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  • Fact Check.org Rushes to Defend Federal Fracking Regulations, Steps on a Rake

    03/30/2015 1:26:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | March 27, 2015 | Katie Brown
    This afternoon, Fact Check.org produced a fact-check that ostensibly criticizes U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for his contention that there has never been an instance of ground water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing. Of course, this piece isn’t really about Inhofe at all; but before we get into that, we can’t help but wonder why they are fact-checking Inhofe and not former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson … or Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz … or Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell — all of whom have said exactly the same thing. Rather than a “fact-check,” it reads more like an advocacy...
  • Ex-teacher to face 4 separate trials [rape, sexual abuse, Bountiful Utah]

    03/30/2015 3:27:17 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 83 replies
    KSL.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | McKenzie Romero
    BOUNTIFUL — A judge ruled Monday that a former Davis High School teacher will face separate trials on charges of sexually abusing three students. Brianne Altice, 35, faces a total of 14 felony charges — including rape, forcible sodomy, forcible sexual abuse, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and dealing in materials harmful to a minor — stemming from alleged sexual relationships with three former Davis High students who were 16 or 17 years old at the time. Second District Judge Thomas Kay ruled Monday that it was "appropriate and necessary" to split the 10 original charges into three trials,...
  • Special forces set to swarm Southwest and operate undetected among civilians in...military exercise

    03/29/2015 12:17:39 PM PDT · by EBH · 69 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Updated: 23:56 EST, 28 March 2015
    Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel as part of a controversial domestic military training in which some of the elite soldiers will operate undetected among civilians. Operation Jade Helm begins in July and will last for eight weeks. Soldiers will operate in and around towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado where some of them wil drop from planes while carrying weapons loaded with blanks in what military officials have dubbed Realistic Military Training. But with residents of the entire states of Texas and Utah dubbed 'hostile' for the...
  • Military Drill Identifying “Hostile” U.S. States Sparks Alarm

    03/27/2015 5:10:14 PM PDT · by detective · 56 replies
    The New American ^ | March 27, 2015 | Alex Newman
    A massive U.S. military drill dubbed “Jade Helm 15” lists Texas, Utah, and part of California as “hostile” or “insurgent pocket” territory. The unclassified information about this drill is causing widespread alarm nationwide, with more than a few analysts suggesting it may be some sort of exercise practicing to impose martial law on Americans fed up with an out-of-control federal government. During the exercises, which will take place over the summer, Special Forces from various branches of the military will work with local law-enforcement in scenarios that, to critics at least, sound suspiciously like they are aimed at subduing rebellious...
  • One of every three Utah farmworkers is an undocumented immigrant

    03/27/2015 4:15:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 27, 2015 | By Lee Davidson
    A new study says that nearly one of every three farmworkers in Utah is an undocumented immigrant. So is one of every six construction workers. The Pew Research Center released a study Thursday that uses U.S. census and other government data to examine labor trends among undocumented workers nationally. It included a variety of state-by-state information. It estimates that 31 percent of the farmworkers in Utah in 2012 were undocumented immigrants, as were 17 percent of all construction workers. Randy Parker, CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, says the numbers are surprising at first, but may be close to...
  • Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise

    03/26/2015 11:05:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 96 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 21, 2015 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pushing back against alarmist claims that an upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals. Conspiracy theories about the exercise, known as JADE HELM 15, appeared online this week. Some commentators railing against the event referred to an online slide show allegedly created by USASOC, which outlined a special operations exercise slated to take place across multiple states, outside the confines of U.S. military bases. In the slide show, a map of the southwest region of the United States labels Texas and other...
  • Utah governor signs 55 bills into law, brings back firing squad as method of execution

    03/24/2015 2:45:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 03/24/2015 | Lee Davidson
    Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law Monday a bill to make firing squads the state's back-up method of execution — used whenever the state is unable to obtain drugs needed to perform lethal injections. The Republican executive signed the firing-squad bill despite international attention on the state as it becomes alone in allowing that method of execution. (Oklahoma authorizes execution by firing squad only if lethal injection and electrocution are found unconstitutional, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.) Numerous groups called for a veto, but Herbert signaled last week that he was leaning toward signing it. "Those who voiced...
  • CONFESSION: Liberals Admit CO House Gerrymandered to Favor Dems

