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  • Orrin Hatch: I may retire if Romney runs to replace me

    03/29/2017 11:57:06 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2017 | Rebecca Savransky
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says he would consider retiring if Mitt Romney ran to replace him. Hatch told National Journal in a Wednesday interview that he hasn't made a decision yet on whether he will run for reelection in 2018. "I know I made a comment that I'll likely run for reelection. I haven't made that final determination," he said. "There are a bunch of reasons to do it, a bunch of reasons not to do it."
  • Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch willing to step aside for Mitt Romney

    03/29/2017 7:41:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 28, 2017 | Daniel Chaitin
    In an interview with National Journal, the Republican senator who has been in office since 1976 said he "might very well consider" not campaigning for another term if an "outstanding person" were to run for his position. . . . Asked if he had any people in mind, Hatch replied: "Well, Mitt Romney would be perfect." He added that he has reached out to Romney about the idea.
  • Gorsuch's Foes Embarrass the Senate [Incl.Sen. Hatch Support of Ginsburg, Beyer]

    03/28/2017 8:19:24 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 26, 2017 | Sen. Orrin G. Hatch
    Although I am a committed conservative, I have voted for the Supreme Court nominees of both parties—even those I might not have chosen myself—as long as I have been assured of their fitness for office. I helped shepherd through President Clinton’s nominees, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. Both had shown themselves to be honorable, capable jurists with reputations for careful, non-ideological work on federal appeals courts.
  • London attack: American Kurt Cochran, from Utah, killed

    03/23/2017 10:12:06 AM PDT · by Third Person · 25 replies
    BBC news ^ | March 23rd, 2017 | Staff
    An American man has been named as one of the victims of Wednesday's deadly attack in London, Kurt Cochran, 54 and from Utah, died in the attack and his wife Melissa was seriously hurt, their family has said. They were celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary and also visiting Melissa's parents, who work on a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission. They were struck when the attacker drove a car over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament. So-called Islamic State has said it was behind the attack, which left four people dead, including the attacker. Eight people have...
  • Huber to stay on as interim U.S. Attorney for Utah ( Bundy connections )

    03/20/2017 9:24:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    St. George News ^ | March 15, 2017 | Mori Kessler
    John Huber will continue to serve as the U.S. attorney for Utah, at least for the time being. Huber was given a reprieve by the U.S. Justice Department and will stay on as an interim U.S. attorney for the state for the next four months. Huber was one of 46 U.S. attorneys who were asked by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Friday to resign. ... Huber joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2002 and was appointed to become Utah’s U.S. Attorney in February 2015 with the support of Sen. Orrin Hatch. Huber was confirmed by the Senate in June...
  • Evan McMullin says it’s ‘possible’ he will challenge Chaffetz or Hatch in 2018

    03/18/2017 12:08:09 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 28 replies
    KSTU ^ | March 17, 2017 | FOX 13 News
    SALT LAKE CITY — Former presidential hopeful Evan McMullin stated Friday he may run for public office again and is considering the possibility of challenging either Rep. Jason Chaffetz or Senator Orrin Hatch. McMullin made the comments Friday during an AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread on Reddit in the “EnoughTrumpSpam subreddit. One user asked McMullin if he is considering running against Jason Chaffetz in 2018, and McMullin responded from a verified Reddit account to say he is considering such a move but must consider the desires of Utah constituents.
  • Evan McMullin mulls primary challenges to Hatch, Chaffetz

    03/17/2017 1:51:31 PM PDT · by kevcol · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 17, 2016 | Al Weaver
    "It is possible that I will challenge Chaffetz or Senator Hatch, but there are a lot of factors that go into that decision," McMullin said. "One of the primary factors is what the people of Utah want. Plenty of people outside of Utah or who do not vote in the Republican primary are eager to see Chaffetz replaced
  • Utah Legislature Passes Bill to Hold Presidential Primaries

