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Situational awareness - May 15, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Mike Kennedy discusses his campaign. Pro-medical marijuana groups fire back at the LDS Church. Mike Pence attempts to step out of Trump's shadow. 

Tiny movie review!

I got to see "Solo: A Star Wars Story" on Monday. Absolutely no spoilers here, but the film is downright terrific!

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A deep dive on the issues

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy sits down with managing editor Bryan Schott to discuss the big issues ahead of his June primary election, plus he takes a few shots at his opponent Mitt Romney [Utah Policy].

Download the podcast of our interview with Kennedy here.

Marijuana brawl

The group that helped draft the ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana says the LDS Church's opposition is political and "one-sided" [Utah Policy].

Wanna bet?

The Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports gambling, paving the way for states to legalize betting on sports. Sen. Orrin Hatch says he will introduce legislation to regulate the new gambling landscape [Utah Policy]. Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah will not legalize sports wagering any time soon [Deseret News, Tribune].


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Today At Utah Policy

Mike Kennedy: 'A Boston Republican is different from a Utah Republican'

State Rep. Mike Kennedy shocked his colleagues in the Utah House when he announced he would not be running for another term on Utah's Capitol Hill, instead jumping into the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Orrin Hatch. ...

Podcast: Interview with GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy sits down with managing editor Bryan Schott ahead of the June primary election. ...

Group that helped draft medical marijuana initiative slams LDS Church's criticism

The group that helped draft the proposal to legalize medical marijuana lashed out at the LDS Church's criticism from Friday, calling their legal analysis a "one-sided attack piece."...

Hatch to introduce new legislation to regulate sports betting

On Monday the Supreme Court ruled in favor of states that wish to legalize sports betting, saying state's rights trump the federal prohibition on sports books. ...

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Policy News

Sen. Lee celebrates embassy move to Jerusalem
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday after witnessing the official transfer of the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem....

Clarus Corporation to expand in Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development is proud to announce Clarus Corporation, parent company of Black Diamond Equipment, will expand in Utah, adding up to 147 high-paying jobs, $8.9 million in new state revenue and $40 million in capital investment. ...

Fox files 'West meets East'
I just concluded a swing through the northeast with Governor Herbert and his team. ...

EDCUtah hires new community strategist
Following the creation and implementation of the Utah Mega Site Program, EDCUtah announced last week the hire of Katherine Morrell to manage the new program. ...

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Join World Trade Center Utah in partnership with U.S. Commercial Service on Thursday, May 17th at 9:00 a.m. for a seminar on doing business in Taiwan and South Korea....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Reacting to plunging revenues, Salt Lake Tribune lays off a third of its newsroom, cuts back print offerings

Gehrke: Victims of sex abuse should be able to sue the perpetrator, even if the case is decades old

Sen. Mike Lee applauds U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem as 'long overdue' - Utah Jewish rabbi praises relocation, too

After Supreme Court ruling, Utah's Hatch to introduce legislation on sports betting

Libertarian group that helped write Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative calls LDS Church's analysis 'a political attack piece'

A Zion National Park visitor wrote graffiti on Angels Landing. The social media reaction caused him to turn himself into rangers.

Deseret News

Op-ed: Op-ed: Rebuilding America's rural infrastructure

Editorial: The false choice of Utah's medical marijuana initiative

Utah GOP lawmakers hail decision on sports betting as win for states' rights

New commission begins talks on long-term vision for higher education in Utah

Sen. Mike Lee calls mood at Jerusalem ceremony 'optimistic,' 'upbeat'

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy talks low-carbon economy with Utah energy sector

Salt Lake Tribune lays off 38 percent of newsroom staff

Other

Weber County officials seek feedback on future development as growth looms (Standard-Examiner)


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National Headlines

Trump is more popular than Dems want to admit (San Francisco Chronicle)

Seattle City Council votes 9-0 for scaled-down head tax on large employers (Seattle Times)

Supreme Court Ruling Favors Sports Betting (New York Times)

How the Sports Betting Ruling Will Impact State Budgets (Governing)

Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery at Walter Reed medical center (CNN)

Michael Avenatti is using Trump tactics to battle Trump, a strategy that comes with risks (Washington Post)

Mueller may have a conflict - and it leads directly to a Russian oligarch (The Hill)

Kellyanne Conway: White House leakers 'using the media to shiv each other' (CNN)

Nunes, Gowdy accuse DOJ of launching anonymous attacks on congressional investigator (FOX News)

Former senator Harry Reid undergoes surgery for pancreatic cancer (Washington Post)

Democrats to force vote Wednesday on net neutrality (CNN)


Wise Words

Kindness

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain

Lighter Side

Hostages

"Three American hostages detained in North Korea have been set free. Melania Trump asked, "Hey, if you're freeing hostages, can I go too?" Conan O'Brien


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