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Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:46pm

Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall.

Chaffetz talks to Comey, postpones hearing

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   May 22nd - 8:00pm

After speaking with former FBI Director James Comey Monday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, postponed a planned appearance by Comey later this week before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Utah, Mexico update agreement about duties in child custody cases

Ben Lockhart  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:32pm

The consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City signed an agreement Monday with the Utah Department of Human Services updating the consulate's extensive role assisting in parental custody cases for minors with Mexican citizenship.

Trump's $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

Andrew Taylor and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:17pm

President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation's economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years.

Frustrated Utah Republicans, Democrats form new centrist political party

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:14pm

Some disaffected Republicans and Democrats who say extreme views are co-opting their parties have decided to carve out a middle ground in Utah politics.

Mark Zuckerberg says he's not running for public office

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 4:14pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his quest this year to visit every state he hadn't before is about building relationships, not politics.

GOP businesswoman Lena Epstein to run for Senate in Michigan

David Eggert, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 11:29am

Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein announced Monday that she will run for U.S. Senate in 2018, saying Michigan is ready for another outsider with business experience after its voters favored Donald Trump in the presidential election.

California Democratic chair race angers 'Berniecrats'

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 3:02pm

Democratic activists loyal to the Sen. Bernie Sanders aren't ready to give up after their favored candidate came tantalizingly close but fell short of taking control of the California Democratic Party.

California Democrats take aim at Trump, GOP Congress

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:11am

California's elected Democrats had tough words for President Donald Trump and the GOP Congress on Saturday, urging their party's fired-up activists to work against the 14 Republicans in the state's congressional delegation.

The Latest: Ellis won't concede Democratic chair race

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 11:50pm

The Latest on the California Democratic Party convention (all times local):

Montana Republican goes from wary Trump backer to all-in

Matt Volz and Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:33pm

When Donald Trump visited Montana last year ahead of the state's Republican presidential primary, technology entrepreneur Greg Gianforte was running on the GOP ticket for governor and made it a point to avoid his party's likely presidential nominee. Gianforte later reluctantly pledged support for Trump, but tried to distance himself from him during an unsuccessful campaign to unseat the state's Democratic governor.

Correction: Alabama Redistricting story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 2:27pm

In a story May 19 about redistricting in the Alabama Legislature, The Associated Press reported erroneously that race was used in drawing new district lines.

GOP's Cotton in Iowa: "I'm ready for that new beginning."

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 5:56am

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton declared Americans "ready for that new beginning" in Iowa Friday, walking a delicate path by raising his national political profile at a time of turmoil for Donald Trump's White House.

S.L. mayor, Utah senators jockey for Trump's ear on monuments

Annie Knox  |  Posted   May 19th - 8:34pm

The leader of Utah's liberal capital city and a pair of Utah Republican congressmen were jockeying for the president's ear on public lands Friday.

McMullin, Provo Mayor Curtis, state lawmakers among potential replacements for Chaffetz

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted   May 19th - 5:12pm

Rep. Jason Chaffetz's imminent departure touched off a flurry of candidate announcements the past couple of days, with more likely to come in the next week.

Former FBI Director Comey to testify before Senate intelligence committee

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 4:59pm

Former FBI Director James Comey to testify in open session before Senate intelligence committee.

Special election to fill Chaffetz seat includes August primary

Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   May 19th - 2:40pm

Candidates have a week to declare their candidacy for Rep. Jason Chaffetz's soon-to-be-vacant 3rd District congressional seat for a November special election that will include an August primary.

Court: Ranked-choice voting runs afoul of Maine Constitution

David Sharp and Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 1:48pm

The nation's first voting system for statewide elections that allows voters to rank their top candidate picks runs afoul of the Maine Constitution, the state supreme court said Tuesday, opening the door to legislative action to undo the voter-approved law.

Packed GOP field forms for Nov. 7 election for Chaffetz seat

Michelle L. Price and Hallie Golden, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 3:58pm

A packed field of Utah Republicans started shaping up Friday to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz while the governor and legislators tussled over whether the state needs to pass emergency laws to hold a special election.