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  • Trump leads Hillary by double digits in Utah (Trump leads the state with 39% to 24% for Clinton)

    08/23/2016 1:01:33 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 17 replies
    PPP.com reported: Clinton's unpopularity makes Utah probably a step too far for Democrats even in a year where Trump's weakness as a candidate is putting unusual states on the map. Trump leads the state with 39% to 24% for Clinton, with Gary Johnson at 12%, Evan McMullin at 9%, Darrell Castle at 2%, and Jill Stein at 1%. If voters had to choose just between the two major candidates, Trump's lead would grow to 20 points at 53/33.
  • Done deal: Evan McMullin qualifies for the ballot in Utah

    08/16/2016 5:05:19 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 59 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 8/15/16 | Allahpundit
    If my theory about his candidacy is correct then this was the only state ballot that really mattered to him and his team. Mission accomplished. McMullin, running as an alternative to Donald Trump, filed the required 1,000 signatures on Monday to be on the ballot, Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox’s office confirmed. “Petition filed. He will be on the ballot,” Mark Thomas, Cox’s director of Elections told POLITICO moments after members of McMullin’s campaign walked into his office to file. The deadline to file the signatures was Monday by 5 p.m. Mountain Time, 7 p.m. Easter
  • GOP Lawmakers Lay Out Perjury Case Against Hillary Clinton (letter to US Attorney in DC)

    08/15/2016 2:42:47 PM PDT · by drewh · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4:00 PM 08/15/2016 | Chuck Ross
    The Republican chairmen of the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees laid out the case for perjury charges against Hillary Clinton in a letter sent to the U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairs of Oversight and Judiciary, respectively, say that Clinton may have violated 18 U.S.C. § 1621 and § 1001, federal laws which govern perjury and false statements, respectively, during her Oct. 22, 2015 testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. In a letter to U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips, the lawmakers point to four...
  • BLM releases draft Gunnison sage-grouse plan ( Colorado, Utah ..)

    08/12/2016 8:46:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 11, 2016 | Dennis Webb
    The BLM released its draft environmental impact statement Thursday. It is proposing amending up to 11 resource management plans in the two states. In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined the Gunnison sage-grouse requires listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. ... about 5,000 breeding Gunnison sage-grouse live in the two states. Some 4,000 live in the Gunnison Basin, and the others in six satellite populations in Colorado and a seventh in Utah. ... Fish and Wildlife pointed to the low numbers of birds in the other populations and their range of habitat threats as...
  • Exclusive: Hillary Clinton: What I have in common with Utah leaders — religious freedom [tr]

    08/10/2016 9:13:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Deseret News ^ | August 10, 2016 | Hillary Clinton
    I’m running for president to make sure our country continues to live up to our founding principles. Those timeless ideas teach us that we’re stronger together when we work in unison to solve our problems, no matter what we look like, where we come from or how we pray. That last one is important. As Americans, we hold fast to the belief that everyone has the right to worship however he or she sees fit. I’ve been fighting to defend religious freedom for years. As secretary of state, I made it a cornerstone of our foreign policy to protect the...
  • AP: Paul Ryan wins primary

    08/09/2016 6:44:05 PM PDT · by Kevin C · 276 replies
    WISN-TV ^ | 8/9/2016 | Associated Press
    House Speaker Paul Ryan wins primary, defeats longshot GOP challenger praised by Donald Trump. Ryan was being challenged by Paul Nehlen. Nehlen had been courting Trump supporters and won praise from the Republican presidential nominee last week. But Trump endorsed Ryan days later. Ryan had largely ignored Nehlen in what had been a sleepy primary before Trump thanked Nehlen on Twitter for his comments defending Trump. Nehlen won the backing of some prominent conservative figures, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but it wasn't enough to overcome Ryan's popularity in his southeastern Wisconsin district. Ryan was first elected in 1998...
  • Mormons’ Distaste for Donald Trump Puts Utah Up for Grabs

