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Situational awareness - April 13, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City, and happy Friday the 13th! I hope your triskaidekaphobia isn't too bad today

The Weber County GOP wants to punish signature-gathering candidates. Rep. Lynn Hemingway drops his re-election bid. James Comey's book leaks. Trump proposes re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Here are the news stories driving Friday

"North Korea style"

Some Republican candidates in Weber County are upset that the rules for the election at the county convention are tilted toward candidates who don't gather signatures while severely punishing signature-gatherers [Utah Policy].

Hemingway heads for the exit

Democratic House member Lynn Hemingway drops his re-election bid due to his wife's illness [Utah Policy].

Return of the mainstream?

Bob Bernick writes that mainstream Utah Republicans are trying to wrest control of the GOP away from some of its more extreme members [Utah Policy].

What a week!

Veto override session. Rob Bishop for Governor? Mia Love raises (and spends) a lot of money. Mitt Romney qualifies for the ballot. Donald Trump's lawyer gets raided. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick tiptoe through a minefield of news for our latest week-in-review [Utah Policy].

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'North Korea style'? Weber County Republicans move to punish signature-gathering candidates at convention

Some Republican candidates in Weber County are decrying convention rules that they say give candidates who eschewed the signature gathering route to get on the primary ballot an unfair advantage while severely punishing those who unsuccessfully tried to use the signature pat...

Manual override! - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 369

The Utah Legislature votes to hold their first veto override session since 2011....

Bob Bernick's notebook: The mainstream fights back

Some "mainstream" GOP delegates are preparing to fight back against what they perceive as inappropriate and disruptive actions by a minority of the party's State Central Committee....

Hemingway won't run for re-election

Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Salt Lake City, announced on Thursday he is withdrawing from his re-election bid for his HD40 seat in 2018. He missed most of the 2018 legislative session because of his wife's illness....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 369

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott tiptoe through this week's minefield of political news....

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....

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune:Utah resorts made do, out-of-state guests came through, to salvage a low-snow ski season--Tribune:Entrance fees to go up by $5 at Utah's national parks - and most others across U.S. - after feds scrap plan to double some of those charge...

USTAR, WTC Utah connect Utah companies to incubators, investors in Mexico
Utah companies attending a trade mission led by Governor Gary R. Herbert to Mexico this week had the opportunity to explore opportunities to collaborate with entrepreneurs at Startup Mexico, a nonprofit enterprise incubator, and meet with potential investors during a pitch e...

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

Op-ed: Cutting state income taxes not a silver bullet for economic growth

Even brief exposure to air pollution increases risk of flu and other respiratory infections in children

Gehrke: LDS Church's stance on medical marijuana doesn't make sense

Entrance fees to go up by $5 at Utah's national parks - and most others across U.S. - after feds scrap plan to double some of those charges

Despite more than a hundred complaints by residents, Utah regulators still struggle to find wood-smoke offenders

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Would a postcard pay for the national debt?

Op-ed: Health care organizations must skate to where the puck is going to be

Editorial: The best regulatory policies are those with a light touch

Rep. Lynn Hemingway withdraws from Utah House race

Washington highway safety official on Utah trip talks marijuana and impaired driving

Rep. Rob Bishop may be 'testing the waters' for Utah governor's race

Is Utah a good place for millennials?

Utah collected $71M in school fees in 2017, audit finds

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch calls foul on media coverage of Zuckerberg hearing


Editorial: Congress' questions to Mark Zuckerberg hardly inspire confidence in fixing Facebook (Daily Herald)

As Weber Co. GOP convention looms, candidate-selection process draws fire (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Russian state TV tells viewers to pack essentials for WW3 bomb shelters (Mirror)

Comey Book: Classified Info Would Have 'Cast Serious Doubt' On Loretta Lynch's Independence In Clinton Email Investigation (Daily Caller)

Trump To Take Another Look At TPP (Daily Caller)

4 in 10 millennials don't know 6 million Jews were killed in Holocaust, study shows (CBS News)

House GOP pushes back plans to vote on making individual tax cuts permanent (CNBC)

Arizona Governor Agrees To 20 Percent Raise For Protesting Teachers (NPR)

Speaker Ryan resists calls to step aside for quicker transition to new GOP House leader (Washington Post)

Stormy Daniels' 'Make America Horny Again' shows postponed, canceled (USA Today)

On heels of spending binge, balanced-budget vote fails in House (Washington Post)

California Today: Could the State Weather a Recession? (New York Times)

Interior backs off tripling fees at national parks, but $12 billion maintenance backlog remains (Seattle Times)

Wise Words


"After all is said and done, more is said than done." Aesop

Lighter Side


"Hillary Clinton just called the Russian president a world-class misogynist. When Trump heard that, he was like, "Wait, he gives massages too?" Jimmy Fallon

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