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Situational awareness - December 21, 2017

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Republicans are jubilant following the passage of their tax reform package. Democrat Jenny Wilson says the GOP tax plan will hurt the middle class and the poor. Has President Trump convinced Orrin Hatch to run for another term?

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Week in review

Orrin Hatch, Donald Trump, tax reform, Mitt Romney, warfare within the Utah GOP, and Tanner Ainge all show up in our review of the week that was in Utah politics. Watch here, or download the podcast.

Hatch and Trump gush over each other following passage of tax overhaul

President Donald Trump and Sen. Orrin Hatch could not contain their glee and affection for each other following passage of the GOP tax overhaul plan. Hatch said Trump was "one heckuva leader" and Republicans were aiming to make Trump's time in office the "greatest presidency we've seen in generations" [Deseret News, Tribune].

Wilson slams Hatch over tax bill that favors the wealthy

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson says the GOP tax overhaul package is "heartless" because it gives massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and the poor. She also said the process for passing the bill without a single public hearing and no Democratic input was not right [Utah Policy].

Here's a podcast of our full interview with Wilson about tax reform [Utah Policy].

Hatch moves closer to running for another term in 2018

A report in The Atlantic says Republicans close to Sen. Orrin Hatch think President Donald Trump may have succeeded in convincing Hatch to run for an eighth term next year, mostly to keep Mitt Romney from entering the race. Some worry that could spark a backlash among Republicans in Utah. Others speculate that if Hatch wins, he'll only serve two years then retire [Utah Policy].

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Wilson slams Hatch over GOP tax overhaul plan

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson says the Republican tax overhaul package spearheaded by Sen. Orrin Hatch gives too much to the wealthy at the expense of the lower and middle class. ...

Total guerrilla warfare in the Utah GOP - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 354

Republicans pass their tax reform package, spearheaded by Sen. Orrin Hatch. Will he retire after this crowning achievement?...

Bishop says critics of Trump's national monument reductions are lying

Rep. Rob Bishop is blasting environmental groups who say President Donald Trump reduced two national monuments in Utah in order to open up those areas for energy exploration, calling their opposition a "false narrative."...

More signs that Hatch is preparing to run again in 2018, leaving Romney out in the cold

Sources close to Sen. Orrin Hatch are saying they're detecting a shift in his attitude toward running for another term in 2018, and President Trump is the reason why....

Who is on the the 'naughty' and 'nice' lists in Utah politics this year?

Christmas is next week, so we asked our "Political Insiders" who they thought should be on Santa's "naughty" and "nice" list this year....

Weekly survey: Rank the top Utah political news stories of 2017

It's time to pick the top Utah political news stories of 2017. Make your picks now....

Podcast: Interview with Jenny Wilson

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about why she opposes the GOP tax plan that Congress passed this week....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 354

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott reflect on the past week in Utah politics....

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Policy News

Utah Legislature hires new HR administrator
The Utah Legislature is pleased to announce that Debbie Cragun, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, will be the Legislature's new Human Resources Administrator....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Holly Richardson: '1984' was meant to be a warning, not a guide book

Michelle Quist: Democrat and Republican 'Gifts' for Christmas

Editorial: Jury duty is a citizen's responsibility

Utah has the nation's third fastest growth rate. Why? Babies. Lots of babies.

'You are one heckuva leader': After tax vote, Sen. Orrin Hatch says Trump may become the best president ever

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Despite numerous failures, we can't give up on fixing Pioneer Park

Editorial: Utah could reach its high school graduation goal

Sen. Mike Lee fighting law that could allow spying on U.S. citizens

How Utah Mormons offer lessons on fixing political division

Utah Legislature hires human resources manager

Utah among fastest-growing states despite families having fewer kids

Police found her in a parking garage with a crack pipe. What they did next will surprise you

What Salt Lake City can learn from Seattle when dealing with drug offenders

Utah governor among those calling for Congress to help 'Dreamers' stay in U.S.

Trump, Hatch gush over each other in tax bill celebration


Merrill to run for Legislature, won't seek re-election to County Council (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Triumphant Trump celebrates tax win (Associated Press)

Watch Ted Kennedy's Life Get Derailed in Exclusive Chappaquiddick Trailer (People)

Exodus Starts: Millennials Ditch City Life (ZeroHedge)

Gary Cohn's one thing to change on tax cuts (Axios)

Judge declares mistrial in case of Nevada rancher's standoff with federal government (Los Angeles Times)

Republican senators show little urgency to pass law protecting Mueller (Washington Post)

Betsy DeVos takes action on backlog of student debt relief claims (Washington Post)

Glenn Thrush, Suspended Times Reporter, to Resume Work but Won't Cover White House (New York Times)

Ivanka Trump's surprise visit to Connecticut school angers some parents (FOX News)

As tax bill passes, a scramble to roll out rules for the new year (FOX News)

These Companies Have Promised to Give Employees Bonuses Because the Tax Bill Passed (TIME)

Wise Words


"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side

Big News

"The big news in show business is that Disney is buying Fox - or most of Fox. Disney, the company that owns our network, ABC, is buying 21st Century Fox for more than $60 billion. Bad news, now we only have about $300 left to make the next Star Wars movie." Jimmy Kimmel

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