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Situational awareness - January 4, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. Happy statehood day! 122 years ago today Utah was admitted as the 45th state.

On tap today: Rep. Gage Froerer is considering running for a Weber County post. The super PAC that supported Roy Moore is raising money to get Rep. Mia Love to possibly run for U.S. Senate. An explosive new book is tearing Washington apart.

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Rep. Gage Froerer may join the exodus of state legislators

The veteran Republican lawmaker tells UtahPolicy.com that he is considering retiring from the legislature at the end of the current term to run for a spot on the Weber County Commission [Utah Policy].

Shadowy super PAC using Mia Love to raise money

The super PAC that supported failed Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is raising money to find a conservative candidate for Utah's open U.S. Senate seat. The group is sending out fundraising emails suggesting Rep. Mia Love might be interested in the race, but her campaign says that's not in the realm of reality [Utah Policy].

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Rep. Gage Froerer may retire from Utah House, mulling run for Weber County post

State Rep. Gage Froerer confirmed to UtahPolicy on Wednesday that he's considering running for the Weber County Commission next year and retiring from the House, where he has served in District 8 since 2006....

Thomas Monson remembrance: 'The best thing I did all day'

When I was managing editor of the Deseret News, working with Publisher Jim Mortimer, Pres. Monson was our board chairman. He was a very engaged board chair and, as a former printing executive, very much enjoyed being associated with the newspaper....

Pro-Roy Moore super PAC pushing Mia Love as a possible Senate candidate in Utah

A right-wing super PAC that supported Roy Moore's failed Senate bid in Alabama is raising money to find a conservative candidate for Utah's open Senate seat and is pushing Mia Love as a possibility....

Weekly survey: Will 2018 be a 'wave election'?

Political observers say 2018 could be a "wave election" for Democrats. What do you think is the most likely outcome of the 2018 midterms? Vote now....

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Congress

There's a U.S. Senate seat up for election in 2018 as well as all four U.S. House seats. Here's our list of rumored and declared candidates....

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Utah Senate

2018 means another election cycle is upon us. Half of the Utah Senate seats are up for election this year, including an unexpected one because of a retirement. Here's our running list of candidates for those seats....

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Utah House

Next week candidates can start gathering signatures to get on the 2018 ballot. All 75 Utah House seats are up for election this year. Here's our running list of who's in, who's out and who's challenging....

CYBER 24 podcast: VLCM panel discussion part 2

In part 2 of our panel discussion with four leading cybersecurity experts, we discuss how someone can hire someone to launch a cyber attack on your business that could shut you down. We also discuss where a business should executive should start to address cybersecurity when...

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Nominees announced for 5th District Juvenile Court vacancy
The 5th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 5th District Juvenile Court. ...

Salt Lake Chamber statement on announced retirement of Senator Orrin Hatch
Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the announcement from Senator Orrin Hatch that he will be retiring at the end of his current term....

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah's high rate of domestic violence homicide is unacceptable

Utah plans to appeal judge's ruling, but this year's school board elections will be nonpartisan

Utah middle-schoolers still have to take art, health and gym classes under the state school board's new policy

Gov. Gary Herbert predicts that voters will legalize medical marijuana in Utah

Republicans soon will name two new Utah lawmakers in time for upcoming session

Senate Majority Whip hopes Mitt Romney runs, says he'd be 'terrific addition'

Utah state workers receive lower pay than private sector, but far more generous benefits

Deseret News

Op-ed: Holladay residents should not foot the bill for poor planning

Op-ed: Consumer choice and provider competition are keys to lower medical costs

Jay Evensen: Orrin Hatch was many things, but never boring

Jared Whitley: Hatch's internet privacy bill would be a fitting legacy

Op-ed: Romney is the right person to represent Utah

Editorial: An era in Utah politics will come to an end

This one change to Mitt Romney's Twitter bio points to Senate run

Utah governor visits ninth-graders, champions hard work, civility

New Mexico land administrator selected to lead Utah school trust office

Without tax bill passage, Hatch says he 'probably would' be running again

President Trump, Mitt Romney, Orrin Hatch and other leaders react to Thomas S. Monson's death

Kaysville expected to censure councilman, call for his resignation


Ogden school officials to discuss 'next steps' after bond proposal's defeat (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden City administration looking to deregulate downtown housing (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Manufacturing in the U.S. Just Accelerated to Its Best Year Since 2004 (Bloomberg)

Upstart Parties Write New Political Playbook in Europe (Wall Street Journal)

Dems wonder: Is opposing Trump enough to win primaries? (McClatchy)

Gingrich: Bannon has exaggerated sense of self-importance (FOX News)

Author tells juicy Trump tale, but his reliability has been challenged before (Washington Post)

Paul Manafort Sues Mueller and Asks a Judge to Narrow the Russia Investigation (New York Times)

Top FBI, DOJ officials huddle with Ryan to talk dossier (Washington Post)

Fire breaks out on Hillary and Bill Clinton's property in Chappaqua, NY (Washington Post)

Congress and White House inch forward in budget talks (Politico)

Name-Drawing In Virginia Election To Proceed, After Court Rejects Democrat's Lawsuit (HuffPost)

Cuomo Charts Course for 2018, Eyeing Trump on the Horizon (New York Times)

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"Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear." Albert Camus

Lighter Side


"It was revealed that the Pentagon had a top secret program to investigate UFO's and aliens. Which is why Trump announced plans to build a dome over the earth and make E.T. pay for it." Jimmy Fallon

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