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Situational awareness - April 18, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. It's veto override day. Lawmakers return to the hill to attempt to override two of Gov. Gary Herbert's vetoes. We'll have full coverage of the session throughout the day.

Davis County GOP shenanigans. A secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Barbara Bush passes.

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Here are the news stories driving Wednesday

When does 60-percent not equal 60-percent?

Davis County Republicans say candidates needed 60-percent of the vote to win the nomination unless you gather signatures. Then you need 70-percent. That rule change sent one legislative race to a primary that normally would be over [Utah Policy].

Where do the ballot initiatives stand?

Here are how many verified signatures each ballot initiative has as of Tuesday [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Davis County GOP changes the rules to help convention-only candidates

When is 60 percent not really 60 percent?When you are a GOP candidate in Davis County....

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?...

Weekly survey: LDS Church and medical marijuana

Last week the LDS Church signaled their apparent opposition to the proposal to legalize medical cannabis that appears to be headed to November's ballot. Do you think the Church's stance on the issue will have an effect on the initiative at the ballot box? Vote now in our wee...

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

Utah companies establish meaningful connections in Mexico
While participating in the governor led trade mission to Mexico City and Baja last week, 27 Utah companies made connections and learned how they can successfully expand their business to Latin America....

Utah Clean Energy launches new initiative in Utah to pave the way for cost-effectively integrating more solar energy
Utah Clean Energy announced it was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to participate in a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability and resiliency of the nation's el...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: With four initiatives on the ballot, Utahns will finally get a voice

Utahns are big spenders on outdoor recreation - to the tune of $7 billion yearly, group says

Utah's ozone pollution is getting worse despite progress on other fronts, American Lung Association says

Utah ranks among U.S. states with highest rates of lung cancer caused by air pollution, report says

How San Juan County turned closing a corral gate into felony charges

Gehrke: Utah ballot initiatives require millions in spending, often from outside the state, so are they really democratic?

Rolly: Why won't the Legislature even study the gender pay gap?

Mike Lee, Mia Love among those in Congress arguing Trump needs congressional authority to strike Syria

Staff shortages at the Salt Lake County jail are bad and could get worse

Deseret News

Op-ed: Tax Day is a good time to reflect on tax reform to come

Op-ed: Utah is at the top of the economic ladder

New report details Utahns' spending on outdoor recreation

New Utah law allows 17-year-olds to vote in primary election

Facing staff shortages, Oxbow jail isn't on track to fully open this summer

A 'strong matriarch': Utah leaders remember Barbara Bush

Utah lawyers laud Supreme Court ruling that curbs removal of immigrants convicted of certain crimes

Salt Lake County Council eyeing sales tax option to bring Prop 1 tax hike back from the dead


Hatch: Tax Day 2018 - Out with the old, in with the new (Daily Herald)

2018 Weber County GOP convention recap: rule changes sow confusion (Standard-Examiner)

Emails to legislators highlight anger over effort to overturn Park City bag ban (Park Record)

National Headlines

San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes to support sanctuary state lawsuit against California (10News)

As GOP balks, McConnell shuts down bill to protect Mueller (Associated Press)

CIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend (Washington Post)

Trump sours on talking with Mueller after FBI raid of lawyer's office (Washington Post)

Koch network releases ad pushing for bipartisan 'Dreamers' deal (The Hill)

Former FBI Agent Admits He Shared Classified Documents (New York Times)

IRS gives taxpayers one more day to file after payment site crashes (CNBC)

China fans trade dispute with hefty deposit on U.S. sorghum imports (Reuters)

Supreme Court divided on whether states should tax all online sales (Washington Post)

Senate poised to roll back watchdog effort to prevent discrimination in auto lending market (Washington Post)

Obama nominee Mignon Clyburn stepping down from FCC (Politico)

Wise Words


"You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence." William J. H. Boetcker

Lighter Side

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"Even though the FBI raided his office, Trump's lawyer said that he would rather jump out of a building than turn on Trump. When Melania heard the words "turn on" and "Trump," she said that she was going to jump out of the building." Jimmy Fallon

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