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Situational awareness - April 4, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Love may want to steer clear of Trump ahead of the midterms. Did Dave Bateman really pay off the Utah GOP's legal debt? Trump moves to militarize the border with Mexico.

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Here are the news stories driving Tuesday

Analysis: How will Trump play in the 4th district race?

Our polling shows Rep. Mia Love might be wise to steer clear of issues involving President Donald Trump in her race against Democrat Ben McAdams [Utah Policy].

First in UtahPolicy.com: Another twist in the Utah GOP debt saga

Republicans breathed a sigh of relief when Dave Bateman stepped up to retire the party's legal debt from their legal challenge to SB54. However, in an email to party chair Rob Anderson, Bateman says he "holds the rights" to that debt, and may move to collect on it if Anderson violates their contract [Utah Policy].

Bracket challenge champion

House Majority Leader Brad Wilson claimed the title in our first Utah political bracket challenge by defeating Attorney General Sean Reyes in the finals [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Analysis: Polling suggests Love needs to distance herself from Trump in her re-election bid

Polling by UtahPolicy.com has shown that U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, is in a close re-election race with Democratic challenger Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams....

Savior or debt collector? Entrata's Dave Bateman's deal with the Utah GOP is raising questions

Entrata CEO Dave Bateman rode to the rescue of the Utah GOP, agreeing to pay off the $400,000 in debt the party incurred in their lawsuit against SB54. Now, it seems that agreement may have a few more strings attached than Republican leaders bargained for....

Wilson wins 2018 Utah political bracket challenge

He is the odds-on favorite to become the next Utah House Speaker, but House Majority Leader Brad Wilson can add one more accolade to his resume, the champion of our inaugural Utah political bracket challenge....

Weekly survey: Herbert vs. medical cannabis

Last week Gov. Gary Herbert announced he would "actively oppose" the ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Utah because he was worried it would have unintended consequences. Do you think Herber's opposition will make any difference? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Andeavor to advance Utah's air quality with a project to produce cleaner fuels
Governor Gary R. Herbert joined Andeavor Chairman, President and CEO Gregory Goff and multiple stakeholder groups at Andeavor's Salt Lake City Refinery to break ground on the company's hydrotreater expansion project, marking continued progress in improvin...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Connor Boyack: Gov. Herbert has been misled on medical cannabis

Owner of Utah's Bangerter farms wants to keep his land for growing vegetables, but Farmington wants to take it for soccer fields

More Utah women are enrolling in college, but new report says many fail to finish or they pursue lower-paying careers than male peers

Gehrke: Gov. Herbert, meet Hestevan, who lives in excruciating pain because Utah denies him medical cannabis

How Greg Hughes got his inland port in just 44 days, at Salt Lake City's expense

Rolly: Candidates with, shall we say, interesting pasts want to be Utah's senator of the future

Utah to get cleaner gasoline by 2019, but will it be enough if Trump rolls back vehicle emissions standards?

Salt Lake City plans to end its bike registration fee - but you're still supposed to get a license

Deseret News

Op-ed: A childhood cancer bill needs to pass Congress

IOC announces cities in 7 countries bidding for 2026 as Salt Lake City backers lobby for 2030

Salt Lake City finding early support for 2 proposed tax hikes

Unlicensed bikes have been a nightmare for police, so Salt Lake City is considering eliminating the fee

Utah women catch up to men in college degree attainment, but lag behind U.S. peers overall

Utah Lt. Gov. Cox talks opioid overdose prevention, medical marijuana in U. panel discussion

'That's our livelihood': Will China's increased tariffs impact Utah's agriculture industry?


Elusive local funding match for Ogden BRT project finally found (Standard-Examiner)

A year old, Cache Water District establishing itself in state water debate (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Why Trump is more popular than ever (The Week)

Huntington Beach Votes To Sue Over Sanctuary State Status (CBSLA)

Artificial Intelligence Could Soon Enhance Real-Time Police Surveillance (Wall Street Journal)

Facing heat at home, GOP leaders may rescind some spending (Associated Press)

US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC (Associated Press)

Trump: We Will Guard Our Border With Our Military (Daily Caller)

US-China trade: Beijing condemns US tariffs list (BBC News)

Facebook's Russia problem won't go away. Hundreds more accounts purged on the social network. (Washington Post)

Oklahoma teachers: 'Our education system has failed' (BBC News)

Did Justice Breyer Drop A Clue About Justice Kennedy's Retirement? (Daily Caller)

Amazon Has Lots of Company as Trump Slams 'Stupid' Businesses (New York Times)

Wise Words


"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Dale Carnegie

Lighter Side

Shake Up

"The White House announced that they've hired a new employee. Former actress Caroline Sunshine, who starred on the Disney Channel show "Shake It Up," has joined the White House press office. So it appears she's only comfortable working for Mickey Mouse organizations." James Corden

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