    03/15/2017 11:56:15 AM PDT · by TBP · 6 replies
    Ballot Access News ^ | March 15, 2017 | Richard Winger
    On March 9, the Utah legislature passed HB 204. It says in future presidential years, Utah will hold presidential primaries. The bill does not include details such as how candidates get on the ballot, or when the primary will be, or whether all qualified parties are included. Those will be fleshed out in next year’s legislature session.
  • Utah lawmakers pass bill to lower DUI limit to 0.05 percent

    03/12/2017 6:01:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 154 replies
    AP ^ | March 9, 2017 | Staff
    Utah could soon have the strictest DUI threshold in the nation after state lawmakers on Wednesday night voted to lower the limit for a driver's blood-alcohol content to 0.05 percent, down from 0.08 percent. The measure heads to Utah's governor, who has said he supports the legislation.
  • Republicans in Maine, Utah want Trump to undo monuments

    03/05/2017 8:40:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, March 5, 2017
    Republican leaders in Maine and Utah are asking President Donald Trump to step into uncharted territory and rescind national monument designations made by his predecessor. The Antiquities Act of 1906 doesn't give the president power to undo a designation, and no president has ever taken such a step. But Trump isn't like other presidents. Former President Barack Obama used his power under the act to permanently preserve more land and water using national monument designations than any other president. The land is generally off limits to timber harvesting, mining and pipelines, and commercial development. Obama created the Katahdin Woods and...
  • BLM special agent is focus of investigations [ Dan Love ]

    03/04/2017 6:25:18 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | Feb 28, 2017
    Dan Love, a controversial law-enforcement agent for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is the subject of several investigations into his actions as special-agent-in-charge of BLM activities in Utah and Nevada. Most recently, Congressman Jason Chaffetz alleges that Love may have destroyed files, withheld documents, and coached witnesses in order to avoid a Congressional investigation. Chaffetz asked the Department of Interior (DOI) Inspector General to investigate the allegations. Love is also the focus of a DOI Inspector General report that states he used his position to gain perks at the annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada. The report states that...
  • If You Think the BLM were Bad at Bundy Ranch, Look at what They did to this Man over this

    02/23/2017 7:15:27 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 14 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 02-23-2017 | Tim Brown
    In March of 2016, I reported on the Bureau of Land Management and the leader of the BLM at Bundy Ranch, Daniel P. Love, in a case from 2009 involving Indian artifacts he discovered and the wrongful death of Dr. James Redd.  Since that time, I have been in touch with the Redd family, who provided the following information.  I have asked that person to compile information pertaining to what took place with Dr. Redd.  The following bullet points, videos and information are what I obtained.  You can download this file here that are the "attachments" mentioned in the article...
  • BLM Agent Daniel P. Love Named in Investigation [ Cliven Bundy family and more ]

    02/20/2017 6:36:29 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Redoubt News ^ | February 19, 2017 | Shari Dovale
    The truth is being revealed, as we all prayed that it would. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Agent Daniel P. Love has been breaking the law for years. Using and abusing his authority to run his own personal fiefdom. Bullying citizens until they commit suicide. All while believing he was above the law. Or so a report released last month seems to indicate. ... On February 14th, a letter from U.S. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, named Daniel P. Love and questions an investigation that points to the deletion of hundreds of documents the day before a...
  • Torrential Rain Will Threaten The Desert Southwest This Weekend

    02/17/2017 3:58:38 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Accuweather.com ^ | Alex Sosnowski
    The storm producing torrential rain in coastal Southern California into Friday night will also threaten lives and property in the deserts of Arizona, California and Nevada this weekend. In a sense, the rainfall will be like a fast-moving tropical system. A general 1 to 3 inches of rain will fall with locally higher amounts over the south-facing slopes of the mountains into Saturday night. "Much of this rain may fall in a few hours' time, which is more than enough to cause significant runoff, flash and urban flooding due to the landscape in the region," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan...
  • Who Is the ‘Forgotten Man’? A Historical Look

