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Utah Politics In 60 Seconds

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 84 days left in 2015. Hatch says Chaffetz is not experienced enough to be Speaker. Rubio set to visit Utah for a fundraiser. Utahns still favor a proposed tax hike to pay for transportation.

Policy News

article thumbnailSenator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, spoke on the Senate floor today on the importance of maintaining the filibuster.  (Via YouTube) “The filibuster is...

Insider Surveys

Sen. Mike Lee has been able to avoid a challenge from within the party for the Republican nomination in 2016. 
The crowded GOP presidential field has already lost two candidates in Rick Perry and Scott Walker. That still leaves 15 in the race. Our "Political Insiders" think former Virginia Governor Jim...


Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Vote for Prop. 1 to keep Utah rolling

Conservative caucus deals blow to Chaffetz bid for House speaker

Parole board releases jailed businessman who has ties to Shurtleff, Swallow scandals

Rubio becomes third GOP hopeful to raise money in Utah

Utah Gov. Herbert tries flying the F-35 in a simulator

North Salt Lake works on law to address landslide concerns

SL County Council may be awaiting your calls

In Utah, scaled-down oil shale dreams still alive

Deseret News

Orrin Hatch: Judicial system reform — overcriminalization and the need for meaningful criminal intent requirements

Dan Liljenquist: Let the people decide on Medicaid expansion

Op-ed: Utah should not raise minimum wage

Jay Evensen: Here's why we should fear driverless cars

Tax hike supporters get creative with potholes to campaign for transportation funding

Advocacy groups propose new clean air rules

Conference allows Utah to 'connect globally' with those in mountain regions

Business owners, community members 'interview' mayoral hopefuls on conditions in Pioneer Park area

Scholars disagree whether compromise works in religious freedom, gay rights clashes

Chaffetz's run for speaker makes congressional 'chaos' more likely, Hatch says

UVU now the largest university in Utah, new data shows

Salt Lake aims to be a more civil, compassionate community under global initiative

Key witness in criminal cases against Shurtleff, Swallow released from prison


Anonymous poet defaming council candidates in Orem (Daily Herald)

Six council candidates make closing pitch, talk smattering of issues (Logan Herald Journal)

Logan council candidates discuss their ideas in 'meet the candidates' night (Logan Herald Journal)

Editorial: Chaffetz & company put politics ahead of the people (Standard-Examiner)

Editorial: Third-string health care reform in Utah (Standard-Examiner)

$38 million for Hill AFB in jeopardy amid veto confrontation (Standard-Examiner)

Local districts detail preparations after Oregon school shooting (Standard-Examiner)

Today At Utah Policy

Policy Buzz

Recently, I was asked to identify my political affiliation. The question caused me to pause. I have always been a Republican; for 15 years I represented my area in the Utah House of Representatives...
Last week's launch of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program by Gov. Gary Herbert is an excellent example of how Utah leaders in government, industry and education are working together to address the...


Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics.
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics.


Lighter Side

Word Association
"A word association poll found the words most associated with Donald Trump are idiot, jerk, stupid, and dumb. In other words, he really could be our next president. He's got everything it takes."  Conan O'Brien Political Humor

Wise Words

Growing Wisdom
"I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be." Thomas Jefferson Brainy Quote