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  • Letter presses feds to keep mine open ( Colorado)

    05/22/2015 8:24:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 21, 2015 | Gary Harmon
    The U.S. Department of the Interior should do all it can to keep open the Colowyo coal mine in northwest Colorado, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner, both Colorado Republicans, said in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. ... Colowyo Mine employs 220 people in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and has a payroll of about $20 million, Tipton wrote to Jewell, asking that Interior react quickly to a federal court ruling that could force closure of the mine. “The adverse effects of shutting down this mine go beyond the jobs at the mine that would be...
  • BLM plan to close over 1,000 public routes riles western Colorado

    05/18/2015 10:51:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    Watchdog ^ | May 13, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A plan that will close nearly 2,000 miles of public roads that have previously been open for use by the people of Mesa County is creating a public backlash against the Grand Junction field office of the federal Bureau of Land Management. The BLM’s resource management plans (RMP) regulate the access and types of traffic allowed on roads on public lands. Road maintenance and seasonal closures are also detailed in such plans. But the most recent RMP in Mesa County indicates the BLM’s intent to limit access to public roads which have traditionally been open to motorized, horse, and foot...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Mitt Romney Sends Evander Holyfield To The Mat Before Throwing In The Towel

    05/16/2015 10:19:56 AM PDT · by drewh · 26 replies
    Fox 13.com ^ | 1:34am, May 16, 2015 EST
    SALT LAKE CITY — A political heavyweight and a boxing heavyweight champion of the world stepped into the ring in Salt Lake City Friday night, and the fight for a charitable cause between Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield was a tongue-in-cheek affair. The bout between Romney and Holyfield was one of several fights on the card at Friday night’s event, which was held by Charity Vision to raise funds to help provide eye surgeries to people in need in developing countries. There was plenty of comedy and showmanship on display, as Romney walked out to reveal he was wearing a...
  • 'Sting like a butterfly': Holyfield jabs Romney for charity

    05/16/2015 7:26:42 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 5/16/2015
    SALT LAKE CITY — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City. Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred, if you could call it that, for just two short rounds Friday before Romney ran away from the boxer and threw in the towel, giving up a round early in the lighthearted fight that came amid several other fights by professional boxers and an auction. The two barely threw any punches and largely just danced around, occasionally lightly jabbing each other in...
  • Romney Vs Holyfield: Mitt Says He Won't Bite Ears in Charity Boxing Match

    05/15/2015 1:05:00 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 15 May 2015 01:00 PM | Nick Sanchez
    Ahead of Mitt Romney's charity boxing match with former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, the former Massachusetts governor said he'd be "staying far away from his ears." "Will you make like Mike Tyson and attempt to feast on Holyfield’s ear?," a New York Times reporter asked this week. Special: Doctor: Magnesium 'Miracle' Cure for Migraines "I’m staying far away from his ears. I don’t for a moment want for him to confuse me with anyone from his past," Romney joked back. "I will get in Evander’s face with compliments and good humor. I want to keep him very happy and very...
  • The RNC Should Ban George Stephanopoulos From Participating In 2016 Debates

    05/14/2015 10:09:55 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 14, 2015 | Sean Davis
    After being questioned by the Washington Free Beacon about large donations he made to the Clinton Foundation, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News disclosed to Politico that he had funneled $50,000 to the tax-exempt organization in 2013 and 2014. Stephanopoulos’s secret donations to the Clintons’ non-profit came while he was professionally covering the family for ABC News. And then, after he was busted by the Free Beacon, he decided to leak the news of his secret Clinton cash contributions to Politico in order to deny Free Beacon its scoop. Classy, huh? It gets even worse, though. It wasn’t just that...
  • Mike Lee’s office: He won’t appear on ABC until Stephanopoulos recuses himself from 2016 coverage