    02/15/2017 7:54:20 AM PST · by HokieMom · 6 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | February 14, 2017 | Salim Furth, Ph.D.
    The Forgotten Man is back with a vengeance. Since Amity Shlaes revived the phrase in the title of her best-selling history of the Great Depression, “the Forgotten Man” has come to stand in for the losers in the left’s identity politics. Thus, the 21st-century Forgotten Man has a conventional-sounding name, is heterosexual, never went to graduate school, and does not know where the 202 area code is. (It’s Washington, D.C.) The Forgotten Man has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. President Donald Trump name-checked this retro superhero in his Nov. 9 victory speech and his...
  • Oversight chair asks WH for security details of Mar-a-Lago meeting

    02/14/2017 3:34:45 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2017 | Max Greenwood
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is asking the White House to provide his panel with details about how sensitive information was handled during a weekend meeting at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Chaffetz requested detailed explanations of the Trump administration's security protocols at the Florida estate, including what documents were present at Saturday's powwow and how the administration vetted club guests. The request came after it was revealed that Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting in plain sight on Saturday to discuss North Korea's...
  • FBI admits no arrest warrant signed when Duane Ehmer was arrested, contrary to agent's testimony

    02/12/2017 3:47:19 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 09, 2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    FBI agents admit in court papers that they had no arrest warrant when they took Duane Ehmer into custody at a checkpoint outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 27, 2016, contrary to an agent's testimony earlier this week. It wasn't until the day after Ehmer's arrest that a federal magistrate judge signed a criminal complaint against Ehmer based on an FBI agent's probable cause affidavit. Ehmer's lawyer Michele Kohler has urged the judge to suppress evidence found in what she contends was an unlawful search of Ehmer's car and horse trailer after his arrest without a warrant. ......
  • Reverse Tea Party? GOP officials facing more protests across country. [Astroturf disrupts TownHalls]

    02/11/2017 10:19:26 PM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/11/2017 | N/A
    Washington Republicans this weekend faced more protests at public events -- backlash that appears to be growing against President Trump and the GOP-led Congress for trying to dismantle ObamaCare ... Florida GOP Rep. Gus Bilirakis faced about a hundred people at a town hall, ... Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (school entrance blocked, BLM screaming "shame") ... Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz met by frequent, deafening boos at a town hall event in which constituents .... California GOP Rep. Tom McClintock had to be escorted by police from a town hall event as protesters...
  • Raucous Town Hall In Utah Blasts GOP Rep. Chaffetz Over Trump

    02/10/2017 12:26:43 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 41 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 10, 2017 | Mary Papenfuss
    Hundreds of jeering, shouting, angry voters, jam-packed in a high school auditorium, lashed GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz at his town hall meeting in the heart of red-state Utah. Chaffetz was frequently drowned out by boos at Brighton High School, in a Salt Lake City suburb, over the course of Thursday night’s meeting, which he cut short. He was booed when he walked on stage, and he was often booed when he mentioned the name “Trump.” The House Oversight Committee chairman was challenged on Donald Trump’s threat to eliminate Obamacare, his vow to slash support for women’s health by cutting Planned...
  • “All doors are open”: Are you ready for Senator Mitt Romney?

    02/07/2017 11:16:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2017 | AllahPundit
    Any news story involving Romney running for any office is postworthy by definition for a veteran Romney trollblogger like me. But let’s be real: A freshman senator at age … 71, which is what he’d be on election day 2018? As good as he looks and as healthy as he seems, it’s rare — maybe even unprecedented — for a senator to be popularly elected to a first full term in his 70s. This list notes 12 who were 75 or older when they were first seated, but nine were appointed to fill vacancies and two more were chosen...
  • Romney Could Run For Senate In 2018

    02/06/2017 1:37:33 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 6, 2017 | Phillip Stucky
    Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney could run for the United States Senate in 2018, according to a Friday interview with Deseret news. The former presidential candidate will not commit to a Senate run, but refuses to rule out the possibility. “I don’t have any predictions on what I might do. I’m not going to open a door and I’m not going to close a door. All doors are open,” Romney said after mentioning the 2018 Senate race.
  • Utah House calls for constitutional convention to rein in federal government

