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  • Sheriff: Feds strategize for 'raid' on ranch [Sheriff Mack]

    04/14/2014 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 498 replies
    WND ^ | April 14, 2014
    Warning follows threat from Harry Reid that grazing dispute 'not over' The chief of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association says his sources inside the federal government are warning that Washington’s weekend retreat in a dispute over grazing land in Nevada was just to distract and defuse – because a raid on the family’s ranch still is being strategized. And there probably would be violence involved, said Richard Mack, the former sheriff of Grisham County, Ariz. “I don’t think it would be possible” to launch a raid without violence, he told WND Monday. “I don’t the Bundys would lie...
  • Nevada follows Utah in exploring transfer of public lands

    04/14/2014 1:54:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 46 replies
    St George News ^ | June 6, 2013 | by Mori Kessler
    ST. GEORGE – Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 227 into Nevada law Tuesday, approving the creation of the Nevada Land Management Task Force. The signing of AB 227 makes Nevada the fifth state to look into the movement initiated by Utah lawmakers that urges the federal government to transfer management of public lands over to state control. In a press release issued by the American Lands Council, Nevada Assemblyman John Ellison, the primary sponsor of AB 227, said, “Gov. Sandoval and our state legislature have taken the first step in fulfilling our responsibility to our children and for the...
  • Arizona Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Could Be Listed As Threatened Bird Species

    04/14/2014 9:33:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    KJZZ ^ | April 10, 2014 | Steve Shadley
    A bird native to Arizona and other western states could be listed as a threatened species by the federal government. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo lives along the Verde, Colorado and San Pedro Rivers in Arizona. It also can be found at the Gila River and Rio Grande in New Mexico and the Sacramento and Kern Rivers in California. Federal officials said the bird’s habitat is shrinking because of dams and other construction projects on the rivers, plus cattle grazing.
  • Utah woman arrested after 7 dead babies found inside home

    04/14/2014 7:09:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/14/14 | ap/saltlaketrib/foxnews
    Police arrested a Utah woman Sunday after discovering seven dead babies in her former home. Investigators believe that Meagan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Pleasant Grove home until 2011, gave birth to the babies before killing them at various times between 1996 and 2006. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that police were called to the house Saturday by Huntsman's ex-husband, who had discovered the body of a newborn infant who appeared to be at full term. Police obtained a search warrant for the house and discovered the bodies of six more babies packed in boxes in the garage. Police...
  • UTAH WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER 7 DEAD BABIES FOUND

    04/13/2014 6:06:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 4/13/2014 | MARTIN GRIFFITH
    A Utah woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years was arrested Sunday after police discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Megan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Utah home until three years ago, had the infants between 1996 and 2006, investigators said. Officers responded to a call Saturday from Huntsman's estranged husband about a dead infant at the home in Pleasant Grove, 35 miles south of Salt Lake City, police Capt. Michael Roberts said. Officers then discovered the six other bodies. Roberts declined to...
  • Citizens Rise Up – The Real Nevada Story the Media Won’t Show You (Video)

    04/13/2014 12:20:16 PM PDT · by montag813 · 286 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-13-2014 | Gina Cassini
    Nevada Standoff: April 12th - A historic day when the people rose up and forced tyrants to retreat.by Gina Cassini | Top Right News The media's version of the end of the Bundy Ranch siege is that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) simply "left" the ranch and "returned" the cattle out of the goodness of their hearts. CBS News even outrageously reported that the BLM "released the cattle to help restore order and avoid violence"! This despite widely-seen video of BLM thugs tasing Bundy's son and shoving a pregnant woman to the ground. And the protesters never threatened violence in any way...
  • Nevada Militia To Feds: ‘Control Our Borders, Not Our Ranchers’

