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

  • The Utah Legislature passes a massive tax cut as part of their tax reform proposal.
  • The House Judiciary Committee will likely vote on articles of impeachment after 14 hours of debate on Thursday.
  • President Trump may not participate in the 2020 presidential debates.

Friday trivia

There is no legal requirement that a member of Congress live in the district they represent. Currently, Rep. Ben McAdams lives outside of the 4th Congressional District, but he's not the first Utahn to do so.

Who was the first Utah member of Congress not to live inside the district they represented in Washington?

The THIRD reader with the correct answer will get the honor of asking our next trivia question. Send your guesses to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 45 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 52 (2/3/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 81 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 90 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 200 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 326 (11/3/2020)

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Today at Utah Policy

Herbert calls special session on tax reform for Thursday

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
It’s official. Utah lawmakers will meet on Thursday in a special session to pass a…

Unwieldy nicknames - Bernick and Schott on politics

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott is joined by guest host Spencer Stokes to discuss the latest…

Panel approves tax overhaul proposal. Special session up next

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Almost hidden among all the numbers and charts in the final Tax Reform Task Force meeting…

Utah Republicans fail to repeal illegal bylaw, leaving the party's status uncertain ahead of the 2020 election

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
One single vote could imperil every Republican candidate on Utah’s ballot in 2020.

Salt Lake County GOP announces Dinesh D'Sousa as keynote speaker for upcoming Lincoln Day Dinner

by Press release
The Salt Lake County GOP announces conservative filmmaker and best selling author Dinesh…

Guest opinion: Utah's tax reform plan is on the right track

by Alan K. Ormsby, State Director, AARP Utah
AARP Utah has been actively following the Utah Legislature’s tax reform hearings and…

Policy News


Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Is paid parking at Utah’s Solitude catching on?…

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joins bipartisan coalition in calling for fentanyl to remain a Schedule I drug

by Press release
Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes has joined a bipartisan coalition of all 56 attorneys…

Utah first state to receive federal approval of Family First Act plan

by Press release
The Utah Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Family First Prevention Services Act plan,…

Romney expresses concern about 500% fee increase to obtain genealogy records

by Press release
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) expressed his concern about a rule proposed by the…

Curtis 'Miracle Mountain' bill sails through committee

by Press release
Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), Deputy Republican Leader of the National Parks, Forests, and…

McAdams votes for strong national defense; support for military families

by Press release
Congressman Ben McAdams voted for the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act,…

Lighter Side

Pelosi on Hate
“We Catholics don’t hate anyone, O.K.? We are not allowed to. We don’t hate anyone. That’s why we waged 11 crusades: to remind those people how much we love them. The Inquisition was just a tickle fight that got out of control.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

Wise Words

Finding Truth

"The truth is found when men are free to pursue it." Franklin D. Roosevelt


National Briefing

14 hours and no vote

The House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourned on Thursday evening after 14 hours of debate on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Thursday's hearing featured fierce debate and members hurling insults at each other. The panel is expected to take a final vote on Friday [AP].

"We all know how it's going to end"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday night there's "no chance the president's gonna be removed from office" when the Senate holds an impeachment trial next year [USA Today].

Trump's revenge

President Trump's advisors are worried about his anger once the impeachment process ends, saying he will be angry and looking for revenge [New York Times].

Schiff rips Republicans for defending Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff scorched Republicans Thursday for "willfully blinding themselves" to President Trump's misconduct [Washington Post].

Shutdown averted

Congressional negotiators say they've reached a deal in principle to approve $1.3 trillion in federal spending for next year [Washington Post].

Trump may not debate in 2020

President Donald Trump is reportedly discussing with advisers the possibility of sitting out the general election debates next year because he is worried about who will be chosen as moderator [New York Times].

Trade deal

President Trump has signed off on a phase-one trade deal with China which will avert new tariffs on about $160 billion of consumer goods [Bloomberg].


Conservatives in Britain won a landslide victory in Thursday's election, giving a major boost to the Brexit effort [Washington Post].  

Trump's financial records

The Supreme Court could decide as soon as Friday whether President Trump can shield his financial records from Congress and New York prosecutors [Bloomberg].