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  • Op-ed: Replacing Chaffetz requires following our Constitution

    05/29/2017 7:14:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 29, 2017 | Ernest Istook
    Utahns are consulting the U.S. Constitution more than usual because of Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s resignation. A vacancy in the House of Representatives is unique among all federal offices because it must be filled by an election. No appointments are permitted for membership in what is often called “The People’s House.” Federal judges are chosen by the president, with Senate confirmation of the appointment. The same is true for Cabinet officers. Governors may make appointments to fill Senate vacancies. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich infamously tried to auction the Senate seat vacated when Barack Obama was elected president; that’s why Blagojevich...
  • Woman locked kids in car trunk and went shopping – police

    05/28/2017 8:33:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    Eyewitnesses told officers that the woman locked her two children – aged 2 and 5 – in the trunk of her car before going to the local Walmart to shop. They heard the kids scratching and making other noises inside the car and guided them to reach for an emergency latch to free themselves. Police: Utah woman locked her kids in trunk while she shopped https://t.co/c3hKBRu7M4 — Supra1BqTeam (@supra1Bqteam) May 27, 2017 The police were called to the scene and arrested the careless woman on her return to the parking lot. She remains in custody while her children have been...
  • THE RETIREMENT OF JASON CHAFFETZ

    05/19/2017 8:22:01 AM PDT · by shortstop · 16 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 05/19/17 | Bob Lonsberry
    I'm unsure what to make of the retirement of Congressman Jason Chaffetz, because I don't know if it's a furlough or a desertion. I don't know if he is thinking about his wallet or his country. And only time will tell if this move is fateful or feckless. The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, a representative from Utah, Chaffetz says he's had a "midlife crisis," and he's tired of nights away from home and family. So he's going a new direction. My initial reaction was contempt. Because I hate quitters, and because the battle isn't over, and because many...
  • Chaffetz confirms June 30 departure: 'Thank you for allowing me to serve'

    05/19/2017 5:22:22 AM PDT · by LiberalismDestroys · 20 replies
    KSL.Com ^ | May 18th, 2017 @ 7:29pm | Dennis Romboy
    ALPINE — Utah will lose perhaps its most visible member of Congress when Rep. Jason Chaffetz leaves office before his fifth term ends to pursue a job in the private sector. The conservative Republican announced Thursday that he would resign effective June 30, saying it's time for him and his wife, Julie, to move on from that part of their lives.
  • Zinke kicks off monuments review this weekend. Up first: Utah’s Bears Ears and Staircase

    05/08/2017 10:33:07 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 32 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 5-6, 2017 | Brain Maffly
    The Trump administration is launching its four-month review of 27 large national monuments designated since 1996 under the Antiquities Act, including two controversial monuments in Utah. That review formally kicks off this weekend with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's arrival in Utah to investigate Bears Ears National Monument, designated by President Barack Obama just a few weeks before he left office, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. At the urging of Utah's political leaders, President Donald Trump ordered the review April 26, when he called out Bears Ears as a "land grab" that should not have happened.
  • Jason Chaffetz says he might step down before his term is over

    04/20/2017 1:36:12 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 35 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 20, 2017 | Mark Moore
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who announced he will not seek re-election in 2018, now says he might leave Congress even before his term ends, it was reported Thursday. Chaffetz, who heads the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told the Wall Street Journal that he’s still mulling over the timing of when he would leave Washington, DC. ​”​My future plans are not yet finalized but I haven’t ruled out the possibility of leaving early,” ​the Utah Republican told the newspaper. “In the meantime, I still have a job to do and I have no plans to take my foot off...
  • Source: SLC principal forced student to pull pants down, sit naked in chair as punishment