    04/13/2014 6:20:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    CBS LAS VEGAS ^ | April 11, 2014
    The rural Nevada showdown between federal government officials and militia members protecting rancher Cliven Bundy has evolved into a battle of government “tyranny,” with many newly arriving militiamen rolling in to draw a line in the dirt about 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas. ... “This is a better education than being in school! I’m glad I brought you. I’m a good mom,” Ilona Ence, a 49-year-old mother from St. George and Bundy relative who brought her four teenage children to the ranch, told the Las Vegas Sun. “They’re learning about the Constitution.” Ence’s teenage sons posted up a sign...
  • Live now,press conference Bundy Ranch [live video action in Nevada]

    User Actions Follow ✨✨ Starr ✨✨ ‏@Gator_Girl_2489 Pay attention people!! WATCH http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thepetesantillishow … #BundyRanch Reply Retweet Favorite More
  • BLM Pulling Out!

    04/12/2014 9:39:30 AM PDT · by Aria · 318 replies
    Fox News | 4/12/14 | Fox News
    Just saw news flash - BLM is pulling out over concerns for safety.
  • Wild horses targeted for roundup in Utah rangeland clash

    04/12/2014 2:11:54 AM PDT · by blueplum · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2014 8:41pm EDT | JENNIFER DOBNER
    Enterprise, UT (Reuters) - A Utah county, angry over the destruction of federal rangeland that ranchers use to graze cattle, has started a bid to round up federally protected wild horses it blames for the problem in the latest dustup over land management in the U.S. :snip: Wild horse preservation groups say any attempt to remove the horses would be a federal crime. On Thursday county workers, accompanied by a Bureau of Land Management staffer, set up the first in a series of metal corrals designed to trap and hold the horses on private land abutting the federal range until...
  • Sasse outraises Osborn in Nebraska Senate race

    04/03/2014 4:44:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/3/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    GOP Senate candidate Ben Sasse announced Thursday he raised more than $850,000 in the first quarter of the year, significantly more than his main challenger in the race. Sasse made the announcement on Twitter. Another Republican candidate, Shane Osborn, announced earlier this week he raised more than $550,000 in the first quarter of this year. Osborn is a former state Treasurer and Navy pilot and his main rival is Sasse, who serves as president of Midland University. Last week, conservative group FreedomWorks withdrew its endorsement of Osborn and said it would support Sasse instead. They are among four GOP contenders...
  • FreedomWorks flips in Neb. Senate race (withdraws Osborn endorsement, now backs Sasse!)

    03/28/2014 1:54:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/28/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    In a major blow to former Republican state Treasurer Shane Osborn’s candidacy for Nebraska Senate, national conservative group FreedomWorks is withdrawing its endorsement and backing his main primary rival, Midland University President Ben Sasse, instead. At issue, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a statement, is the unspoken support Osborn is believed to have from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “Both Osborn and Sasse are great people, and this was not a decision taken lightly. The question at the heart of this decision is, who would caucus with the Freedom Caucus, and who would fall in line with the...
  • THE BUNDY DAUGHTER SPEAKS OUT ON GOVERNMENT TERRORISM AGAINST HER FAMILY! (Nevada Rancher)

    04/10/2014 11:32:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 367 replies
    America's Freedom Fighters ^ | Apr 9, 2014 | Clark Kent
    By SHIREE BUNDY COX: I have had people ask me to explain my dad’s stance on this BLM fight. Here it is in as simple of terms as I can explain it. There is so much to it, but here it is in a nut shell. My great grandpa bought the rights to the Bunkerville allotment back in 1887 around there. Then he sold them to my grandpa who then turned them over to my dad in 1972. These men bought and paid for their rights to the range and also built waters, fences and roads to assure the survival...
  • Militias head to Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds: We’re not ‘afraid to shoot’

    04/11/2014 11:23:53 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 382 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s decades-long battle against the federal government over grazing rights has heated to the point where militia groups have joined in and taken up spots against the feds who’ve circled his land — and talk is, they’re not afraid to open fire. A spokesman for the one of the militia groups said as much to local 8 News Now: I’m not “afraid to shoot,” he said. Margaret Houston, Mr. Bundy’s sister and a cancer survivor, said at a town hall gathering this week that the situation “was like a war zone” and that she felt “like I...
  • BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ‘Emergency’

