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Situational awareness - March 30, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Thanks for reading Utah's must-read daily political news roundup. 

Herbert will oppose the medical marijuana ballot measure. Dayton steps down. Mueller investigating Sessions' meeting with Russian officials at the Republican National Convention.

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Herbert comes out hard against medical cannabis initiative

Gov. Gary Herbert fires the first salvo in opposition to the ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Utah, saying it is flawed and may lead to recreational use [Utah Policy].

Dayton calls it quits

Citing medical reasons, Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, announces she won't run for re-election and will resign from the Utah Legislature in June [Utah Policy].

What a week!

Gary Herbert, veto overrides, medical marijuana, Keep My Voice won't make the ballot, and Utahns say they don't want to pay for Trump's border wall. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick break down the big stories from the past week in Utah politics [Utah Policy].

There's a podcast version of our week in review if you prefer to listen on the go [Utah Policy].

Herbert might lose this fight

Bob Bernick argues that Gov. Gary Herbert may finally lose a veto showdown with lawmakers this time around [Utah Policy].

Political bracket "Final Four"

You voted and Speaker Greg Hughes, House Majority Leader Brad Wilson, Attorney General Sean Reyes and the "Buckshot Caucus" all advance to the semi-finals of our bracket challenge. Check out the updated bracket here [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Herbert says he will oppose medical cannabis ballot initiative because it may lead to recreational use

Gov. Gary Herbert issued a statement on Thursday saying he would "actively oppose" the ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Utah, saying the law passed by legislators in the 2018 session is sufficient for now....

Please don't touch me - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 367

Gov. Gary Herbert may have picked a fight with lawmakers because of two bills he vetoed....

Bob Bernick's notebook: A losing battle

GOP Gov. Gary Herbert is in a separation of powers fight with the Republican-controlled Legislature....

2018 Utah political bracket challenge 'Final Four'

We are down to the final four contestants in our 2018 Utah political bracket challenge....

Sen. Margaret Dayton retires from the Utah Senate

Sen. Margaret Dayton announced Thursday she is resigning from the Utah Senate in June after serving in the legislature for 22 years....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 367

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott dissect a busy week in Utah politics....

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....

CYBER24 Podcast: Ransomware cripples Atlanta

If it seems like cybersecurity stories have started to pop up in the news more frequently, you're not crazy....

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Calling Utah's monument loss 'tragic,' Jane Goodall aims to inspire Utahns to fight for public lands, climate action and clean air-- Tribune: Floating trash on the Jordan River threatens entire species of waterfowl, but a new project aims to fix thatWe...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: The death penalty just isn't worth the risks

Faculty members of this University of Utah department don't speak to one another and students graduate years late, according to report

UTA board members suggest delaying its Legislature-ordered $50M name change

State Sen. Margaret Dayton resigns for medical reasons, won't seek re-election

Utah County changes course again. It will mail ballots to voters for this year's election after threatening to revert to in-person voting.

Gov. Herbert comes out against medical marijuana initiative, warning it would 'open the door to recreational use'

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: What principles would you compromise for politics?

Op-ed: Let states and cities set minimum wages

How a Second Amendment-loving Utah student decided to 'find real solutions' to school violence

Recount: Utah County election will be vote-by-mail after all

Herbert vows to 'actively oppose' medical marijuana ballot initiative

Utah's U.S. Attorney John Huber is helping investigate FBI, Justice Department concerns

Salt Lake City seeking public input on 2 proposed tax increases

New UTA documents detail $50 million price tag for name change, project losses

State Sen. Margaret Dayton resigning due to medical issues

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert reverses previous stance, signs bill targeting broadcasters

National Headlines

'Chappaquiddick': 'Powerful People' Pressured Studio Not to Release Film, CEO Says (Variety)

Canadians' love affair with Justin Trudeau is over (Washington Post)

White House decries Russia expelling US envoys (Associated Press)

Jorge Ramos Eyeing Return to Mexico (NewsBusters)

U.S. Jobless Claims Decline to Lowest Level Since January 1973 (Bloomberg)

Sessions: Federal prosecutor evaluating alleged FBI, DOJ wrongdoing, no second special counsel for now (FOX News)

Here's Hillary Clinton's blunt response to those who say 'get off the stage and shut up' (NJ.com)

Facebook May Be Facing Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in FTC Fines (Fortune)

Trump targets Amazon and its taxes in Twitter attack (Washington Post)

Even in Silicon Valley, government is under constant threat from ransomware, cyberattacks (Mercury News)

The IRS Is Auditing a Lot Fewer Americans (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words


"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side


"Trump is now facing backlash for congratulating Vladimir Putin on his big election win. Trump said, "What's the big deal? I also congratulated him after MY election win." Jimmy Fallon

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