ELECTION - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/ELECTION News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Supreme Court to consider Ohio ban on campaign lies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57829102-68/law-ohio-case-political.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57829102-68/law-ohio-case-political.html.csp">Supreme Court to consider Ohio ban on campaign lies</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SAM HANANEL </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and HOPE YEN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T20:32:06.226-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 08:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. Addressing an issue of negative campaigning that now may be a fact of life in American politics, justices will consider a challenge to an Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates. The case being heard next week has attracted national attention, with least 15 other states having similar laws. Groups...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578291022014-04-16T20:32:06.226-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-16T20:32:06.226-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57829102@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:32:06 MDT Disappointment, forgiveness mix in La. scandal http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812117-68/mcallister-district-election-republican.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57812117-68/mcallister-district-election-republican.html.csp">Disappointment, forgiveness mix in La. scandal</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BILL BARROW</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-12T19:29:02.179-06:00">Updated Apr 12, 2014 07:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Monroe, La. • To Louisiana voters accustomed to tawdry scandals involving elected officials, disappointment with an eye toward forgiveness is the prevailing sentiment about their new congressman, caught on video embracing an aide married to one of his friends. Republican Vance McAllister was a wealthy businessman without prior political experience when he won a special election last fall, trouncing his party’s establishment candidate in a conservative district that comprises northeast Louisiana....</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57812117@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:29:02 MDT Cantor pleased with kissing congressman’s apology http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57792656-68/mcallister-congressman-election-video.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57792656-68/mcallister-congressman-election-video.html.csp">Cantor pleased with kissing congressman’s apology</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T18:13:02.218-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 06:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Baton Rouge, La. • Republicans kept their distance Tuesday from a Louisiana congressman who asked for forgiveness after a newspaper published a video it says shows him kissing a woman who isn’t his wife. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he was pleased U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister offered an apology. But Cantor declined to say whether he thought the Louisiana congressman should remain on the job, as the fall-out threatened McAllister’s November re-election. McAllister spokeswoman Jennifer Du...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57792656@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:13:02 MDT Utah’s delegation could land prime power spots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57774148-90/committee-congressional-delegation-election.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57774148-90/committee-congressional-delegation-election.html.csp">Utah’s delegation could land prime power spots</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Thomas Burr</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-06T17:50:55.32-06:00">Updated Apr 6, 2014 05:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Sen. Orrin Hatch could be a few heartbeats from the presidency and gain that Finance Committee chairmanship he touted in his last election. Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop could be leading key committees, and Rep. Chris Stewart may continue to hold sway as a member of the Appropriations Committee. Next year could yield a fruitful power bonanza for Utah as its elected leaders climb the ladder in Washington. It’s a sweet spot for the delegation’s members, as compared to any ti...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57774148@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:50:55 MDT Afghan election hailed as triumph of democracy; Taliban threat remains http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57782432-200/election-vote-results-violence.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57782432-200/election-vote-results-violence.html.csp">Afghan election hailed as triumph of democracy; Taliban threat remains</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIM GAMEL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-06T22:02:32.898-06:00">Updated Apr 6, 2014 10:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • Afghans and the international community hailed its presidential election as a triumph of democracy over violence Sunday, despite complaints about ballot shortages and sporadic fraud after millions of people braved a Taliban threat to vote for a new president. But some cautioned against declaring a premature defeat of the Islamic militants. Securing the vote was a test for Afghan government forces as they prepare to take full responsibility for their own security as the U.S....</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577824322014-04-06T22:02:32.898-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-06T22:02:32.898-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57782432@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:02:32 MDT Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in droves http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57779647-68/afghanistan-taliban-election-polling.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57779647-68/afghanistan-taliban-election-polling.html.csp">Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in droves</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIM GAMEL </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and RAHIM FAIEZ</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-05T22:56:01.673-06:00">Updated Apr 5, 2014 10:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country’s wobbly government prepares to face down a ferocious insurgency largely on its own. With combat forces from the U.S.-led coalition winding down a 13-year presence and the mercurial Hamid Karzai stepping aside, the country’s new leader will find an altered landscape as he replaces the only president Afghans have known since the Ta...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577796472014-04-05T22:56:01.673-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-05T22:56:01.673-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57779647@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 22:56:01 MDT Letter: Supreme Court ruling turned U.S. over to the wealthy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57774237-82/court-decision-campaign-commission.