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    News roundup: Jeb Bush is in it ‘for the long haul’
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  • (Lennie Mahler  |  Tribune file photo)   Sen. Curt Bramble says it is time for Utah and other state legislatures to press for the right to collect sales taxes on online purchases. Bramble is president of the National Conference of State Legislatures and this issue is one of the group’s legislative priorities. Conservative groups, legislators square off over online sales tax
    Several Utah Senate leaders visibly squirmed at the question: Do they, as Utah law requires, report how much sales tax they technically owe from onlin...
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  • Rolly: Ammon Bundy’s handiwork behind anti-BLM fire video
    I wrote last week about a video posted on Facebook by the American Lands Council (ALC) that alleges the Bureau of Land Management deliberately started...
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  • No shortage of candidates for Millcreek City mayor
    Think Millcreek people were eager to become a city? Roughly six weeks before the March 17 filing deadline, three candidates already have lined up to b...
    Updated Feb 07 2016 09:48 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah student Kailey Stayner listens as  Fourth Grade student Enrique Roman reads at the University of Utah Reading Clinic in Murray. Roman is one of the young students being helped by U of U student tutors. Utah needs teachers, but college students don’t want to major in education
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  • House panel backs requiring judges to have law degrees
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   UTA ski bus comes down Big Cottonwood Canyon after dropping off skiers at the resorts on Friday. Phase 2 of the Mountain Accord process is being launched. Its emphasis will be to deal with existing traffic problems in the two Cottonwood canyons. Mountain Accord seeks immediate solutions for traffic in canyons
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    Barbara Bush, right, mother of Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, introduces her son at a town hall meeting at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, N.H., Thursday Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) News roundup: George W. Bush helps out his brother Jeb with new TV spot
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Budget
Utah Dems formally demand all the info on public-lands lawsuit
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:12 pm

Plan to phase out Utah film tax credits quickly watered down
Updated Feb 03 2016 08:04 pm

‘Phased retirement’ may be offered to state workers
Updated Jan 29 2016 12:45 pm

Coalition of conservative groups opposes Utah collecting online sales tax
Updated Jan 29 2016 12:45 pm

Bill seeks to eliminate sales tax on diapers, hygiene items
Updated Jan 29 2016 12:42 pm

David Damschen sworn in as new state treasurer
Updated Jan 14 2016 10:44 am

House passes Chaffetz bill to slash allowance for ex-presidents
Updated Jan 11 2016 08:43 pm

Ever wonder what the average government employee makes? One of every 10 Utah workers is employed by state, local governments
Updated Dec 24 2015 08:27 pm

Utah budget earmarks targeted by governor, some lawmakers
Updated Dec 21 2015 09:14 pm

Herbert names Damschen as new Utah treasurer
Updated Dec 15 2015 11:25 am


Crime
House panel backs requiring judges to have law degrees
Updated Feb 05 2016 10:04 pm

Utah lawmakers grounding drones that interfere with fighting wildfires
Updated Feb 05 2016 02:56 pm

Bill advances to require computer techs to report child porn
Updated Feb 05 2016 09:55 am

Human traffickers could face execution under Utah bill
Updated Feb 03 2016 11:13 am

Salt Lake County zeroing in on criminal-justice effort
Updated Feb 01 2016 08:33 am

Utah Legislature will see push to pass a workable hate-crimes law
Updated Jan 28 2016 10:48 pm

Mike Noel warned Utah woman arrested in Oregon standoff not to go
Updated Jan 28 2016 07:40 am

Bill advances to garnish accounts of tax delinquents
Updated Jan 29 2016 12:42 pm

Utah mom in hiding, fears losing kids for treating daughter with cannabis oil
Updated Jan 27 2016 09:50 am

Utah blocked $11 million in fraud from fake tax returns
Updated Jan 26 2016 09:32 pm


Culture
Mormon church against Madsen’s Utah marijuana bill; ‘no objection’ to other measure
Updated Feb 07 2016 05:59 pm

After emotional debate, panel OKs Utah bill declaring porn a health crisis
Updated Feb 05 2016 11:31 pm

President Obama denounces anti-Muslim bias, mentions anti-Mormon history
Updated Feb 04 2016 01:03 pm

Some Utah lawmakers would like to ban smoking
Updated Feb 04 2016 09:46 pm

Small Utah-born political party has rift over Oregon occupation, Mormon church stance
Updated Jan 05 2016 10:25 pm

Bill advances to declare Spiral Jetty as official ‘state work of art’
Updated Feb 04 2016 01:07 pm

