Republican Mia Love has a slight six-point lead over Democrat Ben McAdams in a new poll examining the race in Utah's 4th Congressional District.

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness - February 23, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. There are just 10 working days until the end of the 2018 Utah Legislature.

Poll shows Mia Love has a slight lead over Ben McAdams. Lawmakers target changes to Utah's liquor laws. Trump says arming teachers is a way to prevent gun violence in schools.

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Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Schools should teach students about consent

Utah senators vote to give more money to some school districts, despite concerns it means less money for all

With one vote to spare, the Utah House agrees to strip the state school board of its final say in approving or denying new charter schools

Company abruptly withdraws bid to bring out-of-state industrial waste to a landfill it is building near the Great Salt Lake

Noting Utah’s high inmate death rate, lawmakers want jails to report on in-custody deaths every year

Romney hires longtime aide, and Trump campaign treasurer, as his Senate organization’s accountant

Until now, stealing a police dog was a more serious crime than killing one. Lawmakers vote to change that.

Gary Ott spent years in public office with progressive Alzheimer’s disease. Lawmakers are taking steps to avoid a repeat.

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah should support a state earned income tax credit

Op-ed: Improving school libraries gives Utah students a first-rate education

Editorial: Training rural Utahns in tech jobs is money well spent

Utah senator day drinks before presenting bill to delay state's new .05 percent DUI law

Campus civil liberties resolution headed to final passage

Utah Senate panel gives OK to inmate addiction study bill

Bill would require Utah truckers to be trained to identify victims of human trafficking

Police unable to identify 'date' who showed up at Utah senator's hotel room

Utah Legislature urges full compensation on rural $ for federal lands

Utah lawmakers stiffen penalty for killing police dog

Utah House votes to ban A.G., other state offices from fundraising during legislative session

Utah Senate gives preliminary approval to bill equalizing school funding

Utah's changing demographics could impact local economy

Legislators to field questions, concerns on prison construction, inland port on Saturday

Utah attorney general kicks off a cultural celebration of Latinos at the Capitol

Lawmakers advance bill instructing all doctors to complete suicide prevention training

Working conditions a key factor in teacher turnover, Brown University professor says

Bill to remove mentally unfit elected officials passes Utah House

Utah launches statewide network of girls' coding clubs

Utah lawmakers debate, fail to act on family leave bill

Rep. Mia Love: 'Everything has to be on the table' after Florida school shooting

Utah Sen. Mike Lee opposes AR-15 ban, says hard to distinguish from hunting rifles

Utah contingent offering Olympic officials a reminder that Utah is 'ready, willing and able' to host Games again


Editorial: Utahns' understanding of the 2nd Amendment enhances ability to make better change (Daily Herald)

Bill would apply Utah's open-container alcohol laws to motorized bicycles (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County ag boosters tout import of farming even as more development looms (Standard-Examiner)

Arm the teachers? Utah educators can already legally pack heat (Logan Herald Journal)

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Lighter Side

Great Addition
"President Trump. . . . praised Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts’ appointment as the RNC’s new finance chairman, calling him a great addition. Yeah, great if you want to win one election every 108 years." Seth Meyers 

Wise Words

Bill of Rights

"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference." Thomas Jefferson