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Courtney Tanner

Reporter, Government

801-257-8788, ctanner@sltrib.com


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  • Manuel Balce Ceneta | AP file photo  Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was scheduled to meet Thursday with President-elect Donald Trump.. Sen. Mike Lee alone in Utah delegation cheering pulling of GOP health care bill
    After the GOP bill to replace Obamacare was pulled Friday, Sen. Mike Lee celebrated. “The decision to pull this bill was a sound, commonsense one,” sa...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 10:29 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Congressman Chris Stewart speaks before members of the Utah Senate Thursday Feb. 9.  Rep. Chris Stewart postpones town hall; Poll shows most Utahns want Congress members to hold meetings
    Rep. Chris Stewart’s town hall, originally slated for Friday but postponed to next week due to planned votes in Congress, marks the first to be held i...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 12:12 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Utah’s all-Republican delegation hard to pin down on health-care vote
    With a postponed House vote on the GOP health care bill, Utah’s representatives — all Republicans — expressed wavering, uncertain or evasive support f...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 12:44 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake Tribune Editor Jennifer Napier Pearce moderates a panel discussion with columnist George Pyle, Gae Lyn Henderson , and professors Matthew D. LaPlante as they discuss what the trend means for the public and the implications for journalists at ’Fake or Fact: What is News?’ forum at the Salt Lake Public Library, Wednesday, March 22,2017.   Fake or Fact? Panelists in Salt Lake City explore what news to trust in the digital age
    Matthew LaPlante was scrolling through Facebook when he saw a video advertising a Harry Potter version of the popular game Pokemon Go. “Oh my god,” he...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)    Former Unified Fire Authority Chief Michael Jensen, left, and Deputy Chief Gaylord Scott in October 2010. A recent audit recommends a criminal investigation related to their spending at UFA. Board adopts policy reforms in wake of blistering Unified Fire Authority audit
    Midvale • After a scathing pair of audits turned up alleged misuse of public money and possible criminal wrongdoing by former officials of the Unified...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Then-Metro Support Deputy Chief Fred Ross drives by Catholic Community Services of Utah as homeless men and women wait outside. Fences will separate homeless shelter from The Gateway mall
    Five-foot-tall chain-link fences will soon stretch down 200 South in Salt Lake City, creating a barrier between the downtown homeless shelter and The ...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 12:07 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |   Tribune file photo)   Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson will be part of a national Democratic ’transition team’ recommending a path forward. Utah Democrat Jenny Wilson appointed to national party transition team
    For Democrats to move forward, the party must stop “looking in the rear view mirror” at its defeat in the 2016 election and the division that sprouted...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 12:07 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rep. Mia Love shakes hands with members of the Senate as she visits the Utah Senate at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday February 23, 2017 Utah’s Mia Love supports GOP health care plan, wants revisions
    Insisting several times that it’s a “work in progress,” U.S. Rep. Mia Love signaled her support Thursday for the GOP plan to overhaul the nation’s hea...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 01:55 am   |     |   Share
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  • Here's how President Trump's proposed budget hikes and spending cuts might affect Utah
    Washington • President Donald Trump unveiled a budget Thursday that would boost funding for the military, homeland security and veterans but cut deepl...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 11:45 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams talks about recent changes in the homeless shelter plan during a meeting with The Salt Lake Tribune)   on Monday, March 13, 2017. McAdams: ‘The options are open’ on Salt Lake County shelter site
    Though Salt Lake County has named five potential sites for a new homeless shelter to be built in either West Valley City or South Salt Lake, county Ma...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 08:29 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Courtesy  |  Kathryn Allen  Kathryn Allen. Meet the Democrat running against Rep. Jason Chaffetz — and raising loads of money
    She plays the accordion, has practiced medicine for 30 years and is fluent in French. Now she’s looking to unseat Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Kath...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 04:23 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Francisco Kjosleth  |  Tribune File Photo)    Charles Hardy of the Gun Owners of Utah, who has a concealed-weapons permit but choses to carry a gun openly, spends time at the Utah Capitol for the last day of the 2007 legislative session, contacting his representatives about gun rights. The Legislature passed SB251, which modifies provisions related to the posession and carrying of concealed firearms at institutions of higher education. Gun law tweaks allow young adults to get a concealed carry permit
    Several shootouts over gun bills ricocheted through the Legislature this year. A bill to allow young adults, age 18 and older, to get concealed-carry ...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Rick Bowmer  Associated Press file photo A watch tower is seen in front of the Wasatch facility during a media tour last year at the Utah State Correctional Facility in Draper. An option approved by the legislature when it approved moving the prison allows Salt Lake City to raise local sales taxes, something Mayor Jackie Biskupski says she does not intend to do. Public input invited for developing old prison site
    A paragliding area. A trail system. A park with open space. These are some of the ideas being tossed around for the roughly 22,000 undeveloped acres a...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 02:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Salt Lake, meets with her constituents during Utah Women Unite during ’A Day Without Women’ at the Utah State Capitol, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Protesters converge on Utah Capitol as part of national ‘A Day Without Women’ event
    Catherine Bergstrom told her boss she wouldn’t be at work Wednesday, explaining: “I’ve got some civic duties to attend to.” “OK,” he replied, but it w...
    Updated Mar 08 2017 11:38 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Senator Mike Lee speaks at ìNewsmaker Breakfast,î a monthly event highlighting current issues impacting the State of Utah in Salt Lake City Wednesday November 9. Sen. Mike Lee among small band of conservatives fighting against the Republican health care bill
    As Republicans coalesce around a plan that dumps the requirement to buy insurance but keeps some popular parts of Obamacare, a small faction within th...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 11:21 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, listens to a question during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Chaffetz said that the nation’s poor may have to forego things like ’that new iPhone they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on’ in order to pay for health care. The comment led to a swift backlash. Chaffetz says poor people should forgo iPhones to pay for health care