    03/24/2015 7:35:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 23, 2015
    After last election cycle, when Colorado House Republicans received 189,000 more votes than House Democrats, we began to highlight how grossly gerrymandered the statehouse has become. Now, even the liberals at the Daily Kos blog are acknowledging that the Colorado House is the Democrats’ “best chamber” in the entire nation. It favors Democrats even more than California’s general assembly. The reapportionment process is obviously deeply flawed ... Democrat obstructionists in the House should be careful. While they may think they’re the party of the people, they’re not actually representing the majority of people who voted in the last election. And...
  • New Natural Resources chief looks to overhaul federal land policy [energy, grazing, state run]

    03/23/2015 6:07:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Zack Colman interviews Rep. Rob Bishop (UT)
    Rep. Rob Bishop has a radical plan for changing public land policy, and it starts with an experiment in his home state of Utah. The Republican is known for shaking things up with his dry sense of humor and occasional belligerence toward Obama administration officials. Easily identified by his three-piece suits and coiffed white hair, the new House Natural Resources Committee chairman is trying to turn his panel from a legislative backwater into a driver of reform. Washington Examiner: With the Land and Water Conservation Fund, I hear a lot about how the states need more control. But how can...
  • Austin, Salt Lake City Lead U.S. Metros in Job Creation

    03/23/2015 10:17:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Gallup ^ | 03/23/2015 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City have the highest Job Creation Index scores among the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, based on employee reports of hiring activity where they work. San Francisco, Houston and Orlando rank just behind Austin and Salt Lake City in job creation. Many of the top-ranking metro areas are being boosted by growth in technology jobs, including traditional tech centers in San Francisco and San Jose but also emerging ones in Austin and Salt Lake City. These latter two may be increasingly attractive destinations for tech workers, given salaries that are becoming more competitive for the...
  • Jury Convicts Lovell in 1985 Joyce Yost Murder

    03/19/2015 11:28:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Standard Examiner ^ | THURSDAY , MARCH 19, 2015 | Tim Gurrister
    A 12-member jury deliberated less than 90 minutes before finding Doug Lovell guilty Wednesday of the 1985 killing of Joyce Yost of South Ogden. A likely week-long sentencing begins Friday with the same jury weighing sentences of death or life in prison with possible parole. Life without parole is not an option. That choice was added to the capital homicide in 1993 and is not retroactive to 1985, when Yost was killed. In closing arguments lead prosecutor Gary Hewad said at least four times the evidence against Lovell amounts to guilty not just beyond reasonable doubt as required by law,...
  • Back to Firing Squads? Thank Death-Penalty Foes

    03/19/2015 1:11:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19 | Jeff Jacoby
    FOR A NATION that almost never puts murderers to death — there were 14,196 homicides in 2013, but only 39 executions — Americans spend an awful lot of time debating whether and how to do it. The Utah legislature last week passed a bill reinstating the firing squad to execute death row inmates, as a back-up in case lethal-injection drugs aren't available. It was in Utah five years ago that the last death by firing squad in the United States took place, when Ronnie Lee Gardner paid with his life for the courthouse murder of attorney Michael Burdell in 1985....
  • Western states coalition disputes ‘biased’ federal science on sage grouse

    03/18/2015 10:28:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    predation, not human activity, has reduced bird’s numbers. A coalition of rural Western counties and business interests is contesting the science being used to decide whether to list the Greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened, accusing the Obama administration of relying on “selective, false and biased” research. Denver attorney Kent Holsinger filed three Data Quality Act challenges Wednesday with the Department of the Interior on behalf of the coalition, which includes the Western Energy Alliance, ranchers, mining and drilling companies and 19 counties in Colorado, Montana, Nevada and Utah. “We’ve documented real issues with transparency and scientific integrity ... The...
  • Don’t even think it: GOP warns Obama not to try executive-fiat tax hikes

