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  • Senate Panel Backs Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

    02/26/2015 9:13:15 AM PST · by newgeezer · 74 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 11:55 a.m. ET | Andrew Grossman
    WASHINGTON—The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to move Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama ’s nominee for attorney general, to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. The committee approved the nomination of Ms. Lynch, currently Brooklyn’s U.S. Attorney, by a vote of 12 to 8. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah joined all of the committee’s Democrats in voting yes. Ms. Lynch has so far generated little animosity from Republican senators, even those who ended up voting against her. Many praised her work as a prosecutor and some said...
  • FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

    02/25/2015 10:18:49 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 53 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-25-2015 | Andrew Johnson
    Two prominent House committee chairs are “deeply disappointed” in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as “the future of the Internet is at stake.” Wheeler’s refusal to go before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday comes on the eve of the FCC’s vote on new Internet regulations pertaining to net neutrality. The committee’s chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) criticized Wheeler and the administration for lacking transparency on the issue.
  • New York-Style Fracking Ban Defeated by Colorado Task Force

    02/24/2015 7:16:19 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | February 24, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    An activist who was using his position on Colorado’s oil and gas task force to push for a New York-style ban on oil and natural gas development has given up on the fringe proposal for lack of support, according to documents released by state officials overnight. The proposal’s demise is yet another defeat for national anti-fracking groups in Colorado, such as Food and Water Watch and the Sierra Club, which are desperately trying to reboot their failed campaign for an effective statewide oil and gas development ban. It’s also a reminder of how outside of New York, the “ban fracking”...
  • Mesa County takes step toward suit over grouse listing ( Colorado )

    02/18/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners on Tuesday directed Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman to draft a notice of intent to sue the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Gunnison County filed its own notice of intent in December to bring civil action against the Fish and Wildlife Service for, the county believes, improperly listing the bird as a threatened species and naming Gunnison County and acreage in a handful of other Colorado and Utah counties, including Mesa, as critical habitat for the sage-grouse. Mesa County decided to follow with its...
  • GOP Estab Courting Jon Huntsman to Challenge Mike Lee

    02/16/2015 6:21:34 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/15/15 | Tony Lee
    Establishment Republicans are reportedly trying to convince former Utah Governor and failed 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman to oust Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in 2016. CNN’s John King said on Inside Politics that national establishment leaders in the business community will join state establishment leaders to try to convince President Barack Obama’s former Ambassador to China to challenge Lee. King noted that Huntsman’s deep-pocketed dad (Huntsman Sr., though, did pony up funds to his son’s campaign down the stretch–perhaps because he saw the writing on the wall.) does not like Lee (Huntsman Sr. is reportedly upset his cancer institute did...
  • 2 men survive plane crash on Layton golf course

    02/14/2015 4:04:13 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 25 replies
    KSL-TV ^ | February 14th, 2015 @ 3:23pm | Jessica Ivins
    LAYTON — Two men suffered just minor injuries when their plane crashed into a golf course Saturday morning. The plane — which has been identified by Layton city as a single-engine Cessna — went down at the Valley View Golf Course at 2501 E. Gentile Street just after 10 a.m. Witnesses reported seeing the plane's wing clip a tree before it landed upside-down near a sand trap on the course. Both the pilot and his male passenger made it out of the aircraft with minor injuries, according to Layton police. The pilot was released at the scene, while the other...
  • State-Led Push to Force Constitutional Convention Gains Steam With High-Profile Republican Support

    02/14/2015 11:21:12 AM PST · by Publius · 215 replies
    Fox News ^ | 14 February 2015
    A state-level campaign to rein in the federal government by calling an unprecedented convention to amend the U.S. Constitution is gaining steam, picking up support from two high-profile Republicans as more states explore the idea. Coburn, a legendary government-waste watchdog, announced this week that he has joined the effort by becoming a senior adviser for the group Convention of States Action, which wants states, not just Congress, to pass constitutional amendments. Article V of the Constitution states amendments can be ratified either by Congress or by states if two-thirds of them petition Congress to call a convention. Then, any amendment...
  • ACTION: Contact your Senators urging them to cosponsor S. 477 to kill Obama's Operation Choke Point