    04/19/2017 4:43:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    fox13 ^ | April 19, 2017 | y Elizabeth Suggs and Lauren Steinbrecher,
    SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City School District has placed Edison Elementary Principal Laurie Lacy on leave, and Salt Lake City Police have launched an investigation, following an incident that police said ended with DCFS getting involved. Police and the school district would not give exact details of the incident, but a source close to the situation told Fox 13 that Lacy told a student to pull his pants down in her office as a punishment.
  • A Reflective Perspective on Jason Chaffetz Announcement To Leave Congress…

    04/19/2017 1:13:24 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 29 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 19, 2017 | Sundance
    The time-frame was 2011 – the Tea Party had just crushed a republican Utah senator named Bob Bennett a year earlier. Massive push-back against growth of government including TARP, Auto Bailouts and now ObamaCare was fueling the grassroots movement; the Professional Republican Party hierarchy, the GOPe, was furious; the Tea Party represented a risk to the establishment republican authority. GOPe corrupt Senate leadership (McConnell, Portman, Cornyn, Corker, Blunt, Burr, Crapo et al) were assembling all resources to kill the Tea Party uprising. They reached out to like-minded colleague John Boehner, Speaker of the House for support. Hatch must be protected...
  • ROMNEY SHOULDN'T BE A UTAH SENATOR

    04/19/2017 8:45:45 AM PDT · by shortstop · 18 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 04/19/17 | Bob Lonsberry
    Mitt Romney is unfit to be a senator from Utah, and if Orrin Hatch has to run again to keep him from becoming one, he should. I don't dislike Mitt, I just love Utah. And Utah ought to have a senator who is a Utahn at heart. And who knows and loves the state and its people. Who can go into any town and find folks he knows, stories he can tell, connections he has made. It is a broad, rich and diverse state, made up of pioneers. People who, whether they came in 1847 or yesterday, have some grit...
  • Utah Expands Concealed Carry Permits to Adults 18-20 Years old

    03/31/2017 5:32:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Herbert has signed H.B. 198 into law. The bill provides for adults aged 18-20 to obtain a Utah concealed carry permit. The bill requires that permit holders meet minimum age requirements of other states when in those states. From utah.gov: This bill: â–¸ establishes a provisional permit to carry a concealed firearm; â–¸ stipulates that individuals must be at least 18 years of age, but no more than 20 years of age, to obtain the permit; â–¸ stipulates that the holder of a provisional permit issued by the state must meet eligibility requirements, including minimum age requirements, to...
  • (Governor) Herbert signs polygamy bill into Utah law

    03/30/2017 3:25:37 PM PDT · by Nero Germanicus · 21 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 3/28/17 | Nate Carlisle
    Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday signed a bill that keeps polygamy a felony in Utah and increases the penalties for polygamists convicted of committing frauds and abuses. Herbert's approval of HB99 affirms the position Utah has held since statehood — that polygamy is against the law. Yet it's unclear how much of the bill will ever be used. Polygamists and some sympathetic attorneys have said HB99 will be unconstitutional if it's applied to consenting adults who choose to live as such a family. Joe Darger, who has three wives and was the most vocal opponent of the bill, has dared...
  • Orrin Hatch: I may retire if Romney runs to replace me

    03/29/2017 11:57:06 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2017 | Rebecca Savransky
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says he would consider retiring if Mitt Romney ran to replace him. Hatch told National Journal in a Wednesday interview that he hasn't made a decision yet on whether he will run for reelection in 2018. "I know I made a comment that I'll likely run for reelection. I haven't made that final determination," he said. "There are a bunch of reasons to do it, a bunch of reasons not to do it."
  • London attack: American Kurt Cochran, from Utah, killed

    03/23/2017 10:12:06 AM PDT · by Third Person · 25 replies
    BBC news ^ | March 23rd, 2017 | Staff
    An American man has been named as one of the victims of Wednesday's deadly attack in London, Kurt Cochran, 54 and from Utah, died in the attack and his wife Melissa was seriously hurt, their family has said. They were celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary and also visiting Melissa's parents, who work on a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission. They were struck when the attacker drove a car over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament. So-called Islamic State has said it was behind the attack, which left four people dead, including the attacker. Eight people have...
  • Huber to stay on as interim U.S. Attorney for Utah ( Bundy connections )

