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Situational awareness - October 25, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

BREAKING THURSDAY MORNING: One day after multiple explosive devices were sent to prominent Democrats, authorities are investigating two more suspicious packages. One was sent to an address associated with actor Robert De Niro, the second was sent to former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_01.jpgPoll: Utahns say the Utah GOP should stick with the dual-track path to the primary ballot

The Count My Vote citizen initiative won't be on the Nov. 6 ballot thanks to a successful anti-SB54 drive by opponents who got a few hundred folks to take their names off of the CMV petitions....
images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_19.jpgHughes says medical marijuana compromise is not aimed at short-circuiting Prop. 2

An interesting hearing Wednesday night as the Utah House Democratic caucus gathered together the major players in the medical marijuana debate to hear their support of or opposition to, the Prop. 2 compromise bill that will be heard in a mid-November special legislative sess...
images/Shutterstock_Icons/podcast_14.jpgPodcast: Key factors that will impact the 2018 midterms in Utah with Damon Cann

Utah State University political science professor Damon Cann joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss the 2018 midterms in Utah....
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgOpinion briefs: Governor's race, Inland Port & Chamber advocacy

New gubernatorial candidate? A big crowd of Republicans is going to be running for governor in 2020. Here's another name being mentioned by the Great Mentioners: Greg Miller....
images/Resized_Logos/USTAR_Logo_2018.jpgUnlocking new solutions to global food production challenges

With more than 200 million tons produced globally each year, wheat is an essential, high protein, and nutrient-dense food source....
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images/articles/Migrant_Caravan.jpgWeekly survey: How will the 'migrant caravan' controversy play in November?

A "migrant caravan" of people fleeing violence in Honduras is heading north toward the southern U.S. border. President Trump is stoking outrage about the issue. Do you think the controversy will help Republicans or Democrats in November? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Deseret News

Op-ed: Proposition 4 will just make things worse

Op-ed: Why I support an independent redistricting commission

Jay Evensen: Be glad Utah isn't a part of the lottery madness

Editorial: Know your judges before voting to retain them

Utah wants roadless rule amended

Sen. Mike Lee urges agreement requiring migrant caravan to seek asylum in Mexico

Citing unsuccessful negotiations with Unified police, Riverton takes next steps to form own police force

Utah House Democrats hold public forum on medical marijuana, Proposition 2

Salt Lake district attorney's race pits county's top prosecutor against one of his deputies

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah liquor stores may get to keep those consumer-friendly rating cards, after all

SLC International Airport explores whether it's time to start pushing out small propeller planes

Sen. Mike Lee urges new U.S.-Mexico pact on migrants as caravan rolls toward America

With election near, Riverton City opts to leave UPD and form its own police agency, adding fuel to an issue in sheriff's race

Utah House speaker assures Dems that medical marijuana agreement was not an attempt to sabotage Prop 2


Weber County Commission hopefuls focus on money, retiree perk, changing government (Standard-Examiner)

Utah House District 7 hopefuls focus on business growth, properly representing voters (Standard-Examiner)

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  • Several pipe bombs were sent to prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At least seven explosive devices have been discovered - https://nyti.ms/2CEbCUm

  • New York Police are investigating another suspicious package at an address linked to actor Robert De Niro - http://bit.ly/2CEcoR6

  • A ninth suspicious package addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden was under investigation Thursday morning - http://bit.ly/2CEv2Ze

  • Just hours after the nation was stunned by the discovery of the explosive devices, President Trump blamed the media and others for incivility - https://wapo.st/2CEcCrq

  • A number of right-wing pro-Trump media figures, including Rush Limbaugh, painted the pipe-bombs as a "false flag" operation designed to gin up empathy for Democrats - https://thebea.st/2CH30fU

  • Whoa! When President Trump makes personal phone calls on one of his iPhones, Chinese and Russian spies are often listening in, then using that information to manipulate Trump. Trump's aides have repeatedly warned him that his calls are being eavesdropped on. President Trump disputed the report on Twitter Thursday morning - https://nyti.ms/2CCrqHg

  • Russia investigation: Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has communications suggesting right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi had advance knowledge the emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman had been stolen and given to Wikileaks - https://nbcnews.to/2CEfqVu
  • President Trump will hold at least 10 midterm rallies between October 31 and Election Day. The schedule may include at least two rallies in different states each day - http://bit.ly/2CHxHl9

  • A new national poll found Democrats are really angry ahead of the 2018 midterms, and that anger could boost their candidates at the polls on Election Day - https://reut.rs/2CCgPfg

  • President Trump has turned a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants headed toward the U.S. into a campaign issue, but his administration is struggling with how to respond to the group moving northward through Mexico - https://wapo.st/2CEe90E

  • On Thursday, President Trump plans to unveil a plan to overhaul how Medicare pays for certain drugs while attacking "foreign freeloaders" he claims have driven up costs in the U.S. - https://politi.co/2CDZ3s9

  • A federal judge ordered Georgia officials to stop throwing out absentee ballots over mismatched signatures, missing addresses or incorrect birth years - https://wapo.st/2CHx76X

  • U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Wednesday, erasing all of the gains for the year - https://wapo.st/2CEem46

  • When the Trump administration announced their "zero tolerance" immigration policy in April, it did not tell key government agencies about the policy before making it public - https://nyti.ms/2CEcXKI

  • Saudi Arabia issued a statement Thursday saying the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated, reversing their previous stance that Khashoggi was killed accidentally during a fistfight at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul - https://wapo.st/2CB3zYx

  • CIA Director Gina Haspel listened to audio purportedly of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi during her secret visit to Turkey earlier this week - https://wapo.st/2CEN0ux

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg blamed the polarization of the judicial confirmation process on a lack of bipartisanship in Congress - https://wapo.st/2CEexMO

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  • 1854 - Charge of the Light Brigade: 670 British cavalrymen fighting in the Crimean War attacked a heavily fortified Russian position and were killed.

  • 1929 - Teapot Dome scandal: Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was found guilty of accepting a bribe while in office. He was the first presidential Cabinet member convicted of a crime.

  • 1962 - Adlai Stevenson shows photos at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council proving that Soviet missiles had been installed in Cuba.

  • 1971 - The United Nations admitted China as a member, ousting the Nationalist Chinese government of Taiwan.

  • 1983 - The United States invaded Grenada, rescuing 1,000 American students and restoring order to the country.

  • 2002 - Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and seven others were killed in the crash of a small plane about 180 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

Policy News

New CAP report: Expanding Medicaid would save the lives of more than 240 Utahns per year
A new Center for American Progress report quantifies the potential benefits of Medicaid expansion in Utah and the 18 other states that have not yet implemented Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  ...
Rep. Curtis bill to help pregnant women addicted to opioids signed into law
Congressman John Curtis' POPPY Study Act was signed into law by the president as part of a historic package of legislation to give $6 billion in funding and research to help communities combat the opioid crisis....
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngTop 5 Cybersecurity Tips for Business
Risk management is a constant balancing act between productivity and security, and yet, savvy business owners understand that resilience strategies inevitably lead to a stronger, more competitive organization....
Opening of Deseret UAS headquarters marks major milestone
Utah will officially open its doors to the unmanned aerial systems industry at the Deseret UAS headquarters located at the Xperience Center in Tooele City....
images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngLast chance for special pricing on Utah Global Forum tickets
Register for the Utah Global Forum by Friday, October 26, to purchase your ticket for $99. Starting Saturday, October 27, ticket prices will increase to $119....

More National Headlines

What Could Hold Back a Democratic Wave? Economy, Confidence, Independence (New York Times)

US war with China is likely in 15 years, retired general says (Associated Press)

Suicides Surge in a Hopeless Venezuela (Bloomberg)

Middle class is disappearing in California as wealth gap grows (The Hill)

Migrant Caravan In Mexico May Have Impact On Key Senate Race in Tennessee (NPR)

Gillum's October surprise: ex-friend's texts, emails could make or break his campaign (Miami Herald)

Republicans gain ground in Texas, Nevada U.S. Senate races (Reuters)

Nevada GOP Sen. Heller - Once A Trump Critic - Now Embraces President In Tight Race (NPR)

Democrats' illegal immigration tune has changed over years despite incoming caravan (FOX News)

Poll: Abrams and Kemp virtually tied in Georgia governor's race (NBC News)

Trump signs opioids law at White House event (CNN)

Wise Words

Two Choices

"Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power." William James


Lighter Side


"The FDA is said to be cracking down on teenage vaping. Vaping for those who don't know is the reason your Uber smells like pineapple turpentine whenever you get in it." Jimmy Kimmel


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