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Utahn running to be second in command of national Republican Party

Utahn running to be second in command of national Republican Party

What happens to the Republican Party once President Donald Trump leaves office in January? Does it continue to be the “party of Trump,” or do party leaders chart a new course? A Utahn on the Republican National Committee, , says, why not both? “President Trump has expanded and diversified the party base,” he said. “The Democratic Party used to be the party of the working class, but Trump has become very popular in that area. He’s also pushed very far into the Latino community, which had not been done before by our presidential candidates.” Hough, who holds one of Utah’s three RNC spots, has...

December 2, 2020
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Utah to submit its COVID-19 vaccine plan, expects up to 400K early doses

Utah to submit its COVID-19 vaccine plan, expects up to 400K early doses

When the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine start rolling out in December, state officials say they expect somewhere between 100,000 and 400,000 doses to come to Utah. Needless to say, that’s not nearly enough. The Utah Department of Health will submit its proposal for the vaccine rollout to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention this week. Previously, the department said with the first wave of vaccinations, while the rest of the state would have to wait until late spring or summer. On Monday, House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, sent an email to Republicans and Democrats in...

December 1, 2020
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How Utah’s new coronavirus restrictions came to be, and why some lawmakers are fuming

How Utah’s new coronavirus restrictions came to be, and why some lawmakers are fuming

The statewide mask mandate announced by Gov. Gary Herbert on Sunday night has been in the works for more than a week. It is part of a new approach to combating the wildfire-like spread of the coronavirus. He generally has the support of Utah’s legislative leaders, but the changes aren’t going over well with some lawmakers, who worry the governor has overstepped his bounds. Herbert accelerated talks on new restrictions shortly after meeting last week with Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Deborah Birx, who is part of the White House...

November 9, 2020
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Mitt Romney rejects Trump’s voter fraud claims, says it’s time to ‘get behind the new president’

Mitt Romney rejects Trump’s voter fraud claims, says it’s time to ‘get behind the new president’

Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s allegations of widespread voter fraud is “destructive to the cause of democracy” and Americans of all political stripes should back President-elect Joe Biden. “I think it’s time we get behind the new president and wish him the very best,” said Romney, who was the first sitting Republican senator to congratulate Biden, sending a tweet about two hours after The Associated Press and TV networks called the race. On Saturday, only one other Republican senator followed suit, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski. Romney, the Republicans’ 2012...

November 8, 2020
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Ben McAdams demands Burgess Owens disavow QAnon after he suggested the conspiracy theory may have merit

Ben McAdams demands Burgess Owens disavow QAnon after he suggested the conspiracy theory may have merit

Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams challenged his Republican rival Burgess Owens to disavow the sweeping QAnon conspiracy theory after Owens appeared to embrace the group in a radio interview last week. Owens was a guest on the syndicated when he was asked about the issue of child sex trafficking, which he has made a centerpiece of his campaign. Unprompted, Owens brought up QAnon. “What I find interesting is anytime you bring up child trafficking, we get from the left a word called QAnon,” said Owens. Owens then said he thinks the idea is at least worth a closer look. “One of the things we need to...

October 28, 2020
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The vice presidential debate in Utah: What you need to know about the big event

The vice presidential debate in Utah: What you need to know about the big event

The lights will come and the nation’s attention will turn to Salt Lake City as Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris meet for the first and only time on the debate stage. The vice presidential debate is usually a snoozefest, but Wednesday’s event is taking place during a global pandemic, an economic downturn and a political season that feels like a soap opera. Republicans are rushing to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court before Election Day. and treated with experimental medicines and then declares himself healthier than he has been in 20 years. Suddenly, humdrum becomes...

October 6, 2020
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Iron County commissioner posts meme threatening violence against Black Lives Matter protesters

Iron County commissioner posts meme threatening violence against Black Lives Matter protesters

Iron County Commissioner Paul Cozzens posted a meme on Facebook that suggested violence against Black Lives Matter protesters or members of Antifa would be justified in the wake of the “defund the police” movement. The online discussion began with Salt Lake County Council member Aimee Winder Newton’s Facebook thread theorizing the calls to defund the police precipitated a run on ammunition and firearms. “If people don’t believe that law enforcement will be able to protect them, they will find a way to protect their families and properties,” wrote Winder Newton. "Did you know that AR-15′s...

September 16, 2020
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There’s speculation that Joe Biden might consider Mitt Romney as secretary of state

There’s speculation that Joe Biden might consider Mitt Romney as secretary of state

Sen. Mitt Romney was under consideration to be President Donald Trump’s first secretary of state before the president tapped oil executive Rex Tillerson. Now, there’s speculation in Washington that Romney could be a candidate for that same spot if former Vice President Joe Biden wins in November. The lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck speculating who could potentially fill cabinet and staff positions in a Biden administration come 2021. The memo warns that the list of possible personnel picks for a Biden White House is “highly speculative.” The memo’s contents . Romney was...

September 18, 2020
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