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Situational awareness - October 10, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utahns support allowing "Dreamers" to stay in the U.S. Romney and Wilson debate. Nikki Haley is resigning as U.N. ambassador.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Dreamers.jpgUtahns overwhelmingly support allowing 'Dreamers' to stay in the U.S.

    Three-fourths of all Utahns want the so-called "Dreamers" to stay in the United States and eventually become citizens, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Romney_Wilson_05.jpgRomney/Wilson debate probably didn't change many minds

    It's really difficult to knock someone like Mitt Romney off balance in a public forum. After all, he's been part of three nationally televised debates where he more than held his own against President Barack Obama....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Supreme_Court_02.jpgUtah GOP takes their fight to overturn SB54 to the Supreme Court

    As promised, the Utah Republican party is taking their fight against the state's dual-track nomination system to the Supreme Court....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Mia_Love_11.jpgHouse GOP leadership PAC dumps $1 million into 4th Congressional District race to help Love

    The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with GOP House leadership, placed a $1 million TV ad buy on Tuesday to support Republican Mia Love in her re-election bid against Democrat Ben McAdams....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Brett_Kavanuagh_01.jpgWeekly survey: Will Kavanaugh help Republicans or Democrats in November?

    The bitter partisan battle over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has energized both Republicans and Democrats. Will it help one party more come November, or will the fury fade out before then? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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    Deseret News

    Editorial: It's the best time to prepare for the worst

    First TV commercial from outside group set to air in key Utah Love-McAdams race

    Board hopes to pony up possible solutions for mustang crisis in West

    Ex-Sheriff Jim Winder (D) endorses Justin Hoyal (R) for sheriff

    Support still strong for Proposition 2, Deseret News poll finds

    SB54 opponents ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal

    Friendly debate yields political differences between Mitt Romney, Jenny Wilson

    Salt Lake Tribune

    At debate, Romney distances himself from comments that Trump is a 'phony' and 'fraud,' while Wilson casts her opponent as 'Multiple-choice Mitt'

    LDS women have been invited to take 10 days off social media. Female candidates worry that could hurt their election campaigns.

    New TV ads from rivals Mia Love and Ben McAdams have a similar message: You can't trust my opponent

    Utah lawmaker says BYU police should be as transparent as other departments, will push legislation

    Utah GOP takes fight against 2014 state election law to U.S. Supreme Court


    CCSD outperforms other Utah school districts on SAGE test (Logan Herald Journal)

    County OKs plan for $5 million in local road funding (Logan Herald Journal)

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    • United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley says she will resign from the Trump administration by the end of the year - https://nyti.ms/2IKUtt7

    • President Trump suggests his daughter, Ivanka, would be "incredible" as Nikki Haley's replacement as U.N. ambassador, but says he would be accused of nepotism if he picked her - https://nbcnews.to/2IQR9gg

    • Former White House official Dina Powell is the odds-on favorite to replace Haley at the U.N., but there are worries her job with Goldman Sachs could be a hurdle to her confirmation - https://politi.co/2IRLR4d

    • Sen. Chuck Grassley says he would not allow a Supreme Court vacancy to be filled in 2020. That puts him at odds with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - https://wapo.st/2IPyhxS

    • Polling shows Democrats are maintaining a strong lead on the generic Congressional ballot, with 54% of likely voters saying they support the Democrat in their district - https://cnn.it/2IOzuWn

    • Based on their turnout during the 2018 primary elections, Democrats nationwide are jacked up to vote in November - http://bit.ly/2IM2Jct

    • President Trump is urging his base to vote in November telling them that a vote for Republicans is a vote for him - https://politi.co/2ILRIaV

    • President Trump pens an op-ed warning voters that the "Medicare for All" plan being pushed by Democrats will take away benefits for seniors - http://bit.ly/2ILT3OZ

    • White evangelical women voters in Texas could power Democrat Beto O'Rourke to an upset over Sen. Ted Cruz in November - https://nyti.ms/2IQspEY

    • Voter registrations across the country spiked this week following a social media post from singer Taylor Swift - https://nyti.ms/2ILmjp2

    • If Democrats regain control of the House in November, they are already planning an ambitious agenda for the next two years - http://bit.ly/2IMxON7

    • Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 storm. It could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Florida panhandle - https://wapo.st/2ILltbS

    • This is chilling. Turkish security officials say Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on orders from the highest levels of the Saudi royal court. The Saudis reportedly laid in wait for Khashoggi - https://wapo.st/2IQrcxq

    • Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler engaged with racist and conspiratorial content on social media during the last five years - http://bit.ly/2IOjC6i

    • Newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh hired all women to serve as his clerks, a first for the high court - https://nyti.ms/2IMzyWN

    • Republicans say the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation will energize their voters ahead of November, but a new poll shows its Democrats who are more motivated to go to the polls because of the nomination fight - https://politi.co/2INP8kO

    • The California Department of Motor Vehicles wrongly registered 1,500 non-citizens to vote between April and September of this year - https://lat.ms/2IM3NwZ


    • 1845 - In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (later the United States Naval Academy) opens with 50 students.

    • 1913 - President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike, ending construction on the Panama Canal.

    • 1973 - Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with evasion of federal income tax.

    • 1997 - Major tobacco companies agreed to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit by 60,000 flight attendants who said second-hand smoke made them ill. 

    Policy News

    Treasurer Damschen announces new unclaimed property system, enhanced website
    Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced the implementation of a new unclaimed property management system and an enhanced website that incorporate the latest advancements in technology to provide claimants and holders with the simplest, most secure experience possible....
    images/Logos/EDCUtah_454X417.pngEDCUtah Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from IEDC
    The Economic Development Corporation of Utah received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Industry Profiles, in the category of General Purpose Print Brochure from the International Economic Development Council....

    More National Headlines

    The Left is promising to abuse power if they win; voters should take them seriously (Washington Examiner)

    The New York Times Bombshell That Bombed (Politico)

    Democratic staffer held without bond in Senate 'doxing' case (Washington Times)

    'The Definition of Feminism': Lara Trump Says Collins Stood Up to Left-Wing 'Mob' by Voting for Kavanaugh (FOX News)

    Lindsey Graham hits Dem senator: 'The Hirono standard is horrific' (The Hill)

    Minnesota teacher who tweeted call to 'kill Kavanaugh' resigns (FOX News)

    Hillary Clinton: Democrats 'cannot be civil' with Republicans anymore (FOX News)

    Trump hopes to help vulnerable Iowa Republicans with his big boost for ethanol (CNBC)

    Anthony Weiner to be released from prison early (CNN)

    Why Republicans Are So Confident the Kavanaugh Fight Will Help Them Keep the Senate (Slate)

    Nikki Haley resigns as UN ambassador, stays mum on next move (FOX News)

    Wise Words


    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Lighter Side


    "Canadians are now eligible to compete on "Survivor." Which will be great until they all politely vote themselves off." Jimmy Fallon


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