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Utah House passes congressional vacancy bill over objections of Democrats

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here.  A hard-won compromise over filling congressional vacancies in Utah took another step forward Tuesday, earning passage through the House of Representatives on a party-line vote. The proposal seeks to resolve years of bickering that began in 2017 with the resignation of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The state law was largely silent on

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Bill regulating fetal remains approved by Utah legislative panel

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A bill requiring health care providers to either bury or cremate the fetal remains of an abortion or miscarriage, and allowing mothers to choose between those options, earned committee approval on Friday. Members of the Senate Health and Human Services

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Know the news in Utah

What is the purpose of a free press? Our founding fathers saw it as a safeguard for democracy. President Donald Trump sees it as a purveyor of “fake news.” And in tweets such as “91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake),” he has helpfully revealed his definition: “Fake news” is any report

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Commentary: Utah’s new hate crimes law is a complicated victory

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Tuesday, Gov. Gary Herbert proudly signed Utah’s new hate crime bill into law. It was a legislative effort that stalled for a number of years, but grew wings after the infamous attack at Lopez Tires, where a man brutally beat an 18-year-old and his father with a metal

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House Speaker Greg Hughes steps down from Inland Port board less than a week after his property holdings came to light

House Speaker Greg Hughes, who appointed himself to serve on the board of the Utah Inland Port, has resigned from the position amid controversy involving his property holdings so close to the planned shipping-and-receiving trade hub in Salt Lake City that they disqualified him from membership. Hughes, who has been a vocal proponent of the

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Protesters rally in Salt Lake against U.S. immigration poilicy

SALT LAKE CITY — About 50 people rallied outside the U.S. Attorney’s Office downtown Friday afternoon, protesting a new “zero tolerance” immigration policy that separates families trying to cross the southwest border. “Today, nearly 200 rallies across the nation are coming together,” María del Mar Gonzáles, a community outreach fellow for ACLU Utah, said to

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Methane Flaring Wastes Millions of Dollars on Utah’s Public Lands, But are Federal Limits a Good Solution or an Undue Burden?

The Interior Department is poised to dramatically roll back new methane-waste prevention rules for oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands. The measures, referred to collectively as the methane rule, were expected to capture up to $1 billion worth of natural gas that would otherwise be flared at well heads or released directly

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