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  • Anderson set to challenge McAdams in 2020.
  • Tax reform task force prepares to get down to work.
  • May resigns as PM.
  • Trump and Pelosi trade insults.

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Today at Utah Policy

Romney opposes wasteful $19.1 billion spending bill

by Press release
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued the following statement after voting against the… straw poll - 2020 Utah Republican nomination for governor

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Spencer Cox is in. Jon Huntsman is rumored to be mulling another run in 2020. Who do you…

Stewart opposes 'Medicare for all'

by Press release
Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) voiced his disapproval for the “Medicare for All”…

Lee and Romney congratulate Howard Nielson on confirmation

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U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued the following statement today…

Romney joins effort to protect and renew tourism partnership

by Press release
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined his colleagues in urging the Chairs and Ranking…

Romney, Lee, Braun, Toomey introduce legislation to require Congress to budget for natural disasters

by Press Release
U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Pat Toomey…

Policy News


Governor honors projects that keep Utah 'beautiful, healthy, prosperous, and neighborly”'

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In a Thursday afternoon ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion, Governor Gary R. Herbert…

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Students work to document rock art at a preserve…

Governor appoints members to the Utah State Board of Education, Utah Board of Regents, and UTech Board of Trustees

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Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed members to Utah’s three statewide education governing…

Lara Fritts named Consultant Connect North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2019

by Press release
Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic…

Office of the State Auditor releases audits of the Utah State Fair Corporation

by Press release
The Office of the State Auditor today announced the release of two Audits of the Utah…

Lime picks UCAIR for sweet clean air donation deal

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The Utah Clean Air Partnership has become the exclusive beneficiary of the Lime Hero…

Lighter Side

New Comedy
“You guys, after 12 years, today [May 17th] was the final episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ But don’t worry, it was also the beginning of a brand-new comedy: Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign.” — JIMMY FALLON

Wise Words


"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." Walt Whitman 

National Briefing

Breaking overnight. British Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would resign on June 7 -

Trump gives Barr the keys. President Donald Trump gave Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority" to declassify government secrets in an investigation into how the probe into the Russian interference in the 2016 election began -

Mueller wants to testify in private. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Thursday night that special counsel Robert Mueller wants to testify in private about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election -

Trump, Pelosi trade insults. Trump called Speaker Nancy Pelosi "Crazy Nancy" while Pelosi said Trump's family and White House aides should "stage an intervention for the good of the country" -

  • President Trump shared a video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on social media that had been slowed down to make her look like she was impaired -
  • Democratic 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg took a shot at Trump's claim of bone spurs to avoid serving in Vietnam, calling it a fake disability -

Very stable genius. President Trump called on several White House staffers during a press availability to vouch for his demeanor and to back up his claim that he did not have a temper tantrum when he walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders earlier this week -

Trump vs. Congress. Wells Fargo and TD Bank have already turned over Trump-related financial documents to Congress -

The Trump administration may sidestep Congress on to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Republican and Democratic members of Congress are warning the president not to invoke emergency powers to complete a controversial arms sale to Saudi Arabia and other countries -

Judge questions lawsuit to stop border wall. A federal judge expressed doubt about a lawsuit from House Democrats to block construction of President Trump's border wall after a Justice Department Attorney argued Congress cannot sue to enforce its constitutional power of the purse -

$16 billion bailout. President Trump announced a $16 billion aid package for farmers hurt by his trade war with China -

Friday's bizarre headline. President Trump is trying to steer the deal to build the border wall to a North Dakota firm whose top executive is a GOP donor and a frequent guest on Fox News -

Trump vs. Tillerson. President Trump declared Rex Tillerson, who he hired as Secretary of State, "dumb as a rock" and "totally ill-prepared and ill-equipped for the job" after Tillerson told members of Congress that Russian President Vladimir Putin had outfoxed Trump -

Senate approves massive aid package. The Senate passed a multi-billion disaster aid bill after making a deal with President Trump -

For your radar. The FBI says they've seen a significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism -

There is so much garbage on Facebook. The social media platform took down more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, which is double the number from the previous six months -

  • Twitter banned the Krassenstein brothers, prominent anti-Trump advocates, for operating fake accounts and purchasing false interactions -

Measles travel ban. Health officials in five states may block people believed to be infected with measles from boarding airplanes -