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  • Episcopalians Vote to Allow Same-Sex Weddings in Churches

    07/01/2015 9:15:37 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7-1-2015 | Breitbart News
    <p>SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.</p>
  • Utah man who claimed ‘Die fag’ was carved into his arm during hate crime, staged attacks

    06/30/2015 6:17:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    LGBTQNation ^ | June 30, 2015 | Lindsay Whitehurst/Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks, authorities said Tuesday. Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker said Rick Jones, 21, could face charges after officers investigating the series of reported attacks found inconsistencies in the evidence. The Delta man eventually acknowledged faking the harassment, Dekker said.An attorney for Jones said the reports were a cry for help initially directed toward people close to him, and Jones didn’t realize how much attention they would get.
  • Authorities: Gay slur carved into Utah man's arm was staged

    06/30/2015 10:52:59 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 30, 2015 | LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks, authorities in rural Utah said Tuesday. Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker said Rick Jones, 21, could face charges after officers investigating the series of reported attacks found inconsistencies in the evidence. The Delta man eventually acknowledged faking the harassment, Dekker said. Brett Tolman, an attorney for Jones, said the reports were a cry for help initially directed toward people close to him, and Jones didn't realize how much attention they would get. "I think it's such good...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • OFFICIAL STATEMENT — 26 JUNE 2015: Supreme Court Decision Will Not Alter Doctrine on Marriage

    06/26/2015 10:52:10 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 47 replies
    mormonnewsroom.org ^ | 26 June 2015 | LDS Church Statement
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church issued the following statement Friday: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today's ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court's decision does not alter the Lord's doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice." The Church has outlined its doctrine and position...
  • GOP leaders poised to reverse punishment for dissenter

    06/25/2015 8:56:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/25/2015 | JAKE SHERMAN and ANNA PALMER
    House Republicans look like they are about to cave. Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is on the brink of restoring North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows’ subcommittee chairmanship just days after it was taken away as punishment for crossing party leaders, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision. It would be a stunning reversal for Chaffetz — and, by extension, the GOP leadership — and could embolden the several dozen conservative Republicans who defy Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Those close to — and part of — House Republican leadership say...
  • Chaffetz backtracks, reinstates punished GOP lawmaker to chairmanship

    06/25/2015 10:04:16 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6-25-15 | Scott Wong
    Facing enormous blowback, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday reversed course and said he was reinstating Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) as a subcommittee chairman. Chaffetz stripped Meadows of his subcommittee gavel last week after the congressman joined nearly three dozen other conservatives in voting against leadership on a procedural motion that nearly scuttled a major trade package.
  • NCBA warns of lawsuit over Waters of the U.S.

    06/25/2015 9:18:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | Jun 23, 2015
    NCBA will engage EPA in lawsuit alleging overreach in Waters of the U.S. rule, group says. Concerns of cattlemen regarding the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. rule released last month are coming true, National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said Tuesday, but that's actually generating more support for repeal efforts. We just got some more feedback this last weekend that it's the determination of the EPA that any stock tank or pond that runs around in a flooding type event would be considered a 'water of the United States,'"...
  • Hundreds attend town hall meeting to discuss BLM's plan for closures of public land ( Colorado )

    06/25/2015 6:38:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    KJCT ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | Daniela Pardo
    Grand Junction, COLO. It's a hot debate that's sparked a lot of controversy in Mesa County. The updating of the Resource Management Plan has been in the works for years. It was announced a few months back, but not everyone's happy about the proposal. The Mesa County Commissioners and the Bureau of Land Management took turns speaking at the town hall meeting. The public listened to what happened in a meeting with representatives from the governor's office, in regards to the Resource Management Plan, and had the chance to share their concerns and suggestions. At last week's meeting with the...
  • CAVUTO CONFRONTS JASON CHAFFETZ FOR OUSTING MARK MEADOWS

    06/25/2015 5:54:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | June 24, 2015 | Neil Cavuto
    Cavuto took the opportunity to confront Jason Chaffetz over ousting Mark Meadows for his TPA vote. Chaffetz admitted that the TPA vote was part of it, but claimed there were a ‘variety of factors’ and also said Boehner had nothing to do with it.
  • First black female GOP representative Mia Love returning Holt donations

