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Situational awareness - March 29, 2018

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

Build the wall? Utahns say not if they have to pay for it. Lawmakers mulling a veto override session. Trump's lawyer floated pardons for Flynn and Manafort.

It's opening day 2018, the earliest opening day in MLB history. Here's a little help in making your predictions for the season.

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Here's what's driving the day

Utahns don't want to pay for Trump's border wall

Most Utahns say they oppose building a wall on the border with Mexico if taxpayer money is used to pay for it [Utah Policy].

Veto override?

Lawmakers have a little more than a month to decide if they're going to override any of Gov. Herbert's vetoes. At least two bills that were vetoed passed with a supermajority [Utah Policy].

Political bracket challenge rolls on

It's the "Elite Eight" in our 2018 Utah political bracket matchups. Hit the link to vote on who moves to the "Final Four" next week [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Utahns oppose using taxpayer money to pay for border wall

Utah voters do not favor President Trump's plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico if taxpayer funds are used to build it....

Vote on the 'Elite Eight' in our 2018 Utah political bracket

It's time for the quarterfinals in our 2018 political bracket challenge....

Will there be a veto override session? Lawmakers have about a month to decide

Will there be a veto override session from lawmakers this year? We've got a little more than a month to find out....

Utah Thrives podcast: Making landfills last

Once a week, we haul that big trash bin out to the street, waiting for a truck to come along and empty it....

Honoring Utah immigrants as new pioneers

Wednesday the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, recognized the incredible contributions immigrants make every day in Utah at the American Dream Awards....

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....

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Policy News

Sens. Grassley and Lee call for oversight of DOJ prosecutors
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, asking for an update on the Justice Department's inquiry into alleged prosecutorial misconduct regarding Vascular...

Bishop announces 2018 education conference
On Friday, March 30, 2018, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) will host over 100 students from a number of Utah high schools including Box Elder, Freemont, Layton, Clearfield, Altamont, and the Utah Military Academy as they gather at Utah's State Capitol Complex for Congressman Bis...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Secret jail standards and audits don't count

Orem residents hope a referendum vote will stop a planned student-housing development

Utah solar industry hopes new government regulations will bring order to the sector's frenzied growth

Romney's public immigration stand calls for a new 'merit-based' system favoring those with skills and money

UTA may use loose wording in new law to delay mandated name change to TDU - hoping lawmakers will reconsider it

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why is it OK to carry a loaded AR-15 into a store?

Derek Miller: By 2020, Utah may be the crossroads of the world

Op-ed: Utah can extend the right of health care to its most vulnerable families

Editorial: Utah's 'free-range parenting' law reinforces the value of family in the community

'Nobody checked with us': Orem residents angry about planned student housing near UVU

Lawmakers expected to consider overriding governor's vetoes

UTA trustees starting to deal with 'a hundred questions' about new governance structure

Stewart, Bishop oppose paying for border wall with military funds


Utah House candidate withdraws from race for eastern Weber County seat (Standard-Examiner)

Northern Utah counties meet to discuss economic development (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

'Roseanne' Revival's Huge Debut Stuns Hollywood, Prompts Soul-Searching (Deadline Hollywood)

'South Park' creators come out as Republican (Breitbart)

'Chappaquiddick' Focuses Viewers On The Young Woman Ted Kennedy Left To Die (The Federalist)

Constitution Compels Sessions Dismiss Mueller From Non-Campaign Cases (Law & Crime)

Conservatives angry over Netflix hiring Obama security aide (AFP)

Trump privately presses for military to pay for border wall (Washington Post)

The president's quiet week (Washington Post)

Trump ousts Shulkin from Veterans Affairs, taps his doctor (Associated Press)

White House Looks to Use Emergency Law to Halt Chinese Investment (New York Times)

Saudi Arabia must face U.S. lawsuits over Sept. 11 attacks (Reuters)

Amazon shares tumble on report Trump wants to 'go after' the company (Los Angeles Times)

Wise Words


"If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery." John Paul Jones

Lighter Side


"Since it came out that Facebook's data was misused during the 2016 election, their stock has taken a huge dive. You can tell Mark Zuckerberg is worried, because today he applied for a job at MySpace." Jimmy Fallon

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