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Updated on Apr 24, 2014 08:16AM

IRS gave $1.1M bonuses to workers who owe back taxes. Shurtleff says if he's charged, he'll win. A preview of the state political conventions.

Happy Thursday. Here's one that'll cause a gr...

Updated on Apr 23, 2014 07:26AM

Is it sexist to talk about Hillary Clinton's age? Former AG Mark Shurtleff's actions 'defies explanation.' Dems ask SLC to bid on convention.

Happy Wednesday. Is Hillary Clinton too old to...

Updated on Apr 22, 2014 07:21AM

GOP infighting over gay marriage ban. Only one legislative race close in fundraising. Delegates to vote on backing partisan school board races.

Happy Tuesday. With concern that the GOP may...

Updated on Apr 21, 2014 09:21AM

Mitt Romney now one of GOP's 'coveted stars.' Utah's defense of same-sex marriage ban could get tossed on technicality. Reyes promises to deny questionable contributions.

Happy Monday. Mi...

Updated on Apr 18, 2014 07:07AM

GOP candidates' latest idea: Raffle off guns. 10th Circuit hearing on Oklahoma case just as unclear. Utah's population expected to double by 2050.

Happy Friday. It used to be that if you d...

Updated on Apr 17, 2014 07:15AM

Tea party leaders avoid Nevada cattle battle. LG's office investigating anonymous letter. San Juan County leader urges ATV ride on BLM land.

Happy Thursday. The battle over cattle in south...

Updated on Apr 16, 2014 07:30AM

Josh Romney: Hey, Harry Reid, my dad pays taxes. Herbert: The White House likes my health care plan. Rep. Stewart ahead in money race.

Happy Wednesday. During the 2012 campaign, Senate Maj...

Updated on Apr 15, 2014 11:00AM

Candidate spoofs Boehner's 'electile dysfunction.' Mia Love trounces opponents in cash race. No legislative override session.

Happy Tuesday. An Ohio man who is challenging House Speaker Joh...

Updated on Apr 14, 2014 07:22AM

Colorado to debut pot vending machine. Gay marriage hearing comes on mixed-race wedding anniversary. The Utah docs who make over $1 million from Medicare.

Happy Monday. Colorado was the fi...

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 01:46PM
Washington • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has been in office a year now and has made some changes at the department that impacts Utah and the West in many ways. Every week, Tribune Washington corre...

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 01:43PM
Washington • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, says that the departure of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was handed a tough job implementing the Affordable Care Act and that made her unpop...

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 01:38PM
Mitt Romney loves him some Mike Leavitt, and the former presidential nominee jumped at the chance to celebrate his friend at Thursday evening's A Giant In Our City celebration organized by the Salt La...

Updated on Apr 11, 2014 07:17AM

Hillary Clinton ducks thrown shoe. 10th Circuit appears split on gay marriage case. Tribune again cuts staff, sections.

Happy Friday. A woman chucked a shoe at Hillary Clinton at a conferen...

Updated on Apr 10, 2014 07:35AM

Iowa candidate threatens castration by gun. 10th Circuit takes up same-sex marriage case today. Utah asks top state court to drop gay marriage adoptions.

Happy Thursday. First there was th...

Updated on Apr 9, 2014 07:31AM

AG Holder: I have 'vast amount' of prosecutorial discretion. New report raises more questions about Swallow, Shurtleff. Tax Freedom Day arrives later this year.

Happy Wednesday. Under ques...

Updated on Apr 8, 2014 08:01AM

GOP congressman caught in 'extramarital encounter.' Three Utahns hit the federal donation cap tossed by the Supreme Court. Gay marriage supporters give send off to plaintiffs on way to 10th Circu...

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 01:03PM
Washington - Sen. Mike Lee's Jell-O Wednesdays got a nice bit of buzz recently when The Washington Post featured it in a list of unbelievable-but-true facts about politics.
Lee's office has been o...

