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July 31, 2022
This is a plot to destroy democracy. And Utah politicians have joined it, Editorial Board writes

A little-known and, until recently, marginal constitutional theory has become a serious attempt to destroy democracy. And Utah’s political leaders are, of course, all in. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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July 26, 2022
Attorneys for Utah want to push pause on a lawsuit claiming Utah’s congressional maps are illegal gerrymandering

Lawyers for the state want to delay any action on a lawsuit claiming the new congressional maps drawn by the Utah Legislature last year are illegal gerrymandering until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a controversial redistricting case from North Carolina. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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July 26, 2022
Utah lawmakers ask for delay in redistricting lawsuit

The Utah State Legislature is asking a judge to halt a lawsuit challenging the state's redistricting process while the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a case out of North Carolina. Read more on fox13now.com.

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June 23, 2022
Commentary: Utah women led suffrage movement, so where are our female officials?

More than 150 years ago, Seraph Young made history when she cast her ballot in Salt Lake City — the first American woman to vote. In 1896, after helping to put women’s enfranchisement into Utah’s Constitution when it was granted statehood that same year, Martha Hughes Cannon became the first woman to be a member of the Utah Senate. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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June 15, 2022
Opinion: How are you celebrating Utah’s Civic Season?

Welcome to Civic Season!

What is Civic Season, you ask? Civic Season is a national movement to commemorate and celebrate the creation and development of the United States. Read more on Deseret.com.

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June 15, 2022
With Rep. Burgess Owens a no-show, 4th Congressional District candidate forum stays civil

Three candidates, each vying for the opportunity to represent Utah’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, gathered in a Utah Valley University lecture hall Tuesday evening to discuss policy issues ranging from voting rights to immigration. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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May 17, 2022
Gerrymandering is bad no matter which party does it

Recently a New York Court ruled that Democrats who gerrymandered legislative maps were ignoring the will of voters and ordered new maps be drawn by impartial experts. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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May 12, 2022
Utah Legislature pushes back on gerrymandering lawsuit as legal battles gear up across U.S.

Attorneys for the Utah Legislature pushed back against a lawsuit claiming the redistricting process was rife with unconstitutional gerrymandering in a motion to dismiss last Monday. Read more on Deseret.com.

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May 10, 2022
Opponents of Utah’s redistricting maps respond after motion to dismiss

The defendants in the lawsuit over Utah’s redistricting maps filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit this week. The Utah State Legislature, Utah Legislative Redistricting Committee, and several individual elected officials named in the case argue, among other things, that the Utah Constitution places the authority and discretion for redistricting solely with the Utah Legislature. Read more on kslnewsradio.com.

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May 2, 2022
In response to gerrymandering lawsuit, Legislature’s attorneys argue lawmakers — not the courts — decide redistricting

Attorneys for the Utah Legislature asked a judge Monday evening to throw out a lawsuit that claimed Utah’s congressional redistricting amounted to an unconstitutional gerrymander. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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May 2, 2022
Utah asks for redistricting lawsuit to be dismissed

Lawyers for the state of Utah are asking a judge to reject a lawsuit challenging the legislature's controversial congressional redistricting maps. Read more on fox13now.com.

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April 16, 2022
Fair districting and political power — Why I am suing the Utah Legislature

When I was on active duty in the U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, I determined that the principles of balance, transparency and fair representation were important to me. They mattered to me during my time in the service, and as a wife and a parent, and they guided me for the 30 years I worked as a CPA. These are the same principles that compelled me to become a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Utah Legislature, along with Mormon Women for Ethical Government, the League of Women Voters of Utah and other individual plaintiffs. Read more on heraldextra.com.

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March 31, 2022
Citizens of Utah sue state legislature over gerrymandered maps

A bipartisan mix of voters and civic organizations filed a lawsuit against the Utah legislature over the new congressional maps that were drawn last November. Read more on kpcw.org.

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March 30, 2022
Remapping Utah Politics: Redistricting 2021

This week on the program, a panel of experts discuss the process undertaken last year by both the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission and the Utah Legislature to redraw Utah’s political boundaries for the next decade. Read more on kcpw.org.

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March 22, 2022
Radioactive — 3.22.22

#RoundtableTuesday with Risshan Leak and Lara Jones talk Utah women's history with Alice Burch of Sema Hadithi and Rachel Quist of SLC History. A new direction for Better Days. Meet the plaintiffs in the lawsuit over the Beehive State's new Congressional voting maps, including League of Women Voters of Utah, Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Read more on KRCL.org.

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March 21, 2022
KSJD Local Newscast — March 21, 2022

The League of Women Voters of Utah, Mormon Women for Ethical Government and others are suing the state of Utah over the new Congressional map. Read more on KSJD.org.

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March 18, 2022
Women’s groups join gerrymandering lawsuit

A lawsuit filed against Utah lawmakers claims voters’ constitutional rights have been violated with how congressional districts were drawn and approved last year. Read more on KSLTV.com.

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March 17, 2022
Lawsuit filed over Utah redistricting maps, but state leaders defend them

A lawsuit has been filed against the Utah Legislature and other leaders over redistricting maps that redrew the state’s congressional district boundaries. Read more on KUTV.com.

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March 17, 2022
Salt Lake City is out for the RNC, Utah sued over redistricting & Romney resolution

The League of Women Voters of Utah, Mormon Women for Ethical Government and others are suing the state over the new congressional map saying it’s an example of an extreme partisan gerrymander. Read more on kuer.org.

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March 17, 2022
Voting Rights Groups Sue To Ensure All Utah Voters Have a Voice 

Campaign Legal Center (CLC), partnered with Utah attorneys from Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and Zimmerman Booher to file a lawsuit on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Utah, Mormon Women for Ethical Government and individual voters in Salt Lake City to block Utah from violating voters’ will with its new congressional redistricting map. Read more on campaignlegal.org.

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March 17, 2022
Lawsuit accuses Legislature of gerrymandering, seeks to block Utah’s congressional redistricting

A coalition of voters has filed a lawsuit against the Utah Legislature over a congressional redistricting map approved last year, calling lawmakers’ action an “extreme partisan gerrymander” and “unconstitutional." Read more on GephardtDaily.com.

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March 17, 2022
Groups sue Utah Legislature, alleging unconstitutional gerrymandering

A lawsuit is asking the courts to overturn Utah’s new congressional map and give an independent redistricting commission the power to create political boundaries going forward. Read more on Deseret.com.

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March 17, 2022
Voting groups sue, say redistricting wrongly diluted voices

Two voting-rights groups sued the state of Utah Thursday seeking to block new redistricting maps they say unfairly solidify one-party GOP control and ignore a voter-approved independent commission. Read more on apnews.com.

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March 17, 2022
Groups suing over Utah congressional boundaries, call it gerrymandering

The fight over Utah’s congressional boundaries is heading into the next round. Read more on kslnewsradio.com.

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March 17, 2022
Lawsuit filed against Utah Legislature over gerrymandering in congressional maps

Several governmental accountability groups filed a lawsuit against the Utah Legislature for allegedly illegally gerrymandering the state’s congressional districts during last year’s special session, a Thursday press release from the Campaign Legal Center said. Read more on thespectrum.com.

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March 17, 2022
Lawsuit claims unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering in Utah

The latest redistricting lawsuit was filed Thursday morning in Utah, where a collection of voting rights advocates and individual voters are fighting what they say is an extreme example of partisan gerrymandering. Read more on thefulcrum.us.

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March 17, 2022
Groups will sue to throw out Utah’s congressional maps

Ultimately, the courts will decide whether or not the congressional boundaries drawn by the Utah Legislature are an illegal gerrymander. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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March 17, 2022
Lawsuit filed against Utah leaders over redistricting

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of Utah over its controversial redistricting measures. Read more on fox13now.com.

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February 18, 2022
Rep. Titus Introduces Legislation Establishing Avi Kwa Ame National Monument

Today Representative Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District introduced H.R. 6751, the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument Establishment Act of 2022. This legislation will designate Avi Kwa Ame as a National Monument and permanently protect nearly 450,000 acres of biologically diverse and culturally significant lands within the Mojave Desert. Representative Titus previously led pushes to designate Tule Springs, Basin & Range, and Gold Butte. Read more on redlakenationnews.com.

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February 10, 2022
Latest from Mormon Land: Will Arizona follow ‘the Utah way’ on LGBTQ rights?

On another Arizona matter, Mormon Women for Ethical Government voiced support for a recently defeated energy package that would have required electric utilities to cut their carbon emissions to combat climate change. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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February 9, 2022
We need to strengthen the nation's trust in our elections

It’s a common mistake made by visitors to Texas’ Gulf Coast beaches: parking too close to the surf. At the end of a day enjoying the sun and waves, beachgoers might find their car wheels half (or fully) submerged. Careful preparation can prevent an unanticipated and potentially disastrous end to the day. We need to approach the process of certifying presidential elections with similar caution. Read more on statesman.com.

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February 7, 2022
Utah politician says a Latter-day Saint leader’s talk on Constitution worth reading in light of GOP censure

A Utah Democratic leader referenced a Latter-day Saint apostle’s words on the Constitution while calling out Republicans for censuring two of their own for their participation in the congressional committee investigating last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. Read more on Deseret.com.

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