Politics - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/politics Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Paul Rolly: Utah fan? Utah man? Crowd was left to improvise http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58363945-90/utah-sltrib-com-http.html.csp While the University of Utah dominated Idaho State, as expected, on the football field Thursday evening, there were a few noticeable glitches off the field. When the crowd was led in the “Utah Fan (Man?)” fight song, the lyrics were not displayed on the scoreboard like they have been in past years. Could it be because of the controversy over the school’s decision to replace lines such as “our coeds are the fairest” and “no other gang of college men” that have been in the song for years? Nope, ... While the University of Utah dominated Idaho State, as expected, on the football field Thursday evening, there were a few noticeable glitches off the field. When the crowd was led in the “Utah Fan (Man?)” fight song, the lyrics were not displayed on the scoreboard like they have been in past years. Could it be because of the controversy over the school’s decision to replace lines such as “our coeds are the fairest” and “no other gang of college men” that have been in the song for years? Nope, ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58363945@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:11:48 MDT Fundraising in AG’s race tempered post-Swallow http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58366136-90/attorney-campaign-democratic-district.html.csp After years of scandal stemming from money and campaign contributions flowing to the attorney general’s race, it appears both candidates have taken a more reserved approach, although big donations continue to flow to Republican incumbent Attorney General Sean Reyes. Reyes has received a handful of contributions in excess of $10,000 during the campaign, including a $20,000 donation last week from a renewable-energy company. Reyes has raised more than $262,000 since taking office last December and... After years of scandal stemming from money and campaign contributions flowing to the attorney general’s race, it appears both candidates have taken a more reserved approach, although big donations continue to flow to Republican incumbent Attorney General Sean Reyes. Reyes has received a handful of contributions in excess of $10,000 during the campaign, including a $20,000 donation last week from a renewable-energy company. Reyes has raised more than $262,000 since taking office last December and... 58366136@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:11:40 MDT Salt Lake City Council poised to seek more streetcar funding http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58352295-90/2100-construction-drive-funding.html.csp Salt Lake City hopes a $3 million investment will get it almost $14 million to stretch the Sugar House Streetcar line to the intersection at Highland Drive and 2100 South. Tuesday, at its afternoon work session, the City Council will consider funding the $3 million match needed for a federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant of $10.6 million. The council is scheduled to vote on the matter a few hours later at its 7 p.m. formal meeting. The so-called S Line now... Salt Lake City hopes a $3 million investment will get it almost $14 million to stretch the Sugar House Streetcar line to the intersection at Highland Drive and 2100 South. Tuesday, at its afternoon work session, the City Council will consider funding the $3 million match needed for a federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant of $10.6 million. The council is scheduled to vote on the matter a few hours later at its 7 p.m. formal meeting. The so-called S Line now... 58352295@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:15:25 MDT New downtown Salt Lake City bicycle track worries small businesses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58348049-90/300-bike-broadway-business.html.csp There are funny-looking parking spots painted up and down 300 South downtown. Bike lanes are this way and that. Workers are paving and jack hammering — and, simply put, between 600 East and 300 West, things are a mess. But don’t worry, say Salt Lake City officials, when the dust clears — about mid-October — the city will have its first permanent protected bike lanes on both sides of what some still call Broadway. The price tag: $900,000. It’s a work in progress, said City Hall spokesman Art Raym... There are funny-looking parking spots painted up and down 300 South downtown. Bike lanes are this way and that. Workers are paving and jack hammering — and, simply put, between 600 East and 300 West, things are a mess. But don’t worry, say Salt Lake City officials, when the dust clears — about mid-October — the city will have its first permanent protected bike lanes on both sides of what some still call Broadway. The price tag: $900,000. It’s a work in progress, said City Hall spokesman Art Raym... 58348049@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:09:24 MDT Salt Lake City in no rush to scrap its gun laws http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58348435-90/gun-lake-salt-becker.html.csp Mayor Ralph Becker is no Michael Bloomberg when it comes to gun control. Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City and soon to be president of the National League of Cities, has no intention of leading a crusade against what he sees as too-lax firearms laws. The Democrat supports what he considers common-sense gun control and, in the days after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., he signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors letter advocating a ban on assault weapons and h... Mayor Ralph Becker is no Michael Bloomberg when it comes to gun control. Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City and soon to be president of the National League of Cities, has no intention of leading a crusade against what he sees as too-lax firearms laws. The Democrat supports what he considers common-sense gun control and, in the days after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., he signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors letter advocating a ban on assault weapons and h... 58348435@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:03:45 MDT Salt Lake County to replace fountains near Salt Palace http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58352545-90/abravanel-art-center-convention.html.csp No longer functional and too expensive to repair, two fountains on the east side of the Salt Palace Convention Center soon will be replaced. The long, narrow fountain in front of Abravanel Hall will disappear this fall when Salt Lake County, which operates downtown convention and cultural facilities, begins reshaping symphony hall’s outer plaza into an urban park. A block to the south, a fountain at the 100 South and West Temple entrance to the Salt Palace will give way to a still-to-be-selected... No longer functional and too expensive to repair, two fountains on the east side of the Salt Palace Convention Center soon will be replaced. The long, narrow fountain in front of Abravanel Hall will disappear this fall when Salt Lake County, which operates downtown convention and cultural facilities, begins reshaping symphony hall’s outer plaza into an urban park. A block to the south, a fountain at the 100 South and West Temple entrance to the Salt Palace will give way to a still-to-be-selected... 58352545@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:03:45 MDT Paul Rolly: Salt Lake City detective saves 88-year-old from being hit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58347437-90/lake-salt-guards-com.html.csp With all the news lately about police-involved shootings and protests against alleged excessive force, there is another side to the public safety issue that perhaps does not get enough attention. Taylorsville resident Richard Prime sent a letter to Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank that he copied to me and that deserves some publicity. Prime and his family were leaving Smith’s Ballpark after a baseball game between the Salt Lake Bees and the New Orleans Zephyrs on Sunday night, when th... With all the news lately about police-involved shootings and protests against alleged excessive force, there is another side to the public safety issue that perhaps does not get enough attention. Taylorsville resident Richard Prime sent a letter to Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank that he copied to me and that deserves some publicity. Prime and his family were leaving Smith’s Ballpark after a baseball game between the Salt Lake Bees and the New Orleans Zephyrs on Sunday night, when th... 58347437@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT Gov. Gary Herbert says UTA has fixed most problems in audit http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58347899-90/agency-audit-audits-board.html.csp Most of the problems uncovered in a scathing audit of the Utah Transit Authority this week have been rectified, according to Gov. Gary Herbert, who said he has confidence with the direction the agency is headed. “With a cursory view, it appears a lot of these issues are old issues going back to 2009 and maybe even before that,” Herbert said during his monthly KUED news conference. “I believe the new leadership that is there has taken steps to correct those problems.” But state Sen. Todd Weiler ... Most of the problems uncovered in a scathing audit of the Utah Transit Authority this week have been rectified, according to Gov. Gary Herbert, who said he has confidence with the direction the agency is headed. “With a cursory view, it appears a lot of these issues are old issues going back to 2009 and maybe even before that,” Herbert said during his monthly KUED news conference. “I believe the new leadership that is there has taken steps to correct those problems.” But state Sen. Todd Weiler ... 58347899@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT SUU drops Harry Reid’s name from building after protests http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58351853-90/reid-center-wyatt-harry.html.csp Cedar City • U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is no longer a part of the Southern Utah University Outdoor Engagement Center. SUU President Scott Wyatt decided to make some changes that called for the Nevada Democrat’s name to be removed from the building. Several months ago, some concerned citizens met with Wyatt, calling for the removal of Reid’s name from the center. After taking the summer to consider the citizens’ request and spending time talking with the administrators at the Outdoor Engagement Cente... Cedar City • U.S. Sen. Harry Reid is no longer a part of the Southern Utah University Outdoor Engagement Center. SUU President Scott Wyatt decided to make some changes that called for the Nevada Democrat’s name to be removed from the building. Several months ago, some concerned citizens met with Wyatt, calling for the removal of Reid’s name from the center. After taking the summer to consider the citizens’ request and spending time talking with the administrators at the Outdoor Engagement Cente... 58351853@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT Paul Rolly: Opposing UTA can be politically risky http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58351892-90/sltrib-uta-com-http.html.csp What do Forrest Cuch, Kevin Jones, Ronald Rood, Derinna Kopp and Doug Clark have in common? They were fired from their state jobs after they expressed concerns about the Utah Transit Authority’s proposed FrontRunner station in Draper. Cuch, the longtime director of the Division of Indian Affairs, was fired in 2011 by Gov. Gary Herbert for alleged insubordination. But Cuch claimed it was over his objection to the proposed station site because it encroached on ancient American Indian ruins. Herbe... What do Forrest Cuch, Kevin Jones, Ronald Rood, Derinna Kopp and Doug Clark have in common? They were fired from their state jobs after they expressed concerns about the Utah Transit Authority’s proposed FrontRunner station in Draper. Cuch, the longtime director of the Division of Indian Affairs, was fired in 2011 by Gov. Gary Herbert for alleged insubordination. But Cuch claimed it was over his objection to the proposed station site because it encroached on ancient American Indian ruins. Herbe... 