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Situational awareness - October 23, 2018
Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. The 2018 midterm elections are just two weeks from today.
I'm back from a weekend in Los Angeles at Politicon #4. The convention was filled with panel discussions, political personalities and conservative commentator Charlie Kirk threatening to fight Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks. Can't wait to see what Politicon #5 holds next year.
The 2018 midterm elections are just two weeks away. There's still time to make your picks in our 2018 Election Challenge. We've got a $50 Amazon gift card for the winner - http://bit.ly/2Ed4dhj
Executive summary: Utahns are optimistic about the direction the state is heading but less positive about the direction of the U.S. as a whole. There's a good reason Mia Love is trying to tie Ben McAdams to Nancy Pelosi. President Trump proposes a tax cut for middle-income earners ahead of the midterms, but can't explain how he would accomplish that.
- Mail-in voting continues
- In-person early voting begins today (10/23/2018)
- 7 days until the last day to register to vote online or in person (10/30/2018)
- 9 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)
- 14 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
- 97 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
- 144 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
- 742 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyPoll: Utahns are optimistic about direction of Utah, but not so much about the United States as a whole
Republican, conservative, Mormon men are pretty happy about the way things are going in the United States and in Utah, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
Why is Mia Love hammering Ben McAdams on Nancy Pelosi? Simple. It works!
Mia Love's campaign recently unveiled billboards equating Democrat Ben McAdams traditional Republican boogeyman Nancy Pelosi. Love's effort to tie McAdams to Pelosi is right out of the Republican playbook. Politico's Charlie Mathesian says there's a very good reason Republic...
Podcast: Breaking down the midterms with Charlie Mahtesian of Politico's NerdCast
Charlie Mahtesian, Senior Political Editor at Politico and co-host of the NerdCast podcast, discusses why Republicans are having trouble holding on to suburban congressional districts across the nation....
Enter the UtahPolicy.com 2018 Election Challenge
Enter our 2018 Election Challenge and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card....
CYBER24 Episode 32 - The importance of Security Awareness Training
Some of you may remember the short-lived NBC game show in which a British woman berated contestants who underperformed (or who did just fine) by staring them down and declaring in a stern voice, "you are the weakest link. Goodbye."...
Improving 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...
McAdams & Love were nice people - until this race
I've watched a lot of political races and I've observed many contests turn negative....
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Op-ed: As Utahns consider Proposition 3, they would do well to consider what happened in Kentucky
Rep. Chris Stewart seeks fourth term in House of Representatives
Democratic candidate Shireen Ghorbani top challenger to Stewart in 2nd Congressional District
Chris Stewart and Shireen Ghorbani: Meet two candidates in Utah's 2nd Congressional District
Romney stumps for other GOP candidates while Wilson questions his 'deficit hawk' claim
UTA unveils plans to build new clean air depot out of former train spot
Board votes to restore Utah public schools' access to educational database
Midvale celebrates start of phase 2 of major redevelopment plan
Full Medicaid expansion now in Utah voters' hands after years of lawmaker balking
Sen. Mike Lee calls for U.S. forces to pull out of Saudi Arabia in light of journalist killing
Salt Lake Tribune
Polygamous sect members sought to influence Turkey's president, so they wouldn't be extradited, IRS agent testifies
Utahns support the special counsel's probe of Russia and Trump, but there's a big partisan divide
Tunnel built and buried back in 2004 is saving Salt Lake City millions as it rebuilds its international airport
Audit: More oversight needed in USU, higher ed tuition (Logan Herald Journal)
- President Trump and the GOP appear to have settled on a strategy of fear, mixed with racially tinged rhetoric and some outright falsehoods, to energize Republican voters ahead of the 2018 midterms - https://wapo.st/2R6dBEQ
- The race in several battleground congressional districts remains extremely close, with Democrats holding a slight, but statistically insignificant, lead over their Republican counterparts - https://wapo.st/2R5GbpZ
- President Trump said his administration is considering a tax cut for middle-income earners that could be rolled out sometime ahead of the 2018 midterms, but he could not explain how that might happen with Congress out of session until after the elections - https://reut.rs/2q9pLRP
- Journalist Carl Bernstein says President Trump is preparing to challenge the midterm elections as "illegitimate" if Democrats take control of one, or both, houses in Congress - https://washex.am/2q9qB0V
- The migrant caravan of more than 7,000 people continues to move northward through Mexico. Many of the participants are angry their plight is being used to score political points by Republicans and President Trump - http://bit.ly/2q6XqeZ
