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Democrats try to make gains with governors in 2019 elections

Melinda Deslatte, Emily Wagster Pettus and Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:28am

Though the national political focus has largely turned to the 2020 presidential campaign, three Southern states will see hard-fought governors' races this year, with Democrats trying to show they can compete in Donald Trump territory.

Utah House passes bill that would cover college tuition and fees for needy Utah students

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:45am

Utah students of limited means would pay no tuition or fees for two years to attend state colleges, universities and technical colleges under HB260, which passed the House on a vote of 69-3 on Thursday.

Abortion, socialism hot topics at Rep. Chris Stewart town hall meeting

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:00pm

Two top-of-mind issues for Rep. Chris Stewart riled up one of his constituents attending a midday town hall meeting at a Main Street eatery Thursday.

School safety bill passes Utah House on vote of 45-27

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 5:48pm

The Utah House of Representatives on Thursday voted 45-27 to pass school safety legislation created in the aftermath of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018.

Will Utah sales tax rate drop to 3 percent? Lawmakers waiting for latest revenue estimates

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:40pm

The much-anticipated tax reform plan that calls for adding sales taxes to services while lowering the state rate could be hit hard by a downturn in anticipated state revenues.

Gov. Hogan: No Trump primary challenge without major shift

Steve Peoples and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:13pm

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he's not launching a primary challenge against President Donald Trump unless the president's political standing within his own party weakens dramatically.

Report: Millennial voter registration in Oregon soars

Sarah Zimmerman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:34pm

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday touted the success of the state's unique automatic voter registration program, pointing to a new report that argues the "Oregon model" could be key to engaging millennial voters nationwide.

Utah lawmaker wants to require BYU police to follow open records rules or risk decertification

Pat Reavy, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:24pm

A bill aimed at forcing the BYU Police Department to follow the same open records rules that all other law enforcement agencies are subjected to or risk decertification has been introduced in the Utah Legislature.

Opposition mounts against Texas governor's election chief

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:09pm

Opposition intensified Thursday against Texas' new election chief as a key lawmaker said he won't back Gov. Greg Abbott's nominee, who called into question the U.S. citizenship of 95,000 voters using faulty data.

Utah hate crimes bill clears first legislative hurdle, heads to Senate floor

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:41am

Despite languishing for years, a bill that would add teeth to Utah's hate crime laws has cleared a legislative hurdle that will allow it to be heard by the full state Senate.

Driverless car, student incentive measures move forward on Capitol Hill  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:44am

A bill that would allow all levels of autonomous vehicles on state highways, plus a proposal to give incentives to students to do well on standardized tests moved ahead at the Utah Legislature Wednesday.

The Latest: New election ordered in undecided US House race

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:35am

The Latest on a hearing outlining a ballot fraud investigation in an undeclared North Carolina congressional race for which a winner hasn't been finalized (all times local):

Committee halts bill to decrease sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products

Emily Ashcraft, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 8:01am

The House Revenue and Taxation Standing Committee voted 6-4 on Wednesday to hold a bill that would remove the sales tax on adult and baby diapers, as well as feminine hygiene products.

Pompeo says he's 'ruled out' Kansas Senate bid in 2020

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:12am

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) appears to be ruling out a Kansas Senate race in 2020.

Utah House committee OKs bill to ban abortions after 18 weeks

Emily Ashcraft, KSL  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:00am

After hearing personal testimony on both sides of the issue, the House Judiciary Committee voted 7-5 to pass a bill that would amend abortion law to prohibit abortions after 18 weeks.

Trump endorses Cornyn, who is wary of O'Rourke 2020 threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:04pm

President Donald Trump is endorsing Sen. John Cornyn for re-election in 2020, saying the chamber's No. 2 Republican "has done an outstanding job for the people of Texas."

GOP candidate in disputed North Carolina race says congressional contest was undermined, new election should be called

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:52pm

GOP candidate in disputed North Carolina race says congressional contest was undermined, new election should be called.

Mulling presidential bid, Howard Schultz again fails to vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:09pm

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has been criticized for having a spotty voting record in his home state, has missed another election as he considers an independent bid for president.

Democratic group to spend $100M targeting 2020 battlegrounds

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:40am

A major Democratic group on Thursday announced plans to spend at least $100 million in battleground states during the 2020 election in hopes of denying President Donald Trump a second term.