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Nicole Nixon

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Nicole Nixon holds a communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos. 

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President Trump has endorsed Mitt Romney for Utah’s open Senate seat. Trump tweeted his support Monday night and called Romney a “worthy successor” to outgoing Sen. Orrin Hatch.

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Many Utahns were excited when Mitt Romney finally made his candidacy for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch official. Ogden resident Paul Henstrom, who voted for Romney for president in 2012, hopes he can be a bridge in a deeply divided Congress. 

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This week lawmakers paused to honor the 17 lives lost in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla. But the latest school violence is unlikely to persuade Republican leaders to propose any big changes to gun laws this session. Meanwhile, a committee finally approved something close to a resolution acknowledging climate change without actually using the phrase "climate change." We also talk about some air quality bills and medical marijuana. Rep. Steve Eliason joins us on 'Better Know A Lawmaker' and explains how he's tackling Utah's youth suicide problem. 

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Mitt Romney launched his political comeback on Friday, announcing a widely anticipated run for Utah's Senate seat. 

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Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he’s working with Utah lawmakers on a bill that would ban abortions of a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome. Legislative attorneys have flagged the bill, saying if it passes, it would likely face a legal challenge.

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Mitt Romney is postponing a highly anticipated announcement for U.S. Senate after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in South Florida

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Every legislative session a few bills pop up that generate a lot of buzz, but never quite make it to the finish line. For the last few years, that has been the case with proposed legislation to toughen the state's penalties for hate crimes. So what invisible forces propel some bills while squashing others? Some critics say it's the Mormon Church, whose membership includes almost 90 percent of the Utah Legislature. Others say their influence is overstated. And then there's Steve Urquhart, a former Republican state senator from St. George, who observed this phenomenon firsthand.

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Local funding for school districts is based on property taxes, but Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan, worries that system is outdated.

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The Utahraptor, a six-foot tall prehistoric predator, is clawing its way closer to becoming the official state dinosaur.

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Police are investigating and Utah lawmakers have been put on high alert after what they’re calling an entrapment attempt.

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Happy Winter Olympics! Utah misses you so. That's why lawmakers are eager to win them back by 2026 or 2030 — they've even passed a resolution that says as much. But who can think of the cold when things are heating up on Capitol Hill? The halls are feeling warmer than usual after a bombshell report by a British tabloid that a Republican state lawmaker paid for sex with an escort. That lawmaker, former Rep. Jon Stanard of St. George, resigned unexpectedly this week, just before the report came out. The fallout from the scandal continues to reverberate as the state carries on an investigation into his use of taxpayer money to carry out the alleged affair. Meanwhile, lots of bills continue forward.   

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The Republican lawmaker who wrote Utah’s current surrogacy law tried to have it repealed this week.

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A former Utah lawmaker who abruptly resigned this week reportedly paid an escort for sex as recently as last year, according to a British tabloid

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Utah has Olympic fever again. Business and political leaders on Utah’s Olympic/Paralympic Exploratory Committee unanimously agreed Wednesday to move forward with a bid to host the Winter Games again.

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Lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill that included a last-minute change to greatly expand the Utah Department of Transportation’s authority to impose tolls on roads.

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A bill moving through the Utah legislature is supposed to set clear guidelines for courts when people request a gender change, but LGBT groups say it’s not ready yet.

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A pair of bills aimed at strengthening Utah’s domestic violence laws are advancing at the Utah Legislature. They were prompted by the murder last June of Memorez Rackley and her six-year-old son, Jase.

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Jon M. Huntsman Sr., a billionaire businessman, philanthropist and political organizer, died Friday at age 80. 

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It's week 2 at the Utah Legislature and we've already seen several big bills make their way through the House and Senate. On this week's episode, we discuss a few bills in direct conflict with two citizen-led ballot initiatives making their way to voters this fall. We're calling them "Ballot Busters." We also invite a lobbyist to lunch to find out how he wins friends and influences people. And, we try to figure out whether Democrats are becoming the party of "Law & Order" with several proposals to stiffen penalties for crimes. 

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said in a tweet he will announce his plans for U.S. Senate on Feb. 15.

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The issue of medical marijuana is lighting up the Utah Legislature, despite a competing ballot initiative making its way to voters this fall.

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A proposal to allow political parties to reduce candidate options to the primary ballot received its first approval in the Utah Legislature Tuesday.

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Utah will likely send a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon to the U.S. Capitol, after the senate passed a resolution to replace a current statue of inventor Philo Farnsworth, with one of Cannon, an early Utah politician and women's rights activist. 

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The gavel has fallen and the Utah Legislature is officially in session! This week we dissect opening speeches by Gov. Gary Herbert and House Speaker Greg Hughes, then Speaker Hughes will also join us later in the episode for our “Better Know a Lawmaker” segment. To wrap it up, we'll sprint through some of the bills that have started to gain momentum on the hill.

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A bipartisan group of Utah lawmakers unveiled a suite of bills Thursday aimed at helping working families.

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A bill to update the state’s road tolling system — and which would likely lead to a toll road up Little Cottonwood Canyon — received its first thumbs-up from a Senate committee Wednesday.

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The Utah Legislature has taken up a bill that could have provided a solution to Salt Lake County’s Gary Ott problem.

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The state’s HR department is basically on an honor system to provide training for workplace abuse and investigate complaints.

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Reforming the state tax system is a top priority for Utah lawmakers this year, but there’s no concrete plan for how they want do that yet.

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Utah lawmakers will convene Monday for the 2018 General Session of the 63rd Utah Legislature. With more than 1,200 bills already filed, lawmakers expect another record breaking year of laws passed during the 45-day session. Here are five things to watch for this year. 

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