    02/06/2017 1:23:41 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 73 replies
    sltrib.com ^ | 2/3/17 | Lee Davidson
    The Utah House called Friday for a convention of the states to consider new amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which supporters said is the only way to rein in an out-of-control federal government. It passed HJR3 on a 45-29 vote, and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The resolution calls for a convention that would consider amendments to "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress." "We are in jeopardy of losing our republic," said HJR3's sponsor,...
  • IG Probe finds BLM Guilty of Misconduct, Bundy Ranch Lawyers Ready to Pounce

    02/06/2017 6:47:59 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Constitution ^ | February 4, 2017 | Tim Brown
    As trials of political prisoners on trumped up charges by the central government loom, charges that have either been dismissed or they have been acquitted of in Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management agent in charge has now allegedly been found guilty of misconduct by the Inspector General; and a Bundy case attorney is going after him. ... Attorney Chris Rasmussen filed a Motion For Review of BLM Personnel Records after a scathing report released by the Office Of The Inspector General, said a Special Agent In Charge of the BLM was found to have committed Ethical Violations and Misconduct...
  • Report: BLM agent in ethics probe threatened retaliation: 'Grenades will go off' (Dan Love)

    02/02/2017 5:55:44 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Deseret News ^ | February 1, 2017 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Interior Department's Office of Inspector General investigated an unnamed Bureau of Land Management supervisory agent in Salt Lake City for more than a year on ethics complaints, with the independent panel concluding that breaches had occurred. The agent, which the Deseret News has confirmed is Dan Love through a source familiar with the investigation, is accused of using his position to secure preferential treatment for his family during the 2015 Burning Man event in Nevada, including using federal law enforcement officers as personal escorts for their safety, using his BLM vehicle to transport his girlfriend...
  • Disgraced Teacher Brianne Altice Denied Parole For Having Sex With 3 Students (low self esteem)

    02/02/2017 1:59:26 PM PST · by drewh · 54 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 @ 11:40AM | radar staff
    A disgraced former English teacher confessed that she had lost sight of her “values” when she had sex with three of her students, but it wasn’t enough to get her out of jail on good behavior. According to the New York Post, Brianne Land Altice was ordered to serve at least two more years in prison after the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole made their ruling on Tuesday. The 37-year-old, who used to teach at David High School in Kaysville, Utah, was slapped with three felony counts of forcible sex abuse in 2015, and was sentenced to 2-30 years...
  • At least 17 bomb threats called in to JCCs nationwide in third wave of harassment

    02/01/2017 6:53:55 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 10 replies
    JTA ^ | January 31, 2017
    At least 17 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month. Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Network — an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America that advises Jewish groups and institutions on security — said the threats were called in late Tuesday morning. Some of the messages were live, he confirmed. “[I]n the past we know that the numbers can grow exponentially,” he said, adding that perpetrators have been “leveraging technologies to make mass calls.” Goldenberg confirmed that threats had been called...
  • Utah to Ban Abortions by Skype

    01/31/2017 5:24:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/31/17 | Stefan Farar
    Utah legislators are close to banning telemed abortions. In telemedicine, healthcare providers prescribe medicine and advise patients who live in rural and far-off areas by telephone or computer so that mothers can commit do-it-yourself chemical abortions. Although telemed abortions would be banned, the bill encourages and advances telemedicine in general in Utah, but for other medical procedures. The House Public Utilities, Energy and Technology Standing Committee passed the bill on Monday, January 30. The bill has been sent to the full House for debate, where it's expected to pass. Bill sponsor Rep. Ken Ivory commented, "If you're going to have an...
  • Key witness in Swallow case claims Greg Hughes, Harry Reid met in his S. California office

    01/24/2017 2:09:55 PM PST · by LiberalismDestroys · 13 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 24, 2017 3:00 p.m. | Dennis Romboy
    A convicted felon and key prosecution witness in the criminal case against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow threw out some big names in state and national politics during a court hearing Tuesday. And Swallow’s one-time co-defendant who prosecutors still consider a “co-conspirator,” former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, made an unexpected appearance in the courtroom. Marc Jenson testified at an evidentiary hearing that Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, and then U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, attended a “secret” meeting involving the Utah Transit Authority in his Southern California office in 2009. Hughes was a legislator but...
  • Sleazy Legal Tactics Used to Go After Former Utah Attorney General