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz faced a torrential backlash Tuesday about the way he framed the difficult decisions poorer Americans may have to make when it come...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 11:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Andrew Harnik | AP file photo House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he hasn’t seen any evidence to support the president’s allegations that his campaign HQ was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama. Chaffetz: ‘I have not seen anything’ to support Trump’s wiretap allegations
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he has yet to see any evidence that former President Barack Obama ordered illegal wiretapping of Trump Tower during ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 06:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 2, 2017, as he and fellow senators returned to their offices after votes to confirm two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was confirmed as secretary of the Department of House and Urban Development on a vote of 58-41. A few hours later, the Senate backed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be energy secretary, 62-37. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Hatch applauds Trump’s new travel ban; Chaffetz calls order ‘a good move’
    After federal courts skewered his first attempt, President Donald Trump has ventured a second executive order to temporarily ban travel from several M...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 11:30 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Bernie Hart leads a group of homeless people in tai chi at the Salt Lake City Public Library, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Tai chi class offers SLC’s homeless a taste of stability amid the chaos
    Bernie Hart’s first piece of advice is “Don’t worry.” The second, “Don’t think.” “Just follow,” he tells the 31 homeless people standing behind him. ...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 07:57 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rep. Mia Love shakes hands with members of the Senate as she visits the Utah Senate at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday February 23, 2017 Love and Stewart, reaching out from afar, get a more muted response at town halls
    Reps. Chris Stewart and Mia Love each held an online town hall Wednesday night, speaking to constituents through the comfortable distance of computer ...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 02:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • |  courtesy of Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office  Sen. Orrin Hatch met with Jewish leaders at his office on Tuesday. Hatch pledges to back bid to recover religious texts from Russia
    Six rabbis and a Mormon sat together around a wooden table in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. No, this isn’t the setup to a bad joke. Sen. Orrin Hatch ...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 10:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. applaud. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP) Utahns in Congress laud Trump’s plan for ‘renewal of the American spirit’
    Washington • While promising to renew the American spirit, President Donald Trump used his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday to ...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:54 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Lincoln Hobbs speaks at a meeting of Salt Lake Indivisible, a grass-roots bipartisan group organizing against President Donald Trump. The meeting was held at Wasatch Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, Wednesday February 1, 2017. Utah 'resistance' groups forging strategy to combat Trump, Republican lawmakers
    Narrowly missed by workmen’s boots and the shuffle of folding chairs, a ball of fuchsia-colored yarn unfurled on the carpet. Ellie Brownstein’s callus...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:54 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Labor Secretary Tom Perez speaks to a gathering at the South Court Auditorium in the White House compound in Washington, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Democrats look to fix party fouls — in Utah and the nation
    As Democrats work to rebuild after a devastating defeat in the 2016 election, national and state races for party leadership will likely set the tone f...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 01:10 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Molly Hitt, of Boston, displays an American flag while standing in front of a memorial to the Irish potato famine, right, during a rally called ’We Will Persist,’ Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Boston. According to organizers the rally was held to send a message to Republicans in Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump that they will continue to press for immigration rights and continued affordable healthcare coverage. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Trump’s expansion of deportation rules means ‘a new reality’ for immigrants in Utah, U.S.
    Under an expansive rewrite of immigration policy, President Donald Trump’s administration has outlined aggressive plans to speed deportations and expa...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Senator Mike Lee speaks at ÏNewsmaker Breakfast,Ó a monthly event highlighting current issues impacting the State of Utah in Salt Lake City Wednesday November 9. Trump isn’t the right guy, but he’s the guy for the right, says Utah's Sen. Mike Lee
    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 ...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 10:15 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Members of the audience hold up signs as U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Don’t hold town-hall meetings, Utah GOP leader says; Chaffetz disagrees
    The state’s congressional leaders should skip or delay hosting town-hall meetings for their own safety after the “intimidation and violence” at one he...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Gov. Gary Herbert answers questions during his daily press conference, Thursday, February 12, 2015. He was asked if he has, or would officiate a same-sex wedding, and he answered that he would probably politely decline. Gov. Gary Herbert says President Trump’s inexperience shows
    President Donald Trump is like a first-time plumber trying to fix a leaky pipe: inept, inexperienced and a little unaware — that’s according to Gov. G...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Chaffetz’s unsubstantiated claim of out-of-state professional agitators fuels more anger
    Washington • Some Utahns, outraged at Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s unsubstantiated claim that paid protesters infiltrated his raucous town-hall meeting last ...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, listens to a question during the town-hall meeting in Brighton High School Thursday February 9, 2017. Utahns drown out Chaffetz with demand to 'explain yourself' at tense town hall
    Feeling left out by Congress, a mostly liberal crowd assails the Republican with demands that include “Do your job” and “Explain yourself.”...

    Updated Feb 24 2017 05:20 pm   |     |   Share
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