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Donald Trump isn’t the president Mike Lee wanted. The Utah senator disagreed with Trump’s bombastic style, his calls for a Muslim ban and his attacks on traditional conservatism. So he voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin in protest. But Trump …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utahns gather to protest against President Donald Trump at Washington Square on Feb. 20, 2017. ‘Not My President’s Day’ rally brings out 200 protesters in Utah’s capital city
    About 200 Utahns celebrated Monday as “Not My President’s Day” by marching from Salt Lake City’s federal building to Washington Square and rallying ag...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 08:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Server Kerry Harding pours glasses of white wine for customers behind the ’Zion Curtain’ at Lamb’s Grill in Salt Lake City Wednesday Jan. 11.  After building the frosted glass enclosure around the bar and paying a $2,000 fine to the DABC, liquor is once again being poured for customers.  The iconic Main Street restaurant lost is license back in October because it failed to notify the DABC about the change in ownership. The mishap meant Lamb’s fell under new requirements and had to build the state-requried barrier that prevents customers from seeing the pouring and mixing of booze. Rolly: Ghost of liquor laws past haunting Utah’s Capitol to scare up support for Zion Curtain
    With legislators working on an alcohol bill that could bring down Utah’s Zion Curtain, the ghost of liquor laws past is still waging a valiant fight a...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 08:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    News roundup: Democratic leaders try to tamp down impeachment talk
    Democratic leaders try to tamp down impeachment talk. Immigration raids have the Latino community on edge. SLC loses another convention after Outdoor ...

