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Situational awareness - November 9, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

What to watch today: We're expecting updated numbers from Utah County in the 4th District race between Mia Love and Ben McAdams today. McAdams leads love by 3.54 percent.

Executive summary: New legislative leaders elected. Trump recorded a robocall for Mia Love. Lawyers argue Trump's appointment of an acting Attorney General is unconstitutional.

  TICK TOCK   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_03.jpgNew legislative leadership preparing to tackle big issues in 2019

    Newly-elected Senate President Stuart Adams and House Speaker Brad Wilson will have a lot on their plates come the 2019 Legislature....
    images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgLooking for poison pills - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 397

    The 2018 election is over, but not really....
    images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Lessons from the 2018 midterms

    So, what did we learn from the 2018 elections in Utah?...
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Mia_Love_09.jpgTrump slammed Love for distancing herself from him, but he recorded a robocall for her campaign

    On Tuesday, President Trump threw Rep. Mia Love under the electoral bus, saying she lost her re-election bid because she didn't embrace him enough on the campaign trail....
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 397

    Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott lay out Utah's post-election political roadmap....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams_10.jpgWeekly survey: McAdams or Love?

    Will Ben McAdams be able to hold on to his narrow lead over Mia Love, or will Love be able to close the gap and win a third term? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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      OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

    Deseret News

    Editorial: Ballot initiatives aren't turning Utah into California just yet

    Jay Evensen: Ham-handed 10-cent gas measure could set school funding back years

    A. Scott Anderson: Dan Jones always delivered the truth

    Divert Green River water for Colorado? Utah says proposal all wet

    Utah lawmakers expect Dec. 3 special session on medical marijuana

    Trump recorded robocall for Love, but her campaign limited its release

    Stuart Adams elected Utah Senate president, Brad Wilson new Utah House speaker

    Holladay voters rejected Cottonwood Mall development, but project could still survive

    Utah Sen. Mike Lee in Mexico, Guatemala seeking solutions to migrant caravan

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: Initiatives' success is a shot across Legislature's bow

    Environmentalists, feds and Utahns agree: Don't send Green River water to Colorado

    Court gives environmentalists a victory, affirms deal reached with feds to revise land plans

    With passage of Prop 2, legal protections for cannabis patients kick in Dec. 1

    Despite overcrowding and construction, Salt Lake City International Airport soars to No. 2 in quality ranking

    Ben McAdams widens lead a bit over Mia Love as Governor, Lt. Gov. rip Utah County for election foul-ups

    President Trump blasted Mia Love for not using his help - but she made limited use of a robocall he recorded

    Federal judge recommends ending probation for newly elected state lawmaker Phil Lyman

    Rep. Brad Wilson, Sen. Stuart Adams picked to lead Utah Legislature

    Other

    Audit claims Utah schools failed to report, discipline teachers who harassed, assaulted students (Standard-Examiner)

    Ogden Mayor Caldwell issues lengthy explanation for late-night military training (Standard-Examiner)


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      NATIONAL HEADLINES  

    • Two prominent lawyers, including White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's husband, argue that Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General is unconstitutional because he has not gone through the Senate confirmation process - https://nyti.ms/2FfsAeR

    • Matthew Whitaker, the acting Attorney General, once argued that the courts are supposed to be the "inferior branch" and criticized the Supreme Court's power to review legislative and executive acts - https://nyti.ms/2FfrRdD 

    • Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said during an interview that the president has the power to kill any investigation he wants - http://bit.ly/2FdIBSv

    • Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has begun writing its final report on their investigation into the Russian attack on the 2018 election and whether people associated with the Trump campaign assisted in that attack - https://cnn.it/2FgDrF9 

    • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might be Trump's pick for the next Attorney General - https://politi.co/2FbmHiH

    • Turnout in the 2018 midterms was clearly up from previous elections, but it may be months before we know who voted. There are clear indications that turnout exploded among women, Latinos and young people - https://nyti.ms/2FcnCzl 

    • Brian Kemp has declared himself the winner in the close Georgia gubernatorial race, while media outlets have not yet projected a winner - https://abcn.ws/2Fe5PI4 

    • The Florida Senate and gubernatorial contests appear headed to a recount after more ballots are counted - http://bit.ly/2FdHl1J 

    • Nancy Pelosi's ascension to Speaker may be more difficult as several newly elected Democrats reiterate they plan to vote against her - https://politi.co/2FpQLY7

