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Situational awareness - May 11, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.

Redistricting measure looks like it has made November's ballot. Utah consumer prices spike. President Trump will meet with Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month.

I had the chance to preview the new "Dave and Buster's" restaurant, which opens at The Gateway next week. If yesterday was any indication, this will be a fantastic addition to the downtown business ecosystem.


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What a week!

Republican on Republican violence. The fight over signature removal gets ugly. The Salt Lake Tribune is facing cutbacks. Plus, Donald Trump, North Korea, Iran, and why Michael Cohen is the worst lawyer in America. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick run through a wild week in Utah politics! [Utah Policy]

You can also listen to our award-winning week-in-review as a podcast. Download it here [Utah Policy].

Independent redistricting on the ballot

It looks as if the "Better Boundaries" initiative, which establishes an independent redistricting panel, has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot [Utah Policy].

Turf battle

Bob Bernick says the proposed constitutional amendment allowing the Utah Legislature to call itself into special session should pass in November because it's good policy [Utah Policy].

Celebrating the "Golden Spike"

Rep. Rob Bishop wants to turn the site of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad into a new national park [Utah Policy].

Consumer prices spike

High gas prices lead to biggest jump in the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index in nearly six years [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Lots of Utahns need a civics lesson - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 373

A Koch-brothers funded group is targeting Utah Republicans. ...

Bob Bernick's notebook: Turf battle

While the four citizen initiatives struggle to get their voter signatures to make the November ballot, there is one major item that is already going before voters. ...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 373

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott guide you through a wild week in Utah politics....

Independent redistricting proposal appears to have qualified for November's ballot

It appears that all four of the proposed ballot initiatives have now qualified for November's ballot, the latest being the independent redistricting proposal. ...

Jump in price of gasoline brings the largest monthly increase in the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index in nearly six years

The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 1.9 percent from March to April on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. ...

Weekly survey: Is Utah's citizen initiative process fair?

It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to get the 113,000 signatures needed to place a citizen's initiative on the ballot, but those same initiatives can be defeated by opponents urging signers to remove their names from the petition. Do you think the current system ...

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune: Alta's Onno Wieringa gets skiing's national lifetime achievement award--KSL.com: Utahn only person to complete rare Trout Fantasy Slam; here's how you can, too-- KSL.com: Massive public lands bill would create new national monument, wi...

Congressman Rob Bishop introduces: Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Act
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) is introducing the, "Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Act." ...

Greater Salt Lake City housing 1Q18: Strong growth continues as rising prices push entry-level buyers out of the market
Metrostudy's 1Q18 lot by lot survey of the new home market in the Greater Salt Lake market shows that production remains very robust, with the first quarter starting the year on a high note. ...

Division of Public Utilities announces Rocky Mountain Power customers will see 3.45% rate decrease in power bills beginning this month due to federal tax credits
Chris Parker, Director of the Utah Division of Public Utilities, announced that federal tax savings filed by Rocky Mountain Power with the Public Service Commission were approved and will now provide an ongoing annual $61 million credit to Utah ratepayers.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Rep. Mia Love is still trying to get Congress to support Dreamers

Many Utahns' electricity bills will shrink this summer - and there could be even more savings in the works

Poll: Number of uninsured Utahns rose last year, after years of steady declines

Public hearings set for Utah's Medicaid expansion proposal

Gehrke: The divorce of Scouting and the Mormon church was a long time coming, and both can be better for it

Feds readying efforts to fight wildfires this summer after record-high year of blazes

Deseret News

Op-ed: Take SAGE testing with a grain of salt

Jay Evensen: An anti-Electoral College plan that deserves to fail

Op-ed: We can beat the opioid epidemic

Rob Bishop: 150 years ago the Golden Spike united the country. It's time to preserve it

Editorial: Lasting results will validate $1 million for alleviating intergenerational poverty

Mitt Romney makes national headlines for attending Met Gala

Utah House Democrats propose gun control legislation for 2019 session

Violent crime up 17 percent in Utah, report says

Great Salt Lake: A lake no more?

Much of Road Home funding on hold amid wait for audit results


Rep. Rob Bishop wants to turn Golden Spike facility into new national park (Standard-Examiner)

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National Headlines

Trump announces capture of five 'most wanted' ISIS terrorists (Daily Mail)

Jared Kushner scores first major bipartisan deal for Trump in Congress (Washington Examiner)

Treasury: Federal Budget Surplus for April Largest on Record, Driven by Tax Deposits (Wall Street Journal)

Dow rallies nearly 200 points, notches 6-day winning streak (CNBC)

Calls for restraint after Israeli raids on Iranians in Syria (AFP)

San Francisco's many free syringes are littering its streets (Associated Press)

Trump's high-risk doctrine? Swing for the bleacher seats (Associated Press)

John Kelly: Despite 'Times Of Great Frustration,' No Regrets Taking White House Job (NPR)

'I think it's time to wrap it up': Pence tells Mueller he's had a year to run his Russia probe (Daily Mail)

Trump will not call for negotiation on Medicare drug prices despite Democratic hopes (The Hill)

Kushner and Cornyn to tour Texas prison in support of reforms (The Hill)

Wise Words


"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection." Thomas Paine

Lighter Side


"Former FBI Director James Comey said that he's actually a big fan of Beyonc. He said he first got into Beyonc's music when Hillary Clinton smashed his car windshield with a baseball bat." Jimmy Fallon

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