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Situational awareness - October 29, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

President Trump has only one event on his public schedule, an intelligence briefing in the morning. A schedule like that for Trump usually leads to a full Twitter day for the President. Brace yourself for news.

We're 8 days away from the 2018 midterms. There's still time to enter our 2018 Election Challenge contest. We've got a $50 Amazon gift card for the winner - http://bit.ly/2Ed4dhj

Executive summary: Spending in the 4th CD race between Love and McAdams is close to topping $10 million. President Trump and Republicans are pushing back on claims his rhetoric is at least partially to blame for a rash of violence. Republicans are expecting to lose 30 House seats this year, but that number could go higher.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams_10.jpgThe cost of the Love/McAdams race approaches $10 million

The race between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Ben McAdams is already the most expensive in the short history of Utah's 4th Congressional District, and will likely top the $10 million total before all is said and done....
images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Does politics have a place in Utah's judicial system?

On your ballot this year is a long list of Utah state judges, who by law now and then have to stand for retention election....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Ernest_Istook.pngGuest opinion: Proposition 4's poison pill provision will make gerrymandering even worse

A poison pill is hidden inside Utah's "anti-gerrymandering" Proposition 4 on the November ballot....
images/articles/Migrant_Caravan.jpg'Political Insiders' say migrant caravan is a potent political issue for GOP

Last week, President Trump was railing on social media and during his campaign rallies about a "migrant caravan" moving north from Honduras toward the U.S. border. Our "Political Insiders" think the issue could be a potent one for Republicans at the polls....
images/Shutterstock_Logos/ElectionChallenge-500.jpgEnter the UtahPolicy.com 2018 Election Challenge

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Deseret News


Pignanelli and Webb: Terrifying time of year - Halloween & elections

Greg Bell: Utah's economy needs an educated workforce

Bureau of Land Management pulls 1 million acres for oil/gas leasing

After visit to mosque, Mitt Romney says he supports Trump's travel ban, opposes restrictions based on religion

Question 1 asks Utahns if they are willing to pay more at the pump to help fund education, local roads

Balance of power: Salt Lake County Council has five seats up for election

Utah has 'heck of a lot' to share at next year's United Nations conference in Salt Lake City

Proposition 4 backers say independent redistricting commission helps voters pick their politicians

Nearly 90,000 Salt Lake County residents could see a new property tax charge next year

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Civil forfeiture is worse than its proponents proclaim

To fight high drug prices, Utah will pay for public employees to go fill prescriptions in Mexico

Mitt Romney made $22.3 million last year, according to his tax returns

Ben McAdams and Mia Love remain tied in New York Times Upshot poll, as new twist over Love's campaign financing emerges

Who's been snapping up copies of Rep. Chris Stewart's books? Chris Stewart's campaign.

Mitt Romney praises diversity, faith and fairness in visit to Utah Islamic Center

Lawmakers, advocates continue to tweak medical cannabis bill in private talks

Latest poll of potential Utah Republican candidates for 2020 governor's race shows Chaffetz, Cox remain leading contenders

Beyond the attack ads: Here are the candidates' stands on issues in the Mia Love vs. Ben McAdams race


Perry, Wayne battle for Utah House seat straddling Box Elder, Weber counties (Standard-Examiner)

GOPer, Libertarian, Dem seek Utah Senate post serving Weber, Morgan counties (Standard-Examiner)

2018 Cache County Council candidates discuss issues, experiences (Logan Herald Journal)

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  • The man who charged into a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 people, spewed anti-Semitic vitriol on social media - https://nyti.ms/2Q3RrDl

  • President Trump and Republicans are denying that his attacks on political rivals and racially charged rhetoric are at least partially responsible for a rash of violence in the U.S. - https://wapo.st/2Q1s7h9

  • Just hours after calling for more civility in our national discourse, President Trump ridiculed Tom Steyer, who was one of the targets of a spate of pipe bombs sent to high-profile members of the Democratic Party last week - https://politi.co/2QalnNO

  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted, then later deleted, a tweet suggesting three Jewish, billionaire Democratic donors were attempting to "buy" the 2018 midterm elections - https://cnn.it/2Q1ue4z

