Vote Utah 2012

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Utah Public Radio is proud to partner with our fellow public broadcasters throughout the state to bring you Vote Utah 2012, comprehensive election coverage that focuses on educating voters.

Check in here throughout election season for interviews, debates, and news coverage from throughout the state.

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Election
8:30 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Barack Obama's Democratic Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech

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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Election
7:00 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Mitt Romney's Republican Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech

Transcript of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance speech as prepared for delivery at the Republican National Convention:

"Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.

I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility.

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Utah Politics
4:44 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Crystal Young-Otterstrom on Being LDS and Democrat

Nearly 2,000 members of the national LDS Democrats met this week during the Democratic National Convention. UPR's Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Utahn Crystal Young-Otterstrom, who was among the first to join the Utah LDS Democrats Caucus.

Utah News
2:44 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Paul Ryan Makes Quick Stopover in Utah

Paul Ryan was in Provo on Wednesday during a brief trip to Utah.
Jessica Gail KCPW

Utah County is where Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spent his afternoon Wednesday. The Wisconsin Congressman was in Utah to fundraise for the GOP ticket and although his time in the Beehive state was short, he still had time to squeeze in some time for a chat with some local boy scouts.

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Utah Politics
2:44 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Paul Ryan Makes Quick Stopover in Utah

Paul Ryan was in Provo on Wednesday during a brief trip to Utah.
Credit JESSICA GAIL / KCPW

Utah County is where Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spent his afternoon Wednesday. The Wisconsin Congressman was in Utah to fundraise for the GOP ticket and although his time in the Beehive state was short, he still had time to squeeze in some time for a chat with some local boy scouts.

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Utah Politics
3:55 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Swallow Has Financial Edge in Attorney General Race

John Swallow

In the race for Utah Attorney General, John Swallow has jumped way ahead of Democratic rival Dee Smith in fundraising.

Swallow, the current Deputy Attorney General, has raised $1.23 million since shortly before he won the GOP nomination in June. In contrast, Weber County attorney Dee Smith has raised about $47,000 since mid-June.

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Voter Information
10:06 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Voter Registration in Utah - Everything You Need to Know

Utah finds itself near the bottom of the list when it comes to the proportion of citizens who register to vote and the proportion of registered voters who take the opportunity to cast their ballot. A few decades ago, the state was near the top when it came to voter registration and participation in elections. While experts consider why this change has occurred, the obvious remedy is to take action. 

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Utah Politics
4:29 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Governor Herbert on Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

As a proclaimed member of the same religion practiced by the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has had ample opportunity to answer questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints during this week's National GOP Convention.

Herbert was a councilman in Salt Lake City when Romney was there for the Olympics, and during his time in Tampa, the Governor has worked to persuade delegates to focus on Romney's ability to manage -- a message he says is more important than Romney's ability to socialize.

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Utah Politics
10:27 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Matheson and Love Spar for College Votes

With the November election 10 weeks away, the criticism going back and forth between six-term Congressman Jim Matheson and Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love is heating up.  On Tuesday, Utah’s only Democrat in Congress held a press conference to address what he says is a key difference in between the two: access to financial aid for college students.

“College costs have grown at a very fast rate and quite frankly the student aide hasn’t kept up. This is not the time to make it even harder for kids to go to college.”

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Utah Politics
4:31 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Utah GOP Chairman Wright Reports from the Convention in Tampa

Thomas Wright at 2011 Utah GOP Convention.
Utah Republican Party

Tonight at the Republican National Convention, it will be Utah’s turn in the sun, even if there’s not much sun to be had in Tampa, Florida, with a storm making its way through the region. And it’s an especially meaningful year for the Utah GOP, as Mitt Romney, a longtime popular figure in the Beehive State and representative of the state’s dominant religion, will accept the party’s nomination for president. Jeff Robinson spoke with Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright, who joined him from the convention.

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