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  • Spencer Cox discusses his 2020 run for governor.
  • A federal judge orders Trump accounting firm to hand over records to Congress.
  • Cohen claims Trump's lawyers encouraged him to lie to Congress.

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Today at Utah Policy

Speaker Brad Wilson announces upcoming staff changes

by Press release
Speaker Brad Wilson has announced that Greg Hartley, current Chief of Staff to the Utah…

Utah's unemployment rate drops to lowest level in more than a decade

by Press release
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Watch: Romney says America, Congress not ready to impeach Trump

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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Stewart: I don't think we're on the cusp of war with Iran

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Chris Stewart, a key member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday he does…

Cox's run for governor in 2020 could make Utah history

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah is one of six that has never elected a former or sitting Lieutenant Governor to the…

Wayne Holland withdraws from UDP chair race to focus on Biden for President campaign

by Press release
Former three-term, Utah Democratic Party Chair and UDP National Committeeman, Wayne…

Policy News


Over 30 Utah businesses commit to challenge to elevate women in the workplace

by Press release
33 businesses and organizations accepted the ElevateHer Challenge to elevate women in…

Community picnic to demonstrate ranked choice voting

by Press release
Stand Up Republic, in conjunction with the United Utah Party, is hosting a community…

Board of Regents appoints David R. Woolstenhulme as Interim Commissioner of Higher Education

by Press release
The Utah Board of Regents has appointed David R. Woolstenhulme, former Commissioner of…

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

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USU names new dean of Caine College of the Arts

by Press release
Utah State University has selected Rachel Nardo as dean of the Caine College of the Arts.

Space available to register for Hong Kong / Japan trade mission

by World Trade Center Utah
On behalf of Governor Gary R. Herbert, World Trade Center Utah and the Governor's Office…

Lighter Side

“Trump wants immigrants to learn proper English and pass a basic exam about how government works. To which immigrants said, ‘You first.’” — JAMES CORDEN

Wise Words


"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Jimmy Dean

National Briefing

Judge orders Trump accounting firm to hand over records to Congress. A federal judge ordered Mazars to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking years of financial records for President Trump's businesses. Trump sued to block the subpoena, but the judge ruled Congress has the authority to investigate the president. An appeal of the ruling is almost inevitable -

Cohen told lawmakers Trump's lawyers encouraged him to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project. In newly released transcripts of Michael Cohen's closed-door testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump's former personal lawyer says one of the president's attorneys urged him to falsely claim negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January of 2016 -

White House blocks Don McGahn from testifying before Congress. The House Judiciary Committee wants to hear from the former White House counsel, but the Trump administration ordered McGahn to defy the committee's subpoena. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler threatened to punish McGahn for not complying -

  • Some Republicans in Congress are growing uneasy with President Trump's claims that Congress does not have the authority to investigate him -

House Democrats getting antsy about impeachment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clashed with members of her caucus during a closed-door meeting as several members pushed her to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump -

Boring but really important. Four top Congressional leaders will begin talks on Tuesday about a possible deal to raise the debt ceiling to avoid harsh mandatory cuts later this year -

That was fast. Just two days after saying President Trump may have committed impeachable offenses, Republican Rep. Justin Amash draw a primary challenger for 2020 -

A potential Trump adviser demands an insane list of perks. Former Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach sent a list of 10 demands to Trump for him to become the administration's "immigration czar." They include access to a government jet 24-hours a day and a guarantee he would be made secretary of homeland security by November -

Border funding plan would take millions from other agencies. A backup plan from the Department of Homeland Security to fund President Trump's border wall would take $50 million from the TSA for new screening equipment. The plan also taps $3 million from loose change left at security checkpoints in airports -

ICE is holding thousands of immigrants in solitary confinement. Immigration officials are holding detainees in isolation despite department guidelines that say the move should only be used in "exceptional circumstances" -

Trump rallies in Pennsylvania. The president railed against fake "suppression polls" and claimed those trying to investigate his administration were guilty of "treason" during a rally on Monday night -

Gender equity. Democrat Kamala Harris wants to punish companies that don't pay women equally to their male counterparts -

Supreme Court

Russian election interference. Newly public documents detail Russian plans to stoke unrest and possibly violence inside the U.S. -

Ford will cut 7,000 jobs. The automaker is slashing about 10% of its salaried workforce -