    03/20/2017 9:24:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    St. George News ^ | March 15, 2017 | Mori Kessler
    John Huber will continue to serve as the U.S. attorney for Utah, at least for the time being. Huber was given a reprieve by the U.S. Justice Department and will stay on as an interim U.S. attorney for the state for the next four months. Huber was one of 46 U.S. attorneys who were asked by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Friday to resign. ... Huber joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2002 and was appointed to become Utah’s U.S. Attorney in February 2015 with the support of Sen. Orrin Hatch. Huber was confirmed by the Senate in June...
  • Evan McMullin says it’s ‘possible’ he will challenge Chaffetz or Hatch in 2018

    03/18/2017 12:08:09 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 28 replies
    KSTU ^ | March 17, 2017 | FOX 13 News
    SALT LAKE CITY — Former presidential hopeful Evan McMullin stated Friday he may run for public office again and is considering the possibility of challenging either Rep. Jason Chaffetz or Senator Orrin Hatch. McMullin made the comments Friday during an AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread on Reddit in the “EnoughTrumpSpam subreddit. One user asked McMullin if he is considering running against Jason Chaffetz in 2018, and McMullin responded from a verified Reddit account to say he is considering such a move but must consider the desires of Utah constituents.
  • Utah Legislature Passes Bill to Hold Presidential Primaries

    03/15/2017 11:56:15 AM PDT · by TBP · 6 replies
    Ballot Access News ^ | March 15, 2017 | Richard Winger
    On March 9, the Utah legislature passed HB 204. It says in future presidential years, Utah will hold presidential primaries. The bill does not include details such as how candidates get on the ballot, or when the primary will be, or whether all qualified parties are included. Those will be fleshed out in next year’s legislature session.
  • Trump’s Utah point man calls out voters, Mormons who didn’t back the new prez

    03/14/2017 5:21:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 14, 2017
    Don Peay says the 54 percent of Utah voters — especially Mormon Republicans — who didn't cast their presidential ballots for Donald Trump need to do at least one thing: repent. The former head of the Trump campaign in the Beehive State told the Utah County Republican Women group Monday night, according to Provo's Daily Herald, that "the people who did not get behind Trump probably need to look at themselves in the mirror and say, 'Maybe I need to show a little bit of humility and ask for forgiveness, because I was wrong.' " Peay, a Latter-day Saint and...
  • Utah Tribes: The Photography of John K. Hillers

    03/08/2017 12:41:10 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 14 replies
    The Thunderbird Foundation ^ | January 2017 | Nelson B. Wadsworth
    John Jack Hillers: Utah Tribes - An Exhibition A rare collection of 116 albumen photographs taken between 1872-187
  • BLM special agent is focus of investigations [ Dan Love ]

    03/04/2017 6:25:18 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | Feb 28, 2017
    Dan Love, a controversial law-enforcement agent for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is the subject of several investigations into his actions as special-agent-in-charge of BLM activities in Utah and Nevada. Most recently, Congressman Jason Chaffetz alleges that Love may have destroyed files, withheld documents, and coached witnesses in order to avoid a Congressional investigation. Chaffetz asked the Department of Interior (DOI) Inspector General to investigate the allegations. Love is also the focus of a DOI Inspector General report that states he used his position to gain perks at the annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada. The report states that...
  • Utah moves to toss school ban on 'advocacy of homosexuality'

    02/21/2017 7:24:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 8:51 PM EST | Michelle L. Price
    Utah lawmakers took the first step Tuesday to get rid of a state law that bans the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools, a move driven by a court challenge from gay rights groups. The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously in favor of a Republican bill cutting the phrase from sex education law. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Utah sued last fall, saying the law creates a “chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students” and exists only to express disapproval of being gay. A number of states have similar laws, but few others are moving to overturn...