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Situational awareness - March 13, 2018

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

Spencer Cox says he won't kick signature-gathering Republicans off the ballot. So far, not many Democrats have filed to run for office in Utah. House Republicans end their investigation into Russian election interference.

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"Political Power" bracket challenge

Who has the most political power in Utah? Your vote will determine who goes on to the next round of our bracket challenge. We have 8 head-to-head matchups. Cast your votes, and we'll announce the winners tomorrow morning [Utah Policy].

Spencer Cox vs. the Utah GOP Central Committee

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says he will not honor any request from the Utah GOP to revoke the party membership of some signature gathering candidates. This may set up a lawsuit over a controversial (and probably illegal) bylaw change made by the GOP Central Committee [Utah Policy].

Dearth of Democrats

There are still 3 days left in the 2018 candidate filing period, but more than half of the seats in the Utah Legislature up for election do not have a Democratic candidate yet. However, there are a ton of Dems running to unseat Rep. Mia Love [Utah Policy].

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2018 Utah candidate filing: Where are the Democrats?

Candidates have been filing for office across Utah since Friday. ...

Cox says GOP Central Committee is 'playing a dangerous game'

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox is caught in the middle of a fight between a rogue group of Republicans on the GOP State Central Committee and state election law....

Guest opinion: Maligned practice of chaining restores ecosystems

A recent television ad campaign calls for a complete and permanent halt to chaining on Utah's BLM lands. Chaining is the practice of dragging a heavy chain between two tractors to rip out large woody plants, and it's usually employed in the West to control dangerously overgr...

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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Fox files 'Know thyself'
In last week's Fox File, I mentioned that I was en route to Chicago for a training hosted by Conway, the publishers of Site Selection magazine....

Utah ranks in top ten highest well-being states
Utah ranks number 9 in the Gallup-Sharecare State of American Well-Being 2017 survey....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Run for office, and file by Thursday, March 15

How simmering conflicts over canyon land, the Mountain Accord and Facebook erupted into Utah's latest water war

Once again, LDS First Presidency discredits belief that Mormons should be Republicans

Sen. Howard Stephenson joins exit line now 20 members long from the Utah Legislature

Salt Lake City lobbies for veto on state-run trade hub, but governor still says he'll approve it

'The CIA just got it wrong,' Utah's Chris Stewart says after Republicans find no evidence of Russian collusion with Trump

Deseret News

Editorial: Schools should notify parents when bullying occurs

Bloomberg report says Salt Lake City one of the top choices for Apple's second campus park

The cannabis debate: How Utah fits into the nationwide conversation

Feds get tough on drug dealing, gun violence in Pioneer Park

CO2 sensors detail surprises about urban growth

Utah GOP, state may be headed to court again over ballot path

Utahns weigh in on 'rigorous firearms training' for school employees


Legislature passes bill to distribute local prison parolees around Utah (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Panicky Van Jones Pleads to Oprah for Help With Trump in WH (NewsBusters)

Trump Visits California This Week After Clashing With State (Wall Street Journal)

Mueller invokes unusual 'conspiracy to defraud government' charge to ensnare more targets (Washington Times)

Schwarzenegger to Sue Big Oil for 'First Degree Murder' (Politico)

Trump wants a 'phase two' of tax cuts (CNBC)

Republicans shut down House Russia probe over Democratic objections (Reuters)

House Republicans break with intelligence community on Russia (CNN)

Trump speaks with Larry Kudlow about joining White House as economic adviser (Washington Post)

Sessions calls on US attorneys to aggressively prosecute gun buyers who lie on background checks (Washington Post)

ICE director hits California Democrats (The Hill)

Senate votes to advance changes to Dodd-Frank rollback (The Hill)

Wise Words

Good Men

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

Lighter Side


"President Trump is planning a meeting about violence with the heads of the video game industry. However, some people worry that it's just a trap so that Trump can deport the Mario Brothers." Conan O'Brien

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