Utah's Daily Policy Resource, Brought to you by Utah Policy
Now you can listen to our in-depth interviews with Utah newsmakers and our weekly news roundup, "Bernick and Schott on politics" on Spotify.
Situational awareness - October 9, 2018
Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.
Utahns don't want to pay for Trump's border wall. Republicans hope the Kavanaugh confirmation fight will help them in November. Ford plans to lay off workers after Trump's tariffs cost the company $1 billion.
The last day to register to vote by mail is today (10/9/2018)
14 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)
21 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)
23 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)
28 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
111 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
158 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
756 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyMost Utahns don't want Trump's border wall if they have to pay for it
Most Utahns don't want to build President Donald Trump's wall along our southern border with Mexico if American taxpayers must foot the bill, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
New poll of battleground House districts finds Democrats with a slight edge
A new nationwide poll of 69 battleground House districts, including Utah's hotly contested 4th District, finds voters leaning toward Democrats by a slight margin....
CYBER 24 Episode 30: There is no cybersecurity silver bullet
As much as business leaders and elected officials may wish it were so, the unfortunate truth is there is no such thing as a silver bullet when it comes to cybersecurity....
Utahns 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....
Utah 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....
'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....
Rep. 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....
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Orrin Hatch: Kavanaugh's confirmation - a victory for the courts and the nation
Utah's shift in approval for Trump is the highest in the nation, new poll says
Why America's religious freedom ambassador thinks everyone can help 'fight' for this 'foundational' right
Advocates want to see Medicaid's 'tremendous results' in Utah extended by Proposition 3
Salt Lake D.A. creates panel to review claims of innocence
Utah school makes the grade after asking 'What would I be willing to do to see students succeed?'
Utah Rep. Rob Bishop says he has 'no idea' how re-election campaign going
'It does not care what it consumes': Utah County joins federal lawsuit in fight against opioid crisis
Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Election security is everyone's job
Zion National Park will acquire a private land parcel to fend off any development - but 3,400 acres remain at risk
Utahn becomes one of the first in the state to receive nonbinary 'X' markers on birth certificate and driver license
No state has seen President Trump's approval rating drop farther than Utah, new poll shows
Utah League of Cities' former finance chief charged with skimming $30k for travel, drinks, clothing
Voting begins: Salt Lake County mails 500k ballots to voters
Utah County announces lawsuit against major opioid manufacturers, distributors (Daily Herald)
Musselman focuses on economy, Darby touts analytical skills in Utah House race (Standard-Examiner)
- Whoa! Former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates requested a proposal from an Israeli firm for a plan to use social media manipulation to defeat GOP primary opponents and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. One of the plans included using fake online personas to sway the votes of delegates to the GOP National Convention in 2016 - https://nyti.ms/2IJGpzZ
- President Trump sounded a very partisan tone during the swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh - https://wapo.st/2ILYZYm
- Republicans hope to cast Democrats as an "angry mob" following the Kavanaugh confirmation fight in an effort to boost enthusiasm by the Democratic base - https://wapo.st/2IKycvE
- A new nationwide poll shows 45% of Americans believe the media treated Brett Kavanaugh unfairly during the confirmation process - http://bit.ly/2IMElqW
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he would push to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 if there was an opening, despite using the 2016 election as a reason for refusing to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland - https://wapo.st/2IMgHuU
- The bitter fight over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination has led to a surge in donations for both Republicans and Democrats - http://bit.ly/2IK8MhH
- Republicans are worried that the Democratic surge could put some safe GOP seats in danger in November - https://reut.rs/2IJQM6V
- A new forecast for the 2018 midterms shows 68 seats currently held by Republicans as "in play." Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to win control of the House in November - https://politi.co/2IPYv3H
- President Trump says he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over reports that Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to record Trump following the firing of former FBI Director James Comey - https://wapo.st/2IMgTdC
- President Trump used unorthodox business strategies to expand his real estate business following the death of his father - https://wapo.st/2IMLpUD
- China is working to protect its flagging economy from the effects of the trade war with the U.S. - https://wapo.st/2IMgYxW
- Ford is planning big layoffs after disclosing President Trump's tariffs have cost the company $1 billion - https://nbcnews.to/2IP3dP6
- Hurricane Michael is barreling toward Florida's Gulf Coast. It's expected to make landfall on Wednesday as a Category 3 storm - https://wapo.st/2ILuuC2
- Bill and Hillary Clinton will go on tour this year and next. The couple will hold joint conversations during the arena tour, which is being produced by the same company that produces big concert events - http://bit.ly/2IMK6oH
- Google is shutting down its Google+ social media platform after discovering a vulnerability that left the private data of thousands of users exposed. Google initially did not disclose the issue for fear it would bring regulatory scrutiny and damage the company's reputation - https://on.wsj.com/2IKenEJ
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
- 1635 - Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony after religious and policy disagreements.
- 1701 - The Collegiate School of Connecticut (later renamed Yale University) is chartered in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
- 1888 - The Washington Monument opens to the public. Construction was halted from 1854 to 1877 due to a lack of funds and the Civil War.
- 1936 - The Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam) begins to generate electricity and transmit it to Los Angeles.
- 1967 - A day after his capture, Ernesto "Che" Guevara is executed for attempting to incite a revolution in Bolivia.
- 1969 - In Chicago, the National Guard is called in as demonstrations continue over the trial of the "Chicago Eight."
- 1983 - James Watt, facing U.S. Senate condemnation for a racially insensitive remark, resigned as interior secretary.
- 2006 - North Korea conducts its first nuclear test
Policy NewsEDCUtah Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from IEDC
The Economic Development Corporation of Utah received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Industry Profiles, in the category of General Purpose Print Brochure from the International Economic Development Council....
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....
Compete 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....
Salt 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
Independents disapprove of Democrats' handling of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination by a 28-point margin (Washington Examiner)
CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins 'regrets' homophobic tweets from college days (USA Today)
Alaska GOP to weigh potential action against Murkowski for opposing Kavanaugh confirmation (Associated Press)
Trump, Rosenstein meet on Air Force One in wake of 'wire' report (FOX News)
Poll shows Cruz up 5 points on O'Rourke in Texas (The Hill)
Bill and Hillary Clinton to Start 13-City Paid Speaking Tour After Midterms (Bloomberg)
Gavin Newsom and John Cox clash in their only head-to-head governor's race debate (Los Angeles Times)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel rejects President Donald Trump's call for Chicago police to use stop-and-frisk tactics (Chicago Tribune)
Brett Kavanaugh just hired the Supreme Court's first all-women law clerk team (The Week)
Google drops out of Pentagon cloud computing competition (The Hill)
China says it's not afraid of a trade war with the US - its actions show otherwise (CNBC)
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle
"You can now take at-home STD tests. Healthcare experts say it's perfect for anyone who likes to panic in the comfort of their own home." Jimmy Fallon
Subscribers may receive special messages with information about new features, special offers, or public policy messages from clients and advertisers.
Advertise With Us