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Cushman: States Must Be Allowed to Regulate Faithless Electors

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By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

June 3, 2020

  On May 13, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Chiafalo v. Washington, a case that could drastically change this year’s presidential election just months before it is set to take place. The question facing the Court is about the ability of states to regulate “faithless electors”...

Cushman: Olympia Hills Shows the Value of Local Government

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By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

May 17, 2020

  Olympia Hills is a development project near Herriman that is designed to provide a “live, work, play” community and will include 6,330 housing units and a 100-acre Utah State University campus. The plan has been highly controversial among Salt Lake County residents since it was first passe...

Maxfield: Critical thinking is necessary in Utah politics and religion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saint's temple in Salt Lake City. Chronicle archives.

By Lynda Maxfield

April 26, 2020

  Questions and complaints about Utah’s State Legislature from the public are frequent and welcome. Similar inquiries about Utah’s predominant religion from its members — concerning church leadership and ideologies — are frowned on and are therefore less common. In Utah, 73% of the popula...

Christopherson: The Pandemic Could Move Conservatives To Accept Liberal Policies. The Left Should Welcome Them.

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By Nain Christopherson, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 3, 2020

  Like many of you, I have felt seriously troubled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its ramifications for the economy and upcoming presidential election have already proven staggering, and I’m sure it will continue to surprise us all. As of April 3, the virus has caused more than 6,100 deaths in the US. At least 243,000 people are sick and more than half of American jobs – almost 80 million – are at risk. COVID-19...

Utah Democratic Representatives Rally for Pete: What Do Students Think?

Poster of Pete Buttigieg at canvassing launch on Feb. 22, 2020 at 193 W 2100 South, Salt Lake City. (Photo by Ivana Martinez | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Ivana Martinez and Jacqueline Mumford

February 29, 2020

  Over the past few weeks, Utah’s Democratic politicians, from city mayors to Congresspeople, have been throwing their support behind different presidential candidates.  As of Feb. 19, 2020, there are eight Democratic candidates still in the race — Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg,...

How Apolitical Speeches Made at the U Might Become Politically Damaging

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaks at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah Campus on Dec. 13, 2018. (Photo by: Justin Prather | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Maddy La Turner and Miacel Spotted Elk

December 3, 2019

While The Daily Utah Chronicle was investigating response times to public records requests made to the University of Utah earlier this year, reporters uncovered two names of particular interest among the list of people requesting information: Allan Blutstein and Darin Gibbons. The two men work in opp...

Christopherson: Utah Democrats Play a Critical Role in Moderating Conservative Leadership

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By Nain Christopherson, Assistant Opinion Editor

November 25, 2019

As a resident of Salt Lake City and a student at the University of Utah, I’m constantly surrounded by people who share my liberal values — in school, at my job and even within my religious congregation. While canvassing for Ben McAdams last fall, it seemed everyone whose door I knocked was planning...

Amazon Fires Burn While Brazilian Government Stalls: U Professors Weigh In

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By Jacob Rueda

September 3, 2019

  As fires in the Amazon rainforest continue to steadily grow, political upheaval in Brazil's government is preventing any immediate action to take place to help control these fires. Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research (INPE) website reports that 46.6% of the Amazon fires are occurring...

Edwards: Every U Student Should Consider a Legislative Internship

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August 29, 2019

Late next January, the Utah State Legislature will convene to begin the 2020 General Session. Seventy-five state representatives and 29 state senators will meet together to propose, debate and pass hundreds of laws during the 45-day session. Throughout the session, the Capitol building will be visited...

Chavez: Romney’s Teeter-totter on Trump Should Bounce Back Toward Impeachment

Chavez: Romney's Teeter-totter on Trump Should Bounce Back Toward Impeachment

By Paij Chavez, Opinion Writer

July 17, 2019

It’s very disappointing to watch a leader who once stood with so much conviction ⁠— specifically speaking out against someone they see as unsafe for our country ⁠— later walk back on those values for political gain. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney vocally criticized then-candidate Trump during the 2016 election....

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