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Situational awareness - April 27, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.

The Utah GOP's big tent is falling. Mia Love's curious abortion gambit. North and South Korean leaders meet and vow to end hostilities on the Korean peninsula.

BOOMER! The Cleveland Browns selected QB Baker Mayfield from the University of Oklahoma (my alma mater) with the #1 pick in the NFL draft on Thursday [Bleacher Report].


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The Utah GOP's collapsing big tent

Gov. Gary Herbert says the party divisions that were on display during last weekend's GOP convention are driving people away and disenfranchising rank-and-file Republicans [Utah Policy].

What a week!

The GOP crap show. Mitt Romney and Mike Kennedy move to a primary. Medical marijuana looks like it's qualified for the ballot. Plus, it's totally normal that Michael Cohen is pleading the 5th. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week that was in Utah politics [Utah Policy].

You can also listen to the award-winning podcast version of this program here.

Curious campaign issue

Bob Bernick says Rep. Mia Love's focus on abortion as a political issue against Democrat Ben McAdams doesn't make a lot of sense [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Crap shows and award winners - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 371

The Utah GOP convention was a total crap show last week....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Mia Love's curious abortion gambit

In what was mostly an internal Republican fight during last Saturday's state GOP convention, Rep. Mia Love took out after her Democratic opponent, Ben McAdams, over abortion....

Lane Beattie says goodbye

In November, Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and the Downtown Alliance, announced his planned retirement....

Herbert decries GOP divisions, backs Romney and Curtis in primary elections

Governor Gary Herbert said the GOP civil war that fractured delegates at last weekend's party convention is leading to a broader rift in the Utah Republican Party, and hurting the ability for the party to elect candidates....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 371

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the last week in Utah politics as well as celebrate the big award recently given to this podcast....

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

Governor appoints Richard Mrazik to the Third District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Richard Mrazik as a judge on the Third District Court....

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune: Toxic heavy metals in soils may pose risk to recreation in American Fork Canyon, new report findsNew Films-- Avengers: Infinity War: Tribune reviewConcerts-- "Ballade to the Moon A Spring Soire Of Choral Jazz and Songs of the Night," ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: This is why the Utah GOP is a train wreck

Editorial: Dealing with crime and illness in Salt Lake County will cost money

Utah activist, husband must face trial in corral gate-closing case, San Juan County judge rules

Meet the Utahn leading the Peace Corps under President Trump

Gov. Gary Herbert split on voter initiatives - opposes Medicaid expansion and medical marijuana, backs two aimed at election laws

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams will have to defeat 4 Democratic challengers to get the chance to face Rep. Mia Love

Mitt Romney's Senate bid will boost Mia Love to re-election, a top GOP congressman says

Deseret News

Op-ed: Sen. Hatch is looking for creative ways to lock in tax cuts

Jay Evensen: Our digital future depends on our morals and ethics

Editorial: 'What is best for the country?' is the right question that's rarely asked

Herbert weighs in on ballot initiatives

Group pushing Count My Vote petition signers to remove names

Democrats to debate platform at convention, hope for less haggling than GOP

Hatch, Lee vote against Mueller legislation that clears Senate panel

ACLU wants records on how Trump's first travel ban was carried out at Salt Lake airport

National Headlines

Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Dem Leadership Pressuring Progressive to Leave Race (The Intercept)

800,000 people are about to flee New York and California because of taxes, say economists (CNBC)

UC Berkeley must face lawsuit alleging bias against conservative speakers (Reuters)

Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former NBC Anchor (Variety)

Skepticism greets NBC's plans to address in-house sexual harassment (Mercury News)

Kim Jong Un makes history, crosses border to meet his rival (Associated Press)

Who are Diamond and Silk? How two small-town ex-Democrats found fame as 'warriors' for Trump. (Washington Post)

Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Amid Scrutiny Over Her Hacking Claims (HuffPost)

1 poll number that should be a wake-up call for politicians (CNN)

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez is 'severely admonished' by Ethics Committee, ordered to repay gifts (Washington Post)

Port Authority Censures Former Commissioner Who Berated Police (New York Times)

Wise Words


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

Lighter Side


"A group of scientists in Singapore built a robot that can put together Ikea furniture. That's when you know something's wrong, when it's easier to build a robot than an Ikea dresser." Jimmy Fallon

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