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Box Elder Rep. Ronda Menlove won't seek re-election

Tim Gurrister, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 11 2014 - 12:25pm

BRIGHAM CITY -- Five-term Utah House veteran Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, is not seeking reelection, which should add interest to this fall's races."I've loved being in the Legislature," she said Monday during a break from the House floor. "It's been an incredible opportunity. In the ten years since I've been in the Legislature, four of my five...

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Mixed reaction in Utah to Obama's budget

Mark Saal, Standard-Examiner staff, The Washington Post
Mar 4 2014 - 6:25pm

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration budget released Tuesday will set the stage for an election-year debate over government's role in creating economic opportunity, with President Obama calling for more federal spending to help the poor and Republicans charging that such programs waste money and foster dependency.In his latest request to...

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Weber County political parties laud proposed change to election system

JaNae Francis, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 2 2014 - 10:50pm

Some local political insiders are lauding a proposed compromise in Utah's election system.

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VIDEO: Utah defends freeze on benefits for gays

The Associated Press
Mar 1 2014 - 3:06pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah officials say in a new court filing that they have no choice but to put a freeze on granting benefits to newly married gay couples until a federal appeals court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban.The filing comes in response to a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed in January on behalf of four gay and...

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Hard road ahead for Herbert's Medicaid plan

The Associated Press
Mar 1 2014 - 3:02pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has finally announced his plan for Medicaid, but he still faces a long road for it to become reality.The first hurdle for the Republican governor will be convincing legislators, particularly those in his own party, that he's not seeking a full Medicaid expansion under the federal health law.Herbert said...

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Woods Cross official Hill runs for county commission

Bryon Saxton, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 28 2014 - 5:24pm

WOODS CROSS -- The race for the Davis County Commission this spring just got another challenger.Woods Cross City Councilman Dave C. Hill has announced he will be seeking the Republican nomination for the county commission A seat which Commissioner Bret Millburn currently holds.Millburn has already announced his intentions of seeking a third 4-year...

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Legislature moves to bottle up some Utah voter data

Antone Clark, Standard-Examiner correspondent
Feb 25 2014 - 4:14pm

SALT LAKE CITY - Stung by the release of detailed voter information on 1.5 million Utahns online in January, Utah lawmakers are taking action to protect voter information.A bill making two changes in the voter information process passed the House by a 71-2 vote on Tuesday. The bill, HB 302, would keep voter birth date information classified and...

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Wolves losing political battle, despite new scientific backing

Slate
Feb 22 2014 - 8:37pm

NEW YORK _The Endangered Species Act sounds simple on paper. Its goal is to preserve biological diversity, protect critical habitat, and recover threatened species across the country. But nothing is simple when it comes to the environment. Lobbyists have labeled the ESA both a success and a failure, and a Republican congressman is the latest to...

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VIDEO: Lee sides with ranchers in Nevada BLM dispute

Rachel Trotter, Standard-Examiner correspondent
Apr 16 2014 - 4:55pm

OGDEN -- Sen. Mike Lee appeared at a town hall meeting Wednesday night, driving his messages of pushing for limits on federal and presidential power and urging states and individuals to assert their rights.

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Weber Republicans dump Zogmaister; Ebert wins nomination

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 12 2014 - 5:29pm

OGDEN -- After two rounds of voting, James Ebert nailed his party's nomination, taking 67 percent of the delegate vote at Saturday's Weber County Republican convention.That tally of about 600 delegates ended Commissioner Jan Zogmaister's bid for a third term, and gave Ebert an easy ride into office because there is no Democratic contender to...

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Commission and sheriff's races key for Davis Republicans

Bryon Saxton, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 10 2014 - 6:11pm

FARMINGTON -- With three major Davis County seats being contested on the Republican ticket, there is plenty at stake at this year's party Convention.And it appears the candidates wouldn't want it any other way as they put their personal contact skills into practice.

