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13 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)

64 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)

94 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)

98 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)

113 days to the Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention (6/22/2019)

165 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)

249 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

332 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)

340 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

608 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

On this day in 1781 – The Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation.  

Podcast: The Salt Lake Chamber launches a new political action committee
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
We sit down with Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Derek Miller to discuss the brand new “Utah Jobs PAC” the organization is launching this year. …  

Supreme Court may decide the fate of Utah’s dual-track candidate system on Friday
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Maybe Friday, but for sure on Monday, we will know if the five-year-old politically-bloody court battle concerning Utah’s SB54 is finally over….  2019

General Session

Top Utah Republican lawmakers released their plan to make sweeping changes to Utah’s tax system, expanding the sales tax to cover many services and areas that have been exempt — from health insurance premiums to legal services, from plumbers to laundromats. Some industry leaders are pushing back on the plan designed to spread the pain. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV]  

Gov. Gary Herbert said he supports a bill that would allow grocery stores to sell beer with a higher alcohol limit. Utah law currently only allows a 3.2 percent by weight rate — the legislation would raise that to 4.8 percent. [Trib

 A bill banning abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome will become law if the governor signs it. The Senate passed the legislation on Wednesday afternoon. If enacted, the ban will not take effect until similar bans in other states are upheld by courts. [Trib] [KSL] [KUTV]

Community members came out Thursday to support a piece of legislation that would provide schools across the state with $32 million to hire more counselors. Residents made passionate pleas to the lawmakers, telling stories about how school counselors saved their children’s lives. [Trib] [DNews] [KSL]  

Utah lawmakers take another step toward banning flavored e-cig cartridges from teens

Bill allowing cities more enforcement of idling laws stalls in Utah Senate committee

National News

Andrew Wheeler is confirmed as the head of the EPA. The former coal lobbyist was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday – https://wapo.st/2IMb0AJ

2020 Presidential Election

President Trump wants to raise a billion dollars for his re-election. But, Republicans are worried his super PAC is not up to the task – https://politi.co/2IGDqfh

Another Democrat has entered the 2020 presidential race. Jay Inslee, governor of Washington state, is the first governor among the growing field, and he claims to be the only candidate who will make combatting climate change his No. 1 order of business. [WaPost]