Former Utah Governor and US Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman was back in Salt Lake City Thursday after a failed run for president. He was the keynote speaker at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah’s 25 Anniversary celebration.
Huntsman kept his comments focused on the path towards successful economic development in Utah and around the country. But when the floor was opened for questions, Huntsman was asked – what is the single biggest issue in the election now? He replied, money in politics.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Scott Howell vowed his support for the American military Wednesday saying the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is long overdue.
Howell pointed to the cost of the war in Afghanistan, both in American lives and in money, as he vowed to make sure all troops are withdrawn from the country as soon as possible. Howell even criticized President Barack Obama’s lack of action.
Republican Salt Lake County Mayor Candidate Mark Crockett says his opponent’s proposal to make county government more efficient shows his lack of experience. Crockett laid out his plan today.
Last week, Crocket’s opponent Ben McAdams stood in a cul-de-sac in Sugar House to explain why it’s wasteful for Salt Lake City to plow one side of the road, while Salt Lake County plows the other. Crockett contrasted his plan with that of McAdams while standing in front of the Salt Lake County Public Works Building. He says McAdams obviously doesn’t know how public works, operate.
Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson criticized fiscal decisions made by his opponent, Republican fourth congressional candidate Mia Love, Monday, as Mayor of Saratoga Springs.
During a press conference at his campaign headquarters in West Jordan, Matheson criticized Mia Love’s record of increasing taxes while Mayor of Saratoga Springs. He says it shows that her actions don’t match her campaign rhetoric of lowering taxes.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic Challenger Peter Cooke faced off in their first debate Friday. The two men touted policy accomplishments and ideas concerning the state economy, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and federal control over public lands. Herbert and Cooke also shared their differences on the future of Hill Air Force Base. Cooke, a retired U.S. Army Major General, asserted that Hill could lose its vital maintenance mission to Tinker Air Force Base outside of Oklahoma City in the next Base Realignment and Closure round scheduled for 2015.