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Situational awareness - April 5, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Reyes gets good approval ratings from Utahns. Miller talks about challenges and opportunities as he prepares to take over the Salt Lake Chamber. The White House tries to calm fears as the trade war with China heats up.

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Here are the news stories driving Thursday

Poll: Reyes needs to work on his name ID

Utahns give Attorney General Sean Reyes positive job approval ratings, but about 1/4 of Utahns don't know who he is. Reyes needs to improve those numbers if he wants to run for governor in 2020 [Utah Policy].

Miller says 2020 could shape Utah's economic future for years to come

Incoming Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Derek Miller says there are three projects slated for 2020 that will have a tremendous impact on Utah's economy for decades [Utah Policy].

Here's a podcast of our conversation with Miller [Utah Policy].

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Today At Utah Policy

Utah's give Reyes good approval ratings, but he still struggles with name ID

Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is doing OK in his approval ratings, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

The 'Utah 2020 trifecta' could shape the state's economy for decades to come

There are three major projects on the horizon that will shape Utah's future for several decades, and they all come to a head in 2020....

Podcast: A conversation with Derek Miller, the new president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber

Derek Miller was recently tapped to be the next president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber....

5 workforce wins from the 2018 session

The 2018 Legislative Session is behind us, but the positive impacts for our economy and business community will be felt for years to come....

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....

CYBER 24 podcast episode 25: Inside look at the Internet Security Threat Report

Cybercrime is ever-evolving and the effort to keep up with hackers presents multiple challenges....

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Policy News

Nearly $1.2 million dedicated to implementing the Wasatch Choice 2050 vision
The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) and its partners recently announced the award of nearly $1.2 million in funds to 17 communities in the Wasatch Front area, enabling them to make decisions and plans that move the region toward greater mobility, smarter development pa...

SLCC president receives national honor for supporting student affairs, initiatives
Salt Lake Community College President Deneece G. Huftalin received the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education 2018 President's Award, which recognizes NASPA members' outstanding work in the student affairs profession....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Domestic violence takes a physical, and financial, toll on victims

Utah wants the power to keep a 'startling' amount of water in Bear Lake, but will the Great Salt Lake suffer?

'We're racking our brains': A series of teen suicides has left the Herriman High School community searching for answers

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee say they broke no ethics rules by using Utah Jazz owner's front-row seats

Lehi police side with Sen. Todd Weiler in dispute with top GOP donor, reject allegations of extortion plot

Deseret News

Editorial: The Senate is silent, and that's not a good thing

Crunch time for candidates, initiatives seeking ballot spots

Utah, Salt Lake counties weighing whether to breathe new life into failed transportation tax hike

An inside look at Utah's new free-range parenting law that 'lets kids be kids'

Utah, Idaho seek 400,000 acre-feet of water at Bear Lake

Utah is one of the least-stressed states in the country, new report says


Sheriff candidates debate Utah County's top issues, gun safety (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

When will the media accept that Trump is not a criminal target? (The Hill)

Trump soars to 51% approval (Rasmussen Reports)

Why Americans are avoiding the doctor (MarketWatch)

Putin cements powerful new alliance with Iran and Turkey in challenge to Trump (Daily Mail)

'American Crime Story' Season 4 Won't Be About Monica Lewinsky, Ryan Murphy Says (The Wrap)

Zuckerberg says most Facebook users should assume they have had their public info scraped (CNBC)

Trump sending National Guard troops to Mexico border, but they won't have contact with immigrants (NBC News)

Nunes threatens to enforce subpoena over FBI memo that kick-started Russia investigation (FOX News)

California issues 1 millionth driver's license to undocumented immigrants (Mercury News)

China Targets Detroit, Hits Tesla and BMW Instead (Wall Street Journal)

Google employees revolt, say company should shut down military drone project (Ars Technica)

Wise Words


"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." Aristotle

Lighter Side

Trump Military

"According to a new article from The Washington Post, Trump has been privately insisting that the United States military should pay for the Mexican border wall. And I've got to say, ladies and gentlemen, it only took until he was 71 years old, but Trump finally stopped avoiding the military!" James Corden

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