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Situational awareness - April 3, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

The Utah GOP pushes ahead with the fight against SB54. Curtis is Utah's wealthiest member of Congress. A big bombshell in the Russia investigation.

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Here are the news stories driving Tuesday

GOP to continue the fight against SB54

The Utah GOP has hired Gene Schaerr, a lawyer who worked with the state during the fight over Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, to assist them in their continuing legal battle over SB54. Our analysis shows Utah taxpayers have spent about $200,000 defending the signature-gathering path to the ballot against various lawsuits [Utah Policy].

Signature deadline for candidates

So far, just a handful of candidates have submitted enough signatures to qualify for the primary ballot, but several have signatures still being verified. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney has only submitted 9,000 of the 28,000 signatures he needs to get on the ballot [Utah Policy].

Curtis is Utah's wealthiest member of Congress

An analysis shows Rep. John Curtis has the highest net worth among all of Utah's members of Congress at an estimated $5.1 million. He is the 63rd most wealthy member of Congress. On the other side, Rep. Chris Stewart is the "poorest" member of Congress from Utah with a negative net worth [Utah Policy].

Political bracket challenge finals

House Majority Leader Brad Wilson and Attorney General Sean Reyes are facing off in the finals of our 2018 political bracket. Vote now! [Utah Policy].

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Only a handful of candidates have qualified for the ballot through the signature path

Candidates who are gathering signatures to get on the ballot are running up against their deadlines to secure a spot outside of conventions....

2018 Utah political bracket challenge final matchup

House Majority Leader Brad Wilson and Attorney General Sean Reyes fought their way through a formidable field of 62 other contestants to reach the finals of our 2018 bracket challenge....

Time for the finals! Wilson and Reyes to face off for the championship in our 2018 political bracket

It all comes down to House Majority Leader Brad Wilson and Attorney General Sean Reyes. ...

Analysis: Defending the signature-gathering path to the ballot has cost Utah taxpayers more than $200,000

We know about what it has cost the Utah Republican Party to fight SB54 in court over the last four years upwards of $400,000....

Utah Taxpayers Association releases 2018 legislative scorecard

The Utah Taxpayers Association has released its 2018 Legislative Scorecard....

Curtis is Utah's wealthiest member of Congress

A new analysis of the net worth finds Rep. John Curtis is the wealthiest member of Congress from Utah....

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Policy News

Rep. Stewart receives the 2018 Distinguished Community Heath Defender Award
 Dexter Pearce, CEO, of Community Health Centers. Inc. presented the 2018 Distinguished Community Health Defender Award to Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah)....

Fox files 'Global Strategy & Outreach goes global'
I've talked before about our Global Strategy and Outreach program, where we research high growth companies and actively pitch Utah. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Connor Boyack: Gov. Herbert has been misled on medical cannabis

Addiction, poor health, missed work: New survey reveals a heavy toll as domestic violence affects 1 in 5 Utah women

Weighing a sales tax increase, Salt Lake City is asking residents how to pay for cops, roads, housing and buses

Utah Medical Association accuses medical marijuana campaign of misleading voters into supporting initiative

Utah GOP hires attorney who led state's gay marriage challenge to launch another appeal of signature-gathering election law

After successful signature gathering, many in convention battles need not worry about winning there to appear on ballot

Deseret News

Op-ed: Are we making a point or making a difference?

New lanes for I-15 'Technology Corridor' tops UDOT project list for 2018

Utah GOP continues fight against election law upheld in federal appeals court

Utah leaders hope to use new tax law to create 'Opportunity Zones' in poor areas


Lehi Tech Corridor project tops UDOT's construction list in 2018 (Daily Herald)

'One of the big boys': Cache County expected to move up in class in 2019, based on population growth (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Third Mexican town welcomes migrant 'caravan,' 400 miles closer to US (Washington Examiner)

IRS audits fewest tax returns in 15 years amid pressure from Congress to scale back enforcement (Washington Times)

Mueller Found a Very Dishonest Way to Shroud His Investigation in Secrecy (Law & Crime)

Rep. Esty won't seek reelection after mishandling harassment allegations (Politico)

Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections (Los Angeles Times)

Teachers Swarm Kentucky Capitol To Protest Pension Changes, School Budget Cuts (HuffPost)

Looming China Trade Action Divides Industry and Roils Markets (New York Times)

Trump declares DACA 'dead,' calls for border legislation using 'nuclear option' (Associated Press)

Can The Boom Last in Trump Country? (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook Keeps Saying 'Trust Us': Is It Finally Time To Say No More? (Forbes)

Weaken Consumer Bureau, Its Chief Requests in First Report to Congress (New York Times)

Wise Words


"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." Frederick Douglass

Lighter Side


"Wal-Mart announced they will stop selling the magazine Cosmopolitan in checkout lines because it exposes shoppers to sexual imagery and objectification. Wal-Mart says the sexy magazine covers are not only bad for society, they also distract people from why they are in Wal-Mart in the first place - to buy guns." James Corden

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