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Situational awareness - November 26, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Our daily newsletter gets you up to date on the most important local and national political stories of the day. You can subscribe here. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Executive summary: Democrats line up to replace McAdams. Utahns say planning for growth is a top priority. Congress has until next Friday to avoid a government shutdown.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Salt_Lake_County_Center.jpgDemocratic field to replace McAdams as Salt Lake County Mayor could be a crowded one

    Ben McAdams will resign as Salt Lake County Mayor in early January to take his seat in Congress. Before that happens, attention will turn to who might replace him once he leaves....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Salt_Lake_City_01.jpgPoll shows planning for future growth is a top priority for Utahns

    A high percentage of Utahns believe the state should be aggressively planning for the growth the state will see in 10 to 40 years, a recent Dan Jones & Associates poll finds....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Mike_Lee_20.jpgLee breaks with Trump on Khashoggi killing saying Saudi crown prince is responsible

    Sen. Mike Lee on Sunday morning disagreed with President Trump's stane on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying he believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing....

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    Deseret News

    Pignanelli and Webb: A final look at political Thanksgiving

    Natalie Gochnour: What to watch for as the McAdams bus heads to Washington, D.C.

    A. Scott Anderson: 'Opportunity zones' could be a big boost for Utah

    Jay Evensen: The dust of the 2018 election won't settle for a while

    Editorial: Why the American Family Survey matters

    Medical marijuana compromise bill, intended as Proposition 2 replacement, updated for a 2nd time

    Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Rob Bishop back Utah GOP petition urging U.S. Supreme Court to overturn SB54

    Rep. Mia Love congratulates Congressman-elect Ben McAdams in phone call Saturday

    Idaho National Laboratory and the issue of contamination

    Why Utahns should care about mysteries unlocked at Idaho nuclear research facility

    Will nuclear power power some Utah cities in the future?

    New pollution rules in the works for industry

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: As parties shift and stretch, straight-ticket voting is shooting in the dark

    In 2017, only 12 U.S. counties had per capita income over $100K. One was in Utah.

    Salt Lake Chamber pushes ahead with affordable housing blitz, but some cities are still hesitant

    A Utah school district spent taxpayer money on ads advocating for a $283 million bond last year. That likely broke the law, audit finds.

    Utah County ranks No. 6 nationally for employment growth over past year

    Utah lawmaker hopes to end straight-ticket voting - which may have helped elect Ben McAdams this year

    Utah's Medicaid administrators are optimistic the program will be ready for full expansion in April

    After a third revision, lawmakers say no more changes expected to medical marijuana bill ahead of special session

    Bills, bills, bills: South Jordan Republican Sen. Lincoln Fillmore is currently Utah's most prolific requester of new legislation

    Rep.-elect Ben McAdams says he wants to get to work on DACA, could vote for a Republican speaker over Nancy Pelosi

    Republican Rep. Mia Love concedes to Democrat Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th District

    Gehrke: Passing Prop. 4 was a step toward better government, but now voters have to hold leaders accountable

    Longtime Rep. Jim Hansen remembered as a politician who loved people, punctuality

    Opioid makers spent nearly a million dollars on Utah doctors in recent years, ties now used against the companies in lawsuits


    Sex workers would get immunity from prosecution when reporting crimes (Daily Herald)

    Utah lawmakers explore dos and don'ts of drinking and using firearms (Daily Herald)

    Legacy Parkway speed, truck, billboard restrictions could soon expire (Standard-Examiner)

    Utah's push to tweak roadless rules worries Weber Co. ski resort expansion foes (Standard-Examiner)


    • Congress gets back to work this week. Lawmakers have until next Friday to avoid a government shutdown. There are just 39 days left with complete GOP control over Washington and President Trump is pushing for funding for his border wall - https://nyti.ms/2FCjHMm

    • Democrats are tying their support for any spending bill to protections for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe - https://on.wsj.com/2FIJSB2

    • U.S. border agents fired tear gas on hundreds of migrants protesting near the border with Mexico on Sunday after some attempted to cross the fencing separating the two countries - http://bit.ly/2FIv8SH 