    02/13/2015 1:18:49 PM PST · by forty_years · 36 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Friday, 13 February 2015 | Gun Owners of America
    ACTION: Contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 477, the Firearms Manufacturers and Dealers Protection Act of 2015. Operation Choke Point a Threat to the Second Amendment About a year ago, the Second Amendment community was rocked by news that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) had teamed up with Attorney General Eric Holder to utterly destroy firearms manufacturers and dealers by cutting off all credit and banking relationships with them.For its part, the FDIC categorized gun and ammunition sales as a "high-risk business," lumping it in with drug dealers, pornographers, and Ponzi scheme operators -- all of...
  • In close vote, Utah House OKs firing-squad proposal

    02/13/2015 9:19:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 13, 2015 4:50 PM EST | Michelle L. Price
    A hotly contested proposal that resurrects Utah’s use of firing squads to carry out executions narrowly passed a key vote Friday in the state’s Legislature after three missing lawmakers were summoned to break a tie vote. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 39-34 Friday morning to approve the measure, sending it to an uncertain fate in the state’s GOP-controlled Senate. Leaders in that chamber have thus far declined to say if they’ll support it, and Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert won’t say if he’ll sign it. […] (Rep. Paul) Ray argues that a team of trained marksmen is faster and...
  • States rise up against Washington

    02/10/2015 4:32:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as they look to rein in the federal government. The legislative onslaught, which includes bills targeting federal restrictions on firearms, experimental treatments and hemp, reflects growing discord between the states and Washington, state officials say. “You have a choice,” said Kentucky state Rep. Diane St. Onge (R). “To sit back and not do anything or say anything and let overregulation continue — or you have the alternative choice to speak up about it and say, ‘We know what...
  • Obama to huddle with black caucus amid Netanyahu speech controversy (Mia Love included)

    02/09/2015 4:54:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/15 | Mike Lillis
    President Obama will meet Tuesday at the White House with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), including freshman GOP Rep. Mia Love (Utah). The meeting comes as top black leaders — including CBC Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) and Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.) — are vowing to skip a March 3 speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest an invitation they see as a slight to the president in the midst of high-stakes nuclear talks with Iran. Love is currently the only Republican member of the CBC. Her office said Monday that she plans...
  • Public lands initiative to be unveiled March 27

    02/08/2015 10:06:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    ksl ^ | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — The much-awaited, much-touted public lands initiative dubbed the "Grand Bargain" is slated to be released in draft form March 27, along with a map that carves out land-use designations for a huge chunk of eastern Utah. Utah's congressional delegation announced Wednesday they are putting the final touches on the massive proposal, which involves a geographic blueprint covering 18 million acres of federal lands and 1.6 million acres of wilderness study areas in the state. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the chief architect of the process, said the draft measure is giant in scope. "I think we will...
  • Utah's massive NSA data center using more water

    02/04/2015 9:08:53 PM PST · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    WRAL ^ | February 2, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>Records show the National Security Agency data center in Utah used more water in 2014, though the usage is still far lower than expected. The water usage peaked at 6.6 million gallons for the month of August.</p>
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Stop Fed Internet Takeover; FCC Votes Feb 26

    01/28/2015 8:11:43 AM PST · by cornelis · 14 replies
    Dear Friends, Obamacare, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal--these are just a few examples of what happens when we give government huge power without oversight. It's about to happen again--the Obama Administration is fighting for a government takeover of the Internet and the Federal Communications Commission is going to vote on it February 26th. That's why I am writing you today--I need your help to stop this.President Obama came out a few weeks ago urging the FCC to vote to regulate the Internet the same way that it regulates public utilities under Title II. What this means is that, for...
  • Richard Richards, Republican Party icon, dies at age 82

    01/30/2015 6:30:34 PM PST · by seacapn · 11 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | PAUL ROLLY
    Richard Richards, a key player in Utah Republican politics for three decades, was the first GOP chairman to endorse Ronald Reagan for president and was instrumental in Reagan's successful presidential campaign in 1980. An Ogden native who rose to become chairman of the National Republican Committee in Reagan's first term, Richards died at his home Friday. He was 82... Richards' work on Reagan's campaign earned him the chairmanship of the National Republican Committee in 1981-82.
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Cruz: ‘In Effect, They Are Counterfeiting Immigration Papers’

    01/30/2015 9:06:12 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    CNS ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    - 4:42 PM (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Thursday that contrary to what attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch said in her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that illegal aliens do not have a right to work in the United States and that by printing work authorizations for them the Obama administration is effectively “counterfeiting immigration papers.” CNSNews asked asked Cruz: Do you believe illegal aliens should have a right to work in the United States as Loretta Lynch told Senator Sessions? Cruz responded: Federal law is unequivocal. Those who are present in this country illegally are barred from working....
  • Romney to provide update to supporters on potential 2016 run

