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Situational awareness - November 12, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Executive summary: Why did Democrats win last week? Can McAdams hang on to beat Love? Democrats have nearly 100 topics for investigations into the Trump administration when they take control of the House in January.


  • 8 days until the final election results are certified by the county clerks (11/20/2018)

  • 14 days until federal and multi-county races are certified by the State Board of Canvassers (11/26/2018)

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

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

  • 204 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)

  • 208 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)

  • 275 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)

  • 359 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

  • 449 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Icons/Podcast_08.jpgPodcast: Wrapping up the 2018 midterms with the 'Political Junkie' Ken Rudin

    Ken Rudin, the host of the Political Junkie podcast, joins us to wrap up what happened in the 2018 midterm elections....
    images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgTrump & Republicans have suburban work to do in 2020

    While the 2018 election results reflected a sharply divided country, it became clearer just where the divisions are: urban vs. rural. And, for the 2020 presidential election, the emerging voting patterns appear to favor a Democratic candidate....
    images/articles/20181015_Love_McAdams_Debate.jpg'Political Insiders' expect Ben McAdams to hold on and beat Mia Love

    Democrat Ben McAdams has a 4,900 vote lead over Republican incumbent Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District race with thousands of votes still left to count. Our "Political Insiders" expect McAdams to hang on to his lead and win the hotly contested race....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_16.jpgUtah Senate Democrats announce 2019-20 leadership team

    Senator Karen Mayne (D West Valley) has been elected to serve as Senate Minority Leader....

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    Deseret News

    Pignanelli and Webb: More cogitations on election 2018

    Op-ed: Dan Jones was the truest of public servants

    Op-ed: Why you shouldn't fear the peer-to-peer economy

    Editorial: Don't turn your backs on the medical marijuana compromise

    Utah Senate Democrats elect Karen Mayne as minority leader

    What Utah can expect from medical marijuana, through the lens of Minnesota's experience

    Love gains more votes than McAdams in latest update, but still trails in Utah's 4th District

    As medical marijuana, Medicaid declared winners in Utah, Proposition 4 still too close to call

    If Ben McAdams heads to Washington, here's how he's replaced

    Orrin Hatch among 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump

    Cache Valley gets state's first clean air determination from EPA

    The final walk: Orrin Hatch was in it for the long run

    Multicity study of 12 air pollutants probes health effects

    Utah's partial plan discarded as voters opt for full Medicaid expansion

    Utah high schoolers saved $48.7 million in college tuition by taking concurrent enrollment courses

    Flag, vigil honor Maj. Brent Taylor, 'a true patriot' and 'good man'

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Ralph Becker: Curtis' Emery County lands bill has something for everyone

    Op-ed: Why are local governments competing with private business?

    Editorial: Utah must embrace San Juan's historic shift

    The shuffling slows at the Utah State Board of Education, but its longest continuously serving member lost her bid for re-election

    Here's what happens if Ben McAdams wins his bid for Congress and vacates his seat as Salt Lake County mayor

    A Utah professor has been appointed by President Trump to a science advisory board

    Rep. Mia Love cuts into Ben McAdams' lead as Utah and Salt Lake counties update results

    Rep. Rob Bishop to give up his committee gavel and power as Republicans slip into the minority

    Democrats in the Utah Senate oust longtime minority leader during a meeting he tried to cancel

    Utah state Senate Republican files a police report alleging he was assaulted by House Democratic leader

    Trump to give nation's highest civilian honor to Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, and Elvis, and Babe Ruth


    Canada strengthens Utah trade relations (Daily Herald)

    Love makes slight gain on McAdams as Utah, Salt Lake counties release more results (Daily Herald)

    Nearly double the amount of people voted in Utah County as voted in the last midterms (Daily Herald)

    Steve Waldrip edges by Deana Froerer after new votes counted in Utah House race (Standard-Examiner)

    Brent Taylor's death in Afghanistan prompts huge show of support in North Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

    Election Day voters in Summit County upset ballots weren't counted on Tuesday (Park Record)


    • Democrats have at least 85 targets for investigating the Trump administration once they take control of the House in January - http://bit.ly/2qGl7LF

    • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is vowing that the new Democratic majority will take swift action on gun control next year - http://bit.ly/2qIk51v

    • Democrats also plan aggressive moves on campaign finance reform, but those will likely be opposed by the Republican Senate and President Trump - http://bit.ly/2qGx5EX

    • Democrats are so far resisting calls to begin impeachment proceedings of President Trump when they have the House majority next year - https://wapo.st/2qH2LKl

    • Democrats are strategizing how to remain focused on their agenda without getting distracted by a president who relishes confrontation - https://nyti.ms/2qKg6Bv

    • Prosecutors have gathered evidence that President Trump played a central role in the hush money payoffs to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign - https://on.wsj.com/2qGlQwn

    • Congress gets back to work this week in a lame-duck session with several high stakes issues left to consider before the end of the year - http://bit.ly/2qHmtWg

    • House Democrats plan to ramp up the oversight of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos - https://politi.co/2qHUOor

    • Florida officials are racing to meet a Thursday deadline to conduct a recount in the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial race. If a county does not submit their results by then, the previous numbers stand. Republicans are claiming fraud - https://nyti.ms/2qFls13 

    • Democrat Kirsten Sinema's lead in Nevada's U.S. Senate race continues to grow - https://cnn.it/2qJjwVk

    • French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a forceful rebuke of nationalism, calling it a "betrayal of patriotism" and warned against "old demons coming back to wreak chaos and death" - https://wapo.st/2qJnJbC

    • The wildfires in California have claimed 31 lives so far and burned hundreds of homes - https://nyti.ms/2qIixEJ 

    • North Korea is apparently moving forward with its ballistic missile program at 16 previously unknown bases that have been identified in satellite images - https://nyti.ms/2qGwjb1

    • President Trump is telling people he wants to replace Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by the end of the year - https://cnb.cx/2qH8jo8

    • Turkish officials say they shared the recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the United States and other Western countries - https://nyti.ms/2qDxND0


    • 1892 - The first professional football game was played in Pittsburgh. The Allegheny Athletic Association defeated the Pittsburgh Athletic Club 4-0. Touchdowns at the time were worth 4 points.

    • 1936 - President Franklin Roosevelt officially opened the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge.

    • 1954 - After processing more than 12 million immigrants, the immigration station at Ellis Island closed its doors for the last time.

    Policy News

    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngFifth annual Utah Global Forum attracts local business leaders and international partners
    Presented by Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the annual Utah Global Forum on Nov. 8, 2018, convened national experts, diplomats from Utah's largest international trade markets and more than 400 Utah business leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges for Utah to increase its ...
    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.png42nd annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards luncheon
    The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-serving statewide business association, will honor Cindy Crane, CEO of Rocky Mountain Power, as the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient at this year's Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon on November ...

    More National Headlines

    Florida attorney general directs law enforcement to take steps to 'guarantee integrity' in elections (The Hill)

    The nation is watching Broward's election chief. Here's some troubling history (Miami Herald)

    Fire Brenda Snipes (National Review)

    Central American migrants resume their march toward U.S. border (Reuters)

    Cruz raises constitutional concerns over legislation to protect Mueller (The Hill)

    Professor sues over rebuke for calling transgender student male (Washington Times)

    Illegal immigrant killed 3 after 'sanctuary' release from custody, ICE says (FOX News)

    Babe Ruth, Roger Staubach, Alan Page will be honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom (USA Today)

    Dem-leaning Palm Beach County says it likely won't make recount deadline in Florida governor, Senate races (FOX News)

    Dems to probe Trump's treatment of CNN, Amazon, Washington Post in triple-threaded abuse-of-power inquiries (FOX News)

    Former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, is putting together an all-star PR team as he eyes a 2020 presidential run (Daily Mail)

    Wise Words


    "Goodness is the only investment that never fails." Henry David Thoreau


    Lighter Side

    Support Cat

    "A woman had to be removed from a flight from Scotland to London yesterday after attempting to sneak an emotional-support cat onto the plane. Fortunately, when the woman broke into tears the cat was there to not care at all." - SETH MEYERS


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