SALT LAKE CITY — Democrat Peter Cooke is challenging Gov. Gary Herbert to seven debates around the state prior to the November election. Fair and balanced debates are a historical part of democracy and provide voters with the information they need to measure the candidates, Cooke said. Herbert campaign spokesman Marty Carpenter said the governor welcomes the opportunity to debate and to make the sure the electorate can … Continue reading»

SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Winder invited the fictional Richard Burwash into the Salt Lake County mayoral Republican debate Wednesday night, and Mark Crockett made sure he stayed awhile. While responding to a question about which GOP candidate has the better chance of winning against Democrat Ben McAdams in November, Winder listed the controversy over authoring news stories under a false name as an easy target for his … Continue reading»

SALT LAKE CITY —  Republican congressional candidate Mia Love drew a line between herself and Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson in their first joint appearance Tuesday, while the six-term congressman said he’s heard it all before. Speaking at the Utah Taxpayers Association’s annual conference, the Saratoga Springs mayor decided “to have some fun here” and talk about the campaign. “I’ve already been described as being no different than the … Continue reading»

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney swept the Kentucky and Arkansas Republican presidential primaries Tuesday, inching closer to the GOP nomination he is certain to win. With no serious opposition left, the former Massachusetts governor easily won both contests. He won all 42 delegates at stake in Kentucky and at least 31 of the 33 delegates at stake in Arkansas. Two delegates were still undecided in Arkansas. Romney has 1,065 … Continue reading»

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County’s Republican mayoral candidates say they’d prefer discussing issues over accusations. Mike Winder and Mark Crockett have both been accused of problems with their financial disclosure. Last week, Crockett supporters have accused Winder of violating county campaign finance regulations and Winder’s backers fired back with a formal complaint claiming Crockett’s financial disclosure was “vague.” Crockett dismissed the allegations about his financial disclosure. … Continue reading»

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Senate candidate Dan Liljenquist has taken to the airwaves to pressure Sen. Orrin Hatch to debate him on television. The former state senator launched a two-week, $125,000 TV ad campaign Tuesday hammering his fellow Republican for refusing televised debates and agreeing to only one radio debate before the June 26 primary election. The 30-second spots are running on local stations and FOX News. … Continue reading»

SALT LAKE CITY — With Rick Santorum already out of the running and Newt Gingrich expected to end his bid Tuesday for the White House, Mitt Romney has no real competition left for the GOP nomination, right? Not so fast, say supporters of the other Republican still in the race, Texas Rep. Ron Paul. “To him, it’s about more than just winning,” said Daniel Hermansen, Paul’s Utah coordinator. … Continue reading»

By Calvin Woodward, Associated Press WASHINGTON — A look at where Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stand on a selection of issues: ABORTION and BIRTH CONTROL: Obama: Supports abortion rights. Health care law requires contraceptives to be available for free for women enrolled in workplace health plans, including access to morning-after pill, which does not terminate a pregnancy but is considered tantamount to … Continue reading»

Ann Romney reveals in a new interview that, in the days leading up to the Super Tuesday presidential primaries on March 6, she silently suffered through a challenging health situation related to the multiple sclerosis diagnosis she received in 1998. “I was quite fatigued, and I knew I couldn’t quit,” Romney told “Entertainment Tonight” in an interview airing Thursday night. “I didn’t tell anybody I was tired. I … Continue reading»

Rick Perry endorses former rival Mitt Romney for president

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has formally endorsed Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, saying he hopes the candidate he once bitterly opposed wins the White House. The Texas governor clashed frequently with Romney and even branded the ex-Massachusetts governor a “vulture capitalist” during Perry’s own failed run for the Republican presidential nomination. When he dropped out of the race in January, Perry allied himself with former House … Continue reading»