    08/09/2016 11:36:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 9, 2016 | Alan Rappeport
    Donald J. Trump has vowed to turn blue states red in November, but as he continues to rattle Republicans with his combative style and provocative proposals, voters in some of the country’s most conservative strongholds are considering a radical idea: supporting Hillary Clinton. The dilemma posed by this year’s choice of candidates is perhaps most apparent here in Utah, the mountain state that has not backed a Democrat for president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. More than 50 years later, a large Mormon population with a strong distaste for Mr. Trump has left the state up for grabs, and...
  • 25 LGBT groups send letter to Big 12 urging it to shun BYU

    08/08/2016 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 32 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | Aug 8, 2016 at 7:24p ET | Stewart Mandel
    A coalition of national LGBT advocacy groups is urging the Big 12 not to admit BYU as a new member, FOX Sports has learned. On Monday, Athlete Ally, a non-profit that conducts LGBT awareness campaigns for sports leagues, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, sent a letter to Big 12 administrators detailing what they believe are discriminatory policies by BYU, a religious institution owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In the letter addressed to commissioner Bob Bowlsby, the authors write in part: “BYU … actively and openly discriminates against its LGBT students and staff. It...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Maintains Lead in Utah

    08/08/2016 12:14:06 PM PDT · by Ravi · 15 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | 8/8/16 | bryan schott
    Could a Clinton finish third in Utah again? A new UtahPolicy.com survey suggests Hillary Clinton could be on a path to repeat the ignominious defeat suffered by her husband Bill in Utah 22 years ago?
  • Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin to Launch Independent Presidential Bid

    08/08/2016 6:59:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 8, 2016 | SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Evan McMullin, a former CIA counterterrorism operative, will run for president as a third-party conservative alternative to Donald Trump, the group backing the candidate told ABC News today. The group, Better for America, has been working for months on trying to select a candidate and get on ballots throughout the country. In some states, like Texas, they will likely have to sue to get on the ballot. It's an extreme uphill climb, but they are confident McMullin, 40, can act as a disruptor who they hope can peel off some red states in a race where some Republicans are still...
  • Obama issues guidance making it tougher to build roads, bridges in name of climate change

    08/02/2016 5:40:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 2, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    Building that bridge or expanding that highway just became more difficult under a rigorous standard issued Tuesday by the Obama administration that will make it easier to block a wide range of projects in the name of climate change. The final guidance broadens the National Environmental Policy Act by requiring agencies to quantify the impact of activities that require federal permits not just on the environment but also on “projected direct and indirect GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions.” ... Republicans blasted the guidance as the latest in a flurry of resident Obama’s end-of-term executive actions, led by the Clean Power Plan,...
  • Utah could vote Democrat for president for first time in 5 decades

    08/02/2016 3:36:12 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    KUTV ^ | August 1, 2016 | Rod Decker and Larry D. Curtis
    (KUTV) The Republican and Democrat national conventions are over and as the dust starts to settle, it looks like Hillary Clinton has a chance to carry Utah in the U.S. presidential election. A new Hinckley Institute-Salt Lake Tribune poll shows the two are virtually tied with 35 percent for Donald Trump and 36 percent for Hillary Clinton. That is as close as a Democratic candidate has been to victory in more than half a century. Clinton declined to campaign in the state during primary season and came in the spring only to raise money. Republican Mitt Romney, popular in Utah,...
  • Criminal investigation underway into 2015 Colorado mine spill

    08/01/2016 6:32:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 8/1/16 | Keith Coffman
    DENVER (Reuters) - Federal investigators said on Monday they have opened a criminal probe into the 2015 spill of some 3 million gallons (11 million liters) of toxic wastewater from a defunct Colorado gold mine that was triggered by a contractor with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At the urging of congressional leaders, the EPA's Office of Inspector General is investigating the rupture from the Gold King Mine above Silverton, Colorado, that fouled waterways in three states and Native American lands, the agency said in a statement. "Based on requests from several members of the House and Senate, the OIG...
  • Koch brothers network rules out anti-Clinton ads

    07/30/2016 7:41:30 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 33 replies
    WMTW.com ^ | 7/30/2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    COLORADO SPRINGS (CNN) —The powerful political network helmed by Charles and David Koch is ruling out running advertisements intended to hurt Hillary Clinton, another sign of their insistence on avoiding the presidential race. The Koch network has previously said they will not back Republican candidate Donald Trump, but on Saturday officials told reporters that they would not run negative Clinton spots, a position taken by some Republican groups that are uneasy with the controversial GOP standard-bearer. The group is laser-focused on maintaining and expanding the Senate majority -- in the midst of a $42 million television advertising campaign focused on...
  • Roger Stone On The Milo Show: How Trump Can Fight Voter Fraud

