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation are praising the selection of former FBI director Robert Mueller to oversee an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and its possible ties to President Trump’s campaign.

Julia Ritchey, KUER


After firing FBI Director James Comey last week, President Trump’s approval rating dipped to 39 percent. But among Trump voters — including those in Utah — many are unwavering in their support.

Julia Ritchey, KUER

Congressman Chris Stewart’s town hall in Central Utah on Friday brought out more supporters than detractors, but he still faced several tough questions about the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare.

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Utah Democrats have historically been at an electoral disadvantage when it comes to congressional races, but a wave of younger progressive candidates are deciding to run anyway.

Julia Ritchey, KUER


Newly elected Rep. Logan Wilde is standing on the back of his Ford truck, cutting twine from bales of hay on a frosty day in December. His 15-year-old daughter Charlotte is at the wheel as they drive toward a mass of black cows huddled together in the pasture.