Politics

A quote from Martin Luther King Jr., "The time is always right to do waht is right," whose legacy was honored by Westminster College's annual march.
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Students and community members marched in Salt Lake City during a rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day chanting, "This is what democracy looks like."

Westminster College's annual march brought together students, families and members of the local chapter of the Black Lives Matter group.

Logo for the Native American Rights Fund, who is fighting for voting rights for Indian Country.
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Election sites far from reservations. Poll workers who don't speak tribal languages. Unequal access to early voting sites.

Native Americans say they've encountered a wide range of obstacles that makes voting difficult.

Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, which is potentially a hotspot for new Amazon headquarters.
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Utah officials trying to persuade Amazon to build its new headquarters in the state decided the site of an aging prison in Draper would be the best spot to pitch for the project.

That's according to emails released by the city of West Jordan under a public records request.

Farm Bill Debate In Congress Could Put Food Stamps At Risk

Jan 11, 2018
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When Congress takes up the $140 billion farm bill, food programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, could face funding cuts under a GOP push for welfare reform.  Anti-hunger advocates are concerned that millions of Americans could lose access to healthy foods if SNAP benefits are reduced or eliminated.

Greg Hughes, Utah House Speaker, won't seek re-election.
house.utah.gov

The chief of staff for Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes says he won't be running for re-election this year.

Greg Hartley says the speaker announced his decision to fellow state lawmakers Wednesday morning. He says Hughes will continue in his leadership role through the 2018 legislative session that will begin this month, and is planning to push hard on big issues.

When President Donald Trump came to Utah in December, he reorganized the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah. The areas of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante now contain five smaller national monuments.

Trump speaks with Mitt Romney as he weighs senate bid to replace Orrin Hatch.
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The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate who has expressed interest in running for Senate in Utah.

The two men spoke briefly Thursday night. The White House says they spoke about Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after four decades. Hatch's departure opens the door for Romney, who has been a frequent critic of Trump in the past.

Cache Valley Lawmaker Curt Webb Not To Run In 2018

Dec 18, 2017
house.utah.gov

As the opportunity for filing to run for political office in Utah nears, another Cache Valley lawmaker has announced he will not seek re-election.  Republican representative Curt Webb of Providence announced Monday morning he will not be running in 2018.

Last week, Logan Republican Representative Ed Redd announced problems with health would prevent him from running.

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Seventeen Utah County state lawmakers have signed a letter asking Commissioner Greg Graves to resign.

The letter signed by 17 of the 22 legislators whose districts cover at least part of Utah County cites explosive and vulgar behavior by Graves.