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Situational awareness - October 15, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

There are 22 days until the 2018 midterms. Make your picks in our 2018 Election Challenge. We've got a $50 gift card for the winner - http://bit.ly/2Ed4dhj

Executive summary: Polling data confirms Salt Lake City is much more liberal than the rest of the state. Tracking data shows Gov. Gary Herbert is the most popular politician in Utah. Republicans are beginning to concede defeat in their quest to keep control of the House in November.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/SLC_Skyline_01.jpgSalt Lake City: An island of liberal blue in a sea of conservative red

    It is a tale of two worlds.The people of Salt Lake City compared to Utahns as a whole....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Gary_Herbert_20.jpgThe improbable saga of Utah's most popular politician

    Back in 2004, Gary Herbert was a Utah County commissioner with a lot of ambition but not much else. No name ID, not much statewide support. He wasn't wealthy or famous. Still, against all odds, he decided -- "What the heck, I'm going to run for governor."...
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Brett_Kavanuagh_02.jpgWill the Kavanaugh fight have an impact on the midterm elections? Our 'Political Insiders' weigh in

    Will the furor over the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation battle boost Republicans or Democrats at the polls this November, or will it fade out? Our "Political Insiders" aren't sure what effect it will have on November's elections....
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    images/Resized_Mugshots/McAdams_Love_05.jpgMcAdams/Love race gets tighter. Internal poll shows McAdams up by 1-point (Updated)

    A new internal poll from Democrat Ben McAdams' campaign shows him with a slim 1-point lead over Republican Mia Love....

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    Deseret News

    Pignanelli and Webb: The Kavanaugh saga's big impact on everyone

    Op-ed: Utah Medical Cannabis Act is safer, more responsible than Prop 2

    Op-ed: Is just one more tax increase going to hurt?

    McAdams holds 1-point lead over Love in new internal poll

    Group puts pressure on Utah lawmakers as panel set to discuss marijuana compromise bill

    Mitt Romney: A familiar name hopes to serve Utah, country

    Jenny Wilson: Local leader hopes to bring bipartisanship to D.C.

    Jenny Wilson and Mitt Romney: Meet two candidates vying to replace outgoing Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch

    Ben McAdams: Democratic challenger disappointed with tone of race

    Mia Love: Incumbent notes heated campaign brings personal cost

    Get to know Mia Love and Ben McAdams, two candidates in Utah's 4th Congressional District race

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Op-ed: Voters should reject this legislative power grab

    Paul Mero: An odd way of arguing with people of faith

    Editorial: Vote yes on Utah Propositions 2, 3 and 4

    Raising the gas tax to fund Utah schools doesn't have majority support - but it's a close call, new poll says

    A duck hunter fired in the direction of a police officer. Then the cop was charged with a crime in a case that has reached Utah's Supreme Court.

    Promoters of $1.4 billion railroad in Utah's oil country want state help

    Ben McAdams camp says internal poll shows him narrowly leading Rep. Mia Love in Utah's hottest major race

    Evictions: the dark side of Salt Lake City's housing boom

    Salt Lake City's Project Homeless Connect provides more than 200 services for people experiencing homelessness


    Utah companies report more stability despite ongoing U.S./China trade war (Daily Herald)

    Utah County Women's Legislative Council: a bipartisan effort to get women involved in politics (Daily Herald)

    Mitt Romney, Jenny Wilson compete for Utah's U.S. Senate seat (Daily Herald)

    District 8 Utah House hopefuls spar over GOP dominance, private sector ties (Standard-Examiner)

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    • Republicans in Washington are already beginning to concede defeat in the fight to keep control of the House in November - http://bit.ly/2NI8qsP

    • Despite good poll numbers, Democrats are terrified they will have another election day disaster in November - http://bit.ly/2NEMAGF

    • President Trump's approval rating has ticked up slightly to 41-percent, up from 36-percent in late August - https://abcn.ws/2NFQgb2

    • The founder of the group "Women for Trump" claims witches placed a hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh - https://wapo.st/2pTcCfH

    • 77% of registered voters say they're certain to cast a ballot in the 2018 midterm elections, which could mean big turnout next month - https://wapo.st/2NIzF6i

