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Businessman and real estate developer Donald Trump greets U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Romney after endorsing his candidacy for president at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas. Trump could lose more states than Romney this November.

Landslide? 5 States Mitt Romney Won That Donald Trump Could Lose

Donald Trump once bragged about turning New York and California red. Then he promised to strike a path to victory through the Rust Belt.
Now, unless something drastically changes in the next few weeks, he will struggle to invalidate the results of a landslide worse than the one suffered by Mitt Romney — the man Trump once maligned as a “choker.”

October 17, 2016
Attendees pray after Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke at an American Renewal Project event at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Trump Asks Evangelical Pastors For Help With… Utah?

“We’re having a tremendous problem in Utah,” Trump told a conference room filled with evangelical pastors, blaming a “false narrative” that has been built up around his candidacy. He has repeatedly blamed the news media for dishonest tactics. A SurveyUSA opinion poll conducted for the Salt Lake Tribune in June showed Clinton and Trump tied.

August 11, 2016

Democrats Nominate Two Transgender Women And A Former Undocumented Immigrant To Run For Congress

To many, the success of the Brexit movement meant that white nationalism would also win in our own elections next November. But the primary wins of two transgender women and a Dominican-American who was once an undocumented immigrant serve as proof that, sometimes, inclusivity wins.

June 29, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Donald Trump Might Turn Utah — Utah! — Blue

In the Republican primary, Trump finished last in Utah with just 14 percent of the vote, and was defeated by Ted Cruz in Kansas with 23 percent of the vote.

June 15, 2016

From His Death Bed, A GOP Senator Apologizes For Donald Trump

Utah Senator Robert Bennett was appalled at Trump’s call to ban Muslims, among other things.

May 19, 2016
People wait to vote in the U.S. presidential primary election outside a polling site in Glendale, Arizona March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

Trump, Clinton Win Arizona On Big Night In The West

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump swept to victory in Arizona on Tuesday but rival Ted Cruz showed some fight with a win in Utah that gave hope to establishment Republicans who fear Trump would lead the party to ruin in the presidential election. On the Democratic side, favorite Hillary Clinton routed challenger […]

March 23, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Salt Lake City, Utah

Trump Could Lose Utah In A General Election

Utah has not voted for a Democratic candidate since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. But if Trump wins the GOP nomination, anything could happen.

March 22, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich holds a baby with Romney at campaign rally in North Canton, Ohio

Romney Offers Vote, Little Else, To Cruz In Republican Election Battle

In a Facebook post, Romney said a vote for Cruz in Utah’s caucus on Tuesday was the best way to prevent Trump from locking down the nomination.

March 18, 2016
automobile traffic cars trucks highways

Is This The Way States Can Sell Tax Hikes For Transportation?

In a conservative Republican state, how does a governor raise taxes, issue bonds and ask local taxpayers to pay even more for transportation?

October 16, 2015
Yellow waste water that had been held behind a barrier near the abandoned Gold King Mine is seen in the Animas River in Durango, Colorado, in this picture from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department taken August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department/Handout

Restrictions To Remain For Rivers Hardest Hit By Colorado Mine Waste Spill

The rivers will remain closed for at least another week for irrigation and drinking water.

August 12, 2015
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Federal Lands Don’t Belong To The States

Some Westerners think federal lands in their states belong to them. They are wrong.

June 11, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/vjDLK

Which States Have The Most Job Growth Since The Recession?

Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.

May 27, 2015
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Good News, Maybe: Firing Squads Are Not Tourist Attractions

Only one thing can stop Utah’s firing squad plan: the almighty dollar.

March 26, 2015
17th Century re-enactment performed by The Sealed Knot at Stockwood Park (cenz via Flickr)

Utah Proposal To Revive Firing Squads Raises Concerns; A Question And Answer

Everything you need to know about Utah’s controversial new proposal.

March 12, 2015

Utah Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing For Execution By Firing Squad

Lethal injection is the preferred method of execution in Utah, but they may have to start shooting people instead.

March 11, 2015

A Separate Peace: GOP Governors And The Medicaid Expansion

Some GOP governors are trying to expand Medicaid — without enraging their right-wing bases.

February 18, 2015

A Natural Bridge To Nowhere But Beauty

The United States has some of the most glorious natural formations in the world, and some of those are the bridges and arches formed over millions of years by the forces of water, wind, and the earth’s uplift. CNN takes us to 15 of the world’s best, many of which are right here in the lower […]

August 28, 2014

Utah Attorney General Asks Supreme Court To Rule On Same-Sex Marriage

By James Queally, Los Angeles Times Utah’s attorney general petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear an appeal of a decision overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. A federal appeals court found the state’s ban unconstitutional in a 2-1 decision on June 25, marking the first time a federal court ruled in […]

August 5, 2014

Utah To Seek U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Gay-Marriage Ruling

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times The state of Utah will seek to appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court a lower court ruling that upheld same-sex marriage, officials announced on Wednesday. On June 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled against Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. The 2-1 decision marked the […]

July 9, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Bans Fall In Two Red States

Gay marriage bans in Indiana and Utah were each ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday, in the two latest victories for the rapidly advancing marriage equality movement. U.S. District Judge Richard Young struck down Indiana’s ban on Wednesday afternoon, declaring that it violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause. “The court has never witnessed a phenomenon throughout the […]

June 25, 2014

Cliven Bundy Endorses Armed, Illegal ATV Protest

Cliven Bundy, the racist Nevada rancher who became a right-wing hero for refusing to pay more than $1 million in owed grazing fees, won’t be surrendering his 15 minutes of fame just yet. On Saturday, Bundy advised his supporters to take part in another anti-government protest in neighboring Blanding, Utah to take back federally protected public land. […]

May 12, 2014

Aftershocks Of Utah’s Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage Felt In Kentucky

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times This week Kentucky was on the brink of recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states as legal. That is, right up until Wednesday, when the same federal judge who thunderously struck down the state’s ban in February decided to put a temporary hold on his own decision. Gay and […]

March 20, 2014

In Utah, Many Want Zion Curtain Drinking Laws Drawn Aside

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times SALT LAKE CITY — The art of bartending, Matthew Pfohl says, is all about the performance, the subtle dance of bottle and glass. Over his career this virtuoso of the high-end pour has dazzled customers, effortlessly grabbing a top-shelf gin, say Bombay Sapphire, and making a delicate decant […]

February 17, 2014

WATCH: When Republicans Say Marriage Is The Solution To Poverty, Think Of This

Republicans have decided to seize on the 50th anniversary of the War On Poverty to lie about the success of the effort — which has dramatically reduced the share of Americans in poverty — and make the argument that conservative proposals would improve the fate of the poor, despite decades of evidence to the contrary. Instead […]

January 13, 2014

U.S. Government To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages In Utah

Washington (AFP) – The United States government said Friday it would give full federal backing to more than 1,000 same-sex marriages in Utah which the socially conservative state has refused to recognize. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said gay and lesbian couples who married in Utah after a judge struck down a state law banning […]

January 10, 2014