    06/22/2015 1:39:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | June 22, 2015 | Tom LoBianco and Sara Murray
    Washington (CNN)—The first black Republican woman elected to Congress is returning $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, the alleged white supremacist whose writings have reportedly inspired Charleston shooter Dylann Roof. A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Mia Love said Monday that she would be returning the three donations Holt made to her campaign immediately, after being contacted by CNN. Love made history last November when Utah residents selected her as the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress. Holt, who is president Council of Conservative Citizens, donated thousands of dollars to Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum...
  • Report: Gruber had larger role in ObamaCare

    06/21/2015 2:36:41 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2015 | By Mark Hensch
    The ObamaCare consultant who once mocked the “stupidity of the American voter” had a bigger impact on the healthcare law than previously known, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Jonathan Gruber frequently contacted Obama administration officials via email while crafting ObamaCare, according to the newspaper. The Journal said that previously unreleased messages show that Gruber repeatedly messaged the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) between January, 2009 and March, 2010. He offered advice on healthcare policy and informed officials about media and lawmaker interviews concerning ObamaCare, it added. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told the newspaper...
  • Orem Owlz 'Caucasian Heritage Night' promotion canceled after causing online stir

    06/20/2015 9:28:13 AM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    Desert News ^ | June 19, 2015 | Carter Williams
    According to the team's site, the event was planned as a celebration of "Irish, Italian, German … or even Utahn! Whatever your background, celebrate it at the home of the Owlz!" The promotion details have since been removed from the team's website. The promotion was set for Aug. 10, but was canceled after social media outrage that began Friday afternoon. "We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued,"... Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted that he had spoken to one of the co-owners of the team, and the owner said "he had no idea this...
  • Young Delta, Utah man robbed, had ‘Die Fag’ carved into his arm, forced to drink bleach

    06/14/2015 4:25:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 114 replies
    Gay Salt Lake.com ^ | June 11, 2015
    A young man in Delta, Utah alleges he was robbed, had “Die Fag” carved into his arm with a knife, and was forced to drink bleach on a Saturday night in late April, but it doesn’t stop there. Five days later, the words “Die Fag” were spray-painted on his and his family’s house. And this week, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through his window and his house was spray-painted again, this time with “You’ll Die. Burn Fag.” ... “I went out to take out the trash, and when I came back in, I thought it was strange that I didn’t...
  • Elbows flying, rhetorically, at Romney's 2016 retreat

    06/13/2015 12:54:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz.
    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Govs. Scott Walker and Chris Christie said presidential rivals in the Senate don't do anything. Sen. Marco Rubio denounced "old ways" in an indirect slap at older contenders. Sen. Lindsey Graham said his party may be going down a "death spiral" if it doesn't embrace minority and younger voters. In fighting for attention Friday at a luxury mountainside donor retreat convened by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, several 2016 contenders let loose some elbows at each other. Most did not name names, but Christie did. "If you want to know how little they know," he...
  • (2013) Republican Immigration Critic Gets Slapped Down(By Cruz)

    06/12/2015 2:36:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 84 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Fawn Johnson
    The most potent illustration that Republicans have shifted their attitudes on immigration came Tuesday morning when all GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to severely limit the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country. The committee’s overwhelming ‘No’ vote shows that the battle for Republicans’ souls on immigration has shifted away from groups that want to reduce the influx of foreigners, like the Heritage Foundation, NumbersUSA, and Fairness for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), toward free-market groups that applaud increased immigration, such as Americans for Tax Reform and the CATO Institute....
  • north carolina house overrides magistrate same-sex marriage veto

    06/12/2015 7:23:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    11 Eyewitness News ^ | June 12, 2015 | WTVD-AP
    A measure allowing some court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage responsibilities because of their religious beliefs became law in North Carolina on Thursday, with the state House voting to override the governor's veto of the bill. The Senate had voted to do the same with Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's veto a week ago. Thursday's House vote of 69-41 was just over the three-fifths majority needed. Ten House members were absent and didn't vote. The law, taking effect immediately, means some register of deeds workers who assemble licenses and magistrates to solemnize civil marriages can decide to stop performing...
  • Mike Lee: Liberals won't stop at same-sex marriage victory

