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State Rep. Rich Cunningham voted against SB54 two years ago. He disliked the legislation that would allow candidates to get around the traditional caucus-convention system by collecting enough voter signatures. “Ironically,” he laughingly acknowledges, “now I’m the poster child for …

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Incumbent Governor Gary Herbert delivers his re-election speech, backed by his family and wife Jeanette Herbert at the Utah Republican Convention, Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Salt Palace Convention Center. Donor speed-dating with guv doesn’t sit well with some
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)   Utah 4th Congressional District Candidates Mia Love and Doug Owens shake hands before a debate in the 2014 campaign. They are headed for a rematch this year and Democrats are hoping a Donald Trump presidential nominee at the top of the ticket will hurt Republicans. But Love’s campaign says likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will hurt Democrats. Dems: Trump as GOP nominee will hurt Utah’s Mia Love, other Republicans
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  • (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   UTA has announced that ski bus service for the year ends on Sunday. Provo, Orem groups seek public vote to stop controversial UTA transit project
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    Updated Apr 28 2016 10:30 pm   |     |   Share


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Budget
House passes Chaffetz’s bill limiting paid leave for fed workers
Updated Apr 26 2016 07:54 pm

Salt Lake Film Society loses bid for tax exemption
Updated Apr 28 2016 05:34 pm

Salt Lake County job growth ranked No. 3 among nation’s large counties
Updated Apr 22 2016 11:19 am

Landfill hikes fees for tires, refrigerators
Updated Apr 20 2016 05:35 pm

Worried about filing taxes? You have three extra days
Updated Apr 14 2016 10:47 pm

Utah ads rip Rep. Rob Bishop over Puerto Rico deal
Updated Apr 08 2016 07:49 pm

Utahns paid $18.1 billion in federal income tax last year
Updated Mar 31 2016 01:53 pm

MIke Lee, Mia Love: Take congressional power back
Updated Mar 25 2016 10:25 am

Utah lawmakers adopt $15.1 billion budget, boost school funding
Updated Mar 12 2016 04:49 pm

Utah Legislature OKs $53 million cash swap to fund Oakland coal port
Updated Mar 10 2016 11:44 pm


Crime
Hatch, Leahy spar over Supreme Court nomination
Updated Apr 26 2016 07:54 pm

Board for Utah quasigovernment agency votes for big changes in wake of financial scandal
Updated Apr 27 2016 09:57 am

West Valley Police chief wants to expand stun gun, body cam program
Updated Apr 28 2016 10:55 am

Provo police show off new virtual training device aimed at defusing encounters
Updated Apr 20 2016 02:40 pm

Hatch, Lee want quick vote on Utah judicial pick, not high-court nominee
Updated Apr 21 2016 10:36 pm

Brewvies cited for serving alcohol while showing ‘Deadpool,’ set to sue Utah A.G. and DABC
Updated Apr 28 2016 02:52 pm

UCA still trying to pick up the pieces in wake of financial scandal
Updated Apr 21 2016 10:44 am

Auditor warns secretive Utah agency to report finances or face funding freeze
Updated Apr 18 2016 10:39 am

Investigation into alleged choking of a man by Beaver County sheriff remains mysterious
Updated Apr 15 2016 03:27 pm

Employee and daughter embezzled $1 million in public money over a decade
Updated Apr 09 2016 10:34 pm


Culture
After overcoming mountains, deserts, early explorers now navigate state rules
Updated Apr 27 2016 11:08 am

Under campaign pressure, Overstock strips porn from site
Updated Apr 26 2016 08:10 pm

Broader Salt Lake County Council nepotism policy puts pressure on Recorder Gary Ott
Updated Apr 27 2016 11:07 am

Utah agency will drop diversity when considering judges — for now
Updated Apr 21 2016 10:33 pm

Utah lawmaker wants to exclude diversity from consideration for state judges
Updated Apr 21 2016 07:34 am

Utah Republican resolution may seek revolt against ‘overzealous’ federal rule
Updated Apr 19 2016 11:10 pm

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski bans city travel to states that have passed anti-LGBT laws
Updated Apr 12 2016 10:29 pm

