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Situational awareness - November 20, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Executive summary: McAdams claims victory over Love. Ivanka Trump used a personal email to discuss White House business. CNN wins as Jim Acosta's press pass is restored.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Icons/podcast_13.jpgEmergency podcast: McAdams declares victory, but Love hasn't conceded yet

    Democrat Ben McAdams has declared victory over Republican Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Ben_McAdams_22.jpgAnalysis: The 'blue wave' carries McAdams to victory

    Assuming Democrat Ben McAdams' 739-vote lead over GOP Rep. Mia Love holds up in the final Tuesday canvas, the U.S. House "blue wave" did indeed hit Utah....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Ben_McAdams_20.JPGDemocrat McAdams declares victory over Republican Love in Utah's 4th District

    One of the closest, and most expensive, congressional elections in Utah history apparently ended on Monday night as Democrat Ben McAdams declared victory over Republican Mia Love. As it stands, McAdams has a slim 739 vote margin over Love....
    images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWhy do we trust big tech with location data, but not government?

    The other day I went to a children's community theater in Davis County to see my granddaughter perform in a play....
    images/Resized_Logos/CYBER24_season_2_logo.jpgCYBER 24 Episode 36: Federal regulation of consumer data

    It can be amazing to think back to a quaint time when the internet didn't touch every part of your life....
    images/articles/20181119_Chaffetz_Fox_News.jpgChaffetz: Republicans 'better figure out a few things' if they want to win in 2020

    Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Republicans losing control of the House in the 2018 midterms should be a wakeup call for the GOP....

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    Deseret News

    Op-ed: It's time to reinvent, reinvest in public education

    Editorial: Be wary of huge tax incentives when a company comes knocking

    Ben McAdams claims victory over Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District

    90K Salt Lake County residents won't yet pay new service district tax

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: Experience counts for new homeless providers

    Trump named a University of Utah professor to his science board. Some worry her controversial view on fetal pain played into the decision.

    Come January, there will be the fewest number of Mormons in Congress in nearly 30 years

    Sen.-elect Mitt Romney's new challenge: Being a lawmaker after a career as a chief executive

    Democrat Ben McAdams declares victory over Rep. Mia Love after taking 739-vote lead before county canvasses on Tuesday

    Gehrke: For McAdams, marijuana proves effective - to give him a lead and probably a win in Utah's 4th District

    Republican says the Democrat he alleges assaulted him at the state Capitol needs 'therapy,' anger management

    Audit: Several of Utah's water districts may be wasting taxpayer dollars in the way they bond for projects

    More than 20 Utah local leaders file court briefs opposing shrinkage of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monuments

    Proposition 4 on independent redistricting appears headed toward passage as last votes are totaled


    Ben McAdams retakes lead over Mia Love after Salt Lake County releases more results (Daily Herald)

    Creative financing allows local road projects to be constructed sooner, state says (Standard-Examiner)


    • Ivanka Trump used a personal email to send hundreds of emails about government business last year. Trump, who serves as an unpaid advisor to her father, often discussed official White House business in the correspondence, which violates federal records rules - https://wapo.st/2FyFeFF

    • A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from denying asylum to people crossing over the southern border. Judge Jon S. Tigar said the administration's decision "irreconcilably conflicts" with immigration law - https://cnn.it/2Fv7QQ4

    • President Trump may visit U.S. troops in combat zones for the first time during his presidency. White House sources say the president has avoided making such a trip so far over fears for his safety, as he's afraid people want to kill him - https://wapo.st/2Fxg0aX 

    • CNN wins. The White House backs down from their battle with reporter Jim Acosta, restoring his press pass. However, reporters will be required to abide by new rules of conduct - https://politi.co/2FuG6LD 

    • Political stunt? The 5,800 troops rushed to the southern border because of President Trump's pre-election warnings about a migrant caravan have started returning home. The movement comes just as some members of the convoy will begin arriving at the border this week. Deploying the troops cost taxpayers an estimated $200 million - https://politi.co/2FxOzxH

