Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring at the end of the year, was reportedly under consideration by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Australia. But, that change in latitude is not in the cards for Hatch. 

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness - May 22, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Hatch not heading to Australia. Kennedy apologizes to a controversial pastor on behalf of all Utahns. The DOJ agrees to look into wrongdoing by the FBI in the Russia investigation.

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Policy Buzz

When we talk about economic prosperity, a portion of the conversation typically involves the importance of improving our workforce diversity in the state, including the need to enhance leadership...
The National People's Congress of China recently approved a plan to eliminate the constitutionally set term limits on President Xi Jinping, allowing him to lead the country beyond 2023. Freedom is...

Policy News

article thumbnailSen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement responding to news that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has withdrawn a computer assessment database that HUD was planning to use...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah can’t escape responsibility for inmates it has farmed out to county jails

Utahns creating school safety plan feel added urgency after Texas mass shooting

Utah appeals court delays trial of activist accused of trying to harm cattle by closing gate

Gehrke: So Utah’s attorney general is going to sue an opioid pusher? It’s about time.

From 8% to 93%, Salt Lake County city councils close meetings to the public in a wide range

Utah official says wannabe Russian spy didn’t access sensitive data on state computers; no charges sought

A Utah farm saw a video of people stealing its hogs months earlier. It wasn’t the first time the activists were accused of livestock larceny.

Sen. Orrin Hatch passes on Australian ambassadorship, longs for buffets and Costco visits

Deseret News

Editorial: Boosting the middle class will spring from local efforts

Campaign seeks to intervene in medical marijuana foes' lawsuit

Mike Kennedy apologizes on behalf of all Utahns for opponent Mitt Romney calling pastor a bigot

5 animal rights activists charged with pilfering pigs in Utah

Meet the latest allies in the fight against rural opioid abuse: the USDA, Utah Farm Bureau

Utah Sen. Lee targeting powers of BLM, Forest Service

Secrecy surrounds Eagle Mountain talks for proposed data center


Weber Co. candidates knocking on doors, seeking voters as primary looms (Standard-Examiner)

Layton consultant hired to help craft Weber County anti-poverty plan (Standard-Examiner)

Today At Utah Policy

Utah Thrives podcast: Air pollution

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

When we talk about air pollution in Utah, most frequently we mean the particulate pollution that builds up during winter inversions along the Wasatch Front. 

McAdams: Mia Love is an 'empty seat' for Utah

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

Democratic congressional candidate Ben McAdams has some harsh words for his Republican opponent Mia Love, saying she's been an "empty seat" in Congress.

Insider Surveys

Opponents of the medical marijuana and "Count My Vote" ballot initiatives each launched an extensive attempt to get Utahns to remove their names from the ballot initiatives to prevent them from...
As the effort to remove signatures from two proposed ballot initiatives turns nasty, our "Political Insiders" say the requirements to get Utahns to take their names off those proposed ballot...


Ben McAdams, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Utah's 4th CD, says his Republican opponent, Mia Love, is an "empty seat" in Utah's delegation in Washington. 
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the week in politics. 

Lighter Side

Smart Jacket
"Levi’s just released a smart jacket that lets you know when your Uber arrives. It’s great for people who love to have all the latest gadgets — except a phone." Jimmy Fallon

Wise Words


"It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath." Aeschylus