Despite opposition, Senate OKs workplace breast-feeding bill
Updated Feb 02 2016 09:37 pm

Utah Senate resolution seeks to label porn as a ‘health crisis’
Updated Feb 01 2016 07:54 pm

Bill would reinstate Utah adoption preference for couples who are not gay
Updated Jan 27 2016 08:39 pm

Rep. Mia Love says fetal tissue probe not targeting Planned Parenthood
Updated Jan 29 2016 10:57 pm


Elections
No shortage of candidates for Millcreek City mayor
Updated Feb 07 2016 09:48 pm

Poll: A quarter of electorate opposed to Mormon presidential candidate
Updated Jan 28 2016 11:51 am

Supporter of Doug Owens seeks ethics probe of Utah Rep. Mia Love
Updated Feb 04 2016 01:10 pm

Bill to eliminate straight party voting is defeated
Updated Feb 03 2016 02:01 pm

House defeats bill that would make it easier to overturn new laws
Updated Feb 04 2016 01:09 pm

Lawmaker will rework bill to allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary election
Updated Feb 01 2016 01:17 pm

Doug Owens outraises Rep. Mia Love in last three months
Updated Feb 01 2016 01:19 pm

Dems want GOP stripped of party status for obstructing election law
Updated Jan 26 2016 10:31 pm

By-mail ballots may come closer to election
Updated Jan 28 2016 06:03 pm

Doug Owens has nearly $500K to challenge Rep. Mia Love
Updated Jan 25 2016 08:33 pm


Education
Battle over sex education returning to Utah Legislature
Updated Feb 03 2016 07:47 am

Utah’s Guv plugs solutions for health care, increases in school funding
Updated Jan 28 2016 02:06 am

Longtime Utah Sen. Bob Bennett inducted into Hinckley Hall of Fame
Updated Jan 28 2016 11:51 am

Defamation suit filed in closure of unaccredited Utah college
Updated Dec 15 2015 11:29 am

Diploma mill is biggest case for Utah Consumer Protection
Updated Nov 29 2015 10:24 am

Small Utah college with big political ties is going under
Updated Oct 23 2015 12:06 pm

Redrawing state school-board districts considered
Updated Aug 21 2015 07:47 pm

Legislature won’t override any of Herbert’s five vetoes
Updated Aug 20 2015 08:32 pm

Kirk Jowers leaving Hinckley Institute of Politics at U.
Updated Apr 16 2015 10:52 pm

Clock runs out on school board election compromise, solution could be left to judge
Updated Mar 13 2015 07:21 pm


Environment
Air Force agrees to $219,000 fine in alleged mercury cover-up
Updated Oct 15 2014 04:27 pm

Utah governor: No surprises, no monument — for now
Updated Oct 03 2014 02:33 pm


Health
Physician-lawmaker introduces ‘Healthy Utah’ style Medicaid-expansion bill
Updated Feb 05 2016 09:08 pm

Amid emotional testimony, two medical marijuana bills go forward
Updated Feb 04 2016 11:17 pm

Bill: Utahns should be asked to weigh in on Medicaid expansion
Updated Feb 03 2016 10:36 pm

Bill advances to give dental care to disabled Medicaid patients
Updated Feb 01 2016 01:20 pm

First flu death recorded in Salt Lake County
Updated Jan 25 2016 09:24 pm

Most Utah voters support legal medicinal marijuana; guv says it’s possible
Updated Jan 21 2016 10:58 pm

Patients, prosecutor say Utah needs change to medical marijuana policy
Updated Jan 13 2016 10:32 pm

Christmas gift to help Salt Lake County serve homeless
Updated Dec 24 2015 01:59 pm

Utah may license drug treatment centers to crack down on fraud
Updated Dec 04 2015 01:59 pm

Once an Obama ally on trade deal, Utah’s Hatch may fight latest proposal
Updated Nov 26 2015 01:06 pm


Immigration
Utah’s guest worker law, never implemented, may be repealed
Updated Feb 05 2016 08:06 pm

Immigrants more likely than U.S.-born to work in 5 Utah industries
Updated Dec 21 2015 10:09 pm

Salt Lake City joins in defending Obama’s immigration actions
Updated Dec 07 2015 01:53 pm

White House asks Herbert to use his position to funnel refugee info
Updated Dec 01 2015 09:15 am

Utah activist makes app to help ‘dreamer’ undocumented immigrants
Updated Nov 28 2015 04:32 pm

Most Utah GOP House members push for hold on Syrian refugees
Updated Nov 19 2015 04:20 pm

