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Seattle Church Zoning Compromise on the Way
King County Council members fighting over proposed limits on the size of rural churches are on the verge of a compromise, according to a report in the Seattle Times. The newspaper says a vote on the compromise could come as early as next Monday, if council members can agree on the environmental restrictions that should be placed on churches and schools in rural areas. The dispute led LDS Church officials and other religious leaders to openly criticize a proposal by County Executive Ron Sims which would have limited new churches and schools outside of the county's urban growth boundary to no more than 10,000 square feet.

Hansen Stands By Puerto Rico Comments That Brought Criticism
Amid protests and demands for an apology, Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, is not backing down from his comments during a National Public Radio interview last week. Comments came in response to President Bush's remarks that called for recommendations to close the Puerto Rican island of Vieques to live fire exercises. Hansen called Puerto Rico a welfare state and the citizens recipients of big federal money who are not required to pay taxes.

Democratic Endorsement Complicated by LDS Church Activity
In an article regarding Democratic Party candidates for the District 5 seat on Salt Lake's City Council, the Salt Lake Tribune identifies what it refers to as "the rift" between Mormon and non-Mormon Democrats. The author of the article, columnist Paul Rolly, states that this division in the party, so evident in the Salt Lake City race, is what keeps Democrats throughout Utah "beneath the boot heel of the state's Republican juggernaut."

Why Senator Bennett Can Be Trusted
Bob Bennett, Republican senator from Utah is a man who really knows how to keep a secret. He never names names. Some people have speculated over the years that Bennett knows one of the most tantalizing political secret of the last half of the 20th century: the true identity of the Watergate scandal's Deep Throat.

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