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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.
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Let’s take better care of our individuals with disabilities

Oil and gas industry targets Utah’s Molen Reef, a treasure trove of ancient rock art

Officials try to get ‘a handle on the height’ of office tower in Cottonwood Mall replacement plan

Rolly: Another day, another demand from Utah GOP purists. Now they want party’s No. 2 leader to quit

Mitt Romney skips mention of Senate campaign, but extols ‘how much Utah has to teach the nation’ during Salt Lake City speech

Free-fare day on UTA attracted 23k more transit riders, mostly on trains

Utah Rep. Mia Love met with President Trump on immigration, but didn’t bring up his ‘s---hole’ remark even though she called for him to apologize last week

Long-secret Utah AG opinion released, says guv’s handling of congressional election was legal

Deseret News

Editorial: The UN needs more honest appraisals of human rights violations

Mitt Romney still mum on Senate run, but has plenty to say about policy

Initiative to test sex assault kits will soon reach statewide, offer online resources for victims

Magna doctor fills vacant seat in Utah Senate

Gov. Gary Herbert acted properly in calling 3rd District special election, A.G. says

Salt Lake City Council OKs loans for 2 more affordable-housing projects

Salt Lake City approves development agreements for northwest quadrant

Analysts mixed on Utah economic outlook for 2018

Utah Rep. Mia Love meets with Trump after demanding apology over vulgar comments

Multiple groups plead for reduced Bears Ears

Other

Roy's new mayor takes aim at business growth, trimming taxes, annexation (Standard-Examiner)

Tax reform, liquor laws on Tim Quinn’s plate heading into 2018 session (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...
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Multimedia

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

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Congress

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

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Wise Words

Fraud

"It is a fraud to borrow what we are unable to pay." Publilius Syrus