Situational Awareness

Situational awareness - April 23, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Romney stumbles. GOP squabbles grab the spotlight. Trump's team worried Cohen might flip.

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Policy Buzz

The National People's Congress of China recently approved a plan to eliminate the constitutionally set term limits on President Xi Jinping, allowing him to lead the country beyond 2023. Freedom is...
The Utah State Legislature passed some significant measures this year that will have a long-term impact on our economic prosperity. I had the opportunity to chat with Sen. Stuart Adams about some of...

Policy News

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: There is a place for medical marijuana. But do it the right way.

Op-ed: Real heath care reform will have to come from the states

Tribune Editorial: Treat all roads like Cottonwood Canyon

Utah’s 3.3 percent job-growth rate in March was the nation’s best, fueled by businesses like the new AC Hotel in Salt Lake City

To win tickets, Utah students told to do as Alexander Hamilton and other Founding Fathers did — write a letter!

Toxic heavy metals in soils may pose risk to recreation in American Fork Canyon, new report finds

Rolly: Utah Gov. Herbert plays hardball with fellow Republican Winder before striking out with GOP lawmakers

Utah Republican delegates force Mitt Romney into a primary election with state lawmaker Mike Kennedy in the race for the U.S. Senate

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman clinches GOP nomination to replace retiring Rep. Mike Noel

Gehrke: Utah’s Republican convention was a marathon of odd candidates, voting errors and delegate curveballs

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Issues of the day: 'Insider baseball,' or should Utahns care?

Op-ed: Utah Sportsmen's Caucus is vital to local conservation efforts

Boyd Matheson: Five takeaways from the state Republican convention

Ralph Becker: When it comes to volunteering, Utah wins by a long shot

Op-ed: Utah's workforce and welfare programs are an example to the nation

Editorial: Environmental stewardship relies on individual character

Utah top in country for job growth, report says

Utah election reform law aims to remove barriers to voting, boost turnout

Once mediocre Regent Street now a downtown destination

U.S. 'paying attention' to Utah's Medicaid initiative, Obama-era health official says

Utah GOP delegates force primary elections for Mitt Romney, John Curtis

About Utah: Meet the author of Utah's free-range parenting bill


The story behind the Orem man who filed as Abe Lincoln to run for Senate (Daily Herald)

Utah measure, backed by Weber Co. high-schooler, cuts primary voting age to 17 (Standard-Examiner)

1st District U.S. House race between Democrats Weiland, Castillo getting testy (Standard-Examiner)

Davis Co. review of Ogden PD probe not over, lawyer says Gibson not a target (Standard-Examiner)

Cache Democrats optimistic at convention (Logan Herald Journal)

Today At Utah Policy

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Congress

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

There's a U.S. Senate seat up for election in 2018 as well as all four U.S. House seats. Here's the list of candidates ahead of the Republican and Democratic state conventions.

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Utah Senate

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

2018 means another election cycle is upon us. Half of the Utah Senate seats are up for election this year. Here's the list of candidates are either headed to a primary or secured a spot in the...

2018 Utah candidate tracker - Utah House

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

All 75 Utah House seats are up for election this year. Here's our running list of who has clinched the nomination, and who is in a primary election.

Republican party brawl takes over Utah GOP convention

  • By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor

After more than three hours of sometimes frustrating debate – with “yeahs” and “boos” shouted from the delegates and onlookers joining in – a majority of the 3,600 or so state Republican delegates...

Insider Surveys

The proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Utah looks like a lock to make November's ballot. Recently the LDS Church signaled their opposition to the proposal. Our "Political Insiders" are not...
Mitt Romney has already qualified for the GOP primary ballot through signature gatherers. Will Republican delegates force him into a primary election at Saturday's convention?


Rob Anderson took over as chairman of the Utah GOP for nearly a year ago.
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick trudge through the week in Utah politics.

Lighter Side

"President Trump's new nominee to head NASA is a Republican congressman with no science background. Or as that’s called in the Trump administration, "overqualified." Conan O'Brien

Wise Words


"The mountains are calling and I must go." John Muir