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Situational awareness - March 16, 2018

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

An avalanche of candidates to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch. Salt Lake City turns up the heat over the inland port bill. More turnover in the Trump administration ahead.

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Here's what's driving the day

Everybody's gunning for Mitt Romney

There are an incredible 19 candidates to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch, including 12 Republicans. We also run down some of the other news and notes from filing day at the link [Utah Policy].

Return of mainstream Republicans

Bob Bernick argues Mitt Romney's candidacy could lead to the return of mainstream Republicans, as well as political sanity, to the GOP [Utah Policy].

What a week!

Candidate filings, ending Utah GOP nuttiness, Mitt Romney and Donald Trump wants to create a space army. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott scroll through the news from a crazy political week [Utah Policy].

Here's a podcast version if you prefer [Utah Policy].

Town hall on gun violence and suicide

After thousands of Utah schoolkids walked out on Wednesday to protest gun violence, a group of GOP lawmakers plan to hold a series of town hall meetings to discuss the problem [Utah Policy].

"Political Power" bracket rolls on

It's the last day of the first round of our "Political Power" bracket. Make your votes now [Utah Policy].

Here are the results from day 3 of the voting. Our only upset saw Rep. Brad Wilson knock off former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt [Utah Policy].

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Cast your vote in Day #4 of our 'Political Power' tournament

The final 8 matchups from the first round are on tap today. Cast your vote for the winners....

Candidate filing news and notes

Utah's candidate filing period ended at 5 pm on Thursday. Here are some interesting nuggets we noticed:...

Bob Bernick's notebook: Are mainstream Utah Republicans returning?

Could we be seeing this spring in the Utah Republican Party, "The Return of the Mainstream?"...

Utah 'Political Power' results - Day #3

Day three of our "Political Power" challenge is in the books. Here's the results....

Lawmakers announce town hall meetings with students to discuss gun violence

Following a mass walkout by Utah students to protest school violence, a group of Utah lawmakers says they plan to hold a series of town hall meetings with high school students across the state to discuss gun violence and teen suicide....

The Utah GOP's 'tin foil hat brigade' - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 365

Candidates are filing to run for office this week. We've seen some big names already opting not to run for another term, while others are pushing for higher office. But, Utah Democrats are struggling to find candidates....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 365

Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick scroll through an eventful week in Utah politics....

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....

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 the list of candidate filings ahead of next week's caucus meetings....

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 the list of candidates who have filed ahead of the March 20 caucus meetings....

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 the race following the end of the 2018 filing period....

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....

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Inland port is a win for Utah
The Utah Legislature's passage of SB 234, creating an Inland Port Authority, is a step forward identifying a large economic development opportunity for Salt Lake City and the state. Gov. Gary R. Herbert has indicated his intent to sign the bill in the coming days....

Centrify chooses to expand and grow engineering team in Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced that Centrify will expand its presence in Utah and grow its Engineering team, adding up to 200 jobs, $2.7 million in new state revenue and an estimated $4.5 million in capital investment....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Herbert should veto bill that mandates AG opinions

Editorial: We don't have time to wait for the Legislature to curb opioid addiction

Utah company that used child labor from polygamous sect to pick pecans must still pay $200,000 to compensate kids, federal appeals court rules

South Salt Lake could get its third brewery in 2019, the first under new 'liquor-friendly' rules

Who's afraid of Mitt Romney? Not 18 other candidates who filed against him, including Democrat Jenny Wilson and 11 Republicans.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a leading critic of President Trump, hopes Mitt Romney will take on that role next year

Over Utah's proposed inland port, residents protest, governor's advisers lobby and sponsor decries 'some issues'

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Utah needs a way to remove office holders

Op-ed: Elder Keetch and the LDS journey between public engagement and private devotion

GOP U.S. Senate candidates gunning for front-runner Mitt Romney

Lots of new faces, GOP leaders coming to 2019 Utah Legislature

Utah schools to see record $74 million in trust land funding

Salt Lake City residents visit governor's office to urge veto of inland port bill

Bishop proposing bill to include overseas Mormon missionaries in U.S. census

Controversial Davis County sheriff won't seek re-election


Editorial: UTOPIA buildout is not investment in Orem's future (Daily Herald)

Weber Co. Commissioner Gibson won't run again, 2 others file to run for post (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden economic development head to run for Davis County Commission seat (Standard-Examiner)

Ogden, North Ogden hopefuls seeking Utah House seat to be vacated by Fawson (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Mueller witness is convicted pedophile with shadowy past (Associated Press)

US gets tougher on Russia; new sanctions, accusations (Associated Press)

In a first, U.S. blames Russia for cyber attacks on energy grid (Reuters)

Trump decides to remove national security adviser, and others may follow (Washington Post)

In a first, an undocumented immigrant is appointed to a statewide post in California (Washington Post)

Trump to roll out opioid plan Monday, including tougher punishment (NBC News)

Little legal recourse for FBI's McCabe if fired right before retirement (Politico)

Jeff Flake in New Hampshire: Potential presidential bid brings mixed reactions from Arizona Republicans (Arizona Republic)

Democrats' Abortion Problem (Slate)

Peter Thiel Is Bullish on Bitcoin, the Heartland and Trump (Bloomberg)

Federal court tosses out Obama-era rule requiring financial advisers to act in customers' best interests (The Hill)

Wise Words


"A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." John C. Maxwell

Lighter Side


"Apple's new futuristic headquarters, Apple Park in Cupertino, California, is having some problems. The building is filled with so much clear glass that employees have reportedly been walking into glass walls. I guess Apple shouldn't have installed windows." James Corden

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