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Movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 1:45pm

Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead entrusted that responsibility to others.

Multiple 2020 Democrats say they won't attend AIPAC summit

Juana Summers and Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 11:51am

Multiple Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they won't attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference in Washington next week.

Poll: More Americans say too little spending on health

Hannah Fingerhut and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 10:49am

A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans.

US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.28 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 10:32am

U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, giving an incentive to potential buyers as the spring homebuying season opens.

AP: Political map-making helped GOP stem losses in 2018

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 8:57am

Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party.

Utah GOP chairman says he won't seek another term, while SB54 opponent planning to run

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Mar 20th - 9:12pm

"I would be a hinderance to the party reuniting and unifying, so I think it's probably best that someone else do it. … My call for unity kind of fell on deaf ears," Anderson said.

Former Downtown Community Council chairman latest candidate to join race for Salt Lake City mayor

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Mar 20th - 7:32pm

Another candidate has officially jumped into this year's race to be mayor of Utah's capital, just days after Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski bowed out.

Gillibrand 'open to improving' opioids bill after criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 6:24pm

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand says she's "open to improving" a Senate bill that would limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain.

Beto O'Rourke making 1st trip to early-voting South Carolina

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 10:47am

Democrat Beto O'Rourke is making the first visit of his presidential campaign to South Carolina, where he'll be able to test his message in front of a largely black electorate.

Kansas artist carves out Beto O'Rourke image in Texas field

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 10:39am

Beto O'Rourke's face has been temporarily enshrined in a Texas field as the former Democratic congressman runs for president.

O'Rourke's early fundraising had fewer donors than Sanders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 8:39am

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says his first-day $6.1 million in campaign donations came from 128,000-plus contributions in all 50 states.

Judge tosses ex-Provo councilman's 'malicious' prosecution suit

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Mar 20th - 8:19am

A judge has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit from a former Provo City councilman who argued prosecutors filed bogus fraud charges against him in order to force him from office.

Mitt Romney chastises President Donald Trump for disparaging remarks about late Sen. John McCain

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Mar 20th - 6:44am

Sen. Mitt Romney chastised President Donald Trump on Tuesday for the latest denigrating remarks he made about the late Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Shifting hopes as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller

Jonathan Lemire and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 9:19pm

It's a witch hunt, a vendetta, the worst presidential harassment in history. That's what President Donald Trump has shouted for two years about the special counsel's Russia probe. Now, barring an eleventh-hour surprise, Trump and his allies are starting to see it as something potentially very different: a political opportunity.

Utah lawmakers could call themselves into special session over tax reform, but won't have to

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Mar 19th - 8:37pm

"It does give independence we didn't have before," Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, said of the amendment to the Utah Constitution approved last fall.

O'Rourke seeks end of voter ID laws that he calls 'racist'

Hunter Woodall, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:33pm

Democrat Beto O'Rourke is calling for an end to what he sees as "racist voter ID laws" during his first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Republicans welcome Trump primary challenge

Hunter Woodall and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 2:11pm

New Hampshire gave Donald Trump his first presidential primary victory. Some prominent New Hampshire Republicans aren't sure he deserves a second.

GOP fundraiser pleads guilty to fraud, keeping donor money

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 12:29pm

A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and violating campaign law for using more than $1 million of the money he raised on himself, including for adult entertainment and escort services.

Gerrymandering lawsuits are pending in a dozen states

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 7:39am

typically state lawmakers — have gone too far in manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts for their own advantage.