    04/11/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    They’re almost like a hired gun’. Armed Rangers were brought in from out of state by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist in security surrounding the Bundy Ranch, according to the family. A heated confrontation on Wednesday resulted in Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon being tasered by BLM officials and a 57-year-old protester being shoved to the ground. Stetsy Bundy Cox, Cliven’s daughter, told the Washington Free Beacon that some of the rangers had Oregon and California license plates. “You know, some of these guys don’t even know why they’re here,” she said. “A few people have talked to...
  • Collins manages to insult, offend Utahns with comments on Bundy roundup

    04/11/2014 10:46:50 AM PDT · by Sopater · 45 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | April 10, 2014 | BEN BOTKIN
    Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins fears the dispute at Cliven Bundy’s ranch that has drawn protesters from across state lines might turn violent. So when Collins talked this week with a county commissioner in Utah who said others are coming so Southern Nevada to support the Bundys, he did what he usually does: He spoke his opinion without mincing words or worrying if he offended someone. Those comments are now making the rounds on social media and have attracted criticism from people ranging from Utah ranchers to his colleagues on the County Commission. It started when Darin Bushman, a Piute...
  • ‘Expect To See A Band Of Soldiers’: Militia Members Arrive At Nevada Ranch

    04/10/2014 10:35:30 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 393 replies
    CBS Las Vegas ^ | 4-10-2014 | Unknown to me
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that two militia members from Montana and one from Utah have arrived at Cliven Bundy’s ranch. “We need to be the barrier between the oppressed and the tyrants,” Ryan Payne of the West Mountain Rangers told the Review-Journal. “Expect to see a band of soldiers.” Payne said that militias from New Hampshire, Texas and Florida are likely to join and stand with Bundy and stay at his ranch. “They all tell me they are in the process of mobilizing as we speak,” Payne told the Review-Journal, adding that hundreds of militia members are expected. The...
  • Transparency Lacking in ESA Grouse Listing

    04/10/2014 8:22:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | April 9, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    WASHINGTON — Colorado officials warned a House committee Tuesday that a lack of transparency in the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens the scientific validity of the process. Rob Roy Ramey of Nederland, an independent biologist whose career has focused on species protection, told the House Natural Resources Committee that the process has been closed to the scientific community and that federal officials refuse to share certain data being used to make a final determination. “It can be like pulling teeth to try and obtain that data,” Ramey said. “The (information) is shared...
  • GOP’s Alan Simpson backs gay marriage in ad

    04/08/2014 5:54:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 101 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/07/2014 | KATIE GLUECK
    Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, is making the case for a “live and let live” approach to same-sex marriage in a new television ad buy targeting Western states, just as a federal appeals court in Denver prepares to take up the issue later this week. “Whether you’re gay or lesbian or straight, if you love someone and you want to marry them, marry them,” Simpson, of Wyoming, says in the spot. The six-figure buy, sponsored by the pro-gay marriage group Freedom to Marry, is slated to start airing on Tuesday on national cable channels, as well as locally in...
  • SASSE/LEE REPORT: PREMIUMS INCREASE $2,900 PER FAMILY PER YEAR

    04/03/2014 9:55:52 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 3, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    One of the Tea Party's top stars in Congress has penned an Obamacare op-ed co-bylined by Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Sasse argue that Obamacare's failures offer an opportunity for conservatives to be a movement that represents solutions and stands on the side of working-class Americans. "Republicans cannot win the healthcare debate until we effectively communicate our solutions to the problems that plague working families," they write in Thursday op-ed in the Washington Examiner. The article comes two days after Obama took what was considered a "victory lap" to tout the 7.1 million Americans who...
  • Sage Grouse Rebellion