    • White House officials are worried that the new Democratic majority in the House is preparing to make President Trump's life hell for the next two years. "Congress is going to force transparency on this president," said one Democratic congressional aide - http://bit.ly/2FdnO1m 

    • Democrats worry starting a fight over President Trump's tax returns will backfire against them with voters - https://bloom.bg/2Ff0foO

    • Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions signed a memorandum before he was fired that severely limited the ability of federal law enforcement officials to overhaul local police departments accused of abuses and civil rights violations - https://nyti.ms/2FaKFKQ

    • A federal court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration does not have the authority to unilaterally end the DACA program - https://reut.rs/2Fe5hlu

    • The Trump administration announced new rules to deny asylum to virtually any migrant who crosses the border illegally - https://nyti.ms/2FesUdy 

    • The FDA is getting ready to crack down on the sale of e-cigarettes, spurred by a huge increase in vaping by minors - https://wapo.st/2FetR5C

    • The Trump administration unveiled new rules allowing some employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives on religious grounds - https://wapo.st/2Fe6Sru

    • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has reached out to Fox News about becoming a contributor as he potentially prepares an exit from President Trump's Cabinet - https://politi.co/2FaLnYw

    • Police say they are investigating a protest and possible vandalism outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson - http://bit.ly/2Fg20C9 

    • Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, is still being harassed and receiving death threats. He lawyers say she has moved four times and had to pay for a private security detail. She is also unable to return to her job as a professor - https://n.pr/2FeCYDA

      ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

    • 1620 - Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

    • 1872 - A fire which began in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Boston raged for 12 hours. The Great Boston Fire killed at least 30 people.

    • 1906 - Theodore Roosevelt is the first sitting U.S. President to make an official trip outside the country, traveling to Panama to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.

    • 1938 - Mobs of Germans attacked Jewish businesses and homes throughout Germany in what became known as Kristallnacht.

    • 1965 - Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours.

    • 1979 - Nuclear false alarm: The NORAD computers and the Alternate National Military Command Center in Maryland detected a purported massive Soviet nuclear strike. After reviewing raw data and checking early warning radars, the alert is canceled.

    • 1989 - Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin.

    Policy News

    Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
    Weekend EventOutdoors Report--Tribune: Landmark conservation plan for cherished Cottonwood canyons near Salt Lake City is almost done but minus a big name: Alta ski resort-- Tribune: Utah's latest land battle pits ranchers against not the feds but the state-- Tribune: Court ...
    Gov. Herbert lowers flags in honor of victims of Thousand Oaks shooting
    In coordination with President Donald J. Trump's proclamation, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah out of respect for the victims of the shooting in Thousand Oaks, California....
    images/Resized_Logos/CYBER24_season_2_logo.jpgCYBER 24 Episode 34: Ten steps you should take before connecting a new computer to the internet
    Sometimes it comes in waves....
    images/Logos/New-GOED-Logo.pngEssence to open regional office in Utah
    The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Essence, a global data and measurement-driven media agency and part of GroupM, will open a regional office in Salt Lake City, Utah. Essence will add up to 125 jobs, $1.9 million in new state revenue and an estimate...

    More National Headlines

    Michael Moore says Kamala Harris, Cory Booker won't defeat Trump, urges Dems to nominate Michelle Obama (FOX News)

    Coming soon to the Senate: A 2020 Democratic brawl (Politico)

    Opposition to Pelosi hardens (Politico)

    Beto's consolation prize: Running for president (Politico)

    Megyn Kelly defends Tucker Carlson after his house is targeted by protesters: 'This has to stop' (AOL)

    The Senate is a huge problem for Democrats (Vox)

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, breaks ribs in fall (CNBC)

    GOP election losses make it easier for Rep. Kevin McCarthy to finally nab leadership post (Los Angeles Times)

    Mueller power questioned in first post-Sessions court hearing (Politico)

    Trump to make good on pre-election promise to crack down on asylum seekers (ABC News)

    Trump considering Christie, Bondi, Acosta for attorney general (CNN)


    Wise Words

    Persistence

    "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." Ralph Waldo Emerson

     

    Lighter Side

    Who?

    "Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart dressed up as Napoleon and Pedro from the 2004 movie 'Napoleon Dynamite.' The internet had two different reactions to this. Younger people were like, 'Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart dressed up aswho?' And then older people where like, 'Whodressed up as Napoleon?'" - JAMES CORDEN

     


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