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Situational awareness - March 19, 2018

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

Utahns aren't seeing a benefit from Trump's tax cuts. Keep My Voice crosses a line. Massive Facebook data leak.

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Here's what's driving the day

Poll: Only 1/4 of Utahns have seen a boost in take-home pay from tax reform

Our latest poll finds most Utahns support the Trump tax cuts, but nearly half say they haven't seen their paychecks get bigger from the sweeping tax overhaul [Utah Policy].

Keep My Voice vs. the Utah County GOP

The Utah County GOP is sanctioning Keep My Voice after the group attacked a sitting Republican lawmaker because he sponsored a bill to undo an illegal bylaw change by the GOP Central Committee [Utah Policy]. 

Dave Bateman alleges dirty tricks against him

Keep My Voice founder Dave Bateman says his political opponents are resorting to dirty tricks against him, but he's offering very little in the way of evidence [Utah Policy].

Sen. Todd Weiler says he's the "political lawyer" Bateman is referring to, but Bateman's pushing a story that is not truthful [Utah Policy].

Grading the 2018 Legislature

Our "Political Insiders" say lawmakers deserve a "C" grade for their work during the 2018 session [Utah Policy].

Political Power bracket rolls on

We're into Round #2 of our 2018 "Political Power" challenge. Vote for today's matchups here [Utah Policy].

Here are the results from the final day of Round #1 [Utah Policy].

Can anybody beat Romney?

Jordan Garn says there are a few "candidates" that could give Romney a run for his money in 2018, but you won't see them on the ballot [Utah Policy].

Trump and millennials

Renae Cowley says millennials in the GOP are big fans of President Trump's brash style and "take no prisoners" attitude.

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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Only 1/4 of Utahns say they've seen a bigger paycheck from the Trump tax cuts

Most Utahns say they support the Trump tax cuts passed by Congress at the end of 2017, but nearly half say they haven't noticed the promised increase in their take-home pay....

Vote now in round two of our 'Political Power' bracket challenge!

We're on to round two of the 2018 Utah "Political Power" bracket. We've got four second-round matchups for you to vote on today....

Utah County GOP sanctions Keep My Voice after attack on Republican lawmaker

The Utah County GOP is hitting back at organizers of a ballot initiative to repeal SB54, saying their attack on a sitting Republican lawmaker goes too far....

Dirty tricks or legal advice? The 'political lawyer' from the Dave Bateman controversy says Bateman's version is not the truth

Dave Bateman, the founder of Keep My Voice, alleges a "political lawyer" involved with Count My Vote is behind a scheme to falsely accuse him of sexual harassment. We now know who the "political lawyer" is, and he is telling UtahPolicy.com a much different story....

Guest opinion: It's official - The Romney coronation begins

After months of speculation of "will he or won't he?" that culminated in a slick video announcing he's running, Mitt Romney made it official last Thursday when he filed as a candidate for the United States Senate. ...

What final grade does the 2018 Utah legislature deserve? Our 'Political Insiders' say there's room for improvement

Our "Political Insiders" gave the 2018 Utah Legislature an overall passing grade, but nothing that will put them near the top of the class....

Guest opinion: Millennials & Donald Trump

My generation of Republicans relates to Donald Trump over more than just our mutual proficiency in communicating using 280 characters or less. We love his "take no prisoner" attitude, bigger than life persona, and unconventional leadership....

Utah 'Political Power' results - Day #4

The last matchups from the first round of our "Political Power" challenge are over....

Republican Dave Bateman alleges dirty tricks from opponents, but offers no proof

The founder of Keep My Voice, a group pushing a ballot initiative to repeal Utah's dual path for candidates to get on the ballot, has been making some shocking, but unproven, allegations on social media this week. In fact, there are several good reasons why skepticism of his...

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Policy News

Utah Manufacturers Association comments on steel and aluminum tariffs
On March 8th, President Trump signed imposed tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. imports of steel and 10 percent on U.S. imports of aluminum from all countries except Canada and Mexico....

Borsight to expand state-of-the-art facility in Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced that Borsight will expand its state-of-the-art airport hangar facility in Ogden, Utah, adding up to 95 jobs, $4.1 million in new state revenue and an estimated $6.3 million in capital investment....

Clear the Air Challenge winners announced
The 2018 Clear the Air Challenge has wrapped up and the first winter-time Challenge was a huge success....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Holly Richardson: The Utah Republican Party is a dumpster fire

Op-ed: Police quotas inflate community tension and distrust - making officers' jobs more difficult

Editorial: Herbert was wrong to sign Port Authority bill

Feds announce new meetings on the future of Utah's redrawn national monuments

Utah Rep. Mike Noel hid potential conflicts as he sought Lake Powell pipeline water for land he owns, group says in new complaint

Governor signs 'not yet perfect' bill to create the inland port for international trade in northwest Salt Lake City

Saying a Census Bureau policy hurts Utah, Rep. Bishop wants the agency to count Americans living overseas, including Mormon missionaries

Amid eight-monthlong audit into South Salt Lake funding, Promise after-school program changes leaders

Special UTA buses for legislative session averaged only 5 passengers per trip

Mormon leaders in Blanding urge members to push feds for group access to pioneer site within Bears Ears

Who is funding the Orrin Hatch Center? We may never know.

How Utah's county jails have helped some state felons rebuild their lives and create a community

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Exploring the legislative session hangover headaches

Greg Bell: Why are you running for office?

Natalie Gochnour: It's been a banner legislative session

Op-ed: 2018 Utah Legislature offered a balanced budget and stability amid growth

Editorial: Faith is a dimension of diversity

Utah governor signs controversial inland port bill

Utah launching first comprehensive planning effort for Green, Colorado rivers

Lawmakers: Delay in federal monitor for UTA underscores need for agency overhaul

Juab School Board member's lockdown experience called 'timely,' illuminating

A conversation with Gail Miller about faith, family, business and the true meaning of wealth

Longtime Salt Lake County clerk being challenged by her own employee

Report gives Salt Lake County good marks on tax incentive use


New Utah law likely to streamline study into Weber County government change (Standard-Examiner)

'Running 90 miles an hour': Q&A with Logan Mayor Holly Daines (Logan Herald Journal)

Local legislators dish on the 2018 session and what's on the horizon (Park Record)

Congress hopeful talks of bump stocks, Bears Ears in Park City (Park Record)

National Headlines

Mueller's Investigation Flouts Justice Department Standards (National Review)

Drudge poll: Three-quarters say Trump should fire Mueller (The Hill)

A second special counsel should be investigating the FBI leaks (New York Post)

Los Alamitos might challenge California over state's sanctuary law (OC Register)

GOP pushes for 'phase two' of tax cuts (The Hill)

School Officials Wanted Florida Gunman Committed Long Before a Massacre (New York Times)

Democrats Are 'Moving On' from Hillary Clinton, Senator Dick Durbin Says (Newsweek)

D.C. lawmaker says recent snowfall caused by 'Rothschilds controlling the climate' (Washington Post)

Trade Associations to Petition Trump Administration to Halt China-Tariff Plans (Wall Street Journal)

Rep. Keith Ellison, under fire for Farrakhan ties, claims he hasn't seen the controversial leader since 2013 (FOX News)

AT&T heads to trial in landmark merger fight (The Hill)

Wise Words


"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side


"Everybody is into March Madness. Everybody bets - President Obama filled out a bracket. He picked Michigan State to win. President Trump, however, did not. He likes to wait to fill out his bracket until after the tournament so he can tell us that he got them all right." Jimmy Kimmel

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