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Situational awareness - November 16, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF.

Executive summary: Ben McAdams widens his lead slightly over Mia Love, but more vote totals are coming from Utah County today. Herbert says lawmakers may add a work requirement to Medicaid expansion. Congress is racing to avoid a government shutdown.

  TICK TOCK   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams_10.jpgElection update: McAdams' lead widens slightly, but it may not be enough to hold off Love

    Democrat Ben McAdams slightly widened his lead over Republican Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District on Thursday....
    images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgPro tip: Nobody knows anything! Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 398 (video)

    The counting of ballots in the Ben McAdams/Mia Love race continues, unless it's stopped by a lawsuit....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Gary_Herbert_11.jpgHerbert says a tax cut, along with tax reform, will be part of his 2019 budget proposal

    Look for Gov. Gary Herbert to suggest a tax cut mixed in with a heavy dose of tax reform when he recommends his 2019-2020 budget Dec. 5....
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 398

    Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the big political news from the last week....
    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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      OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

    Deseret News

    Op-ed: Why Salt Lake City should host another Winter Olympics

    Op-ed: Support of religious freedom law evaporates among Democrats in Congress

    Jay Evensen: Don't bring the Olympics back to Utah

    Editorial: Utah owes a debt of gratitude for Jim Hansen's service

    Utah police allowed to carry guns while drunk? Lawmaker aims to change that

    Trump backs criminal justice reform legislation that Sen. Mike Lee helped write

    Judge questions why Love only sued Salt Lake County over election issue

    Senator-elect Mitt Romney mum on Senate committee preferences

    Who will run Utah's new homeless centers? The Road Home will operate the largest

    Utah public school enrollment has nearly reached 660K. Here's how the student population breaks down

    Prop. 2 proponents offer lawmakers 'political cover' to pass marijuana compromise

    Rocky Anderson threatens lawsuit over Prop. 2 compromise

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: Utahns are getting wise to payday lending

    Medical marijuana backers threaten to sue over LDS Church involvement in compromise bill to replace Prop 2

    Gov. Gary Herbert says Utahns should be concerned about the Legislature calling itself into special session

    Ben McAdams joins 16 fellow Democrats opposing Nancy Pelosi for speaker

    Utah County senator backs down from plan to repeal Medicaid expansion proposition approved by voters

    A Utah landowner in Emigration Canyon envisions a zip line, sledding hill and gun ranges on his property. His neighbors hate the idea.

    Utah vote count drags on in excruciatingly close races, but it could be worse. Really.

    Sen.-elect Mitt Romney says a divided Congress may force people to work together

    Judge ends hearing without ruling on Rep. Mia Love's quest to halt vote count in Salt Lake County, says he understands need for speed

    Operators picked to run Utah's three new homeless resource centers, which are expected to open next summer

    Ben McAdams gets some much-needed help from Thursday's vote update in Salt Lake County, now leads by 1,002 votes

    Sen. Mike Lee says toxic U.S. politics will ultimately lead to widespread violence unless the country returns power to the states

    Other

    Utah County leaders tackle impending growth with launch of Valley Visioning project (Daily Herald)

    Judge hears arguments in Mia Love's court case, does not rule (Daily Herald)

    State's first annual jail deaths report prompts officials to urge focus on suicide prevention (Standard-Examiner)


      NATIONAL HEADLINES  

    • The Justice Department has prepared an indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julain Assange. The charges were revealed by mistake in an unrelated court filing on Thursday - https://nyti.ms/2FpuTM9 

    • 21 days to a government shutdown. GOP leaders in Congress are working to avert a shutdown over funding for President Trump's border wall, but Trump may not be on board - https://wapo.st/2FrEeTK

    • North Korea claims they have tested a new "ultramodern tactical weapon," but nobody seems to know what the heck that might be - https://wapo.st/2FrzIEL

    • President Trump resumed his Twitter attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on Thursday, claiming the probe "has gone absolutely nuts" - https://nyti.ms/2Fpv8qx 

    • Several people in contact with the White House and other Trump officials say President Trump and his allies are extremely anxious that special counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to pounce following a self-imposed quiet period in his investigation - https://politi.co/2Fsnzjb

    • The Florida Senate race is going to a hand recount, while Republican Ron DeSantis has likely won the gubernatorial contest - https://nyti.ms/2FnuV7y 

    • Lots of women got elected to Congress this year, but they were mostly Democrats. The number of Republican women in Congress will drop next year - https://nyti.ms/2Frhfs4 

