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GOP Gov. Gary Herbert was correct in calling a special election last summer to fill the U.S. House vacancy in the 3rd District, a much-disputed opinion by Attorney General Sean Reyes obtained by UtahPolicy.com shows.

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness - January 16, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

This morning Mitt Romney is the keynote speaker at the Salt Lake Chamber's Utah Economic Outlook & Policy Summit. You can bet the media presence at the event will be huge because it's the first public speaking event Romney has held in Utah since Sen. Orrin Hatch announced his retirement. Will he finally let us know if he's going to run for Senate this year? Probably not, but that won't stop an ever-hopeful media hungry for the story. Every facial tick and vocal expression will be over-analyzed for any sign of what he's intending. Stay tuned.

Hughes says the Utah Transit Authority could "hijack" the 2018 session. Romney attacks Trump on Twitter. Republicans are racing to avoid a government shutdown.

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Policy News

Insider Surveys

Our "Political Insiders" expect Mitt Romney to waltz to the GOP nomination if, as expected, he gets into the race for Utah's open U.S. Senate seat.
Democrats enjoy their largest lead on the generic congressional ballot in more than a decade. The last time their lead was this big was in 2006 when Democrats ended up winning control of both the...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Prosecutors need to be held accountable for wrongdoing

Op-ed: Romney should open his mind to space exploration

Editorial: Utah Rep. Mike Noel starts the session with two bad ideas

This intellectually disabled Utah woman wants to date, work more and go to college. But the state makes it impossible to leave her ‘crowded, noisy and isolated’ institution, lawyers say.

National poll: 61 percent of Mormons approve of President Donald Trump — highest of any religious group

Utah immigrants defend their homelands after Trump’s ‘s---hole countries’ comment

More money flowed to Utah ballot initiatives than state candidates last year

Gov. Gary Herbert is raising money as if he’s running for re-election — though he says he’s not

Utah Rep. Mia Love, the only Haitian-American in Congress, says Trumps 's---hole countries' remark was racist

After its check was rejected, eBay tops the list of 2017 Wasatch Front property-tax delinquents

Mitt Romney denounces Trump ‘s---hole’ comment in Martin Luther King Jr. Day tweet

Deseret News

Frank R. Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: The battle continues between GOP insiders and Count My Vote

Op-ed: A dive into a candidate's financial history could help end voter's remorse

Editorial: Assisting in suicide should have legal recourse

Mitt Romney says talks with President Monson didn't involve politics

Money being raised for Sen. Orrin Hatch library, public policy institute

Utah lawmaker brings back bid to boost minimum wage

GOP legislators drafting bill to expand Medicaid, with limitations

Tech summit works to fill Outdoor Retailer void with titans of innovation, 10,000+ attendees

Utah lawmaker seeks state oversight of federal land designations

Other

Field starts to crowd in race for Greg Graves' Utah County Commission seat (Daily Herald)

Northern Utah cities want West Davis Corridor tagged as scenic byway (Standard-Examiner)

Summit County leaders plan to keep a watchful eye on Utah’s 2018 legislative session (Park Record)

A Republican from Francis enters contest (Park Record)

Policy Buzz

Since I was dead right (multiple predictions over many months) that Sen. Hatch would retire, here’s another prediction: Mitt Romney will get along with Pres. Trump better than most people expect...
Everyone likes being able to close the book on the year gone by, put it on the shelf, and then take an admiring look at the library of their life thus far. It gives us a sense of accomplishment,...

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Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott give you a deep dive into the week’s Utah political news.
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott reflect on a momentous week in Utah politics.

Lighter Side

Prison Reform
"In other White House news, according to a recent article, President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been asked to turn his focus to prison reform. And based on the way the Russia investigation is going, I assume he wants to make prisons way harder to get into." James Corden

Today At Utah Policy

Romney tears into Trump for 'sh*thole' comments

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

Former GOP presidential nominee and likely U.S. Senate candidate from Utah Mitt Romney blasted President Donald Trump on Twitter Monday for the racist comments attributed to him last week.

Romney tells close associates 'I'm running'

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has reportedly told close associates that he is running for Utah's open U.S. Senate seat in 2018.

Wise Words

Fatigue

"Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment." Dale Carnegie