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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 -

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.



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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Icons/Poll_01.jpgPoll: Utahns are optimistic about direction of Utah, but not so much about the United States as a whole
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Republican, conservative, Mormon men are pretty happy about the way things are going in the United States and in Utah, a new poll shows....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Charlie__Mahtesian_Politicon.JPGWhy is Mia Love hammering Ben McAdams on Nancy Pelosi? Simple. It works!
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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...
images/Resized_Mugshots/Schott_Mathesian_Politicon.JPGPodcast: Breaking down the midterms with Charlie Mahtesian of Politico's NerdCast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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....
images/Shutterstock_Logos/ElectionChallenge-500.jpgEnter the 2018 Election Challenge
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Enter our 2018 Election Challenge and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card....
images/Resized_Logos/CYBER24_season_2_logo.jpgCYBER24 Episode 32 - The importance of Security Awareness Training
By Marty Carpenter
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."...
images/Shutterstock_Icons/Poll_02.jpgImproving education quality is highest priority for Utah voters
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
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
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I've watched a lot of political races and I've observed many contests turn negative....

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Deseret News

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)

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Policy News

images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngUniversity 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
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce announced the Utah Division of Consumer Protection is joining the Federal Trade Commission, the National Association of State Charities Officials and global charity regulators to kick off the first annu...
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)

Wise Words


"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Wayne Dyer

Lighter Side


"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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