    01/30/2015 4:31:22 AM PST · by iowamark · 25 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 1/30/2015 | Reuters
    Republican Mitt Romney is to give an update to his supporters on Friday on whether he should run for president a third time in 2016 amid signs he has yet to convince some financial backers as to why he should take the plunge again. A former staffer, who asked to remain unidentified, said a conference call with Romney was expected to be held at mid-morning on Friday, and that he might give a signal as to which way he was leaning. Romney for the past three weeks has been seeking traction for another presidential run after he was defeated by...
  • Romney Now Calling Utah Home [Opering base for 'White Horse Prophecy' POTUS run? Or Senate run?]

    01/29/2015 8:03:02 PM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    Race42016.com ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Mark B. Lowe
    According to the Washington Post, Mitt Romney’s primary residence is in Utah, and he has recently registered to vote there. HOLLADAY, Utah — After losing two straight presidential races, Mitt Romney packed up his home in Massachusetts and journeyed west to Utah, building a mansion here in the foothills of the Wasatch Range that has served as his sanctuary from defeat.Here in the Salt Lake Valley, first settled by his Mormon ancestors, residents look past Romney’s electoral shortcomings and revere him as a savior for rescuing the 2002 Olympics. Romney won his highest 2012 vote margin in Utah — 73...
  • High-Schooler Told to Cover Up for Exposing Her Shoulder

    01/29/2015 2:54:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 165 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Rachel Bertsche
    When 16-year-old Gabi Finlayson went to Paris with her mother and brother in December, she only bought one thing: a light pink dress with lace overlay that fell just below the knee. She planned to wear it to an upcoming high school dance. “I loved it,” she tells Yahoo Parenting. “It reminded me of Audrey Hepburn. It seemed like a classic dress I could wear forever.” So on Saturday night, the Utah high school junior couldn’t wait to show up at the dance. “Being a 16-year-old girl, it’s hard to find something that makes you feel pretty and when you...
  • Son of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy arrested in Utah

    01/29/2015 8:04:54 AM PST · by redreno · 39 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 01/28/2015 | By WESLEY JUHL
    Ryan Bundy, son of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, was arrested Tuesday in Cedar City, Utah. Iron County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Nik Johnson said in a release that Bundy was served with an arrest warrant while at the county courthouse on a separate case. Bundy, 42, verbally and physically resisted the deputies’ attempts to take him into custody, but deputies overpowered and arrested him, Johnson said. Bundy was booked on charges of interfering with an officer, from the arrest warrant, and an additional charge of resisting arrest.
  • Measles outbreak with Disney park origins grows to 95 cases ( Criminal invaders & Amnesty )

    01/29/2015 8:27:37 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    kcrs tv ^ | Jan 29, 2015
    U.S. experienced record number of cases last year. A measles outbreak whose spread originated at Disneyland has grown to 95 cases. ... 79 of those in infections are in California and 52 of them can be linked directly to Disney Parks. The rest are in Michigan, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico. ... The U.S. experienced a record number of measles cases last year, with 644 infections from 27 states despite being largely eliminated in 2000.
  • Nevada and Tennessee Make It 26 States Suing To Stop Obama's Amnesty

    01/27/2015 6:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the Lone Star state's challenge of President Obama's executive amnesty, bringing the total number of states fighting Obama's unilateral immigration policies to 26. “Texas is proud to lead a coalition that now includes a majority of the United States standing up against the President’s rogue actions,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The momentum against the President's lawlessness continues to build with Tennessee and Nevada joining the effort to protect our states from the economic and public safety implications of illegal amnesty. As President...
  • In major move, Mormon apostles call for statewide LGBT protections [UT]

    01/27/2015 9:42:27 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 59 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 01/27/2015 | PEGGY FLETCHER STACK
    Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom. The move, one LGBT advocates have been pushing for years, provides a major boost for the prospects of nondiscrimination ordinances on Utah's Capitol Hill. Such proposals have been bottled up in the Legislature for years — despite the church's historic endorsement of similar protections in Salt Lake City ordinances in 2009. Utah's predominant faith issued the plea for such measures at...
  • Watch: Livestream of Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 6:50:22 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 225 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2015
    Starting Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, the Iowa Freedom Summit will be livestreamed in its entirety. Speakers include: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve King (R-IA), real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and many others.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 January 2015

    01/25/2015 4:27:49 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 134 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 January 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 25th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, Adam Schiff, D-Calif, and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.; former Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah.
  • Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush as possible presidential candidates at GOP event

