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    (Keith Johnson | The Salt Lake Tribune)  

A woman seeking a same-sex marriage fills out the application for a marriage license outside the Salt Lake County clerks office, Friday, December 20, 2013. A federal judge in Utah Friday struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process. Debate: Ridiculed lawyer once worked for Utah. Does that move the crazy meter?
    Last week we were tracking how Utah had apparently dropped on the national crazy meter, what with Idaho lawmakers fearing the imposition of Sharia law...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 02:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: For Earth Day: Water, climate, science, priorities ...
    — Earth Day is a reminder of what we can do collectively — Dean McGovern | For The Salt Lake Tribune “The American public awakening to environmental h...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, gestures at Rep. Jerry Sexton, R-Bean Station, in the House chamber in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Harwell opposes a measure sponsored by Sexton to make the Bible the official state book of Tennessee. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig) Debate: ... and Tennessee joins the weird state race.
    This probably doesn’t top what’s going on in Idaho, at least in terms of having a negative effect on struggling single parents. Still. — Tennessee Hou...
    Updated Apr 15 2015 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Utah is not the weirdest state today. Thanks, Idaho ...
    OK. Maybe, weatherwise, Utah is still pretty weird today. How many inches of snow fell in the middle of April? But, in terms of politics, our friends ...
    Updated Apr 15 2015 11:56 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Utah pundits to Utah GOP: Cool it on SB54
    Both Salt Lake City newspapers today had basically the same message to the state Republican Party. Count My Vote and SB54 are done deals. You’ve been ...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
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Cedar Mesa - Comb Ridge Debate: Hey, Utah, they’re talking about you ...
    A spate of national coverage of what’s news in Utah. It makes us look bad. No, good. No, bad. Aaaaargh! In The New York Times: — Saving What’s Left of...
    Updated Apr 13 2015 02:54 pm   |     |   Share
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    California State Climatologist Michael Anderson gestures to a pair of charts showing the increase state's maximum Temperature ratings between 2013-14 and 2014-2015 during drought briefing in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, April 9, 2015. Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered sweeping measures to save water as California deals with fourth year of a drought.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Debate: Some of you may remember the latest Profiles in Courage Award winner ...
    The latest recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award isn’t as well known as some past winners. (George H.W. Bush. John McCain.) — Ex-U...
    Updated Apr 13 2015 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: The anniversary of the biggest laugh Robert Redford ever got ...
    [Above: The trailer for ‘All the President’s Men.’ Wouldn’t work so well today. Computer keystrokes don’t have the same drama as typewriters.] I’d s...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 11:00 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Sunshine, water and Obama in Utah ...
    It was apparently such a big deal to see President Obama in Utah last week that everyone was going, “Look! It’s President Obama!” And not paying much ...
    Updated Apr 08 2015 02:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: About those ‘counterfeit’ families ...
    Like a lot of you, I was eager to say something about the very suggestion that anybody’s families or relationships could be “counterfeit,” as was alle...
    Updated Apr 06 2015 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: A brave new world of religious diversity ...
    Last weekend was Easter, Passover and LDS General Conference. A good time to contemplate the influence of religion — good, bad and shifting, on our li...
    Updated Apr 06 2015 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas announces his campaign for president, Monday, March 23, 2015, at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Debate: Lee says we don’t get the Constitution. Maybe. But his friend Cruz doesn’t get the Universe ...
    Says here that Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee has written a book explaining how many powerful people in Washington don’t understand the Constitution of the Unit...
    Updated Mar 23 2015 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Bills are being voted on, and moved through the House of Representatives quickly on this next-to-last day of the Legislature, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Representatives are seen at work through a railing in the gallery of the House. Debate: Still sorting through the 2015 Legislature ...
    Like the gravitational waves still rippling through the Universe ever since the Big Bang, Utah journalists are still figuring out what the recently cl...
    Updated Mar 18 2015 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Feuding about families ...
    You might have thought Count Leo would have settled it. You know. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” But ...
    Updated Mar 17 2015 12:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
The Utah Health Policy Project, hundreds of citizens and advocates of the governor's plan to expand Medicaid, Healthy Utah rally at noon Thursday March 5 inside the capitol rotunda. Debate: After-action report on 2015 Utah Legislature ...
    Check out this discussion with lawmakers and SLT senior political reporter Robert Gehrke tonight at the Salt Lake City Main Library: — Tribune town ha...
