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(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) From left, Sen. Mike Lee and independent challenger Evan McMullin participate in a debate ahead of the election for U.S. Senate at Utah Valley University, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2022. An audit by the Utah Debate Commission finds that Lee's campaign was aware of online ticket availability hours before McMullin's campaign.

Mike Lee’s campaign’s early access to 2022 Senate debate tickets was an ‘unfortunate miscommunication,’ audit finds

By Bryan Schott | January 10, 2023, 7:29 p.m.

(Mariam Zuhaib | AP) Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks during a news conference on spending, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Newly-released materials from the House Jan. 6 committee show Lee worked with a top Trump campaign legal adviser on strategies for overturning the 2020 election.

How Utah Sen. Mike Lee tried to make the scheme to overturn Trump’s election loss fit the Constitution

By Bryan Schott | January 4, 2023, 1:00 p.m.

(Susan Walsh | AP) House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., is followed by reporters as he heads to the House Floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

Utah’s GOP delegation supports Kevin McCarthy in House speaker turmoil

By Jacob Scholl | January 3, 2023, 11:31 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne prepares to take the stage at the WeCANact Liberty Conference, held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Byrne paid for members of the Proud Boys to take a private jet to Washington, D.C., to attend a rally in support of former President Donald Trump in the days after Trump lost the 2020 election.

Overstock founder flew Proud Boys to rally supporting Trump in days after 2020 election, Jan. 6 committee finds

By Emily Anderson Stern | January 4, 2023, 10:50 p.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | AP) The Senate side of the Capitol is seen in Washington, early Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, as lawmakers rush to complete passage of a bill to fund the government before a midnight Friday deadline, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.

Utah’s four GOP congressmen vote ‘nay,’ as House passes $1.7 trillion spending bill with Ukraine aid

By Kevin Freking | The Associated Press | Jeff Parrott | December 23, 2022, 11:16 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  President Donald Trump is joined by Sen. Mike Lee at the Utah Capitol on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. The final report for the House Jan. 6 committee gives new details into Lee's efforts to help Trump overturn his 2020 election loss.

Jan. 6 report sheds new details about Sen. Mike Lee’s efforts to help Trump overturn 2020 election

By Bryan Schott | December 24, 2022, 2:11 a.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Maps at a news conference held by the Utah’s bipartisan redistricting panel in Taylorsville on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.

Subpoenas fly as Utah’s gerrymandering lawsuit moves forward

By Bryan Schott | December 23, 2022, 8:36 p.m.

(Andrew Harnik | AP) Former President Donald Trump takes the stage to speak at Mar-a-lago on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump's taxes were not audited during his first two years in Congress, which ran counter to Internal Revenue Service policy. Utah's four Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted against a bill requiring annual audits of the president's tax returns.

Should the IRS audit a president’s taxes? Utah’s four GOP congressmen don’t think so.

By Bryan Schott | December 23, 2022, 12:09 a.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | AP) Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., arrive as lawmakers rush to complete passage of a spending bill to fund the government before a midnight Friday deadline or face the prospect of a partial government shutdown going into the Christmas holiday, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022.

Romney, Lee split vote on $1.7 trillion bill funding government and aid to Ukraine

By Kevin Freking | The Associated Press | Emily Anderson Stern | December 22, 2022, 9:19 p.m.

(Haiyun Jiang | The New York Times) Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks to the press in the Capitol, on Nov. 29, 2022. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Politico in an interview that he is willing to support Romney against challengers from within the party, as he did for other anti-Trump Republican incumbents during the midterm election.

Should Mitt Romney run for reelection in 2024? The Senate’s top Republican thinks so.

By Emily Anderson Stern | December 21, 2022, 11:53 p.m.

(Erika P. Rodriguez | The New York Times)  Sam Bankman-Fried speaks at the Crypto Bahamas conference in Nassau on April 27, 2022. According to federal campaign records, in the lead-up to the 2022 elections, Bankman-Fried became the Democratic Party’s second largest single donor after George Soros.

Where Sam Bankman-Fried’s ‘dirty money’ entered Utah politics

By Emily Anderson Stern | December 16, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | AP) Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Romney blamed Donald Trump for a disappointing midterm election showing by the GOP, calling Trump's endorsement the "kiss of death."

‘Kiss of death.’ Mitt Romney blames Donald Trump endorsements for GOP midterm losses

By Bryan Schott | December 8, 2022, 12:42 a.m.

(U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr./Department of Defense via AP) In this Feb. 9, 2021 photo provided by the Department of Defense, Hickam 15th Medical Group host the first COVID-19 mass vaccination on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Some Utah politicians are backing a provision of the NDAA that would end the military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Should the military still require the coronavirus vaccine? These Utah Republicans think not.

By Emily Anderson Stern | December 7, 2022, 8:50 p.m.

(Alex Brandon | AP) House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., arrives to speak at an event early Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2022, in Washington.

Utah’s Blake Moore, John Curtis urge GOP colleagues to support Kevin McCarthy for House speaker

By Bryan Schott | December 5, 2022, 6:32 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Mike Lee makes his victory speech at the Utah Republican Party election night party at the Hyatt Regency in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Lee voted against the Respect for Marriage Act after an amendment he proposed was rejected. The same-sex marriage act passed the Seante, with Utah Sen. Mitt Romney voting for the bill, which is now headed to the U.S. House.

Same-sex marriage act passed by Senate, Mike Lee and Mitt Romney split their vote

By Jacob Scholl | November 30, 2022, 3:40 p.m.

(Andrew Harnik | AP) Former President Donald Trump waves after announcing he is running for president for the third time at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. Trump has come under criticism for meeting with white supremacist Nick Fuentes last week at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Mitt Romney calls Donald Trump’s meeting with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and Kanye West ‘disgusting’

By Bryan Schott | November 29, 2022, 12:35 a.m.

(J. Scott Applewhite | AP) Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. Romney voted to advance a bill in the U.S. Senate, that if passed, would codify same-sex marriage nationwide.

Mitt Romney joins bipartisan Senate majority to advance same-sex marriage act with religious exception amendment

By Jacob Scholl | November 17, 2022, 6:38 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Mike Lee makes his victory speech at the Utah Republican Party election night party at the Hyatt Regency in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Map: Where Utahns voted for Mike Lee and Evan McMullin in the U.S. Senate race

By Emily Anderson Stern | Christopher Cherrington | November 9, 2022, 11:30 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Mike Lee makes his victory speech at the Utah Republican Party election night party at the Hyatt Regency in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee wins reelection, beating independent challenger Evan McMullin in unprecedented Senate race

By Emily Anderson Stern | November 9, 2022, 6:25 p.m.

(Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Reps. Chris Stewart, John Curtis, and Burgess Owens at the Utah Republican Party election night party at the Hyatt Regency in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Utah Reps. Moore, Stewart, Curtis and Owens sail to reelection in 2022 midterms

By Jacob Scholl | November 9, 2022, 7:28 p.m.