Former Utah Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is now also a supporter of same sex marriage. Huntsman made that announcement Thursday in an op-ed in ‘The American Conservative,’ and urged his conservative counterparts to do the same. So what does the announcement mean for Huntsman? KCPW’s Jessica Gail asked that question to Thomas Burr, Washington correspondent for the Salt Lake Tribune and author of Political Cornflakes, a daily online round-up of Utah politics.
Utah lawmakers are working to make it easier for some convicted criminals get a fresh start. Republican Representative Eric Hutchings, is sponsoring a bill that simplifies the expungement process for drug related crimes and broadens the number and types of offenses that can be erased from a persons public record. KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports on the legislature’s wide support for this bill.
Utah is one step closer to stepping up its dating violence laws. Today the Utah House voted to pass a measure that would extend violence protection to people in dating relationships. House Minority Leader Jen Seelig, the bill’s sponsor says the 42 other states currently offer such protections and it’s time for Utah to join them.
Earlier this week President Obama delivered his State of the Union address in front of a joint session of Congress. So what did Utah’s Congressional Delegation think of his speech? KCPW’s Jessica Gail asked that question to Thomas Burr, Washington correspondent for the Salt Lake Tribune and author of Political Cornflakes, a daily online round-up of Utah politics.
Local community leaders hope 2013 will be the start of cleaner air. Thursday, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined forces with Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell to call on the state to do more in addressing Utah’s dirty air. KCPW’s Jessica Gail report’s on what the two city leaders are asking the state to do.
Governor Gary Herbert took time to address air quality during a news conference Tuesday at the Utah Capitol. Herbert told reporters that while the issue has been getting a lot of attention recently, the issue is nothing new; but added it’s a serious issue.
One Utah lawmaker wants to make it easier for parents to talk to their kids about sex education. This morning, a bill that would require the state school board to develop education materials for parents to teach children about sex at home passed out of committee, but as KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports lawmakers say this bill isn’t about trying to take sex education out of Utah classrooms.
Who should be allowed in smoke shops? One Utah Representative says no one under the age of 19. That’s why he is sponsoring a bill this year hoping to make that a law. But as KCPW’s Jessica Gail reports, some lawmakers question the bill’s intent.
Earlier this week President Obama nominated Sally Jewell as the new Interior Secretary. If confirmed, Jewell would replace outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. So what is her background? KCPW’s Jessica Gail asked that question to Thomas Burr, Washington Correspondent for the Salt Lake Tribune and author of Political Cornflakes, a daily online round-up of Utah politics.