Updated on Apr 7, 2014 07:43AM

Bush artwork 'ham-handed' but offers his personal reflections. Corroon, Davis running for Dem chair. Profiles of the two sides of the gay-marriage debate.

Happy Monday. Former President Ge...

Updated on Apr 4, 2014 07:43AM

Herbert as a bobblehead doll. Letterman's political top 10. Obama enjoys the sound of snowboard lingo.

Happy Friday. David Letterman announced his impending retirement from The Late Show. ...

Updated on Apr 3, 2014 01:26PM

The governor's vetoes. The presidential selfie that turned out to be a phone ad. And the Supreme Court decision that should pump even more money into politics.

Happy Thursday. Boston Red S...

Updated on Apr 2, 2014 10:54AM

Mike Lee's Jell-O day makes true fact list. Report: Inversion, oil & gas development creating bad air in Utah. Chaffetz questions $400k camel.

Happy Wednesday. For yesterday's April Fools ...

Updated on Apr 1, 2014 07:22AM

No joke: France tea party starts up. Panel to hear gay marriage case 'slightly conservative.' Glitches sparked conspiracy theories for GOP delegates.

Happy Tuesday and April Fool's Day. Th...

Updated on Mar 31, 2014 11:29AM

Grading Obamacare: It's a mixed bag. Could Shurtleff and Swallow testify? Questions arise about age of Escalante oil spill.

Happy Monday. As the first enrollment period comes to an end for ...

Updated on Mar 28, 2014 06:06AM

GOP upset over slow pace of IRS probe. Herbert hopes to have fed deal on Medicaid by summer. Audit: Utah State Fair under-attended, over-subsidized.

Happy Friday. The IRS, easily one of Am...

Updated on Mar 27, 2014 07:34AM

GOP: Pope Francis is on our side. The House passes Bishop's Antiquities Act change, first tweak in decades. Oil spill may have hurt Grand Staircase.

Happy Thursday. Democrats have seen new...

Updated on Mar 26, 2014 07:40AM

Senate candidate threatens D.C. with 'castration.' Bishop seeks environmental review for Antiquities Act designations. Swallow probe took 17 investigators 9,300 hours.

Happy Wednesday. Ame...

Updated on Mar 25, 2014 06:37AM

Taxpayer dollars paying for schools teaching creationism. Dabakis resigns as Dem chair. Eight Utah lawmakers win re-election -- before the election.

Happy Tuesday. From Politico: "Taxpayer...

Updated on Mar 24, 2014 07:37AM

At 4 years old, Obamacare still divisive. Hill's diversity likely to shrink with retiring women lawmakers. Caucus attendance down this year.

Happy Monday. It's been four years since Presid...

Updated on Mar 21, 2014 07:20AM

Obama: Dems could 'get clobbered' in this year's election. British court tosses LDS lawsuit. Your 2014 candidate list.

Happy Friday. Political observers have said so, polls have said so and...

Updated on Mar 20, 2014 07:35AM

Standing ovation for Rand Paul, at Berkeley. AG's Office: Don't talk to reporters. Huntsman buys Fred Thompson's house.

Happy Thursday. Sen. Rand Paul entered what some would say is the lio...

Updated on Mar 19, 2014 06:20AM

GOP chairman: 2014 will bring Republican tsunami. Utah ski industry to announce interconnecting resorts. Okerlund released from hospital.

Happy Wednesday. The head of the Republican Nation...

Updated on Mar 18, 2014 07:49AM

Feds: We snatched up emails under Bush's orders. Lee: No investigation into me. White House runs won't break up tea party group, Paul says.

Happy Tuesday. The federal government has admitt...

Updated on Mar 17, 2014 07:23AM

CNN poll: Rand Paul leads GOP contenders. Bishop, Chaffetz seek chairmanships in '15. Utah's attorneys: Same-sex decisions are state decisions.

Happy Monday and happy St. Patrick's Day. Se...