58351892@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT Riverton proposes raising cap on backyard chickens http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58352488-90/acre-adding-backyard-chickens.html.csp Riverton • The city Planning Commission has recommended approval of an ordinance amendment that would allow homeowners to have up to six backyard chickens on a lot of half an acre or smaller. The proposal, endorsed on a 3-2 vote of the commission Thursday night, must go before the City Council for final approval and no date has yet been set for that consideration. Currently, Riverton allows just two pets — including chickens — per household. The recommended change did not sit well with Michae... Riverton • The city Planning Commission has recommended approval of an ordinance amendment that would allow homeowners to have up to six backyard chickens on a lot of half an acre or smaller. The proposal, endorsed on a 3-2 vote of the commission Thursday night, must go before the City Council for final approval and no date has yet been set for that consideration. Currently, Riverton allows just two pets — including chickens — per household. The recommended change did not sit well with Michae... 58352488@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT Is deal close in Park City resort showdown with Talisker? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58352904-90/1.1-bond-com-lease.csp Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker Land Holdings Inc. late Friday afternoon extended mediation talks to Sunday at 10 a.m. The deadline had been set at 5 p.m. Friday. John Lund, an attorney representing Talisker, said he is “hopeful” a negotiated settlement can be reached in a land-lease dispute that has played out in court for three years. At issue is 2,852 acres of upper mountain ski terrain at PCMR. The resort operator, Powdr Corp., missed an April 30, 2011, lease-renewal deadline. When n... Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker Land Holdings Inc. late Friday afternoon extended mediation talks to Sunday at 10 a.m. The deadline had been set at 5 p.m. Friday. John Lund, an attorney representing Talisker, said he is “hopeful” a negotiated settlement can be reached in a land-lease dispute that has played out in court for three years. At issue is 2,852 acres of upper mountain ski terrain at PCMR. The resort operator, Powdr Corp., missed an April 30, 2011, lease-renewal deadline. When n... 58352904@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT Utah attorney general candidates focus on public trust http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58355720-90/reyes-attorney-general-office.html.csp As Utah’s two previous top lawmen face charges of bribery and other crimes, the candidates running to replace them as state attorney general this year each promise to repair public trust and reform the scandal-rocked office. “It’s the thing that’s on the top of everybody’s mind,” Democratic contender Charles Stormont told The Associated Press. “They want to know, What are you going to do to make sure that can’t happen again?” Sean Reyes, his Republican opponent and the interim Utah attorney gen... As Utah’s two previous top lawmen face charges of bribery and other crimes, the candidates running to replace them as state attorney general this year each promise to repair public trust and reform the scandal-rocked office. “It’s the thing that’s on the top of everybody’s mind,” Democratic contender Charles Stormont told The Associated Press. “They want to know, What are you going to do to make sure that can’t happen again?” Sean Reyes, his Republican opponent and the interim Utah attorney gen... 58355720@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT 5 Things to know about the 2014 Utah election http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58355731-90/election-utah-attorney-love.html.csp Utah’s statewide and national races haven’t the same drama and punch since a highly anticipated rematch in Utah’s 4th Congressional District between Republican Mia Love and U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson deflated in December when the Democratic incumbent decided against seeking re-election. What would have been a very close race now appears to be Love’s match to lose, according to political experts. In the other congressional seats, incumbent Republicans are all running for another term in districts th... Utah’s statewide and national races haven’t the same drama and punch since a highly anticipated rematch in Utah’s 4th Congressional District between Republican Mia Love and U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson deflated in December when the Democratic incumbent decided against seeking re-election. What would have been a very close race now appears to be Love’s match to lose, according to political experts. In the other congressional seats, incumbent Republicans are all running for another term in districts th... 58355731@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT Dennis Nordfelt dies at 71; led UHP and West Valley City http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58355888-90/nordfelt-utah-uhp-dennis.html.csp Dennis Nordfelt, the former superintendent of the Utah Highway Patrol and the former police chief and mayor in West Valley City, died Saturday. He was 71. Nordfelt died at his home in West Valley City, likely due to complications from pneumonia, said his son, Dennis Junior Nordfelt. Nordfelt was serving on the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission at the time of his death. He was the West Valley City police chief from 1987 to 1998, then its mayor from 2002 to 2010. Upon Nordf... Dennis Nordfelt, the former superintendent of the Utah Highway Patrol and the former police chief and mayor in West Valley City, died Saturday. He was 71. Nordfelt died at his home in West Valley City, likely due to complications from pneumonia, said his son, Dennis Junior Nordfelt. Nordfelt was serving on the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission at the time of his death. He was the West Valley City police chief from 1987 to 1998, then its mayor from 2002 to 2010. Upon Nordf... 