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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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: Pet lovers rally behind generous Utah firefighter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58210951-90/petersen-rolly-johnson-lake.html.csp I wrote two weeks ago about Brigham City firefighter Tyler Petersen, who responded to a car crash on Interstate 15 and, after helping the badly injured driver get the emergency care she needed and ensuring her safe transfer to the nearest hospital, went to the Canyon View Animal Health Care Center and paid out of his own pocket the medical expenses for the motorist’s three injured dogs. I got the story from Karol Johnson, who volunteers for Brigham City Animal Shelter and had been asked to go t... I wrote two weeks ago about Brigham City firefighter Tyler Petersen, who responded to a car crash on Interstate 15 and, after helping the badly injured driver get the emergency care she needed and ensuring her safe transfer to the nearest hospital, went to the Canyon View Animal Health Care Center and paid out of his own pocket the medical expenses for the motorist’s three injured dogs. I got the story from Karol Johnson, who volunteers for Brigham City Animal Shelter and had been asked to go t... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58210951@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:21 MDT Robles’ strategy for defeating Stewart: more voting by mail http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58207428-90/raised-cash-district-robles.html.csp In her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, state Sen. Luz Robles will focus almost exclusively on registering new voters and encouraging people to vote by mail. Her strategy is fueled by a desire to enfranchise Utahns who have become disengaged with government. It also may be her only hope of winning in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, a sprawling, heavily Republican area that stretches from Bountiful through Salt Lake City and all the way to St. George. “The only way we are goin... In her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart, state Sen. Luz Robles will focus almost exclusively on registering new voters and encouraging people to vote by mail. Her strategy is fueled by a desire to enfranchise Utahns who have become disengaged with government. It also may be her only hope of winning in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, a sprawling, heavily Republican area that stretches from Bountiful through Salt Lake City and all the way to St. George. “The only way we are goin... 58207428@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:05:18 MDT What Utahns need to know about today’s Obamacare rulings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211182-90/subsidies-federal-state-health.html.csp The latest legal fight over the Affordable Care Act takes aim at federal subsidies given to residents of Utah and 35 other states that didn’t set up their own health care marketplaces. A panel of D.C. Circuit judges ruled Tuesday the law allows federal subsidies to flow only through state-created marketplaces and not to people who bought coverage through Healthcare.gov. But on the same day, a 4th Circuit ruling in a separate, but similar, case allows the federal government to give subsidies to... The latest legal fight over the Affordable Care Act takes aim at federal subsidies given to residents of Utah and 35 other states that didn’t set up their own health care marketplaces. A panel of D.C. Circuit judges ruled Tuesday the law allows federal subsidies to flow only through state-created marketplaces and not to people who bought coverage through Healthcare.gov. But on the same day, a 4th Circuit ruling in a separate, but similar, case allows the federal government to give subsidies to... 58211182@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:19 MDT Herbert, GOP governors scold Obama over border crisis http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211943-90/governors-states-gov-herbert.html.csp Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined five other Republican governors Tuesday in calling on President Barack Obama to fix serious problems with the handling of unaccompanied children trying to immigrate into the United States without papers. “More than 57,000 children have crossed the border since October last year. Reports are that 90,000 children could make the journey by this fall,” the governors wrote to Obama. “With no end in sight, we need to have a plan to deal with the crisis in a humanitarian a... Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joined five other Republican governors Tuesday in calling on President Barack Obama to fix serious problems with the handling of unaccompanied children trying to immigrate into the United States without papers. “More than 57,000 children have crossed the border since October last year. Reports are that 90,000 children could make the journey by this fall,” the governors wrote to Obama. “With no end in sight, we need to have a plan to deal with the crisis in a humanitarian a... 58211943@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:31:25 MDT Utah to study expansion of e-voting http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211029-90/voting-committee-expansion-utah.html.csp Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox formed a committee Tuesday to study the possible expansion of voting via the Internet. Utah was among the first states to introduce electronic voting for a few voters. Since 1998, it has allowed overseas citizens and members of the military to vote electronically. This year, the Legislature also made it an option for disabled voters. The new 14-member iVote Advisory Committee includes Cox, legislators, county clerks and technology and security specialists. It will explore, a... Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox formed a committee Tuesday to study the possible expansion of voting via the Internet. Utah was among the first states to introduce electronic voting for a few voters. Since 1998, it has allowed overseas citizens and members of the military to vote electronically. This year, the Legislature also made it an option for disabled voters. The new 14-member iVote Advisory Committee includes Cox, legislators, county clerks and technology and security specialists. It will explore, a... 58211029@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:59:20 MDT Polygamist prophet Jeffs writes to Utah lawmakers — a lot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58207068-90/jeffs-says-lawmakers-leader.html.csp Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs frequently sends revelations — and calls to repentance — from his Texan prison cell to a special group of people: the Utah Legislature. “We’ve seen a few more of late,” after a bit of a lull, says Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy. “But two years ago, it was like I was receiving one a day.” Niederhauser says that while he read some of the early letters in the stream of correspondence, he hasn’t bothered with the most recent ones because “there seems... Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs frequently sends revelations — and calls to repentance — from his Texan prison cell to a special group of people: the Utah Legislature. “We’ve seen a few more of late,” after a bit of a lull, says Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy. “But two years ago, it was like I was receiving one a day.” Niederhauser says that while he read some of the early letters in the stream of correspondence, he hasn’t bothered with the most recent ones because “there seems... 58207068@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:06:48 MDT Obama’s order protects gay workers; Hatch wants religious exemption http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58206916-90/exemption-obama-order-federal.html.csp With the stroke of a pen Monday, President Barack Obama barred federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Gay-rights groups heralded the executive order as a historic advancement, but others, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, criticized Obama for not carving out contractors tied to a religion. Obama signed the order, in part, because a nondiscrimination bill has been stymied in Congress. “I’m going to do what I can, with the authority I have, to act,” Obama said moments bef... With the stroke of a pen Monday, President Barack Obama barred federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Gay-rights groups heralded the executive order as a historic advancement, but others, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, criticized Obama for not carving out contractors tied to a religion. Obama signed the order, in part, because a nondiscrimination bill has been stymied in Congress. “I’m going to do what I can, with the authority I have, to act,” Obama said moments bef... 58206916@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:41:35 MDT Two-term councilman may take on Becker, if he runs again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58207175-200/becker-garrott-mayor-term.html.csp If Mayor Ralph Becker seeks a third term next year, he may face stiff competition from within Salt Lake City Hall. Two-term Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott has filed papers that would be the first step in a run for mayor. “This is an exploratory phase,” the 46-year- old University of Utah political science professor said Monday. Becker, who encountered only token opposition three years ago from a 79-year-old political novice, has yet to state his political plans. His spokesman said the ma... If Mayor Ralph Becker seeks a third term next year, he may face stiff competition from within Salt Lake City Hall. Two-term Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott has filed papers that would be the first step in a run for mayor. “This is an exploratory phase,” the 46-year- old University of Utah political science professor said Monday. Becker, who encountered only token opposition three years ago from a 79-year-old political novice, has yet to state his political plans. His spokesman said the ma... 58207175@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:34:21 MDT Road projects may delay Pioneer Day traveling http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58207407-90/udot-delays-lane-lanes.html.csp Some road work that has narrowed key freeways around the state could lead to delays over the upcoming July 24 holiday weekend. While actual road work will be suspended over the long weekend, the Utah Department of Transportation is urging travelers to allow extra travel time for expected heavy traffic on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon. Following is a list of some key restrictions: Interstate 80 in Summit County • It has been reduced to one lane in each direction between Wanship and... Some road work that has narrowed key freeways around the state could lead to delays over the upcoming July 24 holiday weekend. While actual road work will be suspended over the long weekend, the Utah Department of Transportation is urging travelers to allow extra travel time for expected heavy traffic on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon. Following is a list of some key restrictions: Interstate 80 in Summit County • It has been reduced to one lane in each direction between Wanship and... 58207407@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:32:01 MDT Owens changes campaign bosses in race against Mia Love http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58206715-90/owens-campaign-district-love.html.csp Democratic congressional candidate Doug Owens swapped campaign managers recently, a move he says was long planned, but his former aide asserts was made because they disagreed on direction. Casey Frary moved from Washington, D.C., to lead Owens’ race for the 4th District, replacing Emily Hollingshead, who is now assisting four Democratic candidates for legislative and county offices. “Doug and I just didn’t see eye to eye on how things should go,” Hollingshead said Monday. “It was a kind of mutua... Democratic congressional candidate Doug Owens swapped campaign managers recently, a move he says was long planned, but his former aide asserts was made because they disagreed on direction. Casey Frary moved from Washington, D.C., to lead Owens’ race for the 4th District, replacing Emily Hollingshead, who is now assisting four Democratic candidates for legislative and county offices. “Doug and I just didn’t see eye to eye on how things should go,” Hollingshead said Monday. “It was a kind of mutua... 