    05/14/2015 11:56:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/14/2015 | AllahPundit
    That comes from Conn Carroll, formally White House correspondent for our sister site Townhall and currently communications director for the junior senator from Utah. ABC News’s Election 2016 coverage can tolerate a boycott by a single senator, even one as influential on the right as Lee. Can it tolerate a domino effect among the rest of the GOP field, where Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the gang all feel compelled by pressure from conservatives to follow Lee’s lead?Actually, why would there need to be pressure from conservatives to make them boycott ABC? It’s in...
  • Mountain Pact Campaign Targets Coal Companies Seeks compensation for global warming (Not a Hoax)

    05/11/2015 6:20:31 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    Outside Magazine ^ | May 8 2015
    Mountain Pact Campaign Targets Coal Companies Seeks compensation for global warming By: The Editors Ten western mountain towns hit hard by climate change are launching a campaign against the coal industry, seeking hundreds of million of dollars in compensation per year to help their communities adapt, the Denver Post reported earlier this week. In February, Outside covered how the nonprofit advocacy group Mountain Pact is rallying ski resort towns around the country to stem the effects of climate change. In a letter being sent this week to federal officials, lawmakers, and the White House, the towns—which include Aspen, Telluride, and...
  • In Western states, idea of reclaiming federal land still has a strong allure

    05/10/2015 2:52:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 10, 2015 | Nigel Duara
    Spread over 6,500 miles of sparse scrub and alkaline soil, Millard County is one of Utah's poorest. But for five years, the cash-strapped county so remote it was the site of a Japanese American internment camp in World War II still found $1,000 to send to the American Lands Council. The Lands Council's goal is grand but simple: to wrest control of vast swaths of land from the federal government and turn them over to the states. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars, even billions, that could be made off land administered by the federal government. The big-dollar...
  • Letter: Carbon tax would be a win for Utah

    05/10/2015 12:15:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 10, 2015 | Bryan Luftglass
    Park City has wisely teamed with other towns in the western U.S. to recommend that royalties be added to the cost of coal as a means to disincentivize its use and reduce CO2 emissions. This is, of course, important to protect the winter tourism industry in Utah, which stands to lose mightily from chronic lower snowfalls. If such steps are taken, the entire local economy stands to benefit as well.
  • Miller Motorsports Park closing

    05/08/2015 2:23:18 PM PDT · by Spktyr · 19 replies
    KUTV.com ^ | Mary Blanchard | Mary Blanchard
    The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies will not renew its lease with Tooele County and Miller Motorsports Park will close. The summer schedule will continue as planned then the park will close at the end of the season on October 31, 2015. “On behalf of my family, I would like to thank all of those who have supported the track over the years, both locally and worldwide, for their enthusiasm and use of the facility,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group. The 511-acre facility opened in April 2006. It hosted seasonal automobile, motorcycle, kart, off-road,...
  • Garfield County officials: BLM sage-grouse plans take turn for worse ( Colorado and )

    05/05/2015 9:34:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Garfield County officials said Monday the Bureau of Land Management is considering even-stricter measures to protect greater sage-grouse than previously contemplated, rather than listening to concerns the county and others have raised. As a cooperating agency, the county got an advance look Friday at the revised proposal the agency is now considering. “It is very dramatic in terms of the changes (from a draft BLM proposal) that are being proposed,” Fred Jarman, the county’s community development director, told county commissioners Monday. Jarman and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the proposed measures are the result of directives coming from Washington, D.C....
  • Utah Mom Finds Kids' Pictures On Adult Sites

    05/04/2015 9:28:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    A mother from Riverton, Utah makes a shocking discovery -- pictures of her children on websites connected to porn. Brittany Champagne was on Instagram Wednesday night when she came across her 8-year-old daughter’s picture on somebody else’s profile. “I clicked on there and I found a girl claiming to be 11-years-old as my daughter, and she's a bisexual cheerleader and her whole page is about gay pride,” Champagne said. This was clearly a fake account, so Champagne did some digging and made more disturbing discoveries -- pictures of Champagne herself and her 9-month-old son.
  • (Carjacking) Suspect shot dead by shopper (with concealed carry permit) outside Utah grocery store

