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Last week, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced the state was part of a sweeping anti-trust legal action against Google for their practices in the digital advertising sphere. 

Reyes sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to explain the investigation into Google and what happens next.

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Utah lawmakers tweak the state's medical cannabis laws in a special session. They also approved money for the 2020 census and a legal settlement with former Attorney General John Swallow.

Legislative leaders say they expect a number of gun bills to make their way through the 2020 session. Our polling shows Utahns are in favor of some restrictions on guns in the wake of some high-profile mass shootings.

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The Utah Supreme Court says partisan elections for the State School Board are okay.

We've released several polls this week showing Utahns are in favor of several gun control measures. Not surprisingly, our social media channels are a sewer because people are commenting without reading the results.

Mitt Romney says he won't endorse anyone in 2020, and he's not running himself.

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Could Utah turn from a solid red state to purple? Newly-elected Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Merchant thinks demographic changes in the Beehive State could make that happen within a decade.

Merchant joins UtahPolicy.com managing editor Bryan Schott to discuss the challenges and opportunities he sees for Utah's minority party in the age of Donald Trump.

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Utah lawmakers are prepping changes to the state's medical marijuana laws. But, those changes may delay implementation past the March 1 deadline.

The state reaches a $1.5 million settlement with former Attorney General John Swallow.

Our polling shows Utahns feel like they're better off now than they were four years ago, but that feeling does not extend to Utah women.

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There's a special session slated for later this month for lawmakers to tweak the state's medical cannabis laws and make changes to the 2020 caucus and convention schedule.

Gov. Gary Herbert makes a $50k donation to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's campaign. Is it good news or bad news for the current Republican frontrunner?

The legislature's tax reform task force discusses education funding and ways t... Read more

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Should there be a citizenship question on the 2020 census? Our polling shows a slim majority of Utahns favor its inclusion, but there's a sharp partisan divide on the issue.

Another poll shows Utahns support keeping Roe v. Wade in place. Could the issue be a potent one in the 2020 gubernatorial race?

Spencer Cox is the only candidate so far in the 2020 governor's race. When will other candidates ju... Read more

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Rep. Ben McAdams has the distinction of being the "most vulnerable" Democrat in Congress heading into the 2020 election.

McAdams joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick to discuss his re-election campaign and his thoughts on whether Democrats should open impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

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Support for Donald Trump's re-election in Utah sits at 40%. He trails Democrats Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders and is in a virtual tie with Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. While there's almos... Read more

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Sen. Mitt Romney is preparing a replacement plan for Obamacare that would "give more flexibility to states." Does it have a chance of passing Congress?

Our polling shows Utahns don't want lawmakers to change Prop. 4, the anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative, but they do favor term limits for lawmakers.

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Sen. Mitt Romney speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about how extreme partisanship in Congress is preventing bills from passing. He also talks about the exploding federal deficit, whether he is worried about the economy tipping into a recession, his work on an alternative to Obamacare and whether he would try to buy Greenland.

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Lawmakers are tackling tax reform. Our polling shows they've got a tough task ahead of them if they decide to move forward with a number of controversial choices. We break down the numbers.

The state's medical cannabis program is undergoing further changes as legislators tweak the law they passed last year.

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National Democrats think there's a chance Rep. Chris Stewart could be vulnerable in 2020, mostly because of his low approval ratings and President Donald Trump's unpopularity. Do Democrats have a chance to flip this district next year?

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Luz Escamilla leapfrogs Jim Dabakis to apparently secure a spot in November's SLC mayoral election against Erin Mendenhall. We break down why Dabakis may be kicking himself for a long time after this surprising loss.

Two UtahPolicy.com polls this week show Utahns are divided on whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, but they do not like his use of Twitter.

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Erin Mendenhall wins the Salt Lake City Mayor primary election and will face either Jim Dabakis or Luz Escamilla in November.

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick break down the results, and look ahead to the November campaign to be Salt Lake City's next mayor.

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Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott are back with their cynical take on all things Utah politics.

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Jon Huntsman is coming back to Utah, and everyone expects him to run for governor again next year. Our polling shows about half of Utahns want him to launch another campaign.

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UtahPolicy.com is partnering with Y2 Analytics to launch the Utah Political Trends project to measure public attitudes of Utahns on several issues.

Managing Editor Bryan Schott sat down with Kyrene Gibb, partner with Y2 Analytics, to discuss the project, how they conduct the polls and why you can trust the results are accurate.

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Rob Bishop announced he's retiring from Congress. Which Republicans are considering running to replace him?

The feds will deny Utah's plan for a stripped-down Medicaid expansion. Don't hold your breath expecting lawmakers to fully implement Prop. 3 anytime soon.

Mia Love says President Donald Trump's tweets attacking minorities are racist. Utah's members of Congress have remained silent... Read more

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The much-anticipated Mueller hearings came and went this week. Did the marathon television event change any minds?

Mueller highlighted the threat from foreign interference in our elections. Why isn't Congress doing enough to combat that ahead of 2020?

Rep. Chris Stewart tried for a big "gotcha" moment during his 5 minutes questioning Mueller, but it turns out he's pretty bad at that.
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In a bid for relevance, the United Utah Party launches a term-limits ballot initiative. Do they have what it takes to put the issue on the ballot? If it passes, will Utah lawmakers abide by the will of the voters?

We break down the newly published approval ratings for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. Are there some warning signs for Cox's 2020 gubernatorial bid?

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