    Updated Feb 20 2017 07:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Opening day of the 2015 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City Wednesday August 5, 2015. Montana wants to host Outdoor Retailer show
    Bozeman, Mont. • Gov. Steve Bullock’s office says Montana is interested in hosting the lucrative Outdoor Retailer trade show after organizers decided ...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 09:33 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Michael and Claudia Keith live in Orem. Claudia has a green card but for a time was undocumented, and the couple feared she would be deported to her native Brazil. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Utah immigrants hunker down in wake of Trump’s expanded federal raids
    Utah’s immigrant community is in a state of panic after federal raids in five cities across the U.S. netted 680 undocumented immigrants who, most like...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 06:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sen. Wayne Harper ï R-Taylorsville Panel advances bill that would help state collect online sales tax
    Last last month, state Sen. Wayne Harper canceled a hearing for a proposal to require merchants to report information to help the state collect online...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tribune File Photo)   A shooter at Doug’s Shoot N Sport’s gun range takes aim at a human shaped target. Utah House committee OKs ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense bill
    Current law allows Utahns to defend themselves, rather than flee, from an attacker. But a bill approved by a House committee on Friday would make that...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 12:32 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)   Joanna Smith (center), founder of Utah Women Unite, at a meeting of the group in Salt Lake City, Thursday February 16, 2017. Lawmaker says writer of viral ‘breadwinner’ letter didn’t read his equal pay bill
    Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, received some unexpected free publicity for his proposed equal-pay legislation this week. In a Valentine’s Day letter to ...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 02:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Care2 petition signer and sexual assault victim Sarah Belt (right) said BYU needs to remove the culture and fear that keeps sexual assault victims silenced.  Care2 petition supporters delivered 60,000  petition signatures to Brigham Young University’s Abraham O. Smoot administration building, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 to protest the school’s ÏHonor CodeÓ and to ask the school to add an immunity clause shielding sexual assault victims from Honor Code investigations. Committee passes bill that some say would discourage reports of campus sex assaults
    Rep. Brian King fears even fewer sexual assault victims will report to university officials if a proposal allowing police involvement despite their re...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 01:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |   Tribune file photo)     Rep. Keven J. Stratton, R-Orem, says now that President Donald Trump is in the White House, Utah wants to use legislation and executive action to take control of millions of acres of federal lands -- not a lawsuit. Trusting in Trump, Utah lawmakers back off suing for public-land control
    Donald Trump becoming president has apparently quenched much of the fire in the belly for legislative Republicans to sue the federal government for co...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 12:32 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)    Utah Senate President Wayne Neiderhauser says there’s a big appetite among GOP for tax reform this year. Food-tax hike part of tax-reform package eyed by Senate Republicans
    Republican lawmakers are acting quickly to draft a package of tax-reform bills for the 2017 session, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, sai...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 09:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The privately owned Arrow Press Square located at 100 South and West Temple is one of three potential sites. Developer DDRM is weighing three potential sites for a long-sought Salt Lake City convention center hotel, with scuttlebutt that a privately owned corner that once housed the Arrow Press Building is favored for what is expected to be the city’s tallest building. With or without Outdoor Retailer, leaders press on with convention center hotel
    Utah’s largest trade show announced its exit just as key players were hashing out terms for a convention center hotel that it had long called for. Eme...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • Legislature will have nearly $100 million more than expected for budget
    The Legislature will have $88 million more than it had expected for next year’s budget, leaders announced Friday based on new quarterly revenue estima...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 12:32 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah House dumps effort to restrict ‘noncompete’ agreements
    After heavy lobbying by business groups, the Utah House soundly defeated an attempt to somewhat restrict “noncompete” clauses by employers — which ban...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 09:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo)    State Auditor John Dougall, center, released an audit taking the Utah League of Cities and Towns to task for alleged misuse of public money. He recommends a criminal investigation into at least one former official. Utah lawmakers push through bill auditor could use to seize mystery fund
    Lawmakers just gave State Auditor John Dougall a new tool that could allow him to temporarily seize a mysterious $500,000-or-so fund that is tied to t...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 11:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   An evidence collection kit (rape kit), used for training at Sorenson Forensics in Salt Lake City. Sorenson Forensics processes rape kits from across the country and has a consulting contract with the Utah state crime lab. Not a dissenting vote in House approval of rape-kits testing mandate
    Testing of all rape kits would be mandatory under a bill that Friday passed the Utah House 69-0. HB200 now goes to the Senate for further consideratio...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 06:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune file photo)   Rep. Norman Thurston, R-Provo, speaks in the Utah House of Representatives in 2015. House dumps plan to put fate of daylight saving time in voters’ hands
    The House killed a bill Friday to allow putting non-binding opinion questions on the ballot — an effort aimed mostly to allow a vote on dumping daylig...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 09:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rep. Ken Ivory talks about his federalism bill HB207, at the Capitol, Friday, February 17, 2017. House votes to spend $350k on its own federalism refresher courses
    The Utah House decided Friday that it could use refresher courses on federalism — the constitutional relationship between the states and the federal g...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 04:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sen. Jim Dabakis debates the board diversity bill on the senate floor, Friday, February 17, 2017. Democrat draws warning over claim GOP-backed bill meant to shore up Republican control
    Senators gave final approval on Friday to a bill that removes partisan diversity requirements for members of state board and commissions. The Senate ...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 06:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin | Tribune file photo)   Thanksgiving shoppers form lines at the Sugar House liquor store in Salt Lake City. The Friday before Christmas eclipsed the Wednesday before Thanksigivng as the all-time record for single-day liquior sales in Utah. Bill giving liquor agency a $1M safety net heads to final vote
    The Utah Legislature is one floor vote away from allowing the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control hold on to some of its ever-growing revenu...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 09:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Wilfredo Lee  |  AP file photo An online shopper searches different sites, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Holladay leaders vow to obey the law, pay Utah sales tax on online purchases
    Holladay • The City Council unanimously approved a resolution in which members pledge to pay sales tax on their personal online purchases. “Under norm...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 11:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  Tribune file photo)    Stan Holmes talks about the solar panels he installed on his roof in Salt Lake County in 2014. Critics of a bill moving through the Legislature say it could mean a significant blow to the rooftop solar movement. Utah homeowner associations may be forced to allow solar panels
    Lawmakers on Friday advanced a controversial bill to require, in most circumstances, homeowner associations (HOAs) to allow solar panels. The Senate T...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 06:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • Panhandling ... er, pedestrian safety ... bill advances in Utah Senate
    A move to outlaw panhandling at freeway ramps and along high-speed highways sped through its next-to-last vote on Friday. The Senate Transportation Co...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 04:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • POLITICS
    News roundup: Trump escapes Washington for more friendly territory
    Trump escapes Washington for more friendly territory. Chaffetz goes after leakers in Flynn fallout. Outdoor Retailers bails on Utah. Happy Friday. A...

