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Push For National Park Maintenance Funds To Continue

Dec 27, 2018
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A bipartisan push in Congress to pay for a multi-billion-dollar maintenance backlog at national parks, in Utah and across America, fell short this session, but backers are optimistic it will pass next year. 

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A pair of pro-marijuana groups in Utah is accusing leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint  Thursday of "extreme undermining" of a medical marijuana ballot measure, alleging it is exerting its power to push through significant changes to the proposition.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love sued Wednesday to halt vote counting in the Utah race where she is narrowly trailing her Democratic challenger.

  Love's campaign said in a lawsuit Salt Lake County clerk isn't allowing poll-watchers to challenge findings during the verification process for mail-in ballots. Voting is done primarily by mail in Utah.

The campaign's poll monitors have seen instances where a ballot was approved even though the signature did not appear to match the one on file, the suit claimed.

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Utah voters rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have boosted education funding through a gas tax in a state that has the lowest per pupil spending in the nation. 

UPDATE: President Donald Trump is saying Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love lost her bid for another term in Utah because she kept him at arm's length, even though the race remains too close to call.

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Republican U.S. Rep Chris Stewart has won re-election to a fourth term in Congress by defeating Democratic challenger Shireen Ghorbani.

  Stewart represents Utah's 2nd Congressional District, which covers a large portion of the state, including most of Salt Lake City west to the Nevada border and south to the Arizona border.

He is a former Air Force pilot and author who was first elected in 2012.

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Republican U.S. Rep. John Curtis has defeated two challengers to win his first full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The former Provo, Utah, mayor defeated Democrat college professor James Singer and United Utah Party candidate Tim Zeidner on Tuesday.

  Curtis joined Congress after winning a special election last year to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who stepped down and is now a Fox News commentator.

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Eric Eliason was the United Utah Party candidate for the Congressional 1st District. During this conversation, UPR’s Kerry Bringhurst speaks with Eliason about voter turnout and his participation in the Utah Debate Commission’s debate.

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Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute, a non-profit think tank organization that has pushed for support of Utah’s Medical Marijuana Proposition 2. Libertas Institute has been involved in medical cannabis reform for five years and has been negotiating with Prop 2 opponents for several weeks to identify areas of common ground. 

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Republican Rep. Rob Bishop has bested two opponents to win re-election to a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bishop defeated Democrat Lee Castillo and Eric Eliason of the new United Utah Party on Tuesday.

  His opponents tried to paint him as a career politician beholden to special interests, a charge Bishop denied while touting his long experience in government.

  Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has handily won a U.S. Senate seat in his adopted home state of Utah after a campaign where he backed off his once-fierce criticism of Donald Trump.

Romney clinched the win Tuesday as soon as polls closed in Utah, where voters are also choosing whether U.S. Rep. Mia Love will earn a third term and deciding if the state will make medical marijuana legal.

Romney defeated Democrat Jenny Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County council. He replaces longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who chose not to seek re-election.

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Current Balance Of Power

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Key Ballot Initiatives Across The Nation

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Live Election Coverage From NPR's Political Team

Nov 6, 2018

Follow live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, including results and analysis. Get caught up on the latest news.

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Voting is underway across Utah as polling sites open for Tuesday's midterm election.

Voters will decide a hotly contested congressional race, a high-profile medical marijuana proposal and a replacement for Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is the heavy favorite to win the race for Hatch's seat against Democrat Jenny Wilson, but other races are too close to call.

Perhaps the tightest congressional race is between U.S. Rep. Mia Love and the Democrat challenging her for the seat, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

The U.S. Justice Department is sending a monitor to watch polls in a southeastern Utah county where Navajo voters form a slim majority.

Tuesday marks the first general election in San Juan County since a federal judge ordered redistricting after finding racially gerrymandered districts illegally minimized the voice of Navajo voters.

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Utah voters on Tuesday will elect a new U.S. senator to replace Orrin Hatch, choose whether U.S. Rep. Mia Love earns a third term and decide if the state should make medical marijuana legal.

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Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, and his Democratic competitor, James Singer, squared off in a race for the state's 3rd Congressional District.

  Curtis, the former mayor of Provo, and Singer, a sociology professor at Salt Lake Community College, verbally sparred Tuesday in an effort to gain voters' endorsement ahead of next month's election.

Election Day Registration Is The New Rule; Is Utah Prepared?

Oct 24, 2018
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This year's election in November will be the first in which all of Utah's 29 counties offer Election Day registration at the polls. And advocates for the system are hoping for a smooth rollout. 

If you show up to your polling place on Nov. 6 and find your voter registration information is out of date, or you haven't previously registered, you should be able to take care of it on the spot. 

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.

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