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Salt Lake County Council calls for immigration reform, despite clash between Democrats, Republicans

This article originally appeared in Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — The hyper-politicized debate around immigration reform touched down on the local level in Utah on Tuesday. Though the debate at times became heated and tense, ultimately both Democrats and Republicans on the Salt …

Watchdogs criticize Salt Lake Chamber’s canceled $2,500-a-head ‘off-the-record conversation’ with lawmakers on tax reform

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Government watchdog groups are calling out the Salt Lake Chamber over an abruptly canceled “off-the-record conversation” on tax reform in which business owners would have paid $2,500 for a cozy session with Utah legislative leaders. “It didn’t …

PRESS RELEASE: LAWMAKERS MUST STOP TRYING TO ELIMINATE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2019CONTACT: Katie Matheson | Alliance for a Better Utahkatie@betterutah.org | 845.775.7901 Salt Lake City, UT – This afternoon, state lawmakers spoke at a rally help by Abortion Free Utah, a new radical coalition aiming to undermine the constitutional rights of Utahns. Utah State Senator …

Salt Lake Chamber scraps plan for pricey ‘off-record’ meeting with lawmakers

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — It started with a flyer. Then it quickly unraveled as the Deseret News began asking questions. The flyer — sent to members of the Salt Lake Chamber — asked for a minimum …

No proposed fixes and no public comment at first tax reform task force meeting

This article originally appeared in Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — There were no proposed fixes to the state’s tax structure discussed during the first meeting Thursday of a new legislative task force formed after lawmakers backed away last session from imposing sales taxes …

Comprehensive sex-ed is violence prevention

I was 18 years old and a few months into my first semester at college when I was sexually assaulted by a friend in the dorms. It was an event that left me shattered. I felt dirty and broken. Every time I showered I felt disgusted by the sight of …

Hundreds rally at Utah Capitol to protest abortion bans in the state and around the country

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. More than 300 people joined a rally at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday as part of a national movement to oppose abortion bans passed by state legislatures attempting to challenge the 1973 Supreme Court ruling …

Pew Trusts: Utah voter turnout vaults from 45th in country to 13th in four years

This article originally appeared in KUTV. Read it in its entirety here. (KUTV) — Voter turnout in Utah vaulted from 45th in the country to 13th in the course of four years, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Charitable Trusts stated in a May 8 article that Utah’s voter turnout jumped …

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