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Situational awareness - April 23, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Romney stumbles. GOP squabbles grab the spotlight. Trump's team worried Cohen might flip.

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  Here are the news stories driving Monday  

Romney/Kennedy primary

GOP delegates force Mitt Romney into a June primary against Mike Kennedy. Rep. John Curtis will face Chris Herrod in a primary in CD3 [Utah Policy].

Republican party brawl

Utah GOP delegates fight over party rules for more than three hours before pushing a decision over internal party battles to next year's convention [Utah Policy].

Out of touch

Bob Bernick says Saturday's GOP convention showed once again Utah GOP delegates are not representative of the Republican mainstream [Utah Policy].

McCay, Lyman win GOP nominations

Rep. Dan McCay wins a three-way contest for the GOP nomination in SD11. The win means Rep. LaVar Christensen will not be back in the legislature next year. San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman wins the GOP nomination in the race to replace Rep. Mike Noel [Utah Policy].

Medical marijuana qualifies for the ballot

The medical marijuana initiative has crossed the threshold for qualifying for the ballot in November. Count My Vote is closing in on a ballot spot, too [Utah Policy].

The LDS Church and medical cannabis

Our "Political Insiders" weigh in on the effect the LDS Church's opposition may have on the medical marijuana ballot initiative [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

GOP delegates once again prove they're out of step with mainstream Utah Republicans

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Medical marijuana ballot initiative meets ballot requirements

The ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis has reached the requirement for inclusion on the 2018 ballot in November....

'Political Insiders' split on how LDS Church opposition will affect medical cannabis proposal

The proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Utah looks like a lock to make November's ballot. Recently the LDS Church signaled their opposition to the proposal. Our "Political Insiders" are not sure how much of an effect that opposition will have on the initiative in Novem...

Utah GOP Convention: Kennedy beats Romney to force a U.S. Senate primary; Herrod narrowly advances to primary against Curtis

For a second time in five months but by very different numbers in party delegate support the 3rd Congressional District GOP nomination will go to a primary election....

Republican party brawl takes over Utah GOP convention

After more than three hours of sometimes frustrating debate with "yeahs" and "boos" shouted from the delegates and onlookers joining in a majority of the 3,600 or so state Republican delegates voting in convention Saturday decided not to intervene in the ongoing ...

McCay knocks off Christensen, Tonks for GOP nomination

Rep. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, lives to fight another day while Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper,` will be absent from Utah's Capitol Hill come January....

UtahPolicy.com wins eight awards in 'Top of the Rockies' contest

UtahPolicy.com won eight awards in the 2018 "Top of the Rockies" journalism contest....

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....

Utah's employment summary: March 2018

Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for March 2018 grew by an estimated 3.3 percent, adding 48,000 jobs to the economy since March 2017....

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Utah companies awarded for international exporting success
At the Cache Valley Business Summit on April 19, two Utah companies received the Vanguard in International Business Award, presented by World Trade Center Utah in partnership with the Department of Workforce Services....

Ivory Homes announces initiative to plant 30,000 trees in Utah
Ivory Homes announced in conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day 2018 the planting of 30,000 trees throughout Utah to celebrate 30 years of excellence as Utah's number one homebuilder....

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: There is a place for medical marijuana. But do it the right way.

Op-ed: Real heath care reform will have to come from the states

Tribune Editorial: Treat all roads like Cottonwood Canyon

Utah's 3.3 percent job-growth rate in March was the nation's best, fueled by businesses like the new AC Hotel in Salt Lake City

To win tickets, Utah students told to do as Alexander Hamilton and other Founding Fathers did - write a letter!

Toxic heavy metals in soils may pose risk to recreation in American Fork Canyon, new report finds

Rolly: Utah Gov. Herbert plays hardball with fellow Republican Winder before striking out with GOP lawmakers

Utah Republican delegates force Mitt Romney into a primary election with state lawmaker Mike Kennedy in the race for the U.S. Senate

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman clinches GOP nomination to replace retiring Rep. Mike Noel

Gehrke: Utah's Republican convention was a marathon of odd candidates, voting errors and delegate curveballs

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Issues of the day: 'Insider baseball,' or should Utahns care?

Op-ed: Utah Sportsmen's Caucus is vital to local conservation efforts

Boyd Matheson: Five takeaways from the state Republican convention

Ralph Becker: When it comes to volunteering, Utah wins by a long shot

Op-ed: Utah's workforce and welfare programs are an example to the nation

Editorial: Environmental stewardship relies on individual character

Utah top in country for job growth, report says

Utah election reform law aims to remove barriers to voting, boost turnout

Once mediocre Regent Street now a downtown destination

U.S. 'paying attention' to Utah's Medicaid initiative, Obama-era health official says

Utah GOP delegates force primary elections for Mitt Romney, John Curtis

About Utah: Meet the author of Utah's free-range parenting bill


The story behind the Orem man who filed as Abe Lincoln to run for Senate (Daily Herald)

Utah measure, backed by Weber Co. high-schooler, cuts primary voting age to 17 (Standard-Examiner)

1st District U.S. House race between Democrats Weiland, Castillo getting testy (Standard-Examiner)

Davis Co. review of Ogden PD probe not over, lawyer says Gibson not a target (Standard-Examiner)

Cache Democrats optimistic at convention (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Democrats are getting desperate as Mueller stalls (New York Post)

Devin Nunes On Russia Probe Origin: 'Major Irregularities' At State Dept, Sidney Blumenthal Involved (RealClearPolitics)

Hillary Clinton, not on ballot, is star of GOP midterm plan (Associated Press)

French, German leaders will bring Trump the same message: Save the Iran nuclear deal (Los Angeles Times)

Four presidents come together to pay tribute to Barbara Bush (CNN)

Fatal stabbing at a Ventura eatery elicits anger at the police response and the city's handling of its homeless problem (Los Angeles Times)

Texas Boy Killed by Truck as His School Held a Walkout on Guns (New York Times)

Analysis: ZTE's Collapse Reveals China's Huge Dependence On U.S. Technologies (Forbes)

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal (USA Today)

Amazon's Critics Get New Life With Trump's Attacks on the Company (New York Times)

Mark Zuckerberg survived Congress. Now he has to face Wall Street (CNNMoney)

Wise Words


"The mountains are calling and I must go." John Muir

Lighter Side


"President Trump's new nominee to head NASA is a Republican congressman with no science background. Or as that's called in the Trump administration, "overqualified." Conan O'Brien

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