Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) – Jon Huntsman returned to Utah on Friday to tout his record of job creation and reducing tax rates as governor, saying his experience best positions him to take on President Barack Obama in 2012.
"The president has had over two years to fix this economy, and he has failed," he told reporters at a local business in Salt Lake City. "This very state led the nation in job growth. That's a good thing. That's what we want in the Republican nominee."
(CNN) - It’s not exactly crossing enemy lines but showing up at your dad’s opponent's campaign rally probably will make for a few awkward moments around the family dining table.
Will Huntsman, the college-age son of Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, attended a Mitt Romney rally last Friday in Salt Lake City.
(CNN) - The Utah State Democratic Party accused former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman of pandering to the Republican Party one day before he is expected to announce his bid for the White House.
State Party Chair Wayne Holland said Utah voters are disappointed in Huntsman's flip flopping positions on the recovery act, health insurance and cap and trade.
(CNN) - Less than 24 hours after going into effect, a Utah federal judge blocked a strict state immigration enforcement law Tuesday afternoon.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups issued a temporary restraining order, granting the request by a long list of plaintiffs, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center, after a short hearing.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Even as Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah continues to tout his conservative credentials, a series of meetings are being held in his home state by Tea Party and other conservative activists to begin the process of finding a consensus candidate to primary challenge the six term senator when he's up for re-election next year.
Two top officials from FreedomWorks, a leading grassroots organization, are in Utah Thursday to meet with various tea party groups and possible candidates. Russell Walker, FreedomWork's vice president for political and grassroots campaigns, says the meetings are to analyze the race and to figure out "whether we have a real challenger to Hatch, and if we do have that challenger, what the next step in the process will be."
(CNN) - A new poll shows U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman might face some obstacles in Utah if he decides to launch a bid for the White House.
In a hypothetical presidential match-up between the former Utah governor and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 56 percent of Utahans would cast their ballot for Romney and 26 percent would choose Huntsman, according to the Deseret News/KSL poll released Saturday.
Washington (CNN) - A new poll is the latest to suggest that Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah could face a tough time as he seeks his party's re-nomination in 2012.
A Utah Policy survey indicates that Hatch in third place in a hypothetical three-way matchup for the GOP Senate nomination in Utah, behind former Gov. John Huntsman, who is now the U.S. ambassador to China, and behind Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Forty-eight percent of Utah voters questioned in the poll, which was released Monday evening, say they would prefer Huntsman if the election were held today, with 23 percent backing Chaffetz and 21 percent supporting Hatch.
But a couple of things are worth pointing out.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Utah 2nd – Rep. Jim Matheson is seeking a 6th term
Primary: June 22, 2010
Location: parts of Salt Lake City, Eastern and Southern Utah
Days until Election Day: 65
Since 2002, Rep. Jim Matheson has won Utah's 2nd District with expanding majorities - an impressive feat for a Democrat in a conservative state. Though his party remains unpopular at home, Matheson will bank on his personal popularity and votes against major Democratic initiatives to retain his seat. Republicans hoping to add this seat to their column face a tough fight.
(CNN) - Eight more employees from the Utah Department of Workforce Services are being questioned in connection with a leaked list containing personal information of 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants, Dave Lewis, a department spokesman, said Monday afternoon.
He said that makes a total of 10 employees questioned, including the two placed on administrative leave last week.
Investigators are interviewing employees who have had access to certain cases "for legitimate business reasons," he said. "We want to give them the opportunity to explain work they're doing."
(CNN) - The Utah Department of Workforce Services said Friday it has identified at least two employees believed to be involved in creating a list containing the personal information of a purported 1,300 alleged illegal immigrants.
"At this point we don't think it was a very large conspiracy. We think it was two, maybe. We have suspicion of a couple of more people, a very small group," said Kristen Cox, the executive director of the Department of Workforce Services.
"Release of such private, sensitive information is deplorable," Gov. Gary Herbert said in a news release. "We immediately took action to discover the origins of this list, and I'm pleased with the hard work of the Department of Workforce Services. When someone does business with the state of Utah, they deserve to know that their private information will be kept private."
Herbert told CNN's John King on Friday night that the 1,300 people have Hispanic names and not all of them are in the state illegally.