Utah Politics

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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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President Trump Orders Review Of Utah Monuments

Apr 26, 2017
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order to review twenty years of presidential monument designations on Wednesday. 

The Interior Department's review will include all designations larger than 100,000 acres made since 1996, including the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument and the 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Sanders, Perez Visit Utah During 'Fight Back Tour'

Apr 22, 2017
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Senator Bernie Sanders along with several Democratic leaders stopped in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday as a part of a nationwide tour to unify the Democratic party.

 

Attendees gave many reasons for attending the Utah rally.

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In February, President Donald Trump declared in the tweet that the media was fake news, failing and “the enemy of the American people.” Although other modern presidents had tensions with the press, University of Utah professor RonNell Anderson Jones said no president—including Nixon, Obama, Johnson and Carter—publicly declared an all-out war on the press like Trump.

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Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday morning that he will not seek re-election in 2018. On Facebook, Chaffetz argued public service should not be for a full career. His opponents cite growing nationwide frustration over his performance as one reason for his announcement to not seek re-election for Utah's third House district.

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Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez will be visiting Utah this Friday in a series of state visits to garner support for the party.

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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.

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Two Utah brothers who want Rep. Jason Chaffetz to investigate President Donald Trump's alleged conflicts of interest and ties to Russia are putting their request on a large billboard near the congressman's Utah office.

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Utah’s House of Representatives has approved changes to the state’s stand-your-ground self-defense law making it clear that people don’t need to try to run away before using force, including deadly force, against someone.

The rest of the state's congressional delegation -- Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop -- are incumbents who won big last night.

Love became the first black Republican woman in Congress two years ago. She overcame a challenge from Doug Owens - for the second time. Owens is a Democrat who made their last matchup a close contest in the previously blue district.

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There aren’t many women serving in Utah’s legislature, but a new law this election year gives hopeful political candidates a new way to get on the their party’s primary ballot.  Jennifer Pemberton looked into whether or not the new alternative to Utah’s caucus-convention system might help more women get elected.

Bernie Sanders' Performance In Utah May Depend On Millennials

Mar 17, 2016
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Looking back on polling numbers for March of 2015 things were not looking good for presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders. He was pulling in just 5 percent of democratic voters support nationally compared to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s dominating 60 percent. In a Dan Jones & Associates poll of Utah voters, Sanders wasn't even mentioned, but rather lumped into the “others” category.


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Utah is fourth in the nation for opioid overdose fatalities. A team of Representatives in the House is introducing legislation to tackle the growing problem.

 

Monday is the opening day of the Utah General Legislative Session. UPR's Jennifer Pemberton was at the state Capitol for the opening remarks from the Speaker in the House Chamber.


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Utah legislators are voting to have consultants draft a lawsuit challenging the U.S. government's control of federal lands that make up two-thirds of the state.

A Republican-dominated commission made the decision Wednesday after a consulting team said its research concludes the Constitution doesn't give the U.S. government power to control federal lands within state borders.

Democratic Senator Jim Dabakis is one who opposed the lawsuit. He felt the decision lacked representation of Utah's minority groups.

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  Seventy Utah cities are running their 2015 municipal elections by-mail, meaning registered voters have each received a ballot and have the opportunity to fill it out and mail it to their city office by Nov. 3.

 

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

On Wednesday, Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes announced that he is stopping the advancement of the Healthy Utah bill. Hughes’ announcement came hours after Gov. Gary Herbert said he felt optimistic about Healthy Utah, which would provide healthcare coverage to 60,000 to 70,000 Utahns.

The Senate passed the bill in a vote of 21 - 8 on Wednesday. It was then sent to the House Rules Committee, where it was given a favorable recommendation. However, Hughes insisted that there aren’t enough votes among House Republicans to advance it further.