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    FILE - This March 4, 2015, file photo, shows Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, preparing to testify at the House business and labor committee, in Salt Lake City. A group of six Utah officials agree on the broad outlines of a deal to expand Medicaid in the state but plenty of hurdles remain for the plan before it clears Utah's Republican-dominated Legislature. Dunnigan is involved in the negotiations and says the agreement to expand eligibility in Medicaid is a breakthrough. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Debate: Finally figuring out how to pay for Healthy Utah ...
    It has been three years of foot-dragging and head-scratching. But leaders of the Utah Legislature may finally be ready to do what they should have don...
    Updated Jul 21 2015 12:54 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this fall 1967 file photo, John McCain is administered to at a Hanoi, Vietnam hospital as a prisoner of war.  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Sen. John McCain's military record at a conservative forum Saturday, saying the party's 2008 nominee and former prisoner of war was a Debate: JFK on what makes a war hero
    The Donald rightfully got burned in the political media over the last couple of days for dissing Sen. John McCain. The former Navy officer didn’t get ...
    Updated Jul 21 2015 06:35 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Groucho on parenthood ...
    [Above: Groucho Marx on one of his memorable appearances on the Dick Cavett Show, this one from 1969.] Friday on the KCPW/Salt Lake Tribune program ...
    Updated Jul 19 2015 05:25 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Mayor Ralph Becker holds a handout to attendees outlining the Debate: Utah, not making the trains run on time ...
    “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” — Douglas Adams Seriously, what’s the point in living in a one-party state if...
    Updated Jul 08 2015 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    The Beatles meet reporters at Kennedy Airport in New York City, Feb. 7, 1964 on their arrival from London for their first American tour.  The band members, from left, are, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon.  (AP Photo) No Debate: Happy Birthday, Ringo ...
    Can you believe he’s 75 years old today? Geez....
    Updated Jul 07 2015 10:39 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Voters choose their representatives, not the other way around ...
    The Supreme Court says that the people can step in and demand that their democratic institutions be more, well, democratic. The ruling Monday in an Ar...
    Updated Jun 30 2015 10:12 pm   |     |   Share
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Mayoral candidate Jackie Biskupski pauses as it's mentioned during a speech that those activists who came before deserve to be remembered at this time. She listened to speeches at a rally in City Creek Park to celebrate the SCOTUS ruling, Friday, June 26, 2015. Debate: 100 Scholars totally ignored by all nine justices ...
    You may remember that a handful or two of Utah university types, Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland the most prominent among them, caugh...
    Updated Jul 03 2015 12:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Reflecting on the marriage equality ruling ...
    Big day. Lots of punditry: — Court ruling strengthens marriage — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land in every co...
    Updated Jun 27 2015 03:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Obamacare rides again ...
    — Ruling means Obamacare is staying, and Utah should go along — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “For the many Utah politicians who were wrong twice — when...
    Updated Jun 25 2015 05:42 pm   |     |   Share
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Rendering of Utah State's Maverik Stadium. Debate: USU/Maverik deal: About as dull as they said it was ...
    There, now. That wasn’t so hard, was it? After our brethren at The Logan Herald-Journal took the matter before the Utah State Records Committee, and w...
    Updated Jun 24 2015 10:21 am   |     |   Share
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    Debate: ATVs are toys. Guns are not ...
    — A nation of big babies with deadly toys — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... Toys. That’s the biggest problem in the First World. Too many to...
    Updated Jun 22 2015 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Press should be free. But it has to be paid for ...
    — Stealing the News — Matt Christensen — Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News “We want you to read our stories, not steal them. “Your subscriptions help me p...
    Updated Jun 22 2015 02:49 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Folks who should quit, who did quit and what’s on the ballot ...
    At the Capitol: — Miller has lost effectiveness and should quit — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Rep. Justin Miller should quit his job at the Utah Legi...
    Updated Jun 17 2015 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
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A supporters wear a target on her back  during a rally in  Saratoga Springs for justice for Darrien Hunt, Friday, November 14, 2014 Debate: Man brandishes samurai sword at police. And lives to tell about it ...
    Up Alaska way, a clearly disturbed man not only threatened the local SWAT team with a samurai sword, he also threw knives at the cops. And he lived to...
