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  • 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...
  • Zinke kicks off monuments review this weekend. Up first: Utah’s Bears Ears and Staircase

    05/08/2017 10:33:07 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 32 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 5-6, 2017 | Brain Maffly
    The Trump administration is launching its four-month review of 27 large national monuments designated since 1996 under the Antiquities Act, including two controversial monuments in Utah. That review formally kicks off this weekend with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's arrival in Utah to investigate Bears Ears National Monument, designated by President Barack Obama just a few weeks before he left office, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. At the urging of Utah's political leaders, President Donald Trump ordered the review April 26, when he called out Bears Ears as a "land grab" that should not have happened.
  • Police can request ID,run background check on car passengers,Utah Supreme Court says

    05/07/2017 3:25:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 90 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | MAY 7, 2017 | LUKE RAMSETH
    The Utah Supreme Court has ruled police are allowed to ask for a passenger's identification and run a background check on them during a traffic stop — even without suspecting criminal activity.In a 5-0 decision this week, justices overturned a 2014 district court ruling that argued such police actions were "beyond the scope of a routine traffic stop." The ruling stems from a case involving Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Horne, who stopped a car for an improper lane change. Horne collected IDs and ran a background check on the driver and the passenger, George Matthew Martinez Jr.
  • Letter endorsing anti-fracking violence penned by author of ballot issue to hike oil-and-gas tax

    04/29/2017 2:56:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | Apr. 25, 2017 | Dan Njegomir
    Boulder - Remember that unsuccessful attempt in the legislature to toughen penalties for vandalizing oil and gas equipment? Child’s play. It turns out the author of a letter to the editor in Boulder’s Daily Camera that got a national media mention last week — for appearing to endorse outright violence against fracking operations — is the author of a pending statewide ballot issue to hike Colorado’s severance tax on oil and gas production. Reached by phone today, Andrew O’Connor, of Lafayette, unapologetically reiterated his hardline stance ... “I wouldn’t have a problem with a sniper shooting one of the workers”...
  • Chaffetz Taking Leave From Congress for Foot Surgery (out 3-4 weeks)

    04/27/2017 9:16:02 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 27, 2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) is taking a leave of absence from Congress to undergo "immediate" foot surgery and is expected to return in mid-May. Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, shared a photo to his Instagram on Wednesday showing an x-ray of a previously repaired broken foot with 14 screws and a metal plate in it, Politico reported. The lawmaker said doctors are now recommending that he have the hardware removed or "be at risk for serious infection." Chaffetz originally sustained the injury falling off a ladder nearly 12 years ago.
  • Poll: Evan McMullin beats Sen. Orrin Hatch in head-to-head matchup

    04/21/2017 10:05:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    KSL ^ | 04/21/2017 | Laura Seitz, Deseret News, File
    SALT LAKE CITY — Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin would beat Sen. Orrin Hatch in a head-to-head matchup for the U.S. Senate, a new poll shows. The Centrist Project, which is recruiting candidates to run for Senate and state legislatures in 2018, commissioned the survey to gauge Utahns' opinions on several issues and the viability of an independent candidate in the upcoming Senate race. The poll by JMC Analytics found 33 percent of residents would vote for McMullin, 29 percent for Hatch and 11 percent for an unnamed Democrat if the election were held today. Another 10 percent favored...
  • Greater sage grouse kills Oregon wind-energy project

    04/20/2017 2:11:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    After years of creating headaches for the oil-and-gas industry, the greater sage grouse is now standing in the way of renewable energy. The U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday killed a major wind-energy project slated for southeast Oregon over concerns about its impact on a local sage grouse population in a victory for environmental groups, which had fought the proposal for years. The 104-megawatt project, which would have spread up to 70 wind turbines and a transmission line across 10,500 acres in rural Harney County, was decried by environmentalists as an “industrial scale wind development” that would have disrupted...
  • Evan McMullin Up To His #NeverTrump Eyeballs in Campaign Debt (hehehe $670,000)

    04/20/2017 6:50:35 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 4/20/17 | Fuzzy Slippers
    Owes nearly $670,000 for failed presidential bid Evan McMullin Up To His #NeverTrump Eyeballs in Campaign Debt Posted by Fuzzy Slippers    Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 8:30am Owes nearly $670,000 for failed presidential bid Evan McMullin exploded onto the 2016 presidential election scene as an Independent with a message of conservative values and Reagan-esque ideals.  He didn’t make a blip on the radar, and following President Trump’s election has turned his sour grapes into a #NeverTrump box of sickly-sweet wine that reeks of desperation and, worse, of self-aggrandizement.To top off his head-spinning fall from grace, McMullin owes nearly...
  • Jason Chaffetz says he might step down before his term is over