    03/30/2014 10:38:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    wsj ^ | March 11, 2014
    Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West? Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country's booming oil and gas development. In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicle—the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A record 757 new species could be added to the...
  • How Conservatives Win

    03/27/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Needham
    It should come as no surprise The New York Times would bury news of a conservative victory over President Obama on page eight. The lead paragraph said it all: Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday. The real question is whether this was merely a moment in time or a seminal shift in how congressional Republicans will approach future showdowns. And to be clear, future showdowns are inevitable if we are to achieve any conservative policy victories. Before going further, it is important to explain...
  • Wyo spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation, Barrasso on LNG exports and more

    03/26/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming has spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation since 2005. That was the finding of a new report by the Western Governors Association, which inventoried the efforts of 11 western states to protect the bird and its habitat. The report comes in advance of an expected 2015 ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over whether to add the species to the endangered species list. The sage grouse's listing could curtail energy development throughout the West. ... Utah, by comparison, spent $8.8 million on improvements to sage grouse habitat in 2013 alone.
  • Ted Cruz, Veteran of 9 Supreme Court Arguments, Says First Amendment on Trial Today

    03/25/2014 6:49:43 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Heritage - The Foundry ^ | March 25, 2014 at 9:52 am | Rob Bluey
    Ted Cruz has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in his lifetime, more than any other current member of Congress. Today, as a U.S. senator from Texas, Cruz is making a different kind of argument—one in the court of public opinion.On his Facebook page and in a statement released by his office, Cruz has declared his support for the families who own Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their First Amendment challenge of an Obamacare mandate.Oral arguments in both cases take place today at the Supreme Court.>>> Q&A: Tough Questions on Religious Freedom, Abortion Drugs“The Supreme Court...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz rallies religious freedom activists at the Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby

    03/25/2014 6:01:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 25, 2014 AT 2:13 PM | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, surprised freezing religious freedom activists who had spent the morning rallying in support of Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court appeal."God bless you for being here today!" Cruz said Tuesday, after wading into the crowd and stepping up to the podium.Activists cheered Cruz's arrival after spending several hours standing in the snow in front of the court during oral arguments inside."Thank you for being here in this beautiful weather from God," Cruz added as the crowd laughed.Cruz reminded activists that the United States was founded by people who fled religious oppression and enshrined religious freedom in the Constitution."There...
  • Justices Hear Case on Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule

    03/25/2014 4:48:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 25, 2014 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    In an argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners. --snip-- Hobby Lobby told the justices that it had no problem offering coverage for many forms of contraception, including condoms, diaphragms, sponges, several kinds of birth control pills and sterilization surgery. But drugs and devices that may prevent embryos from implanting in the womb are another matter, the company said; its owners believe those would make the company complicit in...
  • Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange

    03/25/2014 12:27:37 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 121 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/25/2014 | Penny Starr
    During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees Chief Justice Roberts interjected that this was in opposition to what Hobby Lobby presented in its lawsuit. “I thought – I thought that part of the religious commitment of the owners was to provide health care for its employees,” Roberts said and Clements agreed. “Well, if they want...
  • Cruz, Cornyn Join Hobby Lobby in Obamacare Legal Fight

    03/25/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will begin hearing oral arguments in two high profile cases regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The two cases are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. These two cases deal with the religious freedom aspects of the ACA and how it applies to individual businesses. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas offering his continuing support for the two companies who have taken the federal government to court. "The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm our...
  • Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column (Gay Epis Bishop strikes again)

    03/25/2014 12:00:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    USA Today (title and link only) | March 24, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/24/hobby-lobby-obamacare-contraception-supreme-court-column/6838853/
  • Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims

    03/25/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/25/14 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception would win overall, but a majority of the nine justices seemed ready to rule that companies had the same religious rights to object as individuals do. In one of the biggest cases of the year, the court heard an extended 90-minute oral argument,...
  • Republicans Declare Harry Reid 'Unhinged,' After He Says They May Have Helped Russia Annex Crimea