    01/24/2017 1:37:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2017 | Rachel Alexander
    With all the attention brought recently to the politically motivated prosecutions of the DOJ, culminating in the high-profile Supreme Court exoneration of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, you would think prosecutors would start backing off on dishonest witch hunts against prominent Republicans. But they’re not in Salt Lake City. Similar to red states like Arizona and Texas, Utah’s legal system is predominantly controlled by the left. Since they can’t get any traction in elections statewide, Democrats abuse the legal process to destroy elected Republican officials. It’s always the same, tired old, vague “ethics” laws that are used: bribery, public corruption,...
  • Chelsea Handler vs. Chelsea Handler

    01/24/2017 9:36:02 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 24, 2017 | Papa Giorgio
    Fighting one's own rhetoric. (See more at YOUNG CONSERVATIVES: http://tinyurl.com/z45vmcr). MEDIA'ITE has the original post here: http://tinyurl.com/j3h32wb
  • EPA says it can't pay economic damages from mine spill

    01/13/2017 3:23:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 109 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 5:51 PM EST | Dan Elliott
    The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado, saying the law prohibits it. The EPA said the claims could be refiled in federal court, or Congress could authorize payments. But attorneys for the EPA and the Justice Department concluded the EPA is barred from paying the claims because of sovereign immunity, which prohibits most lawsuits against the government. …
  • EPA: 540 tons of metals entered river in Colo. mine spill

    01/06/2017 4:41:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 2017 7:33 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    Nearly 540 tons of metals — mostly iron and aluminum — contaminated the Animas River over nine hours during a massive wastewater spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday in a new report on the 2015 blowout that turned rivers in three states a sickly yellow. The total amount of metals entering the river system was comparable to levels during one or two days of high spring runoff, although the concentration of metals was significantly higher at the spill’s peak, the report said. […] New Mexico Environment Secretary Butch Tongate accused the EPA of...
  • Utah may lower the legal alcohol limit to .05% -- a first in the nation

    01/03/2017 1:17:48 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 71 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 1, 2017 | Kurtis Lee
    If a tough new proposal in Utah becomes law, just a few drinks — or even a few swigs — could put you over the limit for drunk driving. An effort is underway in the state to lower the legal blood-alcohol concentration for driving to .05 — a first in the nation. Currently, all 50 states have a .08 cap, eschewing suggestions from the National Transportation Safety Board to redefine what constitutes drunk driving.
  • With new monuments in Nevada, Utah, Obama adds to his environmental legacy (LAND GRAB)

    12/28/2016 2:42:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/28/2016 | By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
    President Obama on Tuesday created new national monuments in a sacred tribal site in southeastern Utah and in a swath of Nevada desert, after years of political fights over the fate of the sites. The designations further cement Obama’s environmental legacy as one of the most consequential — and contentious — in presidential history. He now has invoked his executive power to create national monuments 29 times during his tenure, establishing or expanding protections for more than 550 million acres of federal lands and waters. Environmental groups have praised the conservation efforts, but critics say they amount to a federal...
  • Mormon Choir On Trump Inauguration: We Will Perform Despite Opposition

    12/23/2016 3:37:17 PM PST · by drewh · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3:42 PM 12/23/2016 | KATIE JERKOVICH
    Pressure is mounting on the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir to not perform at president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony in January, but the choir is not backing down. In a Friday statement to The Daily Caller, the choir responded to an online petition that wants to the choir not to sing at Trump’s inauguration. The statement said while the group has received “mixed reactions,” it will still perform for the 58th Inauguration in Washington, D.C. just as it has done in the past. (RELATED: Mormon Tabernacle Choir Agrees To Perform At Trump Inauguration) The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and church leaders sing...
  • Obama rushes out 11th-hour regulations targeting coal mining

    12/19/2016 6:52:07 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2016 | Ben Wolfgang
    At virtually the last possible moment, the Obama administration on Monday rolled out new regulations making it even more difficult and more costly to mine coal in the U.S., a final shot against the already beleaguered coal industry as the president leaves office. The Interior Department’s Stream Protection Rule will go into effect 30 after its official release and publication in the federal register, meaning it likely will be implemented Jan. 19 — one day before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Mr. Trump has vowed to undo much of his predecessor’s environmental regulations, including rules that target coal mining. The...
  • Students at Brigham Young University don hijabs in solidarity with Muslims

