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  • Circuit Court refuses to hear prairie dog appeal

    08/18/2017 9:48:54 AM PDT · by Dr. Zzyzx · 15 replies
    St. George News ^ | August 11, 2017 | Tracie Sullivan
    CEDAR CITY – The issue of Utah prairie dogs may be on their way to the U.S. Supreme Court after an appeals court refused to hear arguments this week regarding an earlier ruling that found a federal judge had erred in his 2014 decision. In 2013, attorneys for People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners filed a lawsuit against the federal government challenging its regulation of the Utah prairie dog and its impact on property rights. Members of PETPO include private property owners as well as entities such as Cedar City Corporation, who claim the burrow-dwelling rodents are damaging...
  • ‘RINO’ Curtis Wins Utah GOP Special House Primary

    08/16/2017 11:28:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 16, 2017 | Ed Kilgore
    Though conservative firebrand Chris Herrod hasn’t conceded yet, the Associated Press and most political observers have named Provo mayor John Curtis the winner in yesterday’s special GOP primary in the third congressional district of Utah. Held to select a successor to Fox News’ latest “personality,” Jason Chaffetz, the primary was a three-way affair involving front-runner Curtis, Herrod (endorsed by an ideologue-dominated party convention), and basketball scion Tanner Ainge (son of former BYU and NBA star Danny Ainge). Most of the drama was generated by Herrod’s friends at the Club for Growth, who ran a lot of ads labeling Curtis a...
  • Evan McMullin Says It is Likely He Will Run for Some Office in 2018

    08/15/2017 8:14:22 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    Ballot Access News ^ | August 12, 2017 | Richard Winger
    National Public Radio has this interview with Evan McMullin, who ran for president as an independent last year. At the end, he says he will probably run for some office in 2018. He implies that would be as an independent candidate. http://wuwm.com/post/former-presidential-candidate-evan-mcmullin-centerist-politics#stream/0
  • Welcome to Orientation, Freshmen: Here's a Copy of the Constitution

    08/08/2017 8:10:59 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 15 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 4, 2017 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
    [ * * * ] As campuses around the country have simmered and erupted in polarized protests and debates in recent years, more are considering how they can help students navigate free expression – sometimes with a push from legislators. This year Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and North Carolina have mandated campus free speech policies, and a handful of other states are considering such laws. Some schools have decided that First Amendment instruction should be included right from the start, during a time typically reserved for talk of meal plans and dorm rules. “We needed to take the opportunity in orientation...
  • Zinke to relax Obama-era rules on sage grouse

    08/07/2017 11:32:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday announced the federal government will relax Obama-era rules designed to protect the imperiled sage grouse, saying the administration will offer states flexibility in how they choose to protect the bird and also will loosen restrictions on energy development in sage grouse habitat. In a statement issued in response to a lengthy report from Interior’s sage grouse review team, Mr. Zinke said the recommendations will go into effect immediately.
  • Mayor Ben McAdams posed as a homeless person for 3 days and 2 nights.

    08/07/2017 9:00:50 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 58 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 8/6/2017 | Courtney Tanner
    The first piece of advice he got was “Don’t take off your shoes.” The second, “Don’t go to the bathroom after dark.” Though Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams heeded both, it didn’t make him feel any less vulnerable. There was little that could as he settled in for a night at the downtown Road Home homeless shelter. When he climbed into bed — the top of a three-person bunk— with his sneakers still tightly laced to fend off would-be thieves, arguments echoed off the walls. One man had passed out on another’s cot, and McAdams heard the thud of...
  • Mike Lee to Trump: 'Keep it coming'

    08/04/2017 11:25:40 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/02/2017 | Emily Jashinsky
    Utah Senator Mike Lee, one of Donald Trump's staunchest Republican skeptics during campaign season, is pleased with the president's first six months in office. During his remarks at Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference on Tuesday, the second-term Republican was asked to comment on any "pushback" he's received from the GOP as a result of his early criticisms of Trump. "I took a position at the time that was taking place because I had certain ideas about whether he could get elected," the senator said. "I didnt think he could. I turned out to be wrong." "He has since...
  • Citizens Against Government Waste Names Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz July 2017 Porker of the Month

    07/31/2017 12:03:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) its July 2017 Porker of the Month for advocating for taxpayer-funded housing for members of Congress.During an interview with The Hill on June 26, 2017, then-Rep. Chaffetz said, “I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress.” He admitted that the current political climate made such a proposal legislatively arduous, but claimed that, “A $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in...
  • GOP senators break with Trump over transgender troop ban

    07/26/2017 10:39:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 184 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/26/2017 | John Bowden
    Multiple Republican senators broke with President Trump on Wednesday after he announced on Twitter than transgender troops would be banned from serving in the military. In separate statements, GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Richard Shelby (Ala.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah) all criticized Trump for his decision that Obama-era rules allowing transgender troops to serve would be reversed. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, ripped the call and said that Trump shouldn't be making policy announcements via tweet. “The President’s tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major...
  • Hatch Stands With Transgender Utahns

    07/26/2017 8:18:59 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 56 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 07/26/17
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Wednesday said he stands with transgender individuals from his state in a tweet following President Trump’s announcement that he will ban all transgender persons from serving in the United States military.
  • University to offer 'Social Justice Advocacy' certificate