    01/24/2015 11:59:23 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Jan 25 2015 | Rich Shapiro
    The Donald doesn’t think much of Mitt or Jeb. Donald Trump came out guns blazing at a high-profile GOP event in Iowa on Saturday — blasting possible presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. “It can’t be Mitt, because Mitt ran and failed. He failed,” Trump bellowed, drawing cheers from the riled-up audience at the Freedom Summit. “He choked. He had that election won.” Trump was equally blunt in assessing former President George W. Bush’s younger brother. “You can’t have Bush,” Trump said. “The last thing we need is another Bush.”
  • Environmental Groups Seeking More Protection For Sage Grouse ( CO & Utah )

    01/20/2015 5:15:34 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | January 20, 2015 | Donna Bryson
    Two environmentalist groups filed suit Tuesday seeking stronger protection for a bird found only in Colorado and Utah ... The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project said in court papers that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should go back and produce an “adequate finding” on the status of the Gunnison sage grouse ... The threatened designation could result in restrictions on oil and gas drilling, agriculture, recreational and other land uses. ... both camps will be watching litigation closely, in part to see how it might influence policy on the more common greater sage grouse. The...
  • Threatened bird showing up at higher elevations [ Colorado: yellow-billed cuckoo ]

    01/20/2015 6:54:00 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | January 19, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Expert says western yellow-billed cuckoo may be more prevalent than first thought. Paonia ornithologist Jason Beason likes to say that there are a lot of cuckoos out there. The line is good for laughs at presentations like the talks he gave in the Roaring Fork Valley last week, and it accurately reflects the fact that dozens of species of cuckoos populate the Earth in both the Old and New Worlds. These include birds people might not immediately think of as being cuckoos, such as the greater roadrunner in the southwestern United States. But in the case of the cuckoo of...
  • Secretary Jewell Unveils Greater Sage Grouse Plan

    01/11/2015 5:15:40 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response. “Targeted action is urgently needed to...
  • Congress blocks sage grouse protections, but work goes on

    12/18/2014 4:41:23 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 17, 2014 | Associated Press
    U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. They could determine the greater sage grouse is heading toward possible extinction, but they would be unable to intervene under the Endangered Species Act. The bird’s fate instead remains largely in the hands of the 11 individual states where they are found. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from being spent on rules to protect the chicken-sized bird...
  • Jeb In 94: I Would Do ‘Probably Nothing’ For African-Americans

    01/10/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | SCOTT GREER
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a presidential run and is currently leading the polls among potential Republican candidates for 2016, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Florida’s highest office may come back to haunt him.The Associated Press reports that Bush described himself then as a “head-banging conservative” and used fiery rhetoric — such as claiming he would do “probably nothing” for African-Americans if he became governor — in his ultimately unsuccessful bid. Bush made that statement in response to a question on what he would for African-Americans if elected to office.“It’s time...
  • Romney Floats Trial Balloon to Slow Jeb Bush’s Early ‘Rise’ in Quest for White House

    01/10/2015 10:13:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 10, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    Jeb Bush’s moves to attract supporters and donors this week put the 2016 race for the White House into sharper focus earlier in the new year than other presidential hopefuls probably anticipated. One apparent result: Mitt Romney, the Republican standard-bearer in 2012, told a group of donors Friday that he is “seriously considering” a third try for the White House after all. Romney continues to lead in polls that include him in the GOP field. With casual but succinct Instagram videos shot on a New York street and posted Tuesday on his Facebook page — one in English, one in...
  • Ex-Utah teacher faces ANOTHER sexual assault charge as its revealed <Truncated>

    01/09/2015 6:24:29 PM PST · by Sawdring · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8 January 2015
    A former Utah high school teacher had sex with an underage student after she was arrested in October 2013 in another sex abuse case involving that boy and two others, prosecutors said this week. Brianne Altice, 35, was arrested again Wednesday on four new sex abuse charges and released from jail after posting $10,000 bail, court documents say.
  • Republican Mia Love Joins Congressional Black Caucus, Group She Wants To Reform

    01/07/2015 1:43:02 PM PST · by Wilderness Conservative · 101 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/6/15 | Chuck Ross
    Utah Rep. Mia Love, who recently became the first black female Republican ever elected to Congress, joined the Congressional Black Caucus, according to a Tuesday announcement — potentially bad news for the group. Love, the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, has stated that she would likely join the CBC but would attempt drastic change from within the group, which tends to lean to the left.
  • Deadline passes for public land handover demanded by Utah

