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Situational awareness - March 28, 2018

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

Support for Medicaid expansion ticks upward. Herbert vetoes two bills. Trump wants the military to pay for his border wall.

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Here's what's driving the day

More than 6 in 10 Utahns support Medicaid expansion ballot measure

A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds that 61% of Utahns support a proposed ballot initiative to take full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. That support is up slightly from November [Utah Policy].

Herbert vetoes two bills in the separation of powers battle with lawmakers

Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed two bills he felt infringed on the powers of the executive branch. The bills passed with supermajorities, which could set up a veto override showdown. He also warned lawmakers to stop legislating on non-compete contracts, saying any further attempts would be met with a veto [Utah Policy].

Derek Miller to head Salt Lake Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber names Derek Miller, former chief of staff to Gov. Gary Herbert, as their new president and CEO. He replaces the retiring Lane Beattie who is leaving the organization after 15 years [Utah Policy].

Consumer confidence soaring!

The Consumer Attitude Index in Utah hits an all-time high in March. However, national consumer confidence slips a bit [Utah Policy].

Why we should worry about China

Andy Pierucci argues the rest of the world should worry about China's move to eliminate term limits on their leader [Utah Policy].

2018 Utah political bracket

We've made it to the quarterfinal round of our 2018 political bracket. Check out yesterday's results and the quarterfinal matchups here [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Support for Medicaid expansion ballot proposal inches upward in latest survey

Support for a ballot initiative to fully expand Medicaid in Utah under the Affordable Care Act has ticked up slightly according to a new poll....

Gail Miller ousts Mitt Romney in our Utah political bracket

Gail Miller knocked off U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney to move into the quarterfinals of our 2018 Utah political bracket challenge on Tuesday....

Herbert vetoes two bills he felt infringed on executive power; Warns lawmakers to stop legislating on non-compete contracts

Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed two bills Tuesday evening that he felt encroached on the constitutional powers of the executive branch....

Utah consumer attitudes at an all-time high in March

The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 11.6 points to 129.5 in March, the highest level ever registered by the CAI....

Guest opinion: We should all be concerned about China's move toward a 'strongman' leader

The National People's Congress of China recently approved a plan to eliminate the constitutionally set term limits on President Xi Jinping, allowing him to lead the country beyond 2023. Freedom is an essential ingredient for men and women to reach their full potential. With ...

Weekly survey: Gun control march/Social media

Do you think there will be a lasting impact because of the large anti-gun violence rallies over the weekend? Has your social media use changed because of the controversy surrounding Facebook? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Derek Miller named new head of the Salt Lake Chamber

Derek Miller has been named the new president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber....

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Policy News

WTC Utah board thanks Derek Miller for exceptional leadership
Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of the World Trade Center (WTC) Utah, was introduced Tuesday morning as the new president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, replacing the retiring Lane Beattie, effective April 30, 2018.  Since its incep...

Entrepreneur/scientist, demographer will receive SLCC honorary doctorates
Ashok Joshi and Pam Perlich have been chosen to receive honorary doctorates as part of Salt Lake Community College's 2018 commencement ceremonies on May 4....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Curtis could have done more to protect Provo city's employees against the predatory behavior of John King

Derek Miller to take Lane Beattie's place atop the Salt Lake Chamber

Mormons want to save the planet - it's part of their theology - but many shy away from being called environmentalists

Utah governor signs Medicaid expansion bill. Now, Utah waits to see if the feds will approve it.

Rep. Mia Love accused of 'waffling' on gun laws

Mitt Romney says Dreamers must 'do more to justify' legal status

Gehrke: When your newborn grows up, an average home in Utah may cost $1.3 million, unless we change things now

Utah County steps back from mail-in vote despite opposition from cities

Gov. Gary Herbert vetoes bills he sees as tipping balance of power; House Speaker Greg Hughes 'would hope' Utah Legislature overrides governor

Deseret News

Russia must take steps to improve relations with U.S., Jon Huntsman Jr. says

'Slope to Sink': Resort, renowned skier and water conservationists announce partnership

Utah consumer index hits all-time high

Utah County scraps vote-by-mail elections this year

Herbert signs Medicaid expansion bill, says it will help Utah's 'most vulnerable'

Mitt Romney clarifying stance on DACA after speech to Utah County GOP women's group

Guv vetoes 2 bills seeking to grow lawmakers' power

Salt Lake Chamber taps Derek Miller to take top slot

More than 3 in 4 Utahns support medical marijuana, new poll shows

Ex Utah A.G. John Swallow asks judge to toss FEC complaint against him


Editorial: Thank you. Provo always can use more parking. (Daily Herald)

Utah County formally approves parking agreement with Provo (Daily Herald)

Weber Co. group pushing for petition to change government still seeking backers (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Dems would need to win nationwide by 11 points to retake House: analysis (The Hill)

American who escaped al-Qaeda captivity in Syria says the FBI under Mueller and Comey 'betrayed' him (Daily Mail)

States scrambling to avert Obamacare sticker shock after Dems balk at stabilization effort (Washington Times)

NBC Tried to Claim There Were 800,000 Gun Control Marchers in DC - Not Even Close (IJR)

Roseanne Conner has become a Trump supporter. Just like her creator (New York Times)

Orange County may take stand against state's 'sanctuary' laws (Los Angeles Times)

There's not a 'snowflake's chance in hell' of repealing the Second Amendment (CNN)

Backlash after Planned Parenthood branch tweets: 'We need a Disney princess who's had an abortion' (FOX News)

A Low-Profile Trump Travels to Virginia to Meet With Donors (New York Times)

Cambridge Analytica's Alexander Nix: Bond villain, tech genius or hustler? (Washington Post)

As Amazon moves into health care, here's what we know - and what we suspect - about its plans (CNBC)

Wise Words


"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable." Louis D. Brandeis

Lighter Side


"Washington, D.C., got several inches of snow. President Trump built a snowman on the White House lawn. Then immediately fired it." Jimmy Fallon

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