    03/24/2014 7:42:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-24-14 | Brett Logiuratu
    A spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "unhinged" on Monday, after Reid charged Republicans may have had a helping hand in emboldening Russia to annex Crimea. "Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases," Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. "It's impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice." Reid was referring to the stalling of a Ukraine aid...
  • Reid says GOP may have helped Russia annex Crimea

    03/24/2014 2:23:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 24, 2014 4:31 PM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republicans may have helped Russia annex Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in a surprisingly sharp attack ahead of a test vote on a bill authorizing more U.S. sanctions on Russia and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine. […] Reid’s charge comes despite widespread support among Republicans and Democrats in Congress for providing Ukraine with much-needed economic assistance and hitting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government with sanctions. …
  • Reid Remarks On Ukraine Aid Bill And The Anniversary Of The Affordable Care Act

    03/24/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | March 24, 2014 | | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    As we begin debate on this aid and sanctions package, I also hope that Republicans who stopped action on this legislation prior to the break have considered how their obstruction affects United States’ national security.” “In light of such clear-cut Russian aggression against Ukraine, it’s difficult to believe Republicans blocked this package at all. But it’s almost unimaginable why they blocked it – to protect the anonymity of their own big-money donors. ““Democrats fought hard four years ago to pass this landmark expansion of quality, affordable health care. And we will fight just as hard to make this law work...
  • Ted Cruz Leads GOP's Fight Against IMF Expansion in Ukraine Aid Package

    03/24/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Heritage "The Foundry" ^ | March 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Rob Bluey
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–Nev.) is facing a revolt among Republicans for adding controversial language to an aid package for Ukraine.The Senate is expected to vote on the Ukraine measure next week. The controversial provisions, which have support of the Obama administration and liberals from both parties, would increase U.S. financial support to the International Monetary Fund.A growing number of Republicans warn that attaching the IMF language would reduce U.S. power while expanding Russia’s influence on the global stage in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.>>> Q&A: Why Do Conservatives Oppose the IMF Reform Package?Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • Cory Booker: My dinner with Ted Cruz

    03/20/2014 2:34:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/20/14 8:41 AM EDT | TAL KOPAN
    “First of all, he’s a Texas meat-eating cowboy, I’m a Jersey boy, vegetarian, so choosing the restaurant alone,” Booker joked Thursday when asked about the meeting on “Good Day New York” on the local Fox affiliate.Booker and the Texas Republican were spotted dining together at Capitol Hill restaurant Bistro Bis last week.(Also on POLITICO: Booker shuns spotlight)“We went to a place close to the Capitol and we sat, what was going to probably be an hour meeting, we sat for three hours,” Booker said. “He and I sat for three hours looking for common ground. We found some good areas...
  • FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee (Long piece, DOJ involved)

    03/13/2014 6:30:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2014 | John Solomon
    Agents quietly working with Utah prosecutors to make case in DOJ absenceFBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing by two of the U.S. Senate’s most prominent figures — Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising Republican Sen. Mike Lee — but the Justice Department has thwarted their bid to launch a full federal investigation. The probe, conducted by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah, has received accusations from an indicted businessman and political donor, interviewed other witnesses and gathered preliminary evidence such as financial records, Congressional Record statements...
  • Polygamous family with five wives and 24 CHILDREN says their new reality show is as liberating as..

