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Restoring state sales tax on food a topic of tax reform task force

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Aug 19th - 10:25pm

There were lots of charts and graphs but little discussion about restoring the full sales tax on food, reducing the state income tax rate and other proposals on the agenda.

Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses

Brian Slodysko and Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 10:14pm

Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors' offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level races.

How Planned Parenthood’s withdrawal from the Title X family planning program will affect Utah clinics

Gretel Kauffman, KSL  |  Posted Aug 19th - 10:01pm

The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah joined other Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country on Monday in announcing that it will withdraw from the Title X federal family planning program rather than comply with a new Trump administration rule.

A federal campaign to keep the West from burning

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Aug 19th - 4:11pm

The U.S. Department of Interior is stepping up its efforts to ward off catastrophic wildfires in the wake of last summer’s unprecedented season in which much of the West burned, including an entire California town, and Utah mourned the loss of one of its firefighters killed in a northern California blaze.

Why Sen. Mitt Romney sees himself as a ‘renegade’ Republican

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Aug 19th - 1:40pm

Sen. Mitt Romney doesn’t see himself as an establishment Republican.

Michael Bennet banking on moderation in age of Trump

Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 12:36pm

Michael Bennet was about as fired up as he ever gets at the Iowa State Fair's Political Soapbox, railing against Bernie Sanders' health care plan — but politely.

Warren apologizes for heritage claim, woos Native Americans

Elana Schor and Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:54am

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that's proved to be a big political liability.

Georgia voters challenge legality of new election system

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 7:26am

Georgia voters who want hand-marked paper ballots are challenging the new election system state officials are rushing to implement in time for next year's presidential primaries, saying the new touchscreen machines remain vulnerable and their results unverifiable, even though they produce paper records.

Amash dumped Trump, and now Mich. district may dump Amash

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 10:19pm

Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president.

Women vying for Salt Lake City mayor set stage for friendly campaigns

Ashley Imlay, KSL  |  Posted Aug 18th - 8:46pm

The two women vying for mayor opened up about their histories, hopes and visions for Salt Lake City Sunday during their first joint speaking engagement since they both advanced in last Tuesday’s primary election.

Trump on guns: 'We do have a lot of background checks right now'

Nikki Carvajal and Paul Leblanc, CNN  |  Posted Aug 18th - 8:26pm

President Donald Trump on Sunday emphasized a need for the country to focus on "a very big mental health problem" in the wake of two mass shootings in one weekend that left 32 people dead earlier this month as he appeared to defend current US gun control measures, stating "we do have a lot of background checks right now."

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 7:36am

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of color, addicts or the mentally ill.

Suburban voters are pressuring Republicans to act on guns

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 6:24am

Following the news has grown stressful for Angela Tetschner, a 39-year-old nurse raising four children in this sprawling Phoenix suburb of tile roofs, desert yards, young families and voters who are increasingly up for grabs.

Biden's prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 10:18pm

On the night before Joe Biden's world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room.

Utah moms rally for federal gun reform

Ashley Imlay, KSL  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:55pm

A group of local moms and other supporters, spurred by the two recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, rallied for federal gun reform Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City.

Abrams brings Fair Fight 2020 to Georgia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 3:56pm

Democrat Stacey Abrams launched a new multistate voter protection initiative in Georgia on Saturday.

Sen. Markey faces 2 challengers; now some pushing for a 3rd

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 9:42am

Some Massachusetts voters see Sen. Edward Markey as potentially vulnerable to a primary challenge, and one group is even trying to persuade U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy to run for his seat.

Correction: Election 2020-Native Americans story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 10:08pm

In a story Aug. 17 about a forum on issues related to the Native American community, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Elizabeth Warren claimed Cherokee citizenship. She had claimed Native American ancestry.

Advocates lay out top women’s initiatives

Kim Bojórquez, KSL  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:47pm

Local advocates from a range of women’s organizations laid out issues affecting Utah women and girls at the Utah Women’s Policy Conference on Friday.