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Utah lawmakers advance bill to address audit that found 'poor' data homeless system

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 8:18pm

In direct response to a state audit that found poor data and lackluster coordination in Utah's homeless system, a pair of Utah lawmakers are running a bill to hold Utah's homeless fund gatekeeper more accountable.

Democrats choose Shireen Ghorbani to fill vacant Salt Lake County Council seat

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 5:40pm

After unsuccessful runs for Congress and Salt Lake County mayor, Democrat Shireen Ghorbani found herself on the winning end of a special election to fill an open seat on the Salt Lake County Council.

Brown pledges to be most pro-union 2020 candidate if he runs

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 5:14pm

Democrat Sherrod Brown brought a pro-worker message Saturday to Las Vegas casino workers who are members of what's considered Nevada's most powerful labor union, declaring that if he decides to run for president, he will be "the most pro-union candidate."

Mueller: Manafort 'brazenly violated the law' for years

Chad Day and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 4:28pm

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to "the heart of the criminal justice system" and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and his own lawyers, according to a sentencing memo filed Saturday by special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

The Latest: Mark Kelly kicks of Senate campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 3:49pm

The Latest on retired astronaut Mark Kelly launching his campaign for U.S. Senate in Arizona (all times local):

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly kicks off Arizona Senate bid

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 9:18am

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly kicked off a "mission for Arizona" Saturday as he launched his U.S. Senate campaign with a rally in Tucson, the city where his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, survived a shooting when she was a congresswoman. That attack in 2011 led Kelly to leave NASA and become a political activist, pushing for gun control.

Utah House passes bill creating commissioner of apprenticeships position

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 8:40am

Utah would be the first state in the country to establish the position of commissioner of apprenticeships program, under legislation passed Friday by the Utah House of Representatives.

Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view

Chad Day and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 6:48am

Donald Trump was in full deflection mode.

Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

Elana Schor and Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 10:48pm

In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for "Medicare-for-all," higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change. But foreign policy, one of the chief responsibilities of a president, is largely taking a back seat on the campaign trail.

Radioactive waste bill passes; veto by Utah governor appears unlikely

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:34pm

A nuclear waste watchdog group is calling on Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill dealing with depleted uranium, a form of radioactive waste. The measure passed the House on a vote of 50-20 Friday morning and awaits his signature.

Water reform bills sail through committee

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 4:39pm

Three bills that propose to reform key provisions in areas of Utah's water law received approval Friday from the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality Committee. One measure requires voter approval to amend the constitution.

Republicans now sizing up North Carolina congressional seat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 3:33pm

The Latest on a new election being called in a disputed North Carolina congressional race (all times local):

2020 Democratic hopeful Klobuchar backs legalizing marijuana

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 2:34pm

Add Amy Klobuchar to the list of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who support legalizing marijuana.

New attempt to require seat belts on Utah school buses clears first legislative hurdle

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 1:13pm

Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, is making another attempt to require new buses to be equipped with seatbelts after a previous bill failed in the House two years ago — and Friday his bill cleared its first hurdle.

Expanding the map: 2020 Dems push past early voting states

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:12pm

to places other than the traditional early voting states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Big Utah budget surplus 'too good to be true,' could mean no tax cut, lawmakers say

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 11:41am

Projections of a $1.3 billion budget surplus turned out to be "too good to be true," Senate President Stuart Adams said Friday.

California GOP gathers to chart a course after 2018 defeats

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 10:58am

The 2018 election left California Republicans in dismal shape, with no statewide officeholders, just seven of 53 U.S. House seats, less than a quarter of all state legislative seats and third-place status in voter registration behind independents and Democrats.

Harris opposes military action to get aid into Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 23rd - 11:54am

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris says she doesn't "condone military action at this point" to ensure humanitarian aid reaches Venezuela.

Hickenlooper hires Iowa organizer as he considers 2020 bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:58pm

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has hired an Iowa organizer as he considers a 2020 Democratic presidential bid.