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  • 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 · 41 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...
  • 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...