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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.”

Monday, November 19, 2018

LDS Interlocutors

Guv discusses church’s role in drafting cannabis “compromise” legislation.
“Is it perfect? Probably not, but that’s why we have a public process that allows us to modify, improve, amend as we go forward," the governor said.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Power to the Props

Utah voters approve ballot initiatives, but for some, the fight is not over.
With votes still being counted through Wednesday, Propositions 2 and 3 were on their way to passing with margins of around 50,000 votes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Joint Session

Speaker Hughes, Prop 2 supporters talk cannabis, compromise and the church.
Members of the public questioned Hughes, Utah Patients Coalition (UPC) Director DJ Schanz and Libertas Institute President Connor Boyack for two hours.

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