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Situational awareness - November 19, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

The internet is going crazy over this iPhone trick discovered by Atlanta food blogger Krissy Brierre-Davis. Apparently, she wasn't the only one who knew about it. The tip quickly went viral:

20181119 iPhone trick

Executive summary: Utahns want to improve public education, but they don't want to pay for it. Love grabs the lead over McAdams. Trump attacks the former Navy SEAL who led the raid that killed bin Laden.


  • Final election results must be certified by county clerks tomorrow (11/20/2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/public_education_01.jpgUtahns place high importance on improving public education, but they rejected a gas tax hike to fund schools

    Utah voters are nothing other than, at times, schizophrenic....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Mia_Love_18.jpgLove grabs the lead in UT4, but provisional ballots will decide the winner

    Republican Mia Love has taken the lead over Democrat Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th Congressional District by 419 votes. The ultimate winner will come down to which way the thousands of provisional ballots left to count break....
    images/Shutterstock_Mugshots/Donald_Trump_10.jpg'Political Insiders' weigh in on how 2018 midterms affect Trump's 2020 re-election chances

    Democrats won control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections, flipping at least 35 Republican seats. At the same time, Republicans increased their majority in the Senate by at least two. Our "Political Insiders" divided along party lines on what the 2018 results mean for...
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Job_Growth_03.jpgUtah's unemployment rate remains steady at 3.2%

    Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for October 2018 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 48,300 jobs to the economy since October 2017....

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    Deseret News

    Pignanelli and Webb: Odd election results explained - sort of

    Op-ed: Faster, cheaper and less vitriolic elections for our cities

    Boyd Matheson: Hope in future Olympic Games requires a Utah strategy

    Editorial: Orrin Hatch gets the medal he deserves

    Trump awards 'great friend' Sen. Orrin Hatch nation's highest civilian honor

    Report: Salt Lake City department head fired for 'offensive behavior' related to sex, religion

    Rep. Mia Love takes narrow lead in 4th District on same day judge dismisses her lawsuit over ballot verifications

    Good morning, Dave: Proposal would open pod bay doors for autonomous cars in Utah

    Unhealthy forests, wildfires and few dollars add up to tragedy in the West

    Utah County is expected to get 1 million new residents in the next 50 years. Here's how leaders are planning for the growth

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Op-ed: Emery County bill an opportunity for conservation and recreation

    Editorial: Pass the First Step Act. Now.

    Utah Board of Regents changes how it will scrutinize and approve tuition hikes

    Judge tosses Rep. Mia Love's lawsuit against Salt Lake County clerk

    Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch honored with nation's highest civilian medal as Trump says, 'He liked me right from the beginning and therefore I like him'

    Rep. Mia Love jumps ahead of Ben McAdams by 419 votes after updates from Utah, Salt Lake counties

    Prop 4 on independent redistricting still winning by a whisker in updated vote tally

    Gehrke: What would it take for McAdams to regain the lead in Utah's 4th District? It comes down to the provisional ballots.

    Utah Senate president warns lawmakers he'd be willing to use his power to compel them to vote on medical marijuana

    Equality Utah aims to ban gay conversion therapy of minors as new research shows harm such programs can do


    Mia Love overtakes Ben McAdams by 419 votes with Utah County's latest release (Daily Herald)

    Utah bill would outlaw holding phone while driving; hands-free only allowed (Standard-Examiner)

    Air quality in Cache Valley on the way to meeting EPA's standard for attainment area (Logan Herald Journal)

    USOC visits Park City, Salt Lake City as bid race narrows (Park Record)


    • President Trump attacked the retired Navy SEAL who oversaw the mission that killed Osama bin Laden during an interview with Fox News on Sunday, calling Adm. William McRaven a "Hillary Clinton fan" and an "Obama backer." He also suggested that McRaven should have caught bin Laden faster. McRaven responded by saying Trump's behavior is the "greatest threat to our democracy" in his lifetime - https://wapo.st/2FwxLqE 

    • President Trump also gave himself an "A+" for his presidency so far, asking if he could "go higher than that" when assessing his performance - http://bit.ly/2FvhUJ6 

