Utah Politics

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In response to the Salt Lake County Recorder’s declining mental health, Utah state lawmakers are considering new procedures to remove local officials from office.

In anticipation of Utah's growing population, Gov. Gary Herbert announces a 50-year water management plan for Utah. Salt Lake County Council Member Jenny Wilson announces her candidacy against seven-term Sen. Orrin Hatch. And the White House officially nominates Jon Huntsman Jr. as ambassador to Russia. 

 

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Over 200 pages long, Utah’s 50-year water strategy -- presented to the Governor on Wednesday -- aims to direct Utah business and government leaders on water management for the foreseeable future.

Noted as one of the most daunting challenges facing the state, Governor Gary Herbert addressed two certainties during the water strategy presentation.

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Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would change how the IRS investigates nonprofit spending. 

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Utah’s Lieutenant Governor announced he will not give away private voter info to the Trump Administration and he's not the only state leader in the U.S. questioning the request.

Last week, Trump’s commission on election integrity wrote to all 50 states requesting sensitive voter data to investigate fraudulent voting.

 Fireworks dazzle Utahns over the July Fourth weekend, but fires and increased air pollution have some residents wondering if the displays are worth the trouble. Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes considers involving the National Guard in the violence affecting the Rio Grande homeless population. And Utah Jazz player Gordon Hayward says goodbye to the Beehive State as he accepts a position with the Boston Celtics.

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A Utah interest group spearheading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana claims it has support from most Utahns. 

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have delayed a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill (the Better Care Reconciliation Act) until after the 4th of the July recess.

We’re going to talk about the U.S. health care system on Wednesday’s Access Utah. What do you think health care in the U.S. should look like?

Are you in favor of keeping the Affordable Care Act? Would you like to see the American Health Care Act, which passed the U.S. House, or the Senate bill, take its place?

Should the health care system be more market-based? What should government’s role be?

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While both patriots and pyrotechnicians rejoice for the upcoming Fourth of July and Pioneer Day holidays, state authorities are wary of the dangers posed by the use of fireworks during a summer with remarkable fire danger.

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Across Utah, nearly 70 mentally ill men and women who are supposed to be receiving mental health treatment are instead trapped in jail cells. They're getting sicker. They're being released without treatment. They're dying.

They're not supposed to be there.

Charges with crimes but too sick to answer for them in court, they are stuck, waiting for an opening at the only facility in the state that can prepare them to face the legal system - the Utah State Hospital in Provo. The

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In June, state legislative leaders talked with alcoholic beverage stakeholders over the impacts of Utah’s new lowered DUI limit.

Who Will Handle Bears Ears Shrinkage?

Jun 14, 2017
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In a report Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed downsizing the Bears Ears National Monument. 

In the language of the original 1906 Antiquities Act, Sec. Zinke’s report notes there are "objects of historic or scientific interest” within Bears Ears, but recommends shrinking its boundaries to "the smallest area compatible" with their preservation. The report did not detail how the monument should be shrunk.

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Details about a 2018 ballot initiative seeking an independent redistricting commission to work with Utah’s Legislature surfaced last week. 

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Utah business and education leaders launched a new ballot initiative for the 2018 mid-term elections on Tuesday.

Revamping their effort following the 2017 General Session, Our Schools Now seeks to increase taxes to fund public education.

The Our Schools Now campaign to increase education funding changes to include a sales tax hike. Candidate for Utah Democratic Party chairperson Rob Miller pulls out of the race amid accusations of sexual harassment. And a poll shows Utahns disagree on why former FBI Director James Comey was fired from his position. 

 

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Government leaders opposed to Utah's two largest monument designations, including Utah’s Senator Orrin Hatch, have labeled the designations as "land grabs" or "thefts,” which raises the question: did the state of Utah ever own these lands?

According to the Dessert News, "Some disaffected Republicans and Democrats who say extreme views are co-opting their parties have decided to carve out a middle ground in Utah politics. Taking a centrist approach, the group announced the formation of the United Utah Party.

Executive Director of the United Utah Party, Jim Bennet, and University of Utah associate professor of political science, Tim Chambless, come on the show to answer your questions and explain the new party. 

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Utah’s legislative leadership authored a statement last week criticizing the Governor’s authority to call a special election to replace Rep. Chaffetz.

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The formation of a new Utah political party was announced Monday at the state Capitol. The party's site states United Utah is for "independents who have not felt either party represents their more moderate, less extreme views." 

Researchers, Lawmakers Present Federal Lands Study

May 22, 2017
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State lawmakers, in conjunction with university researchers, held a town hall meeting Thursday concerning a study on the economic effects of a public lands transfer.

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Shortly after his Facebook announcement in April revealing that he would not seek re-election in 2018, Rep. Jason Chaffetz told major news outlets that he may even step down early, prompting state leaders to consider a special election.

Is Home Sharing A Headache For Residential Areas?

May 15, 2017
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As short-term rentals become more popular in the U.S. through apps such as Airbnb and VRBO, more communities have taken measures to regulate online home-sharing. 

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