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Situational awareness - April 24, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Keep My Voice backers are still fighting Count My Vote. Is Romney in trouble following his convention loss? French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to convince President Trump not to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

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  Here are the news stories driving Tuesday  

Playing defense against Count My Vote

The organizers of Keep My Voice are pulling out all the stops to keep the "Count My Vote" proposal from qualifying for the ballot [Utah Policy].

A bump in the road

Don't read too much into Mitt Romney's loss to Mike Kennedy at the Utah GOP convention on Saturday. Despite the setback, Romney is still an overwhelming favorite to win the GOP nomination [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Keep My Voice organizers are pushing to stop Count My Vote from qualifying for the ballot

Keep My Voice is pulling out all the stops to keep the Count My Vote initiative from making the 2018 ballot. This comes after the group spent more than $173,000 on their failed effort to get their own ballot measure before voters....

Schott's strategy memo: Don't read too much into Romney's convention loss

No, Mitt Romney is not in trouble....

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

Pre-registered 17-year olds will receive primary election ballot
During the Utah Legislative session, HB 281 was passed and signed this month by Gov. Herbert....

Hatch's bill protecting religious institutions passes in the Judiciary Committee
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the longest-serving member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, commended the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing his bill, The Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017....

Fox files 'Transformative projects'
At EDCUtah, we focus on driving economic growth by helping established and growing firms make big expansions. ...

EDCUtah announces staff changes
EDCUtah is very excited to announce the promotions of two of our team members....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Bears Ears could become a nightmare

State legislative race mirrors larger split in the Utah Republican Party

Mitt Romney's second-place showing among Utah Republican delegates unlikely to hurt his Senate chances

Who is that guy who beat Mitt Romney at the GOP convention?

Deseret News

Editorial: New federal rules bring sanity to Utah's prairie dog situation

Salt Lake County Council poised to leave sales tax hike revival up to city leaders

Utah Rep. John Curtis' school safety summit seeks to 'mine, find and mature' best thinking on security

Vernal family's tragedy prompts legislative action, research

Little-known Mike Kennedy to take on Mitt Romney in Utah GOP primary


Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves claims slander in regards to sexual harassment claim made against him (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Joy Reid Claims Newly Discovered Homophobic Posts From Her Blog Were 'Fabricated' (Mediaite)

Obama Justice Dept.'s attempts to influence investigations exposed in McCabe probe (Washington Times)

14 states hit record-low unemployment (The Hill)

Iran, China Seek to Loosen Dollar's Grip on Global Markets (Wall Street Journal)

Former President George H.W. Bush in intensive care (CNN)

Senate panel narrowly endorses Mike Pompeo for secretary of state after Trump intervenes with key Republican (Washington Post)

Bernie Sanders to announce plan to guarantee every American a job (Washington Post)

Pence Names Keith Kellogg as Top National Security Adviser (Bloomberg)

GOP chairmen say they have deal with Justice on documents (The Hill)

How Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google (New York Times)

Net neutrality is all but officially dead. Now what? (CNET)

Wise Words

Real Liberty

"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side


"Negotiations to buy the company that makes Adderall ended . . . without a deal. Meanwhile, talks to buy the maker of Cialis lasted over four hours so they had to call a doctor." Conan O'Brien

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