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Situational awareness - March 23, 2018

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

Gov. Herbert says lawmakers are infringing in areas they shouldn't be. More shakeups in the White House. Congress passes a massive spending bill.

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Overstepping their bounds

Gov. Gary Herbert thinks lawmakers may have encroached too far on some territory that normally belongs to the executive branch during the just-completed session [Utah Policy].

What a week!

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott tiptoe through a monumental week in Utah politics. Watch the video here [Utah Policy].

Listen to a podcast of our week in review here [Utah Policy].

Time to end the fight against SB54

Bob Bernick ways opponents of the signature-gathering route to the ballot were routed in court this week and should stop wasting everybody else's time [Utah Policy].

See you in the "Sweet 16"

The last 16 contestants in our 2018 Utah political bracket are set. Check out the updated bracket as we get ready for the "Sweet 16" next week [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Time to give up the ghost on SB54 - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 366

The Utah GOP loses another court battle over SB54....

Bob Bernick's notebook: A court gives the Utah GOP back to Republicans

And with one clear slap, the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals deals a deathblow to GOP opponents of SB54....

The 'Sweet 16' in our Utah political bracket challenge is set

Our 2018 Utah political bracket challenge is down to the final 16 competitors....

Herbert worried lawmakers may have overstepped their authority with some bills from the 2018 session

Gov. Gary Herbert says he is considering a veto of legislation that he sees as overstepping the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branch....

The 2018 Utah income tax cut: What are the impacts?

A new Utah Foundation report reveals the results of changes to the state's income tax resulting from the 2018 legislative session....

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....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 366

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott churn through a monumental week in Utah politics....

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Obscure company called Ayers Energy bought a bunch of controversial public-lands leases in Utah's San Juan County - but who's actually behind it?Weekend EventsConcerts-- Bonham-Verzosa Viola-Piano Duo,Zion Canyon Arts Foundation, Friday, 7 p.m., Canyon...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Students should eat breakfast - and Utah schools should make sure it happens

Charter school administrator is 'praying for a wall' to stop illegal immigration

Obscure company called Ayers Energy bought a bunch of controversial public-lands leases in Utah's San Juan County

Utah's caucus-goers report low turnout. But who or what is to blame?

Gehrke: Deyvid gets to stay, for now, but his story and thousands like it demand action on immigration reform

Gov. Herbert says it's time to tighten gun rights to prevent school shootings

Gov. Herbert signs another 44 bills, including a $1.7M fee break for EnergySolutions

Sen. Orrin Hatch is the sole Utahn in Congress who voted for the omnibus spending bill that just passed

In now-softened Facebook post, Davis County GOP hit Mitt Romney for 'illegally obtaining' delegate list early to gain an edge

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Retiring lawmakers leave after tackling big ideas

Utah Rep. John Curtis: Setting the record straight on allegations I protected an abuser

Jay Evensen: 23 years later, and still no convention hotel

Editorial: Empower local communities to attack the opioid crisis

The fastest-growing metro area is in Utah, new report says

Utah Rep. Chris Stewart calls for social media oversight, wants to see Zuckerberg

Herbert pushes GOP to drop fight against signature gathering


Editorial: Utah GOP caucuses can't overcome flaws (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

House Probe Accuses Clapper of Misleading Congress (Free Beacon)

Democratic candidates try something new to cope with anti-Pelosi campaign attacks: Disavowing her (Los Angeles Times)

Retirees Reshape Where Americans Live (Wall Street Journal)

Metro area populations surge as rural America shrinks (The Hill)

Trump says he'd like to testify in Russia probe (Associated Press)

Trump names former ambassador John Bolton as his new national security adviser (Washington Post)

Bolton Brings Hawkish Perspective To North Korea, Iran Strategy (NPR)

China threatens to raise tariffs on about $3 billion of U.S. imports (Washington Post)

Tillerson bids farewell to a 'mean-spirited town' (Washington Post)

Democratic congressman suggests Second Amendment solution for Trump (USA Today)

The FBI is investigating a ransomware attack on the city of Atlanta (CNN)

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Lighter Side


"After residents in Birmingham complained about the terrible smell, New York City has agreed to stop sending railcars full of the city's excess sewage to a landfill in Alabama. Yeah, train cars filled with human waste and an unbearable smell - or, as that's called in New York, the subway." James Corden

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