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Situational awareness - April 20, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Today marks 200 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

GOP Chairman Rob Anderson reflects on his first year in office. Comey memos leak. Giuliani joins Trump's legal team.

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Anderson's tumultuous year

GOP Chairman Rob Anderson discusses the fights over party debt and the inter-party battles that marked his first year in office [Utah Policy].

Here's a podcast of our conversation with Anderson [Utah Policy]. 

What a week!

Veto overrides, the Utah GOP convention, ballot initiatives, Michael Cohen, Donald Trump and Sean Hannity. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the last week in Utah politics [Utah Policy].

You can also listen to our political breakdown on the go with our podcast [Utah Policy].

Curing the Utah GOP

Bob Bernick offers a remedy for what is ailing the Utah Republican Party [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Debt and intra-party battles. Utah GOP Chair Rob Anderson reflects on his first year in office

Rob Anderson stepped into the mess that was the Utah GOP almost one year ago. During that time he reduced the party's operating debt from nearly $100,000 to about $20,000. He also has battled with members of his own party over what path they should take moving forward....

Podcast: Interview with Utah GOP Chairman Rob Anderson

Rob Anderson took over as chairman of the Utah GOP for nearly a year ago....

The Utah GOP circus comes to town - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 370

Lawmakers override two of Gov. Herbert's vetoes. The GOP state convention promises to be bonkers....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Curing the Republican party

The Utah Republican Party is one sick dog.But there is at least one partial cure: Go outside and eat a bunch of grass and purge yourself of what ails you....

Nominees announced for 7th District Court vacancy

The 7th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 7th District Court. ...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 370

Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick trudge through the week in Utah politics....

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...

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Policy News

Utah Clean Energy offers energy and money savings with neighborhood light swap and Sorenson Unity Center partnership
Salt Lake City residents in the Fairpark, Glendale, Jordan Meadows, Poplar Grove, Rose Park, and Westpointe communities (ZIP codes 84104 and 84116) now have another opportunity to save money and reduce pollution by reducing electricity usage at their homes....

Department of Commerce announces new Deputy Director and new Director to Division of Securities
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that Thomas A. Brady has been selected as the new Director of the Division of Securities to replace outgoing Director Keith Woodwell.  Woodwell previously served over 9 years with t...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: We can fix Utah's wage gap, even the Mormon wage gap

University of Utah students offer plan to solve gridlock in Little Cottonwood Canyon - without adding pavement

Babies on the Senate floor: Utah's Orrin Hatch takes a walloping over a joke

'They're trying to get me off the candidacy': San Juan County is investigating one of the Navajo Democrats running in a special election

Critics say the single state dispensary envisioned in Utah's new medical marijuana law would limit access for patients

Key legislators say UTA is wrong about being forced to fire CEO Jerry Benson under new transit law

Deseret News

Op-ed: If counties impose Prop 1 anyway, did your vote matter?

Op-ed: The caucus and convention system teaches citizens how to govern

Op-ed: My personal brush with Barbara Bush

Two charged with forging signatures on Medicaid expansion ballot petition

UTA boss collecting nine months of severance pay that lawmaker hopes to halt

Residency probe underway in San Juan commission race

Utah agriculture authorities hold hearings on how to implement new cannabis laws

Mitt Romney's reception at GOP convention likely a 'mixed bag'


Residents file lawsuit against UDOT's Davis County U.S. 89 expansion (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

At Manafort Hearing, Judge Weighs Scope of Mueller's Authority (Wall Street Journal)

Pro-Gun Parkland Student Dings Obama Essay: 'Seems Asinine and un-American' (PJ Media)

McCabe Report Is Sent to Prosecutors to Weigh Possible Criminal Inquiry (New York Times)

Giuliani to Join Trump's Legal Team (New York Times)

Senate confirms Trump pick for NASA administrator over Democratic objections (Washington Post)

'It's About Time': A Baby Comes to the Senate Floor (New York Times)

Schumer to introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana (The Hill)

D.C. lawmaker who said Jews control the weather visits Holocaust Museum but leaves early (Washington Post)

'Sanctuary county' declared for Illinois gun owners; citizens 'tired of being pushed around' (Washington Times)

White House: Bolton meets with Russian ambassador (CNN)

The Democrats' lead in House polling is tightening (CNN)

Wise Words


"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point." C. S. Lewis

Lighter Side

Best Place to Live

"A new report did not name New York City as one of the 25 best places to live in the country. "I'm shocked!" said an adult New Yorker with six roommates." Seth Meyers

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