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Situational awareness - October 11, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Ben McAdams is spending far more on advertising than Mia Love as ballots begin to hit mailboxes. Utahns don't support calls for abolishing ICE. Democrats plan to force President Trump to release his tax returns if they win control of the House in November. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams_10.jpgMcAdams outspending Love on advertising as ballots begin to hit mailboxes

    Republican Mia Love's campaign has scaled back on its television advertising in the last few weeks, as measured by gross rating points, while Democrat Ben McAdams is blanketing the airwaves ahead of the 4th Congressional District election....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/ICE_Protest_01.jpgPoll: Most Utahns oppose abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement

    Even though most Utahns don't want to build a wall on the Mexican border, they want to keep the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE, a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds....
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/ElectionChallenge-500.jpg2018 UtahPolicy.com Election Challenge

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    images/Resized_Logos/USTAR_Logo_2018.jpgOxEon Energy poised to send technology developed in Utah to space

    In an inconspicuous office park in North Salt Lake, the team at OxEon Energy works in their new office and workshop toward a very ambitious goal: making it possible to live and work on the moon and Mars....
    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngCEO Success Stories: Fred Lampropoulos, Merit Medical

    The Salt Lake Chamber has created a new podcast called "CEO Success Stories." ...
    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: Voting 'no' on Prop 2, seeking comprise legislation shows the nation the Utah way

    Utahns struggling with high cost of rent

    Could Jon Huntsman Jr. be next U.S. ambassador to United Nations?

    Constitution Party candidate attacks Mitt Romney in television ad, calls him a 'fraud'

    Salt Lake Tribune

    UTA proposes a 12.7% budget increase - thanks in part to Salt Lake County sales tax hike

    Utah advocates for the poor blast proposed rule that may make legal immigrants choose between assistance and deportation

    Former Salt Lake County sheriff, a Democrat, endorses Republican Justin Hoyal for the seat


    Mia Love, Ben McAdams compete for edge in 'toss up' race (Daily Herald)

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    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will immediately try to force President Trump to release his tax returns if they regain control of the House in November. Certain congressional committees have the right to request - and release - the tax records of anyone, including the president - http://bit.ly/2IRDEN2

    • A new nationwide poll shows Democratic enthusiasm for voting increased by 10-points following the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Republican enthusiasm increased just 1-point in the same period - http://bit.ly/2IOLKWQ

    • Journalist Olivia Nuzzi was working on a story about how White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has remained in his job. It turned into an impromptu solo press conference with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - https://nym.ag/2IPjgwm

    • Democratic candidates across the country have learned how to harness the power of small, online donors, which has Republicans worried it could make once-safe GOP congressional seats vulnerable - https://lat.ms/2IOnSTo

    • Democrats across America hope to make big gains in state legislatures in November - http://bit.ly/2IPLiaS

    • The Dow fell 832 points on Wednesday, the third-worst day ever - https://cnn.it/2IQTFTB

    • The crown prince of Saudi Arabia personally ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to the country then detain him. Khashoggi disappeared last week after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. It is believed he was killed - https://wapo.st/2IO9k6f

    • A Turkish newspaper published a list of 15 men they suspect of killing and dismembering Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul - https://nyti.ms/2INxMV6

    • President Trump spoke with Jeff Sessions' own chief of staff about replacing Sessions as Attorney General - https://wapo.st/2IPinUy

    • Hurricane Michael left a wide swath of destruction and at least two people dead as it slammed into Florida and crossed into Georgia. The storm is now headed to the Carolinas - http://bit.ly/2IQt7Si

    • Even Fox News has stopped carrying President Trump's campaign rallies live as ratings for the events are falling. Some close to Trump worry the president is losing a direct line of communication to his base close to the midterm elections - https://politi.co/2INEqL1

    • This is a novel legal strategy. Lawyers for President Trump's campaign team are seeking to dismiss a lawsuit claiming they illegally conspired with Russia to make public stolen emails from Democrats during the 2016 election. They claim the campaign can't be held responsible for the release of the emails because the First Amendment protects their right to disclose information - including stolen information -  http://bit.ly/2IOBDS5

    • President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet in Helsinki next year - https://reut.rs/2IPhiMu

    • California now has the 5th largest economy in the world - https://nyti.ms/2IQtPiq

    • More than 1,500 Interior Department employees were fired, suspended or reprimanded for harassment or misconduct in the last year - http://bit.ly/2IPw4CH

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    • 1868 - Thomas Edison filed papers for his first invention: an electrical vote recorder to rapidly tabulate floor votes in Congress. Members of Congress rejected the apparatus and it was never used.

    • 1890 - The Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.

    • 1906 - The San Francisco public school board sparks a diplomatic crisis between the United States and Japan by ordering Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools.

    • 1910 - President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first president to fly in an airplane. 

    • 1947 - The U.S. agreed to the United Nations Partition Plan of Palestine, which recommended the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states.

    • 1968 - NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham aboard.

    • 1975 - Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC with George Carlin as host.

    • 1984 - Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a spacewalk.

    • 1986 - President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland.

    • 1991 - Professor Anita Hill gave her televised testimony concerning sexual harassment during the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination.

    • 2002 - Congress gave President George W. Bush its backing for using military force against Iraq.

    Policy News

    $8.4 million grant targets mental health issues among school-aged youth
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the Utah State Board of Education a 5-year, $8.4 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant targeting mental health issues among school-aged children....
    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngCourtney Brown, CEO and founder of Cents of Style, announced as keynote speaker for 2018 Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards luncheon
    The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing statewide business association, announced Courtney Brown, CEO and founder of Cents of Style, as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon taking place on November 16,...

    More National Headlines

    Heidi Heitkamp is fighting for her political life in North Dakota (CNN)

    Poll shows McSally gaining support over Sinema in Arizona Senate race (The Hill)

    Trump officials have talked to Goldman Sachs' Dina Powell about possibly replacing Nikki Haley as UN ambassador (CNBC)

    After Hints of a Presidential Run, Bloomberg Switches to Democrat (New York Times)

    Eric Holder says Michelle Obama was wrong: 'When they go low, we kick them' (USA Today)

    Hillary Clinton's approval of incivility, and the Democrats' overreach problem (Washington Post)

    NY man built bomb for Election Day detonation in Washington, officials say (FOX News)

    DOJ arrests Chinese intel officer charged with economic espionage (CNN)

    Dow plunges more than 800 points in worst drop since February, Amazon and tech shares lead the rout (CNBC)

    Trump Steps Up Fed Pressure With 'Gone Crazy' Jab After Sell-off (Bloomberg)

    Tech Rout Sends Jeff Bezos' Fortune Tumbling $9 Billion (Forbes)

    Wise Words


    "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." Thomas Jefferson


    Lighter Side

    Hand Dryers

    "A new study found that hand dryers in bathrooms spread more germs than paper towels. And the makers of hand dryers said, "But don't forget, we also don't dry your hands."" Jimmy Fallon


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