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Appeals court agrees a Utah county violated Navajo voting rights through gerrymandering

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:33pm

An appeals court has upheld a ruling that found voting districts in a Utah county were racially gerrymandered and violated the rights of Navajo voters

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

Mark Sherman and Connie Cass, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:04pm

John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99.

University of Utah police chief announces retirement

Gretel Kauffman, KSL  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:05pm

Chief Dale Brophy, who led the department at the time of student Lauren McCluskey's killing, will continue to serve as director of public safety until October.

House condemns Trump 'racist' tweets in extraordinary rebuke

Alan Fram and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 4:06pm

In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist bone in my body."

Sanford mulls 2020 bid, but observers question his motives

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:59pm

Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, floated the possibility on Tuesday that he would mount an uphill challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

A cattle drive on Utah's Capitol Hill? No bull

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:34pm

Eight massive longhorn steer ambled in a round pen and were ceremoniously driven from one corral to another to mark the upcoming Days of '47 celebration. And yes, they were on the lawn of the state Capitol, much to the delight of clicking cameras.

In crowded 2020 Democratic field, a clear top tier emerges

Julie Pace and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:29pm

No votes have been cast in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, but the winnowing has begun.

Biden plan seeks to boost rural America through investments

Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 3:29pm

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to build on his appeal to rural voters with the release of a broad plan to revitalize rural America through investments in agriculture, rural economies and infrastructure.

Mississippi: Election lawsuit is not about voting rights

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 2:35pm

Attorneys defending Mississippi say a lawsuit that challenges the state's system of choosing a governor is about "partisan politics," not about protecting African Americans' voting rights.

McAdams casts only Utah vote for resolution condemning Trump over 'racist comments'

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jul 16th - 1:46pm

Utah's only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Ben McAdams, will vote today for a resolution condemning President Donald Trump for "racist comments" about a group of progressive minority congresswomen.

2nd candidate: No solo meeting with any woman not his wife

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 11:03am

A second Republican man running for Mississippi governor said he won't meet alone with a woman who isn't his wife, even in a professional setting.

Dem trying to unseat Michigan's Amash raised $100K in 1 week

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 11:03am

A Democrat running to replace Michigan Rep. Justin Amash said Tuesday she raised $100,000 in the first week since announcing her campaign for what's become a crowded — and newly competitive — three-way race.

North Carolina Dem takes big financial lead in US House redo

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 10:43am

The Democrat has a big financial lead over his Republican rival in a North Carolina U.S. House special election that was ordered after a ballot-collection scandal in the GOP-leaning district.

Ambassador to resign to run for Tennessee US Senate seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 10:19am

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty is currently in the process of resigning his position as he prepares to run for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat.

Blackface scandal dampens Virginia governor's fundraising

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 9:37am

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career. But he's also managed to remain a major source of campaign cash for Democrats, including those who have previously called on him to resign.

O'Rourke's fundraising woes revive concerns about campaign

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 8:44am

Beto O'Rourke stormed into the presidential race arguing his experience growing up along the southern border and a relatively moderate approach to politics would distinguish him in a crowded field.

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:11pm

Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups.

Senator: Biggest US land agency moving to Colorado

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 9:03pm

The headquarters of the U.S. government's largest land agency will move from the nation's capital to western Colorado, a Republican senator said Monday, a high-profile component of the Trump administration's plan to reorganize management of the nation's natural resources.

Florida Democrats complain of Trump 'ballot bias' in 2020

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 4:13pm

A federal judge in Florida is hearing arguments over a longstanding state law that reserves the top slot of next year's presidential ballot for the party of the state's governor.