    07/30/2016 3:56:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 30, 2016 | Charlie Nash
    Republican strategist, lobbyist, and Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone joined Breitbart‘s Milo Yiannopoulos on the latest episode of the Milo Yiannopoulos Show to discuss voter fraud and how Trump has the ability to beat it.
  • Utah Planned Parenthood pulls condoms with Mormon symbol

    07/27/2016 7:24:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 27, 2016 | Lindsay Whitehurst
    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Planned Parenthood branch won't hand out condom packages printed with a symbol associated with Mormon youth teachings after an image of the wrappers on its Facebook page generated backlash. The wrappers stamped with a popular design symbolizing the phrase "Choose the Right" were a limited run intended to spark open conversation about sexual health, Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Katrina Barker said.
  • In last 5 years, 67 killed in Utah construction zone crashes

    07/25/2016 12:19:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mark Shenefelt
    Multiple-fatality crashes in Utah road construction zones have drawn increased scrutiny to the inherent hazards of work areas and the lackadaisical attention many drivers pay to safety warnings there. “Despite all of our work with Zero Fatalities and safety messages, people are on their cell phones talking and texting and looking at other things,” said Vic Saunders, Utah Department of Transportation Region One spokesman. “Within the confines of construction zones, with narrower lanes and barriers that make it a little bit tighter, people are wavering back and forth, and the danger is magnified for everyone.” Utah road construction zone crashes...
  • Islamic links to Utah's Beehive Academy probed

    06/02/2010 10:55:27 AM PDT · by lady lawyer · 24 replies · 629+ views
    Deseret News ^ | June 1, 2010 | Elizabeth Stuart
    SALT LAKE CITY — By all appearances, it was a half-hearted attempt at a school protest. . . . Parents and students were upset with the State Office of Education's April 29 decision to shut down the financially struggling charter school . . . In the days since the state voted to revoke Beehive's charter, the Deseret News has scoured hundreds of pages of public records and interviewed dozens of people inside the Salt Lake City school. The emerging facts paint a troubling picture . . . . Beehive's financial problems came to the board's attention in July 2009 when...
  • Pence eats at Chili’s in NY, Twitter erupts

    07/17/2016 5:31:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 112 replies
    WISH TV ^ | 16 JULY 2016 | JOHN HANLON
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Shortly after being officially introduced as Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was trending on Twitter — but it had nothing to do with politics. Pence posted a photo of his family eating at a Chili’s restaurant in New York, prompting a storm of tweets.
  • Mike Lee predicts backlash after RNC smothers delegate rebellion

    07/15/2016 9:06:12 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 107 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 15, 2016 | Jon Ward
    Lee denounced the result in the room in front of the 112 committee members and a large contingent of reporters, and then spoke exclusively with Yahoo News for 15 minutes afterward in a room down the hall. In the committee meeting, Lee did not concede that Trump — who is now all but certain to be named the GOP’s nominee next Wednesday night — will in fact be the party’s choice. “I hope whoever the nominee is going to be this time will in fact win over the delegates,” Lee said. “But rules like this are not going to help...
  • Push to create Utah monument marks latest Western land fight

    07/14/2016 1:09:35 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 14 July 2016 12:19pm EDT | Brady McCombs
    BLANDING, Utah (AP) -- Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. "Don't erase the traces of America's past," the signs read. "Please do not enter interior rooms." The weathered signs and a similar warning at the trailhead are the only protections in place for these easily accessible ruins along a canyon hiking path. -snip- Opponents agree the area is a natural treasure worth preserving but fear a federal designation would create restrictions on oil and gas development as well residents' ability to camp,...
  • GOP Platform Committee Calls for Defunding of Planned Parenthood

