Utahns and voters across the nation will have more than two choices when they vote for president on November 6. And one candidate who’s trying to make sure they know that is Libertarian Gary Johnson. The former New Mexico Governor, who initially ran in the 2012 election as a Republican, will hold a town hall meeting tonight in Salt Lake City at Challenger School beginning at 7 p.m.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is “not the face of Mormonism,” according to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is perhaps the nation’s most prominent Mormon Democrat. And his comment comes at a time that national media outlets are picking up on an email being forwarded by church members asking them fast and pray for Romney’s candidacy.
Mayors throughout the Salt Lake Valley are lending their support to Millcreek Township residents who want to incorporate this November. West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder, who is president of the Salt Lake Valley Conference of Mayors, says the group passed a resolution last week offering its support.
Unemployed Utah workers who have exhausted their 14 weeks of federal benefits can now apply for another 14 weeks as a result of the state’s average unemployment rate being at least 6 percent for three months. As Bill Starks, Unemployment Insurance Director with the Utah Department of Workforce Services explains, those additional benefits were suspended back in June when the unemployment rate dropped, but now they’ve been re-triggered.
Today on the show, we talked with Utah Senate Candidate Dr. Brian Shiozawa, the Republican nominee in District 8 including Cottonwood Heights, Midvale and Murray, followed by Salt Lake Tribune Washington Correspondent Thomas Burr.
Today on the show, we spoke with Republican Salt Lake County Mayor Candidate Mark Crockett about his ideas for restructuring county government and the latest on the campaign, and journalist Kurt Eichenwald, author of a new book and New York Times op-ed on what the Bush Administration knew about Al Qaeda in the months before 9/11.
Supporters of incorporating Millcreek Township have released a new fiscal analysis they say more accurately reflects what the proposed city’s budget would look like. It says the city would have a surplus of more than a million dollars next year, with revenues coming in 8 percent higher than expenditures.
Today on the show, we were joined by Congressional hopeful Mia Love, who responded to criticism from her Democratic opponent, Jim Matheson, and we talked with Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor candidate Ben McAdams.
Utah’s LDS Democrats caucus is enjoying an explosion in media popularity after an appearance this week with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meanwhile, a Republican Congressman from the Beehive State has been in the same city, making the case against President Obama.
While Utah is increasing its per-pupil education spending by $40 this school year, adjusted for inflation, it’s still down by $372 since 2008, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. That amounts to an 8.1 percent cut, which is worse than 26 other states. Utah also consistently ranks last in per-pupil spending among all states.