    • The president is tweeting Monday morning, threatening to shut down the southern border permanently following Sunday's clash between border officials and migrants - http://bit.ly/2FGhOhH

    • President Trump attacked a 60 Minutes story about family separations at the border calling the segment a "phony story" - https://wapo.st/2FFUZe7

    • Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated on Sunday. The Ukranian military claims Russian boats opened fire and seized three of its ships near Crimea - https://cnn.it/2FQwQSm 

    • The Trump administration tried to bury a startling new report on the effects of climate change by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving. The report says climate change will lead to a strain on the U.S. economy, public health and infrastructure - https://nyti.ms/2FFfEig 

    • President Trump confused his supporters by calling for measures to reduce the ballooning budget deficit while calling for new government spending - https://wapo.st/2FIJKBy

    • President Trump gave himself a nickname on Sunday. Trump called himself "President T" on Twitter and the internet mocked the new handle mercilessly - https://wapo.st/2FIJEKi

    • Republicans worry the White House counsel's office is understaffed and unprepared for a flood of subpoenas coming their way when Democrats take control of the House next year - https://politi.co/2FIKDKu

    • Business groups are bracing for Democrats to push proposals to hike the corporate tax rate to pay for infrastructure spending and other programs - http://bit.ly/2FClaCm

    • Republicans hoped that a backlash against Democrats from the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight would give them a boost at the polls this year. That didn't happen - https://nyti.ms/2FGUkce 

    • Mississippi Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith's re-election bid is facing yet another racially tinged controversy after it was revealed she graduated from a segregation academy that was set up so white parents could avoid sending their children to schools with black students - http://bit.ly/2FKahhV

    • Officials say the Camp Fire in California is 100% contained. The death toll stands at 85, but hundreds of people are still missing - https://cnn.it/2FCizZ8 

    • Britain and the European Union have reached an agreement for the country to leave the economic bloc - https://nyti.ms/2FIw0qr

    • A Chinese scientist is claiming to have helped create the world's first genetically edited babies - http://bit.ly/2FTxDSz


    • 1778 - Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui in the Hawaiian Islands.

    • 1789 - A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the U.S. as proclaimed by President George Washington.

    • 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November. 

    • 1922 - Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of King Tutankhamen in over 3000 years.

    • 1948 - The first commercial Polaroid camera was sold. 

    • 2000 - George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida's electoral votes by Katherine Harris, going on to win the presidential election despite losing in the national popular vote.

    Policy News

    Real Women Run returns to northern Utah
    All are welcome at Real Women Run Northern Utah on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Cache County Historic Courthouse (199 Main St, Logan, UT 84321). ...
    Nine Utah lawmakers awarded for conservative voting records
    The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2018 meeting of the Utah State Legislature. ...
    Utah Senate anounces visual arts scholarship competition for 2019
    The 5th Annual Utah Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition for 9th 12th-grade students is now open....

    More National Headlines

    Democrats' Senate losses jeopardize national spotlight for possible 2020 hopeful (Washington Post)

    Trump Push For 'Energy Dominance' Boosts Drilling On Public Land (NPR)

    With Jeff Sessions out at the Justice Dept., the marijuana movement exhales (Los Angeles Times)

    Internal documents Facebook has fought to keep private obtained by UK Parliament (CNN)

    These Democrats are working with Republicans to possibly block Pelosi's House Speaker bid (ThinkProgress)

    Another rebel Dem softens on opposing Pelosi for speaker (Politico)

    New Book Gives Voice to Trump's Claims of a Vast Conspiracy Against Him (New York Times)

    First caravan-related violence reported in U.S. as rocks thrown at Border Patrol (Washington Times)

    John Fund: Mississippi US Senate race features two problem-plagued candidates (FOX News)

    Gowdy: Avoid 'carnival' by taping Comey interview for public to see (Politico)

    Retail giant Amazon, classified as tech firm, cashes in on state incentives (New York Daily News)

    Wise Words


    "Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is." Albert Camus


    Lighter Side


    I remember when Halloween was the scariest night of the year. Now, it's Election night. One Line Fun


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