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Situational awareness - October 22, 2018

Good Monday morning on a mild autumn day. Maybe some rain ahead.

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Executive summary: Utahns are right now casting their ballots by mail. Candidates are running out of time to win support of undecideds. Mia Love and Ben McAdams are pummeling each other with negative advertising and national PACs are piling on. The mid-terms, murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and the migrant caravan.


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images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgImproving education quality is highest priority for Utah voters

The top issue that Utahns want state government to solve is improving the quality of public education, a new poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds.Jones asked 649 adults to list their top three issues facing Utah state government, and then listed 21 possibilities.If a res...
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgMcAdams & Love were nice people - until this race

I've watched a lot of political races and I've observed many contests turn negative. Thankfully, we don't see an enormous amount of nasty, negative campaigning in Utah, mostly because our races are usually so lopsided in favor or Republicans that negative campaigning wouldn'...
Ben Stein and university presidents featured at Global Forum Nov. 8

Utah's five female university presidents, along with economist, attorney and writer Ben Stein, will be featured at the Utah Global Forum on Nov. 8, at Grand America Hotel, starting at 8 a.m.Stein is the most famous economics teacher in history. This is because his iconi...
Environment: National magazine features Utah's Pando

The magazine Popular Mechanics recently published a feature story on Utah's gigantic stand of quaking aspen in Fishlake National Forest. Here's an excerpt:The world's largest living organism, not to mention one of the oldest, lives in the Fishlake National Forest in cen...
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Deseret News

Pignanelli and Webb: Prop 4 sounds good, but flaws abound

Editorial: The real test is what voters are asking themselves

One key Utah midterm race may tell us if hard red states can turn blue

Why Utah is the third-best state in the country for political engagement

Job growth up in Utah by 3.6 percent in September

Super PAC ad against Mia Love continues to air with some changes

Voters to decide if Utah Legislature can bypass governor to hold special sessions

Utahns to decide 2 constitutional amendments dealing with property tax exemptions

Utah ACT scores trend upward but lag behind national averages

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox makes an 'I Voted' sticker for one lucky Utah voter

A new state park at Grand Staircase?

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: The ACLU is wrong about Operation Rio Grande

Op-ed: Reject the top-down Obama era Medicaid expansion that is Prop 3

Op-ed: Critic of religion uses a straw man to justify rudeness

The water around a Utah uranium mine is growing more polluted. What does it mean for the nearby town?

Utahns split on ballot measure to allow Legislature to call itself into special session - part of ongoing Capitol Hill power struggle

Mia Love and Ben McAdams were pals before the close election contest that has them bashing each other

Utah auditors checked out a health department after two employees were arrested. Here's what they found.

Utah drops a bit to No. 2 nationally for job creation

Mia Love says outside liberal group was forced to pull 'defamatory ad,' but group disputes that

New poll shows Rep. Chris Stewart with a strong lead over Shireen Ghorbani in Utah's 2nd District race

How will the inland port, a massive project near the Great Salt Lake, affect air quality and the ecosystem?

Only 19 of Utah's 90 legislative races are competitive financially. Here's a look at a few that stand out.

Utah voter enthusiasm driven by Trump, Romney and marijuana, poll shows

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  • So far, at least 4.7 million people have already cast early ballots, as voter enthusiasm is "off the charts" (The Hill Morning Report)
  • News deserts widen as newspapers shut down. Some 200 counties in U.S. are without any paper, weekly or daily (Route Fifty).
  • Democratic Senate hopes shift from winning a majority to limiting losses. Democratic strategists now eyeing 2020 to pick up Senate seats (Politico). Democrats have raised more money for the congressional mid-terms, but Republicans have more in the bank (New York Times).
  • Big Democratic donors are so far staying on the sidelines in Dem presidential nomination contest (The Hill).
  • Trump job approval hits new high (RealClearPolitics).
  • Trump withdraws from a Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia, saying Russia is cheating. Russia slams decision as "blackmail" (Politico).
  • Republicans and Democrats in Congress find common ground in condemning Saudi crown prince in wake of Khashoggi murder in Turkey (Politico). Saudi influence machine faces test (Washington Post). Turkey vows to reveal details of Khashoggi death (New York Times).
  • Migrant caravan from Central America swells to 5,000, including deportees attempting to get back into the United States (Washington Post) (New York Times).
  • Rats surge in Boston real rats, not politicians (Boston Globe).

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  • 1746 Princeton University, in New Jersey, receives its charter.
  • 1797 The first successful parachute descent is made by Andre-Jacques Garnerin, who jumps from a balloon at some 2,200 feet above Paris.
  • 1914 The U.S. places its economic support behind the Allies in WWI.
  • 1938 Chester Carlson invents the photocopier. He tries to sell his machine to IBM, RCA, Kodak and others, but they see no use for a gadget that makes nothing but copies.
  • 1962 -- The U.S. reveals Soviet missile sites in Cuba. Pres. John F. Kennedy orders a naval and air blockade, which causes a confrontation that threatens nuclear ward. On Oct. 28, the U.S. and Russia agree on a formula to end the crisis.


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More National Headlines

Trump's job approval rating reaches an all-time high in new poll (AOL)

Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virgini (The Hill)

Scott Walker Tries to Snatch Football From Democrats One More Tim (Bloomberg)

Trump would prefer to pick a woman for U.N. envoy (Reuters)

Elizabeth Warren DNA test highlights how tribes decide membership (Washington Times)

2020 vision: Democratic hopefuls warm up for White House race (Guardian)

Dems' midterm advantage narrows among registered voters as Trump's approval rating rises, poll finds (FOX News)

O'Rourke walks back 'Lyin' Ted' line (Politico)

'Transgender' Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration (New York Times)

As Democrats Court Latinos, Indifference Is a Powerful Foe (New York Times)

DeSantis rips CNN for releasing 'misleading poll' ahead of first debate with Gillum (Miami Herald)

Wise Words

Moral Authority

"Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect." Stephen Covey


Lighter Side


"There's a growing trend of older Americans who are using marijuana in their retirement. That makes sense because old people are always talking about their joints." Jimmy Fallon


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