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Illinois primary could set up most expensive governor's race

Sara Burnett and John O'Connor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:28pm

Two inordinately wealthy front-runners who have largely bankrolled their campaigns for Illinois governor faced nomination challenges Tuesday in a primary that also features a self-described "middle-class candidate," a member of a famous political family and an insurgent state legislator.

Sen. Mike Lee says Congress shouldn't bail out 'Obamacare' in spending bill

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:01pm

Sen. Mike Lee is among conservative Republicans speaking out against what they see as an "Obamacare" bailout in the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress will consider this week to keep government running.

Former congressman from Hawaii quits GOP, citing Trump

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:02pm

A former congressman from Hawaii said Monday he's leaving the Republican Party because of President Donald Trump and the failure of fellow party members to stand up to him.

Trump calls for death penalty to 'get tough' on drug pushers

Jonathan Lemire and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:10pm

Embracing the tough penalties favored by global strongmen, President Donald Trump on Monday brandished the death penalty as a fitting punishment for drug traffickers fueling the opioid epidemic.

Romney seeks Marriott post he can't hold as a US Senator

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:56pm

Mitt Romney is running for re-election to Marriott International's board of directors, but his campaign said Monday that he'll resign from that post if elected in November to the U.S. Senate, which bars senators from serving as an officer or board member of any publicly-held company.

Early voting for Illinois primary far exceeds last midterm

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:28pm

Far more people have cast early ballots for Illinois' primary than did so four years ago, an increase that comes amid competitive contests for governor and other offices and record-breaking spending that has made the election nearly impossible to ignore.

Longtime Salt Lake County clerk being challenged by her own employee

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:42am

Salt Lake County's longtime clerk, Sherrie Swensen, is gunning for an eigth term after nearly three decades in office — but her elections director, Rozan Mitchell is challenging her.

Lawmakers: Delay in federal monitor for UTA underscores need for agency overhaul

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:59am

Not having a federal monitor in place to oversee the Utah Transit Authority nearly a year after a deadline set in a nonprosecution deal underscores the need for the major changes just made to the agency, lawmakers said Friday.

Romney seeks Marriott post he can't hold as a US senator

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:22am

Mitt Romney is running for re-election to Marriott International's board of directors, but his campaign said Monday that he'll resign from that post if elected in November to the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Heitkamp: Democratic party far from dead in red states

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 4:28pm

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who is facing a tough re-election fight as the only Democratic statewide officeholder in North Dakota, expressed optimism Saturday for the future of her party in conservative-leaning states such as her own.

Xi reappointed as China's president with no term limits

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:41am

China's rubber-stamp legislature on Saturday unanimously approved the reappointment of Xi Jinping as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.

Utah governor signs controversial inland port bill, plans special session to make fixes

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 10:29pm

Despite calls from Salt Lake City leaders, residents and some county officials to veto the controversial bill establishing an inland port authority in the city's northwest quadrant, Gov. Gary Herbert on Friday signed the bill.

Michael Flynn campaigns in 1st appearance since guilty plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 9:38pm

Disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn campaigned for a Republican congressional candidate in California Friday in his first public appearance since pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Quiz: Can you spot the fake news stories?

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 8:04pm

Do you have what it takes to spot the real news headlines amid the fake ones? Take’s weekly fake news quiz to find out.

Utah governor signs law legalizing 'free-range parenting'

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 4:44pm

So-called free-range parenting will soon be the law of the land in Utah after the governor signed what appears to be the country's first measure to formally legalize allowing kids to do things on their own to foster self-sufficiency.

Fired top diplomat Tillerson says he's praying for America

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 12:54pm

Fired top diplomat Rex Tillerson says he's praying for America.

Wyoming guns in church bill signed by governor

Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 11:02am

Gov. Matt Mead has signed into law a measure allowing people to carry concealed weapons into churches and other houses of worship in Wyoming.

Pawlenty files campaign committee for Minnesota governor run

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:40pm

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Monday he created a campaign committee to run for his old job, the most concrete step yet after months of speculation whether the Republican would return to politics following his short-lived 2012 presidential campaign.

Lamb, Saccone in line for primary contests in new districts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:04pm

Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone each could see a primary contest in new congressional districts after they battled for an existing district in southwestern Pennsylvania.