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Conservative groups ready to pounce if Senate takes up Supreme Court nominee. Poll: Utahns like vote-by-mail balloting. Utah Democrats see Trump nomination as opportunity.

Happy Monday. Conservative action groups are galvanized by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's quick and forceful insistence that the Senate will not take up a high court nominee for the rest of Barack Obama's presidency, spending millions already to defend the GOP position with likely lots more to come. But they're ready to turn the fire inward if Republican senators start to flip and end the blockade of Judge Merrick Garland. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Politico</a>]

<strong>Topping the news:</strong> Conservative critics are putting pressure on Gov. Gary Herbert to veto a bill establishing a framework for how the state would manage 31 million acres if it were in control of the now federally-controlled public land. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Though public records show harboring coal is a main role of the Oakland port terminal Utah legislators decided to fund with $53 million, proponents who struck the deal didn't make that information easy to see. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] Some are wondering what lies ahead for the coal industry. [<a href=""; target="_blank">DNews</a>]

-> Utah Democrats are viewing GOP front-runner Donald Trump as a way to get conservative voters to swing left on their ballots come November. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Nearly 80 percent of Utahns support the vote-by-mail option, a new poll shows. [<a href=""; target="_blank">UtahPolicy</a>]

-> The jury in the Jeremy Johnson trial found some defendants not guilty on the majority of charges but guilty of a few. Accountant Scott Leavitt was cleared of all charges. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">DNews</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUTV</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>]

<strong>Tweets of the weekend:</strong> From <a class="ProfileCard-screennameLink u-linkComplex js-nav" href="">@<span class="u-linkComplex-target">toryboypierce</span></a>: "Donald Trump says UK not safe for US tourists. It's safer here than in US where last year 13,300 died from gun crime"

From <a class="ProfileCard-screennameLink u-linkComplex js-nav" href="">@<span class="u-linkComplex-target">imaliwaller</span></a>: "The Bernie sticker on your Prius is redundant."

<strong>Tune in: </strong>University of Utah social work professor Rob Butters, pornography opponent Dawn Hawkins and sex researcher Nicole Prause join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss a recent Utah legislative resolution that declares pornography a public health crisis. Watch Trib Talk live at <span class="aBn"><span class="aQJ">12:15 p.m. MT</span></span> on <a href=""; target="_blank"></a>.

<strong>Opinion section: </strong>President Barack Obama says by nominating a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he's done his duty, and it's time for Utah's senators to do theirs. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Scott Howell, former Utah Senate minority leader and the 2012 U.S. Senate Democratic candidate, and Richard Davis, the author of "Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process," say Sen. Orrin Hatch's refusal to support hearings and a vote for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is a shameful end to his career. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Randy Wright, the former executive editor of the Provo Daily Herald now working for the English-language China Daily in Beijing, says moderate Ohio Gov. Jason Kasich is the GOP's best shot at winning in the general election. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Robert A. Goldberg, a professor of history and director of the Tanner Humanities Center at the U., warns the GOP that a brokered convention could lead to a broken party. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Adam Brandon, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group based in Washington, views Utah Sen. Mike Lee's efforts as an attempt to restore balance between the three branches of the federal government. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Phil Hughes, pastor of Mount Olympus Presbyterian Church in SLC, says Sen. Lee's hold on an anti-slavery initiative is prolonging agony. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Ron W. Smith, a retired USU professor who lives in Providence, explains why the faith Education First has in legislators may be more than history warrants. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> John Ruple, associate professor of law research at the U. and fellow with the University's Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment, feels that recent national monuments have protected local interests. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Charles Fausett, a Price resident and Emery County coal-fired power plant worker, tells fellow Utahns to enjoy their cheap, consistent coal power while they still can. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Millie Church Fletcher, a retired educator in SLC, believes it's time to let old ideas go and embrace new ones. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Paul Rolly explains why Utah Democrats should be careful when challenging seat holders of their own party. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] And Rolly notes that those favoring local sheriffs over federal law enforcement should be careful what they wish for. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Pat Bagley shares his take on Utah's congressional representatives coming for BLM officers' guns. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Robert Kirby discusses politics from the LDS pulpit. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb give their view on the national attention Utah deserved after the showing for precinct caucuses. [<a href=""; target="_blank">DNews</a>]

<strong>Weekend in review:</strong> With just three days left to sign bills, Gov. Gary Herbert has made it through at least 334 of the 474 measures, some of which will have a big impact on the state. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Herbert has signed off on two bills that will put $9.5 million toward new shelters and better services as well as approves Medicaid for the 16,000 most needy Utahns. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">DNews</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUER</a>]

-> The governor also signed a bill that no longer gives jail time to speeders. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>] Herbert says he's made education a priority. [<a href=""; target="_blank">ABC4</a>]

-> Some are suggesting that Utah was a test of the "Stop Trump" movement. [<a href=""; target="_blank">DNews</a>]

-> Some Utah supporters of Bernie Sanders are running for legislative positions in an effort to bring his "political revolution" to the state, and in some cases, they're even challenging Democrats who support Hillary Clinton. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> SL Co. leaders are depending on the vote-by-mail system to prevent long lines this year. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> The recently-appointed SLC director of public services April Townsend has resigned after less than a month in the position. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">DNews</a>]

