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Situational awareness - October 2, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Mia Love's campaign had an undisclosed role in an effort by GOP lawmakers to attack Ben McAdams. The White House takes the shackles off the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh. Amazon boosts pay for all employees in the U.S.


  • 7 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)

  • 14 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Resized_Mugshots/Ben_McAdams_03.jpgRepublicans slam Ben McAdams for 'misleading' campaign ads, but fail to disclose Mia Love's campaign had a hand in the event

    On Monday morning Rep. Dan McCay and a phalanx of Republican lawmakers held a press conference at the Utah State Capitol to demand Democrat Ben McAdams pull television ads they say are deceptive about his tax record....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Gary_Herbert_20.jpgGov. Herbert activates Utah National Guard in anticipation of flash flood threats in Utah County

    During a meeting with local and public safety officials in Elk Ridge today, Gov. Gary R. Herbert activated the Utah National Guard through Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton, Adjutant General of the Utah National Guard....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Legal_02.jpgGovernor appoints David Williams to the Second District Court

    Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed David Williams as a judge for the Second District Court....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Legal_01.jpgGovernor appoints Michael S. Edwards to the Second District Court

    Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Michael Edwards as a judge for the Second District Court....
    images/Resized_Capitol_Photos/Utah_State_Capitol_41.jpgHeroin and prescription opioid overdose deaths decline in Utah as state ramps up efforts to address epidemic

    On Monday, Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and leaders from several of Utah's executive agencies announced that for the first time in six years, the state of Utah experienced a decrease in heroin-related overdose deaths (2017)....
    images/Resized_Logos/CYBER24_season_2_logo.jpgCYBER 24: Episode 29 - What teenagers need to know about cybersecurity

    For most students in Utah, the excitement (or dread) of going back to school has come and gone and they have settled into the routine of classes, homework and tests....
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    Deseret News

    Editorial: Utah absorbed 6,000 evacuees, proving civil society is alive and well

    Utah researchers to target ways to help middle class achieve the American dream

    Salt Lake focuses on safety as e-scooters rack up miles, injuries

    GOP lawmakers call for Ben McAdams to halt tax rate ads

    Three Utah schools get Blue Ribbon designations by Department of Education

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Op-ed: Medical community is not up to dealing with the opioid crisis

    Editorial: Stop with the constitutional longshots, Utah legislators

    Complaint prompts Utah's Dixie State University to remove Bible, Book of Mormon from hotel rooms

    'I've never seen anything like it': In the months since its formation, the Inland Port Authority Board has faced near nonstop chaos

    Sen. Mike Lee opposes bill backed by Utah's House members to shift money to national parks maintenance

    House Dems want to stop new management plans for Utah's shrunken Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monuments, citing lawsuits

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    • After initially placing severe limits on the scope of the supplemental FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, the White House tells the agency to interview anyone they deem necessary as long as they wrap up their probe by Friday - https://nyti.ms/2xRhUg6

    • Text messages suggest that Brett Kavanaugh and his team were working to refute the claims of Deborah Ramirez in July, months before those allegations became public - https://nbcnews.to/2NfSTA7

    • Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is aiming to hold a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday - https://politi.co/2Ni1rGA

    • Sen. Jeff Flake says if the FBI can verify the assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh would be enough to disqualify him from the Supreme Court. He also says a nominee who lies to the committee would also be disqualified in his mind - https://politi.co/2NfLNf1

    • Democrats are attacking Kavanaugh's honesty and his behavior during last week's Senate hearing as reasons he should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court - https://nyti.ms/2Nf9LHe

    • Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh was questioned by police following a bar fight in 1985. He was accused of throwing ice on another patron - https://nyti.ms/2xRrkII

    • 48% of Americans say the U.S. Senate should not confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, while 42% of Americans say he should be confirmed - http://bit.ly/2xT9rch

    • President Trump unveiled sweeping changes to the NAFTA trade deal on Monday - https://wapo.st/2NjpSUp

    • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Monday as part of his plea deal - https://politi.co/2NhAlj5

    • President Trump said Monday that a ban on bump-fire stocks would be coming in the "next couple of weeks" - https://cnn.it/2xTMOob

    • The electoral prospects for Democrats are getting better ahead of the 2018 midterms. More Democratic challengers are raising more money than Republican incumbents and candidates than ever before, but Republicans say they have a structural advantage for voter turnout this year - http://bit.ly/2xRKuhy