    12/18/2016 11:33:35 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 93 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2016 | Robert Spencer
    These BYU students have ably signaled their virtue, and can now sit back and enjoy the rounds of applause they will receive from the enlightened and intelligent, but where is their concern of for Aqsa Parvez, whose Muslim father choked her to death with her hijab after she refused to wear it? Or Aqsa and Amina Muse Ali, a Christian woman in Somalia whom Muslims murdered because she wasn’t wearing a hijab? Or the 40 women who were murdered in Iraq in 2007 for not wearing the hijab; or Alya Al-Safar, whose Muslim cousin threatened to kill her and harm...
  • Microwave oil recovery could unlock trillions of barrels of oil [...] from Oil shale and oil sands

    12/07/2016 6:45:48 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 38 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | Dec 7, 2016 | Brian Wang
    Peter Kearl is co-founder and CTO of Qmast which is a Colorado-based company pioneering the use of the microwave technology to recover oil. Oil giants BP and ConocoPhillips are pouring resources into developing similar extraction techniques, which can be far less water- and energy-intensive than fracking. There is more than 4.285 trillion barrels of oil barrels of oil in the Green River Formation (2011 U.S. Geological Survey of resource in-place). Using oil shale cutoffs of potentially viable (15 gallons per ton) and high grade (25 gallons per ton), it is estimated that between 353 billion and 1.146 trillion barrels of...
  • Western counties join in opposition to BLM’s land-use plan [ Colorado ]

    12/07/2016 9:02:09 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | December 6, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    County officials in western Colorado have regularly lambasted Planning 2.0 and this week, Garfield County joined in with five other counties in the western United States considering suing to halt the rule, which they have criticized as a central-planning measure. The BLM this month announced that the rule was final and on Monday, Garfield County agreed to spend as much as $40,000 with the Texas-based property-rights organization, the American Stewards of Liberty, to halt it. While Garfield County is taking an active role, Mesa County officials are looking to Congress and a Republican administration under President-elect Donald Trump to deal...
  • AP: Huntsman among secretary of State possibilities

    12/03/2016 8:41:10 PM PST · by 198ml · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/3/16 | JESSE BYRNES
    AP: Huntsman among secretary of State possibilities © Getty President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly open to expanding his short list of candidates for secretary of State to include former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman was one of the possibilities reported by The Associated Press on Saturday night, citing a source close to the Trump transition. Huntsman, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, previously served as ambassador to China and speaks Mandarin.
  • Romney warns Trump’s rhetoric could lead to ‘trickle-down racism’ [6-10-16]

    11/25/2016 12:42:43 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 75 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 10 2016 | Philip Rucker
    PARK CITY, Utah — Mitt Romney warned here Friday that Donald Trump’s election as president could change the nation’s moral character and lead to the normalization of racism, bigotry and misogyny. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who has been the most vocal leader of the “Never Trump” movement, delivered one of his strongest rebukes yet of Trump’s candidacy in an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. “I don’t want to see trickle-down racism,” Romney told Blitzer. “I don’t want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that...
  • Orrin Hatch Feeling Urge to Run in 2018

    11/16/2016 7:06:42 PM PST · by SMGFan · 47 replies
    rollcall ^ | November 16, 2016
    The Senate’s longest serving Republican is thinking about running for another term. Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, a member of the Senate since 1977 and its president pro tempore, said after Wednesday’s leadership elections that he was getting significant pressure to seek an eighth term. Hatch, 82, had previously said he would retire at the end of his current term, in two years time.  - See more at: http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/orrin-hatch-gwetting-pressure-run-2018#sthash.7I5y84K3.dpuf
  • Utahns want Donald Trump to soften his tone, reach out [barf alert]

