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Kobach says he's seriously considering US Senate bid in 2020

John Hanna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 4:29pm

Kris Kobach, a vocal ally of President Donald Trump and an advocate of tough immigration laws, confirmed Friday that he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 after losing the Kansas governor's race.

Travel industry fears damage from a long government shutdown

David Koenig and Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:25pm

America's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has thinned the ranks of federal workers who staff airport security lines. And some travelers had braced for the worst.

Kobach's defeat puts future of voter database in doubt

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:17pm

The future of a much-criticized database that checks if voters are illegally registered in multiple states is up in the air after its patron, Kris Kobach, lost the Kansas race for governor and is out of elected office.

Cohen's shoulder sling creates stir after minor procedure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:59pm

President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, created a stir when he was photographed outside his New York City apartment with his arm in a sling and a hospital ID bracelet on his wrist

'Aggravated' Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he has solution to government shutdowns

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:32am

Saying government shutdowns "aggravate" him, Gov. Gary Herbert suggested Thursday that returning power to states could mitigate them in the future.

Gillibrand, in Iowa, bills herself as a fighter for families

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:58am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced herself to Iowa Democrats on Friday as a common-sense fighter for family, and especially children's, issues, in her first visit to the early-voting state as a 2020 Democratic presidential prospect.

Paul's lawyers want his political views excluded from trial

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:20am

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul never shies away from speaking his mind, but his attorneys are asking a Kentucky judge to make the Republican lawmaker's political beliefs off-limits at his upcoming trial against the neighbor who tackled him while he was doing yard work at his home.

Casey ends consideration of a presidential run in 2020

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:31am

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is ending any consideration of joining a potentially crowded Democratic field running for president in 2020.

Repeal and replace bill for voter-approved Medicaid expansion revised

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:21am

A bill to repeal and replace the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative approved by voters is being revised to make sure some low-income Utahns will still get health coverage starting April 1.

North Carolina elections board let green card holder vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:14am

A federal judge has chastised election officials in North Carolina who let a Korean woman with a green card vote in three elections.

Could Dems' 2020 nominee be someone you've never heard of?

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 11:01pm

At 36, Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tah-juhj) is just over the minimum age required to be president of the United States. Few people know his name outside South Bend, Indiana, the Rust Belt community where he's mayor.

Surviving the shutdown: How Zion and its park rangers are making do

Mikayla Shoup, St. George News  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:45pm

With the government shutdown on its 26th day and 800,000 federal employees still furloughed or working without pay, national parks have been experiencing the effects.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski celebrates 'cultural shifts' in 2019 State of the City address

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Jan 17th - 9:12pm

Biskupski's 2019 address — in contrast to last year's speech, when she called for tough changes, including a tax hike and a new bond to pay for streets — was a victory lap for the mayor as she headed into her fourth year in office.

Utah A.G. Seans Reyes named to federal Asian-American, Pacific Islander commission

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Jan 17th - 8:04pm

President Donald Trump appointed Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Thursday.

Utah voters blame Trump the most for shutdown, but congressional Democrats a close second

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jan 17th - 4:38pm

President Donald Trump gets the most blame from Utahns for the ongoing federal government shutdown in a new poll, but congressional Democrats aren't far behind.

Rep. Ben McAdams assigned to House Financial Services Committee

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Jan 17th - 12:21pm

Rep. Ben McAdams, Utah's newest member of Congress and only Democrat in the delegation, has been assigned to the House Financial Services Committee.

Pritzker signs bill allowing Illinois to license gun dealers

John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 12:08pm

Gov. J.B. Pritzker authorized state regulation of firearms dealers Thursday in a reversal of his predecessor's policy and prompting a gun owners group to threaten legal action against Illinois.

McAuliffe uses state PAC to help Iowa, NH Democrats

Alan Suderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:28am

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has dusted off his old state political action committee to accept big donations and cut checks to Democratic parties in early-voting states as he weighs a presidential run, campaign finance records show.

North Carolina elections official: Congress can see evidence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 4:06pm

North Carolina's elections director says evidence collected in an investigation into possible fraud in the nation's last undecided congressional race is secure and ready if Congress needs to take a look.