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Latter-day Saints laud Joe Biden at national event, say he reflects their values better than Trump

Latter-day Saints laud Joe Biden at national event, say he reflects their values better than Trump

Just before the Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday, Joe Biden’s campaign staged a national virtual event Saturday in which a parade of Latter-day Saints told fellow church members why they support the former vice president. And sometimes they also said why they see President Donald Trump as wicked. It came during an event where participants opened and closed with prayer, quoted scriptures, repeated teachings of church leaders and sometimes shared testimonies that helped put Biden in a divine light. “We can probably all agree that Donald Trump isn’t good or right,” said Abigail...

August 15, 2020
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While President Trump and national GOP sound alarm on voting by mail, red Utah embraces it

While President Trump and national GOP sound alarm on voting by mail, red Utah embraces it

President Donald Trump is floating the idea of postponing the election because by-mail voting would make it “the most inaccurate and fraudulent in history.” Earlier this year he said that if states convert to by-mail voting, “You’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” Republican Utah’s experience shows otherwise. For example, the canvass of the June 30 primary found 66.9% of active GOP voters cast ballots — nearly double the 37.6% Republican primary turnout in 2012 before voting by mail. And . (Some of this year’s increase came because of ). “Voting by mail works really...

August 1, 2020
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Mitt Romney attacks Trump’s foreign policy as helping Russia, China

Mitt Romney attacks Trump’s foreign policy as helping Russia, China

For a second day in a row, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney attacked President Donald Trump’s foreign policy as helping China and Russia but hurting U.S. allies. That came as he questioned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday. Romney — the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, who once — praised Pompeo for trying to rally global opposition to China’s misdeeds and aggression, but at the same time criticized the president. He said Pompeo’s actions are “a welcome departure from the president’s fawning praise of [Chinese leader] Xi Jinping and celebration...

July 30, 2020
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Utah Sen. Mike Lee asks Trump to prod states to reopen churches or face loss of COVID-19 aid

Utah Sen. Mike Lee asks Trump to prod states to reopen churches or face loss of COVID-19 aid

Sen. Mike Lee is leading a call for President Donald Trump to push states and local governments to allow churches to reopen, or face restrictions on any forthcoming COVID-19 relief funding. “Such executive action would send the nation and government leaders a clear and unequivocal message that religious liberty matters, and that no state or locality can unilaterally strip away protected constitutional rights,” . The letter complains that some governments are not allowing churches to meet or to restrict practices or gathering sizes — even if they use masks and social distancing — while many...

July 27, 2020
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Besides fighting COVID-19, Mitt Romney wants aid package to reform Social Security and Medicare

Besides fighting COVID-19, Mitt Romney wants aid package to reform Social Security and Medicare

As Senate Republicans on Monday unveiled their proposals for a next round of COVID-19 relief, they included one from Utah Sen. Mitt Romney he says is aimed at saving soon-to-be-depleted trust funds for Social Security and Medicare. which calls for creation of congressional committees specifically assigned to develop legislation to restore and strengthen endangered federal trust funds. “Among its many devastating effects, COVID-19 has threatened the fiscal health of essential programs like Medicare and Social Security,” Romney said. “If Congress does not respond quickly, the day of...

July 27, 2020
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Two Utah lawmakers seek switch to ‘ranked-choice voting'

Two Utah lawmakers seek switch to ‘ranked-choice voting'

with just 44% of the vote. — 36%. And with just 31% in the 1st Congressional District. Of course, that means a majority of Republicans participating in the June 30 primary voted for someone else in each of those four-candidate contests. In Moore’s case, 69% of voting Republicans favored a losing candidate. State Rep. Mike Winder and Sen. Curt Bramble, both Republicans, are about to push legislation that they figure will ensure that a candidate with the broadest party support actually wins — and does so with a majority in the final count. It’s called ranked-choice voting. In current...

July 8, 2020
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National GOP group uses questionable claims to label attorney general candidate as ‘lawless liberal Greg Skordas'

National GOP group uses questionable claims to label attorney general candidate as ‘lawless liberal Greg Skordas'

After spending $450,000 to help , the has now pivoted to attack , labeling him “lawless liberal Greg Skordas.” But the partisan group didn’t give the full story in some decades-old quotes and news reports that it used to try to justify that description. It prompted Skordas to say, “The dirty part of politics is starting to show its head again.” As an example, RAGA said that when Skordas was a prosecutor, “Instead of charging alleged rapists in court, Skordas instead said that ‘the public embarrassment alone was far more punishment than most people get.’” It sounds damning enough that Alan...

July 7, 2020
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Feds award UTA grants to study expanding TRAX and FrontRunner

Feds award UTA grants to study expanding TRAX and FrontRunner

The Utah Transit Authority to help it study a proposed , and a possible expansion of FrontRunner commuter rail from Provo to Payson. The Federal Transit Administration announced a $275,000 grant for the TRAX study, and $250,000 to help with the FrontRunner evaluation. “We are proud to support our local partners as they plan for transit-oriented development that better connects residents to jobs, education and services,” said , as she announced grants to 23 agencies nationally. “This funding will help improve the quality of life of riders in communities across America.” The grants are...

June 11, 2020
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Davis County issues mandatory stay-at-home order

Davis County issues mandatory stay-at-home order

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage . To support journalism like this, please consider or become a . Add Davis County to the growing number of areas in Utah that now have mandatory stay-at-home orders. “This emphasizing the importance of staying safe at home,” said Brian Hatch, executive director of the Davis County Health Department, as he announced it. “If enforcement is necessary, it will be handled with civility and respect.” The order takes effect...

April 1, 2020
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Utah attorney general’s race turns into a name-calling slug fest

Utah attorney general’s race turns into a name-calling slug fest

While eclipsed by the governor’s race, the election for Utah attorney general is heating up as the state political party conventions approach, with some candidates calling each other crooks or liars. Incumbent Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes is under attack for once promising to return $51,000 in donations from a company whose principals were convicted of fraud, but . He’s also taking big donations from industries ranging from high-interest lenders to opioid manufacturers and tobacco companies. Meanwhile, opponents say that former GOP Attorney General John Swallow — who resigned in...

April 18, 2020
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