    05/02/2015 6:52:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2015
    OREM, Utah — Police say a shopper with a concealed weapons permit fatally shot a suspect to thwart a carjacking Saturday outside a Utah grocery store. ... the shooter ... heard a woman’s screams as she was being pulled from her SUV by the suspect ... went to assist the woman and fired one round after the 27-year-old male suspect lunged at him in an attempt to grab his gun. The suspect, who was shot in the chest, later died at a hospital.
  • Senate rejects linking Iran's support for terrorism to nuke deal (Senators voted 45-54)

    04/29/2015 4:38:28 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senators on Wednesday blocked a Republican push to tie Iran's support of terrorism to a final deal on the country's nuclear program. Senators voted 45-54 on the amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), which would have required President Obama to certify as part of a diplomatic deal that Iran hasn't carried out or directly supported an act of terror against the United States or a U.S. citizen. Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah) and John McCain (Ariz.) voted with Democrats against the amendment....
  • The Clintons' Other, Truly Bodacious Mine Boondoggle

    04/27/2015 5:00:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-27-15 | Jack Cashill
    The New York Times reported this week on the unseemly transfer of cash from parties interested in a major uranium deal to the Clintons. The Canadian company selling Uranium One to the Russians donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. And Russians tied to the deal gave Bill Clinton $500,000 for a Moscow speech. The deal had global consequences. It would put one fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States under Russian control. So critical was the deal that it needed the approval of the U.S. State Department. State approved the deal, and it managed to so...
  • COPS: Pedophile stole school bus, tried to pick up kids

    04/25/2015 5:33:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    EAG News ^ | 4/25/15 | Victor Skinner
    A convicted pedophile recently commandeered a school bus and attempted to pick up kids at their homes, but was thwarted by alert residents. Patrick Fredericksen, 30, was on parole for previous crimes, including sexual activity with a minor, when he recently walked off his landscaping job at a city-owned building and stole a sport utility vehicle. Police told WFMY News 2 Frederickson cruised around in the SUV until he came across a parked school bus, with student route information inside.The man then decided to play substitute bus driver, and started going down the list to pick up students, Emery County...
  • Former teacher Brianne Altice pleads guilty in sex abuse case

    04/23/2015 8:14:31 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 56 replies
    KSL ^ | 4-22-2015 | McKenzie Romero
    BOUNTIFUL — A former Davis High School teacher admitted Wednesday that she had sex with three of her students. In a plea deal, Brianne Land Altice, 35, pleaded guilty to three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. In exchange for her plea, 11 other felony charges were dropped against the former English teacher. Altice had been facing four trials and 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 sexual relationships with three former Davis High students who were...
  • John McCain Leads Liberal Republican Attacks On Scott Walker’s Immigration Stance

    04/21/2015 6:13:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com Big Government ^ | 4/21/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has clearly awakened the Washington establishment beast.Not only is the liberal media and establishment right-of-center coming out guns-a-blazing at Walker over his pro-American worker position on legal immigration, but now Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)—the most pro-amnesty Republican there is, someone who worked for years with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) on immigration—is leading a charge against Walker’s new position.“I think most statistics show that they fill part of the workforce that are much needed. We have, and I’m a living example of, the aging population. We need these people in the workforce legally,” McCain said...
  • Military ops on U.S. soil raise martial-law fears ( Jade Helm )

    04/20/2015 3:51:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    WND ^ | 4/20/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Wal-Mart closures have citizens concerned. Jade Helm 15 is set to kick off in seven states this summer, sending Special Operations forces from all four main branches of the military onto civilian soil to conduct hostile take-over training – and civil-rights advocates are sounding the alarms. ... The looming Jade Helm exercise, set for July 15 through Sept. 15, labels Texas and Utah as hostile areas. Global Research also reported the military says New Mexico “isn’t much friendlier.” Other states participating: California, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. Some of the social media commentary so far: “The Pentagon’s ‘Operations Jade Helm 15′:...
  • Utah Girl Scouts Troop Hopes to Attract Transgender Recruits

