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Situational awareness - January 19, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Republicans race to avoid a government shutdown. Are caucus./convention supporters trying to confuse voters? Pence to hit the campaign trail for vulnerable Republicans in 2018.

Tick Tock:

I've been listening to quite a few podcasts lately, and there are some people doing tremendous work online right now. One new podcast that's really gotten my attention is "Atlanta Monster," which is an examination of the Atlanta Child Murders in 1979. I was just 9 years old when this story was taking place, before 24/7 cable news and on-demand information. I vividly remember watching the evening news daily to see the latest information on this story, which absolutely terrified me at the time. If you have any other podcast recommendations, please send them my way at bschott@utahpolicy.com. You can also send me news tips, story ideas, or favorite viral videos.

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Here's what's driving the day:

Mitt Romney, secret legal papers, Kathie Allen and Donald Trump pays off a porn star

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott give you a concise and smart look at the big stories from Utah politics during the past week. It's Utah's longest-running online program about politics [Utah Policy]. It's also available to you in podcast form so you can listen anywhere [Utah Policy].

Count My Vote vs. Keep My Vote

Bob Bernick explains how the proposed Keep My Voice ballot initiative is really just an effort to confuse voters into voting against the Count My Vote initiative [Utah Policy].

Salt Lake City misses out on Amazon HQ2

Salt Lake City did not make the list of 20 finalists for the massive Amazon second headquarters. The project will bring an estimated 50,000 jobs to the winning city and $5 billion in investment from the online retailer [Utah Policy].

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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Sutherland Institute announced the departure of Boyd Matheson....

Parker Hannifin to move additional repair operations to Utah
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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: Do you believe lobbyists play a 'skintern' game at the Utah capitol, or will you not believe me unless I give you names?

Op-ed: Hatch's final act for Utah should be a repeal of the tax on medical devices

Editorial: Keep the government running

Utah tech leaders say their industry is booming - but it needs more women, more diversity and more people to move here to fill jobs

United Utah party backs $715 million-a-year school funding initiative, but state's Democrats and GOP aren't choosing sides

Port developer attacks Oakland coal ban and city's claims that Utah shipments would endanger public health

Say goodbye to skyrocketing drug prices, shortages. Utah's Intermountain Healthcare starts its own company to combat pharmaceutical exploitation.

Gehrke: Legislature still has a long way to go before it can take a bow for clearing Utah's filthy air

What would a government shutdown mean? Here's what stays open, what closes

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Slavery in Utah thrives on ignorance

Op-ed: Cutting the byzantine taxes on small businesses

Greg Bell: Washington still has a lot to learn from the state of Utah

Editorial: Utilize tax cuts to help employees prepare for retirement

Boyd Matheson named Deseret News Opinion Editor and Head of Strategic Reach

Bill calls for state oversight of drilling on federal land

Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman won't run for re-election

Summit draws 14k for celebration of Utah tech scene

Amazon says thanks, no thanks, to Utah's HQ2 proposal

Rep. Rob Bishop introduces medical marijuana research bill


Utah County Attorney announces he will not run for re-election (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

The Dow's 31% gain during Trump's first year is the best since FDR (CNBC)

Stock market's value under Trump has grown by $6.9 trillion to $30.6 trillion (CNBC)

Mexican presidential candidate threatens Twitter tit-for-tat with Trump (The Hill)

People flocking to low-tax states could swing future elections (The Hill)

Wealthy exodus to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats (Sacramento Bee)

Nancy Pelosi to be guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' (CNN)

House approves bill to keep government open as Senate Democrats take heat for threatening to block it (Washington Post)

Trump Gives Health Workers New Religious Liberty Protections (New York Times)

Trump's Quietly Growing List of Victories (Atlantic)

California pushes back amid fears of Trump immigration crackdown (Los Angeles Times)

Trump officials weigh keeping national parks open even if government shuts down (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." Nelson Mandela

Lighter Side

Stable Genius

"Congressman Brendan Boyle has proposed a bill that would require all presidential candidates to take a mental examination test. And he's calling it the "Stable Genius Act." Do we really need a mental examination to determine Trump isn't a genius? We can just use spell check." James Corden

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