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Situational awareness - February 12, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Week four of the Utah Legislature gets underway. Lawmakers want to look at whether the feds are paying the state fairly for public lands. Will the Jon Stanard sex scandal affect Republicans at the ballot box in November? President Trump will unveil his $4 trillion budget proposal on Monday.

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Here's what's driving the day:

Are the feds paying Utah enough for public lands?

Rep. Ken Ivory wants to study whether the payments Utah gets from the federal government are enough to cover the actual costs. He thinks the state may be owed billions more [Utah Policy].

Streamlining the process on Capitol Hill

Sen. Jake Anderegg wants to stop some of the shenanigans his colleagues pull at the end of a legislative session [Utah Policy].

Stanard scandal probably won't affect whether GOP holds his seat

The sex scandal that forced Jon Stanard from office probably won't give Democrats a shot at picking up the seat in November [Utah Policy].

A Capitol Hill "honeypot"?

We told you first on Friday that lawmakers are worried that they may be the target of someone trying to put them in a compromising situation following a weird encounter at a Salt Lake City hotel [Utah Policy]. 

Should lawmakers back away from a controversial abortion bill?

Our "Political Insiders" are divided along partisan lines over whether the Utah Legislature should move forward with a controversial anti-abortion bill [Utah Policy].

Entrepreneur jumps into CD2 race

John Sittner, who founded Ancestry.com, filed papers with the FEC to run for Utah's 2nd Congressional District seat as an independent [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Stanard sex scandal likely won't hurt Republicans in HD62

Will the bombshell resignation of Republican Jon Stanard last week put HD62 in play for Democrats this year? Don't count on it....

Sittner jumps into 2nd Congressional District race

John Sittner, the founder of Ancestry.com, has filed paperwork to run for Congress as an independent candidate in Utah's 2nd CD....

Should lawmakers back away from possibly unconstitutional abortion bill? Our 'Political Insiders' are divided

An election year abortion bill is stoking controversy on Utah's Capitol Hill this session. ...

Guest opinion: Medicaid 'work mandate' is misguided policy

 The current administration has made numerous changes to health care policy, and some affect Utah....

Utah lawmakers may try to see if the feds are really paying their fair share for federal lands

Every year, the federal government pays Utah counties what's known as PILT "payment in lieu of taxes" for the federal land in their area that is not subject to property taxes....

Someone may be trying to set up Utah lawmakers to catch them in a compromising situation (Updated)

Utah lawmakers beware! There may be an active effort to entrap you in a compromising situation....

Anderegg wants to stop his colleagues from 'playing games' with legislation during the last days of a session

Veteran lawmakers have developed some tricks to get around legislative rules to push through controversial or complicated legislation. One Senator says it's time for that to stop....

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Policy News

Gov. Herbert meets with Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior
Friday morning, Gov. Gary R. Herbert met with Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Department of the Interior....

NRA applauds Sec. Zinke's move to conserve wildlife populations
The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action applauded Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Order to enhance big game migration corridors....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Investing in infrastructure must include investing in technology - and partnering with Silicon Slopes companies is a good place to start

Op-ed: How do Utah lawmakers sleep at night, knowing medical marijuana could help so many people

Editorial: Squaring the circle of tax reform

Utah lawmaker's resignation over claims he solicited sex complicates a proposed overhaul for the state's technical colleges

Trump's Interior Secretary announces wildlife initiative with hunting benefits, as protesters in Salt Lake City slam his public-lands policies

Utah support for proposed Medicaid expansion initiative holds steady, with two-thirds in favor

Taxpayers paid for hotel stays allegedly used by Rep. Jon Stanard for tryst with prostitute

Utah lawmakers fearing manufactured scandals after strange woman came to a senator's hotel room and said 'I'm your date'

Net safety program that trains Utah students at risk in attorney general budget cuts

The Utah House voted on two bills to legalize medical marijuana. Both needed to pass. One didn't.

A ban on hand-held cellphone use while driving? The public, highway patrol, PTA and insurers want it. Lawmakers reject it in first hearing.

Utah employers were accused of a lot more discrimination and retaliation in 2017

Gehrke: One intern's story, and recent headlines, prove that Utah's Capitol is in need of a major cultural shift

Deseret News

Patricia Jones: Good leaders help organizations cope with change

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Legislative highs and lows, Romney's run and city/state intrigue

Op-ed: Drug importation legislation is a poison pill for Utah patients, not a panacea

Editorial: Defeat the noncompete bill - it will hurt the people it seeks to help

Another SLC Olympic bid would be slowed but not stopped if USOC doesn't seek 2026 Games

Hopes too high for teacher pay raises? 'There isn't the money everyone thinks there is,' Senate leader says

Alleged 'entrapment' attempt has Utah lawmakers on 'high alert'

Utah House passes right-to-try bill, rejects cannabis growing, dispensing measure

Interior Secretary Zinke issues order on big game migration corridors

Resolution advances permitting EnergySolutions application for landfill in Tooele County

Resolution OKed urging repeal that could help Puerto Rico

Support for the death penalty waning in Utah, study says

Utah Lake, wild horses, grazing, river dispute angle for lawmakers' attention

'Personal park'? South Salt Lake leaders question neighborhood's exclusive access to city land

Forward thinking or blowing smoke? Sides deeply at odds over cannabis research bill one year later

Frustrated residents by homeless resource site still waiting for buyout offers

Vandals leave message supporting Bears Ears at Capitol


Editorial: Utah County can no longer limp along with only three commissioners (Daily Herald)

Utah businesses, legislators work towards better air quality (Daily Herald)

Bill calls on USU Extension to create jobs in rural Utah counties (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County contemplates role in future bid for Winter Olympics (Park Record)

Mexico's top man in Utah impressed with Park City (Park Record)

National Headlines

Three Democrats Attended Private Dinner With Iran's President And Louis Farrakhan (Daily Caller)

Democrats ought to worry about the midterm elections (FOX News)

Free speech on campus: Some students want schools to limit what's said (Orlando Sentinel)

The woke police have ruined entertainment (New York Post)

US wants to privatize International Space Station (AFP)

Rand Paul revels in role of Senate troublemaker (The Hill)

Former Obama campaign manager says 'all public pollsters should be shot' (FOX News)

Peeling back the layers of Hillary Clinton's deceit (New York Post)

Immigration to Get Freewheeling Debate in the Senate (Wall Street Journal)

Israel warns over Iran's presence in Syria after air strikes (AFP)

The Fed is officially in a nail-biting showdown with Wall Street (Business Insider)

Wise Words


"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it." Andrew Carnegie

Lighter Side

No Worries

"In San Diego, a Girl Scout is in trouble for selling cookies outside a legal weed dispensary. However, the girl isn't worried, because she is now worth $200 million." Conan O'Brien

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