    03/10/2014 5:45:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    AP ^ | March 10, 2014 | Staff
    The newest Utah polygamous family featured in a reality TV show says sharing their story with a wide audience has been liberating. Brady Williams and his five wives were a bit apprehensive ahead of the airing of a pilot episode in September, but they said this week an interview with The Associated Press that it felt liberating to be open about who they are and what they believe. 'It really is like coming out of the closet,' said Brady Williams, 43. 'It's very liberating.'
  • Threat of sage grouse endangered species listing is real, could cost Utah billions

    03/05/2014 9:22:47 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 18 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    The sage grouse's potential addition to the endangered species list is a problem of epic economic consequences to states in the West, with Herbert explaining that the impact in lost economic development in Utah tops $41 billion for the oil and gas industry alone. "The negative impacts are not acceptable to me and should not be acceptable to anyone here," Herbert told the crowd. The event at the Utah Department of Natural Resources' auditorium is actually a precursor to a national summit that will be held in Salt Lake City this fall. ... a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision...
  • Sage-grouse could become mining’s ‘Spotted Owl on Steroids’ - AMEA

    02/27/2014 9:31:25 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    MINEWEB ^ | 04 Feb 2014 | Dorothy Kosich
    Federal designation of the Greater Sage-grouse as threatened or endangered could result in the withdrawal of over 17 million acres from mining ... Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service of making an unprecedented attempted to limit multiple use on public lands through use of “the Spotted Owl on Steroids”—the Greater Sage-Grouse. ... BLM and Forest Service’s real purpose “is NOT sage-grouse conservation.” “Rather, the so-called conservation measures are designed to: Find another way to implement the draconian land use restrictions in the aborted Wild Lands Policy and Secretarial Order 3310; Dramatically reduce and even prevent mining, energy...
  • Two States Look to Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21

    02/23/2014 12:52:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Lawmakers in Utah and Colorado are promoting legislation to raise the legal age for tobacco use to 21, a higher standard than imposed by any other state, saying they want to discourage young people from picking up a lifelong smoking habit. Supporters say keeping tobacco out of the hands of young adults will save thousands of lives, even as critics complain that Americans who are old enough to vote and serve in the military should not be deemed too young to decide on their own if they should smoke. In a dramatic display of the risks of smoking, lawmakers in...
  • Bill Allowing Businesses to Turn Away Gays Reaches Ariz. Governor

    02/22/2014 12:51:43 AM PST · by kingattax · 40 replies
    Yahoo/ABC ^ | 2-21-14 | Cecilia Vega
    A bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to customers based on personal, religious beliefs is now on the desk of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, as protests continue. The state legislature passed the bill late Thursday, but not without a fiery debate. "This is simply protecting religious freedom that is recognized and defended and supported in the First Amendment that the founders wanted, nothing else," said Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, who sponsored the bill. "There's only type of equality," said House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, a Democrat. "And it's equal." Brewer, a Republican, vetoed a similar bill last year...
  • Prosecutors considering drug charges against police attorney [Jim Robinson]

    02/20/2014 10:28:39 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 19 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 2/20/2014 | Pat Reavy
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office is expected to consider Thursday afternoon whether to file charges against a lawyer with the city police department. James Wesley Robinson, 50, was arrested Wednesday at his Salt Lake home in the Wasatch Hollow neighborhood for investigation of drug possession, drug distribution and illegal possession of firearms. Robinson's two sons, Alexander Jordan Robinson, 21, and Zachary Ryan Robinson, 18, were also arrested. Alexander Robinson remained in the Salt Lake County Jail Thursday along with his father. He was booked for investigation of drug distribution and possession of drug paraphernalia....
  • BREAKING: Utah legislators move to kill NSA data center

    02/13/2014 9:40:01 AM PST · by Baynative · 117 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | 2/12/14 | Michael Lotfi
    SALT LAKE CITY, February 12, 2014–Can Utah shut down the new NSA data center by turning off the water? A new bill introduced by state Rep. Marc Roberts seeks to do just that. The legislation drafted by a transpartisan coalition organized by the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) called OffNow Coalition. The Utah Fourth Amendment Protection Act would expressly prohibit state material support, participation, and assistance to any federal agency that collects electronic date or metadata without a search warrant “that particularly desribes the person, place and thing to be searched or seized.”...
  • Wildlife service suspends plan to allow killing of gray wolves

