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Situational awareness - October 12, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

How the Utah Debate Commission is hampering public discourse. Trump and Kanye. The markets tumbled again, prompting fears that the bull market may be over.


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

  • 18 days until the last day to register to vote online or in person (10/30/2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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    images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgTilting at windmills - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 393

    Medical marijuana foes and proponents come together to craft compromise legislation to ensure medical cannabis will be legal in Utah....
    images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Utah Debate Commission stifles political discourse

    The Utah Debate Commission is a good idea that, unfortunately, has turned into some bad results....
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/ElectionChallenge-500.jpg2018 UtahPolicy.com Election Challenge

    Welcome to the 2018 UtahPolicy.com election challenge!...
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 393

    Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick tiptoe through an eventful week in Utah politics....
    images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtah's cost of living drops for second month in a row in Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index

    The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index decreased 0.1 percent from August to September on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....
    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

    Ralph Hancock: 'Mere constitutionalism' is a not a partisan theory

    Jay Evensen: How Utahns could one day vote for more than one candidate per race

    Jay Evensen: Is it possible to get past politics and unite behind religious freedom?

    A. Scott Anderson: Let's perform our most basic civic duty: Vote

    Music bill puts Kid Rock, Mike Love, Donald Trump and Orrin Hatch on the same stage

    He's not mayor anymore, but Ralph Becker is still fighting against billboard 'blight'

    Utah loves its hunting, fishing and wildlife watching

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Get a wild horse and $1k. It's the latest offer to reduce the number of penned animals that some think should be slaughtered.

    Prop 2 supporters, opponents regroup after announcement of medical marijuana deal

    Hatch backs Supreme Court case that would ban both federal and state prosecutions for the same crime

    Senate election foes Romney and Wilson agree on one thing: they're pro-fry sauce

    Poll: Utahns like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, not so sure about Trump in the White House


    Weber Co. medical marijuana boosters heighten efforts as Prop 2 debate sizzles (Standard-Examiner)

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    • Kanye West and President Donald Trump held a raucous and surreal 25-minute media availability in the Oval Office on Thursday. Here are some highlights - http://bit.ly/2IQRyPM

    • The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate - https://wapo.st/2ISE6uI

    • President Trump is considering as many as five candidates to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions following the 2018 midterm elections - https://on.wsj.com/2IQp3S5

    • Hurricane Michael has moved out into the Atlantic Ocean leaving utter devastation and at least 6 deaths in its wake - http://bit.ly/2IT3CQD

    • Stocks tumbled again on Thursday. The DOW has dropped 1,400 points over the past two days, while the S&P 500 dropped below a level that has many analysts suggesting the current bull market may be over - https://cnb.cx/2IUZZcY

    • President Trump says this week's stock market losses are the fault of the Federal Reserve being "overly aggressive" in raising interest rates - https://washex.am/2IVNpKs

    • The U.S. trade deficit with China hit a record $34.1 billion in September, which is a new record, despite tariffs imposed by the Trump administration - https://wapo.st/2ISoJSW

    • White House aides are urging President Trump to replace departing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley with another woman - https://politi.co/2IPY359

    • Democrats are struggling to mobilize Latino voters ahead of the midterm elections - http://bit.ly/2IWFP2h

    • Republicans and GOP-affiliated groups spent $28.4 million on campaign ads casting Hillary Clinton or House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as villains in the last month - https://politi.co/2IWGOiZ

    • Republicans in Congress are promising to push for money to pay for President Trump's proposed border wall following the midterm elections - https://wapo.st/2ITgA0C

    • President Trump's lawyers are preparing answers to written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller - https://cnn.it/2IUiAWc

    • White House chief of staff John Kelly called Sen. Elizabeth Warren an "impolite arrogant woman" in an email exchange last year following a telephone conversation with the Democrat about the Trump administration's travel ban - http://bit.ly/2ISqe3w

    • The Postal Service unveils the biggest price hike since 1991. The increases also affect a package delivery service used by Amazon, but the agency is denying their move has anything to do with President Trump's frequent attacks on the company - https://politi.co/2IQSsvE

    • President Trump sat down with 60 Minutes on Thursday for an interview. The chat with Lesley Stahl will air on Sunday - http://bit.ly/2IQEVEl

    • Several FBI employees have been recalled from Asia while the Justice Department investigates allegations they were involved with prostitutes - https://cnn.it/2ISDZzi

    • The number of children in the U.S. who have not received any vaccinations has quadrupled in the last 17 years - https://wapo.st/2IQHZ3l

    • Facebook purged hundreds of political spam accounts and pages on Thursday - http://bit.ly/2IQItXd

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    • 1492 - Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached the Indies.

    • 1692 - The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor Sir Williams Phips.

    • 1793 - The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

    • 1799 - Jeanne Genevieve Labrosse becomes the first woman to jump from a balloon with a parachute, from an altitude of 3,000 feet.

    • The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited in many public schools as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage.

    • 1901 - President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House.

    • 1960 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev pounds his shoe on a desk at the United Nations General Assembly meeting to protest a Philippine assertion of Soviet Colonial policy being conducted in Eastern Europe.

    • 1973 - President Richard Nixon nominated House Minority Leader Gerald Ford of Michigan for the vice presidency to replace Spiro Agnew, who had resigned two days earlier.

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    Policy News

    Casual Friday
    Weekend EventOutdoors Report--Tribune: Zion National Park will acquire a private land parcel to fend off any development - but 3,400 acres remain at risk--Tribune: Goldfish have taken over a Utah lake - and state officials are fighting back--Tribune:115 arches were left out ...
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngUtah Global Forum announces keynote speaker Ben Stein
    Ben Stein, known for his economic lessons on and off-screen, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Utah Global Forum hosted by Gov. Gary R. Herbert....
    images/Logos/New-GOED-Logo.pngHealthEquity to expand headquarters in Utah
    The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced HealthEquity, Inc. the nation's largest independent health savings account custodian, will expand their operations in Draper, UT adding up to 500 jobs, $10 million in new state revenue and an estimated $27 million in ca...
    Salt Lake City recognizes business leadership in enhancing energy efficiency, reducing pollution
    Salt Lake City's Department of Sustainability is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Elevate Buildings Awards, highlighting organizations that have taken action to enhance the energy performance of their buildings....

    More National Headlines

    Camille Paglia: Trump Already Headed Towards Reelection, Democrats Have Overplayed Their Hand (RealClearPolitics)

    Stop the Press Before It Profiles Beto O'Rourke Again (Politico)

    Witches to Hex Justice Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual in NYC (CNS News)

    Donald Trump and Kanye West remix the government (Politico)

    Trump Is Mulling Candidates Who Could Succeed Jeff Sessions (Wall Street Journal)

    Michelle Obama: George W. Bush is 'my partner in crime' and 'I love him to death' (USA Today)

    Florida House race in dead heat in district Clinton won in landslide (The Hill)

    Senate confirms 15 Trump judges after GOP leaders, Democrats strike deal (Washington Times)

    Dina Powell no longer under in running to become UN ambassador (The Hill)

    Here's how much damage has been done to the stock market during a powerful rout (MarketWatch)

    Trump Attacks the Fed as Stocks Fall and the Midterms Loom (New York Times)

    Wise Words


    "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." Albert Einstein


    Lighter Side


    "First lady Melania Trump is going to Africa on a humanitarian visit. When she gets there, people will be like, "How can WE help YOU?" Africa will be Melania's first big solo trip as first lady. In response Donald was like, "I love Africa. It's my favorite song by Toto."" Jimmy Fallon


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