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Situational awareness - February 15, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Romney delays his announcement because of a horrific school shooting in Florida. Hughes says Utahns will see some tax relief this year. A bi-partisan group of Senators reached a deal on immigration.

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Here's what's driving the day:

Romney delays his announcement

Mitt Romney was set to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Thursday but abruptly delayed that because of Wednesday's mass shooting in Florida [Utah Policy].

How will Romney deal with Trump on the campaign trail?

This must-read on Romney's campaign for Senate says the former GOP presidential nominee will "carefully skirt questions" about how he plans to interact with President Trump. Instead, he will paint himself as a candidate focused on local issues. There's lots more worth your time [Politico].

Utah GOP chair gets crossways with Romney

Utah GOP chairman Rob Anderson said earlier on Wednesday that he hadn't spoken to Romney at all ahead of his Senate run, then said Romney owed Utah voters an explanation why he was running for Senate in Utah when he's not a regular resident. Anderson later said he spoke with Romney and apologized [Utah Policy].

The return of "Frugal Dougall"?

State Auditor John Dougall says he's bothered by the apparent "coronation" of Romney, so he's thinking about running for U.S. Senate, too in order to give voters a choice [Utah Policy].

Tax relief coming

House Speaker Greg Hughes tells us that Utahns should expect the Legislature to act on some form of tax cut this year, but it might only be a modest reduction [Utah Policy].

Martha goes to Washington

The Utah House passed the resolution to replace the statue of Philo Farnsworth in Washington, D.C. with one of Martha Hughes Cannon [Utah Policy].

Bears Ears bill is likely finished

Rep. John Curtis says his bill to enshrine the changes President Donald Trump made to the Bears Ears monument does not have enough support to pass Congress right now. He's worried a future president could flip Trump's changes back to the original boundaries [Utah Policy].

More legal trouble

Iron County GOP Treasurer and former chairman Blake Cozzens was arrested in a prostitution sting in St. George on Tuesday [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Hughes: Expect lawmakers to pass 'some tax relief' this year

Look for a state personal income tax cut coming this year, says Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes....

Report: Dougall may challenge Romney for GOP nomination: 'I think he's beatable'

Utah State Auditor John Dougall says he may challenge Mitt Romney for the Utah GOP Senate nomination this year....

Former Iron County GOP chairman arrested in prostitution sting

Blake Cozzens, Former Iron County GOP Chairman and current member of the Utah Republican State Central Committee, was arrested in a prostitution sting in St. George on Tuesday....

Utah House passes resolution to send Martha Hughes Cannon to Washington

Martha is free to soar like a bird....

Utah GOP Chairman says he hasn't heard from Romney ahead of expected Senate bid (Update: They spoke Thursday afternoon)

Utah GOP Chairman Rob Anderson says he's had no contact with Mitt Romney since speculation began swirling that he would run for U.S. Senate but it's been radio silence on the other end....

Curtis says his Bears Ears bill is probably dead

Rep. John Curtis said his legislation to solidify President Donald Trump's changes to the Bears Ears National Monument is probably dead....

Update: Romney delays Senate announcement due to school shooting

Update: Romney has announced he won't make an announcement on Thursday due to the tragic school shooting in Florida....

CYBER 24 podcast: Episode 18 - Digital forensics

Once upon a time, detectives in long trench coats would step inside the police tape, look at the scene of a crime and find just the clue they were looking for at least that's how it worked on television crime shows....

Weekly survey: What initiatives do you think will make the 2018 ballot?

There could be six initiatives on the 2018 ballot, but only if their backers can gather the required number of signatures before mid-April....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Holly Richardson: Utah needs to free members of the media from their non-compete shackles

Utah senator scolded for his speech during debate on a free-speech bill

Some Utah lawmakers are skeptical that pollution from vehicles is a problem, but give initial support to reducing emissions from trucks and trains

Held in a Venezuelan prison for a year and a half, Josh Holt receives a letter of encouragement from Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch

Utah GOP chief slams Mitt Romney's expected Senate run; Romney delays announcement, citing Florida shooting

Senate gives preliminary approval to expand birth control for low-income Utah women

Utah on the verge of replacing Philo Farnsworth statue with Martha Hughes Cannon with House OK

Bill that allows Utah liquor stores to be built at a quicker pace moves ahead in Legislature

House narrowly passes bill that could lead to prescription drugs coming across Canadian border in attempt to lower U.S. prices

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: Exploring the limits of nurture, nature and feminism

Jay Evensen: Is it time to outlaw quotas for police officers writing tickets?

Editorial: Now is the time to move forward with an inland port in Utah

Bill would allow 17-year-olds to vote in Utah primary elections

Lawmakers debate allowing foreign visitors to buy alcohol in Utah with ID other than passport

Bill calls for child sexual abuse prevention training for Utah teachers

Utah House committee backs bill aimed at unplugging power provision disputes

Got milk? Committee advances bill for small raw milk producers

Mitt Romney plans, then abruptly cancels online launch of U.S. Senate campaign

South Salt Lake asking state to fund 12 new cops, firefighters to service homeless center

Mayor Biskupski approves demolition of 'eyesore' building holding up Other Side Academy expansion

Utah film industry heads to Capitol Hill

Iron County GOP officer resigns after prostitution arrest

Committee halts bill on 'evidence-based' behavioral health services

Utah seeks to 'opt out' of Every Student Succeeds Act year-end tests

Senate gives first nod to IUDs for low-income women

Utah House passes resolution for Martha Hughes Cannon statue in U.S. Capitol

UDOT smart vehicle network lays groundwork for transportation's future


Layton city pushing plan to address three decades of major growth (Standard-Examiner)

Rep. Webb: Bill would protect property owners from UDOT access management (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Dems: Bill Clinton too toxic to campaign in midterms (Politico)

Poll: GOP gains on generic ballot, Trump approval ticks upward (Politico)

There's been a big decline in the black incarceration rate, and almost nobody's paying attention (Washington Post)

Elon Musk's Broadband-From-Space Plan Clears Crucial U.S. Hurdle (Bloomberg)

Hungary submits anti-immigration 'Stop Soros' bill to parliament (Reuters)

Six U.S. intelligence agencies warn against using Huawei phones (Fast Company)

No child should feel unsafe at school, Trump says after Parkland shooting (Local10.com)

Gov. Cuomo's approval rating stays under 50% as Chuck Schumer's drops to lowest point in 20 years (New York Daily News)

ICE launches new immigration sweeps in LA area; at least 100 detained so far (Los Angeles Times)

Internal conversation paints triggered New York Times staffers as 'parodies of hypersensitive liberal journalists' (FOX News)

Dow ends up 250 points as stock market marks longest win streak in about 5 weeks (MarketWatch)

Wise Words


"When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves.'" Lao Tzu

Lighter Side

Education Apocalypse

"An Illinois high school teacher has come under fire after he included equations about cocaine and getting high in a homework assignment. Even scarier for the parents, all their kids got A's." Seth Meyers

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