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Situational awareness - November 1, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City and welcome to November. There are just 54 days until Christmas.

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Executive summary: The Utahn spending his own money on gun control ads. President Trump unveils the most racially charged ad in decades. Democrats growing more confident they'll win the House in November.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/robert_c_steiner.jpgPodcast: The Utahn who is putting his money where his mouth is on gun control

Bob Steiner is spending nearly $200,000 of his own money on ads urging Utahns to vote for candidates who will take action on gun control measures....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Blake_Moore.jpgGuest opinion: Prop. 4 offers protections against partisan gerrymandering

 Let's be clear about one thing: Proposition 4 prohibits gerrymandering-by anyone. It prohibits drawing district lines to favor any candidate or party....
images/Resized_Logos/USTAR_Logo_2018.jpgUSTAR annual report showcases strong economic impact

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) recently released its 2018 Annual Report highlighting programs, events, and economic impact for the fiscal year 2018....
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Who will win the Mia Love/Ben McAdams race? Call your shot for the 2018 midterms in our weekly survey. Vote now!...
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Deseret News

Op-ed: What is Utah's role in a global economy?

Jay Evensen: Proposition 4 isn't perfect, but it's worth a try

Editorial: Proposition 4 is a step in the right direction

More than half of all Utahns volunteer, making Utah No. 1 for helping others

Trustees 'reopen search' for Utah tech education commissioner

Lehi announces no health risks from Point of the Mountain dust; environment committee formed

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah goes to great lengths to find cheaper medicines

Utah legislators may repeal the state's 'unconstitutional' adultery and sodomy laws

Tribune owner Paul Huntsman explains the paper's endorsements of Mia Love and Mitt Romney

Drug Safe Utah has kept the pressure on Prop 2, even as medical marijuana supporters stood down

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  • President Trump tweeted out what some are calling the most racist political ad in decades on Wednesday. The spot accuses Democrats of plotting to help invaders from Central America flood America with cop killers - https://cnn.it/2QbRX27 (Watch the ad - http://bit.ly/2QbuQ7J) 

  • Democrats remain in a strong position to win control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections, but it all depends on whether the party's base shows up according to a new nationwide poll of battleground districts - https://wapo.st/2QbYFVV 

  • Democrats are becoming more confident they'll win back control of the House in Tuesday's elections amid signs the political environment has shifted back toward them in the final days of the campaign - http://bit.ly/2Q9iuNm

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan said President Trump's proposal to end the Constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship was "obviously" impossible. Trump attacked Ryan on Twitter Wednesday, saying he should "focus on holding the majority" in Congress instead of "giving his opinions on birthright citizenship, something he knows nothing about." Many saw Trump's rebuke as casting blame on Ryan if Republicans lose control of the House on Tuesday - https://nyti.ms/2QcE5om

  • President Trump continued his push to do away with birthright citizenship at a rally in Florida on Wednesday night, calling the Constitutional clause a "crazy policy" and telling the crowd that "illegal immigrants are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States." Legal scholars widely disagree with that claim - https://nyti.ms/2QcMLeg

  • President Trump claimed the size of the migrant caravan slowly moving through Mexico is much larger than what is being reported. "I'm pretty good at estimating crowd size. And I'll tell you they look a lot bigger than people would think" said Trump - https://abcn.ws/2Q9kntq

  • President Trump says he could send as many as 15,000 troops to the border with Mexico. That number caught Pentagon officials off guard - https://wapo.st/2QcHcg2

  • A new poll shows just a third of millennial voters say they plan to go to the polls on Tuesday - https://nbcnews.to/2QcGSOm 

  • The GOP is now the party of Donald Trump. A new poll finds more Republican voters see themselves as Trump supporters rather than Republican supporters - http://bit.ly/2Q9H5BN

  • The early vote totals in at least 17 states are already ahead of the turnout for the 2014 midterms at this point - https://wapo.st/2QgRzzu 

  • Federal official say they're monitoring for possible foreign interference in Tuesday's midterm elections - https://reut.rs/2Qc1WVd

  • More millennial candidates are running for office than ever before this year. About 700 millennials are running in state legislative races - http://bit.ly/2Q9H5BN

  • Oprah plans to campaign, and canvass, for Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams. Imagine opening up your door to find Oprah standing on your front step - https://nbcnews.to/2Q7hPMA 

