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A federal appeals court has ruled against Utah's Republican Party and upheld a state law overhauling how political parties nominate candidates.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said the 2014 law balances the state's interest in managing elections while allowing political parties and residents a way to express their political choices.

Speaker Greg Hughes, who will not be running for re-election in 2018.

Nearly one-fifth of state lawmakers are not running for re-election this year.

The retiring lawmakers include some big names like Speaker Greg Hughes, tax-guru Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson and Republican Rep. Mike Noel, known for his clashes with environmentalists.

Bill To Thwart Elections Compromise Fails

Feb 9, 2018
Katherine Taylor

On Thursday, the Utah House of Representatives rejected a bill that would undermine a contentious compromise over elections. House Bill 68 would have given political parties the power to decide whether candidates could take a “single path” or “duel path” to the ballot.


Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has raised about $1.3 million in campaign donations in recent months as he prepares for a possible re-election run, something the long-serving Republican has opened the door to after pledging years ago that his current term would be his last.



According to a recent Southern Poverty Law Center survey of 2,000 teachers, the presidential campaign is having a negative impact on school-aged children across the country.

Can Utah's Pacific Islander Community Influence Elections?

Sep 26, 2016

Utah’s Pacific Islander community has historically had fairly low voter turnouts, but members of Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition, also known as UPI-CEC, hope to change that. The group held its first-ever Civic Engagement Town Hall event at the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday to encourage members of the demographic to vote.