58355888@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT Tesoro exploring alternate route for Utah pipeline http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58356486-90/pipeline-tesoro-route-park.html.csp Park City • Tesoro Refining & Marketing, bowing to feedback from Summit County officials and stakeholders, is exploring the possibility of altering the route of the proposed Uinta Express Pipeline. Michael Gebhardt, vice president of strategy and business development for Tesoro, said Thursday in a phone interview with The Park Record that the oil company is investigating an alternate route that would be well east of the originally proposed pipeline route. The variation would place the pipeline f... Park City • Tesoro Refining & Marketing, bowing to feedback from Summit County officials and stakeholders, is exploring the possibility of altering the route of the proposed Uinta Express Pipeline. Michael Gebhardt, vice president of strategy and business development for Tesoro, said Thursday in a phone interview with The Park Record that the oil company is investigating an alternate route that would be well east of the originally proposed pipeline route. The variation would place the pipeline f... 58356486@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:21:06 MDT Audit blasts UTA, says it gave millions in sweetheart deals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58338545-90/audit-auditors-board-compensation.html.csp The Utah Transit Authority “prepaid” a developer $10 million to construct a parking garage — which it turns out he never built — just after he made a multimillion-dollar deal benefiting a UTA board member. The agency never got all the money back from that advance. The troublesome incident is one of many described in a blistering, yearlong legislative audit into UTA operations that was released Tuesday. It complains about other sweetheart deals, extravagant pay and bonuses, failure to plan well... The Utah Transit Authority “prepaid” a developer $10 million to construct a parking garage — which it turns out he never built — just after he made a multimillion-dollar deal benefiting a UTA board member. The agency never got all the money back from that advance. The troublesome incident is one of many described in a blistering, yearlong legislative audit into UTA operations that was released Tuesday. It complains about other sweetheart deals, extravagant pay and bonuses, failure to plan well... 58338545@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:40:08 MDT Utah commission rejects proposed fee for solar homes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58352345-78/commission-company-customers-energy.html.csp Utahns with rooftop solar panels won’t face a new fee from Rocky Mountain Power after the Utah Public Service Commission ruled Friday that the utility company failed to prove such a charge is “just and reasonable.” But this contentious debate pitting the state’s largest electric company against environmental groups isn’t going away. The Commission is open to revisiting the issue as long as Rocky Mountain Power can provide some hard data proving these customers should be treated differently than... Utahns with rooftop solar panels won’t face a new fee from Rocky Mountain Power after the Utah Public Service Commission ruled Friday that the utility company failed to prove such a charge is “just and reasonable.” But this contentious debate pitting the state’s largest electric company against environmental groups isn’t going away. The Commission is open to revisiting the issue as long as Rocky Mountain Power can provide some hard data proving these customers should be treated differently than... 58352345@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:21:21 MDT Herbert supports appeal of ruling against Utah’s bigamy law http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58347714-90/appeal-attorney-bigamy-browns.html.csp Gov. Gary Herbert said he is inclined to seek an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling striking down part of Utah’s bigamy law, saying the state has an obligation to defend the laws of the state. “I think when laws are on the books they should be appealed until there is no appeal left,” Herbert said Thursday following his monthly KUED news conference. “I expect that we’ll be reviewing that and I expect that the attorney general will talk to me about what his thoughts are with the recent ruling.” U.... Gov. Gary Herbert said he is inclined to seek an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling striking down part of Utah’s bigamy law, saying the state has an obligation to defend the laws of the state. “I think when laws are on the books they should be appealed until there is no appeal left,” Herbert said Thursday following his monthly KUED news conference. “I expect that we’ll be reviewing that and I expect that the attorney general will talk to me about what his thoughts are with the recent ruling.” U.... 58347714@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:30:19 MDT Trailblazing lawyer joins fight against Utah same-sex marriage ban http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58339985-90/court-utah-case-marriage.html.csp No one knows whether the U.S. Supreme Court will take on Utah’s same-sex marriage case. But if it does, the Salt Lake City lawyers defending three same-sex Utah couples seeking to topple the state’s ban on gay and lesbian unions will be standing side-by-side with the woman who led Massachusetts to become the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriages. Mary Bonauto, made famous by her successful litigation of the historic Massachusetts case in 2003, agreed this week to join the Kit... No one knows whether the U.S. Supreme Court will take on Utah’s same-sex marriage case. But if it does, the Salt Lake City lawyers defending three same-sex Utah couples seeking to topple the state’s ban on gay and lesbian unions will be standing side-by-side with the woman who led Massachusetts to become the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriages. Mary Bonauto, made famous by her successful litigation of the historic Massachusetts case in 2003, agreed this week to join the Kit... 58339985@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:29:24 MDT