    01/05/2015 6:04:49 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    The Herald Journal ^ | January 3, 2015
    Utah passed a law in 2012 demanding the federal government give up about 31 million acres, about 50 percent of the state, by Dec. 31, 2014. ... Ivory and other supporters of the land transfer say the state’s legal claim lies in the Utah Enabling Act, which led to Utah’s statehood in 1896. .. If Utah pursues a lawsuit, the state attorney general’s office has warned lawmakers they need to avoid flawed theories or inconsistent arguments used by western states in the 1970s and 1980s during a similar push known as the Sagebrush Rebellion. ... Montana, Wyoming and Nevada have...
  • GOP lawmakers back Scalise in supremacist flap

    01/04/2015 10:51:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2015 12:42 PM EST | Erica Werner
    Republican lawmakers closed ranks Sunday behind the No. 3 House GOP leader, Steve Scalise, as the party aimed to move past the controversy over his speech 12 years ago to a white supremacist group. Scalise has said the speech was a mistake he now regrets, and party leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have backed him. Several incoming rank-and-file lawmakers added their support Sunday, including Utah’s Mia Love, the first black female Republican elected to the House. …
  • Longtime Romney friend: He’s standing by to rescue the party from nominating Ted Cruz

    12/31/2014 9:01:14 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 298 replies
    I told you last night, there was only one way for this year to end on Hot Air. May one word ring in your ears as the ball drops, my friends: Romneymentum.Hopefully you’re all already liquored up sufficiently to dull the pain. “I know exactly what Mitt’s going to do,” [Ken] Gardner, a real estate developer who helped bring Romney to Utah to lead the 2002 Winter Olympics, told the Deseret News. “I think over the next few months, a lot of things will happen.”…“If it’s Ted Cruz that’s the candidate, he’s in. If it’s Jeb Bush, he’s probably not,”...
  • Can Conservatives Keep Winning On Infrastructure Spending?

    12/30/2014 7:03:50 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/30/14 | Conn Carroll
    It is rare for conservatives to score a federal policy victory these days, especially with a Democrat in the White House, but as Michael Barone reminds us, just by playing defense conservatives have done exactly that on transportation. Unfortunately there are some in Congress who want to reverse these gains. The big win for conservatives on transportation comes from two sources. First, when the gas tax was last raised in 1993, it was not indexed for inflation, so the 18.4 cents a gallon collected today doesn't go as far today as it did more than two decades ago. Second, thanks...
  • Mitt Romney eyeing presidential run in 2016, longtime friend says

    12/30/2014 1:09:12 PM PST · by iowamark · 140 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 12/29/2014 | Lisa Riley Roche
    Mitt Romney is eyeing a third run for the White House and will get in the race in the coming months if he doesn't like how the GOP field is looking, his longtime friend Kem Gardner said Monday. "I know exactly what Mitt's going to do," Gardner, a real estate developer who helped bring Romney to Utah to lead the 2002 Winter Olympics, told the Deseret News. "I think over the next few months, a lot of things will happen." But Spencer Zwick, who raised $1 billion for Romney's 2012 campaign, said the decision is a personal one for Romney...
  • GOP's Medicaid Expansion Plans Encounter Growing Skepticism

    12/30/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joe Himelfarb
    While states debate expanding their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, they're wrestling with a looming 2017 deadline — when their taxpayers begin paying for the cost of the expansion. Beginning in 2014, states that agree to expand Medicaid to persons with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty line will have the federal government pay 100 percent of the cost. But beginning in 2017, the federal share will fall to 95 percent, and it drops to 90 percent in 2020. This has officials — many of them in Republican-dominated states across the country — worried that they will not...
  • Record low number of abortions in Utah illustrates impact of pro-life legislation

    12/29/2014 3:15:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    National Right To Life ^ | December 29, 2014 | Dave Andrusko
    The best news is the straightforward fact that in 2013 the fewest number of women in Utah had abortions than at any time since 1977. These encouraging results came about even though the number of women in their childbearing years has doubled in the intervening 36 years. Utah Department of Health’s Maternal and Infant Health Program reported that 2,893 women had abortions last year–only 4.6 abortions in every 1,000 women. While generally a confirmation of longstanding trends, the results also raise some intriguing questions. Among other pro-life provisions on the books, in 2012 Utah was the first state in the...
  • Once Again, the Establishment Cries Foul Over a Stand for Principle