    • On Sunday, Trump launched a juvenile attack on incoming House Intelligence Chair Rep. Adam Schiff, calling him "little Adam Schitt." Schiff responded on Twitter, suggesting that Trump's lawyers are writing the President's answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller - https://cnn.it/2FuVWpF

    • The White House warns CNN journalist Jim Acosta they will suspend his press pass again when a temporary restraining order expires in two weeks - https://wapo.st/2FuGxp4

    • Several Democrats don't want Nancy Pelosi to be the next House Speaker, but nobody has stepped up to challenge her - https://nyti.ms/2FuEJwi

    • Republican Rick Scott wins the Florida Senate race following a recount - https://nyti.ms/2FvccqC

    • Democrats who want to run for president in 2020 are waiting to see what former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke decides - https://politi.co/2FunPOp

    • President Trump said he probably won't sit down for an in-person interview with special counsel Robert Mueller. He also claimed he had no idea acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was a critic of Mueller's investigation when he appointed him to the post - https://nyti.ms/2FwyN66 

    • Worth your time today: Bill McKibben argues in The New Yorker that extreme weather is putting large parts of the planet at risk of becoming uninhabitable. He also says climate change is playing out more or less as scientists warned it would but at a much faster rate - http://bit.ly/2Fsjzij 

    • The Cleveland Browns are interested in interviewing former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for their vacant head coaching job - https://es.pn/2FwASyW

    • President Trump says he won't listen to an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul - https://wapo.st/2FsNCGE

    • President Trump again hinted that he's ready to shake up his administration. Departures could include chief of staff John Kelly and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen - https://cnn.it/2FseaIo

    • Authorities say the massive Camp Fire in California is not even halfway finished burning yet - https://cnn.it/2FsPeAc 

    • Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving $1.8 billion to his alma mater Johns Hopkins University to help lower and middle-income students - https://nyti.ms/2FHxth1

    • Florida is suing Walgreens and CVS alleging they added to the opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to stop illegal sales of the drugs - http://bit.ly/2FwraMT


    • 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address on a Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

    • 1932 - Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow carried out the first of their series of bank robberies.

    • 1950 - US General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes Supreme Commander of NATO.

    • 1969 - Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean become the third and fourth humans to walk on the moon.

    • 1985 - President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.

    • 1998 - The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton.

    Policy News

    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, honored 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....
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngRegister now for the U.S. Department of Commerce's flagship event
    Salt Lake City has been designated as the host city for the U.S. Department of Commerce's largest annual export event this December, Discover Global Markets (DGM): Indo-Pacific....
    Cicero Group's Dr. Hollie Pettersson honored by Salt Lake Chamber
    The Salt Lake Chamber announced Cicero Group's Ed Direction practice lead, Dr. Hollie Pettersson as a winner of the 2018 "Pathfinder Award."...
    SLCC math department wins national award for OER efforts
    Salt Lake Community College's mathematics department won the Digital Learning Innovation award from the Online Learning Consortium, presented Nov. 13 during the annual OLC Accelerate Conference in Orlando, Florida....

    More National Headlines

    Rift Widens Between Facebook and Democratic Allies (New York Times)

    The Obamas are 'Becoming' a billion-dollar brand (New York Post)

    Sonia Sotomayor: Brett Kavanaugh is part of Supreme Court 'family' (FOX News)

    Monica Lewinsky has finally turned the tables on the Clintons (New York Post)

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Effort to Unseat Fellow Democrats (Daily Beast)

    Go Ahead, Democrats. Fight Over Nancy Pelosi. (New York Times)

    Why Democrats Should Not Call the Georgia Governor's Race 'Stolen' (Slate)

    Trump considering changing 'three or four or five positions' in staff shake-up (Guardian)

    Jim Acosta abused his privileges as a member of the press (New York Post)

    Bill Nelson concedes Florida Senate race to Rick Scott after manual recount (FOX News)

    Republicans had a secret weapon in the Florida recount fight (NBC News)

    Wise Words

    Be Thankful

    "If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get." Frank A. Clark


    Lighter Side

    Baseball and Politics

    "What's the difference between baseball and politics? In baseball you're out if you're caught stealing". One Line Fun


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