Content in our “News” posts come from local & national news sources. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lower the voting age to 16? Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley is floating a plan to lower the voting age to 16, which could happen as soon as the 2020 presidential election – http://bit.ly/2IYnp4R

Utah voters will have an opportunity on next year’s ballot to approve or deny a proposal to render the state’s constitution more gender neutral. [Trib][DNews]  

Prosecutors dropped charges on what appears to be the first case of charges against a Utahn who qualifies for medical Marijuana under newly implemented state law. [Trib][DNews]

A new focus for Facebook? The founder and CEO of the social media platform says he wants to reposition the platform to make it more privacy-focused – https://cnn.it/2IXZT83

2019 General Session

A bill that would prohibit people from openly carrying a gun within 500 feet of any K-12 school in Utah was defeated in committee Wednesday after complaints from gun lobbyists and Republican lawmakers. [Trib]  

Another school safety bill to require schools to provide more lockdown trainings and create staff teams to respond to threats deadlocks in committee, for now. [Trib]  

‘Money is getting tight’ – Legislative leaders racing to set next year’s budget, including a big tax cut
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Legislative leaders are warning lawmakers money is getting tight as they work to set next year’s budget…  

A bill that would have allowed Utah grocery stores to sell higher-alcohol beer was gutted by a committee and replaced by a measure that would create a task force to study the proposal. [Trib] [Fox13]  

National News

Matt Tueller, a career diplomat from Utah nominated to be the U.S. ambassador for Iraq, said during a Senate confirmation hearing that he understands the challenges in the Middle East and is well prepared to take on the job. [Trib]

2020 Presidential Election

The Democratic National Committee blocks Fox News Channel from hosting host any Democratic primary debates during the 2020 election cycle, saying it doesn’t have confidence the conservative-leaning network would responsibly handle such an event. [Politico]