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57774237-82/court-decision-campaign-commission.html.csp">Letter: Supreme Court ruling turned U.S. over to the wealthy</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-05T01:01:07.011-06:00">Updated Apr 5, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sen. Orrin Hatch said the U.S. Supreme Court decision McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was “a victory for all Americans and the free-speech protections ...” He is wrong. This decision is a victory for unfettered capitalism and corruption (“Court loosens rules for big political campaign donors,” Tribune, April 2). The Koch brothers and a few of their cronies have just bought the government of the United States. You may continue to think that you live in a democratic republic, but yo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57774237@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:01:07 MDT Afghans line up for blocks to vote for new leader http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57777811-200/vote-election-security-kabul.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57777811-200/vote-election-security-kabul.html.csp">Afghans line up for blocks to vote for new leader</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIM GAMEL</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-04T22:44:14.297-06:00">Updated Apr 4, 2014 10:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • Afghan voters lined up for blocks at polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. Amid tight security, men in traditional tunics and loose trousers, and women clad in the all-encompassing burqas arrived at polling centers more than an hour before they opened in Kabul and elsewhere. Independent Election Commission chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani mar...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57777811@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:44:14 MDT House fight: The candidates who want to replace Matheson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57760442-90/com-district-election-matheson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57760442-90/com-district-election-matheson.html.csp">House fight: The candidates who want to replace Matheson</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-02T17:09:19.842-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 05:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A scrappy former mayor faces a challenge from a business executive with Olympic ties. A lawyer and the son of a Utah political legend goes up against an engineer with his own theory on reducing the debt. One of them will represent Utah in Congress unless a third-party candidate pulls off a huge upset. The state’s 4th Congressional District seat is up for grabs this November after Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, decided against seeking an eighth term in office. Two Republicans and two Democrats, al...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57760442@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:09:19 MDT The Washington Post: Malaysia’s catastrophe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57728304-82/malaysia-government-anwar-coalition.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57728304-82/malaysia-government-anwar-coalition.html.csp">The Washington Post: Malaysia’s catastrophe</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-26T14:48:27.748-06:00">Updated Mar 26, 2014 02:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If you are perplexed by Monday’s announcement on the missing Malaysian airliner, no wonder. Prime Minister Najib Razak declared that the flight “ended” in the southern Indian Ocean, and the state-owned airline said that “we have to assume beyond a reasonable doubt” that the plane went down in the ocean, far off its course to Beijing. Both announcements were vague; neither said much about why or how. From the moment the plane went missing, the Malaysian government has been ham-handed in its deali...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57728304@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:48:27 MDT Dems like Utah same-day voter registration, even if it helps GOP http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57703240-90/access-election-gop-registered.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57703240-90/access-election-gop-registered.html.csp">Dems like Utah same-day voter registration, even if it helps GOP</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Thomas Burr</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-24T22:19:09.924-06:00">Updated Mar 24, 2014 10:19PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The Democratic National Party is excited about Utah’s new pilot project on same-day voter registration — even if it does help the opposition party sign up new voters in the GOP-dominated state. The Legislature passed a measure this session to allow counties and municipalities to have same-day registration in the next three years, a move that dovetails with Democratic efforts nationwide to increase access to the polls for Americans. Pratt Wiley, the Democrats’ national director of v...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57703240@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:19:09 MDT Utah caucus attendance down from 2012, but higher than average http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57712964-90/2012-attendance-caucus-caucuses.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57712964-90/2012-attendance-caucus-caucuses.html.csp">Utah caucus attendance down from 2012, but higher than average</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T21:39:16.647-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 09:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Political parties say attendance at their caucuses this week was down significantly from two years ago, but higher than the historical average. Democrats estimate between 10,000 and 15,000 people showed up at neighborhood meetings Tuesdaynight, down from 15,000 to 20,000 two years ago, said Matt Lyon, executive director of the Utah Democratic Party. Republicans figure they had 60,000 to 70,000 people turn out Thursday night. James Evans, chairman of the Utah Republican Party, says that’s 50 perc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57712964@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:39:16 MDT GOP caucuses: Mia Love, activists, newcomers mix it up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57708652-90/ballot-candidates-delegates-election.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57708652-90/ballot-candidates-delegates-election.html.csp">GOP caucuses: Mia Love, activists, newcomers mix it up</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By matt canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T08:13:53.717-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 08:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Saratoga Springs • Neighbors grilled neighbors on tax policy, the death penalty and the very system Utah uses to govern itself Thursday evening, the first step in Utah’s long process to determine which candidates will appear on the ballot this November. One such aspirant sat among them in the orchestra room of Vista Heights Middle School. Mia Love, a Republican running for Congress, schmoozed with her neighbors before the meeting and made a few asides during the friendly meeting, but she made no...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57708652@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:13:53 MDT Letter: SB54 necessary to avoid stultifying of intra-party politics http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57672492-82/party-constitutional-count-elections.