    11/13/2016 7:56:33 AM PST · by kevcol · 42 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | November 12, 2016 | MATT CANHAM
    As she watched the election returns late Tuesday, Jessica Anderson couldn't fight back the tears or the feeling her country had just been diminished. . . . "It was very demoralizing to me to think that so many Americans could look past his foul nature and still vote for him," she said. "I was very depressed." ... She voted for independent Evan McMullin, while her Republican husband voted for Clinton. She stands by her decision, criticizing the Democratic nominee as a politician who would have pushed the country toward socialism. At the same time, she said, she had already "come...
  • Salt Lake City ralliers strike peaceful tone as protests against President-elect Trump continue

    11/12/2016 5:09:42 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 16 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 11/12/2016 | LEE DAVIDSON AND MARIAH NOBLE
    Salt Lake City rallies against Donald Trump on Saturday detoured from the crude chants and sometimes-obscene posters of other recent protests into more of an old-fashioned love-in. In an afternoon march from the Salt Lake City Hall to the state Capitol, most protesters carried roses as a symbol of peace — especially for Muslims, Latinos, refugees, immigrants and other groups Trump had attacked during his campaign. Marchers wore safety pins on their shirts, as signs that they are people who anyone may call on for protection. They usually followed organizers' pleas to avoid derogatory chants and crude language on signs....
  • Look how few Republican senators we have to focus on primarying next time!

    11/11/2016 12:21:06 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 73 replies
    Hatch should be primaried if he doesn't retire. He'll probably pretend to be a conservative again for two years so he can get reelected like he did last time. Been in the Senate since 1978! Trump should make Corker an ambassador of some worthless country to get him out of the senate. The rest can go too as far as I'm concerned. Cruz is the only senator worth reelection, and that's just because of his votes.
  • Utah schools seeing fear, frustration and absent students after Election Day

    11/10/2016 8:03:06 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 43 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Nov 09, 2016; 11:01 pm | BENJAMIN WOOD
    Before she left for work on Wednesday, Riley Elementary School teacher Christi Paulson said she had a bad feeling about how her students would be responding to President-elect Donald Trump. The school is located on Salt Lake City's diverse west side and home to many languages, ethnicities and countries of origin. "They're really worried about the [border] wall," Paulson said, referring to one of Trump's signature campaign pledges, "and about friends and parents and people getting sent away." In her second-grade classroom, Paulson has two cups on a counter that feature a smiling, winking face with big thumbs up and...
  • Evan McMullin: Conservatives must now abandon the Republican Party

    11/09/2016 1:36:59 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 81 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/09/2016 | Josh Rogin
    SALT LAKE CITY — As presidential candidate Evan McMullin (I) and his team watched the election results come in Tuesday night, they were furiously rewriting his speech. They, like most of the nation, were shocked that Donald Trump was poised as of early Wednesday morning to potentially win the presidency of the United States. But McMullin’s core campaign message, that the Republican party had forsaken its principles and allowed itself to be hijacked by a parasite named Trump, was validated by the incoming results, he told the crowd of supporters here in Utah. As of late Tuesday night, Trump led...
  • Mitt Romney Sends ‘Best Wishes’ To President-Elect Donald Trump

    11/09/2016 6:38:06 AM PST · by kevcol · 68 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | November 9, 2016 | CBS
    BOSTON (CBS) – Mitt Romney, a critic of Donald Trump who came up short in his own campaign for president, is wishing Trump well after his surprise victory. “Best wishes for our duly elected president: May his victory speech be his guide and preserving the Republic his aim,” Romney tweeted Wednesday morning.
  • Trump gets UTAH!

    11/08/2016 8:08:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 40 replies
    November 8, 2016 | VANITY
    Fox just called Utah for Trump
  • Donald Trump will lose after failing to follow Mitt Romney - Expert [LOL alert]

    11/07/2016 7:54:59 AM PST · by kevcol · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 7, 2016 | David Reid
    James Boys, senior US policy expert and associate professor of international political studies at Richmond University, told CNBC Monday that Trump is not waging a campaign that can win the election. "If you put in someone who could reach out to Hispanics, to women, to the African American community and build on what Mitt Romney had done four years ago, maybe. "But when you see him do the exact opposite, it is impossible to see how he can win this," he said.