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Situational awareness - February 23, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are just 10 working days until the end of the 2018 Utah Legislature.

Poll shows Mia Love has a slight lead over Ben McAdams. Lawmakers target changes to Utah's liquor laws. Trump says arming teachers is a way to prevent gun violence in schools.

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The 4th CD race is shaping up to be a close contest

Our latest poll shows Mia Love with a 6-point lead over Ben McAdams. McAdams appears to have a name ID problem among 4th District voters while Mia Love is under 50%, which is usually a sign of trouble for an incumbent [Utah Policy].

Liquor bill will get rid of the signs designating a bar or restaurant

Rep. Brad Wilson is proposing a few changes to Utah's liquor laws, including a change to the much-maligned signs that designate whether an establishment is a bar or a restaurant [Utah Policy].

Week in review

Budget surpluses, tax cuts, education spending, Mitt Romney, and guns for teachers. Bernick and Schott break down all of the big political news from the last week [Utah Policy]. The program is also available for download as a podcast so you can listen on the go [Utah Policy].

A Utah GOP disconnect?

More than a few top Republicans in the Utah Legislature say they're not too happy with the effort by some party hardliners to decide who is and who is not a Republican [Utah Policy].

Utah Republicans with another self-inflicted wound

Bob Bernick argues that the effort by some hard-line Utah Republican Party members to possibly impose a "purity test" on members is misguided and will hurt the party in the long run [Utah Policy].

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Utah legislators have a lot of extra money to spend this year - more than a half billion dollars!...

Love leads McAdams by 6-points in tight 4th Congressional District race

Republican Mia Love has a slight six-point lead over Democrat Ben McAdams in a new poll examining the race in Utah's 4th Congressional District....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Troubling times for Utah Republicans

I'm assuming that a number of folks reading this column are registered Republicans....

New liquor bill will do away with Utah's much maligned signs designating a bar or restaurant

Utah House Majority Leader Brad Wilson, who has run many major liquor law reform bills in the past, this session is sponsoring another booze bill that, while minor in some areas, also will help out some restaurants and bars with their unique problems....

Utah Republican 'purity test' proposal not gaining many fans on Capitol Hill

Three leading state Republican officeholders tell UtahPolicy.com they don't like the idea of a Utah Republican Party that can kick out people or conduct "purity tests" on who can and who can't be a Republican here....

Utah is ready, willing & able to host another Winter Olympic Games

The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea. Like the rest of the world, I am enthralled by the amazing athletes, the stories of overcoming the odds, the successes and failures, and the spirit that circumscribes the Games....

How is truth in taxation working? - New Utah Foundation report examines property tax trends

While property taxes account for about one-fourth of all the tax revenue collected by state and local governments in Utah, the burden of property taxes in the state is relatively low -- 34th in the nation. ...

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Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott delve into the news from the past week in Utah politics....

Weekly survey: Should Utah abolish the death penalty?

Legislators are mulling a bill to abolish the death penalty in Utah. Do you think they should get rid of the practice or keep it? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Delta's Snow Goose Days event takes place Friday and Saturday--Tribune: Seven Summits Challenge offers expert skiers, snowboarders a difficult day in Park City Weekend EventsNew Films-- Annihilation: Tribune reviewConcerts-- "Antonio Andrade Duo: Memo...

Settlement announced in Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan County
The parties to theNavajo Nation Human Rights Commission v. San Juan Countyhave reached a positive settlement agreement regarding plaintiffs' claims that San Juan County did not provide effective language assistance to Navajo-speaking voters and that Navajo voters had unequal...

Utah's community approach to drug prevention wins national award
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the nation's leading substance abuse prevention organization, honored the state of Utah, Utah Department of Human Services and Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health with the 2017 Outstanding State Member Award for significan...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Schools should teach students about consent

Utah senators vote to give more money to some school districts, despite concerns it means less money for all

With one vote to spare, the Utah House agrees to strip the state school board of its final say in approving or denying new charter schools

Company abruptly withdraws bid to bring out-of-state industrial waste to a landfill it is building near the Great Salt Lake

Noting Utah's high inmate death rate, lawmakers want jails to report on in-custody deaths every year

Romney hires longtime aide, and Trump campaign treasurer, as his Senate organization's accountant

Until now, stealing a police dog was a more serious crime than killing one. Lawmakers vote to change that.

Gary Ott spent years in public office with progressive Alzheimer's disease. Lawmakers are taking steps to avoid a repeat.

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah should support a state earned income tax credit

Op-ed: Improving school libraries gives Utah students a first-rate education

Editorial: Training rural Utahns in tech jobs is money well spent

Utah senator day drinks before presenting bill to delay state's new .05 percent DUI law

Campus civil liberties resolution headed to final passage

Utah Senate panel gives OK to inmate addiction study bill

Bill would require Utah truckers to be trained to identify victims of human trafficking

Police unable to identify 'date' who showed up at Utah senator's hotel room

Utah Legislature urges full compensation on rural $ for federal lands

Utah lawmakers stiffen penalty for killing police dog

Utah House votes to ban A.G., other state offices from fundraising during legislative session

Utah Senate gives preliminary approval to bill equalizing school funding

Utah's changing demographics could impact local economy

Legislators to field questions, concerns on prison construction, inland port on Saturday

Utah attorney general kicks off a cultural celebration of Latinos at the Capitol

Lawmakers advance bill instructing all doctors to complete suicide prevention training

Working conditions a key factor in teacher turnover, Brown University professor says

Bill to remove mentally unfit elected officials passes Utah House

Utah launches statewide network of girls' coding clubs

Utah lawmakers debate, fail to act on family leave bill

Rep. Mia Love: 'Everything has to be on the table' after Florida school shooting

Utah Sen. Mike Lee opposes AR-15 ban, says hard to distinguish from hunting rifles

Utah contingent offering Olympic officials a reminder that Utah is 'ready, willing and able' to host Games again


Editorial: Utahns' understanding of the 2nd Amendment enhances ability to make better change (Daily Herald)

Bill would apply Utah's open-container alcohol laws to motorized bicycles (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County ag boosters tout import of farming even as more development looms (Standard-Examiner)

Arm the teachers? Utah educators can already legally pack heat (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Justin Trudeau is ridiculed by Indians for his 'fake, tacky and annoying' wardrobe of traditional outfits (Daily Mail)

As Obama Presidential Center comes closer to reality, tensions on race, class surface (Chicago Tribune)

In rare move, national Democrats come out against primary candidate Laura Moser in bid for Culberson's seat (Texas Tribune)

Feinstein faces competitive vote for party endorsement at Democratic convention this weekend (Mercury News)

Chinese paper says U.S. should learn from China, restrict guns (Reuters)

Dems want gun control, but worry it could cost them midterms (The Hill)

CNN's long history of allowing Democratic town-hall plants (New York Post)

NRA's Loesch: I Wouldn't Have Been Able To Exit CNN Town Hall If I Didn't Have A Security Detail (RealClearPolitics)

As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy 'Never Went In' (New York Times)

NRA goes on offensive after Parkland shooting, assailing media, calling for more armed school security (Chicago Tribune)

Net neutrality: Clock is ticking for those who want old rules back (USA Today)

Wise Words

Bill of Rights

"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference." Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side

Great Addition

"President Trump. . . . praised Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts' appointment as the RNC's new finance chairman, calling him a great addition. Yeah, great if you want to win one election every 108 years." Seth Meyers

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