    12/28/2014 6:39:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Withrow
    The "CRomnibus" government funding bill passed handily last weekend, but not before Senators Lee and Cruz had their say. In a controversial move, the two senators managed to put their colleagues on record voting for or against funding President Obama's latest unconstitutional executive power grab. Many Republican senators, however, protest too much, claiming that Lee and Cruz may have allowed the Democrats to pass a number of executive nominees because of their insistence upon making their point. As the story goes, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had promised to adjourn the Senate after passing the CRomnibus and a couple...
  • Kilmer calls for swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools program ( WA and across the West )

    12/26/2014 4:35:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    kbkw ^ | December 19, 2014
    Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called on Congressional leaders to reauthorize a program that provides key support to rural communities. Representatives Kilmer, Chris Stewart (R-UT), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) led a letter urging the swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) to help counties with national forests. Since national forest land cannot be taxed by counties or states, for more than 100 years the Forest Service has shared revenues from timber harvests on federal lands with the nearby communities. In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the members pointed out that SRS...
  • Dropped Federal Funds Have Counties on Alert ( Rural areas across the West )

    12/26/2014 4:26:27 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | Dec 26, 2014 | Molly Priddy
    Flathead, Lincoln counties could lose millions if Secure Rural Schools is not reauthorized. Congress recently passed a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the United States government in operation, but missing from that bill are the funds that many counties in Montana have come to rely on in their annual budgets. The budget bill dropped $330 million in funding from Secure Rural Schools, a federal program run through the U.S. Forest Service providing funding for counties and schools. Last year, Flathead County received just over $1.6 million in SRS funding; roughly $1,067,000 went toward the county’s road department, and the...
  • Jon Huntsman's Original Sin

    01/06/2012 6:05:01 AM PST · by Wolf13 · 20 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1-6-12 | Daniel Allott
    Would conservatives support a presidential bid by David Petraeus? The Iraq surge architect isn't a candidate. But for years prominent conservatives from Rep. Peter King to Andrew Breitbart have touted the soldier-scholar as a dream conservative candidate to take on Barack Obama. The question is, if Petraeus had run, would his service in the Obama administration -- first as head of U.S. Central Command, then as Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and now as CIA Director -- have counted against him? It's safe to say conservatives wouldn't have re-purposed the old "General Betray-Us" moniker for the man who has...
  • Report: Campaign that pushed dirt to reporters on Herman Cain and Mitch Daniels...was...Huntsman?

    11/05/2013 6:22:28 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | November 4, 2013 | Allahpundit
    To think, we’ve spent two years believing it was Romney that had the nastiest, most relentless seek-and-destroy oppo operation on the GOP side. Now I feel like Frank Drebin discovering the missing evidence in the Kelner case. My god — he was innocent. If you believe the sources in “Double Down,” Team Huntsman feeding a mega-smear of Romney to Harry Reid was the tip of the iceberg. 1994, his wife Cheri left [Mitch] Daniels for a married man, but then the couple reconciled and remarried. “In the years since, she had never spoken publicly about the turmoil, and Mitch had...
  • Kristol Predicts Scarborough Will Seek 2016 Nomination as 'Huntsman' Republican

    02/06/2014 6:35:04 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Was Bill Kristol kidding—just throwing a sop to the not-inconsiderable ego of his host—or could he have been serious? On today's Morning Joe, unveiling his line-up of the nine Republicans he sees running for president in 2016, Kristol included none other than Joe Scarborough himself. But in an unkind cut to someone prospectively facing the famously conservative GOP primary electorate, Kristol described Scarborough as "filling the Huntsman lane" and representing a "Morning Joe conservatism." Ouch! As interesting as were Kristol's nine [which included Sarah Palin] were the names he left off his list, including Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio. View...
  • Jon Huntsman, Independent For President?

    09/17/2014 6:45:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 09/17/2014 | Ruby Cramer, McKay Coppins
    Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has engaged in discussions with supporters in recent months about pursuing another White House bid — this time as an independent, according to three sources close to Huntsman. The former Utah governor declined to comment for the record. His daughter, MSNBC co-host Abby Huntsman Livingston, who was a surrogate for Huntsman’s campaign in 2012, said in an email that her father is “primarily focused on family and private-sector endeavors.” She added: “He has no plans to run, but in politics never say never. I know there is a lot of pull out there for him...
  • Huntsman leaves door open for another presidential run

    12/03/2013 6:20:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/26/13
    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who ran for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination in 2012, suggested he might run again but said he is not a candidate yet....