Politics Archive

Political Cornflakes: Thomas Burr on Approval Ratings for the President and Congress

(KCPW News) A new poll says only 16 percent of Americans approve of Congress as a whole. How does that compare with

Poll Shows Support for Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan

(KCPW News) A new poll suggests that Governor Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan has the backing of a majority of Utahns. In

Utah DABC Official: Snowbird’s Oktoberfest Will Get Liquor Permit

(KCPW News) Since late last month, there’s been a brew-ha-ha over at the Utah Division of Alcohol Beverage Control. That’s when DABC

Political Cornflakes: Governor Herbert Lobbies for Medicaid Expansion Alternative

Utah governor Gary Herbert was visiting Washington this past week. What was the purpose of his visit? KCPW’s Roger McDonough posed that

Salt Lake City Bows Out of DNC 2016 Race

(KCPW News) For a brief moment in time, it appeared that Salt Lake City might have a shot at hosting the 2016

Political Cornflakes: Did Mike Lee Get So-Called Straw Donations?

Indicted businessman Jeremy Johnson says he laundered money to Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s 2010 campaign. What will happen as a result

Utah Files Appeal in Same-Sex Marriage Case

(KCPW News) With just a few days before a court-ordered deadline, the state of Utah has announced it is appealing a ruling

Rep. Matheson Endorses Owens as Replacement in Congress

(KCPW News) U.S. House Rep. Jim Matheson formally announced his support on Tuesday for Democrat Doug Owens, who is running for Matheson’s

Clean-Up Continues in Green River Oil Spill – Some Questions Remain

Federal and state officials are continuing their work to clean up an oil spill that was discovered 12 days ago at Salt

Political Cornflakes: President Takes a Walk for Monument Designation

(KCPW News) President Barack Obama designated a National Monument in New Mexico this week. Are there more announcements planned? KCPW’s Roger McDonough

Herbert: Utah Obliged to Defend Its Marriage Laws

(KCPW News) Governor Gary Herbert held his monthly press conference at KUED studios on Thursday. The half-hour Q-and-A session between the governor

Better Utah Recap: Interim Day at the State Legislature

Wednesday was the first interim day of the Utah State Legislature. What happens at an interim day? KCPW’s Roger McDonough spoke with

Mia Love, Doug Owens Debate for First Time

(KCPW News) Debate season for the 2014 election kicked off on Tuesday with a bout between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug

Utah Distracted Drivers, Beware: Mobile Device Laws Tightened

(KCPW News) Amendments to Utah’s distracted driving laws became effective on Tuesday this week. The new laws specify that drivers cannot operate their

Utah, Intermountain Leaders Back Immigration Reform

(KCPW News) A letter on immigration reform, co-signed by leaders from six different Mountain West states, got a boost from prominent Utahns

Political Cornflakes: Huntsman Weighs Another Run – Utahn Honored at Fed

Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve honored a Utahn. But who was Marriner Eccles? To get the details, KCPW’s Roger McDonough asked

Political Cornflakes: Chris Stewart Hopes to Thwart EPA and BLM “Paramilitary Units”

(KCPW News) Utah Republican Rep. Chris Stewart is worried about “paramilitary units” at the Bureau of Land Management. What is proposing to

Off To The Races: Dems & GOP Pick Their Candidates

(KCPW News) Over the weekend, Utah’s Democratic and Republican parties held their respective statewide conventions. Delegates gathered to decide whom to nominate

Political Cornflakes: Cliven Bundy’s Racist Remarks and Public Lands Tensions

(KCPW News) Utah Rep. Rob Bishop says Cliven Bundy isn’t helping himself with his racist remarks. What did Bundy say? KCPW’s Roger

Herbert Wants Distance Between Public Lands, Bundy Ranch Issues

(KCPW News) Governor Gary Herbert held his monthly press conference at KUED studios on Thursday. The half-hour question-and-answer session with members of

SLC Council Looks for Ways to Act on Air Quality Woes

(KCPW News) The Utah legislature saw a renewed focus on air quality bills this year, but results were mixed. While Governor Gary

Democrats Could Hold 2016 Convention in SLC

(KCPW News) Utah might not seem like the most obvious setting for the 2016 Democratic Party’s Convention, particularly given the state’s reputation

State Gov’t Officials Advocate for Public Lands Transfer

(KCPW News) Last week, Utah legislators hosted a “Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands,” with representatives from many Western states.

Herbert: No ‘Deal-Breakers’ in Healthy Utah Plan

(KCPW News) Fresh off a trip to Washington DC this week, Governor Gary Herbert held a press conference on Wednesday to offer

Political Cornflakes: Cabinet Shake-up in Washington and Tribune Layoffs

(KCPW News) Each Friday we speak with Salt Lake Tribune Washington Correspondent Thomas Burr, author of Political Cornflakes, a daily online round-up

Political Cornflakes: Green Jello in DC and Presidential Selfies

Several of Utah’s winter Olympians were at the White House this week. What were they doing there? KCPW’s Roger McDonough posed that

For Utah, Women in Politics are Rare

(KCPW News) In terms of female elected officeholders, Utah has one of the lowest participation rates in the country. According to the

Dabakis Resigns as Utah Democratic Party Chair

(KCPW News) Jim Dabakis has announced that he is resigning as Democratic Party Chair as of noon on Monday. The state senator

Utah Rep. Hopes to Amend Endangered Species Act

(KCPW News) U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart has introduced a bill that would tweak how animals and plants are protected under the Endangered

Caucus, Election Season Begins in Utah

(KCPW News) The 2014 Utah legislative session ended on Thursday last week, but not a moment later, the 2014 midterm election season