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Situational awareness - November 7, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

It's all over but the counting! Ben McAdams is clinging to a 4,714 vote lead over Mia Love this morning. Everyone will be on pins and needles for the next two weeks as we wait to see if that lead will hold, or Love makes up the difference. 

Quick hits from Tuesday's election:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/articles/Ballot_Box.jpgA way too early look at the 2020 elections in Utah

    Welcome to the 2020 presidential election cycle!...
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/2018_Election_04.jpgMcAdams holds a slim lead over Love, Romney cruises, initiatives passing

    Hello Ben.Goodbye Love.At least that's how it looks as Utah's closest, and most controversial, race of 2018 busted past Election Day....
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/Democrat_Donkey_01.pngUtah Democrats had a very good night in legislative races on Tuesday

    While Republicans will maintain their supermajority on Utah's Capitol Hill following Tuesday's elections, Utah Democrats look to have finally expanded their numbers beyond Salt Lake County....

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    Deseret News

    Op-ed: Dan Jones was the truest of public servants

    Editorial: Voters have spoken. What will your term in office bring?

    Utahns back independent panel to combat gerrymandering

    Rep. John Curtis leading in Utah's 3rd District race

    Democratic challenger Shireen Ghorbani concedes in Utah's District 2 race to Rep. Chris Stewart

    Mitt Romney is headed to Washington after all - as U.S. senator for Utah

    2 of 3 Utah constitutional amendments poised to pass

    Salt Lake County sheriff, district attorney poised to win re-election

    Voters reject nonbinding question for gas tax hike to help fund education

    Democrats capture some Utah legislative seats held by GOP but most incumbent lawmakers re-elected

    Election night: For state cybersecurity team, it's the Super Bowl

    Wife of North Ogden Mayor, soldier Brent Taylor calls husband's service a 'sacred honor'

    McAdams leads Love in tight battle for 4th District seat

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: Soldier-statesman Brent Taylor fought for what's right

    Ben McAdams leads Mia Love, but says it may take days of ballot counting to call winner

    Mr. Romney is going to Washington

    Dem D.A. Sim Gill, Sheriff Rosie Rivera poised for victory in Salt Lake County; GOP keeps council control

    Voters favor proposed constitutional amendment empowering lawmakers to call themselves into special session

    Utahns approve medical marijuana as LDS Church, a Prop 2 foe, reaffirms backing for legislative approach

    150,000 more Utahns poised to get medical coverage as voters OK Medicaid expansion

    'Obstacles that we couldn't overcome': Ballot question to boost gas tax for Utah schools falls short

    Utah's Bishop, Curtis, Stewart hold back Democratic challengers to keep their U.S. House seats

    Democrats aren't anywhere close to winning control in Utah's state Capitol, but they'll pick up seats

    In San Juan County, it appears history has been made with a majority American Indian commission and conservative firebrand Phil Lyman wins a House seat


    Weber County voters pick four new Utah House members, but one race is too close to call (Standard-Examiner)

    Rep. Bishop easily wins ninth and final term in northern Utah U.S. House seat (Standard-Examiner)

    Scott Jenkins keeps Weber County Commission all-GOP, beats democratic challenger (Standard-Examiner)

    Logan mayor wants to withdraw from small modular nuclear reactor project (Logan Herald Journal)

    Cache legislative races trending Republican (Logan Herald Journal)

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    One-party rule in Washington is over. Democrats won at least 220 seats in the House while Republicans have 194. 21 seats are still waiting for a decision. Meanwhile, Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate. All of the Democratic big rising stars, including Beto O'Rourke and Andrew Gillum, got wiped out on Tuesday. Here are some of the notable headlines from Election Day 2018:

    • Early exit polling suggests that 2/3 of voters went to the polls because of President Trump, with more opposed to the president than those who support him. Younger voters broke toward the Democrats by a massive 35% margin - https://cnn.it/2F8T6GE

    • There were a number of historic firsts on Tuesday including a record number of women elected to Congress, the first Muslim women elected to Congress, the first Native American women to win a congressional race. And Colorado elected the nation's first openly gay governor - http://bit.ly/2F85W7Q
    • Get ready to rumble! Democrats plan to use their new majority to unleash a flood of investigations into the Trump administration. One of the first moves by Democrats will be to subpoena President Trump's tax returns - https://politi.co/2FazEt0

