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

  • 41% of Utahns say they're ready to vote to give President Trump another term in 2020.
  • Anthony Scaramucci really wants Mitt Romney to run against Trump.
  • John Bolton was alarmed by efforts to pressure Ukraine to dig up dirt on Trump's political rivals.


Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 21 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 104 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 140 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 259 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 385 (11/3/2020)

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Today at Utah Policy

The 14th Annual Utah Economic Summit announced

by Governor's Office of Economic Development
The 14th annual Utah Economic Summit hosted by Governor Herbert will be held on May 7,…

Poll: Utahns remain divided on impeaching Trump

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah voters are nearly evenly split on whether House Democrats should move forward with…

I called it! - Bernick and Schott on politics

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
We welcome special guest co-host Spencer Stokes back to the podcast.

Romney holds fundraiser for Utah GOP

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney put his fundraising prowess to work on Thursday night by hosting an…

Lawmakers consider tax overhaul options, but cast doubt on a special session before the end of the year

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Seven months after the end of the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers are no closer to…

Record drop in housing prices slows growth of Wasatch Front price index

by Zions Bank
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) decreased 0.4% from August to…

Policy News


Complete Count Committee opens census grants

by Press release
The State of Utah’s Complete Count Committee has announced it will make up to $500,000 in…

Join WTC Utah for a lunch-time meeting with the Ambassador from Cuba

by World Trade Center Utah
Join us to hear from the Cuban Ambassador about the challenges and opportunities in Cuba…

EDCUtah conducting in-depth business climate survey statewide

by EDCUtah
The Economic Development Corporation of Utah recently conducted its 30th “Know the…

Space Dynamics Lab cameras successfully launched into ionosphere

by Press release
NASA has announced the launch of its Ionospheric Connection Explorer. Utah State…

CYBER 24 episode 54: Shocking hacker creativity and how your mood impacts your security

by Marty Carpenter
One thing you should never underestimate? The astounding creativity of cybercriminals. As…

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Baiting big game is legal in Utah — for now. But is…

Lighter Side

Bone Spur
Donald Trump “is responding the only way he knows how: by being petty as hell”. In a press conference on Thursday, Trump defended his decision by saying that the Kurds did not help the US in the second world war. (They did, in fact, assist the Allies). The argument is ridiculous, Noah said,...

Wise Words


"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others." Aristotle


National Briefing

Ukraine scandal

Bombshell! Former national security advisor John Bolton objected to the effort to pressure Ukraine to dig up dirt on President Trump's political rivals and called Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani a "hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up" [New York Times].

Fiona Hill, President Trump's former top Russia adviser, told Congress on Monday that Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was running a shadow foreign policy in the country and saw "wrongdoing" related to Ukraine policy. She also said she had two meetings with a National Security Council lawyer about Giuliani's efforts to investigate President Trump's rivals [Politico].

Federal prosecutors are pouring over Rudy Giuliani's business dealings in Ukraine, including his finances. They've also scrutinized his bank records [Wall Street Journal].

It's debate night

12 Democratic presidential hopefuls will meet on the debate stage in Ohio Tuesday night [AP].


President Trump said Monday he was applying new sanctions on Turkey and was seeking a ceasefire after their military action into northern Syria [CNN].


Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is rethinking his decision to not run for president if former vice president Joe Biden's continues to struggle against Elizabeth Warren [CNBC].


On Tuesday House Democrats will take the wraps off their plan to reduce college costs [Washington Post].


The social media platform's founder Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months [Politico].

For your radar

U.S. manufacturing had its worst month since the Great Recession last month, erasing hopes for a quick turnaround for industry [Washington Post].