‘I’m just furious’: Relations crumble in Congress after attack

Some House lawmakers are privately refusing to work with each other. Others are afraid to be in the same room. Two members almost got into a fist fight on the floor. And the speaker of the House is warning that “the enemy is within.” Forget Joe Biden’s calls for...

Lawmaker wants to be frugal with the use of nicknames on Utah ballots

Returned ballots are pictured at the Weber County Elections Office in Ogden on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — While Utah voters have been spared names like “Booger,” “Chicken Commander” and “None of the Above” reported listed on other state ballots, the...

Trump may poison the party, but Republicans have decided they need him

Three weeks ago, Donald Trump was radioactive, even in the top quarters of his own party. Now, those same Republicans are convinced they can’t live without the energy he gives off, even if it proves toxic. “We need each other. We certainly need him and his input and his...

Utah lawmakers laud ‘historic’ early budgeting for education

The Capitol in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Base budget bill for schools funds 6% weighted-pupil increase, $1,500 teacher bonuses SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature’s passage of base budget bills early in the session is usually an...

Utahn charged in U.S. Capitol riot could go back to jail

John Sullivan, 26, of Sandy, was charged Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., with being on restricted property, civil disorder and violent entry or disorderly conduct in connection with riots at the U.S. Capitol. | Tooele County Jail SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man...

‘Betrayed’: Republicans urge Biden to change course on stimulus

When a bipartisan Senate coalition helped clinch a coronavirus relief bill last year after months of gridlock, it was supposed to be a model for governing in the Biden era. But now Democrats’ surprise takeover of the Senate threatens to leave the group behind. Democrats are vowing to move...