    • The Trump administration discussed possibly sharing census information with law enforcement officials. Census data is supposed to be confidential, so sharing that information is strictly illegal - https://wapo.st/2FGPhbI

    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave Saudi officials a "roadmap" to shield themselves from the scandal arising from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi - http://bit.ly/2FxpKlu 

    • A group of Democrats went public with a letter vowing to oppose Nancy Pelosi being elected as Speaker of the House in the next Congress. Pelosi's bid to become Speaker again is experiencing some trouble as public opposition to her election is growing - https://politi.co/2FwepSD

    • Hackers impersonated State Department officials in a massive phishing effort targeting hundreds of people in U.S. defense and law enforcement agencies. Experts say the hackers are likely linked to Russian intelligence services - https://bloom.bg/2FwqYxb 

    • A group of Democratic senators has filed suit over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General, claiming the move is unconstitutional and asking a federal judge to remove him from the post - http://bit.ly/2Fxgxtt

    • President Trump says he will give his written responses to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller by Thanksgiving - https://politi.co/2FyuJSU

    • The White House Correspondents Association is ditching the tradition of hiring a comedian to emcee their annual dinner. Instead, they tapped historian Ron Chernow to headline the event in April - https://politi.co/2FwbWHR 

    • A new study concludes that, by the end of the century, some parts of the world could face as many as six climate-related crises at the same time - https://nyti.ms/2Fz2N1n

    • The Rolling Stones announced they will play 13 live dates in the U.S. next year. The band has been playing together for 57 years - http://bit.ly/2FH11LI


    • 1789 - New Jersey becomes the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

    • 1945 - Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at Nuremberg.

    • 1962 - Cuban Missile Crisis ends as President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of Cuba after the Soviet Union agreed to remove its missiles from the island.

    • 1969 - The Occupation of Alcatraz began as Native American activists seized control of the island prison. It took 19 months to remove the activists from the rock.

    • 1974 - The Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T. The suit leads to the breakup of the Bell system.

    Policy News

    Utah mayors and council members file amicus in support of lawsuit challenging Trump administration's action on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments
    A group of 21 mayors and council members from around Utah submitted two amicus briefs with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, supporting the cases challenging President Trump's decisions to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante (GSE) and Bears Ears National Mon...
    Salt Lake City will hold Job Info Fair focused on skilled trade positions
    The Salt Lake City Human Resources Department, in collaboration with the Public Services, Public Utilities, Sustainability, Airport, and Emergency Management Departments, will hold a Job Info Fair at Salt Lake City Hall (City & County Building) on Wednesday, November 28....

    More National Headlines

    Press shouldn't celebrate too soon on Jim Acosta lawsuit (Washington Examiner)

    Beto O'Rourke's donors and supporters are prodding him to run for president or against GOP Sen. John Cornyn in 2020 (CNBC)

    de Blasio, citing 'socialistic impulse,' wants more government control of NYC property (FOX News)

    After Florida's election chaos, the Broward County election supervisor has resigned (Vox)

    Migrant caravan at US border is harboring more than 500 criminals, Homeland Security claims (FOX News)

    'You can't run from your roots.' Kemp sticks to conservative approach (AJC)

    The Presidential Turkey Pardon's Weird Roots Go Back To The Iran-Contra Scandal (NPR)

    Pelosi's bid for speaker imperiled as public opposition grows (Politico)

    Chaffetz on House Leader Contest: 'No Greater GOP Foil Than Nancy Pelosi' (FOX News)

    Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio are getting defensive about their Amazon deal (Vox)

    Massachusetts to make history as first legal marijuana shops on East Coast set to open Tuesday (NBC News)

    Wise Words


    "We live in a diverse society - in fact, a diverse world - and we must learn to live in peace and with respect for each other." Stan Lee


    Lighter Side


    "America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote".One Line Fun


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