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Situational awareness - February 6, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

ALERT! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Tickets for the Salt Lake City run of Hamilton go on sale on Friday morning.  I've seen the show twice already, but I'm ready to fistfight someone to get tickets for when the tour stops here.

Bad blood between the NRA and Utah lawmakers means no "constitutional carry" bill this year. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he recruited Mitt Romney because he didn't want a "dud" to replace him. The stock market has lost nearly $4 trillion in value since Friday.

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Here's what's driving the day:

No "constitutional carry" gun bill this year

Gun rights groups have been pushing Utah lawmakers to adopt a bill allowing gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, but lawmakers in Utah aren't too keen on the idea, and they're blaming the NRA for hurting the legislation's chances [Utah Policy].

Hatch: "I don't want some dud to replace me"

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he recruited Mitt Romney to run to replace him in the U.S. Senate because he was worried a "dud" would follow him [Utah Policy].

"If Philo was a woman, we wouldn't be having this conversation"

Rep. Mike Noel is blocking a resolution to replace a statue in Washington, D.C. of television inventor Philo Farnsworth with one of Martha Hughes Cannon, the first female state senator elected in the U.S. [Utah Policy].

Utah lawmakers want a power equal to the governor

Legislators push to put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would allow the Legislature to call itself into a special session. RIght now only the governor can do that [Utah Policy].

Herbert is one of the most popular governors in the U.S.

Gov. Gary Herbert's approval rating in Utah is the seventh-highest in the country according to a new national poll [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy


Republican lawmakers say no 'constitutional carry' gun bill in 2018

Several Republican lawmakers say there's no appetite this year to pass a so-called "constitutional carry" bill, that would allow a Utahn to carry a weapon, either concealed or in the open, without a permit....

Hatch: 'I don't want some dud to replace me'

Once he started thinking about retirement last year, Sen. Orrin Hatch pitched Mitt Romney on the idea of running to replace him....

Herbert is nations 7th 'most popular' governor

Gov. Gary Herbert has climbed back into the top-10 of nation's governors with the highest approval ratings, landing in the seventh spot....

Fight over replacing Philo Farnsworth statue in Washington, D.C. with one depicting first woman Senator starts to boil over on Utah's Capitol Hill

"If Philo was a woman we wouldn't be having this conversation," says Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, who is not known for his politically-correct rhetoric at times....

Lawmakers moving forward with proposed constitutional change to allow the legislature to call themselves into special session

GOP leaders in the Utah House and Senate are going forward this session with a constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to call itself into a special session, even if the governor doesn't want one....

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Policy News


Karl Rove to speak at the Hinckley Institute of Politics
 Iconic Political Strategist Karl Rove will present his lecture, "If You Think It's Bad Now, Think Again" on Thursday, February 8, at 2:00 PM at the Hinckley Institute of Politics....

Fox files: 'Do incentives matter?'
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: 'Right to try' marijuana legislation doesn't go far enough

Leaders say they've improved Rio Grande neighborhood six months into state-led operation

Powerful Philo Farnsworth fan creates static for Martha Hughes Cannon statue

House votes to give $1.7M tax break annually to EnergySolutions - Utah's top donor to lawmakers

Proposed transportation tax hikes raise ire - while UTA reorganization now seems settled

Gehrke: House leaders punish a Utah lawmaker, who can't seem to grasp how to treat women

Deseret News

Editorial: State lawmakers need a long-term strategy for dealing with increasing prison costs

Dominion Energy announces $17M in tax cuts for customers

A.G. fundraising during Utah legislative sessions targeted

Utah analyst says market 'correction' was expected

Proposal for process to legally change gender raises questions in Utah Senate hearing

Bill allowing electronic tolls intended for Little Cottonwood Canyon gets initial Senate approval

Bill that carves out rule-making authority over college civil liberties issues moves to House

Senate panel OKs UTA overhaul, hikes in taxes and fees on hybrids, hotel rooms

Bill to create grant program for elementary school counselors gets committee nod

Breast cancer survivors push for bill warning about mammograms' screening limitations

6 months later: Operation Rio Grande helping change lives, leaders say

Senate proposal earmarks money for Silicon Slopes Tech Summit

National Headlines

Dossier author Steele wrote another anti-Trump memo; was fed info by Clinton-connected contact, Obama State Department (Washington Examiner)

Mexican immigrant without license accused in DUI death of Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson (Washington Times)

Is This A Market Melt Down? (Points and Figures)

Jimmy Kimmel: Conservatives Not Smart Enough to Be Talk Show Hosts (PJ Media)

Hillary Clinton Predicts Women Will 'Bear the Brunt' of 'Climate Change' (LifeZette)

Why is a 'Holocaust denier poised to claim GOP nomination in Illinois race for Congress'? (Althouse)

Age requirements sought after 6 teens run for governor (Associated Press)

The Federal Reserve May Secretly Want to Sink the Record-Breaking Stock Market (TheStreet)

Mattis fires two top Guantanamo officials (CNN)

'I wasn't hearing any call from God': Michele Bachmann opts out of running for Al Franken's Senate seat (Washington Post)

Jerome Powell Is Sworn In as Federal Reserve Chairman (New York Times)

Wise Words

Best

"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best." St. Jerome

Lighter Side

Less Drama

"Omarosa is going to be a cast member on "Celebrity Big Brother." She said that after a year in the White House, she just wanted to be in a house without so much drama."Jimmy Fallon


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