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Utah Politics: Why Is Everyone So Angry?

U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart’s town hall meeting would have made Thomas Jefferson proud. Elderly couples filed into West High’s auditorium along with young hipsters, parents pushing strollers and people in wheelchairs to meet their representative eyeball to eyeball. Jefferson would have delighted in the spectacle of government answering directly to its citizens. Then all hell…

Democracy in the Park City Free State

Park City doesn’t seem to have grasped that it is completely surrounded by Utah. With the election-filing window for city council and mayor seats set for June 1-7, summit county is offering a seminar on local politics for any resident who wants to jump into the fray. In a state that’s right-leaning political culture has effectively limited…

Zinke Gathers Info on Undoing National Monuments

Interior Ryan Zinke listened to tribal leaders on whether Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante’s national monument status should be rescinded. His visited has triggered demonstrations around Utah. Hell’s Backbone Grill and the Boulder Mountain lodge in Boulder, Garfield County, held a rally Saturday in support of the national-monuments. “We were joined by about 50 Boulder…

New Utah Liquor Laws: Everyone loses something.

One of the most surprising things about Utah’s revamp of its liquor laws is the way it brought citizens together and drove them apart. The attempt to remove the embarrassing Zion Curtain pitted restaurant groups, which supported the law, against some of the groups’ members whose livelihood is threatened by the colateral damage of the…

Trumped: Why Bears Ears is Likely to Remain a National Monument.

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Wednesday ordering the Department of the Interior to review his predecessors’ executive orders to designate national monuments—the goal apparently being to strip those protections from public land. President Obama controversially designated Bears Ears National Monument last year. In a letter to President Trump, Utah’s all-GOP congressional delegation called…