    03/18/2015 11:55:54 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Congress’s two top tax chairmen warned President Obama on Wednesday not to claim unilateral executive powers to raise taxes on his own, saying it violates the Constitution and ruins chances for a lasting deal. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said they were troubled by White House’s announcement earlier this month that Mr. Obama is “very interested” in exploring what options he has to raise taxes without going through Congress. “This would be a mistake, both constitutionally and politically,” the two lawmakers said, adding...
  • The Lee-Rubio tax blueprint

    03/18/2015 12:48:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2015 | Allen West
    Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida have released a blueprint for federal tax reform called “The Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Plan.” First, we should not embrace the language of progressive socialism in believing tax reform should have as a goal to advance “family fairness.” The plan should simply be entitled “The American Growth and Opportunity Plan.” That said, the Lee-Rubio plan is a great improvement over the current system. For the individual tax structure, the plan introduces a two-tier system to replace the current seven tax brackets. This plan moves America from a...
  • Club for Growth gives Ted Cruz, Mike Lee perfect marks

    02/24/2014 9:19:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    Washington Time ^ | Monday, February 24, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The conservative Club For Growth released its annual scorecard for 2013 on Monday, bestowing two Republican U.S. senators — Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and four GOP congressmen with 100 percent ratings for their voting records “based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.”The four congressmen with perfect ratings for 2013 are Republican Reps. Matt Salmon, Trent Franks and David Schweikert of Arizona and Tom McClintock of California. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan got a 99 percent rating in 2013 “but because of rounding has a 100 percent LifeScore,” the group said.“2013 saw...
  • Utah Passes White-Collar Felon Registry

    03/13/2015 2:50:48 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 March 2015 | Ben Protess
    With just a point and a click, you can browse a face book of felons, a new government website that will warn of the danger these criminals pose to society.Only these are not the faces of sex offenders and serial killers. These criminals are mortgage schemers and inside traders, most likely armed with nothing more than an M.B.A. or a law degree.Their faces will soon appear online courtesy of the Utah Legislature, which on Wednesday approved a measure to build the nation’s first white-collar offender registry, appending a scarlet letter of sorts on the state’s financial felons. The registry —...
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker: Loretta Lynch ‘Not Fit To Serve’ As Attorney General

    03/13/2015 2:13:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | March 13, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says President Barack Obama’s Attorney General nominee, Loretta Lynch, is unfit to be the nation’s top lawyer because of her support for executive amnesty and other positions she’s taken, the governor’s spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski tells Breitbart News.“Given Loretta Lynch’s failure to commit to protect Americans from the president’s lawless executive overreach, that even he said nearly two dozen times, she is not fit to serve as the nation’s Attorney General,” Kukowski said in an email.Walker is in New Hampshire,the first in the nation primary state,on Friday, meeting with—among other—former Sen. Scott Brown(R-MA)—who narrowly lost to Sen....
  • Brother of man executed by Utah firing squad calls it brutal

    03/13/2015 12:35:46 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 63 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3/12/15 | BRADY McCOMBS and LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Randy Gardner still struggles four years later to talk about seeing his brother's bullet-riddled body at the mortuary after he was executed. -snip- "When you take somebody and you tie them to a chair, put a hood over their head, and you shoot them from 25 feet with four rifles pointed at their heart, that's pretty barbaric."
  • Utah House passes church-backed anti-discrimination bill [Mormon Church endorses]

    03/11/2015 10:20:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 40 replies
    seattlepi ^ | March 11, 2015 | By MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday. The House of Representatives voted 65-10 to pass the bill, which was only unveiled last week. The Senate passed it Friday. The bill earned a rare endorsement from the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which helped fast-track the measure through the Legislature. Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican and member of the church, has said he'll sign the bill.
  • Vote for firing squad shows frustration with drug shortages

