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Courtney Tanner

Reporter, Government

801-257-8788, ctanner@sltrib.com


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  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt LakeTribune   Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., speaks at a town hall meeting with employees of Colonial Flag Company in the company warehouse in Sandy on Monday, June 26, 2017. He answered questions on rising health care costs and disappearing choices in insurance. U.S. secretary of health uses Utah flag factory as backdrop to pummel Obamacare
    Sandy • As criticism mounts over the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made a quick stop in a S...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 11:33 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Utah’s Mike Lee says there’s only one amendment that could get him to vote for the Senate health care bill
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee has skewered the Senate health care bill as it stands, fervently pledging to vote against the Republican legislation that looks to ...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 10:58 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin |  Tribune file photo)     Sen. Mike Lee. Utah’s Lee, three other GOP senators could doom the Senate Republican health care bill
    Washington • Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and three other GOP senators said Thursday they will oppose the Senate health care bill, likely dooming the legisla...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 01:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Former Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman shares a laugh with his parents Jon M. Huntsman Sr. and Karen Huntsman during the dedication ceremony of the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center, June 21, 2017. Former Gov. Huntsman mum about pending ambassadorship to Russia
    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman has kept relatively mum about accepting President Donald Trump’s offer to appoint him U.S. ambassador to Russia. On Wedn...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 10:43 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Navajo candidate drops bid for Hatch’s seat, says his campaign lacks the money to challenge ‘an established politician’
    With more than a year until the 2018 election, Navajo candidate James Singer has abandoned his Democratic bid for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat. “Although t...
    Updated Jun 21 2017 04:32 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Chris Herrod, and his wife Alia, right, react as the final voting count is announced. Herrod was chosen at the Republican convention to run on the GOP ticket to fill Jason Chaffetz’s vacant seat in Congress. The convention was held at Timpview High School, Saturday, June 17, 2017. Former state rep wins GOP nod for 3rd District special election to replace Chaffetz
    After five rounds of voting, former state Rep. Chris Herrod narrowly nabbed the Republican nomination for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District on Saturda...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 07:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Imam Yussuf Abdi speaks at a news conference where religious and community leaders gathered at the Madina Masjid Islamic Center in Salt Lake City to show support, Friday March 10, 2017. Lawyers fight for the return of a Utah Muslim leader stranded in Kenya
    Lawyers filed an emergency petition Friday, asking to bring home to Utah a Muslim leader — and an American citizen — stranded in Kenya this week after...
    Updated Jun 18 2017 07:02 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)   Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Utah attorney general reportedly out of the running for top Federal Trade Commission post
    Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who was said to be in talks to lead the Federal Trade Commission, is apparently no longer considered a candidate for...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 10:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Ben Frank • Candidate for 3rd congreational district Democrats who seek Chaffetz’s seat agree on disliking Trump and vary on health care
    Though the field is much more congested on the Republican side, three Democrats also are elbowing their way into the race for GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz’...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 12:03 am   |     |   Share
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  • |  Courtesy Paul Fife   Paul Fife. Here’s what Republican candidates for Jason Chaffetz’s seat want to do in office
    In the fierce contest to replace outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz, 12 Republicans are jockeying to stand out in the crowded field. Though it is almost ass...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Kathryn Allen • Candidate for 3rd congressional district Well-funded Democratic candidate in special election draws criticism from her in-party rivals
    Kathie Allen, who is running for outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s seat, is nearing $700,000 in donations — an unprecedented feat for a Democrat in one o...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 03:45 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Tribune File Photo)   Provo  Mayor John Curtis discusses the Google Fiber network at a public question and answer meeting at Provo’s Edgemont School on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Provo Mayor John Curtis says running as a Democrat 20 years ago tarred him with many conservatives
    Provo Mayor John Curtis fears conservatives may still be clinging to a long-standing grudge against him — which is why he chose to bypass the traditio...
    Updated Jun 19 2017 11:37 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Imam Yussuf Abdi speaks at a news conference where religious and community leaders gathered at the Madina Masjid Islamic Center in Salt Lake City to show support, Friday March 10, 2017. Muslim Utahn — and U.S. citizen — prevented from boarding plane by Kenyan officials
    A Utah Muslim leader was stranded in Kenya on Wednesday night after he was barred from boarding a return flight to the United States. Yussuf Awadir Ab...
    Updated Jun 18 2017 07:03 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Tribune File Photo)   Provo  Mayor John Curtis discusses the Google Fiber network at a public question and answer meeting at Provo’s Edgemont School on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Three-way GOP congressional primary looks like sure thing after certification of Curtis, Ainge
    Two Republicans competing in the congested race for outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s seat have secured their spots on the primary ballot — seemingly ass...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 07:11 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Evan Vucci  |  AP file photo Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee votes against Russia sanctions, says they’re costly, ineffective and push progressive policies
    Utah Sen. Mike Lee was one of just two senators Wednesday who voted against a bipartisan measure to impose sanctions on Russia for cyberattacks and me...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 09:37 am   |     |   Share
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  • Alex Brandon  |  AP file photo Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Utah senators meet with Trump to discuss still-secret health-care reform, Obamacare repeal