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57672492-82/party-constitutional-count-elections.html.csp">Letter: SB54 necessary to avoid stultifying of intra-party politics</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-18T15:28:36.797-06:00">Updated Mar 18, 2014 03:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If former Utah legislator Chris Herrod is “disheartened” by Count My Vote and SB54 for ignoring basic constitutional principles (“Count My Vote/SB54 is a step away from liberty, Opinion, March 10), then I’m glad he’s a “former” legislator. The basic constitutional principles he champions have been employed with stifling effectiveness in Utah, which has practically eliminated checks and balances vital to our system of government. Allowing access to elected office by direct primaries is necessar...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57672492@www.sltrib.com Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:28:36 MDT Election Day voter registration in Utah advances http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57659393-90/allow-bill-counties-election.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57659393-90/allow-bill-counties-election.html.csp">Election Day voter registration in Utah advances</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T20:11:16.582-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 08:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The House on Monday endorsed creating a pilot project through the 2016 elections to allow voters to register on Election Day in those counties or cities that choose to participate. The House voted 42-26 to endorse HB156, and sent it to the Senate. “Instead of requiring clerks to do this statewide, it would allow counties and municipalities who are interested in test driving this particular project to see what it would be like to count provisional ballots” and handle same-day registration, said ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57659393@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:11:16 MDT Clinton a target at conservative conference http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57653145-68/women-presidential-republican-party.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57653145-68/women-presidential-republican-party.html.csp">Clinton a target at conservative conference</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By STEVE PEOPLES</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-08T19:49:02.082-06:00">Updated Mar 8, 2014 07:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Oxon Hill, Md. • She was not on the speaking program, but Hillary Rodham Clinton had presence at the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative activists on Saturday, as high-profile Republicans launched a dual effort to attack the prospective Democratic presidential candidate and improve the GOP’s longstanding struggle with women voters. It was the closing act of a Republican summit that highlighted acute challenges for a party that hasn’t won a presidential election in a decade. The GO...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576531452014-03-08T19:49:02.082-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-08T19:49:02.082-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57653145@www.sltrib.com Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:49:02 MDT Utah’s top House Democrat won’t seek re-election http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57642735-90/community-decision-dissertation-eight.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57642735-90/community-decision-dissertation-eight.html.csp">Utah’s top House Democrat won’t seek re-election</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T09:08:39.448-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 09:08AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig said Thursday that she will not seek re-election to the House at the end of the year, ending her eight-year tenure in the body. Seelig, who represents District 23 in the Rose Park area, said she is leaving the Legislature to finish her doctoral dissertation, which she has been putting off for eight years and is her last step before receiving her Ph.D in political science. “It’s part of who I am,” Seelig said in an interview. “The whole focus of the dissertat...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57642735@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:08:39 MDT Mainstream Republicans fend off far-right rivals in Texas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57633806-68/republican-texas-state-election.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57633806-68/republican-texas-state-election.html.csp">Mainstream Republicans fend off far-right rivals in Texas</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">combined News Service</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T21:42:01.38-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 09:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">BC-EXP-TEXAS-ELECTIONS-NYT,0404 Establishment Republicans Win Primaries in Texas (This article is part of TIMES EXPRESS. It is a condensed version of a story that will appear in tomorrow’s New York Times.) By MANNY FERNANDEZ c.2014 New York Times News Service McALLEN, Texas - Establishment Republican leaders in Texas on Tuesday defeated challenges from the far right in a statewide primary election, as Ted Cruz-inspired conservatives largely failed to topple mainstream incumbents. Two Republican...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57633806@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:42:01 MDT Letter: Count My Vote doesn’t consider cost of election http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57576095-82/money-count-election-problem.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57576095-82/money-count-election-problem.html.csp">Letter: Count My Vote doesn’t consider cost of election</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-23T22:44:02.654-06:00">Updated Feb 23, 2014 10:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The problem with Count My Vote, the plan to give us open primary elections, is this: money. Unless a bill is passed to limit funds spent on an election, only the rich or those backed by special interests will be elected to our Legislature. I became acquainted with many 2012 candidates. Of those who lost, lack of money was a big factor. Lester Liebschutz Salt Lake City</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57576095@www.sltrib.com Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:44:02 MDT Matheson: Radical remedies may reduce partisanship http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57574258-90/matheson-primary-party-election.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57574258-90/matheson-primary-party-election.html.csp">Matheson: Radical remedies may reduce partisanship</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-20T22:08:33.116-06:00">Updated Feb 20, 2014 10:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Politics have become so polarized and partisan that Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson told Utah legislators Thursday that the state should closely watch, and maybe copy, something radical. That is California’s recent move to make politicians from both parties run against one another in combined primary elections, with the top two advancing to the general election. “I do think it draws a greater voter participation,” in part because independents can vote in the primary, said the seven-term congr...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57574258@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:08:33 MDT