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    Scott Winterton  |  Pool West Jordan city councilman Jeffery David Haaga and his attorney Tyler Ayres turn to leave the court judge Judge Clinton E. Balmforth in South Jordan Justice Court on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. Debate: West Jordan’s Haaga resigns. Just like we told him to. Six months ago...
    — West Jordan City Council member should resign after trying to hide behind his office — Tribune Editorial, August 2, 2017 “It appears that Jeff Haaga...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 03:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Humpback whales are organizing in large numbers. Star Trek? Or Hitchhiker’s Guide?
    — Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why — Sara Chodosh | Popular Science “The world is ending and only the whales know....
    Updated Mar 16 2017 04:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Bagley vs. Bleiler - Colorado and the Outdoor Retailers ...
    — Why Colorado doesn’t deserve the Outdoor Retailer show — Gretchen Bleiler | For High Country News “I grew up snowboarding in two of the best states ...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Debate: Republicans have steered Obamacare into its ‘death spiral’
    “The Earth is not dying. It is being killed. And the people who are killing it have names and addresses.” — Utah Phillips “Of course we know the Ira...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 03:34 pm   |     |   Share
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    Vice President Mike Pence arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, for a Senate Republican strategy session. The White House and Republican leaders in Congress are scrambling to shore up support for their health care bill after findings from the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 14 million people would lose insurance coverage in the first year alone under the GOP replacement for Obamacare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Debate: Trumpcare. The prognosis is not good...
    In which, we take out back and shoot the idea that if everyone hates what you are doing, you must be doing something right. — Breitbart News Leads T...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    File-In this file photo from Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, people wait to buy the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices outside an Apple store in Hong Kong. Each year, Apple dazzles its devoted fans with faster, sleeker, more powerful iPhones with better cameras and a bevy of bells and whistles. So, what’s to become of last year’s model? Instead of sentencing it to a lonely existence in a desk drawer, there are plenty of ways to reuse, recycle or resell older phones. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) Debate: Chaffetz’s iPhone gaffe takes on a life of its own ...
    Video: This bit from Conan O’Brien’s shop takes for granted that everyone knows about the stupid crack Jason Chaffetz made about choosing health care ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 12:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., left, joined by Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., holds up a copy of the original Affordable Care Act bill during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, as the GOP leadership talks about its work on the long-awaited Republican plan to repeal and replace ’Obamacare.’ (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Debate: Jason and the Anti-Obamanauts. Day 2
    [Video: See. I told you Stephen Colbert would be all over the new Republican health care plan. And that he couldn’t do that without taking a good whac...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 01:38 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Debate: Jason Chaffetz — God’s gift to editorial writers, Twitter, liberals, Colbert ...
    Utah 3rd District Rep. Jason Chaffetz walked into a buzzsaw this morning by saying on CNN that poor people don’t have access to health insurance becau...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 02:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Matthew Weinstein, of Voices for the Children, talks during the Our Schools Now press conference at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday February 23, 2017. Our Schools Now is trying to allow Utahns to vote on a ballot measure to increase the state income tax with the extra money going to local schools. Debate: Taxing the basics. ‘Thirty-seven states have already figured this out ... with the exception of Utah.’
    Utah lawmakers are looking to bring the sales tax charged on groceries back up to the full rate. Idaho lawmakers are looking to remove their sales tax...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 12:26 pm   |     |   Share
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    This Jan. 20, 2016, photo, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during news conference, in Salt Lake City. Chaffetz says he’ll vote for Donald Trump, despite withdrawing his endorsement. The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee said in a tweet on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, he’d doing it because he believes Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is bad for the country, but he won’t defend or endorse the Republican nominee. A spokeswoman confirmed the tweet Thursday. Chaffetz says a third-party candidate wouldn’t have a serious chance of winning. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Debate: Cause and effect? As goes Utah ...
    This morning: — Chaffetz is first congressional Republican to say Sessions should recuse himself from Russia investigation — Thomas Burr | The Salt La...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 04:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville explains HB93 during the Senate Judiciary Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Monday February 27, 2017. HB93 prohibits consideration of diversity issues in the judicial nominating process. Debate: Connecting some dots ...
    We said: — Legislature should not stop judicial nominating process from diversifying the bench — Tribune Editorial, Feb. 17 “A strong argument can be ...
    Updated Feb 28 2017 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Salt Lake City- Stella Grill bartender Taylor Pape (right) makes a drink as manager Erin O’Conner sits at the counter and is reflected in what the restaurant calls the ’Zion Curtain’ which is a glass divider that separates the counter area from the bar area of the restaurant  Wednesday July 2, 2008.  Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune)   7/2/08 Debate: Liquor laws get real. (In Minnesota.)
    While we are going around and around to make Utah’s liquor laws more complicated: — Utah should keep the Zion Curtain. No, really. — Robert Gehrke — T...
    Updated Feb 27 2017 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, left, accompanied by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on allegations of misconduct against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Debate: On the Jason Chaffetz Watch, 2
    Some folks from the national media are watching us watch him: — Utah Paper Ups Pressure On Jason Chaffetz: Investigate, Don’t Imitate, Donald Trump — ...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Teacher Chelsie Acosta asks a question during the town-hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Debate: On the Jason Chaffetz Watch ...
    Down the street and around the nation, it’s all Jason Chaffetz, all the time: — Chaffetz’s arrogance and partisanship are no help — Jennifer Rubin | T...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 01:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Debate: Jason Chaffetz’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Night ...
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz is thought to love nothing more than being the center of attention. Tonight may have cured him of that alleged affliction. He rece...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 11:24 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Chaffetz and Hatch figure in Colbert’s monologue. Sometimes these jokes just write themselves...
