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With less than 50 days until the 2014 midterm election, the race for the biggest prize-control of the Senate-is running awfully close. Republicans, who are almost certain to pick up several seats in November, ran ahead in most of the forecasts throughout the summer.
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.
President Obama takes his scheme to make the federal government bigger seriously indeed. The federal government already owns most of the land in Utah, and Mr. Obama has his eye on a prime parcel of 1.4 million acres near the Canyonlands National Park.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is breaking with conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee over the legislative prospects for the post-election lame duck congressional session. While Cruz and Lee have been raising alarm surrounding any significant legislation moving through Congress during the lame duck, McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he had little fear that controversial legislation would be jammed through by senators and representatives that just lost their seats.
Netflix is relishing its role as the corporate leader in the fight for net neutrality, and why wouldn't it? By fighting for an open Internet, the video-streaming site is not only advocating a position that would protect its profits, it's also earning goodwill from Web activists and liberals. But by taking a high-profile role, Netflix risks learning a painful political lesson: In Washington, friends are fickle, and enemies have long memories.
Salt Lake County Council candidates Micah Bruner and Jenny Wilson will square off from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in a debate at The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, in Salt Lake City. Democrat Wilson and Republican Bruner are vying for the six-year, at-large council seat being vacated by longtime county official Randy Horiuchi.
Mike Lee is the only member of the United States Senate who for his entire career has a 100 percent "favorable" voting record from the tea party group, Freedom Works. He has also just hired their national political director to run his 2016 re-election campaign .
Probably not. If the House GOP's agenda had survived the week, there would have been a Thursday vote on a measure to fund the government through to December 11 -- a continuing resolution.
Washington a While celebrating the creation of Canyonlands National Park on its 50-year anniversary, Republican members of Congress from Utah urged President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a letter Thursday not to expand the park and to let state and local leaders decide on how to protect the area around it. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Reps.
In which Shelby County's Democrats bust a move in peace and harmony and get ready for the next race. Lo and behold, a meeting of the Shelby County Democratic executive committee was held this week and conducted in perfect amity, and the results, while not immediately gratifying to everybody, were reasonably sure to be embraced ultimately by the committee and by the entire party membership The occasion was the filling of a vacancy in state Senate District 30, created last month when the longtime seat holder, Jim Kyle, was elected Chancellor on August 7 and formally resigned on the 29th.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats have demanded an apology from Rep. Bill Cassidy after he accused Sen. Reid of running the Senate "like a plantation," but there is at least some truth to the accusation. Since April of last year, Sen. Reid has allowed a vote on just 58 amendments - 30 from the GOP - according to Senate records.
After years of scandal stemming from money and campaign contributions flowing to the attorney general's race, it appears both candidates have taken a more reserved approach, although big donations continue to flow to Republican incumbent Attorney General Sean Reyes.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:47 am
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