58206715@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:11:14 MDT Swallow-Shurtleff charges: a black eye and a silver lining http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58199236-90/swallow-charges-degree-felony.html.csp The scene was unprecedented: Two former statewide elected officials — who swore an oath to uphold and enforce the law — jailed after being arrested and charged with a slew of public-corruption charges. Their alleged crimes, equally unprecedented, range from bribery to accepting rides on private jets and massive houseboats, vacationing in beachfront villas of a convicted criminal and lying to federal investigators about their dealings. The alleged conduct of former Attorneys General Mark Shurtlef... The scene was unprecedented: Two former statewide elected officials — who swore an oath to uphold and enforce the law — jailed after being arrested and charged with a slew of public-corruption charges. Their alleged crimes, equally unprecedented, range from bribery to accepting rides on private jets and massive houseboats, vacationing in beachfront villas of a convicted criminal and lying to federal investigators about their dealings. The alleged conduct of former Attorneys General Mark Shurtlef... 58199236@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:34:11 MDT Rolly: Herbert wants to appease the right on Common Core http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58197616-90/sltrib-common-core-com.html.csp Gov. Gary Herbert’s call for an attorney general’s office review of the academic Common Core standards adopted by Utah and dozens of other states has the smell of a re-election campaign around it. Herbert has come under fire from the right wing of his Republican Party since the state school board adopted the standards for language arts and math that were created by a consortium of education experts from dozens of states. The governor’s education team has been largely supportive of Common Core i... Gov. Gary Herbert’s call for an attorney general’s office review of the academic Common Core standards adopted by Utah and dozens of other states has the smell of a re-election campaign around it. Herbert has come under fire from the right wing of his Republican Party since the state school board adopted the standards for language arts and math that were created by a consortium of education experts from dozens of states. The governor’s education team has been largely supportive of Common Core i... 58197616@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:35:00 MDT How bad are Utah drivers? About one in five ticketed yearly http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58074374-90/2013-drivers-driving-lake.html.csp Amid the swerving and near misses of daily driving, the conventional view among Utahns is that their fellow motorists here are awful. Some new data suggest that perception may not be far from the truth. A Salt Lake Tribune analysis of court records for fiscal 2013 shows that Utah law officers wrote one traffic ticket for every five drivers in the state — more than 427,000 tickets for just under 2 million licensed drivers. “We’ve all heard the stories that Utah has bad drivers. And every time... Amid the swerving and near misses of daily driving, the conventional view among Utahns is that their fellow motorists here are awful. Some new data suggest that perception may not be far from the truth. A Salt Lake Tribune analysis of court records for fiscal 2013 shows that Utah law officers wrote one traffic ticket for every five drivers in the state — more than 427,000 tickets for just under 2 million licensed drivers. “We’ve all heard the stories that Utah has bad drivers. And every time... 58074374@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:07:10 MDT Gale Dick, co-founder of Save Our Canyons, dies at 88 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58201363-78/dick-canyons-save-tim.html.csp After traveling the world, Gale Dick, a retired University of Utah physics professor, decided the best place he had ever visited was in his own backyard. “The most amazing place I’ve ever been, the most stunning place in the world is the Lone Peak Cirque, without a doubt. It is truly a magnificent and wonderful place,” Dick said a few years ago, according to Carl Fisher, executive director of Save Our Canyons. That love of the Wasatch Mountains, as well as of the community, prompted Dick to co... After traveling the world, Gale Dick, a retired University of Utah physics professor, decided the best place he had ever visited was in his own backyard. “The most amazing place I’ve ever been, the most stunning place in the world is the Lone Peak Cirque, without a doubt. It is truly a magnificent and wonderful place,” Dick said a few years ago, according to Carl Fisher, executive director of Save Our Canyons. That love of the Wasatch Mountains, as well as of the community, prompted Dick to co... 58201363@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:46:58 MDT Q&A: 10th Circuit on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58198370-90/oklahoma-utah-court-marriage.html.csp For the second time, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that states outlawing same-sex marriages are violating citizens’ rights. The first decision came in Utah’s historic case last month. On Friday, the same three-judge panel came to the same conclusion in Oklahoma’s appeal. In the latest ruling, the judges noted that though some facts and arguments presented in the Oklahoma case differ from Utah’s, their “core holding” is not affected by those differences. “State bans on the lic... For the second time, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that states outlawing same-sex marriages are violating citizens’ rights. The first decision came in Utah’s historic case last month. On Friday, the same three-judge panel came to the same conclusion in Oklahoma’s appeal. In the latest ruling, the judges noted that though some facts and arguments presented in the Oklahoma case differ from Utah’s, their “core holding” is not affected by those differences. “State bans on the lic... 58198370@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:37:39 