Tag: utah

A World Without Partisan Gerrymanders? Virginia Democrats Show the Way

Politicians rarely give up power voluntarily. They never give it up when they have free rein to lock it in for at least a decade, and exact long-overdue revenge against their political opponents. But a group of Virginia Democrats did just that earlier this month, when they voted in favor of an amendment to the […]

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Stimulus Money to Protect Elections Falls Short, Critics Say

The $2 trillion stimulus package that was approved by the Senate on Wednesday contains $400 million to address one of the most uncertain impacts of the coronavirus outbreak — its potential to wreak havoc with voting, including the presidential election in November. The figure falls far short of what state officials and voting rights experts […]

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As Natural Disasters Strike, a New Fear: Relief Shelters May Spread Virus

WASHINGTON — Coast-to-coast storms. A spate of wildfires. Flooding in Hawaii. As the United States rushes into disaster season, federal officials now have an added crisis to worry about: How to stop tightly packed disaster-response shelters from becoming hot spots of coronavirus transmission. The virus is forcing emergency managers to rethink long-held procedures for operating […]

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Utah Senator Mitt Romney Is Trying to Put Something on Your CashApp

Photo: Samuel Corum (Getty Images) Republican Mitt Romney better be careful before he starts getting pegged as a socialist. On Monday, the Utah senator called for an economic relief package that would include a $1,000 cash payment to all adult Americans to help aid those who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Advertisement “The House […]

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We’re Finally Winning the Fight Against Conversion Therapy

As a national advocate for a nonprofit organization working to protect the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. youth in America, I spend a lot of time looking down on wheat fields from tens of thousands of feet in the air. The constant flights from coast to coast and state capital to state capital give me plenty of […]

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Surveillance Firm Banjo Used a Secret Company and Fake Apps to Scrape Social Media

Banjo, an artificial intelligence firm that works with police used a shadow company to create an array of Android and iOS apps that looked innocuous but were specifically designed to secretly scrape social media, Motherboard has learned. The news signifies an abuse of data by a government contractor, with Banjo going far beyond what companies […]

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Mitt Romney Is a ‘Judas’ to Many Republicans. But Not in Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — Phil Lyman wanted to do something swift and stern. Within hours of Senator Mitt Romney’s vote to remove President Trump from office on Wednesday, Mr. Lyman, a freshman state representative from southern Utah who keeps an autographed “Make America Great Again” hat in a plexiglass case in his office, was at […]

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There’s Nothing More American Than Native Mascots

On Sunday, tens of millions of Americans will tune into Super Bowl LIV to watch Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs try to crack the nut that is the San Francisco 49ers defense. After the fourth quarter comes to a close and the clock reads triple zeroes, the fans, casual and devoted alike, will […]

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‘I Didn’t Want To Be A Hashtag’: Teen Manhandled By Police For ‘Trespassing’ In School Gym

Laval Stephens is a 16-year-old sophomore who plays junior varsity basketball at Ben Lomond High School in Utah and last Friday, Jan. 20, he was handcuffed and detained after his game. Stephens said that he and his teammates were sitting on the opposing team’s side to watch the varsity game when a school administrator told […]

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Utah Is Latest State to Ban Conversion Therapy for Children

Utah on Tuesday became one of the most conservative states in the country to ban licensed therapists from performing conversion therapy on minors, curtailing a discredited practice that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender expression. The ban, which Gov. Gary R. Herbert, a Republican, proposed in November, added conversion therapy to a […]

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