  • Brutal! Two of the three children of Missouri Republican legislative candidate Steve West are telling voters to not vote for their "homophobic" and "racist" father - https://nbcnews.to/2Q6a9Km

  • The Trump administration is bracing for an exodus of up to six Cabinet officials in the next few weeks after the midterm elections - https://politi.co/2QiDi4Y 

  • Jon Stewart says President Trump has been able to manipulate the press because he appeals to journalists' "own narcissism" by attacking them. "They take it personally, and now he's changed the conversation to, not that his policies are silly or not working...it's all about the fight" - http://bit.ly/2Qb5VRT 

  • CNN president Jeff Zucker has told people inside the network he's not planning on hiring ex-Trump administration officials who he sees as complicit in spreading Trump's falsehoods - https://politi.co/2Q6tdrL 

  • Special counsel Robert Mueller is zeroing in on conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi as part of his investigation into Russia's attack on the 2016 election - https://abcn.ws/2QiDP6Y

  • President Trump blamed former White House Counsel Don McGahn for the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel during a face-to-face meeting just before McGahn left the administration - https://cnn.it/2Q9FY55 

  • The Trump administration appears unwilling to renew an anti-domestic terror program. The administration already canceled a grant for a group that fights terror from white supremacist groups - https://nbcnews.to/2Q7jRMI

  • Turkish officials say journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, then dismembered. They're not sure what happened to his remains, but there is speculation they were dissolved in acid - https://wapo.st/2Q7ThTz

  • The Federal Reserve wants to ease regulations on banks with less than $700 billion in assets - https://reut.rs/2QcdLuu

  • A new study finds the world's oceans are warming much faster than originally thought, which is killing off sea life and causing sea levels to rise and contributing to more extreme weather - https://nyti.ms/2Q7gOUM

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  • 1512 - The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

  • 1520 - The Straight of Magellan, the passage immediately south of mainland South America connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, is first discovered and navigated by explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

  • 1765 - The British Parliament enacts the Stamp Act on the Thirteen Colonies in order to help pay for British military operations in North America.

  • 1800 - John Adams becomes the first president to live in the Executive Mansion (later renamed the White House).

  • 1848 - The first medical school for women, the Boston Female Medical School, opens.

  • 1897 - The first Library of Congress building opens its doors to the public.

  • 1938 - Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed "The match of the century" in horse racing.

  • 1950 - Puerto Rican nationals Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo tried to force their way into the Blair House in Washington in an attempt to assassinate President Harry Truman.

  • 1952 - The U.S. tested the world's first hydrogen bomb.

  • 1973 - Leon Jaworski is appointed as the new Watergate Special Prosecutor.

Policy News

images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngCEO success stories: Cindy Crane, CEO of Rocky Mountain Power
The Salt Lake Chamber has created a new podcast called "CEO Success Stories."...
images/Resized_Logos/Fox_Files_Logo.pngFox files: 'Collaboration'
EDCUtah partnered with the St. George Area Economic Development group earlier this month to host a prominent industrial site selector for a familiarization tour of the area....
Utah Inland Port Authority to hire Interim Administrator
The Utah Inland Port Authority Board is seeking applicants for an Interim Administrator who will provide services for an estimated period of six months until a full-time Executive Director is hired....
images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtah consumer attitudes dip after record month for the present situation index, outlook still positive
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 3.6 points to 120.5 in October....

More National Headlines

Record turnout? Not for millennials - just a third say they'll vote (NBC News)

Wages and salaries jump by 3.1%, highest level in a decade (CNBC)

Colorado governor tells New Hampshire crowd he's 'leaning strongly' toward presidential run (FOX News)

New Education Department Rules to Change Procedures for Campus Sexual-Assault Cases (Wall Street Journal)

Poll: Marsha Blackburn has narrow lead over Phil Bredesen in Tennessee's closely-watched Senate race (Salon)

Missouri Dem lashes out at McCaskill for 'crazy Democrats' comment, in profanity-laced tirade (FOX News)

Money is pouring into Florida at the last minute as Trump and Obama battle to sway midterm voters (CNBC)

Trump backs off executive order threat, says Congress is better path to end birthright citizenship (Washington Times)

O'Connor, Rehnquist And A Supreme Marriage Proposal (NPR)

Chants of 'CNN sucks' break out at Trump rally over Pittsburgh visit coverage (The Hill)

After a 673-point, 2-day surge for the Dow, is the worst over for the stock market? (MarketWatch)

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