MDT Paul Rolly: Logan principal faces the ire of breast-feeding moms http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58190425-90/sltrib-county-breast-attorney.html.csp There was the Ordain Women march against female exclusion from the LDS Church’s all-male priesthood that led to the excommunication of the group’s leader, Kate Kelly. There were the numerous protests, mostly by women, over the Supreme Court decision that said Hobby Lobby could deny insurance coverage for certain types of contraception. But the most concentrated expression of female outrage this summer was the ire descending this week on Mount Logan Middle School by breast-feeding mothers. The... There was the Ordain Women march against female exclusion from the LDS Church’s all-male priesthood that led to the excommunication of the group’s leader, Kate Kelly. There were the numerous protests, mostly by women, over the Supreme Court decision that said Hobby Lobby could deny insurance coverage for certain types of contraception. But the most concentrated expression of female outrage this summer was the ire descending this week on Mount Logan Middle School by breast-feeding mothers. The... 58190425@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:45:35 MDT Utah’s Chaffetz: Fight border surge with faster deportations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58195227-90/border-chaffetz-obama-asylum.html.csp A new bill, sponsored Thursday by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, seeks to speed up the deportation of Central American children massing on the nation’s southwestern border and make it tougher for these minors to gain asylum. It’s the Utah Republican’s reaction to the growing humanitarian crisis fueled by violence in Central American countries and rumors that these children will be permitted to legally enter the country if they make it to the U.S.-Mexico border. So far, more than 57,000 unaccompanied child... A new bill, sponsored Thursday by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, seeks to speed up the deportation of Central American children massing on the nation’s southwestern border and make it tougher for these minors to gain asylum. It’s the Utah Republican’s reaction to the growing humanitarian crisis fueled by violence in Central American countries and rumors that these children will be permitted to legally enter the country if they make it to the U.S.-Mexico border. So far, more than 57,000 unaccompanied child... 58195227@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:48:35 MDT Rolly: As ex-AG is booked, his Dem foe rises to Mormon temple leader http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58187160-90/shurtleff-attorney-richards-mormon.html.csp While former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were arrested and charged with multiple felonies Tuesday, another event not nearly as sensational and with far less public attention took place 40 miles north of the Salt Lake County Jail. The comparison of the two events, though, evokes a symbol in Utah politics that can’t go without mention. Reed Richards, the Democrat whom Shurtleff defeated in 2000 to become the state’s attorney general, was made a member of the presidency of th... While former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow were arrested and charged with multiple felonies Tuesday, another event not nearly as sensational and with far less public attention took place 40 miles north of the Salt Lake County Jail. The comparison of the two events, though, evokes a symbol in Utah politics that can’t go without mention. Reed Richards, the Democrat whom Shurtleff defeated in 2000 to become the state’s attorney general, was made a member of the presidency of th... 58187160@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:22:00 MDT Is the case against Swallow and Shurtleff solid? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58191811-90/shurtleff-swallow-case-attorney.html.csp The amount of evidence, prosecutors say, is monumental. Thousands of pages of documents, interviews, emails and text messages, along with reels of recordings and receipts — they all implicate former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow in crimes with which they were charged Tuesday. And that’s only what’s been made public in news reports and previous probes. “There’s a lot of information — from the [Utah] House panel investigation, the lieutenant governor’s report, investigations ... The amount of evidence, prosecutors say, is monumental. Thousands of pages of documents, interviews, emails and text messages, along with reels of recordings and receipts — they all implicate former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow in crimes with which they were charged Tuesday. And that’s only what’s been made public in news reports and previous probes. “There’s a lot of information — from the [Utah] House panel investigation, the lieutenant governor’s report, investigations ... 58191811@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:56:22 MDT New wind turbine spinning to Tooele Army Depot http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58194442-90/army-depot-tooele-turbine.html.csp The Tooele Army Depot is receiving a second wind turbine, this one producing enough energy to power 400 to 500 homes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $5.5 million contract to Icenogle Construction Management Inc., of San Francisco, on July 8. In the spring of 2015, the company will begin construction and installation of a 2-megawatt wind turbine to power the Tooele Army Depot. The Depot received its first wind turbine in 2011, and a solar array in 2012. The Tooele Army Depot store... The Tooele Army Depot is receiving a second wind turbine, this one producing enough energy to power 400 to 500 homes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $5.5 million contract to Icenogle Construction Management Inc., of San Francisco, on July 8. In the spring of 2015, the company will begin construction and installation of a 2-megawatt wind turbine to power the Tooele Army Depot. The Depot received its first wind turbine in 2011, and a solar array in 2012. The Tooele Army Depot store... 58194442@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:51:02 MDT