    Updated Feb 17 2017 02:31 pm   |     |   Share

 

Budget
Food-tax hike part of tax-reform package eyed by Senate Republicans
Updated Feb 19 2017 09:24 pm

Bill giving liquor agency a $1M safety net heads to final vote
Updated Feb 19 2017 09:25 pm

Legislature will have nearly $100 million more than expected for budget
Updated Feb 18 2017 12:32 am

Utah lawmakers push through bill auditor could use to seize mystery fund
Updated Feb 18 2017 11:39 pm

Fifty percent hike in 911 fees sought to upgrade emergency system
Updated Feb 14 2017 10:58 am

House panel passes over ‘tampon tax exemption’ without an up or down vote
Updated Feb 08 2017 07:29 pm

Legislature passes safety-net spending bills
Updated Feb 07 2017 09:39 pm

After $1 million embezzlement, agency says problems fixed
Updated Feb 03 2017 11:55 am

Salt Lake City ranked No. 2 for job creation among large metro areas
Updated Feb 02 2017 06:13 pm

State leaders call for end of ceaseless accusation against procurement officer
Updated Jan 30 2017 10:14 pm


Crime
Utah House committee OKs ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense bill
Updated Feb 18 2017 12:32 am

Not a dissenting vote in House approval of rape-kits testing mandate
Updated Feb 17 2017 06:34 pm

Full House will debate long-term restraining orders after committee OK
Updated Feb 17 2017 10:57 am

Can 12-year-old truly consent to sex? Question stalls Utah bill
Updated Feb 17 2017 10:57 am

Bill allowing concealed weapons without a permit dies on tie vote
Updated Feb 14 2017 11:38 pm

Domestic violence gun bill sails through panel
Updated Feb 13 2017 10:55 am

Proposal advances for new child abuse registry
Updated Feb 09 2017 11:39 am

Salt Lake County Mayor McAdams: fund drug treatment or scrap justice reforms
Updated Feb 07 2017 11:32 pm

Utah lawmaker pushing ‘stand your ground’ bill
Updated Feb 02 2017 06:57 pm

Utah senators praise Gorsuch, who’s sided with religious and conservative sides from bench
Updated Feb 01 2017 03:44 am


Culture
Lawmaker says writer of viral ‘breadwinner’ letter didn’t read his equal pay bill
Updated Feb 18 2017 02:58 pm

‘Zion Curtain’ bill could be released on Friday, sponsor says
Updated Feb 16 2017 02:40 pm

Utah House votes to ban considering race, gender when nominating judges
Updated Feb 15 2017 11:01 pm

Pornography lawsuit bill approved by Utah Senate panel; bill would give immunity in certain cases
Updated Feb 10 2017 07:58 am

Bill to erase ‘Zion Curtain’ grows to 150 pages, takes longer than expected
Updated Feb 06 2017 08:05 pm

Utah House calls for constitutional convention to rein in federal government
Updated Feb 03 2017 07:51 pm

House GOP votes to eliminate requirements for Democrats on state boards
Updated Feb 02 2017 09:46 am

Utah’s Mia Love tears up at anti-abortion rally talking of her parents’ choice for life
Updated Jan 27 2017 11:00 pm

Utah marriage may soon cost $20 more — to prod pre-marriage classes
Updated Jan 27 2017 12:06 pm

Curtain call for Utah’s ‘Zion Curtain’ may be at hand
Updated Jan 24 2017 11:20 pm


Elections
Push to ban paid signature gathering halted after state lawyers warn it is unconstitutional
Updated Feb 17 2017 10:55 am

House dumps plan to put fate of daylight saving time in voters’ hands
Updated Feb 19 2017 09:22 pm

Bill to extend early voting advances
Updated Feb 13 2017 11:19 am

Election headaches lead Utah lawmakers to consider measures for relief
Updated Feb 09 2017 12:24 am

SB54 sees new challenge: bill to ban paid signature gatherers for candidates
Updated Feb 03 2017 08:35 pm

Bill to create runoff elections in Utah starts down fast-track toward passage
Updated Jan 30 2017 07:22 pm

Utah would adopt a system of runoff elections under new proposal
Updated Jan 26 2017 10:28 pm

Speaker Hughes on President Trump: ‘I don’t think he thinks he’s lying’
Updated Jan 27 2017 11:33 am

Evan McMullin launches grass-roots movement to counter Trump
Updated Jan 25 2017 08:25 pm

After 30,000 Utah ballots rejected last year, House passes notification bill
Updated Jan 25 2017 08:10 am


Education
House delivers double punch to ballot drive seeking to increase tax for education
Updated Feb 14 2017 11:00 am

Lawmakers support bill aimed at curbing bullying of teachers
Updated Feb 08 2017 11:45 am

