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Situational awareness - March 15, 2018

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

Utahns still support Count My Vote in big numbers. Mitt Romney's campaign gets down to the grassroots. Republicans are getting nervous about November's midterm elections.

Beware the Ides of March! It's likely a total coincidence that the end of Utah's candidate filing period coincides with such an infamous day in history.

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Here's what's driving the day

Support for Count My Vote ballot initiative remains strong

Our latest poll finds nearly 2/3 of Utahns support the dual path route to the ballot provided for in the initiative [Utah Policy].

Romney goes big on grassroots campaign

Everyone thought Mitt Romney would hire signature gatherers to secure a place on the ballot and not worry too much about the GOP convention. Instead, he's using volunteers to gather signatures and making a major push to get his supporters elected as delegates in next week's caucus meetings [Utah Policy].

Niederhauser heads for the exit

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser shocked his colleagues on Wednesday announcing he would retire at the end of the year instead of seeking another term [Utah Policy].

"Political Power" bracket challenge day #3

We've got 8 more matchups on tap for you today. Hit the link and get your votes in! [Utah Policy]

The Day #2 results saw our biggest upset to date as homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson knocked off Rep. Chris Stewart. Check out the rest of the results and an updated bracket at the link [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll shows support for the Count My Vote ballot initiative remains strong

Nearly two-thirds of all Utahns support the Count My Vote citizen initiative petition, with its dual pathway for candidates to get on their party's primary ballot, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Romney's campaign not using paid signature gatherers in effort to boost grassroots effort

Even though Republican critics are attempting to paint Mitt Romney as a "carpetbagger," it sure looks as if he's going all-in with the Utah GOP....

Vote now in day three of the Utah 'Political Power' tournament

Day three matchups in the UtahPolicy.com 2018 "Political Power" bracket are live. Cast your votes now!...

Down goes Stewart! Down goes Stewart! 'Political Power' poll day #2 results

Day two of voting in our "Political Power" challenge gave us our biggest upset to date....

Weekly survey: What grade would you give the 2018 Legislature?

Now that the 2018 Utah Legislature is in the books, what final grade would you give their efforts? Cast your vote now....

Utah planning cybercenter to help state, private sector combat cybercrime

Utah government agencies have to fend off hundreds of millions of attacks every single day - and the Dept. of Technology Services (DTS) does a great job protecting the massive amounts of public data....

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser not running for re-election

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser announced Wednesday morning he would not be seeking re-election in 2018....

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

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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Downtown Achievement Awards call for nominations
Exceptional contributions to Salt Lake City's downtown will be recognized at the annual State of Downtown, presented by the Downtown Alliance. Awards will be presented during the annual meeting, scheduled for the last week in June....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Petition backers deal away citizens' intentions

Utah lawmakers embraced billboard-friendly legislation - with the 'Yes' votes more likely to come from those who took industry donations

To sidestep a criminal investigation, UTA agreed to have a federal watchdog. Nearly a year later, it still doesn't have one.

UDOT decides to convert U.S. 89 in Davis County into a freeway - but grass-roots group plans to sue to block it

Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser decides not to seek re-election

House passes bill backed by the White House, NRA and Utah's members of Congress

New Provo-Orem bus rapid transit now has a name: Utah Valley Express (UVX)

Mitt Romney again faces a Kennedy in a U.S. Senate race

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why you'll be asked to raise gas taxes by 10 cents, not 33 percent

Ralph Hancock: Vulgar elitism and empty populism

Op-ed: Could nuclear power be a solution to Utah's big problems?

Editorial: S.L. must now move past frustration and work to make a successful inland port

Candidates file for congressional, Utah legislative races

'This is wow': Salt Lake able to participate in 2026 Winter Games bidding process

Utah Senate Pres. Wayne Niederhauser stepping down from Legislature

Pressure mounts as groups join Salt Lake's cries for veto of inland port bill


Alpine state rep files as Republican to take on Mitt Romney (Daily Herald)

Death penalty ban, research bills fail while expansion bill passes Legislature (Standard-Examiner)

Mitt Mania: Senate hopeful Romney woos Cache delegates, voters (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

How Trump's 'Maximum Pressure' Strategy Got North Korea to the Table (Observer)

Alarmists Resurrect Theory That Global Warming Is Making Winters Colder (Daily Caller)

Nikki Haley warns: Russia could use chemical weapons in New York (Washington Examiner)

'I would vote for him every time': Stormy Daniels' mother hopes alleged affair doesn't hurt Trump (Dallas News)

Students Hold Counter-Protest To Walkout, Defend 2nd Amendment (CBS Philly)

Andrew McCabe, a Symbol of Trump's FBI Ire, Faces Possible Firing (New York Times)

'Clock boy' Ahmed Mohamed's lawsuit against Irving ISD, city dismissed (Dallas News)

Trump eyes Rick Perry to replace VA secretary (CNN)

Trump state Democrats want no part of Clinton's diss on Trump voters (CNN)

Kudlow's outsize media profile makes him favorite for White House job (Washington Post)

A Worrying Shift for Pensions: Retirees Will Soon Outnumber Kids (Bloomberg)

Wise Words


"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage." H. L. Mencken

Lighter Side

Edible Arrangements

"Climate change could eventually wipe out crops like strawberries and grapes. Even worse, that means edible arrangements will soon be 100 percent cantaloupe." Jimmy Fallon

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