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Democrats elect Perez national chairman

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:07pm

Democrats chose former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman, capping a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party's electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump.

Lawmaker: Utah should take over Bears Ears monument

Amy Joi O'Donoghue  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:43pm

Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, unveiled a resolution Friday that proposes the state acquire the Bears Ears National Monument in San Juan County and work with Native American tribes to establish a management plan.

The Latest: Obama congratulates Perez as new DNC leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:34pm

The Latest on the selection of a new national leader of the Democratic Party (all times local):

AP Explains: Why the Democratic Party chair race matters

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:55pm

National Democrats will elect a new chair whose task is to steady a reeling party and capitalize on the widespread opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.

White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:09pm

The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

Bill requires doctors to follow script on stopping drug-induced abortion

Jared Page  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:10pm

The Utah House of Representatives voted 56-13 to support a bill requiring doctors to inform women who want a drug-induced abortion that it can be stopped if they change their minds after taking the first of two pills required in the procedure.

Trump blasts media, anonymous sources — after WH uses them

Nancy Benac and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:44pm

President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.

White House bars major news outlets from gaggle

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:14pm

News organizations including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on the record White House press briefing on Friday.

Best tactic for some governors is to avoid mention of Trump

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:18pm

These should be heady times for the GOP as the nation's governors prepare to gather for their winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Republicans hold 33 governorships, compared with just 16 for Democrats, and the GOP has full control of the legislatures in two-thirds of the states.

Gail Miller says Our Schools Now 'won't let up' on getting more money for schools

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:53am

Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller said Thursday that she and other backers of the Our Schools Now ballot initiative to raise the state income tax rate to fund education are going to keep the pressure on lawmakers.

Bill to lower legal alcohol limit passes Utah House

Katie McKellar  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:40pm

A bill to make Utah's blood-alcohol limit for driving the lowest in the nation passed the Utah House of Representatives on Thursday.

Senator meets with constituents, but tweets, photos barred

Jennifer McDermott and Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:44pm

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed met with constituents on Thursday to discuss their concerns in a federal courthouse room where no photos, video recording or tweeting were allowed because of court rules.

Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:26pm

Seeking to tamp down growing unease in Latin America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that the United States won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."

Out of power, Democrats hope to harness Trump resistance

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:55pm

Out of power and looking for a way forward, Democrats are hoping to harness the energy of an opposition movement that has flourished since President Donald Trump took office.

Advocates for low-income Utahns protest restoring sales tax on food

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:10pm

Advocates for low-income Utahns urged state lawmakers Thursday to find more money for education and other programs but avoid an "unfair and unjustifiable" tax increase on those who are already struggling.

Bannon offers Trump agenda in rare public speaking appearance

Jeremy Diamond, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:53pm

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a rare public appearance, ticked down a list Thursday of the three most important things President Donald Trump has begun to accomplish in the first month of his administration.

Critics 'dismayed' at revived concealed carry bill; Utah fed up with feds' wild horse problem

KSL.com  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:18am

Lawmakers revived a bill that failed last week that would allow concealed carry of guns without a permit, shocking critics. Lawmakers also want the federal government to take care of Utah's wild horse problem, calling it "a hell for the animals."

Conservatives learn dealing with Trump can be complicated

Lisa Lerer and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:56am

For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House.

Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

Maria Danilova and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:27pm

The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protections for transgender students that instructed schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities.