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24 days to the Utah Libertarian Party state convention (4/20/2019)

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

38 days to the United Utah Party state convention (5/4/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

342 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)

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

Local Elections

Sen. Luz Escamilla, the Senate Democratic whip, launched her campaign for Salt Lake City mayor on Tuesday. Supporters touted her bipartisan track record and her dedication to underserved communities. [Trib] [DNews]  

After six years of experience serving as a Salt Lake City councilwoman, Erin Mendenhall announced Sunday her plans to run for city mayor, becoming the ninth candidate to enter the race. [Trib

Salt Lake City mayoral candidates racking up some big financial numbers
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
This year’s Salt Lake City mayor’s race is well on its way to becoming the costliest in the city’s history.  

Most of the candidates vying to replace Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski agree that the inland port planned for the city’s northwest side represents an overreach of state power — but some said they would not replicate her hardline approach to the development, if elected. Here’s where they stand. [Trib]  

Local News

Utah governor vetoes bill blocking signature-gathering candidates in special congressional electionsGov. Gary Hebert signed off on loosening Utah law to allow 4.0 beer in grocery stores. The law expected to usher in the end of 3.2 Utah’s 3.2 will kick in Nov. 1. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]  

Vetoes and lawsuits – Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert signs a controversial abortion restriction bill into law, and the lawsuits won’t be far behind.  

Gov. Gary Herbert signed 119 bills on Monday, including one to outlaw abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, assuring a legal challenge. He also signed legislation delaying the effective date of all future voter-approved ballot measures to give the Legislature time to change them. His one veto was a bill aimed at limiting voter participation in special election candidate nominations. [Trib] [Fox13] [DNews

A group of medical marijuana supporters took to the state Supreme Court on Monday to ask justices to restore the original voter-approved initiative. [Trib] [Fox13] [KUTV2] [DNews

Jenny Wilson delivered her first State of the County address on Tuesday in which she highlighted the county’s AAA bond rating, her response to the affordable housing crunch, future transportation options and how she plans to address booming population growth. [Trib] [DNews] [KUTV]  

Salt Lake City police officers stationed within schools will start going through another level of training to learn how to build trust and better relationships with students and knowing when to intervene and how. [Trib] [DNews[KUTV]  

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that Utahns’ personal income increased 6.3 percent between the years 2017 and 2018, the second fastest growing in the nation. But Utah is still far from reaching the national average of per person income. [Trib]  

Our Congressional Representatives

Romney working on GOP climate change plan
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney is reportedly at the center of discussions among Senate Republicans who are seeking to craft legislation to address climate change.  

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop on the Green New Deal, hamburgers and genocide (Standard-Examiner)

Sen. Mike Lee elected chairman of Joint Economic Committee

Sen. Romney and Rep. Bishop say Hill Air Force Base is poised for major workforce increase nearing 20 percent (Standard-Examiner)

National News

Education Secretary Betsy Devos came under fire from House Democrats and even some Republicans for her proposal for deep cuts in the Education Department. [WaPost]  

A federal judge in North Carolina struck down that state’s ban on abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, saying the exemptions allowed were too narrow to preserve women’s constitutional rights. [WaPostviaTrib]  

A marijuana legalization effort pushed by the governor and other supporters has collapsed in New Jersey. [NYTimes]  

President Donald Trump’s administration is back on the attack against the Affordable Care Act, squarely weighing in on the side of a Texas judge’s ruling that would strike down the entire health care law. In new court filings, the Justice Department said it would not fight the district court decision on appeal. This shift on the part of the administration — if its position prevails in higher courts — could strip away health care for millions and void the expansion of Medicaid in most states. [CNN] [WaPost]  

Democrats divided on minimum wage hike. Several red-state Democrats say they will oppose an effort to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour –