Politics

Evan McMullin sues conservative PAC, Utah TV stations over misleading ad

Evan McMullin headshot.
Utah's Evan McMullin speaks during an interview on July 23, 2022, in Provo, Utah. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

Evan McMullin's Senate campaign filed a lawsuit Tuesday against conservative super PAC Club for Growth Action and local television stations over a misleading political ad.

Driving the news: McMullin claims the ad, which began airing last week, misconstrues his comments about Republicans.

Sen. Mike Lee touts Mike Pence's endorsement in Utah Senate race

Mike Lee speaking at the podium.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah., speaks during the news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Sen. Mike Lee's re-election campaign released a video this week promoting Vice President Mike Pence's endorsement in the closely watched U.S. Senate race versus independent candidate Evan McMullin.

Between the lines: Pence's backing of Lee, who is seeking his third Senate term, could prove significant in Utah where many Republicans have shown lukewarm support for former President Donald Trump.

Salt Lake County Democrats demand Sen. Gene Davis' resignation

Senator Gene Davis.
Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, looks on during a hearing at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

Salt Lake County Democrats are calling for the immediate resignation of Sen. Gene Davis after one of his former interns accused him of sexual harassment last month.

Driving the news: After concluding a "thorough" internal investigation, the Salt Lake County Democratic Party announced Tuesday that Davis violated the party's anti-harassment policy.

An in-person look at the 20 Utah state flag semifinalists

Children holding Utah State Flag proposals outside the state Capitol Building.
Courtesy of the lieutenant governor's office

The 20 semifinal flag designs were presented in front of the Utah Capitol Thursday for an in-person look.

What they're saying: "Until now, Utahns have never had a chance to weigh in or offer their ideas for what their state flag should look like," Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson said.

Stephen Colbert roasts Utah Senate candidate's viral campaign rap

Stephen Colbert on stage.
Stephen Colbert participates in "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" segment of the CBS Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Utah Republican Senate candidate Linda Paulson has a new fan.

Driving the news: Late-night host Stephen Colbert poked fun at Paulson's viral, 57-second campaign ad on The Late Show Tuesday.

Mike Pence keeps mum about 2024 presidential run during Utah visit

Former Vice President Mike Pence at Utah Valley University.
Former Vice President Mike Pence at Utah Valley University. Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP

Former Vice President Mike Pence wouldn't say Tuesday whether he was seeking to run against Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election.

Driving the news: After a speech at Utah Valley University in Orem, a student asked Pence during a Q&A if he was running in the next presidential election.

  • "I'll keep you posted," he quipped in front of a roughly 700-member audience.

Utah candidates set to debate ahead of November midterms

A debate lectern with the shadow of an exclamation point behind it
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Utah Debate Commission announced Monday its slate of candidates set to tussle ahead of the November midterms.

  • Six debates are planned between Oct. 10–17 at universities across the state.
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