    07/13/2016 10:31:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 13, 2016 | 9:57 AM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The Republican Party’s Platform Committee adopted a draft document Tuesday that not only recognizes the unborn child’s “fundamental right to life,” but also calls for defunding Planned Parenthood and states that the GOP will “not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage.” The draft platform still has to be adopted by the full GOP Convention, which will be held in Cleveland next week. The Platform Committee, which was chaired by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) — who has a 100 percent pro-life voting record, according to the National Right to Life Committee — and dominated by social conservatives, adopted...
  • 10 Top Republicans Sitting Out the RNC Convention

    07/13/2016 9:02:03 PM PDT · by detective · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jul 2016 | Michelle Moons
    Trump-resistant and election battling Republicans including two former Presidents, two former Republican nominees, and several former 2016 presidential hopefuls are offering up excuses for why they will not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, notably among them a break with a history of former Presidents attending their party’s convention. Here are ten of the most prominent Republicans who say they’ll skip out on the convention and a few more who will or maybe won’t.
  • 2 Transgender Women Make History With Congressional Primary Wins

    07/10/2016 9:47:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 29, 2016 | Jennifer Bendery
    WASHINGTON — Transgender women won two congressional primary races Tuesday night — and made history as the first trans people to become major candidates for the U.S. House or Senate. Utah voters chose Misty Snow (D) to run against Sen. Mike Lee (R) in November. In Colorado, voters backed Misty Plowright (D) to take on Rep. Doug Lamborn (R). It’s a long shot for either to get elected. Utah is a solidly Republican state, and Lamborn’s district in Colorado is extremely conservative. Still, it’s a positive sign that transgender candidates aren’t just out there, they can also succeed. “In what...
  • Former Trump adviser reveals who 'nobody is talking about' that you should 'keep an eye on' for VP

    06/25/2016 12:01:03 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 153 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/25/2016 | Oliver Darcy
    A former adviser to Donald Trump floated Utah Rep. Mia Love on Friday as a possible pick for vice president on the real-estate mogul's ticket. "If you were to name some people that nobody is talking about, to keep an eye on with the vice president [pick] … who would you say we should keep our eye on?" asked Brian Kilmeade, a Fox News Radio host. The former adviser, Michael Caputo, prefaced his answer by saying he was "never in those discussions" because they were "above my pay grade." That said, he provided a couple names. "The two people I...
  • United States et al. vs. Texas et al.: A Political Question for November

    07/01/2016 8:52:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    verdict.justia.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | John Dean
    In a nine-word per curiam decision, eight justices of the United States Supreme Court have revealed they are deadlocked in a 4 to 4 divide on the new immigration procedures of the Obama administration, with its executive decision to not deport the immigrant parents of children born in the United States (thus citizens) and give them legal status but less than citizenship in the process. The State of Texas, joined by 25 others states, filed a lawsuit to block this executive action, which affects between 4 and 5 million immigrants in the United States. The case was before the Supreme...
  • Lee on lack of Trump endorsement: 'He accused my best friend's father of conspiring to kill JFK'

    06/30/2016 11:42:52 AM PDT · by freedomcrusader · 137 replies
    CNN ^ | 2016-06-30 | David Wright
    Sen. Mike Lee on Wednesday cited Donald Trump's use of a baseless tabloid report that Ted Cruz's father helped conspire to kill President John F. Kennedy as a reason he has yet to endorse the presumptive Republican nominee in a heated exchange.
  • Mitt Romney Says He May Vote For His Wife Instead Of Donald Trump

    06/30/2016 7:13:47 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 97 replies
    Mitt Romney still can’t see himself voting for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. However, he can’t bring himself to vote for the Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton, either. But the 2012 GOP nominee has a solution: putting his own wife’s name on the ballot. “It’s a matter of personal conscience,” Romney told CBS News’ John Dickerson Wednesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “I can’t vote for either of those two people.” Romney explained that he simply cannot get behind Trump’s divisive character. “Our nominee is saying, ‘Hey look it’s these people here. It’s these Mexicans coming across the border... it’s...
  • Two transgender candidates win in Democratic primaries

    06/29/2016 3:33:19 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 33 replies
    The New York Posts ^ | 6/29/2016 | David K. Li
    Two transgender women — both named Misty — won Democratic nominations for Congress on Tuesday, becoming the first transgender politicians to ever win major-party nominations. Utah grocery store cashier Misty Snow will take on incumbent Sen. Mike Lee in November, while IT consultant Misty Plowright is set to challenge US Rep. Doug Lamborn in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. Snow, a liberal Bernie Sanders supporter, defeated marriage therapist Jonathan Swinton, a moderate Democrat who campaigned for limitations on abortion rights.
  • Democrats Select First Transgender Nominees in Colorado and Utah