    04/20/2017 1:36:12 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 35 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 20, 2017 | Mark Moore
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who announced he will not seek re-election in 2018, now says he might leave Congress even before his term ends, it was reported Thursday. Chaffetz, who heads the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told the Wall Street Journal that he’s still mulling over the timing of when he would leave Washington, DC. ​”​My future plans are not yet finalized but I haven’t ruled out the possibility of leaving early,” ​the Utah Republican told the newspaper. “In the meantime, I still have a job to do and I have no plans to take my foot off...
  • Chaffetz may not finish U.S. House term; Utah prepares special election

    04/20/2017 1:13:13 PM PDT · by Coronal · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 20, 2017
    U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of a House committee with broad investigative powers, said on Thursday that it is possible he could leave office before his term finishes next year, The Wall Street Journal reported. "My future plans are not yet finalized, but I haven't ruled out the possibility of leaving early," Chaffetz told the Journal a day after the Utah congressman announced he would not run for re-election in 2018. Chaffetz could not be reached immediately for comment. Utah state officials have begun making plans for a special election to replace Chaffetz in his heavily Republican district,...
  • Evan McMullin weighs bid for Chaffetz's House seat

    04/20/2017 12:07:16 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 20, 2017 | David M. Drucker
    Former presidential candidate Evan McMullin was one of several Utah Republicans who were eyeing a congressional run in 2018 after the surprise retirement announcement of Rep. Jason Chaffetz. McMullin confirmed in a Thursday morning email to the Washington Examiner that he had been weighing a challenge to either Sen. Orrin Hatch or Chaffetz in the 2018 Republican primary, and indicated that the congressman's decision to retire could make a run for the 3rd district appealing.
  • Chaffetz considering early departure from Congress

    04/20/2017 10:07:59 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/20/2017 | Cristina Marcos
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who stunned Washington with an announcement that he is not running for reelection, might not even finish his remaining term. Chaffetz told KSL News Radio’s Doug Wright that he may not finish out his full term through 2018. But he said he’s still debating the decision amid uncertainty over how Utah would establish a process to replace him early. "I will continue to weigh the options, but I might depart early," Chaffetz told the Utah radio host on Thursday.
  • A Reflective Perspective on Jason Chaffetz Announcement To Leave Congress…

    04/19/2017 1:13:24 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 29 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 19, 2017 | Sundance
    The time-frame was 2011 – the Tea Party had just crushed a republican Utah senator named Bob Bennett a year earlier. Massive push-back against growth of government including TARP, Auto Bailouts and now ObamaCare was fueling the grassroots movement; the Professional Republican Party hierarchy, the GOPe, was furious; the Tea Party represented a risk to the establishment republican authority. GOPe corrupt Senate leadership (McConnell, Portman, Cornyn, Corker, Blunt, Burr, Crapo et al) were assembling all resources to kill the Tea Party uprising. They reached out to like-minded colleague John Boehner, Speaker of the House for support. Hatch must be protected...
  • ‘Stiffed’: Apparently Evan McMullin still owes vendors almost $670,000 for his failed [tr]

    04/19/2017 9:44:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Twitchy ^ | April 19, 2017 | Greg P.
    It seems that one of the arguments put forward by the #NeverTrump movement was that then candidate Trump stiffed vendors. Pot, meet kettle:
  • Chaffetz won't run for reelection: report

    04/19/2017 7:46:31 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/19/2017 | Eliot Smilowitz
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will not seek reelection in 2018, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday morning. Chaffetz, the House Oversight Committee chairman, played a key role in investigating Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign. But he has resisted probing President Trump over the potential for him to profit from the presidency, noting that Trump is "already rich." DEVELOPING
  • Utah Lawmakers Pass Measure Calling on Congress to Abolish U.S. Education Department

    04/08/2017 4:10:39 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 8, 2017 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The Utah state legislature has passed a joint resolution calling for a return to federalism in general, and, in particular, the end of the federal Education Department. The measure passed the Utah State House with a vote of 60-14, and the State Senate, 20-1. It was enrolled on March 17. The measure specifically urges that Congress end the federal Education Department and block grant funds for education to the states: WHEREAS, the [federalism] Commission received the following summary of federal overreach: EDUCATION •Recognize that education is not a power delegated to the federal government under the Constitution, it is reserved...
  • McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid [if Hatch retires]

    04/07/2017 9:06:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2017 11:41 AM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has reached out to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about possibly running for the Senate — if a vacancy opens in Utah. There has been much speculation about whether Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah will retire instead of running for re-election. The 83-year-old Hatch has fueled some of it. …
  • Jason Chaffetz’s Four Word Response To Syrian Missile Strikes

    04/07/2017 5:57:29 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 10 replies
    Dailycaller ^ | 04/06/2017
    Congressman Jason Chaffetz responded to news of the U.S. airstrikes launched against a Syrian airfield Thursday evening with four words. The Utah Republican tweeted “God bless the USA!”