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Situational awareness - April 2, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City, and welcome to the first weekday of April.

The Utah GOP may move to reign in the power of the Central Committee. Utahns favor an independent redistricting commission. The trade war with China heats up.

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Here are the news stories driving Monday

GOP smackdown

Utah GOP delegates are proposing some changes to the party's governing documents that are designed to put the clamps on some members of the State Central Committee [Utah Policy].

Redistricting commission popular

Our latest survey finds that most Utahns favor the ballot initiative to create an independent redistricting commission, but nearly 1/4 don't have an opinion [Utah Policy].

Signature update

The medical marijuana ballot initiative nearly has enough signatures to qualify for November's ballot. Count My Vote is moving closer to securing a spot, while the redistricting and Medicaid expansion proposals are lagging behind. The Keep My Voice proposal still has not turned in any signatures [Utah Policy].

Will anti-gun violence protests do any good?

Our "Political Insiders" weigh in on whether the "March for our Lives" will have a lasting effect on the gun debate in America [Utah Policy]. 

Political bracket challenge "Final Four"

We're down to the semifinals in our 2018 Utah political bracket. Cast your vote now to decide who goes to tomorrow's finals [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Majority of Utahns say they support petition to overhaul redistricting process, but nearly 1/4 don't have an opinion

By a healthy majority, Utahns want a bi-partisan, independent commission to redraw congressional and legislative district boundaries rather than have the partisan Utah Legislature do it alone, a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds....

There are some proposed changes to the Utah GOP constitution designed to punish central committee troublemakers

Some Republican delegates to next month's state GOP convention seemingly have had it with the antics of a small group of State Central Committee members who they say have hijacked the party, and are usurping the power of the state delegates to further their own interests....

2018 Utah political bracket challenge semifinals

It's time to vote on the "Final Four" matchups in our 2018 political bracket, with the winners heading to the finals....

Medical marijuana initiative within striking distance of qualifying for ballot

There are just over two weeks left for the various ballot initiatives vying for a spot on the November ballot to turn in their 113,000 signatures to qualify....

Will anti-gun violence marches have a lasting impact? Our 'Political Insiders' weigh in

Will the large anti-gun violence marches held around the country in March have a lasting effect on the gun control debate in America? Our "Political Insiders" aren't sure....

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Policy News

Research shows Salt Lake City development loans are fueling new businesses for women, minorities and low-income entrepreneurs
New research shows a large number of underrepresented business owners are getting significant support from Salt Lake City's Economic Development Fund....

Congressman Rob Bishop recognized by U.S. Chamber for pro-business votes
Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) was recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his pro-business votes, along with other members of the 115th Congress....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah ranks high on list of free-speech states

Paul Mero: Mitt Romney has a Dreamer problem

Editorial: Utah has a drug problem. It's not marijuana.

As school-safety panel seeks Utahns' ideas, a key lawmaker vows that solutions won't infringe on gun rights

How will southern Utah's redrawn national monuments be managed?

Rolly: Why Romney is suddenly caving in to the far right on immigration - well, he's done it before

Utah's Latino legislators blast plans for Census to ask if respondents are U.S. citizens

Quickly and quietly, Salt Lake City added 39 new units of low-income housing at an old motel that will help keep people out of homelessness

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: We gathered headlines for a foolin' day

Op-ed: Utah must continue to support victims of sexual abuse

Mia Love: Recognize that diversity gives us strength

Russia expels 60 US diplomats. What does that mean for Jon Huntsman Jr.?

Regents approve 1.5% tuition increase for Utah colleges, universities

Amid search for new homeless resource center providers, critics say not the Road Home

State asks court to toss ex-A.G. John Swallow's claim for $1.5M in attorney fees

Rep. Bishop reverts to teacher role at his education conference for Utah students

UTA board, lawmakers at odds over implementing name change

Utah Hispanic lawmakers blast Trump administration over census citizenship question

Utah seeking $26 million from insurers to cover unpaid Arches claims


Editorial: What might we get if Romney is elected senator? (Daily Herald)

Candidates Perry, Wayne grateful for opponent in House District 29 race (Standard-Examiner)

Tuition, fees going up at USU (Logan Herald Journal)

Democrats target Trump, GOP at Summit County convention (Park Record)

Parkites round out election field with candidates in three Statehouse races (Park Record)

National Headlines

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Teacher Says Many Students Feel They Are Misrepresented By Famous Classmates (Daily Caller)

Students Stage Walkout in Support of Second Amendment (PJ Media)

Comey's book tour is a colossal mistake (The Hill)

Mexico aids Easter invasion of over 1,000 illegals into US (Washington Examiner)

Trump links US border wall to NAFTA renegotiation, warns Mexico 'must stop drug, people flows' (CNBC)

China is imposing new tariffs on US meat, fruit and other products (Los Angeles Times)

Signs of progress emerge as Sacramento protests over Stephon Clark's killing remain tense (Washington Post)

Pressure mounts for Democratic Rep. Esty to resign over violent abuse accusations against top staffer (FOX News)

Teachers across Oklahoma to strike Monday despite $6K raise (USA Today)

Trump Faces Test on Coal With FirstEnergy Appeal (Wall Street Journal)

Musk and Zuckerberg are fighting over whether we rule technology-or it rules us (Quartz)

Wise Words

Best Prize

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore Roosevelt

Lighter Side


"Scientists have invented sensors that you can mount onto your teeth to track your diet from inside your mouth. Or, you could just eat less." Conan O'Brien

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