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Here's what is driving the day:

  • The Mueller report is public and there's tons of reaction.
  • Joe Biden will launch his presidential campaign next week.

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Utah is one of six states where there has never seen a major party nominate a woman for governor. Can you name the other five?

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Today at Utah Policy

Zions Bank economic snapshot: 150 years of railroads in Utah

by Robert Spendlove and Drew Maggelet, Zions Bank
May 10th, 2019 represents the 150th anniversary of the uniting of the Central Pacific…

Utah's unemployment rate remains steady at 3 percent

by Press release
Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for March 2019 grew by an estimated 3.0 percent, adding…

Hiking with Elizabeth Warren - Bernick and Schott on politics

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The Mueller report is out and everybody has thoughts about it, including us. We also look…

Stewart: Americans are 'exhausted' by Mueller report

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Chris Stewart said efforts by Democrats to continue to pursue information contained…

Bob Bernick's notebook: Utah Republicans would be wise to steer clear of Trump

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Well, the Mueller report – redacted as it is – came out and I, like a lot of other…

Podcast: Smart growth management in Utah

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah's population is exploding, which is a challenge for Utah policymakers from the…

Policy News


Curtis encourages political engagement at tech tour: 'Demand civility and reward it'

by Press release
This week, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) set out on a tech tour visiting several…

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Weekend Event Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Environmental groups urge Utah to…

Amazon opens first robotics center in Utah, creates more than 1,500 jobs in the Salt Lake Area

by Press release
Governor Gary Herbert, local elected officials and community leaders joined Amazon in…

SLCC names honorary doctorate recipients for commencement

by Press release
Salt Lake Community College has named Jay K. Francis and Patricia R. Richards as 2019…

Utah executives report cautious optimism about future economy

by Salt Lake Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber released the first-quarter results of the Salt Lake Chamber’s…

Center for Policing Equity revealed as a 2019 Audacious Project

by Press release
What if science could eliminate racial bias in policing? Today, this question was…

Lighter Side

Goodfella Avenatti
“Also, did you not see ‘Goodfellas’? When you rip people off you gotta play it cool with the money. You’re like the guy who buys a Ferrari and asks for the vanity plate, ‘BNK RBBR.’” — SETH MEYERS

Wise Words


"There is a difference between giving directions and giving direction." Simon Sinek

National Briefing

The Mueller report is public. The redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report contains details of attempted obstruction that was mostly foiled and extensive Russsian election interference -

  • Democrats in Congress are now faced with whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Donald Trump -
  • Republicans are rejoicing following the release of the report and are seeking to put the whole affair behind them -
  • The New York Times digs into the "culture of dishonesty" inside the Trump White House that is detailed in the report -
  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr passed information about the FBI's investigation into Russian interference to the White House -
  • Right-wing media is using the report to launch broadsides against Trump's critics, demanding apologies -

Joe Biden is running for president. The former vice president will announce his third bid for the White House next week -

Trade pact with Mexico would only bring a slight boost to the economy. The U.S. International Trade Commission says President Trump's trade deal with Mexico won't do much to move the economic needle -

Raising the smoking age. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduces legislation to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 -

Woah. The Department of Homeland Security says they plan to use facial recognition technology on 97 percent of air passengers by the year 2023 -

A New Mexico militia is detaining immigrants at the Mexico border. The right-wing group is stopping migrant families at gunpoint before turning them over to the border patrol -

Feds investigating Facebook. Federal regulators may hold Facebook accountable for mishandling personal information -