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  • GOP senators break with Trump over transgender troop ban

    07/26/2017 10:39:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 184 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/26/2017 | John Bowden
    Multiple Republican senators broke with President Trump on Wednesday after he announced on Twitter than transgender troops would be banned from serving in the military. In separate statements, GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Richard Shelby (Ala.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) all criticized Trump for his decision that Obama-era rules allowing transgender troops to serve would be reversed. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, ripped the call and said that Trump shouldn't be making policy announcements via tweet. “The President’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major...
  • Hatch Stands With Transgender Utahns

    07/26/2017 8:18:59 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 56 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 07/26/17
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday said he stands with transgender individuals from his state in a tweet following President Trump’s announcement that he will ban all transgender persons from serving in the United States military.
  • University to offer 'Social Justice Advocacy' certificate

    07/10/2017 7:54:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | July 9, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    The University of Utah is now offering a “Social Justice Advocacy Certificate” to train students to “advocate for action and change.” Starting this fall, students will be eligible to earn the certificate in “Social Justice Advocacy,” the creation of which was unanimously approved by faculty of the University of Utah School of School of Social Work in 2014, according to a school announcement.
  • Sanctuary Cities Vow to Make ‘1 Million Immigrants’ Citizens to Oppose Trump

    07/05/2017 1:57:43 PM PDT · by Lera · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/4/17 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    “Sanctuary cities” across the country are pledging to make one million immigrants into U.S. citizens this year, partly as a response to the policies of President Donald Trump. According to the Washington Examiner, the initiative is being pushed by a group called “Naturalize NOW!”—which is tying its campaign to patriotic American holidays like the Fourth of July. Announced on Flag Day, the Examiner reports: [t]he ‘Naturalize NOW!’ campaign, which includes liberal and progressive groups and elected officials, heralded the mayors of the cities in joining the national effort. Among the cities cited in an Independence Day notice from Mi Familia:...
  • Escalating violence around homeless shelter

    07/06/2017 1:01:20 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 28 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | July 5, 2017 | Christopher Smart
    Homelessness and crime » Assault on baseball player, fatal hit-and-run are the latest examples; House speaker asks if it’s time for extraordinary measures. News is spreading across the country on the state of homelessness in downtown Salt Lake City — and it isn't pretty. Just over the Fourth of July holiday, a professional baseball player was attacked and suffered a concussion. And a car plowed into a group of homeless people on a sidewalk, killing one and sending five others to the hospital. These are just the latest in a string of events that continues to frustrate officials, police and...
  • 1 killed, 5 injured after car strikes down pedestrians in downtown SLC

    07/04/2017 8:32:05 PM PDT · by LiberalismDestroys · 26 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Spenser Heaps
    SALT LAKE CITY — One woman was killed and at least five others were hospitalized after a vehicle struck them in what police called a hit-and-run incident Tuesday night. Salt Lake City police Lt. Justin Hudson said shortly after 6 p.m., police were dispatched to a call of a vehicle traveling on the sidewalk at a high rate of speed, striking people. When police arrived at 200 S. 465 West, Hudson said six people were on the ground injured.
  • Chaffetz Joins Fox News – Cited Money as One Reason He Quit Congress

    06/30/2017 5:14:36 PM PDT · by digger48 · 95 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | June 30, 2017 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Now former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz shocked many when he abruptly announced he’d be quitting Congress before the end of his term. In a recent interview, Chaffetz insisted his decision was personal, that he was disappointed by the state of politics, and that he and his wife made the decision together for personal reasons. Chaffetz alluded to living on a tight budget, but only this week did he confirm money played a role in the decision-making process. Congressmen make $170,000 a year. Chaffetz called it a “handsome salary” but not enough to maintain two separate households,...
  • Female robbery suspect shot by armed Quiznos employee during ‘take-over style’(SLC)

    06/23/2017 9:31:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    www.sltrib.com ^ | 6/21/2017 | STEPHEN HUNT
    During what Salt Lake City police are calling rare "take-over style" robbery at a Quiznos restaurant Tuesday night, a female employee shot and wounded a female robbery suspect, prompting her two male accomplices to flee. The female suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was in serious condition Wednesday at a hospital, said SLCPD Detective Greg Wilking, who said the suspect was hit in the neck.
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz trashes Trump and Sessions in interview days before leaving

    06/19/2017 1:14:02 PM PDT · by Coronal · 73 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 19, 2017 | Jason Silverstein
    Chaffetz is checked out. With less than two weeks left before his early exit from Congress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) trashed President Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a no-holds-barred interview. Chaffetz — an ardent Obama critic who withdrew his Trump endorsement weeks before the 2016 election — said he thinks the new administration is already doing a worse job with transparency and helping congressional investigations. “The reality is, sadly, I don't see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration,” Chaffetz told the Sinclair Broadcast Group on Sunday. “I thought there would be this, these...
  • Biden: I Knew Hillary Would Lose Battleground States

    06/10/2017 10:47:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:07 PM 06/10/2017 | Amber Athey
    Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that he knew a month before the 2016 election that Hillary Clinton would lose key battleground states. Biden made the comment during a closed-door appearance with Mitt Romney at the annual Romney-hosted E2 Summit, reports Politico. Based on his assessment of campaigning in those key battleground states, he said, he knew a month before the election that Clinton would lose them. Biden also stepped on Hillary just last month, saying he never thought she was a “great candidate” during a conference in Las Vegas. …
  • Accused of sexual misconduct, led him to drop out of race, party