    06/12/2015 2:44:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/12/15 | Paul Bedard
    Republican Sen. Mike Lee, strongly suggesting that the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to approve same-sex marriage this month, warned Thursday that liberals will use the victory to impose other restrictions on those opposed to gay weddings including churches, colleges and military chaplains."They seem tempted by the intolerant impulse to punish Americans," Lee said in a thoughtful speech at Hillsdale College's Kirby Center in Washington.Sen. Mike Lee. (AP Photo) Lee, of Utah, used the speech to preview legislation he is drafting to protect religious-affiliated schools and institutions that don't support same-sex marriage from federal attack if the court approves the...
  • Land Control: Feds Announce Sweeping Plan to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat

    06/11/2015 12:07:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 10, 2015 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), part of the Interior Department, will decide by September 30 whether to list the greater sage-grouse as an endangered or threatened species under the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA).The stakes are huge: Greater sage-grouse (or prairie chicken) habitat covers 165 million acres across 11 western states, but that is only half of what it used to be, the federal government says. At one time, the greater sage-grouse population likely numbered in the millions, but it is now estimated to be in the 200,000 to 500,000 range.The enormous sage grouse habitat also is home to...
  • Mitt Romney to Host GOP White House Hopefuls at Utah Conclave (Guess who?)

    06/10/2015 4:36:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2015 | Heather Haddon
    Former two-time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to host six declared and potential GOP contenders at a Utah retreat next week. Mr. Romney, who considered a third run for president earlier this year but declined to run, will gather big GOP donors and other party bigwigs in Park City, Utah for his annual “E2 Summit.” The private event at a mountain resort kicks off with a dinner June 11 and wraps up with a luncheon on June 13, according to a copy of the invitation. Declared and potential Republican presidential contenders scheduled to speak include Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • Craig liquor stores pull New Belgium beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians ( Colorado)

    06/09/2015 4:18:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | June 8, 2015 | Noelle Leavitt Riley
    Liquor stores and restaurants across Craig are pulling Colorado craft beers off their shelves due to the beer companies’ financial support to WildEarth Guardians, the environmental group that put Colowyo Coal Mine at risk of being shut down. Stockmen’s Liquor pulled 12 brands of beer — including New Belgium Brewery — because they are listed as WildEarth Guardians supporters. “We pulled those beers because their support of WildEarth Guardians... who said their ultimate goal is to shut down coal mines,” said Lori Gillam, owner of Stockmen's. “Craig is a coal mine town.” WildEarth Guardians has a list of business supporters...
  • USA Freedom Act Supporters Say They Have the Votes

    05/31/2015 10:00:56 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 05/31/2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Senate advocates for an overhaul of National Security Agency surveillance programs sound confident they have the votes to advance the USA Freedom Act. It’s just a matter of time. “I think we’ll get it passed on Sunday night,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told CNN Saturday, making a bullish prediction on the timing. “Now, by the rules of the Senate, with objections and so forth … the Patriot Act may very well expire Sunday night, but we’ve got to start moving forward here. We could have done this a week ago. And this is the nature of Washington, D.C., is always...
  • and Paul: 'I will force the expiration' of the PATRIOT Act

    05/30/2015 8:34:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/30/2015 | Manu Raju
    Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing to allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite debate on a key surveillance bill. In a statement to POLITICO Saturday, Paul warned that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act, a reform bill passed overwhelmingly by the House earlier this month.
  • Sen. Mike Lee: Quickly approve the USA Freedom Act

    05/30/2015 5:54:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 42 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-29-2015 | Sen. Mike Lee
    More than four years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Patriot Sunsets Extension Act of 2011. Since that day, May 26, 2011, it’s been known that key provisions of our nation’s counterterrorism surveillance programs are set to expire this June 1. That is why Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and I worked diligently on a bipartisan and bicameral basis to produce the USA Freedom Act. As with any legislation, the USA Freedom Act is not perfect. It does end the bulk collection of phone records and other data by...
  • 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...