Politics Up Close Archive

Politics Up Close: Former DABC Director, State Lawmaker on Alcohol Policy

It has not been a good month for the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Its executive director, Dennis Kellen, just resigned

Politics Up Close: ACLU on Public Defender System in Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear that criminal defendants who can’t afford a lawyer must be provided one by the

Politics Up Close: State Superintendent on NCLB

Utah politicians have fought for years against No Child Left Behind. And the end of the much-criticized law may be in sight

Politics Up Close: Mayor Becker on Sustainability, Broadway Theatre

We’ve seen our fair shares of red air quality days this summer in the Salt Lake Valley, not to mention the winter

Politics Up Close: Sandstrom on Immigration, Political Plans

Republican Representative Stephen Sandstrom is known as the sponsor of a highly controversial new illegal immigration law, currently tied up in federal

Politics Up Close: New Lawmaker Rep. Brian Doughty

Democratic Representative Brian Doughty is the newest member of the Utah Legislature. The small business owner and community activist replaced Jackie Biskupski,

Politics Up Close: Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott

Salt Lake City Councilman Luke Garrott is wrapping up his first term representing downtown Salt Lake. What has he done to improve

Politics Up Close: Outdoor Industry in Town for Summer Market

Salt Lake City’s population has grown by tens of thousands for this weekend, while the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is going

Politics Up Close: House Minority Leader David Litvack

In a special session last week, the Utah Legislature weighed in on the current debt ceiling crisis by passing another resolution urging

Politics Up Close: SLC Council Candidate Tracey Harty

The race is on for Salt Lake City Council District Six, representing the east side. We were joined by Tracey Harty. The

Politics Up Close: New GOP Leaders Want Rules to be Followed

Lowell Nelson and Drew Chamberlain are hoping to change the way the Utah Republican Party does business. At June’s GOP State Convention,

Politics Up Close: SL City Council Candidate Kyle LaMalfa

Kyle LaMalfa is known on Salt Lake City’s west side for bringing a weekly farmers market to the community, the Peoples Market.

Politics Up Close: Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

Two years. That’s how long it could be before a single new bar opens anywhere in the entire state of Utah. Despite

Politics Up Close: State of National Parks

Climate change. Nearby development. Native plants and animals being driven out. These are just a few of the threats to America’s national

Politics Up Close: Rep. Paul Ray on Support for Huntsman

Taking a direct shot at former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney released a long list this week of

Politics Up Close: Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Border, Political Plans

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz continues to be a rising star in the GOP, getting more and more attention as he moves to

Politics Up Close: Salt Lake City Councilman J.T. Martin

Salt Lake City Councilman J.T. Martin is facing two challengers so far as he runs for re-election to continue representing the city’s

Politics Up Close: Rep. Jim Matheson on Debt Ceiling, Afghanistan

There is no resolution in sight to the contentious negotiations over raising the federal debt ceiling. And that was one focus today

Politics Up Close: Utah Senate Pres. Michael Waddoups on Redistricting

The Salt Lake City Main Library recently became an outlet for some residents to vent their frustration with the state’s redistricting process

Politics Up Close: Mayor Ralph Becker at the Arts Festival

Compared to recent years, it was a relatively pain free process this time as the Salt Lake City Council passed a new

Politics Up Close: City Council Candidate Michael Clara

West-side activist Michael Clara has launched his third bid for the Salt Lake City Council, once again challenging Van Turner. Clara touts

Politics Up Close: Board Member on Utah Education Reforms

The Utah Board of Education is thinking of ways to get more ways to get students thinking about going to college. One

Politics Up Close: State GOP Chairman Thomas Wright

Many in the Utah Republican Party are unhappy with the state’s current leadership, with several GOP delegates letting Governor Gary Herbert know

Politics Up Close: City Council Candidate Charlie Luke

Charlie Luke has many years of experience managing campaigns for political candidates. Now, he’s a candidate himself, challenging J.T. Martin for his

Dysfunction in Utah’s Delegation

When you think of a dysfunctional family, the Bundys from the television show "Married with Children" might be the first thing that

Politics Up Close: Future of Air Quality in Utah

With summer finally arriving, ozone will contribute to Utah’s air quality problems. But there are also ongoing concerns about fine particle pollution,

Politics Up Close: Dem. Party Chair Candidate Robert Comstock

With chairman Wayne Holland stepping down, a middle school teacher is one of two candidates vying to be the next head of

Politics Up Close: Former Colombian President visits Salt Lake

With an agreement being debated by Congress, we discussed free trade with former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who was in town to

Politics Up Close: Library Board on Transparency, New Libraries

The Salt Lake City Library Board is looking to improve transparency and involve the public more in its operations. We talked with

Politics Up Close: SLC Councilman Van Turner

First elected in 1999, Van Turner has represented much of Salt Lake City’s west side for more than a decade. The longtime