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Friday, May 19, 2017

Election Date Set

Lt. Gov. lines up schedule for Chaffetz' replacement election.
That timeline is structured to match with municipal elections. The primary is scheduled Aug. 15, and the general election is Nov. 7. Candidates began filing for the position Friday at 1 p.m. and can continue until 5 p.m. May 26.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chaffetz out in July

Herbert plans for replacement election.
Herbert, whose chief of staff was at one time Chaffetz’ chief of staff, said he hadn’t talked directly with the congressman. The news conference was held before Chaffetz officially announced his resignation date.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Clearing the Air

Guv hosts final ceremonial bill signing of the year.
Gov. Gary Herbert announced on Tuesday the state’s intent to replace 100 “polluting, stinky, old buses” with new fuel-efficient models in an effort to clean up Utah’s dirty air.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

“This isn’t Salt Lake!”

A cowboy boot-wearing Rep. Stewart offers ‘nebulous’ answers during town hall.
Stewart, one of the few members of Congress to hold town halls, spoke to a couple hundred people at a high school in a small Sevier County community Friday night.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Zinke Does Bears Ears

Interior Secretary visits national monument, but is he listening?
On soil of a newly minted national monument, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was introduced on Monday by Gov. Gary Herbert as a man with “an open mind and an unbiased attitude.” An important position for someone who is expected to wade through the controversy of Bears Ears National Monument and decide its fate in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Getting Schooled

Protesters gather outside DeVos speaking engagement.
On Tuesday afternoon (National Teachers Day, coincidentally) outside the Grand America, 100 people showed up to protest Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was invited to speak at an education and technology seminar.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

American Health Care Act Update

House's passing of measure to repeal and replace ACA prompts SLC rally tonight.
The American Health Care Act—billed as an Obamacare replacement—was squeaked through the House of Representatives on Thursday by a 217 to 213 vote.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Biskupski Rolls out 2017 Budget

... and mum's the word on Rio Grande.
One notable absence from her speech was any reference to the four homeless resource centers the city and the county are committed to opening in the valley to take up at least some of the bed space lost when the city plans to shutter the Rio Grande shelter in 2019.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Monumental Order

Challenging the Antiquities Act of 1906, Trump promises 'tremendously positive things'
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert stood by the president during the signing ceremony in Washington D.C. Though he didn’t speak at the event, Herbert’s office sent out a statement within the hour that said Utah and the Antiquities Act languish in a “Jekyll and Hyde relationship.”

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bern Baby, Bern

During a brief Utah stint, Bernie Sanders ran through all his best hits.
“We have been through struggles before, and today amidst all of these problems, we are not going to desert our kids and our grandchildren and this planet” he proclaimed in his trademark guttural drawl.

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