    03/11/2015 8:31:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | BRADY McCOMBS and LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A vote by Utah lawmakers to bring back executions by firing squad is the most dramatic illustration yet of the nationwide frustration over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs. Utah and several other states are scrambling to modify their laws on the heels of a botched Oklahoma lethal injection last year and one in Arizona in which the condemned man took nearly two hours to die. Meanwhile, Texas executed a Mexican mafia hit man Wednesday evening with its second-to-last dosage of drugs.
  • ( Mesa ) County signals its intent to sue over sage grouse ( Colorado )

    03/10/2015 8:47:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction - DAILY SENTINEL ^ | March 10, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners have thrown their first jab in a growing fight against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the department’s decision last November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Commissioners on Monday approved and signed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for listing the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened and for designating a critical habitat for the bird in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The notice of intent to sue claims the listings are improper because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service noted the Gunnison sage-grouse population in the Gunnison Basin is “stable...
  • Baby who survived car crash in Utah river is getting better

    03/09/2015 4:54:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/9/15 | Ben Brunfield
    A mystery arose from the rescue: The police officers who entered the water say they heard a voice calling for help. The mother was dead, but the officers said that they heard an adult's voice calling to them. "The four of us heard a distinct voice coming from the car," Warner told CNN. "To me, it didn't sound like a child's voice." The voice gave the rescuers a surge of adrenaline needed to push the vehicle upright, he said. The mother was dead. The child was unconscious, but her eyelids were fluttering, and the rescuers knew she was alive, Warner...
  • Utah officers heard mysterious voice that led them to infant

    03/09/2015 1:32:52 PM PDT · by Company Man · 32 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 9, 2015 | Joel Landau
    The Utah officers cannot explain it, but a mysterious voice that appeared to come from a wrecked car led them to the rescue of an unconscious 18-month-old baby that had been trapped for 14 hours.
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • Baby found alive in car 14 hours after crash in Utah river

    03/08/2015 6:25:21 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 14 replies
    SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — A baby survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for about 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said. The 18-month-old girl's condition was upgraded from critical to stable but critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital, but her 25-year-old mother, Lynn Groesbeck of Springville, was found dead in the car, police said Sunday.
  • Is Utah’s LGBT-religious liberty bill good policy?

    03/07/2015 2:14:26 PM PST · by yongin · 15 replies
    ERLC ^ | March 7, 2015 | Russell Moore
    No one in American life is more committed to religious liberty for all than the Latter-day Saints. We disagree strongly on crucial matters of faith—including the question of what the gospel is and what the church is, even over the question of who and what God is. But we work together for religious liberty, because we can have those debates while simultaneously agreeing that we ought to have the freedom to have them without government interference. We don’t have to agree on whether Joseph Smith was right about golden plates to agree that Thomas Jefferson was right about inalienable rights....
  • Thanks, Human Rights Campaign

    03/07/2015 2:01:14 PM PST · by yongin · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | March 6, 2015 | Maggie Gallagher
    The Utah compromise contains way too much legalese for me to comprehensively evaluate it today. But reading the bill, and the response to it from the gay-rights establishment, leads me to say, sincerely and from the bottom of my heart, something I never expected to say: Thanks, Human Rights Campaign.
  • Mormon church backs Utah LGBT anti-discrimination bill

    03/04/2015 5:45:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 4, 2015 | Michelle L. Price
    Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark bill Wednesday that bars discrimination against gay and transgender individuals while protecting the rights of religious groups and individuals. The measure has a rare stamp of approval from the Mormon church and stands a high chance of passing in Utah, where the church is based and many state lawmakers and the Republican governor are members of the faith.
  • BLM Officer Mistaken for Man Impersonating Police Officer ( Arizona )

    03/02/2015 5:06:09 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Tombstone News ^ | Feb 06, 2015 | Meredith Stahler
    According to findings from The Tombstone Marshal’s Office (TMO), a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officer was mistaken for a man impersonating an officer.. On January 28th, while traveling east on Charleston Road, a sixteen year old driver reported to the Tombstone Marshal’s Office that she observed a male driver in a white truck look at her as he passed and then turned around and begin travelling eastbound behind her before pulling her over with emergency lights flashing on the dashboard. The female advised that she pulled to the side road and the male exited his vehicle and approached her...
  • 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...