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Orrin Hatch laments discord, calls for civility in final Senate speech

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 12th - 1:01pm

Sen. Orrin Hatch lamented political discord while calling for civility in a divided Congress and nation in his final speech in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

After Khashoggi murder, Senate debates US role in Yemen

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 12:47pm

The Senate is debating a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that has won new support in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Former HUD chief Julian Castro moves toward presidential run

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:39am

Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12.

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:44pm

Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters.

Salt Lake City Council votes to give themselves a nearly $10K pay bump

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:42pm

The seven-member council voted unanimously to give themselves each a roughly $9,600 pay raise, increasing their salaries from $26,291 to $35,925 effective in January.

GOP chairman: Vote tally sharing would warrant new election

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 6:11pm

North Carolina's Republican Party chairman said Tuesday that the state should order a new election in an unresolved congressional race if an affidavit alleging some early voting totals were improperly shared before Election Day is accurate.

Ranchers reveling in Trump's proposed rollback of water regulations

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted Dec 11th - 4:09pm

Proposed revisions to a controversial Obama-era water regulation are being widely applauded by ranchers, farmers and private property advocates.

Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

Mary Clare Jalonick and Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 12:43pm

Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's federal sentencing laws.

Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

Marcy Gordon and Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 11:33am

Google CEO Sundar Pichai — and other tech executives who may be watching — got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of the House in three weeks.

Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations

Jonathan Lemire, Alan Fram and Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 10:46am

President Donald Trump's intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election.

'I'm in': Retiring state Sen. Jim Dabakis joins 2019 race for Salt Lake City mayor

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:35am

After mulling whether to join two other candidates already lined up to challenge Mayor Jackie Biskupski next year, outgoing state Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, announced Tuesday via Facebook Live his decision.

Utah Rep.-elect Ben McAdams names former deputy mayor as congressional chief of staff

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:06am

Rep.-elect Ben McAdams, D-Utah, announced Monday Nichole Dunn, former deputy Salt Lake County mayor, will serve as his congressional chief of staff.

Hatch brushes off allegations that Trump was involved in crimes

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 11th - 6:47am

Retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch defended President Donald Trump on Monday, saying he doesn’t believe he committed any crimes.

Trump threatens shutdown in wild encounter with Democrats

Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 10:26pm

In a wild Oval Office confrontation, President Donald Trump heatedly threatened to shut down the U.S. government Tuesday as he and Democratic leaders bickered over funding for his promised border wall and offered a grim preview of life in Washington the next two years under divided government.

The Latest: Elections chief seeks stability in board probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 4:56pm

The Latest on legislation related to the North Carolina election board, which has yet to finalize who won a very close congressional race because of alleged ballot fraud (all times local):

Panel considers overhaul of antiquated Georgia voting system

Kate Brumback, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 3:07pm

A commission considering a replacement for Georgia's antiquated voting system plans to hold a last meeting in January before finalizing recommendations to lawmakers.

Amid fraud probe, an election redo might require new primary

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 2:29pm

With ballot fraud allegations hanging over a disputed North Carolina U.S. House race, state lawmakers have agreed to change the way such "do-over" congressional elections are handled.

APNewsBreak: Ex-Obama housing chief Julian Castro takes step toward 2020 White House run, forms exploratory committee

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 12th - 8:36am

APNewsBreak: Ex-Obama housing chief Julian Castro takes step toward 2020 White House run, forms exploratory committee.

GOP chairman: Vote tally sharing would warrant new election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 5:01pm

A North Carolina Republican Party leader says an affidavit alleging a county's early vote totals were shared improperly would be grounds alone for a new election in an unsettled congressional race.