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Utah keeps its AAA bond status. Here’s why that matters

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:51pm

Utah once again received a AAA bond rating by the S&P Global, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch credit rating systems, the state reported last week — a feat that saves taxpayers money.

Salt Lake City mayor makes special delivery to local TSA workers

Jasen Lee, KSL  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:23pm

As the government shutdown continues to impact thousands of people in Utah and nationwide, Salt Lake City's top elected official offered a small gesture of appreciation to the men and women forced to work for no pay at the state's largest airport.

Sanders reaches out to black SC voters before 2020 decision

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 6:59pm

Even before he announces whether he's a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing that South Carolina's African-American voters handed him in 2016.

Merkley focuses on Oregon, postpones decision on 2020 bid

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 6:09pm

Sen. Jeff Merkley, one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, seemed content to meet with constituents in Oregon and did not say if he'll run for president in 2020.

Elizabeth Warren pledges help during visit to Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 3:35pm

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren promised to help rebuild Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and support laws to give the U.S. territory equal treatment and debt relief as she condemned President Donald Trump during a visit Tuesday to the island, which has become an obligatory stop for potential and presidential candidates.

Judge hearing testimony on 2020 census citizenship question

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:45pm

A federal trial began Tuesday for lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a plan that a different court blocked last week.

Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans

Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 1:59pm

Senate leaders on Tuesday agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating.

Washington state electors challenge fine for anti-Trump bid

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:49pm

Three Democratic electors from Washington state who joined a longshot effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency in 2016 are challenging the $1,000 fines they received for breaking their pledge to support their party's nominee.

Trump wants to deliver State of Union next week as planned

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:40am

The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress — despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it.

The Latest: Judge rejects deciding disputed N Carolina race

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:49am

The Latest on a North Carolina congressional race for which a winner hasn't been finalized while an absentee ballot fraud investigation continues (all times local):

13 House bills to follow during Utah's 2019 legislative session

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:23am

Hundreds of bills will be discussed in the 2019 Utah legislative session, but a few in particular might have a big impact on voters. Here are some that stand out.

Iowa Sen. Ernst says she turned down Trump during VP search

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:09am

Sen. Joni Ernst says she turned down President Donald Trump after interviewing to be his running mate, according to a court filing that describes an "extremely painful journey" that led to her divorce from a man she alleges was abusive.

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 10:30pm

Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for "Medicare for All," free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.

3 groups; many videos; many interpretations of DC encounter

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 10:25pm

Three groups met for just a few minutes Friday at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, an encounter captured in videos that went viral over the weekend — and again cast a spotlight on a polarized nation that doesn’t appear to agree on anything.

Judge rejects GOP victory claim in disputed N. Carolina race

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 10:03pm

A North Carolina judge ruled Tuesday that there weren't grounds for him to step in and declare victory for the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional race amid an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics.

Trump marks MLK day with memorial visit

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 4:43pm

President Donald Trump paid a brief visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington on the holiday honoring the civil rights leader.

UK leader unveils Brexit Plan B, looks a lot like Plan A

Jill Lawless and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:09pm

British Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Brexit Plan B on Monday — and it looks a lot like Plan A.

Trump's shutdown solution hangs in limbo

Jill Colvin and Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 11:02am

President Donald Trump's proposal to break through the budget deadlock appeared to be gaining little traction Monday, as another missed paycheck loomed for hundreds of thousands of workers and the partial federal shutdown stretched into its fifth week.

DeSantis picks Trump administration official for high court

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:54am

Cementing his push to remake the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday appointed a top official from the administration of President Donald Trump for the final spot that remained open on the state's most important court.