    Utah Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee joined 13 other Republican senators Tuesday in a sit-down with President Donald Trump to discuss health-care refor...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 07:50 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin |  Tribune file photo)     Sen. Mike Lee. Mike Lee says no evidence of Trump obstruction, wrongdoing, time to move on
    Republican Sen. Mike Lee said he’s yet to see “anything, even a scintilla” of evidence indicating that President Donald Trump obstructed justice in hi...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 09:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Tribune File Photo)   Provo  Mayor John Curtis discusses the Google Fiber network at a public question and answer meeting at Provo’s Edgemont School on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Provo mayor turns in 15,000-plus signatures to qualify for GOP primary for Chaffetz's seat
    Provo Mayor John Curtis on Monday delivered to the state Capitol more than double the necessary signatures to qualify for the Republican primary race ...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 06:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Rogelio V. Solis |  AP file photo - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Former Trump critics Romney, McCain and Graham go out of their way to praise president, skip commenting on Comey testimony
    Park City • Once among the fiercest and most ardent critics of Donald Trump, Republicans Mitt Romney, John McCain and Lindsey Graham found places Frid...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 11:36 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Polygamist Joe Darger, right, attends a hearing for HB99, a bill amending Utah’s bigamy statute, as it goes back to the House Judiciary Committee for another hearing at the Utah Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. At left are Luanne Cooper, a former member of the Polygamist Kingston clan and Jessica Christensen of the show ’Escaping Polygamy.’ Polygamist candidate for Herriman mayor lays out platform of religious liberty, inclusion
    After years of publicly defending the practice of plural marriage, a prominent Utah polygamist has decided to launch a mayoral campaign for one of the...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 01:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Third District candidate Stewart Peay visits with Emily Manwaring after a campaign event in Cedar Hills, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Little-known congressional candidate gets boost from Ann Romney
    Cedar Hills • A little-known candidate hoping to stand out in the crowded race to replace outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz has called on a family friend w...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 11:51 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)   Chia-Chi Teng, Republican challenger to Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, has filed a lawsuit against the state for rejecting his candidacy application from overseas. He is on a temporary teaching assignment in China with a BYU group. BYU professor won’t appeal ruling that keeps him out of race for Chaffetz’s seat
    The Brigham Young University professor blocked from entering the race for outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s seat has decided not to appeal to the Utah Su...
    Updated Jun 06 2017 01:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)   Chia-Chi Teng, Republican challenger to Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, has filed a lawsuit against the state for rejecting his candidacy application from overseas. He is on a temporary teaching assignment in China with a BYU group. Judge: Utah right to bar BYU professor from jumping into election via video chat
    Utah election officials were “entirely reasonable” in blocking a BYU professor who attempted to enter the race for outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s seat...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 09:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |   Tribune file photo)    Richard Snelgrove, a Salt Lake County Council member, has filed his candidacy for mayor of Murray. Snelgrove bid for Murray mayor among surprises in opening day of candidate filing
    Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove is eyeing a switch to city government, filing Thursday as a candidate for mayor of Murray. Snelgrove, a ...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 11:00 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)   Chia-Chi Teng, Republican challenger to Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, has filed a lawsuit against the state for rejecting his candidacy application from overseas. He is on a temporary teaching assignment in China with a BYU group. BYU professor blocked from entering race for Chaffetz’s seat sues state
    State officials rejected applications from two candidates looking to make bids last week during the dizzying hustle to file for outgoing Rep. Jason Ch...
    Updated Jun 05 2017 09:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The HomeInn Hotel on 300 west in Salt Lake City.  Thursday, April 13, 2017. Salt Lake’s HomeInn Hotel provides an escape from the street, a chance for ex-cons
    Dan met the boy he would molest at a swimming pool. He was 51. His victim just 12. The boy didn’t tell anyone about the groping. Dan asked him not to....
    Updated May 29 2017 07:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz with his wife Julie at his side speaks at the Utah Republican Party Organizing Convention, Saturday, May 19, 2017. Chaffetz’s exit leaves 21 — so far — seeking to fill the void
    The only thing more surprising than Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s early departure from Congress may be the number of those jockeying to replace him. By the cl...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 07:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  Tribune file photo)   Jim Bennett, center, is helping to organize a new centrist party of disaffected Republicans and Democrats called the Utah United Party. He is considering suing over the state’s refusal to allow him to file provisionally as a candidate of the new party while it is being certified. Jim Bennett tries to jump into race for Congress, but state won’t let him under new party’s banner
    Jim Bennett is ready to jump into the U.S. House special election. He’s filled out the papers and signed his name. There’s one problem: The party he w...
    Updated May 27 2017 12:02 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Tribune File Photo)   Provo  Mayor John Curtis discusses the Google Fiber network at a public question and answer meeting at Provo’s Edgemont School on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Provo Mayor John Curtis says he’s all in as a candidate for Congress
    After weeks of deliberation — and a bit of hesitation — Provo Mayor John Curtis decided to add his name Thursday to the mounting list of candidates da...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 06:06 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Congressman Chris Stewart, R-Utah, speaks at the Utah Republican Party Organizing Convention, Saturday, May 19, 2017. Despite CIA testimony, Utah’s Stewart says there’s ‘some ambiguity’ on whether Russia boosted Trump
    During testimony Tuesday from former CIA Director John Brennan that strongly indicated otherwise, Republican Rep. Chris Stewart continued to assert th...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:10 pm   |     |   Share
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