    Updated Mar 16 2015 03:47 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Trib editorial board shot heard round the world. Or at least on MSNBC ...
    Hey, lookie. We made the Maddow show. With this: — Utah senators increase risk of war — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... By seeking to undermine not ...
    Updated Mar 12 2015 12:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Imploring the Utah Legislature as time winds down ...
    The 2015 Regular Session of the Utah Legislature ends tomorrow. Whether they are finished with their work or not. Some last-minute advice for lawmaker...
    Updated Mar 11 2015 12:32 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Lee, Hatch sign letter that everybody else thinks is stupid ...
    The letter to the Leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran, signed by Utah’s Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch and 45 other Republican senators, is lighting ...
    Updated Mar 10 2015 03:10 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  Tribune file photo)  
 Sen. Orrin Hatch got a new title, a raise and round-the-clock security as the Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Debate: Orrin vs Ezra: Republicans have a health care plan. No, they don’t...
    — Our plan for fixing health care — Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander, & John Barrasso | For The Washington Post (on sltrib.com ) “Wednesday, the Supreme ...
    Updated Mar 02 2015 12:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: House should vote on Healthy Utah already ...
    It’s darn near unanimous: — Not voting on Healthy Utah is secret government in action — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Two words describe House Speaker ...
    Updated Mar 02 2015 09:48 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Will vs Bloomberg, on Arizona gerrymandering case ...
    — Two reading lessons from the Supreme Court — George F. Will | The Washington Post “Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) supposedly i...
    Updated Mar 02 2015 08:57 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Utah House becomes a Death Panel ...
    Healthy Utah gets through the Senate. Is said to be DPOA (that’s Death Panel on Arrival) in the Utah House. How to make progress? Gov. Gary Herbert m...
    Updated Feb 26 2015 02:10 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan (right) high-fives Rep. Kevin Stratton, R-Orem (left) after Ivory's resolution to demand the federal government transfer control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands to western states
passed at the Utah Republican Party 2014 Nominating Convention at the South Towne Expo Center, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Debate: We said, Give up public lands grab. Colorado says, Way ahead of you, dude ...
    — Utah prolongs lost battle over public lands — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “The chances of success for the Utah politicians who want to privatize mil...
    Updated Feb 25 2015 12:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    Jenny smokes a marijuana cigarette at a medical marijuana rally at Lincoln Park across from the Capitol  in Denver, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) Debate: Pick your poison, pot or Oxy ...
    What substances, and medical preparation, should we ban? — Medical marijuana is not sensible therapy — Perry G. Fine and Bradley M. Daw | For The Salt...
    Updated Feb 25 2015 11:06 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: We said, Approve Healthy Utah, and it moved a little bit forward ...
    Maybe a little reverse reverse psychology? — Ooops, I think the Tribune killed Herbert’s Healthy Utah — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune, Sunday “ ...
    Updated Feb 25 2015 01:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Senator Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, discusses SB43, changes to election law on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, prior to the Senate killing the bill 9-19 refusing to overturn Debate: We said, Stick by Count My Vote. And they did ...
    — Utah should proceed with Count My Vote elections — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, Sunday “If the Utah Republican Party can’t run its own nominating ap...
    Updated Feb 24 2015 08:26 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Opening fire on the death penalty ...
    A lot of crime and punishment discussion in the news lately: — Utah should let death penalty go — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Utah lawmakers have a g...
    Updated Feb 18 2015 12:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)  

Conquering Sand Mountain, motor enthusiasts ride Utah's Little Sahara on April 10, 2009. Debate: ‘No Utah wingnut ideas in Montana ...’
    The idea that Western states should somehow take ownership, or force the privatization, of the many millions of acres of federal land that sit in thos...
    Updated Feb 17 2015 12:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2011, file photo, New York Times journalist David Carr poses for a photograph as he arrives for the French premiere of the documentary Reporters, writers mourn one of their best, David Carr ...
    If you know a journalist, he or she might be a little bit down today. [And not just those of us who are also 58 years old.] Here’s why: — New York Tim...
    Updated Feb 13 2015 01:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Gary Herbert walks into a Monty Python sketch ..
    — Utah governor: I would not marry a gay couple — The Salt Lake Tribune “Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he would not officiate the marriage of a...
    Updated Feb 12 2015 03:12 pm   |     |   Share