    06/29/2016 2:50:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 59 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 29, 2016 | Eric Garcia
    Democrats in Utah and Colorado will have their first transgender nominees in the general election. In Utah, Misty Snow, a resident of Salt Lake City, outpaced marriage counselor Jonathan Swinton by almost 19 points, earning the right to take on Republican Sen. Mike Lee in November. Snow said her platform is inspired by Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. She supports a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave and criminal justice reform. In a statement after her win, Snow remarked on the nature of the campaign. "While I’m not running on the basis of being a trans woman, my experiences as...
  • Transgender women running for House, Senate seats

    06/29/2016 9:32:52 AM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | KELLY COHEN
    The U.S. may soon see its first transgender senator and member of Congress, as two transgender women are running for Congress as Democrats. In Utah, Misty Snow, a 30-year-old Salt Lake City native, will run against incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee after defeating Jonathan Swinton in the Democratic primary by nearly 19 percent. "While I'm not running on the basis of being a trans woman, my experiences as a trans woman have given me the empathy to understand the struggles of groups that feel that the American Dream is out of reach. I'm running to give a voice to...
  • Utah’s Misty Snow makes history as Dems’ transgender Senate nominee

    06/29/2016 4:55:32 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 83 replies
    Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | 6/28/2016 | Matt Canham
    Utah voters picked a historic, and largely unknown, Democratic candidate to challenge Sen. Mike Lee this November. Misty K. Snow is the first transgender nominee from a major party to run for a U.S. Senate seat and she shares the distinction of being the first transgender person to run for Congress. Misty Plowright, a transgender woman, claimed the Democratic nomination in Colorado's conservative 5th House District on Tuesday. "A lot of people have told me whether I win or lose, I'm already making a difference just by running," Snow said. Throughout the primary, the 30-year-old Salt Lake City resident has...
  • Rising GOP star Love skipping party convention

    06/25/2016 2:57:30 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | June 25, 2016 | Tom LoBianco
    Utah Rep. Mia Love joined the ranks of Republican leaders and lawmakers who will be skipping their party's convention next month, saying that she would instead visit Israel with a congressional delegation.
  • Former Romney Adviser on Trump Alternative: ‘Until Donald Trump Has the Nomination…All Things Are..

    06/24/2016 8:04:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | NOAH FITZGEREL
    Former Romney Adviser on Trump Alternative: ‘Until Donald Trump Has the Nomination…All Things Are Possible’ By NOAH FITZGEREL Jun 24, 2016, 5:01 AM ET There remain deep rumblings inside the establishment of the Republican Party about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. This week’s episode of ABC’s "Powerhouse Politics" podcast paints a picture in which the Republican National Committee may focus its efforts on down-ticket races to hedge the risk of losing the White House in November to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, leaving a Trump operation with little infrastructure of its own scrambling to catch up. Noting the frustration...
  • Brad Thor Announces Candidacy for President as Third Party Option (Stabby the Clown show continues)

    06/24/2016 7:07:45 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 69 replies
    GlennBeck.com ^ | June 23,2016 | Ted
    Brad Thor dropped a major bomb-shell on Glenn’s radio program Thursday, saying he’s committed to running for president of the United States. Glenn introduced his friend by reminding listeners about the author’s courage in the face of controversy. “I believe Brad is one of the most courageous people out there. Because — he is in business. You’re selling a book. And what you said — I shouldn’t say what you said — because what you said was not controversial,” Glenn said. Some may recall the flak Glenn received following Thor’s fiery remarks about Donald Trump in his previous interview on...
  • CNN/ORC Poll: Clinton Leads Trump by 5 Points

    06/21/2016 9:38:03 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | June 21, 2016 | Brian Freeman
    Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump 47 percent to 42 percent in a new CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday. When voters are given a choice of a four-way race, Clinton's advantage over Trump narrows to 42 percent to 38 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson receiving 9 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein 7 percent.
  • Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case

