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Situational awareness - October 5, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

Medical marijuana is coming to Utah no matter what happens with the vote on Prop. 2. Sen. Orrin Hatch tells protesters to "grow up." The Senate will hold a critical vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/articles/20181004_Hatch_protesters.jpgHatch tells women protesters to 'grow up'

    A group of female protesters confronted Sen. Orrin Hatch as he was entering an elevator on Thursday. In response, hatch waved his hand and told them to grow up....
    images/articles/20181004_Medical_Cannabis_Presser.jpgStakeholders announce a compromise on medical marijuana. Here's what's in the deal

    After weeks of tense negotiations, lawmakers, LDS Church officials, Gov. Gary Herbert and proponents of Prop. 2 announced a compromise plan to legalize medical marijuana in Utah....
    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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    Deseret News

    Op-ed: Holladay Quarter project is a model of growth for Utah

    Mike Lee: Connecting communities can aid in beating addiction

    Jay Evensen: You'd better be stone cold sober to understand Utah's medical marijuana plan

    Editorial: Utah shows principle, compassion in medical marijuana compromis

    Ex-Councilman Stan Penfold announces bid to challenge Biskupski in 2019

    Logan home of man accused of sending ricin to White House deemed safe

    Utah college headcount increases to nearly 184,000 students

    Hatch, Lee: No evidence to support allegations against Kavanaugh in new FBI report

    Herbert calls for special session on medical marijuana in light of Proposition 2 compromise

    Salt Lake Tribune

    UVU enrollment bulges to nearly 40K. State now has nearly as many college students as population of Salt Lake City.

    Utah's 'Mr. Liquor,' who helped modernize alcohol laws while also keeping the Mormon population happy, dies at 82

    Utah governor promises to call special session after the election to enact medical marijuana agreement, no matter how Prop 2 vote turns out

    Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski gets her first campaign challenger - former Councilman Stan Penfold

    Utah's senators say FBI report doesn't support sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, and key senators agree


    Medical cannabis compromise discussed at Logan town hall (Logan Herald Journal)

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    • The U.S. Senate will hold a procedural vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday morning. If there are not at least 50 votes to proceed, Kavanaugh's nomination is sunk - https://wapo.st/2y0Tuke

    • Republican leaders are confident they have the votes needed to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination could come on Saturday - https://politi.co/2y2bV8u

    • Senators had a single day to review the FBI report on the reopened background investigation into Brett Kavanaugh - https://nyti.ms/2y2QJzf

    • Brett Kavanaugh penned an op-ed on Thursday defending his behavior last week during a Senate hearing - https://nyti.ms/2xZM4Oo

    • Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said Thursday that Kavanaugh is not fit to sit on the Supreme Court - https://nyti.ms/2xZMc0k

    • Republicans are hoping anger from conservatives over the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh will bring their voters to the polls in November - http://bit.ly/2y4v0GU

    • The Justice Department charged seven Russian intelligence officers with conspiring to hack computers and steal data from nuclear energy companies, anti-doping regulators and an international chemical weapons watchdog - https://reut.rs/2y9PL4j

    • Vice President Mike Pence accused China of trying to undermine President Trump - https://politi.co/2y2gnUs

    • President Trump is considering firing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson because he feels she is undermining his idea to create the Space Force as the sixth branch of the military - http://bit.ly/2y0UXYa

    • If Democrats win back the House in November, they are promising regulations on tech companies in Silicon Valley, proposing a Bill of Rights for the internet - https://nyti.ms/2xXFUhG

    • Internal documents show revenue at two of Donald Trump's flagship hotels dropped precipitously as Trump's political profile rose, fueling worries that the value of Trump's brand is decreasing - https://wapo.st/2xX7M5F

    • The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, both of whom worked to end wartime sexual violence - https://nyti.ms/2y2RqZn

    • The Pentagon is studying the feasibility of using insects to combat crop loss during a drought or biological weapon attack - https://wapo.st/2y1h9B9


    • 1789 - French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles to confront Louis XVI.

    • 1857 - The city of Anaheim, California is founded.

    • 1914 - World War I: An aircraft successfully destroys another aircraft for the first time with gunfire.

    • 1921 - The World Series is broadcast on radio for the first time.

    • 1947 - In the first televised Oval Office address, President Truman asks Americans to reduce grain consumption to help starving Europeans.

    • 1970 - The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded.

    • 1982 - Tylenol products are recalled after bottles in Chicago laced with cyanide cause seven deaths.

    • 2011 - Apple founder Steve Jobs dies.

    Policy News

    Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
    Weekend EventOutdoors Report--Tribune: Major Utah oil-shale project clears 'tremendous milestone,' but at what cost to the environment?--Tribune: Zion National Park to resume issuing hiking permits in the Narrows - but it's only a temporary solution--KSL.com: Canyon Hollow T...
    Industry pros appointed to Talent Ready Utah Board
    Four new industry representatives have been appointed to the Talent Ready Utah Board....
    images/Logos/UtahgovLogo.jpegUtah wins first place in Government Experience Awards
    For the second year in a row, Utah was awarded first place in the Center for Digital Government's Government Experience Awards. ...
    Great ideas: Top 10 finalists in American Dream Ideas Challenge announced
    The 10 proposals selected as finalists in the American Dream Ideas Challenge range from helping single parents save money through shared living arrangements and child care to boosting opportunities for freelance workers in the state's rural areas....

    More National Headlines

    The Kavanaugh Hearings Have Women Fired Up to Vote Republican (Slate)

    Grassley mows down media over Kavanaugh coverage: 'Some of you have bias' (Washington Examiner)

    Lawsuit accuses Seneca Valley 'mean girls' of targeting boy with false allegations (Tribune-Review)

    Pence paints China as enemy in US election (AFP)

    'It Really Is Evil': Liz Cheney Blasts Dems' Handling of Kavanaugh Confirmation (FOX News)

    Hatch tells group of female protesters to 'grow up' (The Hill)

    Linda Tripp says Christine Ford set back MeToo movement (Daily Mail)

    Lindsey Graham zings Kavanaugh protester: 'Why don't we dunk him in water and see if he floats?' (Washington Times)

    Internal Facebook drama over VP who likes Brett Kavanaugh (NBC News)

    Democrats Fear the Party's Kavanaugh Obsession Could Backfire (Daily Beast)

    G.O.P. Hopes Anger Over Treatment of Kavanaugh Propels Voters to the Polls (New York Times)

    Wise Words


    "The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." Ernest Hemingway


    Lighter Side

    Funny Speech

    "After U.N. diplomats laughed at his speech . . . . President Trump said that it was supposed to be funny. Basically Trump is that guy who trips in front of everyone and then tries to turn it into a tiny jog." Jimmy Kimmel


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