Updated on Mar 14, 2014 03:52PM

Sen. Mike Lee spent a few days this week on the cover of The Salt Lake Tribune, and for completely different reasons. Every week, Tribune Washington correspondent Thomas Burr talks with KCPW's Roge...

Updated on Mar 14, 2014 06:45AM

GOP goes after unruly candidates. Prosecutors: federal scrutiny of Reid, Lee warranted. Legislature run-down.

Happy Friday. Republicans are usually an orderly bunch when it comes to electi...

Updated on Mar 13, 2014 07:25AM

Should Pulitzer board reward Snowden leaks. Report: The eight laws Swallow broke. Okerlund to remain in hospital.

Happy Thursday. Should The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald walk away with a Pul...

Updated on Mar 12, 2014 06:31AM

The best of legislative pickup lines. House to release Swallow report today. Senate advances sexual abuse education bill.

Happy Wednesday. Are you an intern on the Hill and don't know how t...

Updated on Mar 11, 2014 07:36AM

Unlike the old guard, young Republicans fine with gay marriage. Lawmakers reject Speaker Lockhart's ed funding plan. Herbert signs Count My Vote compromise.

Happy Tuesday. While Republican...

Updated on Mar 10, 2014 07:15AM

Bachmann: Tea party is the 'intellectual movement.' Romney invites campaign aides to Utah. Lockhart turns down Senate budget offer.

Happy Monday. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says that ...

Updated on Mar 7, 2014 08:24PM

Poll: Hillary bests Jeb Bush in White House race. Herbert may veto Lockhart's ed initiative. Seelign won't seek re-election.

Happy Friday. Should former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decide to foll...

Updated on Mar 6, 2014 06:03AM

Senate hopeful's secret campaign weapon: give away guns. Count My Vote deal awaits guv's signature. Immigration law on hold awaiting fed waiver.

Happy Thursday. Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia,...

Updated on Mar 5, 2014 07:35AM

GOP establishment wins over tea party in Texas race. Legislature may not expand Medicaid. Utah Jazz go to the White House.

Happy Wednesday. Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, ...

Updated on Mar 4, 2014 07:52AM

Palin: Obama wears 'mom jeans;' Putin wrestles bears. Count My Vote compromise advances. Senate kills smoking age hike.

Happy Tuesday. In criticizing President Barack Obama over his respons...

Updated on Mar 3, 2014 05:42AM

Will Obama apologize to Mitt over Russia as No. 1 geopolitical foe. Count My Vote makes deal with caucus-convention supporters. Herbert, Lockhard tension high.

Happy Monday. When Mitt Romn...

Updated on Feb 28, 2014 07:40AM

CNN ambushes Sen. Mike Lee at fundraiser. Herbert unveils Medicaid expansion plan. Lawmakers, Count My Vote supporters seek compromise.

Happy Friday. CNN continued its "Keeping Them Honest...

Updated on Feb 27, 2014 07:35AM

Biden: I won't go quietly into the night. Same-sex couples argue marriage ban discriminates. House panel gives nod to $200M school boost but questions remain.

Happy Thursday. Though all th...

Updated on Feb 26, 2014 07:36AM

Officials cancel atheists' plans to join conservative gathering. Swallow, Shurtleff probe could be 3-6 months more. Senate GOP has own Medicaid plan.

Happy Wednesday. The American Atheists...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 09:46AM

Holder to state AG's: You don't have to defend gay marriage bans. New debate commission forms. House passes GOP alternative to Medicaid expansion.

Happy Tuesday. Attorney General Eric Hold...

Updated on Feb 24, 2014 12:31PM

The Club for Growth helped get Sen. Mike Lee elected, the conservative group is quite happy with that move.
The club on Monday issued its scorecard of senators' votes and the only two senators ...

Updated on Feb 24, 2014 02:21AM

Colorado guv: Go slow on legalizing weed. Romney backs Count My Vote. Utah lawmakers must vote, conflict or not.

Happy Monday. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper may be leading the state that ...

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