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Weber GOP delegates highly interested in library issue

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 10 2014 - 5:24pm

OGDEN -- Weber County Republican and Democratic delegates thronged candidates and incumbents Tuesday night during a crowded meet-and-greet session at Weber State University's Hurst Center. 

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Davis GOP chief says ethics complaint against him dismissed

Bryon Saxton, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 10 2014 - 5:08pm

FARMINGTON -- An ethics complaint filed against Davis County Republican Party chairman Phill Wright has been dismissed as having "no merit," according to Wright.But Wright's claim is one the Davis County Republican Party's Ethics Committee will neither confirm or deny.

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VIDEO: In 'State of the County' speech, Gibson attacks Standard-Examiner

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 9 2014 - 7:46am

OGDEN -- While giving Tuesday's "State of the County" presentation, Weber County Commission Chairman Kerry Gibson lashed out at the Standard-Examiner and library proponents for recent stories, editorials and other material that criticized attempts to downsize a voter-approved bond."A lot has been said lately about our library system and what its...

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Davis GOP secretary files ethics complaint against party chairman

Bryon Saxton, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 9 2014 - 7:43am

FARMINGTON -- In an ethics complaint, the secretary of the Davis County Republican Party alleges chairman Phill Wright verbally attacked her in a party meeting and withheld convention delegate lists from her.

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Incumbent Greenwood of Roy drops out of House District 12 race

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 4 2014 - 2:29pm

ROY -- The Republican incumbent in Legislative District 12 has withdrawn from the race, leaving his GOP challenger Mike Schultz of Hooper a clear path to the party's nomination. Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Roy, has served in the Utah House since April 2007. At 64, Greenwood is retired from the Utah Highway Patrol, where he served about 25 years...

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VIDEO: Lee sides with ranchers in Nevada BLM dispute

Rachel Trotter, Standard-Examiner correspondent
Apr 16 2014 - 4:55pm

OGDEN -- Sen. Mike Lee appeared at a town hall meeting Wednesday night, driving his messages of pushing for limits on federal and presidential power and urging states and individuals to assert their rights.

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VIDEO: In 'State of the County' speech, Gibson attacks Standard-Examiner

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 9 2014 - 7:46am

OGDEN -- While giving Tuesday's "State of the County" presentation, Weber County Commission Chairman Kerry Gibson lashed out at the Standard-Examiner and library proponents for recent stories, editorials and other material that criticized attempts to downsize a voter-approved bond."A lot has been said lately about our library system and what its...

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VIDEO: Weber Democrats look for boost from new caucus format

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 19 2014 - 1:16pm

WASHINGTON TERRACE -- After losing precious ground in terms of elected officeholders in Weber County, Democratic party leaders decided it was time for an overhaul.Only one Democrat holds an elected county position, and no Democrats represent Weber County in the state Legislature or the U.S. Congress.

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VIDEO: Utah defends freeze on benefits for gays

The Associated Press
Mar 1 2014 - 3:06pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah officials say in a new court filing that they have no choice but to put a freeze on granting benefits to newly married gay couples until a federal appeals court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban.The filing comes in response to a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed in January on behalf of four gay and...

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VIDEO: Hatch: Big government bad for Utah

Cimaron Neugebauer, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 3 2014 - 10:12am

SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 123,000 Utahns are struggling in the crossfire waiting to see if the governor will be one of nearly half of U.S. governors who choose to accept federal money to expand Medicaid coverage. The other alternative is for Utah to create its own plan.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, helped approve a $1.1 trillion omnibus budget...

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VIDEO: Clean-air advocate and N. Utah congressional hopeful bikes to work

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Jan 19 2014 - 8:27am

NORTH OGDEN -- Whether it's to clear his head or clear the air, clean-air advocate and physician Peter Clemens has honed the habit of biking to work over the past seven years."I ride my bike somewhere between 125 to 150 days a year," Clemens said of the 30-mile round-trip commute from his North Ogden home to the Ogden Regional Wound and Infusion...

