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Past articles by Bryan:

Utah’s hot economy shows signs of cooling, but ‘historic’ tax cuts not at risk, lawmaker says

New revenue projections suggest Utah's red-hot economy may be slowing down, but lawmakers aren't backing off a promise to enact "historic" tax cuts this year. → Read More

Should party delegates be able to keep candidates who gathered signatures in Utah off a primary ballot?

A proposed bill could change primary elections in Utah. Rep. Jordan Teuscher's House Bill 393 could keep signature-gathering candidates out of a primary election if one candidate gets 70% support from convention delegates. → Read More

How Republicans aim to make Utah’s schools safer for students and teachers

Legislative Republicans highlighted a handful of bills they say will improve safety in Utah's schools. Proposals include hiring more school resource officers, requiring monthly active threat drills and collecting data. → Read More

Utah won’t ban cellphones in classrooms. Here’s why.

A Utah House committee rejected a bill to ban cell phone use in school classrooms on Wednesday afternoon. → Read More

Utah businesses will be outlawed from requiring vaccination proof under bill that just passed the House

The Utah House of Representatives quickly approved a bill to prevent most private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination for customers and employees. A similar proposal died in the Utah Senate on the final night of the 2022 session. → Read More

‘Historic tax cuts’ mean money not spent elsewhere in Utah

Utah lawmakers have promised more tax cuts during the 2023 general legislative session. But tax cuts also come with a cost. Revenue not collected or sent back to Utahns is money not spent on state programs or Utah’s historically low per-pupil education funding. → Read More

Ban on health care for transgender youth passed by Utah Legislature

Utah lawmakers have passed legislation that prevents doctors from providing gender-affirming health care to transgender youth. The law will go into action as soon as it is signed by Gov. Spencer Cox. → Read More

Utah step closer to banning gender-affirming care for transgender minors

The Utah Senate gave final passage to a bill aiming to crack down on the ability of doctors to prescribe hormone therapy for minors who are transgender. → Read More

Do Utahns want school vouchers? Why the state’s top lawmakers think so.

Uta's 2023 general legislative session kicked off Tuesday morning with speeches from Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson and Senate President Stuart Adams. The lawmakers said tax cuts and funding education would be top priorities during this year's 45 days of lawmakers. → Read More

Karen Mayne, a former Utah Senate minority leader, resigns due to health reasons

Utah State Sen. Karen Mayne announced she is resigning due to health reasons after she announced she had cancer earlier this year. → Read More

In Utah’s highest budget ever, Gov. Cox wants millions for housing, homelessness and debt

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox proposed the largest budget in Utah history, with billions going toward tax breaks, education and water conservation. The governor's plan, which will need approval from the Legislature next year, also includes funding for affordable house and homelessness services. → Read More

Utah’s budget has nearly $1.4 billion in extra cash. Lawmakers are pushing ahead with more tax cuts — again.

Utah lawmakers have nearly $1.4 billion in extra cash to spend next year. They're already teeing up another round of tax cuts for next year's general lawmaking session. → Read More

How did the Utah Legislature expand its GOP supermajority? Early results show it wasn’t just the voters.

Republicans are poised to increase their supermajority in the Utah Legislature following Tuesday's midterm election. The GOP will likely add three seats in the Utah House, increasing their partisan advantage over Democrats to 61-14. → Read More

Debate recap: What Evan McMullin and Mike Lee told Utah voters during the 2022 midterm election debate

Utan Republican Sen. Mike Lee and independent candidate Evan McMullin met at Utah Valley University for their first and only debate during the 2022 midterm elections on Monday. The U.S. Senate candidates discussed their policy differences just a day before Utah voters would begin receiving their mail-in ballots. → Read More

‘I miss my friend.’ Jason Chaffetz reflects on the life and legacy of Democrat Elijah Cummings

Former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz was invited to speak at the unveiling of a portrait honoring longtime Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings. Chaffetz and Cummings struck an unusual bipartisan friendship during their time on the House Oversight Committee. → Read More

Plans call for Utah’s first family to be completely separated from the public

Proposed security plan would create a fortress-like compound at Governor’s Mansion. → Read More

Federal judge won’t stop ballot printing while Democrats make case against Joel Ferry in Utah House race

A lawsuit by Utah Democrats aiming to force Republican Joel Ferry off of November's ballot hit a snag as a federal judge declined to issue a preliminary injunction to stop ballots from being printed, but the judge ask Democrats for more arguments relating to the Hatch Act and U.S. Constitution. → Read More

Lee, McMullin hype internal polling showing each of them ahead in Utah’s U.S. Senate race. There’s good reason to be skeptical of those numbers.

Mike Lee and Evan McMullin are hyping internal polls showing them ahead in Utah's U.S. Senate race. There's a good reason to not take those numbers at face value. → Read More

Can Steve Handy win a seat in the Utah Legislature with a write-in campaign? It’s only been done once before.

Can Layton Republican Steve Handy keep his seat in the Utah Legislature with a write-in campaign? It's only been done once before. There are several factors seemingly working in Handy's favor. → Read More

Steve Handy to launch write-in bid to keep his seat in the Utah Legislature

Longtime Layton Rep. Steve Handy, who was ousted by Davis County GOP delegates in favor of Trevor Lee, will launch a write-in campaign in a race to retain his seat in the Utah Legislature. → Read More