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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • The 2020 Utah Legislature gets underway.
  • Controversial fetal remains bill unveiled.
  • Bolton revelations rock impeachment trial.


Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 6 (2/3/2020)

Days to the New Hampshire primaries: 14 (2/11/2020) 

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 35 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 44 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 154 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 280 (11/3/2020)

Days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature: 340 (1/25/2021)

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Today at Utah Policy

Romney says it's 'increasingly likely' Republicans will vote to hear from witnesses following Bolton revelations

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday morning that the bombshell revelations from former national…

Impeachment: An Historical Overview

by Michael E. Christensen, Ph.D.
Editor’s Note: This is the first of a four-part series by renowned public policy scholar…

Lawmakers eyeing changes to start date for annual legislative session

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The 2020 Utah Legislature gets underway on Monday, the date mandated by the Utah…

Utah's unemployment rate hit an all-time low in December

by News release
Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for December 2019 grew by an estimated 3.3%, adding…

Romney says he will 'very likely' vote to call witnesses in impeachment trial

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said it’s “very likely” he will be in favor of calling witnesses in the…

Lee says he sees no need to call additional witnesses in impeachment trial

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mike Lee said Saturday that there’s no need to call witnesses in the Senate…

Policy News


Ogden City counted among 50 best U.S. cities for starting a business in 2020

by News release
In a study released on and powered by Startup Genome, a research and policy…

Utah employers encouraged to bring preventive health screenings to the workplace

by News release
The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is partnering with employers throughout the state to…

Utah Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

by News release
Know a Utah farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and…

There's still time to learn how to expand your business in the Middle East

by World Trade Center Utah
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic…

CYBER 24 Episode 67: Penetration testing and vulnerability scans

by Marty Carpenter
We’ve talked about what happens to a business when it becomes the victim of a…

Governor Herbert proclaims Jan. 26-Feb. 1 'Utah School Choice Week'

by PR Newswire
Gov. Gary Herbert has issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 26-Feb. 1 Utah School Choice…

Local Headlines

Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune


Lighter Side

Bored at Work
“If you didn’t want to be bored at work, you shouldn’t have become a senator, O.K.? You should have stuck with racecar driving, Mitch McConnell.” — TREVOR NOAH

Wise Words


"Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself." Andrew Carnegie

National Briefing


Former national security adviser John Bolton told Attorney General William Barr that he was worried President Donald Trump was granting favors to the autocratic leaders of Turkey and China [New York Times].

The revelations coming from Bolton's book are threatening to upend the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump [Washington Post].


President Trump's legal team will wrap up their defense of the president on Tuesday [Bloomberg].


The virus has killed 106 people in China. More than 4,000 people have been infected [New York Times].

The U.S. will expand the screening of passengers from China [Washington Post].

The spread of the virus is sparking fears it will negatively impact the global economy [New York Times].


The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump Administration to move forward with a rule to deny entry or legal status for immigrants who are likely to rely on government assistance [The Hill].