Utah’s members of Congress want to halt Syrian refugee program now
Updated Nov 18 2015 01:06 pm

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says state will still accept Syrian refugees; 27 peers say no
Updated Nov 17 2015 10:44 am

Study: better coordination of services to Utah refugees needed
Updated Sep 25 2015 08:00 am

Utah congresswoman, daughter of immigrants, attends naturalization ceremony
Updated Aug 25 2015 12:29 pm


Local
County buying Salt Palace land from Mormon church for $6.6M. Its value: $34M
Updated Jan 26 2016 10:51 pm

New mayor pushes back on ‘scrutiny’ of personnel changes at SLC City Hall
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:09 pm

Biskupski’s nominee to head public utilities bows out amid growing criticism
Updated Feb 02 2016 07:10 am

Bill seeks to outlaw ‘gas chambers’ for shelter animals
Updated Feb 01 2016 01:18 pm

West Jordan to slash lobby expenses
Updated Jan 27 2016 01:07 pm

Veteran Public Services Director Rick Graham to leave City Hall
Updated Jan 25 2016 08:29 pm

Growing pains: Discord at Glendale Community Council
Updated Jan 25 2016 10:51 am

Biskupski names another county government official to City Hall post
Updated Jan 22 2016 01:47 pm

Biskupski’s selection to direct SLC Public Utilities raises questions
Updated Jan 21 2016 12:09 pm

Biskupski names Nate Salazar as liaison for mayor’s office
Updated Jan 19 2016 02:45 pm


Poverty
A painless way for taxpayers to help the homeless: The Pamela Atkinson Trust Fund
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:08 pm

Poll: Utahns want more resources for homeless housing and services
Updated Jan 19 2016 10:53 pm

Christmas gift to help Salt Lake County serve homeless
Updated Dec 24 2015 01:59 pm

U.S. mayors survey: Hunger and homelessness tick upward
Updated Dec 23 2015 12:07 pm

Volunteers of America offers backpacks and hope to homeless youths
Updated Dec 22 2015 07:52 am

Payday lenders sued 7,927 Utahns last year
Updated Dec 20 2015 07:00 am

Utah economy: Census data show a ‘tale of two recoveries’
Updated Dec 03 2015 01:45 pm

The Road Home opens new Community Winter Shelter in Midvale
Updated Nov 28 2015 12:59 pm

City and county to seek $27 million for homeless shelters, services
Updated Nov 23 2015 10:33 pm

45,000 Utahns could not pay off payday loans last year
Updated Oct 12 2015 01:24 pm


Security
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 Dec 03 2015 01:38 pm

Utah Congressman Chris Stewart calls Edward Snowden a traitor
Updated Oct 13 2015 10:48 pm

America is key to world peace, two ambassadors tell Utah audience
Updated Oct 14 2015 09:05 am

Utahns sue over government spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Aug 20 2015 07:39 am

Rocky Anderson threatens suit over alleged spying during 2002 Olympics
Updated Aug 11 2015 09:37 pm

Ex-Qwest CEO: Likely the NSA snatched emails, calls during Salt Lake Olympics
Updated Jul 29 2015 10:28 pm

Utahns in Congress angry over Iran deal
Updated Sep 15 2015 06:37 pm

Senate passes Utah Sen. Mike Lee’s domestic spying reforms
Updated Jun 02 2015 10:23 pm

White House urges passage of Lee’s anti-spying bill after NSA ruling
Updated May 08 2015 09:12 am


Transportation
Mountain Accord seeks immediate solutions for traffic in canyons
Updated Feb 05 2016 11:01 pm

House panel OKs measure for revised transportation tax in small counties
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:13 pm

It’s an auto, no it’s a cyle — no bill says it’s an ‘autocyle’
Updated Feb 05 2016 01:11 pm

UTA pledges reforms to legislators
Updated Feb 03 2016 02:01 pm

How free-fare transit works in Cache County and Park City
Updated Feb 01 2016 09:24 am

UDOT reveals projects likely impacted by proposed sales-tax shift
Updated Feb 03 2016 02:01 pm

Lawmakers advance bill attacking Mantua’s ‘speed trap’
Updated Feb 01 2016 07:36 pm

Bill advances to ban airport smoking rooms
Updated Feb 01 2016 11:44 am

Proposal to shift money from Utah highways concerns some lawmakers
Updated Feb 01 2016 01:18 pm

Bill seeks transportation tax increases without giving UTA money
Updated Jan 28 2016 10:41 pm