Bert Smith, king of surplus and devout constitutionalist, dies at age 95
Updated Apr 09 2016 12:50 pm

Speaker at U. of U. criticizes America for ‘bigotry,’ ‘Islamophobia’
Updated Apr 08 2016 10:47 am

Utah’s House members vote in lockstep — on purpose
Updated Apr 04 2016 09:41 pm


Elections
Dems: Trump as GOP nominee will hurt Utah’s Mia Love, other Republicans
Updated Apr 28 2016 06:51 pm

Rep. Jason Chaffetz hit with campaign-spending complaint by his Republican challenger
Updated Apr 28 2016 10:32 pm

Donor speed-dating with guv doesn’t sit well with some
Updated Apr 28 2016 10:17 pm

Johnson outpolls Gov. Herbert at Utah GOP convention, forcing primary
Updated Apr 28 2016 09:56 pm

Jonathan Johnson forces primary for Utah governor race, but can he defeat Gov. Gary Herbert?
Updated Apr 26 2016 07:40 am

Millcreek vote fuels prospects of busy primary election
Updated Apr 25 2016 11:17 am

Weinholtz wins Dem nomination in Utah governor’s race, says wife under investigation for pot possession
Updated Apr 23 2016 10:54 pm

Utah GOP wants judge recused, claims bias in attorney fees
Updated Apr 23 2016 05:57 pm

Study: Convention delegates more extreme than most Utah voters
Updated Apr 21 2016 11:08 pm

Huntsman group unveils plans to solve America’s woes
Updated Apr 22 2016 10:04 am


Education
Utah committee has fun ‘ripping up’ school funding bill
Updated Feb 29 2016 02:32 pm

A rainy day fund for Utah’s higher education buildings?
Updated Feb 28 2016 09:50 pm

Senators reject bill to raise income tax on richest 1.5% of Utahns
Updated Feb 17 2016 10:40 pm

House OKs bill aimed at expanding kindergarten
Updated Feb 08 2016 09:26 pm

Bill advances to boost charter school funding by $40 million
Updated Feb 29 2016 06:47 pm

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 Feb 17 2016 05:19 pm

Longtime Utah Sen. Bob Bennett inducted into Hinckley Hall of Fame
Updated Apr 22 2016 06:55 pm

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


Environment
Companies to replace scores of trees illegally cut in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Updated Apr 22 2016 10:22 pm

Ahead of Jewell visit to Utah, speculation about Bears Ears monument
Updated Apr 19 2016 11:05 pm

Forest Service seeks comments on Snowbasin Resort projects
Updated Apr 17 2016 08:25 pm

Governor uses veto pen on six bills, including one for TV cooking show
Updated Mar 31 2016 11:00 pm

Utah guv signs bills on power regulation, porn and lands lawsuit
Updated Mar 30 2016 10:40 pm

Noel: Death of Scalia means timing is bad for Utah to sue over public lands
Updated Mar 11 2016 09:03 pm

Nina Dougherty, early fighter for clean air in Utah, dies at age 82
Updated Apr 16 2016 08:40 pm

Bill OK’d to require less-polluting water heaters
Updated Mar 12 2016 01:19 pm

Bill passes to outline how Utah would manage federal public lands
Updated Mar 12 2016 01:21 pm

House approves tax incentive for cleaner fuel
Updated Mar 12 2016 01:19 pm


Health
State commission grants $135,000 to fight against drug overdose
Updated Apr 06 2016 10:57 am

Obama to Utah: Fully expanding Medicaid would help 42,000 with mental-health needs
Updated Mar 29 2016 10:53 am

Money runs out for Utah medical-marijuana bill; ballot initiative looms
Updated Mar 12 2016 12:07 pm

Tobacco bills vaporized this year
Updated Mar 12 2016 04:42 pm

Fetal anesthesia bill headed to governor, who will sign it
Updated Mar 15 2016 10:55 am

Long fight over: Small-scale Medicaid expansion wins final approval
Updated Mar 08 2016 11:07 pm

One Utah marijuana bill is dead, another is broadened and moves on
Updated Mar 08 2016 09:45 am

