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Situational awareness - April 30, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Wilson and McAdams avoid primary elections. Count My Vote inches closer. North Korea teases nuclear disarmament. 


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Wilson, McAdams win easily

Utah Democrats gave their nominations in the U.S. Senate and CD4 race on Saturday to Jenny Wilson and Ben McAdams, sending them to the November election without a primary [Utah Policy].

Count My Vote gets closer

The Count My Vote ballot initiative is within 500 signatures of meeting the qualifications for the November election [Utah Policy].

Romney and Curtis favored in June

Our "Political Insiders" say they expect Mitt Romney and John Curtis to win their primary election matchups [Utah Policy].

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McAdams, Wilson win Democratic nominations

Saturday, it was the Utah Democrats turn to rally their forces ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and hopefully break the Republican stranglehold on Utah's Congressional delegation....

Count My Vote inches closer to qualifying for November Ballot

Count My Vote is now within 500 verified signatures of meeting the requirements for getting on November's ballot....

'Political Insiders' say Romney, Curtis will win GOP primary matchups

Utah Republican delegates voted to send their U.S. Senate and CD3 nominations to a June primary election. Mitt Romney will face Utah Rep. Mike Kennedy for Senate while Rep. John Curtis is in a rematch against Chris Herrod in the 3rd Congressional District....

Utah Thrives podcast: Income tax changes

It was called the Jones-Mascaro bill, after Democratic State Representative Pat Jones and Republican Representative Steve Mascaro....

Making Utah a better place for women by exploring the legacy of our past

When we talk about economic prosperity, a portion of the conversation typically involves the importance of improving our workforce diversity in the state, including the need to enhance leadership opportunities for women....

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Policy News

United Utah Party holds 2018 state convention
On Saturday, April 28, at 10:00 am, the United Utah Party held its State Convention at Midvale Middle School....

Bishop celebrates opening of Ogden Vet Center
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the opening of a new Vet Center in North Ogden....

Hatch introduces Food Donation Act to increase contributions
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican in the United States Senate, introduced legislation that will bolster food donations across the country....

Curtis introduces bill to decrease opioid abuse during pregnancy
Congressman John Curtis introduced The Protecting Against Opioid Prescription-abuse During Prenatal Year Study Act, H.R. 5646, legislation that will improve research and public awareness of opioid use disorder during pregnancy....

Rep. Stewart's language tees-up reopening Wingpointe Golf Course
The House passed H.R. 4, the Federal Aviation Administration Act, which included Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) language that restores Wingpointe Golf Course at Salt Lake City International Airport....

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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Farmington should keeps its farms

Op-ed: Managing the Wasatch Canyons

Paul Mero: Five steps to build a transcendent political culture in Utah

Editorial: Jordan leads out on teacher pay

Utah's college and university presidents endorse plan to boost school funding through gas, other tax hikes

'A new way of thinking': Jordan School District moves to boost teacher pay - again

Feds offer Utah lands for lease a 2nd time after Houston energy company fails to pay up

In a report quietly slipped to Congress, feds call for massive roundups of wild horses on public lands

Babs De Lay complained for years about TRAX noise by her home. After she was named to the UTA board, the agency took extra steps to fix the problem.

Mayor Biskupski to release proposed Salt Lake City budget Monday with stand-alone plan for sales-tax increase

Utah Democratic front-runners Ben McAdams and Jenny Wilson defeat challengers to avoid primary elections

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Are we seeing the death throes of the caucus/convention system?

Op-ed: The slippery slope of abortion, Down syndrome and eugenics

Boyd Matheson: Five Takeaways from the Utah State Democratic Convention

Op-ed: Civic action is the antidote to political apathy

Editorial: A focus on infrastructure, education will keep Utah on top

Utah's congressional delegation gives Trump credit for historic Korean summit

Experts say Utah economy still on the rise, but offer a few asterisks

McAdams, Wilson, easily win nominations at Democratic state convention

Millcreek City Center? City officials seeking input for redevelopment near new City Hall

Employer health plan premiums up by a third in Utah since 2006


Utah biz leaders look out for slowed growth, speak out against tariffs and 'protectionist' policies (Daily Herald)

Mike Kennedy kicks off primary campaign at home in Alpine on Friday (Daily Herald)

Roy pursuing retailers to bolster sales tax revenue, create shopping options (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump assails White House Correspondents' Association amid Michelle Wolf controversy (CNN)

Reporters Slam White House Correspondents' Dinner As 'Embarrassment' And 'Gift' To Trump Admin (Daily Caller)

Democrats Ignore Dossier In Russia Report, In Stark Contrast To Their Early Rhetoric (Daily Caller)

Immigration, gay rights, politics, abortion, taxes, technology: Crunch time at the Supreme Court (USA Today)

Documentary chronicles New York Times' year covering Trump (Associated Press)

Washington's heavy-drinking ways in spotlight (The Hill)

Brooks Suggests Republicans Are Retiring Because of Assassination Fears (Roll Call)

Left Fights Itself in Ohio Primary for Governor (New York Times)

Kim's Charm Offensive Pressures Trump Before Summit (Bloomberg)

John McCain Tells Son-In-Law To 'Take Care Of Meghan' (HuffPost)

Joy Reid's Defenders Praise Her Apology - But Ignore Her Apparent Cover-Up (HuffPost)

Wise Words


"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." Henry Ford

Lighter Side


"President Trump did a live phone interview with "Fox & Friends." It was tough for Trump. He didn't know whether to focus on the questions or watch himself on TV." Jimmy Fallon

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