  • Americans reacted to a week of gun violence and pipe bombs along mostly partisan lines - https://nyti.ms/2PZBQo9

  • House Republican leaders privately expect to lose about 30 seats in November, giving the majority to Democrats. However. unexpected scenarios could push that number higher on election night. Republicans are growing increasingly confident they will hold on to their majority in the Senate - http://bit.ly/2Q2R6R0

  • President Trump will announce a major border crackdown in a speech on Tuesday. He is expected to invoke emergency powers to stop migrants from entering the U.S., saying they pose a national security threat - https://wapo.st/2Q3CWiH

  • A new poll shows young Americans under the age of 30 are much more likely to vote this year than they were in the 2014 and 2010 midterm elections - https://wapo.st/2Q3S4gb

  • Democrats in battleground seats are focusing on health care in their closing message ahead of the 2018 midterm elections - https://nyti.ms/2Q3sBDk

  • Republicans are mostly doubling down on the culture wars as their final pitch to voters with one week to go before the election - http://bit.ly/2Q1mY8H

  • Several Republicans running for Congress are making misleading claims about their positions on health care, specifically protecting preexisting conditions - https://wapo.st/2Q4LHJd

  • A new middle-class tax cut pushed by President Trump will likely have to wait until 2019, and then only if Republicans keep their majority in November - https://reut.rs/2Q8vIKw

  • If they win a majority in November, House Democrats are promising action on anti-discrimination legislation to give equal rights protections to LGBTQ individuals - http://bit.ly/2Q3uDDA

  • Hillary Clinton is waffling on her political future, saying she would make a decision about whether to run again in 2020. "I'd like to be president," she said at an event over the weekend - http://bit.ly/2Q1mShl

  • Michael Avenatti is building his team ahead of an increasingly likely presidential bid in 2020 - https://politi.co/2PXVPUa

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down as head of her party after almost two decades - https://bloom.bg/2Q4JZaL

  • The Trump administration is auctioning off millions of acres of drilling rights and rolling back regulations, leading to a boom in fracking on public lands in the West - https://nyti.ms/2QalclC

  • A fight over civil rights protections for transgender people could end up before the Supreme Court this year - http://bit.ly/2Q2LnuN

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  • 1863 - Eighteen countries meet in Geneva and agree to form the International Red Cross

  • 1901 - Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William McKinley, is executed by electrocution.

  • 1929 - The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what is come to be known as "Black Tuesday," beginning the Great Depression.

  • 1960 - In Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius Clay (who later takes the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight.

  • 1969 - The first-ever computer-to-computer link is established on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.

  • 1994 - A Colorado man was arrested after he sprayed the White House with bullets from an assault rifle. President Bill Clinton was inside at the time but no one was injured. The gunman was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation honors Justice Christine Durham and Union Pacific at annual luncheon
Christine Durham, the former Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will be honored with Utah Foundation's Insight Award at the Foundation's Annual Luncheon on Wednesday. Union Pacific will also be recognized with the Civic Cornerstone Award....

Rep. Curtis with Utah House delegation introduces bill to designate 'Miracle Mountain'
This year, Utah has battled the worst wildfire season in recent memory....

More National Headlines

Hillary 2020? 'I'd like to be president' - will decide on run after midterm election (American Mirror)

It's Bernie Sanders' world. But what's his place in it? (CNN)

#WalkAway movement urges disgruntled Democrats to leave the party behind (FOX News)

Trump points finger at media for 'division and hatred' plaguing US (The Hill)

Why Are Drugs Cheaper in Europe? (Wall Street Journal)

Businesses pose issue if Newsom becomes California governor (Associated Press)

DHS secretary: 'This caravan is not getting in' (POLITICO)

Beto O'Rourke won't 'concede' being down in the polls against Ted Cruz (Washington Examiner)

State of the Midterms: Beto O'Rourke seeks to capitalize on endorsements, as governor's races shift right (FOX News)

Trump's new tax cut plan probably waits for 2019: lawmaker (Reuters)

Billionaires Buffett, Adelson battle over Nevada ballot measure on electricity supply (FOX News)

Wise Words


"Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow." Ambrose Bierce


Lighter Side

St Patrick

They say St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. I wonder if he could do that for Congress. Onelinefun


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