Trent Staggs concedes Salt Lake County mayor’s race to Jenny Wilson

In this composite image, Republican candidate for Salt Lake County Mayor Trent Staggs, left, who is the current mayor of Riverton, waves at passersby in Taylorsville on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. At right, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, a Democrat, makes a short speech before placing her ballots...

America’s new power couple: Joe and Mitch

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Joe Biden’s propensity for cutting deals with Mitch McConnell became a running source of aggravation for liberals. Now it will be the key to getting anything done at all. “Some of the Democrats would say, ‘Joe always wants to make a deal. Joe always wants...

Owens takes lead from McAdams in Utah’s 4th Congressional District

Fourth Congressional District candidate Burgess Owens, who is running against Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, does an interview at a Republican election night event at the Utah Association of Realtors building in Sandy on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Latest vote count doesn’t include updated results...

Dem leaders warn liberal rhetoric could blow Georgia races

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants had a stark warning for Democrats Thursday: swing too far left and they’re all but certain to blow their chances in the Georgia runoff that will determine which party controls the Senate. Congressional Democrats are collectively pinning their hopes on a pair...

The looming shake-up of Senate Republican chairmen

Senate Republicans are about to have a big shake-up. And all eyes are on Richard Burr. The North Carolina Republican, who gave up his Intelligence Committee chairmanship while under investigation for his stock trades amid the pandemic, is in line for the Senate health committee if he wants to...

Pelosi announces big expansion of Covid testing for lawmakers

House Democratic leaders will dramatically expand Covid testing for lawmakers as the coronavirus pandemic enters its possibly deadliest phase this fall. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the testing expansion on a private Democratic leadership call Thursday. Pelosi’s announcement is partially in response to an order from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser...

Utah Governor-elect Spencer Cox maps out first steps to lead in 2021

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox waits to speak at a press conference outside of the Capitol in Salt Lake City in July. On Thursday, Cox and his running mate, state Sen. Deidre Henderson, announced their transition team following their win in Utah’s gubernatorial race. | Yukai Peng, Deseret News Transition team...