Utah Supreme Court Nominee Gets Glowing Reviews From Senate

By Lee Hale - KUER

Gov. Gary Herbert’s pick to fill a vacancy on Utah’s Supreme Court, Paige Petersen, was unanimously approved by the Judicial Confirmation Committee on Monday.

State lawmakers on the committee had high praise for Peterson.

“Occasionally, from time to time, I have disagreements with the governor, but I have no fault with his selection of judges," said state senator Jim Dabakis, a Democrat.

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Most Utahns say a baker with a religious objection shouldn’t have to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple

By Jennifer Dobner - Salt Lake Tribune

Tribune-Hinckley poll finds broad support for religiously based refusal.

Should a baker be legally allowed to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple if doing so violates his or her deeply held religious beliefs?

For Utah voters, the answer to that question is yes. Overwhelmingly yes.

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Hatch Says Bears Ears Reduction Is a Go - Local leaders respond to latest announcement

By Dylan Woolf Harris - Salt Lake City Weekly

This month, while an ideological rift splitting President Donald Trump and a few Republican lawmakers has widened, there is no love lost for Utah’s senior ranking senator. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn, and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., have lashed out at Trump’s positions and tactics, and in turn, they’ve been the target of name-calling from Trump’s Twitter-mouth.

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President Trump to shrink Bears Ears National Monument

By Glen Mills - Good4Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – A major development in the battle over public lands in Utah, and it comes in the form of a phone call from the President of the United States.

President Trump personally called Senator Orrin Hatch to tell him he will be shrinking Bears Ears. Monument supporters say they'll take it to court.

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Trump headed to Utah in December with plans to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase

By Thomas Burr and Brian Maffly - Salt Lake Tribune

Washington • President Donald Trump plans to visit Utah in December to announce that he will trim the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, a move that is likely to spur an instant court battle.

Trump, after meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke earlier Friday, called Sen. Orrin Hatch to tell him that he has decided to change the designations that Hatch, the Utah delegation and state officials have been pushing.

 
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Trump to shrink Bears Ears National Monument, visit Utah

by Brian Mullahy, KUTV

(KUTV) President Trump will shrink the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument, and visit Utah to talk more about his decision.

The developments did not come in a tweet on Friday, but rather in a phone call with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, and in a White House press briefing.

"He said I'm going to do what you asked me to do on Bears Ears," Hatch recounted, after the presidential phone call.

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History has its eyes on Utah with ‘Hamilton’-inspired education initiative

By Ellen Fagg Weist and Catherine Reese Newton - Salt Lake Tribune

The people behind the hit musical are ready to drop some knowledge on the state’s students.

The phenomenal success of “Hamilton: The Musical” has been life-changing for the Miranda family, said Luis A. Miranda Jr. And the educational programs accompanying his son Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s touring musical are designed to have a similar impact on Utah students’ lives when the show plays Salt Lake City next spring.

 

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Politics in School

By , Salt Lake City Weekly

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Oh, really, Lisa Cummins? Are you really a member of the state school board—the group dedicated to providing children with a proper education? Do you really want to promote whitewashed history lessons and teaching children only what comports with your own personal political philosophy? Right-wing politicians like Utah Sen. Margaret Dayton have long fought against the concept of critical thinking, especially the kind they disagree with. Wesleyan University researchers have identified political components to schooling—including "the assimilation of immigrants" and "the development of citizenship." Cummins, whose side lost, voted against showing students the award-winning musical Hamilton because of its government-enlarging message, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Maybe she thinks kids should know about only those Founding Fathers she deems worthy. Are there any?

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Utah High School Cheerleaders Scream N-Word in Video

By Kristinova V. Justimbaste Christian Post Contributor

An Instagram video of five high school girls screaming racial slurs and profanities has gone viral, urging school administrators to investigate the offensive clip.

The five white teenage girls have been identified as students from Weber High School in Pleasant View, Utah. School administrators were made aware of the video when it started making rounds on social media.

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‘Brain dead’ local politicians fall prey to zombie apocalypse at Fear Factory event for Utah Food Bank

By The Salt Lake Tribune

Local politicians got into the Halloween spirit and helped the Utah Food Bank on Thursday while falling prey to the zombie apocalypse at the Fear Factory haunted house attraction in Salt Lake City.

“We’re always looking for ways to support local charities, and the Utah Food Bank does such important work to support community members that are in need,” Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said in a news release. “People always joke about politicians being brain dead, and we thought this would be a fun way to laugh at ourselves and raise awareness about the Utah Food Bank and help kick-start donations as we head into the holiday season.”

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