    • President Trump was already tweeting on Wednesday morning, claiming victory for a big Republican win on Tuesday night and threatening to investigate Democrats for leaking classified information - http://bit.ly/2F64HGw

    • President Trump's most devoted supporters are worried the newly empowered Democrats will hamstring the president with endless investigations between now and 2020. "Death by a thousand cuts" is how one described the next two years - http://bit.ly/2FbhPKl
    • Democrats reclaimed governor's seats in several key states, including Wisconsin, Nevada and Michigan, but Republicans held on to Florida, Ohio and Arizona - http://bit.ly/2F93T3F 

    • Fox News was the first outlet to project that Democrats would re-take control of the House. The call came at a time it seemed the night might be moving away from the Democrats - https://politi.co/2F3PwNQ

    • Urban and suburban voters issued a stern rebuke to President Trump Tuesday night, ousting several Republicans who supported Trump. Rural voters stormed to the polls in near historic numbers to support Trump, delivering a larger GOP majority in the Senate - http://bit.ly/2F873o2

    Other headlines:

    • President Trump's re-election bid launches today. Expect him to use the same playbook he employed ahead of the 2018 midterms to rally his base - https://wapo.st/2F86uuq

    • The Mueller investigation continues to roll on as two associates of Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Trump, recently testified before a grand jury - https://wapo.st/2F7NZ9v
    • New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined with other liberals on the court in asking tough questions during a case about whether executing a Missouri man with a rare medical condition would violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment - https://wapo.st/2F7O50R

    • Not sure if this is a good idea: Researchers propose building a giant laser that could guide extraterrestrial civilizations to Earth - https://fxn.ws/2F6ojdv


    • 1860 - Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President.

    • 1861 - Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.

    • 1869 - Rutgers College defeats Princeton University 6-4 in the first official intercollegiate football game.

    • 1947 - Meet the Press, the longest running television program in history, debuts.

    Policy News

    images/Logos/New-GOED-Logo.pngBullfrog Spas to expand in Utah
    The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Bullfrog Spas will expand their headquarters in Utah adding up to 150 jobs, $2.2 million in state revenue and an estimated $20 million in capital investment....
    images/Logos/New-GOED-Logo.pngMerit Medical to expand in Utah
    The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced that Merit Medical Systems, Inc. will expand in Utah, adding up to 1,010 jobs, $71 million in state revenue and an estimated $505 million in capital investment....
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngWorld Trade Center Utah awards grants to 10 Utah companies to help export and expand internationally
    World Trade Center Utah recently awarded funding to 10 Utah companies as part of the Utah Export Acceleration Grant (EAG)....
    Cicero Group recognized by Consulting Magazine among fastest growing firms
    Cicero Group is one of the fastest growing consulting firms in North America....

    More National Headlines

    The Kavanaugh election: The Democratic Joe who voted for him won. The Democratic Joe who voted against him lost (Washington Examiner)

    Washington state voters reject carbon tax (The Hill)

    Mike Braun beats Joe Donnelly, flips Indiana to Senate GOP (Politico)

    Rick Scott edges Bill Nelson to win U.S. Senate seat in tight, historic race (Bradenton Herald)

    Dem Gavin Newsom elected California governor (FOX News)

    Josh Hawley Defeats Claire McCaskill in Missouri Senate Race (New York Times)

    Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress (CNN)

    Ron DeSantis wins Florida governor's race, beating Democrat Andrew Gillum (Vox)

    No Significant Foreign Interference Seen on Midterm Vote (Wall Street Journal)

    Ballot measures: Florida votes to restore felon voting rights; Missouri, Michigan pass pot (USA Today)

    Ted Cruz Defeats Beto O'Rourke for Senate in Texas (New York Times)

    Wise Words


    "Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble." Shah Rukh Khan


    Lighter Side


    "Get this: Mexico's Supreme Court just ruled that a ban on legal weed is unconstitutional. Which explains why a giant caravan of Americans is now making its way towards Mexico." - JIMMY FALLON


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