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An unknown Utah company claiming hundreds of employees got up to $10 million in government loans

An unknown Utah company claiming hundreds of employees got up to $10 million in government loans

Washington • Former Olympic speed skater Allison Baver launched an entertainment company in October and by April had received between $5 million and $10 million from . Baver’s company, Allison Baver Entertainment, claimed to have retained 430 employees by receiving the funds, far more than most Utah individual recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program, according to records by the Treasury Department. Nearly 51,000 Utah businesses and nonprofits got loans through PPP, totaling more than $5 billion overall. But Baver’s company was only one of just 41 among the 6,737 loans that was $5...

July 14, 2020
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No, Mitt Romney is not leading the resistance

No, Mitt Romney is not leading the resistance

Washington • Sen. Mitt Romney voted to remove President Donald Trump from office. He marched with Black Lives Matter demonstrators. And he’s not shy in critiquing the White House occupant. But Romney isn't leading the resistance. “I’m just following my conscience,” Romney told The Salt Lake Tribune in a recent interview. The Utah Republican has become somewhat of . The Senate acquitted Trump, of course, but . And Romney’s appearance, with a mask, among throngs of people marching on Washington — — has even further cemented his place as a Republican willing to buck his party’s leader. Romney,...

June 21, 2020
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President Donald Trump on Mitt Romney snub: ‘I don’t really want his advice.’

President Donald Trump on Mitt Romney snub: ‘I don’t really want his advice.’

Washington • President Donald Trump bluntly said Sunday that he doesn’t like Sen. Mitt Romney and purposefully left the Utah Republican off an economic recovery task force because of his ill will for Romney, who voted to convict the president in the impeachment trial. “I’m not a fan of Mitt Romney,” Trump said during a news conference Sunday. “I don’t really want his advice.” Trump was responding to a few questions from The Salt Lake Tribune, including "Does that show you’re still holding a grudge against Mitt Romney?” To which the president said: “Yeah. It does. Yeah." The president on...

April 19, 2020
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Utah Attorney General suspends state contract with Banjo in light of founder’s KKK past

Utah Attorney General suspends state contract with Banjo in light of founder’s KKK past

The Utah Attorney General’s Office will suspend use of a massive surveillance system after a news report showed that the founder of the company behind the effort was once an active participant in a white supremacist group and was involved in the shooting of a synagogue. The University of Utah also said Tuesday it would suspend its contract with Banjo, which has business deals with several cities and police departments across the state. Damien Patton, who helped launch and now leads the secretive Park City-based startup Banjo, , according to a report by the online outlet OneZero, citing...

April 28, 2020
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Sen. Mitt Romney proposes ‘Patriot Pay’ to give essential workers a $12 per hour raise

Sen. Mitt Romney proposes ‘Patriot Pay’ to give essential workers a $12 per hour raise

Washington • Sen. Mitt Romney is pitching the idea of “Patriot Pay” for frontline workers, an idea that would offer an incentive to businesses to pay employees an additional $12 per hour through July. The Utah Republican says the proposal would help offset a concern that some people would benefit more from staying on the unemployment rolls — given Congress has augmented that pay in the near-term — and compensate essential workers, like those in grocery stores, the trucking industry and medical device manufacturers, for continuing to go to work during the coronavirus pandemic. “The idea of...

May 1, 2020
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President Trump calls U.S. attorney for Utah a ‘garbage disposal unit’ for closing Hillary Clinton probe

President Trump calls U.S. attorney for Utah a ‘garbage disposal unit’ for closing Hillary Clinton probe

Washington • President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning called U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber “a garbage disposal unit” for . Huber, who has served as Utah’s top federal prosecutor since 2015, — with mining stakes in the western United States — to a Russian nuclear agency as well as Clinton’s handling of classified emails. In January, after a multiyear investigation, Huber ended the investigation. Trump, during a Wednesday morning tweetstorm, praised a spoof Twitter account about Huber while slamming the real federal prosecutor. Undercover Huber is a great spoof, funny, but at the same...

June 3, 2020
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Sen. Mitt Romney criticizes President Trump for clearing ‘nonviolent’ protesters for a ‘photo op’

Sen. Mitt Romney criticizes President Trump for clearing ‘nonviolent’ protesters for a ‘photo op’

Washington • Sen. Mitt Romney on Wednesday criticized the Trump administration for clearing a nonviolent protest across from the White House so . The Utah Republican, , suggested that the active duty military soldiers should not be used to quell protests and should be left to police and National Guard soldiers. Romney said the “murder of George Floyd shocked and sickened me,” . Floyd’s death has prompted protests, some violent, in major American cities, “I respect those who have protested, who have demanded that we must address racism and brutality,” Romney said in a statement. “From the...

June 3, 2020
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