    04/17/2015 11:38:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Brietbart ^ | April 16, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    The Girl Scouts are concerned about falling membership and a declining number of adult volunteers, so a Girl Scout staffer in Salt Lake City cooked up the idea to start a troop headquartered in the area’s “gay pride center.” The idea is to attract “transgender” youth and children living with an LGBT parent. Shari Solomon-Kleba told the Associated Press, “Girl Scouts is all about empowering girls to become leaders who make the world a better place. Why not at the Pride Center?”
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • Poll: Lee Would Top Matheson in 2016 (Utah poll)

    04/11/2015 1:38:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | April 9, 2015
    Sen. Mike Lee would have quite the fight on his hands if he were to face off against former Rep. Jim Matheson in 2016. The latest UtahPolicy.com shows 48% of Utahns would support Lee while 42% would back Matheson. 10% are undecided. Matheson's electoral calculus has always been the same in heavily Republican Utah. Win a majority of Democrats, pick off some Republicans and get a majority of the independent vote. The survey shows Matheson would win 87% of Democrats, 20% of Republicans and 57% of independents. He would likely need to increase the numbers among Republican and independent voters...
  • Blacks Lose Ground under Obama - And Republicans should remind them

    04/10/2015 1:27:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | April 10, 2015 | Deroy Murdock Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416735/blacks-lose-ground-under-o
    As a declared presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) should generate even bigger headlines when he addresses black audiences, as he has at Howard University and other venues. When he was executive of mainly Democratic Milwaukee County, Governor Scott Walker (R., Wis.) appealed to black voters; his reelection majorities consistently increased. These and other Republicans should ask black Americans for their votes from now through November 2016. They should do so by challenging blacks to ask themselves an honest question: “What, exactly, have you gained by handing Obama 95 percent of your votes in 2008 and 93 percent in...
  • Engineer wears polo shirt to meeting with 'government official' ...only to find it's PRESIDENT OBAMA

    04/09/2015 6:54:29 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | April 9, 2015 | ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A Utah man was shocked to discover that his 'informal meeting' with a federal official to discuss veterans was actually with President Barack Obama. Last Friday, 26-year-old Lance Futch donned a white wrinkled polo shirt and drove to Hill Air Force Base in Utah thinking he was going to be led into an auditorium to talk about how to help veterans get more jobs in the infinitely abundant field of solar energy. Instead, Futch was sat at a table with Obama, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, congressman Rob Bishop, and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker - all of whom were...
  • Rand Paul Is Running for the Republican Nomination, So Now the Party Is Ready to Attack Him

    04/07/2015 6:43:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/07/2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Welcome to the big leagues. That’s the message several top GOP operatives say Rand Paul will get from the Republican establishment, and from the media, when he announces his candidacy for the presidency on Tuesday. These onlookers believe that Paul, who has been a media darling and a ubiquitous presence on the airwaves since his election in 2010, has gotten a pass from the press. In their eyes, he’s been allowed to skate past one controversy after another in part because he’s been a vocal critic of the Republican party. “The media treats him better than they treat other Republicans,”...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • Northern long-eared bat gains protection as 'threatened' species

    04/02/2015 7:17:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications, ^ | April 1, 2015 | Whitney Forman-Cook
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it is listing the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, securing certain regulatory protections for the mammal and triggering charges of government overreach from some agricultural groups and politicians. ... The bat's range stretches from Maine to North Carolina on the Atlantic Coast, westward to eastern Oklahoma and north through the Dakotas, reaching into eastern Montana and Wyoming. In all, it covers 37 states, the District of Columbia and 13 Canadian provinces. In October 2013, the FWS proposed listing the bat as “endangered,” meaning on the...
  • Western governors file report on sage grouse conservation efforts

    04/02/2015 7:10:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sarah Gonzalez
    The Western Governors' Association released a report today highlighting the voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage-grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The association, which represents the governors of 19 Western states, said that “the breadth and depth of voluntary conservation efforts across the region, if allowed to run their course, will provide the bird with the necessary habitat to live and thrive.” The greater sage grouse is found in 11 states and its habitat encompasses 186 million acres . The U.S....
  • 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 · 84 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 · 102 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.