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Members of the Utah GOP are scratching their heads over a decision by the party’s governing committee to temporarily decertify some groups that included women and minorities. 

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Thousands of missing signatures for a proposed ballot initiative were found Wednesday, and now they need to be counted. It’s the latest in a wild ride attempting to get the Count My Vote initiative on the November ballot.

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Utah is already looking forward to an $80 million windfall from the federal tax overhaul, but there are a lot of other details to work out. 

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After months of public pressure from state lawmakers, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is gearing up to file a lawsuit against at least one opioid manufacturing company for its role in the country’s opioid crisis.

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Utah Sen. Mike Lee attended the opening of the U.S.'s new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, a move that has escalated tensions in the region. 

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Updates from the lieutenant governor’s office show that all four initiative groups trying to get on the ballot this November appear to have qualified. But nothing is set in stone yet.

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On the first day state lawmakers were able to open new bill requests for the 2019 legislative session, Utah Democrats unveiled one of their top priorities: reducing gun violence.

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Democratic frontrunners Ben McAdams and Jenny Wilson clinched the party nomination in their respective congressional races.

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Gov. Gary Herbert weighed in on a range of election issues and candidates Thursday, including all four proposed ballot initiatives and candidates seeking the GOP nomination in federal races.

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Ballot initiative groups pushing for policy changes like full Medicaid expansion and increased access to legalized medical marijuana are patiently waiting to qualify for the November ballot.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says he hasn’t made a final decision about running for governor in 2020. But there’s mounting proof that the popular Republican will make the plunge, including his new podcast, called “Cox & Friends,” a play on the conservative Fox News morning show.

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Mitt Romney will face a primary challenger this June in his quest for Utah's open Senate seat. 

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A 2014 law known as S.B. 54 expanded access to the primary ballot, but it’s also divided those who prefer caucuses over direct elections. Four years later, Republicans are still arguing about the caucus-convention system and its future.

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Some candidates for legislative and county-level races can set their sights on the Nov. 6 election. Others are headed for primaries in June.

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Top leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came out against a ballot initiative seeking to legalize marijuana for medical use, warning that it would “compromise the health and safety of Utah communities.”

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Mitt and Ann Romney sat down in front of about 600 supporters and state delegates Thursday evening for a “living room” style chat, moderated by former Utah broadcaster Ruth Todd.

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Gov. Gary Herbert is on "Team Martha."

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Advocates behind a ballot initiative to expand access to medical marijuana in Utah say they’ve met with representatives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about the issue.

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Gov. Gary Herbert opposes a proposed ballot initiative to more broadly legalize medical cannabis in Utah and worries it would “potentially open the door to recreational use.”

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Utah state Sen. Margaret Dayton is resigning from the Legislature.

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After Gov. Gary Herbert rejected two bills that lawmakers passed this year to give themselves more power, legislative leaders say they’re looking to override the vetoes.

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Gov. Gary Herbert met his March 28 deadline to sign or decline the bills sent to him by state lawmakers. Here’s a look at what he vetoed and what he approved from the 2018 general session.

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Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law that could expand Medicaid health coverage to around 60,000 Utahns. 

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U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney clarified his positions on immigration and DACA on Tuesday after online backlash.

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Utah Congressman Chris Stewart applauded the White House for expelling 60 Russian diplomats from the U.S. and urged the Trump administration to keep up pressure on the country, along with China and North Korea.  

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Thousands of Utahns, outraged by recent school shootings, gathered at the state Capitol on Saturday as part of the nationwide March For Our Lives movement. A smaller group of gun rights advocates also made their views known in a counter-protest earlier in the day. 

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Mitt Romney earned more than $5.5 million over the past year and has a fortune worth up to $270 million, according to disclosure forms he filed Friday as part of his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah.

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We are live in Cedar City this week for a special recap of the 2018 legislative session. Joining Julia and Nicole on stage are three Utah lawmakers from the region: Rep. Walt Brooks of St. George, Rep. John Westwood of Cedar City and Sen. Don Ipson of St. George. What laws will have the biggest effect on southern Utah and how did the legislature tackle some of the critical issues facing it? This show was taped at Southern Utah University in partnership with the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service.

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Utah will get an inland port authority to oversee development of a commercial trade hub in Northwest Salt Lake City. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the legislation on Friday.

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Recent gains by Democrats in special elections across the country have some Republicans worried about an anti-Trump wave come November. In Utah, a solidly red state, that looks less likely, but it hasn't stopped Democrats from fielding more candidates for statewide races.

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