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Situational Awareness

Situational awareness - March 16, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Welcome to Utah's must-read daily political news roundup. 

An avalanche of candidates to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch. Salt Lake City turns up the heat over the inland port bill. More turnover in the Trump administration ahead.

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Policy Buzz

My generation of Republicans relates to Donald Trump over more than just our mutual proficiency in communicating using 280 characters or less. We love his “take no prisoner” attitude, bigger than...
Wasn’t there some new party formed in Utah last year by Jim Bennett to get revenge for his father’s defeat in 2010?  Didn’t they crash and burn when he only got nine percent of the vote in the Third...

Policy News

article thumbnailOn March 8th, President Trump signed imposed tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. imports of steel and 10 percent on U.S. imports of aluminum from all countries except Canada and Mexico.

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Herbert should veto bill that mandates AG opinions

Editorial: We don’t have time to wait for the Legislature to curb opioid addiction

Utah company that used child labor from polygamous sect to pick pecans must still pay $200,000 to compensate kids, federal appeals court rules

South Salt Lake could get its third brewery in 2019, the first under new ‘liquor-friendly’ rules

Who’s afraid of Mitt Romney? Not 18 other candidates who filed against him, including Democrat Jenny Wilson and 11 Republicans.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a leading critic of President Trump, hopes Mitt Romney will take on that role next year

Over Utah’s proposed inland port, residents protest, governor’s advisers lobby and sponsor decries ‘some issues’

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Utah needs a way to remove office holders

Op-ed: Elder Keetch and the LDS journey between public engagement and private devotion

GOP U.S. Senate candidates gunning for front-runner Mitt Romney

Lots of new faces, GOP leaders coming to 2019 Utah Legislature

Utah schools to see record $74 million in trust land funding

Salt Lake City residents visit governor's office to urge veto of inland port bill

Bishop proposing bill to include overseas Mormon missionaries in U.S. census

Controversial Davis County sheriff won't seek re-election


Editorial: UTOPIA buildout is not investment in Orem's future (Daily Herald)

Weber Co. Commissioner Gibson won't run again, 2 others file to run for post (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden economic development head to run for Davis County Commission seat (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden, North Ogden hopefuls seeking Utah House seat to be vacated by Fawson (Standard-Examiner)

Today At Utah Policy

Candidate filing news and notes

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

Utah's candidate filing period ended at 5 pm on Thursday. Here are some interesting nuggets we noticed:

Insider Surveys

The 2018 Utah Legislature is over. Lawmakers passed more than 500 bills and approved a budget for next year that is close to $17 billion.
A move by a small group of Republican Party hardliners to kick out candidates who use the signature gathering route is roiling the Utah GOP.


Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick scroll through an eventful week in Utah politics.
Rep. Chris Stewart says Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee decided to end their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election because they're not learning anything new.

Lighter Side

"Apple’s new futuristic headquarters, Apple Park in Cupertino, California, is having some problems. The building is filled with so much clear glass that employees have reportedly been walking into glass walls. I guess Apple shouldn’t have installed windows." James Corden

Wise Words


"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." John C. Maxwell