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Situational awareness - April 17, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. It's tax day! Here are some tips on reducing your chances of an audit.

Ballot initiative organizers declare victory. Veto override session set. Sean Hannity is revealed as a client of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.

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Here are the news stories driving Tuesday

Which citizens initiatives will make the ballot?

Backers of all four proposals say they have enough signatures to qualify for November's ballot. Could the LDS Church's opposition to the medical marijuana initiative damage its broad base of support? [Utah Policy].

How many verified signatures does each proposal have right now? We've got the latest numbers showing how close each is to making the ballot [Utah Policy].

Veto override session set

Lawmakers will attempt to override two of Gov. Gary Herbert's vetoes on Wednesday afternoon [Utah Policy].

Our Schools Now deal official

Our Schools Now dropped their signature-gathering efforts to get an income and sales tax hike on the ballot in November as part of the deal they reached with lawmakers for more school funding [Utah Policy].

Primary and general election candidates 

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

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Utah Senate

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Today At Utah Policy

Citizen initiative backers claim victory; Signature verification underway

Utahns, be prepared to vote on at least one citizen initiative petition on this November's ballot....

Ballot initiative signature update

The deadline for ballot initiatives to submit signatures has passed. How close are the proposals to qualifying for the 2018 ballot?...

Lawmakers set veto override session for Wednesday

Lawmakers will gather on Wednesday afternoon for Utah's first veto override session since 2011....

Gov. Herbert and Our Schools Now celebrate legislative collaboration

On the last day to submit signatures to file a ballot initiative for the November election, Gov. Herbert ceremonially signed H.B. 491, paving the way for a ballot question with the potential to bring significant levels of new investment in public education to head to voters ...

Utah Foundation tax calculator shows impact of federal, state tax changes

 Utah families have a new resource to compare their state income tax liability for 2017 to their expected taxes for 2018....

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....

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Policy News

Riverton launches new mobile app for residents
Riverton City has launched a new mobile app aimed at connecting residents with city information and services right from their mobile devices....

GOED names Roger Killpack to Board of Directors
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced the appointment of Roger Killpack to its Board of Directors....

Fox files 'FTZ #30 - An example in partnership'
About a year ago, we noticed a trend in our project pipeline. We received more and more inquiries from expanding companies about Salt Lake City's Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Salt Lake City tax increase needs to slow down

Gehrke: Utah Legislature's power trip violates basic constitutional safeguards

Experts doubt a proposed Flaming Gorge pipeline will be built, but it could start a regional water war anyway

From legalizing medical marijuana to raising taxes for schools, Utah voters will have a lot of decisions to make in November

Balance-of-power struggle set for next showdown in veto override session Wednesday

Salt Lake City Council will postpone vote on sales tax hike for two weeks

Deseret News

Editorial: By passing sex trafficking bill, Congress proves it's capable of forward movement

Utah lawmakers to hold veto override session on expansion of power bills Wednesday

Gary Ott's family settles with fiancee, leaving her his house

As deadline arrives, 4 initiative campaigns say they have enough signatures to get on ballot

Salt Lake City delays vote on proposed sales tax hike amid concerns of spending uncertainty

Herbert signs Our Schools Now compromise legislation

Sen. Mike Lee questions president's authority to attack Syria


Delegates eliminate one primary, force another at Cache County GOP Convention (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump's four achievements in a hectic week (Washington Examiner)

Mueller's warning: 'Many' news stories on Trump-Russia probe are wrong (Washington Times)

Democrats pushing for Pelosi's ouster as leader stand down - at least until elections (Washington Post)

US, British governments warn businesses worldwide of Russian campaign to hack routers (Washington Post)

McCabe, the New 'Deep Throat' (Wall Street Journal)

The US Navy appears to have fooled Russia and Syria with a warship ruse before the strike (Business Insider)

Escondido, San Marcos Mayors Urge County to Join Trump, Oppose 'Sanctuary State' Law (Times of San Diego)

Ryan Zinke Is Opening Up Public Lands. Just Not at Home. (New York Times)

U.S. Says Russia May Have Tampered With Chemical Attack Site (Wall Street Journal)

Consumers Shy From Spending, Despite Tax Cuts (Wall Street Journal)

States Want to Force Online Retailers to Collect Billions in Sales Tax (Bloomberg)

Wise Words


"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success." Elbert Hubbard

Lighter Side

Allergy Season

"Flu season is behind us, allergy season is here. It's nice to see people in L.A. allergic to something other than gluten for a change." Jimmy Kimmel

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