House panel punts on plan to reward teachers working in low-income schools
Updated Feb 06 2017 10:59 am

Senators say Utah schools will be ‘kept whole’ without a tax increase
Updated Feb 01 2017 12:21 pm

Seat belts could be required in new Utah school buses
Updated Jan 26 2017 09:47 pm

Herbert launches drive to help more Utahns qualify for high-pay jobs
Updated Jan 28 2017 10:12 pm

Utah senator’s bill would allow schools to keep funding when students graduate early
Updated Jan 28 2017 10:12 pm

Education funding tops legislators’ agenda during the coming session
Updated Jan 22 2017 09:25 am

Utah lawmakers feel compelled to respond to push for education tax hike
Updated Dec 15 2016 11:05 am

Herbert backs away from $400 million promise for education boost
Updated Oct 04 2016 05:21 pm


Environment
Trusting in Trump, Utah lawmakers back off suing for public-land control
Updated Feb 18 2017 12:32 am

Utah homeowner associations may be forced to allow solar panels
Updated Feb 17 2017 06:34 pm

Rooftop solar tax credits will be phased out under bill OK’d by House
Updated Feb 14 2017 10:59 am

Utah guv says outdoor retailers’ threats ignore state’s efforts to protect public lands
Updated Feb 09 2017 11:23 pm

Utah Senate approves call to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Updated Feb 08 2017 10:51 pm

Utah House wants Volkwagen settlement to help replace dirty diesel school buses
Updated Feb 09 2017 11:40 am

Grand Staircase impact: Boon or drag?
Updated Feb 07 2017 12:12 pm

Obama ignored residents’ wishes with Bears Ears designation, legislature says
Updated Feb 06 2017 11:00 am

House GOP broke rules on Bears Ears hearing, but keeps pushing bill down fast track
Updated Jan 31 2017 12:00 pm

It’s the public’s turn to weigh in on Salt Lake County plans for canyon zones
Updated Jan 31 2017 11:23 am


Health
Bill would require doctors to tell women about abortion-reversal options
Updated Feb 13 2017 11:30 am

Funding family planning for the poor may reduce Utah abortions
Updated Feb 10 2017 07:58 pm

House doctors reach compromise on opiate overdose bill
Updated Feb 08 2017 11:08 am

Sen. Orrin Hatch signals possible repair, rather than repeal, of Obamacare
Updated Feb 03 2017 07:09 pm

Dozens of protesters arrested outside Hatch’s D.C. office
Updated Jan 31 2017 07:50 pm

Doctors in the Utah House tussle over opioid bill and who controls prescriptions
Updated Jan 30 2017 07:57 pm

Lawmakers put medical pot on pause despite most Utahns’ support
Updated Jan 27 2017 10:58 pm

Bill advances for statewide suicide crisis line
Updated Jan 23 2017 06:26 pm

Utah Lawmaker abandons bill to avoid abortion fight
Updated Jan 12 2017 11:19 am

Utahns in Congress ready to pounce on Obamacare repeal — but effective date might be years off
Updated Jan 05 2017 10:57 pm


Immigration
Salt Lake City joins cities asking high court to uphold rights for detained immigrants
Updated Feb 15 2017 03:17 pm

Utahns oppose Trump’s plan to curtail refugee immigration
Updated Jan 27 2017 09:32 am

Utah business leaders worried about Trump actions on immigration, trade
Updated Feb 08 2017 04:58 pm

Utah’s Lee backs Trump’s authority for immigration ban
Updated Feb 07 2017 11:13 am

Salt Lake County Council condemns Trump's refugee moratorium
Updated Feb 02 2017 11:26 am

Utah’s Mia Love fears Trump’s immigration order will close door on innocent people
Updated Jan 31 2017 08:03 am

Utah Gov. Herbert not on board with Trump’s refugee, immigrant actions
Updated Jan 27 2017 11:01 pm

SLC shirks Trump, refuses to enforce his immigration edict
Updated Jan 27 2017 09:30 am

Utah lawyers step up to protect Muslim refugees from discrimination, threats
Updated Nov 29 2016 11:10 pm

New citizens welcomed to a country in flux
Updated Dec 01 2016 10:50 am


Local
With or without Outdoor Retailer, leaders press on with convention center hotel
Updated Feb 17 2017 10:24 pm

Holladay leaders vow to obey the law, pay Utah sales tax on online purchases
Updated Feb 18 2017 11:06 pm

