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Situational awareness - February 9, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.

"Stupidest shutdown ever." Stanard resigned because a pair of trysts with a prostitute was about to become public. Lawmakers consider giving teachers a big pay raise.

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Here's what's driving the day:

A scandal erupts

A British tabloid scoops everybody by reporting that former Republican Rep. Jon Stanard, who resigned Tuesday night suddenly, had paid a prostitute twice in 2017 for sex. The report included screenshots of text messages between Stanard and the escort. Stanard apparently was reimbursed with taxpayer funds to pay for his hotel stays during the two times he met the woman [Utah Policy].

A breathtaking week in politics

An unexpected resignation that somehow got worse. Utah lawmakers try to figure out how to spend half a billion dollars in extra money. Gathering signatures to kill signature gathering. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott dissect what it all means in their weekly video [Utah Policy]. The conversation is also available as a podcast [Utah Policy].

Lawmakers want to boost teacher pay

Legislative Republicans say they plan to take a little more than half of the $69 million they cut from the base budget to give Utah teachers a $2,000 pay raise. It's not clear if that will be enough to turn public opinion against the "Our Schools Now" ballot initiative [Utah Policy].

Here comes the first tax cut proposal from the Utah Legislature

Rep. Dan McCay, who may or may not be running for U.S. Senate, is proposing a cut in income and corporate taxes [Utah Policy].

Karl Rove says things in Washington aren't as bad as they could be

The former Bush administration official spoke at the Hinckley Institute of Politics with the message that things are bound to improve [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Utah teachers could see a big pay raise under GOP plan

A pay raise of more than $2,000 a year for every public school teacher in Utah.That's what GOP legislative leaders are now talking about....

Looking back, Karl Rove shares optimistic message for the future to U of U audience

Things might be bad in Washington right now, but they've been a whole lot worse and they will eventually get better. That was the message from Bush Administration mastermind Karl Rove, who spoke to a full house at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Thursday....

McCay proposes income, corporate tax cuts

A state lawmaker's "natural aversion to tax hikes" brings us HB355, which would lower the state's personal and corporate income tax rates slightly to offset new tax revenue flowing into state coffers from the federal government's recent tax reform/cuts....

An unexpected bombshell somehow got worse - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 360

The Utah Legislature is reeling after Rep. Jon Stanard resigned unexpectedly on Tuesday night, then news broke he had allegedly hired a call girl twice in 2017....

Report: Escort claims former Rep. Jon Stanard was a client (updated with comments from Legislative leaders)

The Daily Mail of London has reported that now-former Utah House member Jon Stanard resigned his post quickly Tuesday night because it was soon to become public that he met an online escort for sex twice last year....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 360

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down a plethora of news about Utah politics....

Weekly survey: Down syndrome abortion bill

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill to prohibit abortions when the sole reason is the child has Down syndrome. Legislative lawyers are warning the bill is likely unconstitutional. Do you think they should continue with the bill even though it may spark a lawsuit?...

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune: Collecting antlers shed by deer, elk and moose is popular in Utah. Here's what you need to know to get started.--Tribune:Check out the latest outdoor gear at these Utah trade shows coming up--Tribune: Salt Lake City climber wins men's title at Boulder...

You're invited: Diplomatic breakfast with the Consul General of Canada
Utah's business, government, education and community leaders are invited to join WTC Utah for a diplomatic breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 15, to discuss trade ties between Utah and Canada....

GOED announces recipients of 2018 tech commercialization grant
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced the selection of the 2018 Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program grant recipients....

Utahns warned to hang up when tax scammers call
Just as the tax filing season begins, Utahns are being warned to be aware and defensive about the latest scam to steal innocent taxpayer's money, data and identity....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Robert Gehrke is wrong - there are more than three powerful women in Utah

Editorial: The Legislature should leave the surrogacy law alone

Utah Board of Education member calls attempt to repeal board authority over new charter schools 'unconstitutional'

Utah Rep. Jon Stanard, accused of meeting call girl for sex, used public money for hotel rooms

Effective date for Utah's tough new drunken driving law could be pushed back four years

Mormon bishops told ex-wives of former Hatch, White House staffer to consider his 'career ambitions' when they reported his physical abuse, they say

Judiciary Committee approves controversial nominee for Utah's federal court

Document suggests state Rep. Norm Thurston was punished for a pattern of misconduct

Utahns spoke loudly against recording bill supported by the Salt Lake Chamber and Mormon church, so lawmakers have dropped it

House rejects bid to dump Utah election law that lets candidates both woo delegates and gather signatures to get on the primary ballot

Utah Legislature votes to cut back the number of days fireworks are legal and raise penalties for scofflaws

Bill to make clear that breast-feeding in public is legal makes some Utah lawmakers uncomfortable

Citing 'unethical' practices, Utah senator pushes bill that would prohibit police departments from giving officers ticket and arrest quotas

House rejects bill to require teens accused of murdering police to be tried as adults

Deseret News

Mike Lee: 'Children with special needs not only deserve special love, they give it'

Jay Evensen: The other side of Medicaid expansion

News report says resigned Utah lawmaker hired escort

Two bills to significantly affect voting in Utah

Bill intended to streamline teaching licenses sails through committee

Hearing delayed on Utah bill making it a crime to record conversations without consent

House proposal seeks no drone zone around Utah prisons

Utah bill would force ISPs to raise awareness of porn filtering services

Legislature, Lt. Gov. honor 40 graduates of program training women to run for office

Bill would ban policing quotas in Utah

A $6,200 teacher pay raise? Utah House GOP caucus raises prospect

Lawmakers split on noncompete bill but push it forward

Salt Lake City welcomes new ambassadors to serve downtown areas

Zinke to visit Salt Lake expo Friday for 'major' conservation announcement

Salt Lake lawmaker seeks $300,000 for opioid prevention curriculum for middle, high schools

Utah House rejects bill letting political parties limit candidate nomination options

National Headlines

Uranium One informant says Moscow paid millions in bid to influence Clinton (FOX News)

DOJ Official Who Worked On Clinton, Russia Investigations Steps Down For Personal Reasons (Daily Caller)

Pelosi Invokes Catholic Faith to Defend Illegals, But Not to Protect Unborn, Nuns (CNS News)

Trump tax cuts trickle across America, bringing glee and skepticism (Reuters)

U.S. jobless claims drop to near 45-year low (Reuters)

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner texted with Russian oligarch lobbyist in effort to contact dossier author Christopher Steele (FOX News)

#MeToo movement lawmaker investigated for sexual misconduct allegations (Politico)

White House tell agencies to prepare for shutdown as Rand Paul holds up key vote (CNN)

White House Regrets Its Handling of Rob Porter Case: 'We All Could Have Done Better' (New York Times)

Mattis vows 'Dreamers' serving in military will not be deported (The Hill)

Trump weighs rules targeting immigrants who receive public benefits: report (The Hill)

Wise Words

Educate Society

"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt

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"A man in Massachusetts went to claim a $10,000 lottery prize and found out that he misread the ticket and won $1 million. Later, his wife said, "Did you get the $10,000?" He was like, "Yes." Jimmy Fallon

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