    06/20/2016 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 20, 2016
    Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case he Supreme Court ruled Monday that evidence of a crime may be used against a defendant even if the police did something wrong or illegal in obtaining it. The justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the drug-related convictions of a Utah man. The ruling comes in a case in which a police detective illegally stopped defendant Joseph Edward Strieff on the streets of South Salt Lake City, Utah. A name check revealed an outstanding warrant for Strieff. Strieff was placed under arrest and searched. He was carrying methamphetamine. Justice Clarence Thomas said for...
  • Poll: After Orlando, Huge Spike in Voters’ Concerns About Security (Clinton 38 Trump 38 Johnson 10)

    06/20/2016 10:52:30 AM PDT · by usafa92 · 89 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | 6/20/2016 | Cameron Easley
    A new Morning Consult poll shows national security is back at the forefront of voters’ minds following the mass shooting in Orlando that left dozens dead and injured. In a national survey taken in the days after Omar Mateen’s attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub, almost three out of 10 voters (29 percent) said security was their top issue under consideration when casting their vote — a 10-point increase from a poll in early June. Similar spikes in voters’ concerns about national security were observed following the attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and Brussels. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump...
  • First on CNN: Priebus probes state GOP leaders over anti-Trump push

    06/19/2016 8:22:18 PM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | June 17, 2016 | Sara Murray, CNN
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been quietly having conversations with state party leaders to discuss the latest push by convention delegates to nominate anyone other than Donald Trump. Priebus has spoken with GOP party chairmen in multiple states in recent days in part to get a better sense of how large the anti-Trump faction is among their convention delegations, according to two people familiar with the conversations. While Priebus has made clear in these conversations that he is not spearheading the latest push for a coup, his involvement sends a signal that the RNC is taking this effort...
  • Priebus chooses Romney ally to chair convention rules committee

    06/18/2016 7:43:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 125 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 18, 2016 | Rick Moran
    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tapped former congressman Enid Mickelsen to chair the all-important rules committee during the convention. Just two weeks ago, Enid had this to say about the presidential race: Ryan Struyk @ryanstruyk Enid Mickelsen just named chair of GOP convention rules panel. Here's what she told Salt Lake Tribune two weeks ago. She has also spoken approvingly of the idea that the rules could be changed to allow delegates to vote for someone other than a candidate they are bound to by result of primary or caucus. It's unkown if Trump was consulted about the choice.
  • Utah Lt. Gov. Cox says Orlando attack prompted apology to gays

    06/18/2016 7:45:42 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | June 17, 2016 | Eugene Scott
    Washington (CNN)Utah's second-highest-ranking public official says the Orlando massacre has prompted him to apologize to the LGBT community for his role in perpetuating homophobia. "As I've gotten to know more people from the LGBT community, their love, their kindness, their patience with me -- it's amazing when you try to reach out and get to know and love someone who is different than you -- you find out remarkably that we're really not that different," Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox told CNN's Don Lemon Friday. Cox apologized at a vigil Monday in Salt Lake City a day after Omar Mateen...
  • Republican elites retreat to a Trump-safe space: Mitt Romney's place

    06/08/2016 4:03:37 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 114 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    (CNN)One year ago the question hovering over Park City, Utah, was which presidential candidate could capture the hearts of Mitt Romney's friends. Less than a week later, Donald Trump said he was running for president and made them his enemy. And he beat them. Now, with Trump as the GOP nominee, those same Republican fundraisers, business titans and longtime friends of Romney are back to huddle far from Trump Tower. Attendees caution that Romney's annual summit -- The Experts and Enthusiasts, or E2, retreat -- is not an exclusive conclave for the #NeverTrump movement. Yet it is the closest thing...
  • Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting

    06/13/2016 3:32:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 107 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2016 | Tim Devaney
    A former Republican senator is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president after the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., citing her support for gun control. Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) called for universal background checks on all gun sales and an assault weapons ban Monday in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. “I can’t believe I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am,” said Pressler, who spoke with The Hill on Monday after endorsing Clinton in a statement issued over the weekend. “This morning, I woke up and told my wife, ‘Did I really do that?’” he...
  • Romney rips 2016 also-rans for losing to Trump

