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Situational awareness - October 8, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. It's Columbus Day.

Utahns trust the news media more than President Trump, but not by much. The dislike for President Trump from Utah women could be a big problem for two GOP incumbents. Justice Brett Kavanaugh gets to work.


  • The last day to register to vote by mail is tomorrow (10/9/2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Mugshots/Donald_Trump_08.jpgUtahns say they trust the news media more than President Trump, but not by much

    Utahns say they trust the news media more than they trust President Trump, but it's a very slim margin....
    images/Shutterstock_Mugshots/Donald_Trump_09.jpgUtah women dislike President Trump. That could be a problem for Mia Love and Chris Stewart

    Utah has a growing political gender gap, and it's mostly being driven by attitudes toward President Donald Trump....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_12.jpg'Political Insiders' expect lawmakers to change Prop. 4 if it passes in November

    Our "Political Insiders" mostly say Prop. 4, the "Better Boundaries" initiative, won't survive the legislature unscathed if it's approved by voters in November....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgRep. Curtis to host conference on international trade and tariffs

    On the heels of the new NAFTA agreement, Rep. John Curtis announced that he will host an International Trade Conference at Utah Valley University on Thursday, October 18....
    images/Resized_Mugshots-300/Jared_Whitley_Pic_02.jpgWith the Resistance resisting everything else, was Columbus Day forgotten?

    With protests over the Supreme Court nomination, the midterms, conservatives who dare to speak on college campuses, and the ongoing travesty that Donald Trump won, those still in need of something to protest could settle for Columbus Day, which is Monday....
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    Deseret News

    Pignanelli and Webb: The external factors impacting Utah races

    Greg Bell: Widening the responsibility of schools dilutes their true purpose

    Utahn in ricin case claims he also sent letters to queen and Putin, feds say

    After 2 critical audits on school fees, State School Board prepares to step up monitoring, training

    How the medical marijuana compromise bill differs from Proposition 2

    Suicide rates continue to rise in Utah; are intervention efforts working?

    Education, training key to job market success, leaders say

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: Vote for Prop 2 to make Utah cannabis 'shared vision' a reality

    Details of a judge's visit to disputed southern Utah routes are being kept quiet

    Winners and losers from this week's big medical marijuana deal

    On Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Mitt Romney says he'd vote 'yes,' Jenny Wilson says 'we can do better'

    Utah's Hatch, Lee cheer on as Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed

    With a crowded jail, where to house inmates will be a big challenge for the next Salt Lake County sheriff

    Utah could become the guinea pig for state distribution of medical marijuana


    Utah County growth biggest issue in commission seat A race (Daily Herald)

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    • Democrats in 69 battleground House districts across the country hold a slight edge over Republicans in a new nationwide poll - https://wapo.st/2zYsLGF

    • Republicans are hoping the bitter partisan fight over Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation will energize their voters to get to the polls in the 2018 midterms - https://wapo.st/2zY7Xz0

    • Women's groups are hoping to tap into the rage surrounding the Kavanaugh confirmation to boost turnout in November - https://reut.rs/2zXtmIH

    • Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is already at work, preparing to join the court hearing arguments on Monday - https://nyti.ms/2zYw28M

    • Kavanaugh's first decision on the Supreme Court could come this week on a Trump administration request to block depositions by top Commerce Department officials in a lawsuit challenging the decision to a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census -  https://politi.co/2zXR0Vq

    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has filed a public records request for the FBI's report on the sexual assault allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh - https://thebea.st/2zYrsY1

    • Some are wondering if Republicans traded majorities in Congress for a conservative Supreme Court - https://cnn.it/2zYlxCF

    • Pop star Taylor Swift previously refused to discuss anything relating to politics. On Sunday she blasted Republicans and endorsed two Democrats in her home state of Tennessee - https://wapo.st/2zXOgaH

    • A terrifying new report from the United Nations says if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace, it will raise the global temperature by 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2040, which will lead to extreme droughts and poverty worldwide - https://nyti.ms/2zYioCR

    • China is warning the Trump administration to stop its "misguided" actions which are damaging relationships between the two countries - https://wapo.st/2zYpYgp

    • China is seeking ways to strike back against the Trump administration's tariffs, which could threaten big business deals, including Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox - https://nyti.ms/2zY7U6i

    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea has agreed to allow inspectors into a key nuclear testing site - https://nyti.ms/2zY1F2s

    • The Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded Monday to two Americans for their work on how economic and technological change shapes the economy - https://nyti.ms/2zYiJp7


    • 1871 - A massive Chicago fire destroyed more than 17,000 buildings, killed more than 300 people and left 100,000 homeless.

    • 1918 - Sgt. Alvin York of Tennessee became a World War I hero by single-handedly capturing a hill during an offensive in France, killing 20 enemy soldiers and capturing 132 others.

    • 1956 - New York Yankees' Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history.

    • 1969 - The Days of Rage demonstrations, organized by the Weather Underground, kick off in Chicago.

    • 1982 - Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly 18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.

    • 1991 - A federal judge in Anchorage approved a $1 billion settlement against Exxon for the Valdez oil spill.

    • 2001 - President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

    Policy News

    Small cell antennas coming to SLC neighborhoods
    Salt Lake City and cities across Utah will see more small cell antennas popping up in neighborhoods to help meet the growing demand for mobile and data services....
    Gov. Herbert lowers flags in honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day and Fire Prevention Week
    Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah on Oct., 7, 2018 in honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day and Fire Prevention Week....
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngCompete to be awarded up to $10,000, and take your business international!
    The Pitch Competition is an opportunity for small to medium-sized Utah businesses to compete for grant funds to advance their international business goals....
    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSalt Lake Chamber Hosts Education & Workforce Forum
    The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, along with the Women's Leadership Institute, hosted the Education & Workforce Forum: Connecting Business and Higher Education....
    State orders Dominion Energy to cease mailing third party service offers to customers
    In response to complaints from the public and the Division of Public Utilities and the Office of Consumer Services, the Public Service Commission has ordered Dominion Energy to stop using its bill to collect charges for third-party services unless the customers have already ...

    More National Headlines

    Brett Kavanaugh's first cases will include immigration, asbestos exposure and firearms (USA Today)

    China Makes A Big Play In Silicon Valley (NPR)

    GOP senator says wife received video of beheading after Kavanaugh vote (The Hill)

    Kellyanne Conway says women in America see their husbands, sons and brothers in Brett Kavanaugh (New York Daily News)

    Graham to take Kavanaugh fight 'to the streets,' campaign against fellow senators for first time (Washington Times)

    Julie Swetnick unloads on media, GOP: 'I am disgusted and appalled by the way that I have been re-victimized' (FOX News)

    Democrats say Avenatti undercut their case against Kavanaugh (CNN)

    Cory Booker puts Kavanaugh impeachment on the table if Democrats take back Congress (Yahoo News)

    Manchin faces firestorm at home following Kavanaugh vote (Associated Press)

    Kavanaugh Is Sworn In After Close Confirmation Vote in Senate (New York Times)

    Kavanaugh makes good on his pledge at hearing to hire women as law clerks (Washington Post)

    Wise Words


    "By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination." Christopher Columbus


    Lighter Side

    Virtual Reality

    "Alaska Airlines might start giving out virtual reality headsets to first-class passengers. Meanwhile, if you're in coach, they just duct tape an in-flight magazine to your forehead." Jimmy Fallon


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