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Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


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There are 13 working days remaining in the 2020 Utah Legislature

4 days to the South Carolina Democratic primary (2/29/2020)

7 days to the Utah presidential primaries (3/3/2020)

16 days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (3/12/2020)

28 days to the statewide neighborhood caucus meetings (3/24/2020)

60 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic state conventions (4/25/2020)

126 days to the 2020 Utah primary elections (6/30/2020)

252 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

335 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)


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

  • Talks continue over possible changes to Prop. 4.
  • Should Utah lawmakers cut taxes? We ask the candidates for governor.
  • Stocks plunge amid the spread of the coronavirus spread

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Today at Utah Policy

Legislative leaders deny they're moving to repeal Prop. 4 as they continue to seek a deal

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Legislative leaders and representatives from the Better Boundaries group are still…

Bob Bernick's notebook: Guarding against the blowback from anti-Romney resolution

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
For those who watch the Utah Legislature closely -- as I do -- it was interesting to see…

Proposal would make it illegal to disrupt a public meeting

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A state senator has introduced a bill that would make it a Class B misdemeanor -- with…

Utah voters say Republicans in Congress are doing a better job than Democrats

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah voters believe Republicans in Congress are handling their jobs better than…

Lawmakers moving to make changes to voter-approved anti-gerrymandering initiative

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
For months legislative leaders have been quietly negotiating a deal with Better…

One lawmaker is proposing a total ban on vaping in Utah

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
State Rep. Paul Ray has a solution to the competing e-cigarette bills now battling each…

Policy News

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Hatch to receive religious liberty's highest honor

by News release
Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, has been named…

Register now for the Utah Economic Summit

by World Trade Center Utah
Early Bird Pricing is now available for the 14th Annual Governor's Utah Economic Summit.

CYBER24 Episode 70: Strategies to protect against IoT vulnerabilities

by Marty Carpenter
The internet of things (IoT) has been steadily creeping into our lives. From smart…
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Forty-four women completed political training with Women’s Leadership Institute, many already running for public office

by News release
The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) recognized 44 women who completed its six-month…
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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Looking to ski in Utah without the crowds? Here’s…
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Utah recognized as leader in digital government

by Business Wire
he state of Utah continues to be a leader in digital government services that benefit…

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Lighter Side

Throwing Shade
“It’s the same way you would lose white voters if a tape came out of you saying that pets aren’t the same as babies. All the pumpkin spice in the world can’t save you after that.” Trevor Noah

Wise Words

Friend

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." Thomas Jefferson

National Briefing

Coronavirus hits the economy

The markets plunged on Monday amid fears the COVID-19 virus is accelerating its spread around the globe [Washington Post].

Economists say a global pandemic from the virus could cost $1 trillion [Bloomberg].

The Trump administration is asking Congress for $2.5 billion to battle the virus [Bloomberg].


Another debate

There will be 7 Democrats on the stage tonight in South Carolina ahead of Saturday's primary [New York Times].

Expect Michael Bloomberg to attack frontrunner Bernie Sanders relentlessly in tonight's debate [Politico].


Supreme Court

President Donald Trump says Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor should recuse themselves from cases dealing with his administration [Fox News].

The Supreme Court will rule whether faith-based foster agencies can reject same-sex couples [NBC News].


That's a lot of cheesecake!

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has spent more than $8,600 buying cheesecakes as thank-you gifts for supporters over the last decade [New York Post].