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Situational awareness - April 6, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.

Is a veto override session coming? Trump ramps up the trade dispute with China. The House will take up a balanced budget amendment next week.

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What a week!

Utah GOP craziness, Dave Bateman vs. Todd Weiler, get ready for a convention circus and don't call it a trade war. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break the week's political news into bite-sized chunks for you [Utah Policy].

You can also download the podcast version of our week-in-review to listen on the go [Utah Policy].

Veto override?

Bob Bernick says he expects lawmakers to have a veto override session this year, but the politics are not a simple situation [Utah Policy].

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Popcorn and Red Bull - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 368

The looney-tunes behavior from some in the Utah GOP is ramping up....

Bob Bernick's notebook: The sticky politics of a veto override session

Part of the internal Utah legislative politics these days, after the 2018 general session, is this:Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, are both retiring the end of this year....

Lane Beattie: A time to say goodbye

In times of change, such as in farewells, it can be hard to find the right words to express the emotions one feels about the past, with its hundreds of memories, and the future, with all of its unknowns and new beginnings....

Weekly survey: Herbert vs. medical cannabis

Last week Gov. Gary Herbert announced he would "actively oppose" the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Utah because he was worried it would have unintended consequences. Do you think Herber's opposition will make any difference? Vote now in our weekly survey....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 368

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott cut a big week in Utah politics into bite-size morsels for you....

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsNew Films-- Trek: The Movie: Tribune reviewConcerts-- Gerta and Moriah, Davis Arts Council, Friday, 7 p.m., Alpine Church, 254 West 2675 North, Layton, free-- Kevin Kenner, Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing ...

USTAR to host Utah Technology Innovation Summit and Governor's Science Medals in June
The Utah Science and Technology Research Initiative will host the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6, 2018 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. The event will culminate with the 2018 Governor's Medal for Science and Technology awards ceremony....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Jean Hill: Crackdowns on immigration never work

Editorial: Background checks don't work if records aren't kept up

A new general authority for the LDS Church is also a longtime lobbyist for oil, mining companies

Gehrke: The guy behind Utah's school safety effort embraces the gun fringe, oh, and he's also running for Senate

Will race for outgoing House speaker's seat dredge up nasty feud between former city council rivals?

Is Dave Bateman the Utah Republican Party's financial savior, or its new strings-attached lender?

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: UTA is a great transit name, why change it?

Op-ed: It doesn't make sense to invest in 'dreamers' and not let them stay

Op-ed: The dangers of Secretary Zinke's proposal

Editorial: Parents and government officials should warn teens on the dangers of vaping

Utah is about to become the first state with a free-range parenting law; what does it mean for you?

Glitch withheld info used in gun background checks

Salt Lake County's first 'Expungement Day' helps dozens clear criminal records

Trump threat of $100 billion tariffs will 'wake up' China, Mitt Romney says

Push for land trades, federal designation in Wasatch canyons raising concerns

National Headlines

Trump Is Cutting Old Gordian Knots (National Review)

Brennan Is 'Doing Putin's Bidding' With Anti-Trump Rhetoric, Says Former CIA Station Chief (Daily Caller)

Texas Republican Makes Secret Peacemaking Trip To Venezuela (CBS News)

Inside Hollywood's Embrace of Saudi Arabia (The Information)

Trump: 2,000-4,000 troops needed for Mexico border security (Associated Press)

From Facebook to Harvey Weinstein, America's scandals amount to a giant crisis of maturity. (Wall Street Journal)

Trudeau sees high chance of NAFTA deal with US, Mexico (AFP)

Trump Doubles Down on Potential Trade War With China (New York Times)

U.S. plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week (Reuters)

Trade Deficit Hits Near Decade High, Raising Specter of Twin Deficits (Wall Street Journal)

As Trump Bashes Amazon, the Government Relies on It (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words


"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." Desmond Tutu

Lighter Side

2020 Census

"The 2020 census is asking a new question that many say is invasive and inappropriate. The question is: "Are you Gryffindor or Hufflepuff?" Conan O'Brien

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