    06/09/2017 4:06:04 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 15 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | June 8, 2017 | Matthew Piper
    Hours after saying he would continue his campaign to become Democratic Party chairman despite allegations that he had sexually harassed several women, Rob Miller ended his bid and announced he would leave the party altogether. Miller reported Thursday evening that he had followed through
  • Senate GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill is ‘very liberal’

    06/07/2017 11:56:28 AM PDT · by TBP · 46 replies
    Senate Republican leaders outlined a “very liberal” ObamaCare replacement bill during their weekly lunch with their members on Tuesday, sources said. “The moderates are very happy,” an aide to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), one of the Senate’s most conservative members, told The Post. “It was a very liberal bill.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that the upper chamber is “getting very close to having a proposal to whip and to take to the floor” on health care. His comments came after the leaders met with President Trump at the White House to discuss health care reform. According...
  • Former VP Joe Biden to headline Mitt Romney summit in Park City

    06/06/2017 7:22:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    sltrib.com ^ | 6/5/2017 | STEVE PEOPLES
    Washington • Just days after launching a new political action committee, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden will join Republican officials and donors at a weekend retreat hosted by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Biden will be interviewed by Romney during a Friday evening event in Park City, at the invitation-only summit, according to a Biden spokesman and participants briefed on the schedule. The speaker lineup for what is traditionally a gathering of Romney allies is packed with high-profile Republicans, among them House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain.
  • Former Dem Vice President Biden to headline Romney summit

    06/05/2017 11:12:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2017 7:02 PM EDT | Steve Peoples
    Just days after launching a new political action committee, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden will join Republican officials and donors at a weekend retreat hosted by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Biden will be interviewed by Romney during a Friday evening event in Park City, Utah, at the invitation-only summit, according to a Biden spokesman and participants briefed on the schedule. The speaker lineup for what is traditionally a gathering of Romney allies is packed with high-profile Republicans, among them House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain. Ryan was Romney’s running mate in 2012....
  • National monuments harm the economy, Utah public lands official tells Congress

    06/03/2017 1:21:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 02 June 2017 11:31pm | Thomas Burr
    "Any perceived benefits from the designation of huge landscape monuments need to be weighed against the impacts suffered by those who have traditionally used the lands," Kathleen Clarke, the former Bureau of Land Management director and now head of the Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, told a House Natural Resources subcommittee. "Landscapes don't disappear, but jobs and artifacts do." {snip} The testimony comes as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, as ordered by President Donald Trump, is reviewing the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase designations and other national monuments named in the past 21 years. Zinke must report back recommendations by...
  • Sen. Mike Lee blames Congress for Trump’s sluggish start: 'Look in the mirror'

    06/03/2017 12:42:42 AM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    ABC ^ | 02 June 2017 10:46pm ET | Riley Beggin
    ...“Those concerns turned out to be unfounded, I turned out to be wrong in that regard,” Lee said, adding that he still sees Trump’s stated dedication to returning power to the American people “as a central vision of his presidency.” When asked whether turbulence in the White House gets in the way of Congress achieving their legislative agenda, Lee said “with great certainty” Congress has themselves to blame for any inaction. “If you have Republican members of Congress claiming that it's the president's fault somehow that we're not passing Obamacare repeal, that we're not passing tax reform yet, I think...
  • Op-ed: Replacing Chaffetz requires following our Constitution

    05/29/2017 7:14:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 29, 2017 | Ernest Istook
    Utahns are consulting the U.S. Constitution more than usual because of Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s resignation. A vacancy in the House of Representatives is unique among all federal offices because it must be filled by an election. No appointments are permitted for membership in what is often called “The People’s House.” Federal judges are chosen by the president, with Senate confirmation of the appointment. The same is true for Cabinet officers. Governors may make appointments to fill Senate vacancies. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich infamously tried to auction the Senate seat vacated when Barack Obama was elected president; that’s why Blagojevich...
  • Chaffetz confirms June 30 departure: 'Thank you for allowing me to serve'

    05/19/2017 5:22:22 AM PDT · by LiberalismDestroys · 20 replies
    KSL.Com ^ | May 18th, 2017 @ 7:29pm | Dennis Romboy
    ALPINE — Utah will lose perhaps its most visible member of Congress when Rep. Jason Chaffetz leaves office before his fifth term ends to pursue a job in the private sector. The conservative Republican announced Thursday that he would resign effective June 30, saying it's time for him and his wife, Julie, to move on from that part of their lives.
  • Jason Chaffetz planning to take on role at Fox News: report

    05/14/2017 9:41:17 AM PDT · by maggief · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2017 | REBECCA SAVRANSKY
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is reportedly telling House Republicans he is planning to take on a role on Fox News. The Utah Republican, who announced in April he would not seek reelection in 2018, may have plans to take on a "substantial role" on air at Fox News, Washingtonian reported. The report cited two GOP lawmakers and four senior House Republican aides who have knowledge of Chaffetz's plans. The role could start as early as July, according to the publication. “Let’s just say that when Jason told us he was headed to Fox, no one was surprised,” one senior House...
  • EPA creates illegal Superfund site to hide liability in Gold King Mine spill

    05/08/2017 6:22:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Free Range Report ... Mountain States Legal Foundation ^ | May 4, 2017 | William Perry Pendley
    Shortly after the EPA triggered the release, to obscure and limit its own liability, the EPA created the Bonita Peak Mining District—around the Gold King Mine—and made the Superfund designation. Past EPA studies found the area did not merit inclusion on the National Priorities List. ... EPA’s Attempt to Bury its Colorado Gold Mine Disaster is Illegal. ... Mountain States Legal Foundation for its clients ... advised the three-judge panel that the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund statute), designated what it erroneously called the Bonita Peak...