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Realistic solutions are elusive as nation struggles with another horrific school shooting. Low-key Mitt Romney announcement expected today. U.S. Senate struggles mightily with immigration reform. Bernick: Too many state employees hanging out at the Legislature? Webb: Yes, 'elitists' spend big money on politics including to prop up the caucus/convention system.
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Utah and Mormon community respond to school shooting
LDS community mourns Florida shooting victims, including two Mormon girls [Deseret News].
Legislators pass minor school safety bill, but debate how to best protest students [Tribune].
Romney to make it official
Romney calls legislative leaders in advance of announcement; most back him [Deseret News]. Romney would be a junior senator, but would have large impact and influence [Tribune]. Governor and GOP legislators defend Romney against attacks by Republican state chair [Tribune].
What about those 'elitists' using wealth in Utah politics?
Webb: Far right has its own wealthy patron bankrolling anti-Count My Vote efforts [Utah Policy].
Speaker Greg Hughes said to be on short list for Salt Lake Chamber CEO
Hughes says he's focused on finishing current legislation session, but wouldn't rule out a Chamber role. [Deseret News].
Is vote-by-mail too successful for some legislative leaders?
Bob Bernick: Mail-in balloting is becoming very successful. Some legislative leaders are suggesting "fair compromise" omnibus bill to make reforms [Utah Policy].
Temporary changes made in Senate leadership
Sen. Kevin Van Tassell will serve as majority leader while Sen. Ralph Okerlund prepares for possible heart and kidney transplants [Deseret News].
SB136 ushers in exciting new era for Utah transportation
Legislation breaks down silos and creates integrated, multi-modal approach to infrastructure development [Utah Policy].
|What about those 'elitists' using wealth in Utah politics?|
For years, the far right in Utah has complained about the "elitists" and "wealthy few" who seek to "buy Utah's elections" by supporting the Count My Vote initiative. So it's hard not to escape the irony maybe the hypocrisy of the caucus/convention diehards being bankr...
|Bob Bernick's notebook: Is vote-by-mail too successful?|
Utah's mail-in balloting process is becoming very successful.Maybe too successful.UtahPolicy is hearing that GOP legislative leaders are considering doing something this session about the mail-in voting process in the state....
|Proposal aims to crack down on state employees lobbying lawmakers|
Some Utah legislators believe there are too many state employees up on Capitol Hill during the 45-day general session lobbying them and taking up state resources....
|Local media employees reportedly being pressured to nix public support for bill banning non-compete contracts|
It's not often major news organizations publicly lobby the Utah Legislature....
|A fight Romney probably doesn't need to pick - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 361|
Mitt Romney delays his Senate announcement. When he begins his campaign, he reportedly plans on avoiding questions about President Trump....
|McCay pushing to eliminate constitutional warnings on proposed legislation|
Legal review "notes" that opinion a proposed bill is unconstitutional are, once again, being attacked from within the Legislature....
|Rep. Hemingway taking care of ill wife in New York|
Utah Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Millcreek, has missed all of the 2018 Legislature so far, now more than halfway through....
|SB136 ushers in exciting new era for Utah transportation & UTA|
The 2018 legislative session is in full swing and legislators have introduced an unprecedented number of new bills to date. There is a bill currently making its way through the legislative process that could fundamentally change how the state makes transportation investments...
|Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 361|
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott examine another big week on the Utah political landscape....
|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....
|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....
|Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report|
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:It was supposed to be eagle day, but mild winter weather brought birds of a different feather to Utah refuges instead--Tribune:Utah's warm winter drives elk out of Hardware Ranch, leading to the early end of another popular outdoors event-- Tribune: Mo...
|President Niederhauser Announces Temporary Changes In Senate Majority Leadership|
Today President Niederhauser, with unanimous support of the Senate Majority Caucus, named Senator Kevin Van Tassell as Senate Majority Leader Pro Tem. Senator Van Tassell, who was serving as the Senate Vice Chair of the Executive Appropriations Committee, will temporarily fi...
|Housing prices still on the rise as Wasatch Front consumer price index ticks upwards in January|
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.4 percent from December to January on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....
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