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Situational awareness - November 14, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. It's interim day on Utah's Capitol Hill.

Ben McAdams' lead over Mia Love has narrowed to just 1,357 votes following the latest vote totals from Salt Lake and Utah counties. Utah County says no more vote totals will be released until Friday, while Salt Lake County will continue to update their numbers daily. 

Executive summary: Rep. Brian King says he still plans to run for Minority Leader despite a clash with a Republican legislator. President Trump is reportedly lashing out at staff following Democratic successes in the 2018 midterms. CNN sues the White House over banning Jim Acosta.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Resized_Mugshots/Brian_King_05.jpegKing says he will still run for minority leader despite incident involving GOP lawmaker

    There could be some kind of official reprimand for Utah House Minority Leader Brian King over his admitted "physical contact" with GOP Sen. Daniel Thatcher in a Senate building hallway last month, UtahPolicy.com has been told....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Peter_Watkins.jpgPodcast: Messaging the midterms

    We talk with Peter Watkins, a veteran of the White House press shop during the Bush administration, about the 2018 midterms....
    images/articles/2018113_Clark_Wilson.jpgState leaders won't get a pay raise next year, but may see a modest cost of living increase

    Gov. Gary Herbert should not get a pay raise next year, a special committee on salaries for the elected officials says....
    images/Resized_Logos/USTAR_Logo_2018.jpgUtah one of nation's leaders in science and engineering workforce growth

    Utah is one of the nation's leaders in long-term science and engineering (S&E) workforce growth, according to a new analysis released by SSTI (the State Science and Technology Institute), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving initiatives that support p...
    images/Shutterstock_Mugshots/Donald_Trump_10.jpgWeekly survey: Trump's 2020 prospects following the 2018 midterms

    Last week's midterms saw Democrats win control of the House for the first time since 2010 while Republicans have increased their majority in the Senate. What do you think that means for President Trump's chances at re-election in 2020? Let us know in our weekly survey....

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    Deseret News

    John Curtis: The U.S. is missing the mark on health care policy

    Op-ed: The 'popular vote' in the House or Senate means nothing

    Editorial: Now is not the time for friends of freedom to part ways

    Lawmakers call for state management plan for Bears Ears

    Sanpete sues over painkiller addiction, joining several Utah counties

    Rare joint meeting of Utah Legislature set to welcome USOC officials

    Sen.-elect Mitt Romney in Washington for orientation meetings

    Oakland yanks lease for proposed Utah coal terminal

    Tuesday's tallies narrow McAdams' lead over Love to 1,229 votes in 4th Congressional District

    Panel suggests only cost-of-living raises for Utah governor, other state offices

    Proposition 4 falls barely under 50 percent support in latest vote tally

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Utah wants to put a price tag on its public lands, but is the effort worth it?

    Ben McAdams holds a 1,357-vote lead over Rep. Mia Love after Salt Lake and Utah county election updates

    Will Utah have an independent redistricting commission? Updated vote tally shows Prop 4 narrowly losing, with more counting ahead.

    Sen.-elect Mitt Romney hits orientation in Washington, D.C., and gets a (temporary) basement office

    Kade Minchey named Utah's new legislative auditor general


    McAdams' lead shrinks to less than 1 percent as Utah, Salt Lake counties release thousands more ballots; Orem Prop 5 ahead (Daily Herald)

    Property and sales tax increases will both come before Utah County Commission in December (Daily Herald)


    • President Trump has retreated into a "cocoon of bitterness and resentment" following the 2018 midterms according to several sources close to Trump. He is "furious" and lashing out at several aides as he comes to terms with the reality of a Democratic-controlled House - https://lat.ms/2Fmuv18

    • President Trump reportedly erupted at his staff over his decision to not attend a World War I memorial ceremony in France. He was furious after media reports suggested he was afraid of the rain and did not respect veterans - https://wapo.st/2FjoBxS

