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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: 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
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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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    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
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    Debate: American pundits tortured over torture report ...
    Reaction, and there is a lot of it, to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA torture program. — Republicans should delve into the real O...
    Updated Dec 10 2014 04:25 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Equipment in the oil fields of the Uintah Basin Tuesday, February 7, 2012, southeast of Vernal, Utah. Government agencies and and industry announced the Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study, which intends to better understand why ozone levels occasionally soar above health-based standards in the winter. Debate: Beehive State keeps its editorial writers busy as, well, bees ...
    Utah has provided a target-rich environment for editorial writers over the last several days. To wit: — Nature no excuse for allowing harmful ozone — ...
    Updated Dec 09 2014 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Healthy, Utah?
    — Healthy Utah, sick politics — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Gov. Gary Herbert was in a tight spot. “To his left, a federal law that promised to go a ...
    Updated Dec 08 2014 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is among the Republicans interested in criminal justice reform, with the goal of reducing the number of people incarcerated. Debate: Chaffetz joins other Republicans in barking at the moon ...
    Utah’s even-more-visible young congressman, Jason Chaffetz, had a good go at the head of the Department of Homeworld, er, Homeland Security Tuesday. O...
    Updated Dec 03 2014 01:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Utah’s land grab success at the mercy of OPEC ...
    — Land transfer would tie Utah’s future to oil — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “Utah’s political leaders have received the analysis they sought. A repor...
    Updated Dec 02 2014 05:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: It’s Republican vs Republican over Utah election reforms ...
    Apparently, my legal advice to the Utah Republican Party was worth about what they paid for it. Posted Friday: — The biggest lie in Utah politics this...
    Updated Dec 01 2014 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy of the LDS Church)
At a conference on marriage at the Vatican on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, Pope Francis greeted religious leaders from around the world including Henry B. Eyring of the LDS Church's First Presidency. Debate: Religious leaders gather to harrumph over other people’s choices ...
    — No middle class, no middle class morality — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... It was a remarkable scene, what with high-ranking worthies of ...
    Updated Nov 24 2014 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, had a Debate: Utah’s Chaffetz is ready to pounce. But not, perhaps, on Benghazi...
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz didn’t have to break a sweat to win re-election to Congress from his deep red Utah district. So most of his political energy went ...
    Updated Nov 21 2014 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    The gloss for today’s Bagley cartoon ...
    Articles too complicated? Take in the cartoon. Cartoon doesn’t make sense? Read the articles. — House passes Stewart bill reforming EPA’s science boar...
    Updated Nov 20 2014 08:00 am   |     |   Share