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Situational awareness - April 9, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utah Republicans continue fighting amongst themselves. The medical marijuana initiative is within 1,000 signatures of qualifying for the ballot. North Korea signals they may be open to discussing their nuclear weapons program.

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Here are the news stories driving Monday

First on UtahPolicy.com: Another internal Utah GOP fight

We told you last week about some proposed rule changes for the Utah GOP that would crack down on some misbehavior by the party's central committee. A party committee declined to forward those proposals to delegates at the convention. Party Chair Rob Anderson said the proposals were submitted fairly, so he included them on the convention agenda anyway [Utah Policy].

Update: Medical marijuana headed to the ballot

We reviewed the latest signature totals for the various ballot initiatives, and the proposal to legalize medical marijuana is within 1,000 signatures of qualifying for November's ballot [Utah Policy].

Right track/Wrong track

Utahns say they're satisfied with the direction the state is headed while they're not as confident with the direction of the country overall [Utah Policy].

Can Herbert derail legal medical marijuana?

Gov. Gary Herbert says he will "actively oppose" the medical marijuana ballot initiative because it could lead to recreational use. Our "Political Insiders" don't think he'll be very effective [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Utah GOP food fight continues as a party committee attempts to nix rule changes intended to reign in dissident members

A Utah GOP committee is attempting to squash proposed changes to the party's governing documents designed to reign in the behavior of some dissident members of the GOP State Central Committee, but Party Chair Rob Anderson says that group is overstepping their authority....

Utahns more confident in the state's direction than the nation as a whole

More Utahns believe the United States is going in the wrong direction than the right direction, but by a large majority they believe the state itself is going the right way, a recent UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Medical marijuana proposal on the cusp of qualifying for November's ballot

The initiative to legalize medical marijuana is within 1,000 signatures of qualifying for November's ballot....

Guest opinion: Improving education for students with special needs

We have a responsibility to help all our students no matter how unique their needs might be....

Will Herbert's opposition to the medical cannabis initiative have an impact? Our 'Political Insiders' don't think so

Polls show that more than 3/4 of Utahns support a proposed ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis. Despite that overwhelming support, Gov. Gary Herbert recently said he would "actively oppose" the ballot initiative....

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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Identify business opportunities with the Asian Development Bank
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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

George Chapman: SLC sales tax increase should all go to streets

Op-ed: Public Market at Rio Grande area? There is no there there.

Op-ed: If affordable housing sinks, we all sink with it

Editorial: Utah and Idaho need to be clear about their need for water in Bear Lake

Editorial: UTA needs new management more than new name

In Utah canyons where an ancient civilization once flourished, the feds are now inviting oil and gas drilling

Rolly: All those silly job licensing rules in Utah - everything from horse massaging to hair braiding to house painting

Davis County Sheriff's Office business manager on paid leave amid another audit into the office

After a nearly 7-week ban, legislators waste no time getting back to campaign fundraising - and the top earner might surprise you

There's been a surge in the number of Utah women who carry guns - here's why

'We've been disenfranchised': Republicans in San Juan County say redrawn voter districts unfairly favor Navajos

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Medical marijuana - not what the doctor ordered?

Natalie Gochnour: Utah could use a little beautification

Boyd Matheson: The path to immigration reform is clear. The real question is, who will lead?

Editorial: Good service and management should be the hallmark of UTA, not the name

Editorial: America isn't as divided as it thinks

Lehi police close investigation into extortion claims against state senator

Judge dismisses FEC complaint against ex-Utah A.G. John Swallow

Former GOP gubernatorial candidate endorses Larry Myers for U.S. Senate

Utah officials concerned about marijuana shop 3 miles from border

Research shows housing becoming less affordable along Wasatch Front

Sixth-generation Utah farmer defends his land as plans for new highway come to light


Utah County Democrats choose delegates, leadership at convention (Daily Herald)

Weber County Democratic leader optimistic about 3 Utah House races (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump threatens 'Animal Assad,' Putin over alleged chemical attack in Syria (CBS News)

Kevin Williamson firing shows the 'nonpartisan' media's true colors (New York Post)

Americans Face Highest Pump Prices in Years (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook suspends another data analytics firm after CNBC discovers it was using tactics like Cambridge Analytica (CNBC)

'Unsafe to the community': Facebook takes on pro-Trump Diamond and Silk (American Mirror)

New Jersey Governor Signs 'Name And Shame' Order On Gun Data (NPR)

Trump denies John Kelly's influence is diminished (CNN)

Farmers who propelled Trump to presidency fear becoming pawns in trade war (Washington Post)

Bill Maher doesn't like Laura Ingraham. He hates the boycott of her show even more. (Washington Post)

Stock market cooling off from the 'Trump bump' (The Hill)

Mark Zuckerberg's Washington Mission: Stay Cool in a Very Hot Seat (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words

Giving Thanks

"'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding." Alice Walker

Lighter Side

Tough on Russia

"In a press conference, President Trump said that nobody has been tougher on Russia than him. In fact, last night he made sure to hit Putin extra hard during their pillow fight." Jimmy Fallon

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