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Situational awareness - October 1, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Welcome to October.

Hopes for a compromise on medical marijuana are fading. Utahns disapprove of both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The FBI could finish their investigation into Brett Kavanaugh on Monday.


  • 8 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)

  • 15 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)

  • 22 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)

  • 29 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)

  • 31 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)

  • 36 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

  • 119 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)

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

  • 764 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_01.jpgNegotiations on possible medical marijuana compromise continue, but time grows short

    Legislative sources say the leak of a confidential "working draft" of a possible compromise legislation on medical marijuana was a damaging blow to negotiations but didn't completely derail the process....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Congress_02.jpgUtahns disapprove of both Republicans and Democrats in Congress

    Utahns don't like the job the majority Republicans are doing in Congress, but they dislike even more what Democrats are doing, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Democrat_Republican_02.jpgPolitics ain't beanbag; it's a bloody fight to the death

     I've been around politics pretty much full-time for more than 40 years. I've been a political reporter and editor, campaign manager, deputy to a top elected official, and a political consultant....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Medical_marijuana_05.jpgWill there be a compromise on medical marijuana? Our 'Political Insiders' are doubtful

    Our "Political Insiders" mostly think legislative leaders will be unable to craft a compromise between proponents and opponents of Prop. 2. ...
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    Deseret News

    Pignanelli and Webb: Utah's hottest election battle - medical marijuana

    Op-ed: The real reasons teachers are leaving Utah

    Op-ed: Tax reform delivers for Utah workers

    Michael and Jenet Erickson: Legalize medical marijuana, the Utah way

    Editorial: Don't demolish the Road Home just yet

    Hatch says time to end 'new smears' against Kavanaugh; committee sends nomination to full Senate

    Two sides in talks over medical marijuana proposition, but conflicts remain

    2018 water year: 'Miserable' winter and 'hot' summer

    Report: Young Utah parents disproportionately have low income, education levels

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Op-ed: Let's support Operation Rio Grande

    Op-ed: Vote yes on Medicaid expansion

    Group opposing Utah's medical marijuana initiative finds another hundred-thousand-dollar-man in Kem Gardner

    Sen. Orrin Hatch tells FBI to report 'immediately' if anyone tries to delay the investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee


    U.S. House hopeful Lee Castillo focuses on the underdog, says Bishop is disengaged (Standard-Examiner)

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    • The White House appeared to put sharp limits on who the FBI can and cannot interview in their supplemental investigation into Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats claim it makes the investigation into a farce. The investigation could be complete as early as Monday -https://nyti.ms/2NiO8pG 

    • Several people who say they have information that might be useful to the FBI's probe into Brett Kavanaugh are having difficulty contacting investigators - http://bit.ly/2NeE94x

    • Rachel Mitchell, the outside prosecutor hired by Senate Republicans to question Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, argues in a five-page memo why she would not bring criminal charges against Brett Kavanaugh - https://wapo.st/2NbngI5

    • Brett Kavanaugh's allies are urging him to mount an aggressive campaign to win over Senators who are still undecided on his nomination - https://politi.co/2NeG3lH

    • White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during a Sunday interview she was a victim of sexual assault - https://wapo.st/2Nd1weL

    • Democratic House candidates raised nearly $36 million online in August, which allowed many of them to air television ads early in their campaigns - https://politi.co/2NcnSNu

    • Hundreds of migrant children being held in shelters across the country were moved in the middle of the night to a tent city in West Texas without access to schooling or legal representatives - https://nyti.ms/2Ne7mg7

    • The U.S. and Canada reach a last-minute deal on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement - https://nyti.ms/2NdCRqn

    • The Trump administration is suing California to block a new law restoring net neutrality rules scrapped by the Federal Communications Commission last year - https://politi.co/2NeGBIn

    • The Trump administration is preparing to weaken federal standards on mercury emissions - https://nyti.ms/2NdEbcP

    • Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she will take a hard look at running for president in 2020 after the 2018 midterms - https://nyti.ms/2NcSzCf

    • California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill requiring corporate boards of directors to include women - https://lat.ms/2NaxyIo

    • The Supreme Court begins their new term on Monday with one empty seat - http://bit.ly/2Nazcty

    • A federal judge rules states cannot punish businesses for boycotting Israel - https://wapo.st/2N87yxj

    • The 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine to two men studying how to get the immune system to attack cancer - https://nyti.ms/2NcVx9R


    • 1890 - Yosemite National Park is established by Congress.

    • 1891 - Stanford University opens its doors.

    • 1903 - The first World Series opened in Boston. It was a best-of-nine competition, won by the Boston Pilgrims of the American League over the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League.

    • 1908 - Ford Model T automobiles are offered for sale at a price of $825.

    • 1931 - The George Washington Bridge linking New York and New Jersey opens.

    • 1938 - Germany annexes the Sudetenland.

    • 1939 - German troops occupy Warsaw.

    • 1957 - First appearance of In God we trust on U.S. paper currency.

    • 1962 - James Meredith became the first black man to enroll at the University of Mississippi following a major riot on campus that killed two people and injured 75 others. 

    • 1971 - Walt Disney World opens.

    • 1975 - Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines.

    • 1992 - Billionaire Ross Perot announced his candidacy for the presidency.

    • 2017 - Fifty-eight people are killed and 851 others are injured in a mass shooting on a music festival in Las Vegas. The gunman commits suicide when police locate him.

    Policy News

    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngJoin WTC Utah for a business roundtable discussion with the Consul General of Australia
    Join WTC Utah and the Governor's Office of Economic Development for a diplomatic luncheon welcoming Australian Consul General Chelsey Martin....
    Zions Bank joins Utah Outdoor Partners as founding member
    Zions Bank announced that it has joined Utah Outdoor Partners as a founding member. Utah Outdoor Partners is a new non-partisan, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting the broad economic value of Utah's outdoors....
    Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation announces grant workshops
    The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation announced a series of statewide grant workshops to assist with the Outdoor Recreation Grant process. ...

    More National Headlines

    Many women line up in support of Kavanaugh (Associated Press)

    Kavanaugh's hearings are a national disaster - and the worst is yet to come (New York Post)

    Canada, U.S. making 'lots of progress' as NAFTA talks near deadline (Reuters)

    Sen. Hirono doesn't answer when asked whether Dems leaked Christine Ford's letter on Kavanaugh (FOX News)

    Trump meeting with Rosenstein could be delayed further, Sanders says (The Hill)

    A Quiet Docket May Be Just the Right Medicine for the Supreme Court (New York Times)

    Cotton: Feinstein to be investigated over leaked letter from Ford (Politico)

    Flake event moved due to security concerns (The Hill)

    3rd Kavanaugh accuser has history of legal disputes (Associated Press)

    Sen. Grassley Asks FBI To Investigate Retracted Kavanaugh Allegations (HuffPost)

    Graham rips Dems on Kavanaugh, says he'll 'get to the bottom of' FBI probe (FOX News)

    Wise Words


    "When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier." Roy E. Disney


    Lighter Side


    "Robert Mueller was spotted at an Apple store. When he said his computer is really slow, the employee said, "Like 'normal' slow or 'your investigation' slow?" Jimmy Fallon


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