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Situational awareness - April 16, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City, and happy birthday to the Natural Bridges National Monument. Utah's first National Monument was established 110 years ago today by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Today is the deadline for ballot initiative organizers to submit signatures. Keep My Voice fails to get enough signatures to get on the ballot. James Comey unleashes a blistering attack on President Trump at the start of his book tour.

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Here are the news stories driving Monday

Signature gathering deadline

The ballot initiatives aiming to secure a spot on the November ballot must turn in their signatures by 5 pm on Monday. Here's where they stand heading into the final day [Utah Policy].

Keep My Voice is muted

Backers for the Keep My Voice ballot initiative say they won't turn in any signatures, which confirms what many believed - that they wouldn't come close to qualifying for the ballot. Organizers say they'll try again in 2020 [Utah Policy].

A Romney primary?

Will GOP delegates at Saturday's Republican convention force Mitt Romney into a primary? Check out what our "Political Insiders" and readers had to say on the matter [Utah Policy].

Conventions heating up

Which candidates are left standing following the political conventions? Check out who remains with our 2018 Candidate Trackers.

Congressional races

Utah Senate

Utah House

Other Utah headlines

National headlines

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Today At Utah Policy

Signature deadline looms for ballot initiatives

Monday at 5 pm is the deadline for backers of the ballot initiatives aiming for a spot on the November ballot to turn in the 113,000 signatures they need to qualify....

Will GOP delegates force Mitt Romney into a primary?

Mitt Romney has already qualified for the GOP primary ballot through signature gatherers. Will Republican delegates force him into a primary election at Saturday's convention?...

Keep My Voice abandons their effort to get on the ballot; Organizers will try again in 2020

Keep My Voice is abandoning their effort to win a spot on the 2018 ballot....

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Congress

There's a U.S. Senate seat up for election in 2018 as well as all four U.S. House seats. Here's the list of candidates ahead of the Republican and Democratic state conventions....

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Utah Senate

2018 means another election cycle is upon us. Half of the Utah Senate seats are up for election this year. Here's the list of candidates are either headed to a primary or secured a spot in the general election....

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Utah House

All 75 Utah House seats are up for election this year. Here's our running list of who has clinched the nomination, and who is in a primary election....

'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....

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Policy News

Utah tops social capital index of United States
The Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress issued a new report Wednesday, showing that Utah has the highest level of social capital of any state in the nation....

Seminar: Learn how to comply with dual-use and defense article/service regulations and trade sanctions
Please join us for a practical, interactive, and application-oriented session regarding:...

Westminster announces Orn B. Bodvarsson, Ph.D., as the Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business Dean
Westminster College is pleased to announce Orn B. Bodvarsson, Ph.D., as the new dean for the Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business. Bodvarsson comes to Westminster from California State University, Sacramento as the former special assistant to the provost and vice preside...

You're invited: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) presentation
Does your company conduct business in Europe? If you answered, "yes," don't miss the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) presentation, hosted by Parsons Behle Lab, a subsidiary of Parsons Behle & Latimer....

SLUG exec editor, restaurant owner SLCC's 2018 Distinguished Alumni
Salt Lake Community College has named Angela Brown, executive editor of SLUG Magazine, and Manoli Katsanevas, owner of Manoli's restaurant, as SLCC's 2018 Distinguished Alumni award recipients....

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...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Jim Bradley: Mt. Baldy tram will alter the character of Alta

Op-ed: Utah and feds must resolve cannabis banking issue

Mayors: EPA move to roll back vehicle emissions standards threatens Utahns' health, air quality improvements

Editorial: The people of Utah know that medical marijuana should be available to alleviate pain and suffering

After past sparring over hot-button topics like evolution and climate change, Utah Board of Education gives go-ahead to draft new science standards

Feds approve master plan for Utah's Alta Ski Resort calling for controversial upgrades

Methane flaring wastes millions of dollars on Utah's public lands, but are federal limits a good solution or an undue burden?

Utah's sheriffs can keep long-guarded records on jail operations and inspections secret in a win for a private contractor that could end up in court

Rolly: What? A Utah lawmaker may have swiped a roommate's food while in college? Oh, the horror.

Mr. No Comment: Meet the Utahn who speaks for the special counsel's Russia-Trump probe, but don't expect him to say too much

Former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott's family settles up with his former fiancee. She got the house and says she's not done.

Most incumbents eliminate opponents at Salt Lake County GOP convention, but Jaren Davis forces Sen. Brian Zehnder into a primary

Salt Lake County Democrats aim for unity at convention, where several candidates were glad they'd collected signatures to reach the primary ballot

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Plenty of intrigue ahead at the GOP state convention

Op-ed: Don't be deceived by Utah's marijuana initiative

Op-ed: Utahns should be proud to have Philo T. Farnsworth represent their state

New report underscores tech is 'rocket fuel' to Utah's economy

Utah leaders praise military strike on Syria

Greg Hughes fires back at Salt Lake over port authority pushback

Hundreds rally at Utah Capitol to support 2nd Amendment


Editorial: Gov. Herbert, LDS Church create smoke on medical cannabis (Daily Herald)

Utah County Republican delegates oust sitting county clerk, narrow field in commission, sheriff races (Daily Herald)

Pentagon stops taking F-35s from Lockheed, Hill AFB impacts unknown (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Commissioner Gibson says he won't be charged with any crime (Standard-Examiner)

Weber GOP selects nominees for commission seats, sheriff and more (Standard-Examiner)

As Summit County changes, farmers and ranchers persevere to keep lifestyle alive (Park Record)

National Headlines

James Comey book: President Obama and Loretta Lynch 'jeopardized' the Hillary Clinton email investigation (Washington Examiner)

Trump, allies praise Syria strikes as Moscow seethes (AFP)

Russian reinforcements head for Syria (Daily Mail)

Barbara Bush, Seriously Ill, Says She Won't Seek Further Treatment (New York Times)

Lawyer who killed himself in fossil fuels protest made the statement he wanted, partner says (New York Daily News)

Partisan tensions rise as Mueller bill delayed (The Hill)

Economy helps Trump approval (ABC News)

Ryan: Trillion-dollar deficits were inevitable (The Hill)

#2020Vision: Biden: 2020 decision by January; Harris raises $3 million for Senate Dems; Castro heads to Georgia (CNN)

Joe Biden again says he hasn't ruled out 2020 run, will decide by year's end (Washington Post)

Supreme Court Weighs Widening States' Reach on Online Sales Taxes (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words


"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." Abraham Lincoln

Lighter Side

New Weapon

"The Navy is calling for new weapons, so they can fight much more effectively against Russia. The No. 1 weapon they're asking for is "a different president." Conan O'Brien

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