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Situational awareness - May 2, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

More proposed Utah GOP bylaw changes. Salt Lake City leaders approve a sales tax hike. Mueller threatens to subpoena Trump. 


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GOP civil war continues

Some Utah GOP hardliners have proposed bylaw changes that could result in some members being kicked out of the party [Utah Policy].

Utah's economy tops again

Utah once again was tops in the annual "Rich States, Poor States" rankings [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Utah GOP hardliners proposing radical changes to party rules

Well, it never seems to end....

Utah tops again in annual 'Rich States, Poor States' rankings

Utah ranks #1 in the American Legislative Exchange Counsel's "Rich States, Poor States" index for 2018....

Utah business leaders unify to protect housing affordability

The Salt Lake Chamber and Utah business leaders officially launched the Housing Gap Coalition....

Gov. Herbert appoints new executive director of the Department of Human Resource Management

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced the appointment of Paul Garver as the executive director of the Department of Human Resource Management....

Weekly survey: Mia Love vs. Ben McAdams

Who do you expect to win the November matchup between Mia Love and Ben McAdams? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Governor Herbert to sign legislation to help Utah's refugee communities
Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Utah legislators, Utah refugee community leaders, and members of the Refugee Justice League celebrate the unanimous passage and signing of House Bill 189, Driver License Exam Revisions....

Speaker Greg Hughes statement about the passing of former Rep. Carl Duckworth
Speaker Greg Hughes issued this statement following the death of former Representative Carl Duckworth:...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Trying to stem the skyrocketing price of Utah housing is goal of new Salt Lake Chamber coalition

Gehrke: Why it makes sense for Rep. Mia Love to go on the attack against Democrat Ben McAdams

On 'Fox & Friends,' Utah veteran who took photos of dirty hospital room says he'd like more choices in health care

Feds give Utah three years to bring ozone pollution down to acceptable levels

Gov. Gary Herbert nominates Paul Garver - with 25 years' experience in human resources - to head Utah department

A Utah district will relocate its elementary school on a desert fairground after its first pick was too close to an ancient burial ground

His deputy called a pro-fracking letter 'political, plain and simple.' Why Utah A.G. Sean Reyes signed it anyway.

Former state Rep. Carl Duckworth - husband of current Rep. Sue Duckworth - dies after long battle with cancer

Most Mormons remain against gay marriage, new poll shows, but that opposition is fading fast; younger LDS support it

San Juan County seeks to join Bears Ears case, says overturning Trump's changes would hurt its economy

UTA names temporary chief: Steve Meyer, who helped oversee expansion of its rail system

Salt Lake City Council approves half-penny sales-tax hike to bolster police, roads; 7.35% rate begins in October

Deseret News

Editorial: White House Correspondents' Dinner - humor is great, contempt is not

Wasatch Front, portions of Uinta Basin miss ozone standard

Former Democratic state lawmaker Carl Duckworth dies after battle with cancer

New citizenship question, murky immigration policy, could impact 2020 Census results

UTA picks up pace on name change to Transit District of Utah

Utah business leaders tout focus on growing housing affordability gap

Council votes to enact $25 million sales tax hike to 'change life' in Salt Lake City

Granite teachers to receive 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise, bonus

Utah pursuing opioid settlement while preparing for possible lawsuit against Big Pharma

Groups halt lawsuit over Gunnison sage grouse


Utah County selects law firm to represent in opioid lawsuit (Daily Herald)

N. Utah Democrats split on US House hopefuls, who will face off in primary (Standard-Examiner)

Democrats seeking to topple Rob Bishop head to a primary (Park Record)

Utah's Democrats mobilize at state convention (Park Record)

National Headlines

State of American democracy: mean (The Hill)

Sluggish Supreme Court Poised to Deliver Big Decisions (Roll Call)

Facebook Asks on Every Post: 'Is This Hate Speech?' (PJ Media)

Facebook Has Begun To Rank News Organizations By Trust, Zuckerberg Says (BuzzFeed)

Seven States, Led by Texas, Sue to End DACA Program (New York Times)

Is Border Patrol work dangerous? Not compared to being a cop (CNN)

Parkland victim's dad sues 'coward' school officer, others (Mercury News)

Pelosi says she'll run for speaker, as more swing-district Democrats look for alternative (Washington Post)

Republicans are still running against Hillary Clinton (Yahoo News)

On high-stakes trip to China, US officials confront tech along with trade (Los Angeles Times)

Jeff Bezos thinks his fortune is best spent in space (MarketWatch)

Wise Words


"If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Dale Carnegie

Lighter Side

Subway Closing

"Subway just announced they are closing 500 restaurants. People were stunned. They were like, "Subway considers itself a restaurant?" Jimmy Fallon

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