Bill would require elected city leaders to reside in their city
Updated Feb 16 2017 11:24 am

Audit recommends Salt Lake City’s Building Services improve customer service
Updated Feb 14 2017 10:48 pm

Salt Lake City to give $85K to boost local, sustainable produce
Updated Jan 30 2017 11:59 am

Utah lawmaker says you could be taxed without representation. Critic says reform could make things worse.
Updated Jan 24 2017 10:56 am

Poll: Amid shelter site outcry, most Salt Lakers back Mayor Biskupski, homeless plan
Updated Jan 23 2017 10:02 am

Fire department audit triggers county review of council members’ spending
Updated Jan 20 2017 11:34 am

SLC rezone paves way for development near Trolley Square
Updated Jan 23 2017 11:08 am

Hope for Wingpointe Golf Course survives, barely, as Salt Lake City Council blasts administration for lack of progress with FAA
Updated Feb 11 2017 10:47 am


Poverty
Panhandling ... er, pedestrian safety ... bill advances in Utah Senate
Updated Feb 17 2017 04:40 pm

State earned income tax credit again proposed for working poor
Updated Feb 17 2017 11:55 am

House seeks to stop city programs that discourage renting to ex-convicts
Updated Feb 15 2017 03:20 pm

House votes to outlaw panhandling at freeway exits, high-speed roads
Updated Feb 12 2017 08:01 pm

Bill to close ‘loophole’ for payday loans on way to governor for signing
Updated Feb 07 2017 11:11 am

State leaders plead for homeless shelter funding but Sugar House neighbors protest
Updated Feb 07 2017 11:11 am

Affordable housing bill gets Senate committee’s OK
Updated Feb 01 2017 12:20 pm

Salt Lake City to be reimbursed less than half of $7 million Simpson Avenue purchase
Updated Jan 27 2017 09:32 am

Survey finds apparent increase in unsheltered homeless in Salt Lake City
Updated Jan 27 2017 09:32 am

Affordable housing bill advances, despite concern it will cut school funds
Updated Jan 26 2017 09:43 pm


Security
Poll: Utahns back congressional probe of Russian hacking in 2016 election
Updated Jan 25 2017 11:07 pm

Utah Rep. Chris Stewart selected to lead House subcommittee on intelligence
Updated Jan 11 2017 09:09 pm

California critics warn that Utah pension fund’s hotel could be used to spy on U.S. agencies if it’s sold to Chinese
Updated Jan 06 2017 12:04 pm

CIA found Russia tried to hack election to help Trump? That’s BS, says Utah congressman
Updated Dec 12 2016 10:23 pm

A.G. Reyes says talk of Muslim registry is un-American
Updated Nov 21 2016 09:42 pm

Iran spy says Utah state senator was under constant surveillance during visit
Updated Feb 06 2017 10:35 pm

U. conference: Global threats grow amid questions of U.S. commitment
Updated Aug 01 2016 11:57 am

Utah’s members of Congress blast Obama for plan to close Gitmo
Updated Feb 25 2016 02:27 pm

Utah law enforcement to welcome Syrian refugees and help them assimilate
Updated Dec 07 2015 10:14 pm

Utah’s Chaffetz: Obama’s safety ‘is in jeopardy’ with Secret Service lapses
Updated Feb 17 2016 04:29 pm


Transportation
Utah House votes to eliminate vehicle safety inspections
Updated Feb 17 2017 10:56 am

Street-legal ATVs could be coming to Salt Lake County roads
Updated Feb 18 2017 08:49 pm

Proposal would allow local sales-tax hike for roads, not transit
Updated Feb 16 2017 11:24 am

Mountain View Corridor could become ‘Minuteman Highway’
Updated Feb 14 2017 10:59 am

Utah lawmakers advance plan for toughest DUI law in nation
Updated Feb 13 2017 11:18 am

House kills plan to require seat belts on Utah school buses
Updated Feb 09 2017 09:30 pm

UTA reform bill passes first stop
Updated Feb 15 2017 07:55 am

Utah bill mandating motorcycle helmets until age 21 clears first hurdle
Updated Feb 07 2017 11:11 am

Bill would change UTA board, ban new 'transit oriented development,' create citizen advisory council
Updated Feb 06 2017 10:59 am

After criticizing UTA, lawmakers advance bill requiring more transparency
Updated Feb 03 2017 09:15 am