- The Trump administration is allowing individual states to apply for new waivers to create alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, including allowing states to authorize stripped-down insurance plans that charge more for pre-existing conditions - https://cnn.it/2R75rvX
- Last February, White House chief of staff John Kelly and Corey Lewandowski, an informal adviser to President Trump, got into a physical confrontation that nearly turned into a brawl outside the Oval Office. The Secret Service had to intervene to break up the two men - https://nyti.ms/2RbYABF
- The U.S. Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation during the 2018 midterms - https://nyti.ms/2R5G7GL
- The Supreme Court blocked lawyers from questioning Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a lawsuit challenging his decision to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census - https://wapo.st/2R8F4Wx
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions is interested in a new rule that would expand his own power to reshape federal immigration policy - http://bit.ly/2q8F912
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slams the Saudi government in a speech Tuesday claiming the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a "planned" and "brutal" murder - https://wapo.st/2R3sfN2
- Surveillance footage shows a member of the 15-man team suspected in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi wearing his clothes leaving the Saudi consulate - https://cnn.it/2R3t6gI
- The Trump administration is considering changing the way transgender people are treated under the law, including possibly defining a person's sex as biological and determined at birth - https://wapo.st/2R90ZNs
- An explosive device was discovered in the mailbox of George Soros' private company in New York - http://bit.ly/2q6TafL
- Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman Supreme Court Justice, has withdrawn from public life - http://bit.ly/2q8cN74
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
- 1850 - The first National Women's Rights Convention begins in Worcester, Massachusetts.
- 1915 - In New York City, an estimated 25,000 women march on Fifth Avenue to advocate their right to vote.
- 1917 - Lenin calls for the October Revolution.
- 1929 - Wall Street Crash of 1929. After a steady decline in stock market prices since a peak in September, the New York Stock Exchange begins to crash.
- 1945 - Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player hired by a major league team, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- 1946 - The United Nations General Assembly convenes for the first time at an auditorium in Flushing, Queens, New York City.
- 1962 - President John F. Kennedy signed Proclamation 3504, authorizing the naval blockade of Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missiles on the island.
- 1973 - President Richard Nixon agrees to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations.
- 1983 - A suicide bombing on peacekeeping troops in Beirut killed 241 U.S. Marines and 58 French soldiers.
- 1987 - The U.S. Senate rejected President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court by the biggest margin in history, 58-42.
- 1998 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a land-for-peace agreement at the White House, following nine days of talks at Wye River, Md.
- 1998 - Dr. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed abortions, was killed at his home in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., when a sniper fired through his kitchen window.
- 2001 - Apple introduced the iPod portable digital music player.
Policy NewsUniversity and College Presidents Panel Announced for Utah Global Forum
How can we better connect higher education to the business world? Presidents from five Utah universities and colleges will discuss what their schools are doing to contribute to the international market....
Utah Division of Consumer Protection along with federal and global partners announce first International Charity Fraud Awareness Week
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Rideshare subscription plan now offered by Lyft in Utah
As transportation options and preferences evolve, consumers will increasingly choose not to own transportation, but to subscribe to it like Netflix or Amazon Prime....
More National Headlines
Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' (The Hill)
Elizabeth Warren Has Lost Her Way (Atlantic)
Elizabeth Warren's DNA test fiasco keeps getting worse (New York Post)
Trump makes it easier for employers to pay workers for health coverage (CNN)
Trump eyeing a 10 percent middle-income tax cut plan (Reuters)
Battle for the GOP's Soul? Trump Has Won (Wall Street Journal)
Presiding Over the Harvard Admissions Trial: A Judge Who Was Rejected From Harvard (New York Times)
Sen. Kamala Harris hits the campaign trail in Iowa: 'This is a pivotal moment' (ABC News)
Five Reasons Republicans Can Hold the House (RealClearPolitics)
Donald Trump gets sweet revenge on Ted Cruz today in Texas (CNN)
Trump: 'I'm a nationalist' (Politico)
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Wayne Dyer
"Donald Trump is so privileged that the first job he ever had to apply for was president of the United States." Stephen Colbert
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