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Situational awareness - October 3, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utahns are divided on whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Trump's father transferred wealth to his children using elaborate schemes and fraud to avoid paying taxes. Trump mocks Kavanaugh's accuser during a rally in Mississippi.

  TICK TOCK   

  • 6 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)

  • 13 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)

  • 20 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)

  • 27 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)

  • 29 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)

  • 34 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

  • 117 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)

  • 164 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)

  • 762 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Abortion_protest_01.jpgShould Roe v. Wade be overturned? New poll shows Utahns are divided, but 4th District voters support the landmark decision

    Utahns are split over whether the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark abortion ruling, Roe v. Wade, should stay the law of the land or be overturned, a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Martin_OMalley.jpgPodcast: Interview with Martin O'Malley

    Martin O'Malley, former Democratic Governor of Maryland and 2016 presidential candidate is in Utah to campaign for Ben McAdams and Shireen Ghorbani....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Mia_Love_06.jpegA mostly Democratic group in Congress may help save Mia Love's seat

    Rep. Mia Love may get some help in her tough re-election race against Ben McAdams from an unlikely source: Congressional Democrats....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_07.jpgGov. Gary R. Herbert issues Executive Order declaring state of emergency in advance of potential flooding

    Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an Executive Order Tuesday afternoon declaring a state of emergency due to potential flooding....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_16.jpgWeekly survey: Will 'Better Boundaries' survive the legislature?

    Critics of Prop. 4, the "Better Boundaries" initiative, say it usurps the Utah Legislature's constitutional role in redistricting. Some have suggested lawmakers could drastically alter, or even repeal the initiative if it passes. What do you think will happen? Vote now in ou...
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      OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

    Deseret News

    Op-ed: How Question 1 aligns with Utah values

    Editorial: The good, the bad and the dairy of the new U.S. trade deal

    Ronald Reagan used to help make case for Better Boundaries ballot proposition

    Cox says Utah election system under fire, but safe from malefactors

    Former Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley rallies Ben McAdams' volunteers

    Salt Lake City mother-in-law apartment ordinance is back, expected for a vote in coming weeks

    Sacred places key in Bears Ears management plans

    Groups reach tentative compromise over Utah medical marijuana policy

    Utah governor declares state of emergency ahead of potential flooding

    Trump signs Hatch bill to protect religious institutions, property from persecution

    Record $82.6 million in trust land funds en route to Utah schools

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Major Utah oil-shale project clears 'tremendous milestone,' but at what cost to the environment?

    Prominent Utahns like Jazz owner Gail Miller choose sides - and cut big checks - in fights over medical marijuana, Medicaid, redistricting and school funding

    Salt Lake City is working to put limitations on the inland port - but it doesn't know exactly what the development will look like yet

    Mitt Romney's Senate run makes Utah's election a target for Russian hackers, lieutenant governor says

    Senate panel endorses bill to fix up national parks; Utah's Mike Lee joins three Republicans to oppose it

    Other

    Romney says he wants to bridge partisan divide, offers limited thoughts on Kavanaugh (Park Record)


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      NATIONAL HEADLINES  

    • Blockbuster! A massive investigation uncovered President Donald Trump and his siblings gained most of their wealth from their father through dubious tax schemes and outright fraud. The report contradicts Trump's claim that he is a self-made billionaire. Trump claimed he started his own business with a $1 million loan from his father. The investigation shows Trump's father loaned him at least $60 million, much of which was never repaid - https://nyti.ms/2P4ji5H

    • The New York state tax agency is considering an investigation into the allegations about Trump's wealth and tax evasion from the New York Times investigation - https://wapo.st/2P7Xg27

    • President Trump mocked Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who first accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night - https://nyti.ms/2P28u7X

    • The FBI could finish their investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh as early as Wednesday - https://nyti.ms/2PbMV5i

    • Sen. Susan Collins wants the FBI to investigate the claims of Julie Swetnick as part of their probe into allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh - http://bit.ly/2PbObW4

    • Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the notes from Christine Blasey Ford's therapy sessions and recordings of her polygraph tests - https://on.wsj.com/2P8tM40

    • Two of Brett Kavanaugh's former Yale classmates who initially supported him withdrew their backing because of the partisan nature of his testimony last week - http://bit.ly/2P7Sb9Z

    • Benjamin Wittes, who says he knows and admires Brett Kavanaugh, would not vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court - http://bit.ly/2P2rUd0

    • President Donald Trump, responding to a question about the Kavanaugh investigation, said it's a "very scary time for young boys in America," as they could be falsely accused of sexual misconduct - https://abcn.ws/2P7RL3p

