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Situational awareness - March 9, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Welcome to Utah's must-read daily political news roundup. It's over! The 2018 Legislature has ended, but the 2018 election season is open for business!

Lawmakers adjourn for 2018. Gov. Gary Herbert hails increased funding for public education. President Donald Trump accepts an invitation to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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Sine Die!

Here's our rundown of the winners and losers of the last 45 days on Utah's Capitol Hill [Utah Policy].

"One of the best" legislative sessions

Gov. Gary Herbert can barely contain his glee about big funding boosts for public education and the grand bargain between the legislature and Our Schools Now [Utah Policy]. Here's the video of our last day of the 2018 session interview with Gov. Herbert [Utah Policy]. If you prefer a podcast of the conversation, we have you covered [Utah Policy].

It's up to the voters

Lawmakers passed the deal with Our Schools Now that will put a gas tax hike on November's ballot, and boost school funding through a property tax increase [Utah Policy].

UTA reform passes

Lawmakers take a victory lap on their bill to overhaul the UTA and provide some much-needed money for transit projects [Utah Policy].

More retirements on the Hill

Here's our updated list of lawmakers who are calling it quits this year [Utah Policy].

The GOP civil war heats up

GOP lawmakers have taken to calling the group of central committee dissidents who passed an illegal bylaw change "Area 51," because they're a weird bunch. But, as Bob Bernick writes, that small group may learn it's not wise to upset the elected officials in their own party [Utah Policy].

What a week!

Funding deals, tax cuts, tax hikes, big budget numbers, GOP civil war, Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels. You'll find all of that, and more, as Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott dig through a crazy week in Utah politics [Utah Policy]. If you want to catch up with the political news on the go, here's a podcast version [Utah Policy]. 

More Romney and the Russians

An analysis found Russian "troll farms" pushed hard to torpedo Mitt Romney's bid to become Secretary of State under President Trump [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

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Herbert says 2018 session was great for education, transit

Gov. Gary Herbert says the 2018 session, which ended at midnight on Thursday, has been one of the best he's ever been around....

Video: Gov. Gary Herbert wraps up the 2018 session (with video)

Gov. Gary Herbert sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick to give his thoughts on the 2018 Utah legislature that ended Thursday night. ...

Podcast: 2018 Legislature wrap up with Gov. Gary Herbert

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Wave of lawmaker retirements to hit Utah's Capitol Hill (Updated)

The candidate filing to run for the Utah Legislature starts Friday, just one day after the 2018 session ends....

Legislature passes education funding bargain with Our Schools Now

In the end, it wasn't even close....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Republican lawmakers face off against 'Area 51'

Not known for their wise decision-making, the dissident group inside the Utah Republican Party's Central Committee crossed a bridge too far two weeks ago....

Lawmakers hail passage of transit bill, but say there's much more work ahead

Legislators took a victory lap of sorts on Thursday morning as they touted the passage of SB136, which significantly changed transit in Utah....

Let's keep fighting about SB54! - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 364

The final day of the 2018 Utah Legislature is here....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 364

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Report: Russian trolls tried to scuttle Romney's bid to be Secretary of State

Russian "troll farms" flooded social media to brand Mitt Romney as a "two-headed snake" and a "globalist puppet" during the time that President Donald Trump was considering him for Secretary of State....

Utah 'Political Power' bracket nominations

It's time for the Utah political version of March Madness....

Weekly survey: Best/worst from 2018 Utah Legislature

What were the best and worst things from the 2018 Utah Legislature? Give us your thoughts in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Noel's bill to honor Trump was a loser from the start

Medicaid expansion in Utah up for debate on the Legislature's final day, even as feds signal they might not approve all the state wants

Utah enacts widespread election law changes, including Election-Day registration

Utah Legislature final-day recap: So many proposed laws, not enough time

Some Salt Lake City leaders are worried it would be 'unreasonable' to close the downtown homeless shelter as planned

A new power broker emerged on Utah's Capitol Hill in 2018: voters armed with popular ballot initiatives

Rolly: Elite Utah prosecutor once again loses out on a prestigious post through no fault of his own

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: It's time to unlock the value of public assets

Jay Evensen: 'Conservative' Utah lawmakers love playing Big Brother

Editorial: A move to dissolve the Utah State School Board deserves more deliberation

Utah senators slam Trump's import tariffs

Utah farmers seek legal status to defend Grand Staircase monument reductions

Medicaid expansion for 70,000 Utahns passes after tense debate

Lawmakers, Our Schools Now finalize compromise deal

Lawmakers take a swipe at land, water and air quality issues

Utah Legislature passes bill to pay for police, fire needs of new homeless resource centers

Several bills targeted better mental health treatment in 2018 session

Record $ 'injected' into public education; move to eliminate elected state school board fails

Lawmakers pass resolution urging Utah AG to sue opioid manufacturers directly

Bill seeking to delay ballot initiatives dies in Senate

Utah lawmakers wrap up legislative session with tax relief, big boost for education

Gov. Herbert: 'Push the pause button' on UTA name change

Senate passes bill seeking to put Medicaid funds toward mental health crisis response teams

Governor to sign controversial Utah inland port bill despite city outcry


Bill would allow cameras, other tech to catch Express Lane carpool cheaters (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump agrees to meet Kim Jong-un: Despot agrees to suspend missile tests (Daily Mail)

Kamala Harris: 'California Represents The Future' (RealClearPolitics)

U.S. Household Net Worth Pushes Further Into Record Territory (Wall Street Journal)

Millennials are starting to hate social media, too (New York Post)

Obama goes Hollywood (New York Times)

Democrats Are Considering Dropping Superdelegates Altogether (BuzzFeed)

Trump Authorizes Tariffs, Defying Allies at Home and Abroad (New York Times)

Disney boss tells shareholders that 'The View' star Joy Behar apologized for anti-Christian remarks (FOX News)

Trump administration warns Idaho against its rebel insurance plans (Washington Post)

ICE chief: 'I would think the Oakland mayor would be thanking me for removing public safety threats' (SFGate)

Warren rankles colleagues in bank fight (The Hill)

Wise Words


"In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny." John Stuart Mill

Lighter Side

Stepping Down

"After years of bad publicity, SeaWorld's CEO is stepping down. He wasn't sure what was worse emptying his desk, or the seals clapping as he left." Jimmy Fallon

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