Situational Awareness

Situational awareness - May 24, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utah's dual-track system to the ballot isn't going anywhere. The UTA reaffirms a big severance package for its fired boss. North Korea may ditch the planned summit with President Trump.

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Policy Buzz

When we talk about economic prosperity, a portion of the conversation typically involves the importance of improving our workforce diversity in the state, including the need to enhance leadership...
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...

Policy News

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: No child should go to school in a hard target

Utah led the nation in housing growth, but would-be buyers are feeling the pain, Census reports

Uranium makes feds’ list of minerals ‘critical’ to national security, setting off a debate in Utah and beyond

Find out how much the top government employees in Utah’s largest 50 cities made last year

Business leaders praise planned Salt Lake City trade hub but environmentalists raise questions

After attorney general said UTA board violated open meeting laws, it again fires former agency chief — a step ensuring he will receive a severance of about $282K

The nonprofits overseeing Utah’s homeless shelters face a tough question: What does ‘zero tolerance’ mean when the alternative could mean a night outside?

South Salt Lake audit finds no evidence that municipal funds were diverted into mayor’s re-election campaign

Census says fast-growing Salt Lake City passes the 200,000 resident mark — but local officials say that’s probably premature

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Another secret deal? Don't forget the schools

Jay Evensen: Why are the homeless shelters still unsafe?

A. Scott Anderson: Welcome to the S.L. Chamber, Derek Miller

Editorial: Eagle Mountain data center deal needs a thorough airing

Pompeo doesn't have good news on effort to free Utahn in Venezuela

Global trade experts urge Utah leaders to put politics aside for inland port, but talks remain stalled

UTA board reaffirms former boss's $200K severance package

Salt Lake County mayor calls for action after 'damning' Road Home audit

Final 2 agencies pass tax breaks for mystery data center in Utah County

Mike Kennedy says 'snippet' shows he wasn't speaking for all of Utah

Sen. Orrin Hatch cautions against 'dark side' of sports betting in Sports Illustrated op-ed


Valley Visioning Summit plans for Utah County's future (Daily Herald)

How will an inland port affect Utah County business? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Repair, don't rebrand, Utah Transit Authority (Standard-Examiner)

Today At Utah Policy

Weekly survey: Kennedy apologizes

  • By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy apologized to Pastor Robert Jeffress after his opponent, Mitt Romney, called him a "religious bigot."

Insider Surveys

Opponents of the medical marijuana and "Count My Vote" ballot initiatives each launched an extensive attempt to get Utahns to remove their names from the ballot initiatives to prevent them from...
As the effort to remove signatures from two proposed ballot initiatives turns nasty, our "Political Insiders" say the requirements to get Utahns to take their names off those proposed ballot...


Ben McAdams, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Utah's 4th CD, says his Republican opponent, Mia Love, is an "empty seat" in Utah's delegation in Washington. 
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the week in politics. 

Lighter Side

Similar Lives
"Scientists claim to have succeeded transplanting a memory from the brain of one sea snail and implanting it into another. Or, more likely, snails live pretty similar lives." Seth Meyers 

Wise Words


"Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty." John D. Rockefeller