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Crowd holding re-election signs behind President Trump at podium.
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While supporters in a 20,000 seat stadium in Orlando, Florida, cheered President Donald Trump’s official kick-off of his 2020 campaign, a flag-waving party of roughly 50 people celebrated in Western Salt Lake City.

Utah Republican Chairman Derek Brown speaks after his election.
Nicole Nixon / KUER

As the Utah Republican Party’s new chairman spoke with nearly 1,000 party delegates as he campaigned for the seat, he said heard one thing over and over: “We want to unify.”

Photo of hate crimes bill signing.
Utah Senate

A group of conservative GOP delegates wants the party to back a symbolic resolution calling for a repeal of the state’s newly strengthened hate crimes law, which Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law last month.

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Rob Anderson, chairman of the embattled Utah Republican Party, said Wednesday he will not seek a second two-year term, opting instead to step aside this spring in order to let someone else take over.

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A 2014 law known as S.B. 54 expanded access to the primary ballot, but it’s also divided those who prefer caucuses over direct elections. Four years later, Republicans are still arguing about the caucus-convention system and its future.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

After years of litigation, the Utah Republican Party was dealt another blow on Tuesday after a federal appeals court affirmed that Utah’s candidate nominating election law, known as S.B. 54, is constitutional.

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Utah Republicans are typically in lock-step with Republican presidential nominees -think Mitt Romney in 2012. But this year Donald Trump has divided Republicans in the state.  

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The Utah Republican Party has dropped its appeal of court decisions to uphold changes to Utah’s election laws. 

Nicole Nixon

A group of Mormon democrats has released a report detailing how they believe Republican policies are hurting families.  

Candidates Face Off In Primary Election

Jun 28, 2016

Candidates from the major parties in Utah, along with state school board candidates will face off in a primary election Tuesday. 

This year’s election is the first time candidates have been able to gain access to the primary ballot by gathering signatures. And while only a few candidates took advantage of the alternative path, that choice has not gone over well with some Republican leaders.

The number of registered voters in Utah has increased by more than 45 thousand since the beginning of this year. While political parties and county clerks welcome the increase, it does make their jobs more complicated.

Brian Grimmett and Judy Fahys

Democratic candidates vying for Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s Senate seat are headed to a primary, while Lee faced no opposition on his way to the general ballot.

Republican state Rep. Kraig Powell of Heber has decided to drop out of his race for reelection.

Brian Grimmett

Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber, is the only sitting legislator that has chosen to just gather signatures in his effort to be re-elected. But as the Utah Republican Party fights the state over the constitutionality of the law that allows him to do that, his status as a member of the party remains in limbo.

Utah Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning Of SB54

Apr 8, 2016
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Supreme Court has issued an opinion clarifying the meaning of recent changes to Utah’s election laws.

Judge Rules Against Utah GOP in SB54 Lawsuit

Apr 6, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A federal judge has ruled against the Utah Republican Party in its lawsuit over changes to Utah election law. 

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments from the Utah Republican and Democratic Parties Monday over who gets to decide how a candidate can get on a primary ballot.

Gov. Herbert Prefers Presidential Primary Over Caucus

Mar 24, 2016
KUED

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he’s glad Tuesday’s caucus meetings were well attended, but that he’d prefer moving back to a presidential primary.

Online Voting For GOP Caucus Gets Mixed Reviews

Mar 23, 2016

The Utah Republican Party’s recently held caucus was one of the first in the country to allow people to vote online. Party officials say that more than 60 thousand people registered for the service. GOP Chairman James Evans says while some people had issues, it wasn’t the major disaster that some internet security experts predicted it would be. He says most the problems they dealt with were people not being able to locate the 30-digit security PIN required to cast a vote.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Republican and Democratic parties saw record numbers of people show up to participate in last night’s caucuses. Most people were drawn in by the presidential vote, but many first time caucus goers were confused about the other purpose of the night. 

The Utah Republican Party is expecting record breaking turnout for their neighborhood caucus meetings Tuesday night, due mainly to the heated presidential race.

Cruz Campaigns In Utah Before Tuesday's Caucuses

Mar 19, 2016
Brian Grimmett

Capping off recent visits from almost all of the presidential candidates, Republican Ted Cruz spent time with voters in Utah over the weekend. 

Cruz made two stops in the state on Saturday. Between rallies in Draper and Provo he responded to reporters’ questions.  Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said last week that he would vote for Cruz in the Utah caucuses on Tuesday, but fell short of endorsing the candidate. Cruz told the press that he appreciates Romney’s support in helping defeat Donald Trump.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Senator Mike Lee kicked off his reelection campaign on Saturday with the help of several high profile Republicans.

Brian Grimmett

Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump paid a visit to Utah ahead of Tuesday’s caucus to help rally his supporters to show up and vote for him.

Brian Grimmett

President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat, but Utah’s Senators insist he shouldn’t even be considered by the Senate.

Brian Grimmett

The Utah Republican Party once again argued against an alternative path to the primary ballot in federal court Monday. 

Anti-SB54 Effort Fails in Utah House

Feb 17, 2016

The Utah House has defeated an attempt to undo the SB54 compromise.

Lawmaker Wants to Repeal SB54 Compromise

Feb 15, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A freshman legislator in the Utah House of Representatives is trying to undo the Count My Vote compromise the legislature passed two years ago. 

KUER file photo

Utah Democratic lawmakers are upset about a bill that would give the GOP a majority on two legislative committees that traditionally have equal representation from both parties.

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