    • After last week's midterm elections, there are no longer any Republicans in the House from the New England region - http://bit.ly/2FzPHku 

    • Democrats have flipped 5 Republican-held seats in California so far in 2018. Democrat Katie Porter defeated incumbent Mimi Walters in deep-red Orange County - https://politi.co/2FpfUlx

    • Stop criticizing women on their clothing. A conservative reporter tweeted a photo of freshman Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and commented on what she was wearing. The internet pounced and ratioed to oblivion - https://wapo.st/2FlrNc6 

    • Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris bought 1,100 Facebook ads this week urging supporters to sign a "Protect Mueller" petition. The move is fueling speculation that she is preparing a run for president since politicians often use similar tactics to build email lists - http://bit.ly/2FqVvN3

    • Boring but important. A new study says almost half of the 6- to 21-year-olds in the U.S. are Hispanic, African-American or Asian - http://bit.ly/2FnwJ0d 

    • Ohio passed a controversial bill outlawing abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Backers hope to use the legislation to challenge the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade - http://bit.ly/2Frhqne

    • Facebook leaders say they were unaware that a Washington, D.C.-based firm they hired tried to link an anti-Facebook campaign to billionaire George Soros - http://bit.ly/2Fnvf6g 

    • A federal judge is expected to decide on Friday whether to temporarily restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's White House credentials - https://politi.co/2FpEKSd 

    • President Trump plans to nominate handbag designer Lana Marks as the new ambassador to South Africa. She has no previous diplomatic experience. Marks is a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida - https://reut.rs/2FzO866 

    • The U.S. Marshals Service is spending millions of dollars a year on round-the-clock security for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The detail could cost taxpayers $19.8 million through next year. She is the only member of President Trump's Cabinet to have a similar security detail - https://nbcnews.to/2FsUt2Z

    • The FDA announced a ban on menthol in cigarettes and limiting the sales of flavored e-cigarettes to youths - https://nbcnews.to/2FnvWMU

    • The death toll from the massive Camp Fire in California is 63. More than 600 people are still missing - https://cnn.it/2FCN15F

      ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

    • 1871 - the National Rifle Association receives its charter from New York State.

    • 1907 - Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory join to form Oklahoma, which is admitted as the 46th state.

    • 1914 - Intended to serve as a "lender of last resort," the New York Fed opened for business.

    • 1933 - The United States established diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union.

    • 1973 - President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.

    • 2000 - President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

    Policy News

    images/Resized_Logos/USTAR_Logo_2018.jpgNominations open for Governor's medals for science and technology
    The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative is now accepting nominations for the 32nd Annual Governor's Medals for Science and Technology....
    Tax Commission veteran named executive director
    A 32-year veteran of the Utah State Tax Commission has been named executive director of the agency after receiving unanimous confirmation Wednesday by the Utah Senate....
    Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
    Weekend EventOutdoors Report--Tribune: Utah wants to put a price tag on its public lands, but is the effort worth it?-- Tribune:Brighton will open two lifts on Thursday, kicking off Utah's ski season-- KSL.com: Want to get into hunting? Pheasants are perfect game for beginne...

    More National Headlines

    Florida recount: Fury at Broward, Palm Beach, for making rest of state look like 'laughing stock' (FOX News)

    Republicans aren't following Flake on threat of judicial nominee blockade over Mueller protection bill (CNN)

    Email shows Florida Democratic official sought to use altered forms for reaching voters with ballot problems (USA Today)

    Pentagon fails its first-ever audit, official says (Reuters)

    Ocasio-Cortez says people keep mistaking her for a Capitol Hill intern (FOX News)

    Gillum keeps hope alive for election challenge as Florida recount points toward DeSantis (Politico)

    Facebook Enters Damage Control, Fires D.C. 'Oppo' Firm And Holds A Whopper Of A Press Call (Deadline)

    'The View' promises to disavow 'friend to the show' Michael Avenatti if he's guilty of domestic abuse (FOX News)

    Bill Nelson needs a miracle in Florida. It likely won't come. (CNN)

    Trump Tax Cut to Be Eroded Next Year by Inflation Switch (Wall Street Journal)

    Bernie Sanders unveils Stop Walmart Act (CNN)


    Wise Words

    Worst Thing

    "The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government." Henry Ward Beecher

     

    Lighter Side

    Reform

    "A conservative is someone who believes in reform but not now." Mort Sahl

     


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