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Anti-booze Policies Called Into Question

Jun 14, 2014
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Members of the state agency that controls alcohol in Utah have been summoned to a legislative hearing to answer questions about a series of policy changes that have garnered much attention around the nation and the world. 

Earlier this summer the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control made some alterations to the liquor laws, including an alteration to the rules involving serving alcohol at events. Sen. Jim Dabakis says he believes these policies are hurting the state’s economy and job growth, and do not actually deter any dangers involved with alcohol consumption.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert will select one of three GOP candidates to become the states next Attorney General.  The state republican central committee met over the weekend and has forwarded  the names of Sean Reyes, Robert Smith and Brian Tarbet.
UPR's Kerry Bringhurst has been following the Utah Democratic Party's response to the process of selecting Utah's top law enforcer. 

As soon as John Swallow announced he would resign as Utah's Attorney General, Utah democrats began pushing for a replacement process that state party chairman Jim Dabakis said would involve candidates who "are outside the business as usual politics of capitol hill."

The democratic party dedicated a webpage to Utahns, giving them the opportunity to nominate candidates who Dabakis said have broad respect in the community, and are as diverse as the people of Utah.

"What we wanted to show was what would happen if the people of Utah were able to actually pick the next interim Attorney General and the difference that there would be," Dabakis said.

There were 276 responses 72 hours. The public's recommendation for candidates to be included in the next AG search are Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham and former LDS church historian Marlin Jensen.

Should active military members be exempt from paying property taxes while they serve?  Utah voters will answer that question when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

When Democratic Senator Luz Robles began working to get Constitutional Amendment B on the ballot, she says it was about giving back to those in the military who defend the country.

If the turnout for early voting is any indication, the overall voter turnout for the 2012 Utah general election could be high. Mark Thomas, Director of Elections in the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office, says he anticipates about 40% of people who intend to vote did so early.

"The numbers that have been reported in from the county clerks show 378,000 have voted either by mail or at the early voting locations so far. This number could certainly increase in the days after Election Day as they count more of those absentee ballots that came in before Election Day."

Women's issues have played a large part in the 2012 campaigns, with many "zingers" coming from candidates surrounding these issues. Romney's "Binders full of women" quickly became an Internet sensation. But women are more than political pawns, they are the largest voting bloc in the country and have the potential to sway the election. How will they vote and why? UPR's Storee Powell talks with Professor Tim Chambless of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah to put women voter trends into context.

While seniors don't tend to vote for a party in the majority, they are the voting bloc with the highest voter participation. And with an aging population, the group continues to grow. As voter ID laws pop up across states, many worry that seniors will be disenfranchised. UPR's Storee Powell talks with AARP Utah's Laura Polacheck and Professor Tim Chambless of the Hinkley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah about why they believe the law is meant to suppress voters.

LDS Democrats Growing in Influence

Nov 5, 2012

"I am."

"I am."

"We are. And Elder [Jay] Jensen is. And President [James] Faust. And Silvia Allred. Brigham Young."

What do all of these people have in common? First, they're Latter-Day Saints. What is less known is that they're also Democrats.

Crystal Young-Otterstrom, the LDS Democrats Caucus vice chairperson, says the combination is actually more common than you might think.

"We're not that small of a minority, as people might think."

One penny for every ten dollars spent. That’s what Cache County needs from voters in order to continue the Recreation, Arts, Parks, and Zoos tax—better known as the RAPZ tax. The tax, which excludes food purchases, was approved by voters in 2002 and is now up for renewal.

Many officials and beneficiaries have argued for the tax, saying it has been a boon for the local economy. North Logan recreation coordinator Brett Daniels supports RAPZ funding.

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The one and only debate between Lieutenant Governor candidates Greg Bell and Vince Rampton took place on Wednesday at Utah State University.  Republican incumbent Bell and Democratic challenger Rampton argued their positions on public lands, the economy, and the budget, among other things.

Perhaps the biggest issue discussed by the candidates was the cost of higher education. Rampton criticizes Governor Gary Herbert for not doing enough to fund state colleges.

Debating constitutional amendment a in the first half of the program today, continuing our Vote Utah series. The amendment proposes the Utah constitution be amended to require a portion of the revenue from all state severance taxes, to be deposited in the state trust fund, beginning in 2016. 

A severance tax is a tax required of all those who extract oil, gas or minerals from land within the state. This amendment would exclude resources taken from Native American tribal land within the state. 

