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Situational awareness - April 10, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

A GOP candidate wasn't a Republican when he filed to run for office. Mia Love's big fundraising haul. Federal agents raid the office and home of Donald Trump's lawyer.

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The Republican candidate who wasn't a Republican

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Sam Parker was not registered as a Republican when he filed to run for the party's nomination. He blames a "glitch" for the situation, but the Utah Elections Office says Parker personally changed his registration from unaffiliated to Republican and back twice since 2016 [Utah Policy].

Love's big fundraising haul

Rep. Mia Love raised $750,000 during the most recent reporting period but also posted campaign expenses totaling more than $450,000 [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

GOP U.S. Senate candidate blames a 'glitch' for not being registered as a Republican when he filed for office; Elections officials say that's unlikely

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Parker was not registered as a member of the Utah Republican Party until 8 days after he filed to run for the GOP nomination. ...

Love posts big fundraising numbers, but big expenses too

Rep. Mia Love raised just under $750,000 during the first quarter of 2018, but her campaign also spent a whopping $450,000 during the same period....

Guest opinion: Fears about Bolton as national security adviser are unfounded

General H.R. McMaster is out, Ambassador John Bolton is in as President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser and the world will be a better place for this decision....

Trade mission connects Utah companies to opportunities in Mexico

Gov. Gary R. Herbert is leading a delegation of 27 Utah companies and organizations on a trade mission to Mexico City and Baja, California this week....

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Policy News

Downtown mourns a great loss
The Downtown Alliance issued the following statement today on the passing of Robert Farrington who led the Downtown Alliance from its inception in 1991 until 2009.  The founder of the Downtown Alliance, Farmers Market, Live Green, Lights On! and Salt Lake City's Fi...

Sen. Lee calls for congressional vote before force used in Syria
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday morning in response to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria....

Fox files 'Quantifying the qualitative'
We had a prominent member of the Site Selectors Guild in town last week on a site visit. ...

Population increase in Utah provides opportunities to employers
St. George, Utah is the fastest growing metro-area in the nation according to the US Census Bureau, with total population growth of 4.0% between July 2016 and July 2017....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Self-driving cars in Salt Lake City? Downtown chosen to be lab for 'smart city' wireless technology.

Utah internet experts size up Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's impending visit to Congress

Why does Utah have a high suicide rate? A researcher is starting a years-long search for answers.

Utahns with large families could be paying a lot more in state taxes next year

Gehrke: More than two months later, mother who sought sanctuary in Utah church is still a welcome guest

Deseret News

Jackie Biskupski: We have a chance to make a difference for refugees living in Utah

Editorial: Dispelling the myth of the trade deficit

New Salt Lake wireless test area designed to fuel innovations of the future

As vote on sales tax hike nears, Salt Lake City leaders say public support is 'overwhelming'

Mitt Romney's Senate campaign war chest includes $1 million from his presidential bids

Members of Utah's congressional delegation call for response to Syrian attack

National Headlines

Alan Dershowitz: Today is a 'very dangerous day for lawyer-client relations' (Washington Examiner)

China Is Studying Yuan Devaluation as a Tool in Trade Spat (Bloomberg)

Homeless in Seattle (Weekly Standard)

News is entertainment and entertainment is news (The Hill)

CBS execs are freaking out over looming Charlie Rose expos (Page Six)

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington - so let's stop acting like he can't handle it. He can. (Recode)

The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake (CNN)

Troops sent by Trump to border will fly drones, gather intel - and clear brush, too (Washington Post)

Arizona Supreme Court strikes down in-state tuition for 'dreamers' (Arizona Republic)

Trump administration rewrites ACA insurance rules to give more power to states (Washington Post)

YouTube targets young kids with ads, say privacy advocates, urging FTC to investigate (Los Angeles Times)

Wise Words


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"I read that dozens ofFacebook accountslinked to the Kremlin have been taken down. Russian hackers didn't mind. They were like, "Eh, even we don't trust Facebook anymore." Jimmy Fallon


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