    07/10/2017 7:54:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | July 9, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    The University of Utah is now offering a “Social Justice Advocacy Certificate” to train students to “advocate for action and change.” Starting this fall, students will be eligible to earn the certificate in “Social Justice Advocacy,” the creation of which was unanimously approved by faculty of the University of Utah School of School of Social Work in 2014, according to a school announcement.
  • Sanctuary Cities Vow to Make ‘1 Million Immigrants’ Citizens to Oppose Trump

    07/05/2017 1:57:43 PM PDT · by Lera · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/4/17 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    “Sanctuary cities” across the country are pledging to make one million immigrants into U.S. citizens this year, partly as a response to the policies of President Donald Trump. According to the Washington Examiner, the initiative is being pushed by a group called “Naturalize NOW!”—which is tying its campaign to patriotic American holidays like the Fourth of July. Announced on Flag Day, the Examiner reports: [t]he ‘Naturalize NOW!’ campaign, which includes liberal and progressive groups and elected officials, heralded the mayors of the cities in joining the national effort. Among the cities cited in an Independence Day notice from Mi Familia:...
  • Escalating violence around homeless shelter

    07/06/2017 1:01:20 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 28 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | July 5, 2017 | Christopher Smart
    Homelessness and crime » Assault on baseball player, fatal hit-and-run are the latest examples; House speaker asks if it’s time for extraordinary measures. News is spreading across the country on the state of homelessness in downtown Salt Lake City — and it isn't pretty. Just over the Fourth of July holiday, a professional baseball player was attacked and suffered a concussion. And a car plowed into a group of homeless people on a sidewalk, killing one and sending five others to the hospital. These are just the latest in a string of events that continues to frustrate officials, police and...
  • 1 killed, 5 injured after car strikes down pedestrians in downtown SLC

    07/04/2017 8:32:05 PM PDT · by LiberalismDestroys · 26 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Spenser Heaps
    SALT LAKE CITY — One woman was killed and at least five others were hospitalized after a vehicle struck them in what police called a hit-and-run incident Tuesday night. Salt Lake City police Lt. Justin Hudson said shortly after 6 p.m., police were dispatched to a call of a vehicle traveling on the sidewalk at a high rate of speed, striking people. When police arrived at 200 S. 465 West, Hudson said six people were on the ground injured.
  • Chaffetz Joins Fox News – Cited Money as One Reason He Quit Congress

    06/30/2017 5:14:36 PM PDT · by digger48 · 95 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | June 30, 2017 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Now former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz shocked many when he abruptly announced he’d be quitting Congress before the end of his term. In a recent interview, Chaffetz insisted his decision was personal, that he was disappointed by the state of politics, and that he and his wife made the decision together for personal reasons. Chaffetz alluded to living on a tight budget, but only this week did he confirm money played a role in the decision-making process. Congressmen make $170,000 a year. Chaffetz called it a “handsome salary” but not enough to maintain two separate households,...
  • Female robbery suspect shot by armed Quiznos employee during ‘take-over style’(SLC)

    06/23/2017 9:31:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    www.sltrib.com ^ | 6/21/2017 | STEPHEN HUNT
    During what Salt Lake City police are calling rare "take-over style" robbery at a Quiznos restaurant Tuesday night, a female employee shot and wounded a female robbery suspect, prompting her two male accomplices to flee. The female suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was in serious condition Wednesday at a hospital, said SLCPD Detective Greg Wilking, who said the suspect was hit in the neck.
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz trashes Trump and Sessions in interview days before leaving

    06/19/2017 1:14:02 PM PDT · by Coronal · 73 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 19, 2017 | Jason Silverstein
    Chaffetz is checked out. With less than two weeks left before his early exit from Congress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) trashed President Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a no-holds-barred interview. Chaffetz — an ardent Obama critic who withdrew his Trump endorsement weeks before the 2016 election — said he thinks the new administration is already doing a worse job with transparency and helping congressional investigations. “The reality is, sadly, I don't see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration,” Chaffetz told the Sinclair Broadcast Group on Sunday. “I thought there would be this, these...
  • Biden: I Knew Hillary Would Lose Battleground States

    06/10/2017 10:47:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:07 PM 06/10/2017 | Amber Athey
    Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that he knew a month before the 2016 election that Hillary Clinton would lose key battleground states. Biden made the comment during a closed-door appearance with Mitt Romney at the annual Romney-hosted E2 Summit, reports Politico. Based on his assessment of campaigning in those key battleground states, he said, he knew a month before the election that Clinton would lose them. Biden also stepped on Hillary just last month, saying he never thought she was a “great candidate” during a conference in Las Vegas. …
  • Accused of sexual misconduct, led him to drop out of race, party

    06/09/2017 4:06:04 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 15 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | June 8, 2017 | Matthew Piper
    Hours after saying he would continue his campaign to become Democratic Party chairman despite allegations that he had sexually harassed several women, Rob Miller ended his bid and announced he would leave the party altogether. Miller reported Thursday evening that he had followed through
  • Senate GOP’s ObamaCare replacement bill is ‘very liberal’

    06/07/2017 11:56:28 AM PDT · by TBP · 46 replies
    Senate Republican leaders outlined a “very liberal” ObamaCare replacement bill during their weekly lunch with their members on Tuesday, sources said. “The moderates are very happy,” an aide to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), one of the Senate’s most conservative members, told The Post. “It was a very liberal bill.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that the upper chamber is “getting very close to having a proposal to whip and to take to the floor” on health care. His comments came after the leaders met with President Trump at the White House to discuss health care reform. According...