Today on Access Utah is a rebroadcast of Wednesday night's House 2nd Congressional District debate on the Southern Utah University campus, in conjunction with the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service. UPR Southern Utah Correspondent Chris Holmes moderates with Eric Kirby, Director of the Leavitt Center.   

 The candidates include: 

KPCW's Larry Warren moderates a debate between 1st District Republican Congressman Rob Bishop and his Democratic challenger Donna McAleer, who are both running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The debate originally aired during KPCW's Community Voices and UPR's Access Utah.

As a public service to Utah voters, Vote Utah 2012 has compiled a series of three-minute messages from twenty-one candidates for office. Messages include candidates from all four U.S. House districts, the U.S. Senate, and the Governorship. 

To listen to any free speech message, click here.

Here is our broadcast schedule for every free speech message:

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Suggest a Question for the Lieutenant Governor Candidates

Oct 22, 2012

Tune in to the Lieutenant Governor Debate, October 31 at 11:30 on Utah Public Radio

Utah Gubernatorial Debate

Oct 12, 2012

Utah Public Radio and the state's public broadcasters bring you a debate between Utah's gubernatorial candidates, Gary Herbert (R) and Peter Cooke (D), from the KUED 7 studios, October 11, 2012.

UPR's broadcast of the debate is sponsored by AARP of Utah and the Department of Political Science at Utah State University.

Rep. Rob Bishop
RYAN CUNNINGHAM

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop visited the Utah State campus on Thursday. In an event sponsored by the USU College Republicans called "Pizza and Politics," Bishop spoke on several topics and took questions from the audience at Merrill-Cazier Library.

Bishop opened by bemoaning the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, but the tone turned contentious when one audience member questioned Bishop’s stance on the public lands debate.

Utah Public Radio Debate Coverage

Oct 3, 2012

Utah Public Radio, as part of VoteUtah 2012, present the following Utah debates in their entirety.

Tune in online or to a station near you...

October 11 - 9:00 p.m. - Gubernatorial Candidates - Gary Herbert (R) and Peter Cooke (D)

October 17 - 7:00 p.m. - U.S. Senate Candidates - Orrin Hatch (R) and Scott Howell (D)

Mia Love and Jim Matheson Square Off in Debate

Sep 28, 2012

Utah Republican congressional candidate Mia Love and Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson clashed Wednesday over federal spending cuts during their first debate ahead of the November elections.

The two disagreed on a number of potential cuts to reduce the federal deficit during a televised debate outside KUTV studios and heard on UPR.

To help better inform Utah's retired residents about the upcoming election, the American Association of Retired Persons has released a 2012 voter's guide. The guide is available nationwide but has been catered to each state.

Danny Harris is the Associate State Director of Utah's AARP. Kerry Bringhurst talked to Harris about the voter's guide:

The attacks between Utah Congressman Jim Matheson and opponent Mia Love continued Monday, with the incumbent holding a news conference to criticize the Saratoga Springs Mayor’s previous votes to raise taxes. But as Charlotte Duren reports, Love’s supporters held a rally the same day to blast what they call lies being generated by Matheson’s campaign about their city.

Debate: Ed Redd vs. Doug Thompson - Utah House

Sep 21, 2012

Wednesday night on UPR, we featured a debate between Republican Ed Redd and Democrat Doug Thompson. They’re vying for the Utah State House of Representatives' Fourth District, which serves a large portion of Logan. Moderator Mike Lyons put a lot of focus on education during Wednesday’s debate, which both candidates seem to agree is a major concern for voters. The two candidates, who are good friends, had similar views on issues such as emissions testing and school vouchers. But perhaps the candidates differed the most on the issue of public lands. 

Cheers erupted as one of the five official Mitt Romney campaign busses rolled into a Logan parking lot on Tuesday night.

Dozens of supporters ("We're here to support Romney and his campaign and what he stands for.") and a couple detractors ("Well, he's outsourcing. Maybe they should just outsource him.") were on-hand to get a glimpse inside the mobile campaign headquarters.

Peter Cooke
RYAN CUNNINGHAM

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke was in Logan for a town hall meeting on Monday night.

A retired General and USU alumnus, Cooke stopped by the Utah State campus on Monday for a town hall meeting with students and community members. The candidate for governor was asked about his positions on a wide range of Utah issues, from air quality to concerns about Hill Air Force Base.

USU College Democrats president Briana Bowen thinks the event was a good way for voters to get to know Cooke.

Transcript of President Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, as delivered. Source: Federal News Service.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Sustained cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you very much, everybody. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you.

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