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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)

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Border_Wall.jpgMost Utahns don't want Trump's border wall if they have to pay for it
    By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
    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 poll shows....
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/2018_Election_04.jpgNew poll of battleground House districts finds Democrats with a slight edge
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    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....
    images/Resized_Logos/CYBER24_season_2_logo.jpgCYBER 24 Episode 30: There is no cybersecurity silver bullet
    By Marty Carpenter
    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....
    images/Shutterstock_Mugshots/Donald_Trump_08.jpgUtahns say they trust the news media more than President Trump, but not by much
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    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
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    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
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    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
    By Press release
    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....

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    Deseret News

    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)

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    Policy News

    images/Logos/EDCUtah_454X417.pngEDCUtah 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....
    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

    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)

    Wise Words


    It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle

    Lighter Side


    "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

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