'Political Insiders' grade Operation Rio Grande's first year

Operation Rio Grande, the extensive program to help the homeless in downtown Salt Lake City, marked its first year in existence last week. Our "Political Insiders" say the effort so far has either been a success or it's too early to reach a conclusion.

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness - August 20, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Nazi jokes. "Truth isn't truth." Cohen investigated for bank fraud.

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Today at Utah Policy

Utah added 57,000 jobs over the last year

  • By Press release

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for July 2018 grew by an estimated 3.9 percent, adding 57,100 jobs to the economy since July 2017. Utah’s current employment level registers 1,510,700. No revision...

Policy News

2018 general election debate series announced

  • By Press release

The ABU Education Fund and the University of Utah’s John R. Park Debate Society will host a series of three general election debates this fall. The debates will be for S.D. 8, H.D. 8, and H.D. 32.

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Will voters put Utah kids first?

Editorial: Mountain Accord won’t make it at a glacial pace

‘Where do they go?’ With prices rising, advocates urge Utah leaders to focus on affordable housing to help reduce homelessness.

A southern Utah county that fought monument designations is now eager to make money off them

How bad is this year’s Utah wildfire season? Actually, not that bad so far — unless you’re trying to breathe.

Utah again leads the nation for job growth

Federal complaints accuse Mia Love and Ben McAdams of taking illegal donations, marking the latest fight in this contentious campaign

Surprised by plan from his own BLM to unload land inside Utah’s former Grand Staircase monument, Interior boss cancels sale

Midvale councilman calls for the Utah city to ban Confederate flags from its Harvest Days Parade

Deseret News

Pignanelli & Webb: The political inferno of wildfires, and other issues

Op-ed: Are tax exemptions for businesses a blessing or a curse?

Editorial: This is a vexed generation

Love, McAdams refute allegations in dueling FEC complaints

Utah's jobless rate is among the lowest in the nation. Here's how it ranks

Utah Inland Port board subcommittees have been meeting behind closed doors

Utah 2018 wildfires destroy the most structures in past 15 years

Dream of citizenship at risk for immigrants in the U.S. military

Utah's overdose deaths fall 12% despite nationwide surge

Utah lawmaker proposes putting a team in every school to catch red flags


Vice chair of Utah County Republicans makes Nazi joke in Facebook group, later retracts (Daily Herald)

U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson makes case to valley voters (Logan Herald Journal)

Lighter Side

"Omarosa's new book "Unhinged" is out. And it's already an Amazon best-seller. That's just because Trump frantically bought up all the copies so no one can read it." Jimmy Fallon

Wise Words


"The price of greatness is responsibility." Winston Churchill