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Measuring the toll of the opioid epidemic is tougher than it seems

Charles Ornstein, Propublica  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 11:32am

One of our editors set out to create an ambitious list of data sources on the opioid epidemic. Much of what he found was out of date, and some data contradicted other data.

The Latest: Voters choosing governor candidates in Illinois

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 9:32am

The Latest on primary elections in Illinois (all times local):

Political party caucus meetings on tap Tuesday across Utah

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 9:32am

Political parties in Utah will hold caucus meetings Tuesday night to elect delegates and cast votes for candidates to run in primary and general elections.

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

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 7:02am

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.

In NH and Iowa, Trump eyes 2020 re-election as midterms loom

Steve Peoples and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:46pm

President Donald Trump's first visit to New Hampshire as president was soaked in nostalgia for his first campaign — and punctuated with subtle nods to his next one in 2020.

Progressives look to continue gains on Illinois primary day

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:38pm

Progressives face their next test Tuesday in Illinois, with a slew of candidates vying for a chance to help Democrats try to gain control of the U.S. House this fall.

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.

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.

Appeals court rules against Utah GOP, upholds nominating law

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:05pm

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a Utah law overhauling how political parties nominate candidates, dealing another blow to the state's Republican Party, whose multi-year legal challenge divided the deep-red state's majority party and left it in heavy debt.

Interest strong in running for Congress in Pennsylvania

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:45am

More than 70 people have submitted paperwork with hours to go until the deadline to run in Pennsylvania's congressional primary election.

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.