Politics Archive

Rampton Officially Files for Candidacy

Vince Rampton officially filed paperwork this morning to run for office alongside Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Cooke. As KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports,

Common Core Draws Supporters & Critics to Public Discussion

The debate over how to best teach Utah children took center stage last night. More than 200 teachers, parents and education officials

Politics Up Close: Mayor Ralph Becker and Sen. Todd Weiler

Salt Lake City’s budgeting process for next year is expected to be much smoother than in years past, with revenues up instead

Governor Herbert Supports UDOT Director

Governor Gary Herbert is supporting the head of the Utah Department of Transportation despite the controversy over an employee who was wrongfully

Hatch In Good Position for June Primary

While Utah Senator Orrin Hatch more than survived last weekend’s Republican state convention, it still ended with Hatch having to face his

Matheson Presses Energy Dept. on Moab Tailings Cleanup Slowdown

Utah Congressman Jim Matheson is pressing the Department of Energy on a five-year contract it awarded last year for the removal of

Hatch, Liljenquist to Face Off in Primary; Governor Herbert Wins GOP Nomination

The race between longtime U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch and former state senator Dan Liljenquist will continue. Saturday, Utah Republican Party delegates forced

Democratic Convention Narrows Most Races Down to One Candidate

Utah Democrats avoided primary elections in nearly all their big races at the state convention held Saturday. As KCPW’s Whittney Evans reports,

Politics Up Close: U.S. Senate Candidate Scott Howell, Utah Transparency Project

This year’s election for U.S. Senate could be a rematch. After challenging him in 2000, former Utah Senate Minority Leader Scott Howell

Cooke Chooses Rampton as Running Mate in Governor’s Race

The only Democrat in the race for Utah governor this year has chosen the son of a former governor as his running

Poll Shows State GOP Delegates More In Line With Voters

A new report by the Utah Foundation shows the priorities of Republican state delegates are changing. The report finds delegates are less

Candidate Threatens Lawsuit Over Use of Electronic Voting at GOP Convention

The State Republican Party could have a lawsuit on their hands. Brian Jenkins, who is running against U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, says

McAdams Wins Democratic Mayoral Nomination, Avoiding Primary

While Salt Lake County Republicans will have to hold a primary election to pick their nominee for county mayor, Democratic delegates selected

Politics Up Close: Move to Amend, Dee Smith Runs for AG

The Supreme Court ruling Citizens United has swiftly become one of the most criticized judicial decisions in history. The 2010 ruling led

Move to Amend Organizers Expect to Get On Salt Lake City Ballot

A local initiative decrying corporate personhood is gaining traction. Thousands of Salt Lake City residents have signed the Move to Amend petition,

Democrats Focus on Campaign Finance in Senate Debate

Campaign financing was a hot topic during a debate last night between two Utah Democrats vying for U.S. Senate, former State Senate

Politics Up Close: Jim Bradley, Stephen Sandstrom

Democrat Jim Bradley has been a longtime fixture in Salt Lake County politics. Serving as chairman of the county commission for four

Non-Partisan Study finds Cooke’s Priorities Most in Line with Voters’ Concerns

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Peter Cooke is the candidate whose priorities are most in line with Utah voters, according to two surveys performed

Herbert Defends Signing Public Lands Bill

Governor Gary Herbert is defending his decision to sign a bill demanding the federal government transfer its public lands in Utah to

Politics Up Close: Mayor Ralph Becker, Congressional Candidate Chris Stewart

Salt Lake City’s plans to restrict electronic billboards survived during this year’s legislative session. But changes will still be coming to the

Politics Up Close: Independent Congressional Candidate Joe Andrade, Brent Goodfellow Runs for County Council

Usually, political candidates who want to go to Washington pledge to put Utah first. But University of Utah engineering professor Joe Andrade,

Salt Lake City Councilman Running for Congress

Salt Lake City Council Chair Soren Simonsen is setting his sights on higher office, filing to run as a Democrat against Republican

Lawmakers React To Abstinence-Only Bill Veto

Sex education, including discussion of contraception, will continue in Utah schools. Friday night, Governor Gary Herbert vetoed House Bill 363, which would

Politics Up Close: Winder Runs for County Mayor

West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is plowing ahead with his bid for Salt Lake County Mayor. The candidate has picked up

Hatch Supporters Turn Out for Caucuses

Republicans wanting a voice in Utah’s political process were given that chance last night as thousands of new delegates and precinct chairs

Lee Continues Protest Against Nominees

Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee’s decision to vote against all of President Obama’s judicial nominees in protest of his controversial recess appointments

Big Day for Hatch, Liljenquist

Today, Utah Republicans will flock to their caucuses across the state, following the Democrats’ meetings held Tuesday. And with his bid for

Herbert Discusses Re-Election Platform, Legislative Session

Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s 2012 campaign kickoff last night came only five days after the end of the annual session of the

County Mayor’s Race in Spotlight as Democrats Caucus

Democrats turned out in large numbers last night to get involved in the political process, as precinct caucuses elected delegates and precinct

Abstinence-Only Bill Opponents to Rally at Capitol

The Utah Parent Teacher Association says Utahns are being misinformed about the controversial sex education bill that state lawmakers passed during the