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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Uncle Joe Comes to Town

Former Vice President Joe Biden reflects on love, loss and purpose during U visit.
Joe Biden initially said no when then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama asked him to be his vice presidential running mate in 2008. A 36-year veteran of the U.S. Senate, Biden thought he could better serve the future president in Congress than in the White House.

Council Raises Its Pay

The Salt Lake City Council has voted unanimously to raise its salary more than $9,000.
The ordinance passed by a 6-0 vote. One council member, Derek Kitchen, was absent as he prepares for his move to the state Senate in January.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dabakis’ Decision

Jim Dabakis will run for Salt Lake City mayor. Outgoing and outspoken state senator says he's ready to ‘jump in the water’
Sen. Jim Dabakis put to rest a long-running rumor on Tuesday: The outgoing state senator will be running to be Salt Lake City’s 36th mayor.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Utah Way

State power players and activists react to lawmakers’ passing of the Utah Medical Cannabis Act.
Gov. Gary Herbert’s signature on the Republican-approved legislation effectively ended a contentious debate about the will of the people, patients’ access to medication and the influence The Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plays in state politics.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Young womxn students and educators deliver nearly 4,000 letters to the governor’s office urging him to protect public lands.
“Environmental advocacy and outdoor recreation is historically dominated by men, so getting younger-women identified voices into the mix is always a good thing,” Josee Stetich, who organized the letter-writing, told the crowd outside the Capitol.

Monday, December 3, 2018

'We See Errors in the Initiative Passed by the Will of the People'

Contentious medical cannabis compromise bill passed by state House and Senate lawmakers.
About an hour into a legislative discussion on medical cannabis, Rep. Brian King said he wanted to address the elephant in the room: that the LDS church had influenced the “compromise” agreed upon a month before voters passed Proposition 2.

McAdams Turns Page

Candidate list to replace Salt Lake County mayor is quickly filling up.
The Salt Lake County Democratic Party’s Central Committee will have 30 days following the vacancy to pick a replacement. The committee consists of about 1,100 members that will vote on the county’s next mayor.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Challenger Appears

Backed by prominent local politicos, SLC businessman and philanthropist David Ibarra throws his hat in mayoral ring.
Sim Gill said Ibarra’s early life gives him an understanding of the city’s most vulnerable residents, a firsthand knowledge most people don’t have. “The person that I know in David Ibarra is a man who is here to serve their needs.”

Rolling Deep

Hundreds turn out for a public hearing on medical cannabis, Proposition 2 and the “compromise” lawmakers could pass next week.
“This so-called compromise does seek to undermine democracy,” attendee Kelly Jones said, stressing that her fellow Utahns knew what they were doing when they passed Prop 2. “They voted, I voted. We know the meaning of our vote.”

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Shadows Flee

MormonLeaks publishes documents alleging sexual abuse of a minor by an LDS church patriarch.
It’s difficult to draw conclusions from this single leak about how the church investigates such allegations, McKnight says but, “this at least gives us a glimpse of how they handled it in this one particular case.”

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