    Hatch bit at about 1:45. Chaffetz takes over at 5:13. Utah’s congressional delegation is providing the late night comedians with an never-ending flo...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 05:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    (| Courtesy Photo)    George Will Debate: George Will blogs? Will wonders never cease?
    About 20 years ago, maybe more, I called the Washington Post Writers Group to ask if columnist George F. Will had an email address. Those were still k...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 04:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the California Legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Debate: A tale of two State of the States, Utah and California, and #HeWhoMustNotBeNamed ...
    If the State of the State Address delivered Wednesday evening by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was not your cup of tea, you might be more pleased by the Stat...
    Updated Jan 26 2017 02:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked Army documents and is serving 35 years. (U.S. Army via AP, File) Debate: People who should not be in prison ...
    — Illinois Police Video Shows Black Ph.D. Student Being Violently Arrested for “Stealing” Own Car — Ben Mathis-Lilley | Slate — Sheriff is right. The ...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 04:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014, file photo, House Oversight Committee member Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, leads the questioning of then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson as the committee examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House on Capitol Hill in Washington. The committee’s ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Mid. is at left. Capitol Hill lawmakers investigating the Secret Service say they want to look into moving it out of the Homeland Security Department and back into the Treasury Department. Secret Service was part of the Treasury up until the Homeland Security Department was created after the 9/11 terror attacks.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Debate: Utah’s Chaffetz is all over the news. And not in a good way.
    — Chaffetz won’t launch ‘fishing expedition’ into Trump’s finances — Courtney Tanner | The Salt Lake Tribune “Rep. Jason Chaffetz has no plans to dig ...
    Updated Jan 16 2017 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: See. I told you. Art is about being someone else.
    Video: Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes. Annotated by The Washington Post. A couple of weeks ago, I got all philosophical and explained th...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 12:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: Colbert bit about Utah is funnier if you’ve watched TV in New York...
    Video: Here’s what Stephen Colbert was making fun of. Besides Utah, that is. CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert had some fun at Utah’s expense by la...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks with news media during Republican Party Election Night Victory Party at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 8, 2016. Debate: Jason Chaffetz and the House GOP — Ethics for thee but not for me ...
    — Utah House members squander chance to make a good first impression — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial “You never get a second chance to make a first impr...
    Updated Jan 05 2017 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert delivers his inaugural address at the State of Utah’s Inaugural Ceremony in the Capitol rotunda, Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Debate: Newspaper columnists getting metaphors about cars ...
    In his inaugural contribution as a Salt Lake Tribune columnist, Robert Gehrke uses an automotive metaphor (analogy?) to explain what newly re-inaugura...
    Updated Jan 04 2017 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A view into one of dozens of sandstone canyons on Cedar Mesa in San Juan County.  The area is included for a proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Debate: Are your (Bears) Ears burning? Lots of talk about new monument ...
    [Video: Wilderness Society footage of Bears Ears National Monument, via The Washington Post.] — Inside Obama’s decision to name the Bears Ears Natio...
    Updated Jan 03 2017 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    Debate: A storm over Bears Ears
    — Obama should create a Bears Ears National Monument — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, April 23, 2016 “ ... decisions made about this and other national ...
    Updated Dec 29 2016 02:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Cashier Cayra Peterson bags up an order as some lines are 10 people deep at the State Liquor and Wine store at 125 West and 900 South in Sandy, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. Debate: As we were saying, about sex, booze and Utah coal ...
    Now: — ‘Sister Wives’ case should not go to U.S. Supreme Court, argues Utah A.G.’s office — Courtney Tanner | The Salt Lake Tribune “ ... The ‘Sister ...
    Updated Dec 28 2016 01:40 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The Salt Lake Tribune)  ’s Utahn of the Year--Madi Barney, pictured Wednesday, December 22, 2016, in front of an oil painting by Utahn Lee Cowan entitled ’Heed the Firmament to the Eighth’, 2014, part of the collection at the Springville Art Museum. Through Barney’s willingness to go public about Brigham Young Universityís handling of her rape case, she changed the discussion on campus sexual assault across the state. Barney launched a petition requesting Honor Code amnesty for BYU students who report sex crimes that resulted in the school’s policy change not to punish sexual assault victims for Honor Code violations in connection with their reports. Debate: Yes, Virginia, there is some good news. In life and in newspapering ...
    Yes, there was a lot of bad news in 2016. Especially the last few months. — 2016: The Year in Forty-Three New Yorker Postscripts — Nicholas Thompson |...
    Updated Dec 27 2016 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    President-elect Donald Trump, second from right, accompanied by Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, and Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, left, speaks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Debate: Before the Dark Times fall ...
    Remember the other day how I was on about how people were worried about what the minions of Donald Trump might do with vast quantities of government d...
    Updated Dec 21 2016 04:54 pm   |     |   Share
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    In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 photo, Bart Fisher, farmer and president of the Palo Verde Irrigation District, looks at the Colorado River while pausing for photos in Blythe, Calif. The third-generation farmer who was born in Blythe, left 29 percent of his farmland fallow this year. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation’s largest distributor of treated drinking water, became the largest landowner in the region including Blythe for good reason: The alfalfa-growing area sits at the top of the legal pecking order to Colorado River water, a lifeline for seven Western states and northern Mexico.( AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Debate: All of rural America is shrinking, monuments or no monuments ...
    The underlying flaw in the arguments raised by many Utah politicians who want to turn vast amounts of federal land over to the state or to private own...
    Updated Dec 20 2016 01:09 pm   |     |   Share