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Situational awareness - October 17, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. It's Interim Day for the Utah Legislature.

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Executive summary: Low TV ratings for the Love/McAdams debate. More controversy about Mia Love's fundraising. Mueller reportedly ready to announce his findings.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/articles/20181015_Love_McAdams_Debate.jpgHow many voters tunes into the Love/McAdams debate on Monday? Ratings suggest not many

    How much of an impact did Monday's hotly anticipated debate between Ben McAdams and Mia Love have for voters in Utah's 4th CD? TV ratings suggest, not much....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Romney_Wilson_05.jpgRomney leads U.S. Senate cash race, but Wilson has raised more money than any Democratic challenger in recent memory

    Republican Mitt Romney has a nearly 7-1 campaign cash advantage over Democrat Jenny Wilson heading into the final weeks of the 2018 campaign....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Stewart_Ghorbani_11.jpgGhorbani raised more than Stewart over the last three months, but still trails significantly in the race for campaign cash

    Democrat Shireen Ghorbani pulled in more campaign contributions than Republican Chris Stewart in the latest fundraising period between July and October, but Stewart has outraised her by a significant amount overall....
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/ElectionChallenge-500.jpg2018 UtahPolicy.com Election Challenge

    Welcome to the 2018 UtahPolicy.com election challenge!...
    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSalt Lake Chamber statement on Proposition 2, medical marijuana compromise

    Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement on the Proposition 2, Medical Marijuana Compromise:...

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    Deseret News

    Editorial: Sears' bankruptcy is a sign free markets, entrepreneurial skill still work

    Romney continues to raise more, spend more than Wilson in U.S. Senate race

    Salt Lake City may require pet stores to sell only shelter animals

    Salt Lake officials say $87 million for roads a matter of pay now, or pay more later

    Utah Rep. Rob Bishop is facing a challenge. Here are his opponents

    Lawmakers delay decision on keeping USTAR's light shining

    School boards across Utah ask voter approval of $600 million in school construction bonds

    Salt Lake City Council approves mother-in-law apartment ordinance

    Controversy over Utah Rep. Mia Love's fundraising is not over

    ACLU: Operation Rio Grande in Salt Lake City was 'heavy-handed,' led to long-term 'collateral damage'

    Should school fees be eliminated? Lawmakers weigh options after two critical audits

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Michelle Quist: We need liberals and conservatives for a whole society

    Editorial: Keep Rivera as Salt Lake County Sheriff

    Utah's ACT scores inch up again - but most high school graduates are still not college-ready in math, reading or science

    They pointed fingers and demanded apologies. Here's what you might have missed in the Mia Love and Ben McAdams debate.

    Utah's medical marijuana initiative is no longer a sure thing, poll finds

    FEC does not back Mia Love's claim that it has determined she did not raise $1 million illegally

    ACLU says Operation Rio Grande was 'designed as a hammer,' and arrest figures show it

    A group of private business leaders want to resurrect Salt Lake City's abandoned Wingpointe Golf Course

    'Protect these members of the family': Salt Lake City considers rules that would help prevent inhumane puppy mills


    As intercountry adoptions decline, Rep. John Curtis is working to prevent international adoption from shutting down (Daily Herald)

    Casey Snider appointed to Legislature by governor (Logan Herald Journal)

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    • ALERT! Sources say special counsel Robert Mueller is ready to deliver key findings in his probe soon after the November midterm elections, including whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election - https://bloom.bg/2NJUH4E

    • President Trump said in a Tuesday interview that if Republicans lose control of the House in November, it won't be his fault - http://bit.ly/2NMvEOe

    • Polling shows politically moderate suburban women are fed up with the Republican Party and could deliver control of the House to Democrats in November - http://bit.ly/2NK6Mqz

    • "We're getting our asses kicked": Democrats are massively out-raising Republican congressional candidates in the home stretch of the 2018 election - https://politi.co/2NKo86D

    • Republicans are worried the Trump White House is not prepared to deal with a divided Congress if Democrats take control of the House in November - http://bit.ly/2NJVYss

    • Absolutely horrifying. Turkish officials say they have recordings of journalist Jamal Khashoggi being drugged, murdered and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. They say they have shared information about his disappearance with Saudi and U.S. officials - https://on.wsj.com/2NMvqqm 

    • Several of the suspects in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi had ties to the Saudi Crown Prince - https://nyti.ms/2NLv7fN

    • Sen. Mitch McConnell called the exploding federal deficit "very disturbing" but did not agree the Trump tax cuts were responsible - https://wapo.st/2NNuWAF

    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are not willing to vote for any funding for President Trump's border wall, saying the wall is like a "manhood issue" for Trump - http://bit.ly/2NO9Ly6

    • President Trump attacked adult film actress Stormy Daniels on Twitter on Wednesday, calling her "Horseface" - https://wapo.st/2NM0Z3U

    • Recreational marijuana is legal in Canada as of Wednesday. That country is reportedly ready to offer pardons to everyone convicted of marijuana possession - http://bit.ly/2NITHO5

    • President Trump threatened to cut off aid to Honduras unless that country stops a caravan of migrants headed toward the southern U.S. border - https://politi.co/2NLvgjl

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    • 1781 - American Revolutionary War: British General Charles, Earl Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown.

    • 1888 - Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

    • 1931 - Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion.

    • 1933 - Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.

    • 1973 - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) declared an oil embargo on countries supporting Israel in its war with Egypt, Syria and Jordan. The ensuing energy crisis drove up gasoline prices and created a shortage in the U.S.

    • 1979 - Mother Theresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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    Policy News

    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSalt Lake Chamber hosts 2018 candidate forum
    he Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, held its 2018 Salt Lake Chamber Candidate Forum Tuesday at the Chamber offices in downtown Salt Lake City....
    images/Resized_Logos/Fox_Files_Logo.pngFox Files: 'The Fox Files is back'
    I mentioned at the outset of September that EDCUtah was headed into what I was calling a "white knuckle" month. And white knuckle it was....
    U.S. Department of Energy awards Utah $638,000 in two competitive grants
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Utah as the recipient of two competitive grants totaling $638,786.  ...
    Kelvyn H. Cullimore Jr. Appointed as President and CEO of BioUtah
    BioUtah announced that the board of directors has selected Kelvyn H. Cullimore Jr. as its president and CEO. Cullimore will succeed Kelly Slone, who has served in that capacity for the past three years....

    More National Headlines

    Elizabeth Warren might have actually made things worse with her DNA gambit (CNN)

    Warren defends decision to release DNA test (Boston Globe)

    Citizen of Cherokee Nation slams Warren's political ambition (FOX News)

    Why It's So Uncomfortable for Feminists to Confront Hillary Clinton About Bill (Slate)

    Trump eviscerates Glenn Simpson as dossier director stonewalls Congress (Washington Times)

    Julian Castro talks about 'likely' run against Trump, where Clinton went wrong (CBS News)

    Senator apologizes after naming sexual abuse victims, without permission, in political ad (USA Today)

    CNN poll: Cruz leads O'Rourke with three weeks to go (CNN)

    A Lawsuit by Asian-American Students Against Harvard Could End Affirmative Action as We Know It (TIME)

    US-China tensions soar as 'new cold war' heats up (Guardian)

    How Trump's Trade War Is Driving China Nuts (Politico)

    Wise Words


    "In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield." Warren Buffett


    Lighter Side

    Medical Procedures

    "I'm a big fan of scientific advances in the field of medicine. Scientists announced they just developed a robotic caterpillar that can crawl inside you for medical procedures. And for an extra $50, for nonmedical procedures." Conan O'Brien


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