    Updated Jun 16 2015 04:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    The State Theater in downtown South Bend, Ind., posted a message on its marquee, Debate: How to drive an editorial writer crazy ...
    [Above: Harvey Milk, first openly gay public official in the U.S., on why coming out matters, in 1978. It took awhile, and Milk didn’t live to see it ...
    Updated Jun 16 2015 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Cause to effect ... Logan H-J vs USU, Becker vs Burbank ...
    With apologies to The Doctor [above], some not so wibbly-wobbly cause to effect: — Salt Lake City needs to act against sexual harassment on the job — ...
    Updated Jun 15 2015 12:03 pm   |     |   Share
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Former West Valley City police officer Shaun Cowley and his attorney, Lindsay Jarvis answer questions about a settlement with West Valley City on Cowley's back pay during a press conference in Sandy, Utah Monday, June 8, 2015. Debate: We said WVC officer should go. He went. And other bad cop news ...
    Posted Saturday afternoon: — Former WVC officer should never carry a badge again — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Whatever it takes, however much it cos...
    Updated Jun 08 2015 03:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Kristen Kwan, assistant professor of human genetics at the University of Utah studies Zebra fish embryo eye development to help understand human birth defects for blindness. The University of Utah's Vivian Lee is among medical school deans nationwide calling for more federal research money. She joins counterparts from Yale and a host of other schools on Wednesday in a journal article saying a lack of federal funding is disquieting research institutions across the country. Debate: Scary news about biological research, done and undone ...
    Just trying to figure out if these two stories are somehow linked: — Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples from Utah — Robert Bur...
    Updated May 27 2015 04:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
President Matthew S. Holland, Mitt Romney and Gov. Gary R. Herbert talk before Utah Valley University's Commencement Ceremonies at the UCCU Events Center Thursday April 30, 2015. Debate: A story about a same-sex marriage brief develops a long life ...
    First there was this: — Brief of 100 Scholars of Marriage — Gene Schaerr “ ... The mechanism is simple and intuitive: Fewer opposite-sex marriages mea...
    Updated May 05 2015 05:33 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2014, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a news conference unveiling details about his alternative to expanding eligibility for Medicaid in Utah, in Salt Lake City. Herbert, state House Speaker Greg Hughes and state Senate President Wayne Niederhauser are meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, April 29, 2015,  to seek a deal with federal officials that limits the costs of expanding Medicaid and earns support from conservative state lawmakers. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Debate: Utah is ‘Young, tolerant and surprising.’ Except ...
    — Young, tolerant and surprising : Some lessons in practical conservatism from the desert West — The Economist In order to get away with saying this: ...
    Updated May 04 2015 01:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    Ryan Aquilina, 24, of Washington holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. The justices are meeting Tuesday to offer the first public indication of where they stand in the dispute over whether states can continue defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, or whether the Constitution gives gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Debate: On same-sex marriage, ‘Resolution’ or ‘Chaos’ ...
    Before you can have Judgment Day, you have to have Argument Day. Utah is not officially a party to the same-sex marriage cases that were argued Tuesda...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 01:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Crews move coal at the Levan transfer facility along Interstate 15 south of Nephi where a steady flow of trucks unload it before it is transferred to train cars. Utah's Community Impact Board has awarded a $53 million loan to four coal-producing counties to invest in a deep-water port in Oakland, Calif. hoping to connect central Utah commodities with export markets. Bowie Resource Partners already exports about 1 to 3 million tons of coal from its Utah mines. Debate: Utah coal port in California?
    A quiz: What does the video above have to do with the editorial below? — Coal port looks like a risky venture — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Here’s th...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 03:49 pm   |     |   Share
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    Sean Varsho, 28, of Chicago, left, and Brandon Dawson, 26, of Warrantor, Va., have been waiting in line for the past three days for a seat for Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Washington. The opponents of same-sex marriage are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society's view of what constitutes marriage. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Debate: On marriage equality, negotiating terms of surrender ...
    Can’t get into the U.S. Supreme Court building to hear tomorrow’s arguments on the same-sex marriage case? We’ve got some pretty good arguments going ...
    Updated Apr 27 2015 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
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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