    • President Trump said of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis during a "60 Minutes" interview, "I think he's sort of a Democrat" - https://nyti.ms/2NIzxUm

    • Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test that shows "strong evidence" she has Native American heritage. President Donald Trump has relentlessly mocked her claims of Native American ancestry by calling her "Pocahontas" - http://bit.ly/2NHuOCH

    • Georgia Sen. David Perdue snatched a phone out of the hands of a Georgia Tech student who asked him about accusations of voter suppression in the state. Perdue's office called the incident a "misunderstanding" - https://wapo.st/2NGOkiE

    • There is growing anxiety in the West that Iran is planning major terrorist attacks - https://wapo.st/2NCngkx

    • Saudi Arabia officials say they will allow Turkish investigators to search the consulate in Istanbul where Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared - https://wapo.st/2NFPhYo

    • A lawsuit challenging Harvard's admission policies goes to trial on Monday. The case could upend affirmative action policies across the country - https://cnn.it/2NHLeL8
    • Sears declared bankruptcy early Monday morning after the company could not afford to make a $134 million debt payment - https://cnn.it/2NIAXhE

    • Dozens of people are still missing and communities are reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. 250,000 customers are still without power in seven states - https://cnn.it/2NHzrwk

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    • 1793 - Queen Marie Antoinette of France is tried and convicted, and condemned to death the following day.

    • 1815 - Napoleon I begins his exile on Saint Helena.

    • 1878 - The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.

    • 1894 - Alfred Dreyfus was arrested for treason. He was accused of passing sensitive information regarding new advances in military technology to the Germans.

    • 1917 - Dutch dancer Gertrude Zeller, better known as Mata Hari, is executed by firing squad for spying for the Germans.

    • 1939 - The New York Municipal Airport (later renamed LaGuardia Airport) is dedicated.

    • 1951 - The first episode of I Love Lucy airs on CBS.

    • 1966 - The Black Panther Party is created by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.

    • 1991 - The Senate confirmed Clarence Thomas as an associate justice of the Supreme Court by a vote of 52-48.

    • 1993 - The Pentagon censured three Navy admirals who organized the 1991 Tailhook Association convention during which many women were subjected to abuse and indignities by junior officers.

    • 2017 - Actor Alyssa Milano launched the #MeToo social media campaign in the wake of accusations against Harvey Weinstein.

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    Policy News

    images/Logos/Utah_Film_Commission_Logo.jpgHigh School Musical series approved to film in Utah
    The Utah Film Commission announced the Governor's Office of Economic Development Board approval of the latest project from Disney Channel to receive a state film incentive to shoot in Utah....

    More National Headlines

    Romney defends Trump's policies as 'effective,' disputes he led 'never Trump' movement (The Hill)

    Reince Priebus: 'Kavanaugh effect' helping to secure GOP control of the Senate (Washington Examiner)

    Hillary Clinton Says Bill Clinton's Affair With Monica Lewinsky Was Not An Abuse Of Power (HuffPost)

    In Tennessee, a Democrat scrambles to turn out voters as polls show slide (Reuters)

    Canada cannabis legalisation: 'We know the world is watching' (BBC News)

    Sinema's past quip blasting Arizona as 'meth lab of democracy' roiling Senate race (Washington Times)

    Ted Cruz: Beto O'Rourke 'unquestionably' testing the 2020 waters (Washington Examiner)

    Trump praises McConnell for Kavanaugh confirmation, blasts Democrats at Kentucky rally (ABC News)

    Americans Increasingly Predicting Trump 2020 Victory: CNN Poll (HuffPost)

    'Hyperbolic moment': Stacey Abrams declines to endorse Eric Holder's controversial 'kick 'em' comment (Washington Post)

    Is Harvard fair? Historic affirmative action trial begins Monday (CNN)

    Wise Words


    "The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values." William Ralph Inge


    Lighter Side


    "A bear in Tennessee this week was caught on camera walking up to a truck, opening a door, and stealing a Sonic fast-food bag. So, yeah, Yogi's let himself go." Seth Meyers


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