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VIDEO: Persecuted in China, Falun Gong practitioners appear in Ogden

Randi Weston, Standard-Examiner correspondent
Jan 18 2014 - 7:03pm

OGDEN -- "Pain is good," explained David Thurston as he and his wife, Cheyenne Liu, led a small group into exercise two, Falun Standing Stance, of the five exercises that comprise the practice known as both Falun Dafa and Falun Gong. "I think in Western exercise, people always think you need to be moving," Liu said. "Which is contrary to...

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VIDEO: Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

The Associated Press
Jan 9 2014 - 4:24pm

TRENTON, N.J. -- Moving quickly to contain a widening political scandal, Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides Thursday and apologized repeatedly for the "abject stupidity" of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with a Democratic mayor.

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VIDEO: Lee sides with ranchers in Nevada BLM dispute

Rachel Trotter, Standard-Examiner correspondent
Apr 16 2014 - 4:55pm

OGDEN -- Sen. Mike Lee appeared at a town hall meeting Wednesday night, driving his messages of pushing for limits on federal and presidential power and urging states and individuals to assert their rights.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 16 2014 - 4:55pm


VIDEO: In 'State of the County' speech, Gibson attacks Standard-Examiner

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Apr 9 2014 - 7:46am

OGDEN -- While giving Tuesday's "State of the County" presentation, Weber County Commission Chairman Kerry Gibson lashed out at the Standard-Examiner and library proponents for recent stories, editorials and other material that criticized attempts to downsize a voter-approved bond."A lot has been said lately about our library system and what its...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 9 2014 - 1:26pm


VIDEO: Weber Democrats look for boost from new caucus format

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Mar 19 2014 - 1:16pm

WASHINGTON TERRACE -- After losing precious ground in terms of elected officeholders in Weber County, Democratic party leaders decided it was time for an overhaul.Only one Democrat holds an elected county position, and no Democrats represent Weber County in the state Legislature or the U.S. Congress.

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Mar 19 2014 - 2:35pm


VIDEO: Utah defends freeze on benefits for gays

The Associated Press
Mar 1 2014 - 3:06pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah officials say in a new court filing that they have no choice but to put a freeze on granting benefits to newly married gay couples until a federal appeals court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban.The filing comes in response to a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed in January on behalf of four gay and...

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VIDEO: Hatch: Big government bad for Utah

Cimaron Neugebauer, Standard-Examiner staff
Feb 3 2014 - 10:12am

SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 123,000 Utahns are struggling in the crossfire waiting to see if the governor will be one of nearly half of U.S. governors who choose to accept federal money to expand Medicaid coverage. The other alternative is for Utah to create its own plan.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, helped approve a $1.1 trillion omnibus budget...

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VIDEO: Clean-air advocate and N. Utah congressional hopeful bikes to work

Cathy McKitrick, Standard-Examiner staff
Jan 19 2014 - 8:27am

NORTH OGDEN -- Whether it's to clear his head or clear the air, clean-air advocate and physician Peter Clemens has honed the habit of biking to work over the past seven years."I ride my bike somewhere between 125 to 150 days a year," Clemens said of the 30-mile round-trip commute from his North Ogden home to the Ogden Regional Wound and Infusion...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Jan 19 2014 - 8:27am


VIDEO: Persecuted in China, Falun Gong practitioners appear in Ogden

Randi Weston, Standard-Examiner correspondent
Jan 18 2014 - 7:03pm

OGDEN -- "Pain is good," explained David Thurston as he and his wife, Cheyenne Liu, led a small group into exercise two, Falun Standing Stance, of the five exercises that comprise the practice known as both Falun Dafa and Falun Gong. "I think in Western exercise, people always think you need to be moving," Liu said. "Which is contrary to...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Jan 18 2014 - 8:41pm


VIDEO: Christie fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

The Associated Press
Jan 9 2014 - 4:24pm

TRENTON, N.J. -- Moving quickly to contain a widening political scandal, Gov. Chris Christie fired one of his top aides Thursday and apologized repeatedly for the "abject stupidity" of his staff, insisting he had no idea anyone around him had engineered traffic jams to get even with a Democratic mayor.

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