    02/09/2014 1:56:19 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 8, 2014
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has backed off plans to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. ... The government plan would have allowed gray wolves in the lower 48 United States to be hunted or killed. They have been under federal protection since 1967. The Mexican gray wolf, found only in the Southwest, retains protection.
  • Old Mexico Lives On (In The USA)

    02/01/2014 1:34:36 PM PST · by blam · 58 replies
    The Economist ^ | 2-1-2014
    Old Mexico Lives On Feb 1st 2014 On February 2nd 1848, following a short and one-sided war, Mexico agreed to cede more than half its territory to the United States. An area covering most of present-day Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, plus parts of several other states, was handed over to gringolandia. The rebellious state of Tejas, which had declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, was recognised as American soil too. But a century and a half later, communities have proved more durable than borders. (snip)
  • Utah school district apologizes for seizing kids' lunches for unpaid bills

    02/01/2014 5:43:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/31/14
    One of Utah's biggest school systems apologized Thursday and told angry parents it was investigating why dozens of elementary school children had their lunches seized and thrown away when they didn't have enough money in their accounts. "This was a mistake," said Jason Olsen, a spokesman for the Salt Lake School District. "There shouldn't have been food taken away from these students once they went through that line." The district came under national criticism after as many as 40 kids were given fruit and milk and their real lunches were thrown away Tuesday at Uintah Elementary in Salt Lake City.
  • Outrage after student lunches thrown out at Utah school (for parents in arrears on meal payments)

    01/31/2014 9:31:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 84 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/31/14 | BBC
    School officials in the US state of Utah have apologised after an employee confiscated and discarded the lunches of about 30 children whose parents were said to be in arrears on meal payments. Outraged parents in Salt Lake City said the students at Uintah Elementary primary school had been humiliated. The school system has launched an inquiry into the Tuesday incident, blamed on a sole "nutrition manager". The children whose meals were put in the rubbish were given fruit and milk. "This was a mistake. This was handled wrong,'' Jason Olsen, a spokesman for the Salt Lake City school system...
  • Much Better than Obamacare: The Burr-Coburn-Hatch Plan

    01/30/2014 1:37:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/30/2014 | James Capretta
    The introduction of an Obamacare replacement plan by Republican senators Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) has given Obamacare’s apologists — who admittedly have had very tough duty over the past four years — a rare opportunity to get out of their defensive crouches and go on the attack. Not surprisingly, fast out of the gate has been Ezekiel Emanuel, who has a piece up at the New York Times website claiming that the fatal flaw of the Republican senators’ plan is that it would raise taxes on millions of American households. There are a couple...
  • The dirty little secret on Sage Grouse ( Montana and )

    01/30/2014 9:56:26 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Clark Fork Valley Press ^ | January 29, 2014 | Schwaderer
    It’s no coincidence that sage grouse habitat also happens to intersect both the largest untapped coal deposits in the country as well as large parts of the Bakken oil field. It’s clear the primary motivation to focus on sage grouse for ESA listing is to provide yet another tool for special interest groups to block energy development. And in this obstructionist toolbox, there’s no heavier sledgehammer than the Endangered Species Act. What an interesting irony, then, that so much effort is going into “protecting” one bird from energy development, when the Obama administration is turning a blind eye to hundreds...
  • Eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin gets 5-year federal prison sentence

    01/29/2014 4:20:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | January 27, 2014 | Helen Jung
    A federal judge on Monday sentenced eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin to five years in prison -- less than what prosecutors sought for the former fugitive from Canada. Rubin, voice shaking, apologized to her family, the court, firefighters as well as targets of the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front. "I was so convinced at the righteousness of my beliefs, that I chose to ignore my own wrongdoing," Rubin said. Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken, who presided over the sentencing hearings in 2007 of Rubin's co-conspirators in Eugene, praised Rubin's statement, calling it "the most thoughtful, well-stated, honest, unvarnished apology/explanation."...