Utah Senate votes to require anesthesia for fetus during abortion
Updated Mar 08 2016 09:41 am

Mormon church opposition to marijuana bill changes at least one vote
Updated Feb 10 2016 09:22 am

House votes to expand medical coverage to poorest Utahns after years of debate
Updated Mar 04 2016 09:27 pm


Immigration
Chaffetz scolds Obama administration for failure to deport undocumented criminals
Updated Apr 28 2016 10:13 pm

Senate votes to extend implementation date of controversial immigrant program
Updated Mar 07 2016 10:19 pm

Utah’s guest worker law, never implemented, may be repealed
Updated Feb 08 2016 02:16 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 Feb 17 2016 03:01 pm

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 Feb 25 2016 06:33 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 Feb 17 2016 02:33 pm


Local
Utah golfers rejoice: Wingpointe may get a mulligan, stay open
Updated Apr 27 2016 10:01 pm

Biskupski keeps Mike Brown, names him Salt Lake City’s police chief
Updated Apr 26 2016 10:40 pm

Salt Lake County considering privately funded swimming pool
Updated Apr 18 2016 08:00 am

Russ Wall leaving Salt Lake County as public works boss
Updated Apr 17 2016 08:24 pm

Former Bountiful Mayor Dean Stahle dies
Updated Apr 11 2016 11:16 am

Salt Lake County hires former city public services chief to run townships
Updated Apr 08 2016 10:46 am

Salt Lake City Fire Department: residents and businesses on 300 South are safe
Updated Apr 06 2016 10:40 pm

Salt Lake City’s Broadway violates fire code
Updated Apr 05 2016 10:56 pm

Draper City’s proposal to lift nepotism ban didn’t sit well with public
Updated Apr 03 2016 09:36 pm

Herbert signs legislation that could impede local historic districts
Updated Apr 02 2016 07:09 pm


Poverty
Site selection begins for new homeless shelters in Salt Lake City
Updated Apr 19 2016 07:32 am

Utah has second-widest wage gap between women, men
Updated Apr 04 2016 11:07 pm

New homeless-youths shelter will offer security, counseling and education
Updated Mar 30 2016 10:36 pm

Help is on the way as Herbert signs bills for homeless aid
Updated Mar 28 2016 03:33 pm

Legislature allocates $9.2 million for homeless facilities and services
Updated Mar 12 2016 08:42 pm

New payday loan regulations receive final OK
Updated Mar 09 2016 08:44 pm

Bill to help Utah’s homeless advances
Updated Mar 12 2016 01:22 pm

Utah lawmakers quickly junk plan to hike minimum wage
Updated Mar 07 2016 02:14 pm

House OKs $9M to help build new homeless shelters
Updated Mar 07 2016 02:13 pm

Senate approves landlord opt-out bill despite warnings it will deepen low-income housing
Updated Feb 26 2016 08:39 pm


Security
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

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 Feb 17 2016 04:36 pm

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


Transportation
Provo, Orem groups seek public vote to stop controversial UTA transit project
Updated Apr 28 2016 10:30 pm

Grenades, guns common at Salt Lake City International Airport checkpoints
Updated Apr 27 2016 10:01 pm

UTA proposal may make east-west bus travel easier
Updated Apr 28 2016 10:55 am

UTA gives administrative employees ­— but not top brass — $647K in bonuses
Updated Apr 28 2016 10:55 am

Salt Lake City’s new airport terminal project shifting into higher gear
Updated Apr 28 2016 10:53 am

Provo gives approval needed for ‘bus rapid transit’ project, bucking protest from residents
Updated Apr 27 2016 01:16 pm

Study: Utah men seven times more likely than women to be in fatal DUI crash
Updated Apr 22 2016 10:38 am

UTA wins federal grant to buy its first-ever electric buses
Updated Apr 22 2016 10:38 am

Utah highway officials urge drivers to be safe, alert in work zones (video)
Updated Apr 20 2016 02:48 pm

Provo residents seek to block new ‘bus rapid transit’ project; council delays vote
Updated Apr 20 2016 05:36 pm