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Situational awareness - December 27, 2017

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebration with your loved ones.

Most Utahns support a ballot initiative to have the state accept full Medicaid expansion. Utah Republicans' frustration with Sen. Orrin Hatch is boiling over. Love vs. McAdams is quickly becoming one of the biggest races to watch in 2018.

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Utahns favor Medicaid expansion

A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds that nearly 6 in 10 Utahns support a proposed ballot initiative that would have the state accept full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act [Utah Policy].

Utah Republicans are tired of waiting for Sen. Orrin Hatch to make up his mind

Gov. Gary Herbert has reportedly mused that maybe he should jump into the U.S. Senate race next year. Don't worry - that's probably not going to happen. While that may be nothing more than frustration with Hatch's "will he, won't he" game, Herbert's speculation demonstrates that there's a possibility that Hatch could face a serious challenge next year [Utah Policy].

Love vs. McAdams one of the hottest races of 2018

We already knew Democrat Ben McAdams was going to give Republican Mia Love a run for her money in 2018, but the race in Utah's 4th CD is quickly shaping up as one of the most important House races next year [Utah Policy].

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Nearly 6 in 10 Utahns support full Medicaid expansion ballot initiative

Most Utahns favor a citizen initiative petition that would require the state to expand Medicaid (health aid for the poor/low-income), a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds....

Utah Republicans are getting extremely frustrated with Orrin Hatch's indecisiveness

Utah Republicans are buzzing about a rumored candidate for next year's U.S. Senate race who would be very intriguing, but it's probably nothing more than a political parlor game that's gotten a little out of hand....

Love vs. McAdams ranked as one of 2018's must watch House races

We already knew that the 4th CD contest between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Ben McAdams was going to be a close contest, but the race has slowly risen to the top of the most hotly contested elections in the next year....

Weekly survey: Utah political New Year's resolutions

2018 is almost upon us. Give us your New Year's resolutions for someone in Utah politics....

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Consumer attitudes regarding the present state of the economy at all-time high, future expectations dip
After consecutive record-setting highs in October and November, the Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) dipped slightly, decreasing from 124.4 in November to 118.7 in December....

Utah State Legislature launches redesigned website
In anticipation of the 2018 General Session, the Utah State Legislature is excited to launch the newly redesigned version of the legislative website, le.utah.gov. ...

Senators Markey and Lee query Dept. of Homeland Security on expansion of facial recognition scanning program at U.S. airports
Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to answer important questions about its biometric exit program, which is currently operating at nine ...

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Salt Lake Tribune

Holly Richardson: '1984' was meant to be a warning, not a guide book

Michelle Quist: Democrat and Republican 'Gifts' for Christmas

Editorial: Jury duty is a citizen's responsibility

Utah has the nation's third fastest growth rate. Why? Babies. Lots of babies.

'You are one heckuva leader': After tax vote, Sen. Orrin Hatch says Trump may become the best president ever

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Despite numerous failures, we can't give up on fixing Pioneer Park

Editorial: Utah could reach its high school graduation goal

Sen. Mike Lee fighting law that could allow spying on U.S. citizens

How Utah Mormons offer lessons on fixing political division

Utah Legislature hires human resources manager

Utah among fastest-growing states despite families having fewer kids

Police found her in a parking garage with a crack pipe. What they did next will surprise you

What Salt Lake City can learn from Seattle when dealing with drug offenders

Utah governor among those calling for Congress to help 'Dreamers' stay in U.S.

Trump, Hatch gush over each other in tax bill celebration


Merrill to run for Legislature, won't seek re-election to County Council (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Democrats Actually Praise Team Trump for Taking on Russia (Daily Beast)

Trump tears into golden showers dossier calling it a 'Crooked Hillary pile of garbage' (Daily Mail)

The quiet probe into Clinton email investigation could be a landmine for Robert Mueller (USA Today)

Tough Times for Liberals Mean It's Time to Toughen Up (Bloomberg)

Federal workers poised to overtake salaries of senators, DC gets highest pay raise (Washington Examiner)

Understanding the Trump Show (Wall Street Journal)

Taking Credit for UN Budget Cut, Trump's Envoy Hints at More to Come (New York Times)

Could Texas' Big Bend be the border's weakest link? Smuggling of drugs and immigrants is on the rise (Los Angeles Times)

Exclusive: Federal agents found fetuses in body broker's warehouse (Reuters)

China to Overtake US Economy by 2032 as Asian Might Builds (Bloomberg)

Federal court rejects challenge to Trump voting commission (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Pursuit of Happiness

"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side


"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that the tax plan is "an all-out looting of America, a wholesale robbery of the middle class." Which incidentally, is also the slogan for Whole Foods." Jimmy Fallon

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