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L-R: "No Filter Show" Co-hosts Paul Ford, Grady Sinclair, Rowdy's Range, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2015 | Photo by Dan Fowlks, St. George News

No Filter: Right to bear arms 

ST. GEORGE – Few things warm or inflame the heart of many a Utahn more than the proposition that Americans inherently have and protect the right to bear arms. In Episode 37 of the “No Filter Show,” Co-hosts Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair get rowdy at the range.  Ready? Aim, fire. Pull the trigger, click the play    above. Related […]

Zachary Almaguer addressing convention attendees prior to being unanimously approved as the new chair of the Washington County Democratic Party, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George Utah

Washington County Democratic Party chooses new leadership, hears from state party chair 

ST. GEORGE – Washington County Democrats met for a party-organizing convention Saturday to elect a new executive committee and discuss party business and initiatives. They also heard from the state party chair about a push to support and strengthen the county parties overall. Held at Fossil Ridge Intermediate School, around 50 members of the Washington […]


Hatch, Flake promote 21st century workforce through I-Squared Act 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sens. Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, issued statements Tuesday after underscoring the importance of passing the Immigration Innovation, or “I-Squared,” Act in a Senate judiciary committee hearing on high-skilled immigration. “In our global innovation marketplace, America cannot afford to continue to lose the talent we educate and train to our competitors,” Hatch […]


Gas tax hike, distracted driving, criminal justice reform; what passed, what didn’t in 2015 Legislature 

ST. GEORGE – By the end of the 2015 session of the Utah Legislature Thursday night, more than 500 bills were passed by state lawmakers. Legislation related to using the firing squad as an alternative to lethal injection, along with LGBT protections and religious freedoms, made national headlines as they were passed by the Legislature. Other proposed […]

Gov. Gary Herbert displays Senate Bill 296 after signing it into state law, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 12, 2015 | Photo by Intellectual Reserve, Inc., courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. George News

Governor signs LGBT antidiscrimination, religious freedoms amendments into law 

SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary Herbert, surrounded by members of the Legislature, the LGBT community, and clergy, signed Senate Bill 296, the Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedoms Amendments, into law in a short signing ceremony Thursday night. “It is a historic occasion,” Herbert said as he stood poised to sign SB 296 at a table […]


‘The time is right'; Legislature passes nondiscrimination, religious liberty bills 

SALT LAKE CITY – Senate Bill 296, the Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Amendments, which extends housing and employment protections to LGBT individuals while also seeking a balance with freedom of religious expression, passed the Utah House Wednesday night in a 65-10 vote. Immediately following SB 296’s passage, the House also passed Senate Bill 297 in a 66-9 […]


Firing squad bill passes Legislature, awaits governor’s signature 

SALT LAKE CITY – A bill that would allow Utah to using a firing squad as a form of execution if drugs for lethal injection are not available passed the state Senate Tuesday night. The bill awaits the governor’s signature to become law. House Bill 11, authored by Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, passed the Senate […]

Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, discusses his proposed medical marijuana bill on the Senate floor before it is ultimately killed in the Senate by a single vote, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 9, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Senate, St. George News

Senate kills medical cannabis bill 

SALT LAKE CITY – Legislation that would have legalized medicinal marijuana in the state was killed in the state Senate by a single vote Monday night. Senate Bill 259, which passed a second substitute version of the bill in the Senate last week in a 16-13 vote, was defeated in its fourth substituted version’s third reading […]

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County Commission votes to privatize Iron County Ambulance 

IRON COUNTY – After a packed public hearing in Parowan Monday, the Iron County Commission voted to sell the county-owned ambulance service to Gold Cross Ambulance. During its regularly scheduled meeting, the Iron County Commission allowed members of the public a chance to share their questions and concerns before the commission voted on its decision. So many residents showed […]

Sen. Evan Vickers, Republican, District 28, Cedar City, Utah | Image by St. George News

Vickers speaks on state budget, lingering issues as Legislature enters final week 

SALT LAKE CITY – As the Utah Legislature enters its final week, Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, updated constituents on items relating to the state budget Friday, as well as lingering issues left to be wrapped up by the legislative session’s end. State budget “Only a few days left in the Utah Legislative session, and […]

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Get free tax help with IRS online tools 

PHOENIX — The Internal Revenue Service Thursday encouraged taxpayers working on their 2014 returns to take advantage of the numerous online tools and resources available on the IRS website. This is the first in a series of 10 daily IRS tips called the “Tax Time Guide”. These tips are designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax […]

Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, speaks to the Utah Senate about SB 296, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 6, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Senate, St. George News

LGBT rights, religious liberties bill passes Senate, advances to House 

SALT LAKE CITY – Senate Bill 296, a proposed bill seeking to strike a balance between LGBT rights and religious liberties, passed the state Senate in a 23-5 vote Friday. It now goes to the Utah House for consideration. SB 296, Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Amendments, was officially introduced to the public Wednesday, unanimously passed the […]

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Lee, Rubio introduce economic growth, family fairness tax reform plan 

WASHINGTON D.C. — Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., unveiled their Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Reform Plan Wednesday. In an effort to fix a broken tax code system, Lee and Rubio outlined their plan to eliminate bias in the tax code against parents and families, encourage economic growth to create more […]


Trouble for Healthy Utah: Committee votes in favor of opposing ‘Utah Cares’ proposal 

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert’s proposed Healthy Utah Plan made it past the Senate and into the House of Representatives, but that may be where its journey ends in the 2015 General Session. In a majority vote Wednesday, members of the House Business and Labor Standing Committee chose to not recommend the proposal move […]

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, an apostle of the Church Christ of Latter-day Saints, addresses Utah lawmakers and others at a press conference introducing Utah Bill 296, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 4, 2015 | Photo courtesy by Intellectual Reserve, Inc., courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. George News

Nondiscrimination, religious liberties bill unveiled, praised by officials 

SALT LAKE CITY – Proposed legislation aiming to safeguard religious liberties while also extending protections in housing and employment to the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens was introduced Wednesday afternoon. The proposed bill is praised by state leaders, gay rights groups and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The […]

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