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Situational awareness - April 12, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Bishop testing the waters for a possible gubernatorial run. The Utah Legislature votes to hold a veto override session. Paul Ryan heads for the exit.

Spotted at the opening night of Hamilton in Salt Lake City: Republican U.S. Senate Mitt Romney and Democratic Utah House candidate Chris Neville.

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Here are the news stories driving Thursday

Scoop: Bishop 2020?

Rep. Rob Bishop has been polling to test the waters for a possible gubernatorial run in 2020 [Utah Policy].

Veto override!

Lawmakers vote to hold the first veto override session in Utah in nearly a decade [Utah Policy].

Other Utah headlines

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Today At Utah Policy

Bishop reportedly testing the water for a possible gubernatorial run in 2020

 Guess who is doing some polling on the 2020 governor's race?...

Lawmakers to hold veto override session

Lawmakers will head back to the Hill for their first veto override session in nearly a decade....

Weekly survey: Will Romney get a primary challenger?

Mitt Romney will likely qualify for the primary ballot through the signature gathering route. Do you think Republican delegates will force him into a primary at this month's GOP convention? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Wasatch Consumer Price Index takes slight dip in March

The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index decreased 0.1 percent from February to March on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

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Policy News

Westminster announces Christine M. Durham as 2018 commencement speaker
Westminster is pleased to announce Christine M. Durham as the college's 2018 commencement speaker....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Tax hikes on families may be justified. But not by stealth.

'We're dying': Feds hear from Utahns fighting on the frontline of the state's rural opioids crisis

Utah's Rob Bishop could be a 'dark horse' candidate for House speaker after Paul Ryan retires

New Utah law is forcing Grand County to change its nonpartisan form of government, and that has set off partisan fighting

'Anyone can lobby': Utah judge slams environmental group's lawsuit over commissioners' private meetings with feds

Salt Lake City gives $200,000 to support arts, cultural events in the city

Utah Legislature to call veto override session - extending battle with Gov. Gary Herbert over separation of powers

Mayor Biskupski: Salt Lake City tax, spending proposals for roads, police, housing and transit have 70 percent public support

Deseret News

Op-ed: Sens. Mike Lee and Bernie Sanders make an unlikely pair in defending the Constitution

Op-ed: Let's keep the Creator in our national monuments

A. Scott Anderson: What are the biggest issues, challenges and opportunities facing Utah?

Boyd Matheson: A look behind the curtain - why Ryan's departure hurts Utah and the country

Op-ed: Lake Powell Pipeline is part of a comprehensive water plan for southern Utah

Ralph Hancock: The tension between morality and security in the immigration debate

Jay Evensen: 'Overwhelming' support for tax hike?

Editorial: Salt Lake City lawmakers must remember that taxpayers are people, too

Rep. Chris Stewart: 'Greater sense of urgency' to respond to Syrian attack

Report: Utah is only state where GOP leaders haven't demonized Muslims since 2015

Legislative leaders announce they'll call a veto override session

Why social capital is more important than social media

Paul Ryan decision 'red alert' for GOP, but Romney may be exception


Republican Utah County Commission candidates talk bankruptcies, increasing number of commissioners (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Donald Trump warns Putin his missiles are coming 'fast and smart' (The Sun)

Nominee to lead State Dept.: Soft policy on Russia 'over' (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan won't run for re-election (Axios)

McCarthy and Scalise front-runners to replace Paul Ryan (The Hill)

California governor, a frequent Trump critic, agrees to limited National Guard role at Mexico border (Washington Post)

I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes. (New York Times)

DOJ gives Nunes access to document that launched FBI's Russia probe (CNN)

Former Republican House Speaker Is Advising A Marijuana Corporation (NPR)

Trump signs 'FOSTA' bill targeting online sex trafficking, enables states and victims to pursue websites (Washington Post)

Sarah Sanders says no decisions have been made yet on Syria (CBS News)

'I have not burned the place down': Trump appointee defends his leadership of consumer watchdog (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Educated Mind

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle

Lighter Side


"The makers of Pokmon Go have announced that they will use the app to encourage and reward players for walking around and picking up garbage on Earth Day. While the makers of Tinder have ALWAYS encouraged people to pick up garbage." Seth Meyers


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