-> After a data breach last summer, personal information for about 14,200 current and former Salt Lake County employees was exposed. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Republican gubernatorial candidate and board chairman Jonathan Johnson gave an interview this weekend. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>]

-> Rep. Chris Stewart said in an interview that he wants President Obama to do more to combat ISIS and that GOP presidential candidates are taking things too far. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>]

-> Two years after an armed man was fatally shot by Centerville police, his widow has filed a lawsuit against the city. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">DNews</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>]

-> Those with arguments on what should be done with the two polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona border, collectively known as Short Creek, will present them in a four-day hearing in October. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Children under five cannot be held legally accountable for negligence, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled last week. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> The Utah Supreme Court also undid a land swap between SLC and Rocky Mountain Power. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>]

-> Utah Democrats want more transparency in land battles with the federal government. [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUER</a>]

-> A study that came out Thursday showed that a law requiring women to wait 72 hours for an abortion has little effect on their decision but raises costs and is viewed as inconvenient. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> Public officials are seeking community feedback on Stericycle's move to put a waste plant in Tooele. [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUTV</a>]

-> Despite a lack of medical research, some Utah veterans have tried using marijuana to treat a variety of conditions. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> The first class of solar-ready veterans graduated from Hill Air Force Base on Friday. [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUER</a>]

-> A new report says climate change is threatening the water supply of Western states like Utah. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>]

-> An interview with A.J. Walker and his mother Vickie, who survived the mass shooting at Trolley Square in 2007, gives a glimpse into how it changed their lives. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> One of the Utah-native LDS missionaries who was wounded in the recent Brussels bombings has been reunited with his parents. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUTV</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>] Another missionary wounded in Brussels has awoken from a coma. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">DNews</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>]

-> Female leaders from the LDS Church told members Saturday that they should reach out to refugees both around the globe and nearby. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUTV</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">ABC4</a>]

-> Utahns peacefully protested a new law that makes it more difficult for Muslims to travel outside the United States. [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUTV</a>]

-> Researchers at the U. are developing a handheld bomb detector. [<a href=""; target="_blank">ABC4</a>]

-> A man in Utah County is making useful art out of discarded plastic bags. [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUTV</a>]

-> The Humane Society of Utah is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever shot two large-bore steel blow darts into a cat in Utah County. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">APviaKUTV</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">ABC4</a>]

-> An SLC couple is upset after FedEx delivered a package of "hazardous material" to them. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>]

-> In his tour across the United States, the son of legendary preacher Billy Graham will encourage Utahns to vote as Christians and elect someone with "biblical values." [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>]

-> The interfaith Good Friday Procession of the Cross headed through downtown SLC this weekend. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Trib</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">DNews</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>]

-> Hundreds gathered for the Festival of Colors at the Krishna Temple in St. George this weekend. [<a href=""; target="_blank">KUTV</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox13</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">ABC4</a>]

<strong>Nationally:</strong> Democrat Bernie Sanders won caucuses in Washington, Hawaii and Alaska this weekend, [<a href=""; target="_blank">NYTimes</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">CNN</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">ABC</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">HuffPost</a>] but some still lack faith that he could win the presidential bid over front-runner Hillary Clinton. [<a href=""; target="_blank">WSJ</a>] Black women, who helped launch President Barack Obama to the top, are loyal to Clinton this time around. [<a href=""; target="_blank">AP</a>]

-> Bernie Sanders has called for a debate against Hillary Clinton ahead of the New York primary. [<a href=""; target="_blank">NYTimes</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">TheHill</a>]

-> Clinton's email probe has entered a new phase. [<a href=""; target="_blank">LATimes</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">WaPost</a>]

-> Though Donald Trump won in South Carolina last month, the state may now be turning on him. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Politico</a>]

-> A bombing in Pakistan this weekend killed at least 65 people and was targeting Christians. [<a href=""; target="_blank">BBC</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">CNN</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">USAToday</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">Fox</a>] Presidential candidates John Kasich and Bernie Sanders were the first to react. [<a href=""; target="_blank">Independent</a>]

-> House Speaker Paul Ryan criticized the "ugliness" of this year's politics — and hinted more specifically at a certain presidential candidate — during an address. [<a href=""; target="_blank">WaPost</a>] [<a href=""; target="_blank">HuffPost</a>]

<strong>Where are they?</strong>


<li>Gov. Gary <strong><a href=""; target="_blank">Herbert</a></strong> spends the day reviewing legislative bills.</li>

<li>Lt. Gov. Spencer <strong><a href=""; target="_blank">Cox</a></strong> reviews legislative bills.</li>

<li>State Auditor John <strong><a href=""; target="_blank">Dougall</a></strong> works in his office.</li>

<li>President Barack <strong><a href=""; target="_blank">Obama</a></strong> participates in the White House Easter Egg Roll event, which includes live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and Easter egg rolling. Later, he delivers the keynote address at the awards dinner for Syracuse University's Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.</li>


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