    • Sen. Lindsey Graham called on Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar to apologize to Brett Kavanaugh for being part of a "smear campaign" against the Supreme Court nominee - https://thebea.st/2P29yZv

    • President Trump is delaying his meeting with FBI Deputy Director Rod Rosenstein until after the Kavanaugh process finishes - http://bit.ly/2P7gHry

    • Special counsel Robert Mueller is downsizing his team. Two prosecutors returned to their previous positions, which is fueling speculation that he may be wrapping up his investigation - https://politi.co/2P7ucHU

    • Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg drops $20 million into a Democratic super PAC in a bid to help Democrats take control of Senate - https://wapo.st/2P7rh1U

    • The White House are warning Republican candidates to not distance themselves from the president ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, saying they could regret it in November - https://nyti.ms/2P2aSLX

    • Rising Democratic star Jason Kander drops out of the race for Kansas City mayor citing PTSD and depression - https://wapo.st/2P8nW2K

    • Envelopes mailed to President Donald Trump and the Pentagon tested positive for ricin - https://cnn.it/2P8t3ji

    • After initially deleting an insult President Trump leveled toward a female reporter during a press conference earlier this week, the White House corrected the official transcript - https://cnn.it/2P7QYPZ

    • The Department of Homeland Security was so unprepared to implement the Trump administration's zero tolerance immigration policy that it's computer systems were unable to track family members separated at the border - https://nyti.ms/2P4WfYn

    • The U.S. believes Russia is developing a new cruise missile system that would allow them to launch a nuclear strike on Europe or Alaska with little warning - https://reut.rs/2P8oMMW

    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to North Korea for another round of talks on Sunday - http://bit.ly/2P7tmuK

    • The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists from the U.S. and Britain for their work on evolutionary science - https://nyti.ms/2P7YABV

    • WOW! Check out the first pictures of Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney. He plays Cheney in a biopic which will hit theaters this Christmas - http://bit.ly/2P7lI3A

      ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

    • 1863 - The last Thursday in November is declared as Thanksgiving Day by President Abraham Lincoln.

    • 1922 - Rebecca Felton, a Georgia Democrat, was chosen to become the first woman to serve in the Senate following the premature death of Sen. Thomas E. Watson.

    • 1952 - The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon to become the world's third nuclear power.

    • 1957 - The California State Superior Court rules the book Howl and Other Poems is not obscene.

    • 1972 - President Richard Nixon and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko signed strategic arms limitation agreements, putting the first restrictions on the two countries' nuclear weapons.

    • 1990 - Communist East Germany merged with West Germany, ending 45 years of post-war division.

    • 1993 - The two-day Battle of Mogadishu began during the Somali Civil War, killing 19 Americans and between 200 and 300 Somalis. A militia shot down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters and became the inspiration for the movie Black Hawk Down.

    • 1995 - O.J. Simpson was acquitted of charges that he killed his former wife, Nichole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.

    Policy News

    Report from United Utah Party's housing affordability summit
    This past Saturday, the United Utah Party hosted a Housing Affordability Summit....
    SLCC hosts 'Expect The Great' college, career readiness event
    Salt Lake Community College will host this year's annual "Expect The Great," a state college and career readiness event for African, African-American and black students, on Oct. 5 and 6....

    More National Headlines

    Ford's ex-boyfriend's sworn statement disputes multiple claims she made under oath (Washington Examiner)

    Nancy Pelosi Not On Board With Impeaching Brett Kavanaugh (HuffPost)

    Georgetown professor suspended by Twitter after call for 'deaths' of GOP senators, Kavanaugh (FOX News)

    Dentists accused in Las Vegas resort rape case have charges against them dropped (FOX News)

    New York Times says it was a mistake to enlist writer who posted anti-Kavanaugh tweet to report on him (CNN)

    Julie Swetnick backs off Kavanaugh allegations; former friend contacts Judiciary Committee (Washington Times)

    Kavanaugh effect? Gillum clings to 1-point lead over DeSantis (Politico)

    Trump administration working to weaken EPA radiation regulations (NBC News)

    Suspected Ricin sent to Pentagon, suspicious letters to Trump, Ted Cruz office (NBC News)

    Amazon's push for higher wages has one winner: Amazon (Washington Examiner)

    Fed's Powell sees 'remarkably positive outlook' for economy that may be 'too good to be true' (CNBC)


    Wise Words

    Liberty

    "Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people." John Adams

     

    Lighter Side

    Jokes on Them

    "Police in British Columbia responded to an unusual emergency recently. A man called 911 reporting that he had been robbed. When asked what had been taken, he said that the thieves had stolen all of his marijuana and cocaine. He told the cops, "The joke's on them, they didn't find my crystal meth." James Corden

     


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