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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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    Debate: A healthy debate over Healthy Utah ...
    — To have Healthy Utah, we need a healthy electorate — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “ ... If Healthy Utah is to be a bellwether, if it is to rally main...
    Updated Mar 09 2015 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    An order of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets is displayed for a photo in Olmsted Falls, Ohio Wednesday, March 4, 2015. McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) Debate: Rampell vs McDonald’s ...
    The day after Washington Post economic opinion writer Catherine Rampell said this: — McDonald’s suffers from being a poor corporate citizen — Catherin...
    Updated Mar 04 2015 01:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    President Barack Obama, left, reacts after National Governors Association Vice Chairman, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, right, was hit with a microphone during a meeting with the executive committee of the National Governors Association in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. At center is National Governors Association Chairman, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Debate: Sutherland vs Sutherland, Herbert vs Herbert ...
    This is interesting, and probably reflects some kind of political calculus that I am not quite grasping. Derek Monson, public policy director of the c...
    Updated Mar 03 2015 12:03 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: 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
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, expresses plans for a bill  to be revealed soon that addresses criminal justice reform, during a rally on the Utah Capitol steps on Monday, Feb. 10, 2015. Debate: Moral and practical reasons for Medicaid expansion, prison reform ...
    All news is local. Somewhere ... — After closed-door caucus on Medicaid expansion, Senate GOP still split — The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... Senate Republi...
    Updated Feb 11 2015 02:11 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Happy Darwin Day. Now, about those Utah science standards ...
    This Thursday, Feb. 12, is Darwin Day, commemorating the birth of British naturalist Charles Darwin, the Guy Who Figured It All Out. As good a time as...
    Updated Feb 10 2015 12:23 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 Hatch gets more press. Not all of it good ...
    Now that Utah’s very senior senator, Orrin Hatch, is in the majority, his name is going to be popping up a lot more in the national media. Not all of ...
    Updated Feb 09 2015 11:41 am   |     |   Share
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    Reportage and punditry on LDS and LGBT, PDQ. OK?
    — In major move, Mormon leaders call for statewide LGBT protections — Salt Lake Tribune “Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint...
    Updated Jan 27 2015 05:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Iron County prosecutors didn’t gag on our ag-gag advice ...
    Well, whad’ya know? Some Utah public officials took our editorial advice. Sort of. Wednesday: — California activists charged under Utah’s ‘ag-gag’ law...
    Updated Jan 12 2015 12:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Katherine Hepburn in Quoting Katherine Hepburn ...
    [Above: Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter.] About, oh, 15 years ago, I was writing a column in defense of a local p...
    Updated Jan 05 2015 03:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Approximately sixty protesters walk down State Street following a rally against police brutality in Salt Lake City, Wednesday December 31, 2014. Debate: What we don’t know about what’s killing us ...
    — Police, protesters and perspective — Deseret News Editorial “ ... But police brutality is simply not endemic in our community. ...” Are you sure abo...
    Updated Jan 05 2015 12:59 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Don’t divide police from the public they serve ...
    — A difficult job demands high standards — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “A sentiment attributed to many great men though history holds that, ‘A man who...
    Updated Dec 29 2014 04:10 pm   |     |   Share
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    This frame grab from video, provided by Senate Television, shows Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Senate investigators have delivered a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, accusing the agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners with tactics that went well beyond legal limits. The torture report released Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA deceived the nation with its insistence that the harsh interrogation tactics had saved lives. It says those claims are unsubstantiated by the CIA's own records. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. is at center, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. is at right.   (AP Photo/Senate Television) Debate: D-News vs D-Post on torture ...
    A Rocky Mountain difference of opinion on the Senate torture report and what we do, and should, think of it: — Flawed torture report didn’t seem to se...
    Updated Dec 22 2014 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Keith Johnson | The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Governor Gary Herbert, left, and Pamela Atkinson listen to the stories of individuals who will benefit most from his proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion,  during a panel discussion March 6, 2014 at the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City. Debate: On Healthy Utah: Bad numbers. Good numbers. Good...
    Some commentary over the weekend about Gov. Gary Herbert’s Health Utah plan to provide health insurance coverage for people too rich for traditional M...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 04:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Blue Oyster Cult was right. We need more cowbell!!
    The most popular article on sltrib.com for the last day or so. Really: — Escalation in LDS missionary welcome-home spectacles — By Ken Parkinson | For...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 04:23 pm   |     |   Share