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Situational awareness - March 21, 2018

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

The Utah GOP loses another court battle over SB54. Utahns want Republicans to keep control of Congress in November. The suspect in a series of bombings in Austin, Texas is dead.

Happy birthday Twitter! The social media platform was founded on this day in 2006. 

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Here's what's driving the day

Utahns aren't fond of the job Congress is doing, but they want Republicans to remain in control

Our new poll finds that 2/3rds of Utahns don't think Congress is doing a very good job, but more than half want the GOP to keep their majority in the 2018 midterm elections [Utah Policy].

The Utah GOP loses another court battle over SB54

The 10th Circuit in Denver ruled against the Utah GOP's appeal in their lawsuit to strike down the signature gathering path for candidates [Utah Policy].

Romney's opportunity

Former Congressman Ernest Istook writes that Mitt Romney should rise above the culture of personal attacks and set an example for civility if he wins election to the Senate in November [Utah Policy].

Utah political bracket update

Homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson continues her Cinderella run through our political tournament bracket with another big upset. Check out the updated bracket here [Utah Policy].

Vote on today's matchups here [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Utahns don't approve of Congress, but want Republicans to keep control after 2018 midterm elections

Utahns have a very dim view of Congress, but they still want to see Republicans keep control in November....

Vote for more second round matchups in our 2018 Utah political bracket challenge

It's time for day #3 in the second round of our 2018 Utah political bracket challenge. Check out today's matchups and cast your vote below....

10th Circuit Court rules against Utah GOP in lawsuit against SB54

Just in time for the biennial Utah caucus meetings, a three-judge panel has upheld a lower court's decision in the Utah GOP's lawsuit against SB54....

Another huge upset in our 2018 Utah political bracket challenge

Here are today's results in our 2018 Utah political bracket challenge. Find out who booked their ticket to the "Sweet 16," including another big upset....

Guest opinion: Mitt Romney's golden opportunity -- To set an example

Because insults sell newspapers and attract audiences, national media want Mitt Romney to be a U.S. Senator who frequently bashes President Donald Trump....

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Policy News

a2b Fulfillment, Inc. chooses Utah for future expansion
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced that a2b Fulfillment will expand operations to Ogden, Utah, adding up to 75 new jobs, $12.6 million in new state revenue and an estimated $840,000 in capital investment....

You're invited: Diplomatic luncheon with the Ambassador of Tunisia
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Salt Lake Chamber, and the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC,) is delighted to host a diplomatic luncheon welcoming His Excellency Mr. Fayal Gouia,&nbs...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Feds sells leases on archaeologically rich southern Utah lands for oil and gas

Mormon church-owned site of former Salt Lake City landfill now in hands of state trust lands agency

10th Circuit Court rules against Utah GOP's attempt to overturn election law

Utah governor calls on residents to send money to homeless services account when they file their taxes

Gov. Herbert signs 136 more bills

Mitt Romney is praised by neighbors at his caucus

Deseret News

Editorial: Utah offers a model to guard against cyberattacks

Group repeats calls for embattled Utah County commissioner's resignation

Tribal representatives, public lands advocates decry oil, gas sale

Summit County lawsuit alleges pharma companies pushed dangerous opioids to make a profit

Salt Lake City pauses northwest quadrant development agreements, citing uncertainty with inland port bill

Utah governor signs bills to remove ill officials, fund homeless shelters

Election ruling draws mixed reviews from Utah caucusgoers

Federal appeals court upholds Utah's controversial election law

'We give of our resources': Herbert asks Utahns to donate to homeless fund on tax form

Is Utah dependent on the U.S. government? Not really, new report says

Other

Alliance for a Better Utah asks Greg Graves to resign, again (Daily Herald)

Utah County caucus attendance lower than presidential years, many Republican precincts opt out of app (Daily Herald)

North Ogden Democrat, Republican join race for Utah House District 7 seat (Standard-Examiner)

Layton GOPer plans to challenge US Rep. Rob Bishop in House race (Standard-Examiner)

Lack of contested races for November election seen as rare (Park Record)

Summit County political season moves toward critical caucuses (Park Record)

National Headlines

Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook is straight from Obama's playbook (Spectator)

Smug elites are about to start parading their virtues. Ignore them. (The Week)

'Morning Joe' Frantic Over Poll Showing Americans Believe In A 'Deep State' (Daily Caller)

Are some states headed for Splitsville? Movement grows to allow sections of states to break away (FOX News)

You're proving the president's point when you talk about the intel chiefs like they're vengeful hatchet men (Washington Examiner)

Nielsens illustrate how the popularity of political shows (Associated Press)

Democratic, Republican voter bases are more different than ever, study finds (Los Angeles Times)

San Francisco expected to ban fur sales, stirring backlash: 'What's next? They're going to say that you can't have beef?' (Los Angeles Times)

Walkout fallout: School districts hit with backlash over political activism (Washington Times)

Trump Greets Visiting Saudi Prince with a Crowded Agenda (Wall Street Journal)

One of the last anti-abortion Democrats could lose his seat to a progressive challenger Tuesday (Vox)

Illegal immigrants, who dodged California ICE raid after Dem mayor's tip-off, re-arrested for new crimes (FOX News)

California city votes to opt out of sanctuary law (Washington Times)


Wise Words

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