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Lawmakers may wait until next session to make changes to Proposition 4

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:12pm

It looks like lawmakers will wait until next session to take on Proposition 4, the Better Boundaries ballot initiative passed by voters last November that creates an independent redistricting commission.

Reform, once avoided, now embraced in Chicago mayor's race

Herbert G. McCann, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 11:44am

Reform is not a concept usually embraced by Chicago politicians known for their patronage, but after corruption charges were filed against a powerful alderman and a court got involved in overseeing the city's troubled police department, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor.

Utah Democratic leader won't face charges in altercation with Republican state senator

Ashley Imlay, KSL  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:56am

Prosecutors have chosen not to file charges against a Democratic Utah House leader who got into a physical altercation with a Republican state senator in a Senate building hallway.

Trump emergency declaration faces fights in the courts

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 8:46am

Let the lawsuits begin. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency along the southern border and predicted his administration would end up defending it all the way to the Supreme Court.

Utah House passes bill to criminalize fake urine used to cheat drug tests

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:25pm

The Utah House of Representatives voted 61-8 on Friday to pass HB16, which would make it illegal to use synthetic urine to defraud a drug test.

Sponsor of Utah hate crimes bill struggling to get support in Senate

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 7:35pm

A majority of Senate Republicans aren't behind hate crimes legislation to enhance the punishment for targeting victims because of race, religion, sexual orientation or other characteristics, Senate President Stuart Adams said.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court

Ariane De Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter  |  Posted Feb 15th - 4:48pm

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the Supreme Court Friday to participate in the regular closed-door conference meeting among the nine justices, the court announced.

Sen. Mike Lee: Trump emergency declaration legal, but should it be?

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 4:16pm

Sen. Mike Lee says it appears President Donald Trump acted within the law when he declared a national emergency at the southern border Friday.

Orrin Hatch Foundation wants $2M from Utah Legislature for politics center

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 12:47pm

A foundation created to maintain retired GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch's vast collection of U.S. Senate papers wants $2 million in taxpayer dollars from the Utah Legislature.

Trump administration approves 2 coal mining projects in Utah

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 11:51am

The Trump administration on Thursday announced the approval of two coal mining projects in southern Utah, including one nestled between two national parks in the state's red rock region.

Lawmaker says he won't try to repeal controversial SB54

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:01am

Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, said he no longer intends to try to repeal a controversial law known as SB54 that gives candidates an alternative path to a primary ballot.

House committee to consider bill allowing sexual violence protective order requests

Emily Ashcraft, KSL  |  Posted Feb 15th - 7:41am

Current law does not allow for people who encounter sexual violence outside current or former romantic relationships, such as from acquaintances, to apply for protective orders. A bill discussed by Utah lawmakers this week would give them the option.

Ex-Massachusetts governor to challenge Trump for GOP nod

Holly Ramer and Bob Salsberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 7:01am

William Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts who two years ago ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket, has become the first Republican to announce a challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries.

Amazon decision a win for Democrats' rising left wing

Lisa Mascaro and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 10:58pm

What is happening to the Democrats?

Utah Republicans raise questions about national emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 10:22pm

Utah Republicans are questioning President Donald Trump's expected declaration of a national emergency to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

14 candidates vie to become Chicago's next mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 11:59am

The race to succeed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has attracted a diverse group of candidates, including businesspeople, a former federal prosecutor, an ex-police superintendent, veteran politicians and community activists. The election will take place Feb. 26. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.

Turkmenistan to open vet clinic despite harsh animal views

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 11:41am

The president of Turkmenistan, a country criticized for allegedly exterminating stray dogs and cats, has ordered the establishment of a national veterinary clinic for domestic animals.

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly's campaign raises $1.1M since launch

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 2:56pm

Mark Kelly's campaign for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat in 2020 says it has raised more than $1 million in individual contributions since announcing his candidacy Tuesday morning.

2 stages, up to 20 candidates in first 2 Democratic debates

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 2:03pm

The first two Democratic presidential debates for the 2020 election will have two heats with room for a total of 20 candidates who meet certain polling or grassroots fundraising thresholds.