NEWS: Coal Payola Scandal Erupts During Waning Hours of Session

Michael Orton Utah Political Capitol March 10, 2016 In the last hours of Utah’s 45-day legislative session for 2016, a scandal has erupted involving two of the state’s most powerful policymakers and it involves a bill that is poised for passage before midnight on March 10. Both Republican Governor Gary …

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Press Release: HEAL Utah’s 2016 Legislative Recap

We sent out the below recap to our supporters this morning. As many of you will be writing, recording and producing stories on the session today, I thought I’d send it to you as well. Please feel free to email me or call me at 801-864-0264 if you have any …

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Sigh: HEAL’s 2016 Legislative Recap

Phew. The 2016 session of the State Legislature is over. And, unfortunately, despite some positive steps, the last few days were pretty bad for those of us who care about clean air and clean energy. This may not have been the worst session we’ve ever had (we did get some …

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News: Utah Lawmakers Voting to Spend Public Funds on Oakland Coal Terminal Took $29,000 from Company that Stands to Profit

Darwin Bondgraham East Bay Express March 10, 2016 Utah state lawmakers are racing a bill through the final days of their legislative session that would subsidize a proposed coal export terminal in Oakland with $51 million in Utah public funds. The lawmakers promoting the bill argue that it is necessary to …

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News: Utah’s Coal Terminal Investment Bill Gains Approval

Michael Orton Utah Political Capitol March 8, 2016 Creating what could be another, future legal battle for the Beehive State, last night the authorization to shift Utah transportation funds to its own industrial assistance accounts came one major step closer toward an intended investment in the expansion of the Port of …

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News: $53 million coal port plan is a “shell game” says critics

Kimberly Nelson ABC 4 News March 8, 2016 SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The plan to spend $53 million Utah dollars to help build a port in Oakland, California continues its way through the legislature, even though the legality of the deal remains unclear. Critics say Senator Stuart Adam’s …

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Leg Update #6: Just Four Days Left!

Things at the legislative session have officially hit breakneck speed, making this the perfect time for a political sleight of hand – and that is unfortunately exactly what this week brought. This plot line is so shady, it would make the cast of House of Cards blush. Here’s what went …

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