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The Republican-controlled Utah Legislature will sue GOP Attorney General Sean Reyes in an attempt to get an opinion on whether Gov. Gary Herbert violated law in not calling a Legislature-requested special session earlier this year.

Utah Politics In 60 Seconds

A new study from the Utah Foundation finds Utah has terrible voter turnout (39th in the nation), and the high number of "uncompetitive" races is the likely culprit [Utah Policy]. Rep. Mia Love posts some alarming fundraising numbers. She's spent more this year than she's raised. However, her...

Policy Buzz

Here’s a simple little multi-billion-dollar question for Utah’s transportation planners: Will autonomous vehicles, smart highways and the sharing economy increase congestion or reduce congestion on...
The person I think most about on Columbus Day isn’t the man himself, but Genghis Khan.

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Our "Political Insiders" say they don't expect any action on meaningful gun legislation following the horrific massacre in Las Vegas that left 59 people dead and hundreds injured.
Our "Political Insiders" say the ballot initiative to establish direct primary elections is the most likely to get on next year's ballot and pass.

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Paul Mero: Bannon’s know-nothing philosophy should have no friends in Utah

Editorial: Who does the Attorney General really represent?

Sex, alcohol and attorneys’ fees: Brewvies seeks half a million dollars from Utah, which cited it for showing ‘Deadpool’ and serving booze at the same time

Are Utah teachers getting ‘poached’ by wealthier school districts?

New pact keeps 3.4 million acres open to Utah hunters, fishers

Gehrke: Revelations about Gary Ott paint actions of his aides in an even more repulsive light

Utah's Sen. Mike Lee endorses Moore in Alabama Senate race

Poll: Trump approval rating in Utah ticks above 50 percent thanks to strong GOP backing

Religious leaders are urging Salt Lake City and county to finish housing plan before a state law closes 1,100-bed shelter

Republican Curtis outpaces Democrat Allen nearly 3-to-1 in campaign donations since July

UTA — about $2 billion in debt — aims to borrow $88.5 million more

Hatch pushes back at report his legislation hurt DEA's crackdown on opioids

Feds to drop 11 felonies filed in Utah developer Diehl’s bankruptcy case

Deseret News

Op-ed: Earned Income Tax Credit is great, except for one thing

Editorial: Utah, America must avoid a demographic winter

New York Times highlights Utah's 'unicorn' and 'bootstrap' companies

Hatch voices concern over digital privacy as Supreme Court takes on Microsoft case

Hatch defends law altering drug distribution regulations in response to Washington Post article

Hughes fires back on homeless expert criticism of Operation Rio Grande

Water wars on the Wasatch

Union says Salt Lake City VA greatly understaffed

Salt Lake forms exploratory committee for 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympics

Utah faith leaders urge action on affordable housing before homeless shelter closes

Other

Express Lane rate hike approved by commission, proposal now goes to legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Today At Utah Policy

Hatch's health is good, but eyesight declining

  • By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor

  U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, 83, has difficulty seeing these days, apparently losing clear vision with a large percentage of his eyesight, his office confirmed to UtahPolicy Tuesday.

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Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss what happened and why this week in Utah politics.
Over the weekend, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson took to Facebook to apologize for endorsing current Mayor Jackie Biskupski during the 2015 campaign.

Lighter Side

Near Miss
"An asteroid passed by the Earth, missed us by 26,000 miles. Which in space terms is close. In fact, the asteroid was planning to hit us, then it saw what’s going on down here and said, “You know what? I’m going to keep going that way, I want no part of that.” Jimmy Kimmel

Wise Words

Trust

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." Ernest Hemingway