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Utah Dems decry lawmaker's attempt to let parties choose their candidates

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that attempts to clarify how Utah’s political parties set elections caused a furor this week when substitute language was proposed to allow a party to potentially disqualify candidates who use signature-gathering to achieve ballot status.


Local political party caucuses poised for big turnouts

Caucuses in Utah are still six weeks away, but leaders of both major political parties expect turnout levels to exceed previous years.


$518M tax hike for educational needs may be on Utah ballot

An effort to convince Utah legislators to place a proposed tax increase on the fall ballot is underway. Education First, a political action committee, wants legislators to OK a 7/8th of a percent increase in the state income tax rate.


Sundance Film Festival's impact in Ogden still very tiny

Ogden can boast it’s a part of the Sundance Film Festival but, according to a 2015 report, just barely.


Medical marijuana, Tesla among issues aired at Layton town hall

LAYTON — Education spending, liquor control, medical marijuana and electic car sales generated discussion as several state legislators fielded questions from residents Wednesday night.


Straight-ticket voting stays; bill killed in committee

SALT LAKE CITY — Heading into Tuesday’s House Government Operations Committee meeting, state Rep. Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden, was hopeful that House Bill 119 — ending the straight-ticket voting option in Utah — would move through the committee.


Can the 'speed trap' in Mantua be fixed with a bill?

SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Johnson, Mantua’s police chief and mayor, was contemptuous of Senate Bill 100, designed to limit what a local government can take in traffic fines to 25 percent of general fund revenues.


Bipartisan effort to end straight-ticket voting nears committee hearing

Three years ago, an effort to end straight-ticket voting in Utah was defeated in the House Government Operations Committee, falling by a 4-3 vote. That bill’s sponsor, Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Salt Lake City is trying again this year with House Bill 119, Straight Ticket Voting Amendments. 


Clearfield's West scores KO win in Davis County boxing match

LAYTON — Before a crowd of several hundred Saturday night at the Davis Conference Center, Clearfield’s Jesse West boosted his pro career to 6-1 with an easy second-round KO over debuting Jamal Barefield, who fights out of the Mori Academy in Ogden.

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For Ogden Dems, Sanders' passion resonates more than Clinton's power base

In mid January, for a Sunday night Democratic Party presidential debate — one that was largely overshadowed by NFL playoff news coverage — about 50 Bernie Sanders supporters gathered into Foley’s gym in Ogden to watch. It’s difficult to conceive of 50 Hillary Clinton supporters gathering together in Ogden to cheer on their candidate in a debate. As for the other candidate, Martin O’Malley, I doubt he has 50 supporters in the city of Ogden.

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