    • First Lady Melania Trump shocked Washington on Tuesday calling for the ouster of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel, putting out a statement saying she "no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House." The clash seemingly arose during the first lady's trip to Africa last month - https://nyti.ms/2FyzlbR 

    • President Trump is reportedly considering tapping Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, to replace White House chief of staff John Kelly - https://politi.co/2FnE6ou

    • CNN files suit against the Trump Administration for barring reporter Jim Acosta from the White House. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday - https://nyti.ms/2FjavMD

    • Democrats continue to pick up gains following last weeks elections. The party 33 House seats so far and may pick up 35 to 40 when all is said and done. At the same time, Democratic losses in the Senate may not be as severe as once thought - https://nyti.ms/2FoTz7D 

    • Democrats plan to investigate alleged voter suppression tactics used during the Georgia gubernatorial race and other elections during the 2018 midterms - http://bit.ly/2FnDFum 

    • Anti-Pelosi Democrats in Congress claim they have the numbers to block her from being elected speaker on the House floor next year - http://bit.ly/2FoUWDj

    • President Trump continues to tweet out bogus claims about voter fraud. Those claims are seemingly originating from a slew of conspiracy-oriented Twitter accounts - http://bit.ly/2FmhPaD

    • A new report says the U.S. military has eroded to a dangerous degree. It concludes the U.S. would struggle to win a war against China or Russia - https://wapo.st/2FmFNm5

    • Economic experts are warning the U.S. economy could be in a recession when the 2020 presidential election rolls around, which could be damaging to President Trump's re-election bid - https://wapo.st/2FyA8tl

    • Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin suggests American's obsession with zombie television shows is to blame for mass shootings - http://bit.ly/2FoU5m5

    • The death toll from the wildfire in California has risen to 48. Meanwhile, a new wildfire has broken out about 50 miles east of Los Angeles - https://cnn.it/2FllkxL

    • A report from the FBI says hate crimes increased by 17% in 2017 - https://cnn.it/2FnCTNK


    • 1889 - Female journalist Nellie Bly begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completes the trip in 72 days.

    • 1970 - An airplane crash in West Virginia kills 75 people, including almost all of the Marshall University football team.

    • 1994 - The 31-mile Chunnel Tunnel under the English Channel opened to passenger traffic between England and France.

    • 1995 - A budget standoff in Congress forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and run most government offices with skeleton staffs.

    Policy News

    images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Gov_Logo_02.jpgUtah.Gov receives grade A rating in Digital States survey
    Utah.Gov, the official website of the State of Utah, received a grade A rating from the Center for Digital Government in the 2018 Digital States survey....
    Ivory Homes CEO named to national partnership addressing housing affordability
    Ivory Homes announced that Clark Ivory, CEO, has joined the HIVE Action Partnership....

    More National Headlines

    A pretty big Florida recount screw-up from NBC's Andrea Mitchell (Washington Examiner)

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other New York Democrats pick a fight with Amazon and Jeff Bezos over HQ2 in Queens (CNBC)

    Poll shows Biden, Sanders and O'Rourke are top 2020 Democrat picks (AOL)

    Trump considers tough-talking former ICE director for DHS chief (Politico)

    Ginsburg misses Supreme Court session while recovering from fall (FOX News)

    London Lamar, incoming Tennessee state House rep, calls residents 'racist', GOP voters 'uneducated' (FOX News)

    Trump nominates Neomi Rao to D.C. Circuit Court to replace Kavanaugh (Washington Times)

    Lewinsky says she left underwear exposed to get Bill Clinton's attention (New York Post)

    Incoming freshmen face pressure over Pelosi promise (CNN)

    Trump eyes post-midterm shakeup (The Hill)

    On her first day of orientation on Capitol Hill, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez protests in Pelosi's office (USA Today)

    Wise Words

    True Today

    "The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one." Alexander Hamilton


    Lighter Side


    "The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly,' meaning 'many,' and the word 'ticks,' meaning 'blood sucking parasites.'" Dave Barry


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