    06/11/2016 1:33:35 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 148 replies
    Politico ^ | June 11, 2016 | By Alex Isenstadt
    Mitt Romney laid into the large and rambunctious group of 2016 Republican candidates here on Saturday, arguing that they deserved a share of blame for the rise of Donald Trump. During a question-and-answer session with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer before around 250 Republican donors gathered here for the Romney-hosted Experts and Enthusiasts summit, the former Massachusetts governor said this year’s group of primary candidates misplayed their hand. By spending months attacking each other and ignoring Trump, he argued, they made a severe tactical error that allowed Trump — who Romney has criticized as a "con man" and a "fraud" —...
  • Anti-Trump GOP hysteria over imaginary Trump ‘enemies list’

    06/12/2016 6:58:31 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 12, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    The panty-wadding on the part of anti-Trump Republicans is reaching comic proportions. The latest example involves a fantasy based on a third-hand report. It all began when sportscaster Robert Costa gave a friend-of-a-friend third hand account in a tweet of something Donald Trump supposedly had said, off the record
  • Romney Almost Brought To Tears By Clinton And Trump - It's 'Breaking My Heart'

    06/12/2016 8:55:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 12, 2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can't bring himself to bear with the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump saying Saturday that the choices are breaking his heart. "Either choice is destructive," Romney said ... [Snip] The former Massachusetts governor has come out strongly against Trump. In an interview Friday, Romney said: "I don't want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily...
  • Report: Romney in Tears over Trump Nomination

    06/12/2016 4:24:44 AM PDT · by dennisw · 80 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/06/11/romneycriesovertrumpnomination/ | 11 Jun 2016 | breitbart
    Cry me a river. Failed 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was reportedly in tears when he told attendees of his Summit, which has been described as a “safe space” for the “Never Trump” smart set, that seeing Trump as the Republican nomination was breaking his heart. One wonders if Romney is really sad that Trump’s candidacy has resonated with working Americans more than his inflexible and robotic campaign ever did. Romney also reportedly ripped Ted Cruz and John Kasich for not taking on Trump harsh enough from the outset. But where was “tough guy” Romney when Trump was rising...
  • GOP wonders: Is there a future with Trump? (behind the scenes at Romney conference)

    06/12/2016 4:33:45 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    Donald Trump can be an effective president, and he’s going to win with you or without you, Republican Chairman Reince Priebus told several hundred of the party’s top donors and strategists Saturday. Trump is setting a dangerous example for Americans by promoting “trickle-down racism,” and the party must look beyond this presidential election to find its future, the 2012 nominee Mitt Romney told the same group later that morning. Delivered within moments of each other at Romney’s annual business and politics summit at a five-star ski resort, those opposite messages were enough to cause whiplash. That’s a hazard of being...
  • Furious GOP donors stew over Trump (Romney's losers)

    06/11/2016 5:22:02 PM PDT · by McGruff · 86 replies
    POLITCO ^ | June 11, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    On Friday afternoon, at an exclusive Republican donor retreat here hosted by Mitt Romney, frustration boiled over. During an off-the-record question-and-answer session with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Meg Whitman, the billionaire Hewlett Packard chief executive officer, confronted the speaker over his endorsement of Trump. Whitman, a major GOP giver who ran for California governor in 2010, compared Trump to historical demagogues like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini and wanted to know how the speaker could get behind him. At another discussion session during the day, which featured top Romney alumni Stuart Stevens and Matt Rhoades, Ana Navarro, a Republican contributor...
  • Poll: Dem candidate leads Mia Love by 6 points

    06/10/2016 6:51:18 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2016 | Lisa Hagen
    Freshman Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) is trailing Democratic candidate and attorney Doug Owens by 6 points in a rematch for her targeted House seat, a new poll finds. Owens received support from 51 percent of likely voters compared to 45 percent for Love, according to the Salt Lake Tribune/Hinckley Institute poll conducted by SurveyUSA found. Four percent said they were undecided or supporting a third-party candidate. Love’s campaign questioned the poll’s unexpected results. "I don't believe the numbers to be honest with you," strategist Dave Hansen told The Salt Lake Tribune. "The numbers just do not make sense." Owens embraced...