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Situational awareness - March 12, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Welcome to Utah's must-read daily political news roundup. 

Utahns either like President Trump's policies, but not him or dislike everything about him according to a new poll. Our "Political Power" bracket is out. The Trump administration unveils a proposal to arm some school teachers.

Notable: 15 years ago today, Elizabeth Smart was found alive in Salt Lake City. 

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Here's what's driving the day:

Utah's like Trump's policies, but don't like him as a person

In our latest poll, we asked Utahns their attitude toward President Donald Trump. We found very few said they "liked everything about him." They mostly said they either liked his policies while disliking Trump personally, or they dislike everything about him [Utah Policy].

Utah "Political Power" bracket

It's the Utah political version of "March Madness." We've set our field of 64 Utah political power players. #1 seeds are Mitt Romney, Gary Herbert, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee. Check out the rest of the seeds and our full bracket. Voting for the tournament starts Tuesday [Utah Policy].

Mike Noel calls it quits

Republican firebrand Mike Noel tells us "It's been a great ride, but 16 years is enough," as he decides to retire from the legislature [Utah Policy].

Turnover on Utah's Capitol Hill

At least 16 members of the Utah House won't be back next year, while 4 members of the Utah Senate are calling it a career. Check out our list of retirements [Utah Policy].

Best and worst from the 2018 Legislature

Our "Political Insiders" weigh in on the highlights and lowlights from the 2018 session that ended last week. Lots of talk about education funding and the attempt to name a highway after President Donald Trump [Utah Policy].

Why consider the United Utah Party in 2018?

UUP Chairman Richard Davis argues Utah voters should give the UUP a chance in this year's elections [Utah Policy]. 

Candidate filings

Candidates are filing to run for office in this year's elections. Stay up to date with our 2018 candidate trackers:

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Poll: Utahns like President Trump's policies more than they like him

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2018 Utah "Political Power" bracket released

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'Political Insiders' pick the best and worst from the 2018 Legislature

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Guest opinion: The United Utah Party in 2018 elections

Wasn't there some new party formed in Utah last year by Jim Bennett to get revenge for his father's defeat in 2010?  Didn't they crash and burn when he only got nine percent of the vote in the Third Congressional District special election.  Didn't they quietly go b...

Number of retirements in the Utah Legislature is growing

The 2019 Utah Legislature could look a lot different. So far, 20 lawmakers have decided to call it quits on the Hill or are running for a higher office....

'It's been a great ride." Rep. Mike Noel says he's retiring after 16 years in the Utah Legislature

One of Utah's best-known legislators and controversial ones, as well is retiring....

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Congress

There's a U.S. Senate seat up for election in 2018 as well as all four U.S. House seats. Here's our list of rumored and declared candidates....

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Utah Senate

2018 means another election cycle is upon us. Half of the Utah Senate seats are up for election this year, including an unexpected one because of a retirement. Here's our running list of candidates for those seats....

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Utah House

Next week candidates can start gathering signatures to get on the 2018 ballot. All 75 Utah House seats are up for election this year. Here's our running list of who's in, who's out and who's challenging....

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The Salt Lake Chamber will host its second annual Cybersecurity Conference this week to help small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity programs....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: An AR-15 is not an 'assault rifle'

Editorial: Legislature takes an incomplete on school governance

Educators say less was more at the 2018 Utah Legislature

Lawmakers punt on school safety and gun reform in Utah

Lawmakers partly expanded Utah Medicaid, took small steps to address suicide, opioid addiction and marijuana issues

BYU asks Mitt Romney to stop using footage from campus in his political campaign

Lawmakers take small steps on Utah's big affordable housing problem

Lawmakers engineer massive overhaul of the Utah Transit Authority

Winners and Losers in the 2018 Utah Legislature

Public-lands debates on Utah's Capitol Hill focused this year on flexing state's rights

Utah Rep. Mike Noel, the powerful, polarizing and anti-federal-government rural voice, won't seek re-election, report says

Lawmakers make vehicle-emissions tests more common in Utah, but penalties for 'rolling coal' are unchanged

No Republican candidates on the Utah ballot this year? It's a possibility after planned fix falters.

'I hope they get fired': Utah senators blame Salt Lake City lobbyists for controversial inland port negotiations

Utah lawmakers made a few tweaks to liquor laws, but abstained from major alcohol legislation in 2018

Utah lawmakers opt to keep capital punishment, toughen some criminal penalties and require jail death reporting

In 45 days, lawmakers pushed to expand and assert their power here, there and everywhere

Here are the tax changes from the 2018 legislative session

Doctor focused on preventing overdose deaths in Salt Lake City now plans to run for Jim Dabakis' state Senate seat

Gehrke: Jim Dabakis may run for Salt Lake City mayor, and Jackie Biskupski may be vulnerable

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah legislators - what they said ... and what they meant

Mia Love: Protecting Utah direct sellers from pyramid fraud

Orrin Hatch: The road to responsible financial reform

Gary Herbert: A remarkable legislative session

Editorial: The success of another legislative session remains to be seen

BYU to Mitt: Cease and desist

Longtime Utah lawmaker Mike Noel leaving Legislature

NRA gives $828K to Utah groups, including $47K to schools

It's official: McAdams files for run in 4th District

Salt Lake City leaders call on governor to veto inland port bill

Trump's export tariffs could negatively impact Utah businesses

Utah tech emerges from 2018 Legislature a winner

Legislature passes 'extremely critical' funding for homeless shelter operations, police

What's next for Medicaid? Ballot campaign pushes on despite passage of large-scale expansion bill

5 medicinal cannabis bills pass, but advocates and lawmakers still at odds

Flexing their muscles, Utah lawmakers expand the power of the Legislature

Raccoons, dinosaurs and plastic bags: 2018 Legislature saw some quirky contributions

Legalizing pot: How Utah fits into the nationwide debate

About Utah: Park City sergeant on school shootings: 'We need to be even more prepared'


Utah County Republicans can now participate in caucus remotely thanks to new app (Daily Herald)

Utah Rep. Peterson becomes 4th Weber County lawmaker to forgo re-election (Standard-Examiner)

US Senate hopeful Mitt Romney to visit Ogden, Weber State campus (Standard-Examiner)

2018 election preview: Lots of potential for change from local to federal level (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County plans to file suit against opioid manufacturers (Park Record)

Two Parkites are looking to join this year's state legislative races (Park Record)

National Headlines

Trump flies solo more, is said to want to rely less on staff (Associated Press)

'Where is Ivanka?' First daughter seeks control in dual role as White House aide (Washington Post)

Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web (Guardian)

'I Can Die Happy Now' with Trump Job Performance, Declares Mary Matalin (PJ Media)

White House backs off call to raise minimum age to buy long guns (FOX News)

Elizabeth Warren refuses DNA test to prove Native American heritage (New York Post)

Sen. Warren says she isn't running for president in 2020 (CNN)

ICE seeks illegal immigrant in Colorado fatal hit-and-run who bonded out of jail (FOX News)

China minister says trade war with US would be 'disaster' (Associated Press)

Illinois Steelworkers React To Tariffs (NPR)

Manufacturers Are Hiring, and Hiring (Bloomberg)

Wise Words


"Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide." Marcus Tullius Cicero

Lighter Side


"In the Northeast, 1 million people are without power because of a blizzard. And in Wisconsin, 1 million people are without power because of gerrymandering." Conan O'Brien

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