    • President Trump insulted the intelligence of a female reporter during a Rose Garden press conference on Monday. After calling on ABC News' Cecilia Vega he said, "I know you're not thinking, you never do" - https://politi.co/2Nh0PkC

    • The number of IRS tax fraud cases have fallen off a cliff following budget cuts to the agency - https://nyti.ms/2NiKPP8

    • Defense Secretary James Mattis cancels his trip to China scheduled for later this month as tensions over the ongoing trade dispute continue - https://cnb.cx/2xRHtxL

    • The Trump administration will deny visas to the same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees. They're also requiring those already in the United States to get married by the end of the year or leave the country - http://bit.ly/2NfR2v9

    • An international survey concludes the image of the U.S. has sunk to a historic low since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. The poll of residents in 25 countries found only 39% had a positive view of the U.S., down from 65% at the end of the Obama presidency - http://bit.ly/2Nh7Hyh

    • Amazon announced they were increasing the minimum wage for all their U.S. workers to $15/hour - http://bit.ly/2xRH12x

    • The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to researchers from the U.S., France, and Canada who are using light to make microscopic tools - https://nyti.ms/2Nh1ySS


    • 1789 - The Bill of Rights is sent to the various States for ratification.

    • 1919 - President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him incapacitated for several weeks.

    • 1925 - Scottish inventor John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system.

    • 1950 - The "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz was published for the first time. The comic ran for 50 years until Schulz's death in 2000 from cancer.

    • 1959 - The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS.

    • 1967 - Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court.

    • 1970 - An aircraft carrying the Wichita State University football team, administrators, and supporters crashes in Colorado, killing 31 people.

    • 1980 - Michael Myers becomes the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War for his role in the Abscam scandal.

    • 2002 - A 55-year-old Maryland was slain in the first in a series of apparent random sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area for three weeks.

    Policy News

    Treasurer Damschen to lead the National Association of State Treasurers as the 2019 president
    Utah State Treasurer David Damschen was elected by his fellow state treasurers to serve as the 2019 president of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST). NAST is a bipartisan association comprised of state treasurers and state finance officials with comparable re...
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngJoin WTC Utah for a business roundtable discussion with the Ambassador from Tajikistan
    World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a diplomatic breakfast welcoming His Excellency Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from the Republic of Tajiki...
    images/Logos/New-GOED-Logo.pngTrade mission renews sister-state relationship and connects Utah companies to Asia
    Gov. Gary R. Herbert led a delegation of 20 Utah companies and six organizations on a trade mission to South Korea and Taiwan to boost trade and attract foreign investment to Utah....
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngJoin WTC Utah for a business roundtable discussion with the Consul General of Australia
    Join WTC Utah and the Governor's Office of Economic Development for a diplomatic luncheon welcoming Australian Consul General Chelsey Martin....

    More National Headlines

    How Trump's son-in-law helped a $1.2 trillion trade zone stay intact (Reuters)

    McConnell: Senate will hold Kavanaugh vote 'this week' (The Hill)

    Kavanaugh Accuser Julie Swetnick Backtracks on Some Claims in Extensive NBC News Interview (Mediaite)

    Jeff Flake: Delayed Kavanaugh confirmation is because I can't get re-elected (Arizona Republic)

    Biden Is Preparing for 2020. Can He Overcome the Hill-Thomas Hearings? (New York Times)

    Look who was behind the Jeff Flake elevator setup (New York Post)

    Report: Lawyer Says Abuse Allegation Against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Is 'Unsubstantiated' (Daily Beast)

    GOP turns to Trump to rescue Tennessee Senate seat (Politico)

    McCaskill challenger calls for special counsel to investigate Feinstein's handling of Kavanaugh allegations (The Hill)

    Donald Trump Hints He's Got Dirt On Dem Senator On Committee Considering Brett Kavanaugh's Future (Deadline)

    'I am ashamed': Beto apologizes for 'demeaning comments about women' (Politico)

    Wise Words


    "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." Marcus Garvey


    Lighter Side

    Packing MJ

    "Los Angeles International Airport has updated its policy to allow travelers to pack marijuana when flying. And every person who was happy to hear that missed their flight."Seth Meyers


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