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Situational awareness - March 22, 2018

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

Lee and Hatch get positive approval ratings from Utahns. Caucus attendance for Utah Republicans was down significantly this year. Congress reaches a deal on a $1.3 trillion spending bill.

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Here's what's driving the day

Lee, Hatch see their approval rating tick upwards

Our new poll shows Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch get positive job approval ratings from Utahns according to our new survey [Utah Policy].

Caucus attendance down

Utah Republicans say their caucus attendance on Tuesday night was about 1/3 of what they saw in 2016. It was also down 10-15% from 2014 [Utah Policy].

A close race in Utah's 4th CD

An internal poll from Ben McAdams' campaign says the race against Rep. Mia Love is a statistical tie, but Love's campaign is casting doubt on those numbers [Utah Policy].

Planning for Utah's transportation future

Dana Meier says Utah is well positioned to tackle transportation issues in the coming years [Utah Policy].

Final round #2 matchups in our political bracket challenge

Cast your votes for the last four matchups in the second round of our 2018 political bracket [Utah Policy].

Check out the results from Wednesday that saw Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Sen. Jim Dabakis advance to the round of 16 [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Utahns give Hatch and Lee slightly higher marks for job performance

Since U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch's retirement announcement, his approval ratings among Utahns has rebounded a bit....

Vote on the final second round matchups in our 2018 political bracket challenge

It's the final day of voting for round #2 in our political bracket challenge. Check out today's matchups and cast your vote below....

New McAdams campaign internal poll suggests race against Mia Love is a statistical tie

New internal polling from Democrat Ben McAdams' campaign shows the race in Utah's 4th CD is a virtual tie....

GOP Caucus attendance was much lower than usual on Tuesday

Attendance at Tuesday's Utah's Republican caucuses was down significantly from two years ago, and from the 2014 midterms....

Cox, Dabakis, Wilson and the UEA advance in our 2018 political bracket challenge

Four more advance to the "Sweet 16" after today's voting. Check out the results below....

Guest opinion: Utah's remarkable transportation & urban planning progress

As a transportation professional with 34 years of experience working in Utah, in both the public and private sectors, I have seen the evolution of transportation first hand and I am excited and optimistic about Utah's transportation progress....

Weekly survey: Next steps for the Utah GOP after their latest court defeat?

The Utah GOP lost their latest court fight against SB54 after a federal court upheld the signature-gathering path to the ballot. Should the party continue their legal appeals, or drop the lawsuit and admit defeat? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Critical security controls: First steps for business cybersecurity

When you are starting a small business, there is plenty to worry about. How do you make your product amazing? How are you going to make sure your potential customers know about what you have to offer? How do you hire the right people? With so much going on, it is easy t...

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Policy News

3 Takeaways from the 2018 Transportation Bill
The 2018 Legislative Session is behind us, but the positive impacts for our economy and business community will be felt for years to come....

Voices of Abuse panel discussion coming to Grand Theatre
Salt Lake Community College will host the Voices of Abuse panel discussion March 27, 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Theatre at South City Campus, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: The Utah Republican Party lost its court battle, and now it's time to move on

Editorial: Who is paying for Orrin Hatch's monument?

Low-income Utah children rank last in the U.S. for taking free school breakfasts.

Rep. John Curtis says he 'never attempted to protect' a former Provo police chief accused of sexual misconduct, as lawsuit alleges

What's getting Utah police in trouble? Searching official databases when they shouldn't.

Gov. Herbert signs bills to send statue of Martha Hughes Cannon to U.S. Capitol, allow terminally ill 'right to try' medical marijuana

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: When it comes to tax incentives, 'but for' arguments abound

Op-ed: Lawmakers should uphold the protection of warrants

Utah resolves dispute with Big Tobacco to keep settlement money flowing

Utah governor signs bill allowing medical marijuana use by terminally ill patients

Utah's 'ring' counties among nation's fastest growing

U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. sees Trump, Putin moving toward formal meeting

Land deal finalized to clean up, develop old Salt Lake landfill, likely for inland port


Ogden, West Haven hopefuls to seek House post with Peterson forgoing re-election (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Anybody Recall The Media Looking At Gina McCarthy's Travel Expenses? (Hot Air)

Trump is right: The special counsel should never have been appointed (The Hill)

Small-town America has gotten an economic jolt under Trump (CNN)

There's an open secret about Cambridge Analytica in the political world: It doesn't have the 'secret sauce' it claims (Business Insider)

Jared Kushner's Dreams of Mideast Peace Are Alive (Bloomberg)

Congressional Leaders Agree on $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill as Deadline Looms (New York Times)

Police shot a man 20 times in his back yard, thinking he had a gun. It was a cellphone. (Washington Post)

Joe Biden and Trump keep threatening to 'beat the hell' out of each other (Business Insider)

'Anti-military' California teacher fired for video rant (BBC News)

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Vows to Bolster Privacy Amid Cambridge Analytica Crisis (New York Times)

Facebook, Google and Amazon face digital tax blow in Europe (CNET)

Europe Plants a Flag in the Digital-Tax Debate (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words

Still True

"Capital isn't scarce; vision is." Sam Walton

Lighter Side

Good Luck

"According to Politico, the publishers of former FBI Director James Comey's upcoming memoir are taking extreme precautions to prevent the manuscript from leaking. Yeah, it would be a shame if something got out at the wrong time and ruined everything for him." Seth Meyers

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