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Situational awareness - April 25, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Mitchell Vice says Utah is ready for progressive policies. Lee says Congress can't stop Trump from firing Mueller. More trouble for Trump's VA nominee.

I was fortunate to attend a press screening of Avengers: Infinity War on Tuesday. All I can say is WOW!  I don't want to spoil anything, but the movie is everything you want from a summer blockbuster and then some!

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  Here are the news stories driving Wednesday  

Progressive politics in Utah

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mitchell Vice says he can help Utahns break out of their apathy, which would lead to better policies that can benefit everybody [Utah Policy].

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

Utah leads the nation in employer-provided healthcare

A new study says Utah is tops in the country for workers getting healthcare through their employers, but premiums have doubled over the last decade [Utah Policy].

Can millennial voters make a difference?

Legislative candidate Nikki Cunard argues that millennial voters don't fit the stereotypes that many believe, and this group is ready to take the lead politically [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Vice says Utah is ready for a progressive in Congress

Mitchell Vice, who is challenging for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on Saturday, wants voters to know that there's a solution to the frustration many feel about today's political system....

Podcast: A conversation with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mitchell Vice

Democrat Mitchell Vice speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about his quest to win the U.S. Senate nomination at Saturday's convention....

Guest opinion: Millennial voters are ready to take the lead in Utah

This isn't a revolt. This isn't a revolution. This is the truth....

Study shows Utahns leads the nation in employer-provided health insurance, but premiums have doubled

Utah has a thriving, job-creating economy....

Weekly survey: GOP Primary predictions

Utah GOP delegates set up two big June primary elections in the race for U.S. Senate and CD3. Who do you think will win those primary contests? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Utah consumer attitudes settle in April following all-time high

Following a record high in March, the Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 15.4 points to 114.1 in April, the largest single-month drop since Zions Bank and Cicero Group began tracking consumer attitudes in Utah in 2011....

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Policy News

Rep. Stewart introduces legislation for Washington County northern corridor
Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) introduced H.R. 5597. This legislation will provide a much-needed transportation route in Washington County, Utah....

Hatch and bipartisan senators introduce resolution condemning North Korea labor camps
US Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a resolution (S.Res.481) denouncing North Korea's labor camps, condemning the country's human rights abuses, and calling upon Kim Jong-un...

Join us for a seminar on doing business in China
Join World Trade Center Utah in partnership with U.S. Commercial Service on Wednesday, May 2 at 11:30 a.m. for a seminar on doing business in China....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Our mountains can't sustain the crowds for much longer

More Utahns are facing high-deductible health insurance plans as premium costs continue to climb, a new report finds

Did San Juan County officials orchestrate charges against public-lands activist over closing corral gate?

Gehrke: 2020 could see a push to let voters decide on sale of full-strength beer and wine in groceries

Mitt Romney's trash-talking at last night's Utah Jazz game went viral. Here are the best Twitter responses.

Rep. Mike Kennedy is a millionaire, but his wealth pales next to that of primary rival Mitt Romney

Salt Lake County Council asks its cities whether it should raise taxes to boost transportation funding

Deseret News

Op-ed: New SLC resource center plans will hurt neighboring businesses

Editorial: A steady State Department should balance an idealogical agenda

Utah losing fight to keep high-tech degree holders in-state, according to new report

Utah alcohol agency overcharged some customers, audit shows

Trump wants 'detente' with Russia, U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. says

Despite record drop, consumer index still at high level

Salt Lake County approves ordinance to enact $58 million sales tax hike if enough cities signal support

Utah Lt. Gov. hopes ceremonial signing of 8 mental health-related bills spurs conversations in families

Curtis-Herrod re-match in 3rd District not making same headlines as Romney's Senate race


Summit County Republicans suddenly have a Romney-Kennedy contest (Park Record)

National Headlines

Climate change is 'not as bad as we thought' say scientists (Express)

Trump toasts to friendship at first state dinner with French leader Emmanuel Macron (Washington Examiner)

Finland's basic income trial falls flat (BBC News)

Sen. Sanders to announce proposal promising jobs to all Americans (The Hill)

MSNBC's Joy Reid Claims Her Website Was Hacked and Bigoted Anti-LGBT Content Added, a Bizarre Story Liberal Outlets Ignore (The Intercept)

An Internet Nonprofit Challenged Joy Reid's Claim That Her Blog Was Hacked (Mediaite)

Fresno State professor who bashed Barbara Bush won't be disciplined (Fox News)

Rich dude with more dollars than sense launches another campaign to break California up (Los Angeles Times)

Comey's memo leak contact had 'special government employee' status at FBI (FOX News)

Kyle Kashuv says school security questioned him for visiting gun range with his dad (FOX News)

'Real Indian' running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren defends sign calling her 'Fake Indian' (CBS News)

Wise Words


"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree." James Madison

Lighter Side

Take a Bullet

"Michael Cohen once said he would take a bullet for Donald Trump. Robert Mueller was like, "Oh, great, stand right there, you want a cigarette or anything?" Jimmy Kimmel

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