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Situational awareness - February 1, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Bill to gut SB54 is going nowhere on Capitol Hill. McAdams raised slightly more money than Love. The Trump administration is prepared to release a classified memo about the Russia investigation on Thursday.

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Here's what's driving the day:

Bill to gut SB54 is DOA

Even though a House committee voted to advance a bill that would undermine the current dual path to the primary ballot, a powerful Senator says its days are numbered [Utah Policy].

Ladies and gentlemen, we got us a race!

Democrat Ben McAdams slightly raised more money than Republican Mia Love in the last quarter of 2017, but Love has more campaign cash available. Polls show the race is shaping up to be a tight one [Utah Policy].

Finally, a Romney political event

Mitt Romney will be the keynote speaker at the Utah County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner. It's the first political event that Romney has agreed to speak at since the speculation began about his probable run for U.S. Senate [Utah Policy].

Wither the Tribune?

Sen. Jim Dabakis is profoundly worried that the decision to no longer offer online content for free will harm the Salt Lake Tribune's reach and impact on the community [Utah Policy]. Here's a podcast of our conversation with Dabakis [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

The latest attempt to kill SB54 will likely hit a dead end in the Senate

A bill that seeks to kill the SB54 compromise passed out of a House committee on Tuesday. If the full House sends it to the Senate, that's where it will likely meet its demise....

Dabakis says he's worried about the future of Utah news now that the Tribune is no longer free online

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, once tried to buy the Salt Lake Tribune. Now he's very concerned that the venerable paper's voice will diminish now that they're taking their online content behind a paywall....

Podcast: Sen. Jim Dabakis on the Salt Lake Tribune's paywall

Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, has long been a champion of the Salt Lake Tribune. He once tried to purchase the paper....

WTC Utah podcast: Tax reform and volunteerism

WTC Utah President and CEO Derek Miller and guests discuss how the new tax legislation could impact Utah companies operating in the international sphere and how volunteerism contributes to Utah's economic prosperity....

Guest opinion: Eminent inventor or obscure politician?

Back in 1988, I was a history teacher at Clearfield High School.  I took a group of students to Washington D.C. Among other activities, we toured the Nation's Capital Building where we were introduced to the Hall of Statues. ...

How to train your Donald: Can he unlearn the luxury marketing tactics that helped him win?

There's this scene in one of the Game of Thrones books where the Khaleesi learns that riding dragons is not the same as riding horses. With horses, you spur them on the side opposite where you want them to go, since horses flee from danger. But with dragons you have to do th...

McAdams's fundraising outpaces Love in most recent FEC reports

Democrat Ben McAdams raised slightly more money than Republican Mia Love in the final three months of 2017 according to the latest Federal Election Commission filings....

Romney to headline Utah County GOP fundraiser

Mitt Romney is scheduled to headline the Utah County GOP Lincoln Day dinner next month....

Weekly survey: Which path should Romney take to the ballot?

If, as expected, Mitt Romney decides to run for Utah's open U.S. Senate seat in 2018, which path to the ballot should he take? Do you think he should gather signatures, or use the caucus/convention route? Vote now....

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Policy News

New pioneers: American Dream Award Program
Join the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, as we recognize the incredible contributions immigrants make every day in Utah at the American Dream Award Program. ...

Utah State Treasurer David Damschen named NCPERS Policymaker of the Year
The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems honored Utah State Treasurer David Damschen this week with the 2017 Policymaker of the Year award at the association's annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C....

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law launches new Master of Legal Studies degree program
Professionals who will benefit from an improved understanding of the law - while they continue to pursue their careers - will soon have a new degree program to achieve that goal....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Jails should use minimum, public standards to protect inmates

Utahns don't know what to think of Rep. John Curtis - or even who he is, according to poll

Utah wants to hold on to its college graduates; new bill offers loan forgiveness to grads who choose to stay in Utah

Utah Senate votes to end state's 90-day waiting period for divorce

Judge consolidates lawsuits over Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monument changes

Democrat Ben McAdams outraises Utah Rep. Mia Love by $42,000 in donations

Terminally ill patients in Utah could use medical marijuana grown and sold under a state-run system proposed by new bills

UTA board climbs aboard the reform train rolling in the Legislature

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski proposes half-penny hike in sales tax to fund housing, transit and road plans

Utah 'stand your ground' bill advances despite fears of violence against minorities

Deseret News

Rob Bishop: Changing the dialogue on public lands from 'the problem' to 'our problem'

Editorial: State of the Union - after all is said and done

Utah Sen. Mike Lee uninjured in Virginia train wreck

Bill would give Utahns 'right to shop' for health insurance

Independent analysis gives mixed review on Utah's water data accuracy

House committee approves two-word amendment to charter school enrollment statute

State of the City: Salt Lake mayor proposes exploring prison sales tax increase, $87 million bond

Medicinal cannabis measures move forward at Utah Legislature

Proposed law would penalize doctors for not providing info to woman seeking abortion

U. nurse Alex Wubbels testifies for bill requiring police to get warrant for blood draw

UTA trustees reluctantly back restructuring plan from lawmakers seen as 'nonnegotiable'

Utah's Mighty 6? Lawmakers urge support for new Escalante National Park

National Headlines

Viewers approve of Trump's first State of the Union address (CBS News)

Americans are turning against Trump-hating celebrities and buying into the President's American dream (Daily Mail)

Is television heading for 'dump on Trump' overload? (The Hill)

ICE chief rips DC politicians: 'Sick and tired' of them trashing border cops (Washington Examiner)

John Kelly to California teacher who bashed military: 'Go to hell' (USA Today)

In New York, Gun Owners Balk At New Handgun Database (NPR)

Dow ends January with a rally, extends winning streak (FOX News)

Trump's First Year Saw Americans' Compensation Rise At Fastest Pace Since 2008 (ZeroHedge)

Private payrolls grow by 234,000 in January, vs 185,000 expected (CNBC)

California looks deeper into a taxpayer-backed bank for cannabis industry (Cannabist)

Federal Reserve Leaves Rates Unchanged (New York Times)

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