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Situational awareness - April 26, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Jenny Wilson touts her experience. Sam Granato passes. Trump's lawyer plans to plead the fifth.


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Wilson talks up her experience

Democrat Jenny Wilson says her experience in government will give her a leg up in Washington if she's elected to the U.S. Senate in November [Utah Policy].

Download the podcast of our conversation with Wilson [Utah Policy].

Count My Vote closes in

According to the latest figures from the Utah Elections Office, Count My Vote is less than 1,000 verified signatures away from meeting the requirements to get on the ballot in November [Utah Policy].

Sam Granato passes

Salt Lake County councilman and restauranteur Sam Granato passes away after a protracted battle with cancer [Utah Policy].

Debates set

The Utah Debate Commission sets their schedule for the 2018 midterm elections [Utah Policy].

Aggressive drivers

A new study shows Utah drivers are the 15th "most aggressive" in the nation. California is #1 [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

'They need someone to give a damn about their needs.' Jenny Wilson discusses her run for U.S. Senate

Democrat Jenny Wilson is quick to tout her extensive experience in government as the biggest asset in her campaign for U.S. Senate....

Podcast: A conversation with Jenny Wilson, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate

Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson is pursuing the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate at Saturday's state convention....

'Count My Vote' on the verge of qualifying for November ballot

The "Count My Vote" ballot initiative is less than 1,000 verified signatures from meeting the requirements for the November ballot....

Salt Lake County Council member Sam Granato dies

Sam Granato, who served on the Salt Lake County Council since 2013, passed away Wednesday....

Survey says Utah drivers are the 15th 'most aggressive' in the nation

A new study from GasBuddy.com ranks Utah drivers as the 15th "most aggressive" in the country....

Utah Debate Commission announces 2018 debate schedule

The Utah Debate Commission has announced their debate schedule for the 2018 midterm elections....

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....

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Policy News

Hatch promotes bill to leverage Secret Service resources in school safety efforts
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and a group of bipartisan senators introduced legislation to expand the US Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center to help communities proactively mitigate threats of violence at schools. ...

Rep. Love: Let's end the opioid crisis together
Congresswoman Mia Love is urging Utahns to utilize the drug take-back event as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28. ...

STEM Innovation Award recipients announced
The STEM Action Center will hold its fourth annual STEM Innovation Awards in partnership with Utah Technology Council as part of the Utah Innovation Awards dinner on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Five individuals will be recognized for their contributions to STEM education ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Holly Richardson: Abortion is a nonnegotiable for many voters

As C-SPAN's bus hits Salt Lake City, here are the top 10 things you didn't know about the public affairs network

When Utah increased its liquor prices last year, some restaurants paid too much for booze - while customers got bargains, audit says

Hatch says firing the special counsel may lead to 'impeachment,' but he's against a bill to protect Mueller

Deseret News

Derek Miller: The economics lesson we missed in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'

Jay Evensen: Seen gas prices lately? Want to vote to make them even higher?

Editorial: The US incarcerates more than any other country, but there's more to the story

Utah's senators say Mueller legislation unconstitutional

Former Santa Clara city employee developed, sold software to city, audit shows

Hatch proposes expanded Secret Service role in stopping school violence

Utah County commissioner accused of sexual harassment threatens to sue for slander

UTA celebrates FrontRunner's 10th anniversary as it plans for future

Utah Gov. Herbert helps kick off three-year, $430M I-15 expansion

'A true friend': Salt Lake County Councilman Sam Granato dies at 67


Weber Co. seeks accord with Davis Co. to join forces in economic development (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Ronan Farrow: Hillary Canceled An Interview When She Learned I Was Reporting On Harvey Weinstein (Hot Air)

Liberals need to decide: Are there no genders, or do women deserve special treatment? (Washington Examiner)

Macron Says He Thinks Trump Will Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal (Bloomberg)

From Seattle to Luxembourg: how tax schemes shaped Amazon (Guardian)

Hostility toward journalists rising worldwide, watchdog says (Associated Press)

Rudy Giuliani reopens talks for a Trump interview with Robert Mueller (Washington Post)

Chance the Rapper: 'Black people don't have to be Democrats' (CNN)

Kanye West on President Trump: 'The mob can't make me not love him' (NBC News)

Supreme Court's conservative justices appear to back Trump's authority for travel ban (Washington Post)

Judge rules New York City bar can refuse service to Trump supporter wearing MAGA hat (FOX News)

Joy-Ann Reid's 'I Was Hacked' Story Doesn't Add Up (New York Magazine)

Wise Words


"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side

North Korea Meeting

"I read that Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un could take place in Sweden or Switzerland. Apparently, it all depends on whether Trump is in the mood for meatballs or cheese." Jimmy Fallon

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