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Situational awareness - May 16, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Will Count My Vote make November's ballot? Utah is becoming more reliant on federal funds. A state audit details troubling conditions inside the Road Home shelters. North Korea threatens to cancel the scheduled summit meeting with President Trump.

It's the first day of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar. Here's an etiquette guide to the holiday for non-Muslims.


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Ballot battle

Both Count My Vote organizers and opponents say they'll prevail when the state certifies which proposals get on November's ballot. CMV backers say there are still thousands of signatures still outstanding, but clerks had until Tuesday evening to verify them. Additionally, a review found many of those asking to remove their signatures from the CMV initiative may not have signed the petition in the first place [Utah Policy].

Federal funds

A review of Utah's budget shows the largest single source of funds in Utah's budget comes from the federal government [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Both sides sure of victory in Count My Vote ballot battle

Even though the deadline to verify and remove signatures from the "Count My Vote" ballot initiative has passed, the fight will likely continue to rage on at least until June 1. ...

Utah's budget is becoming more reliant on federal money

For the first time in recent memory, the biggest source of income for Utah's budget comes from the federal government. ...

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Policy News

WTC Utah invites you to attend Gov. Herbert's trade mission to Taiwan and South Korea
World Trade Center Utah and the Governor's Office of Economic Development invite you to join us on a trade mission to Taiwan and South Korea led by Governor Gary R. Herbert. ...

40 Utah businesses commit to challenge to elevate women in the workplace
On Thursday, 40 businesses and organizations accepted the ElevateHer challenge to elevate women in business, bringing the total number of business taking the challenge to 200 since the Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) first created the challenge in 2015.  ...

USTAR announces new round of TAP award recipients
The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative announced the selection of its latest round of Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) grant awards. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah attacking another state's rules? That's rich.

In a potential boon to rural Utah, judge overturns Oakland's ban on coal shipments through its port

After nearly losing his house last July 4, a Cottonwood Heights resident wants Utah to ban aerial fireworks

Ambassador Huntsman to appear at forum with Russian oligarch under U.S. sanctions

It's not just outside the shelter. People have been shooting heroin and smoking spice inside The Road Home, auditors say

Opponents claim they have blocked Count My Vote initiative from ballot; shenanigans abound in battle over medical marijuana plan

Deseret News

Editorial: Betting on sports gambling is a bad wager

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

Lawsuit against ex-judge tests Utah law on sex abuse cases

Gov. Gary Herbert unveils 10 goals in Utah 'Energy Action Plan'

Confusion over signature removal deadline frustrates initiative opponents

Utah lawmakers expected to delay controversial UTA name change

California judge overturns Oakland City anti-coal ordinance

Audit says drug use, 'lax enforcement' of rules are big safety concerns at Road Home shelters

Smokey Robinson thanks 'fellow songwriter' Orrin Hatch at hearing on music reform bill

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National Headlines

Look at What's Going to Happen to Sweden's Fabled Welfare State (Bloomberg)

Why Trump Is a President Like No Other (American Greatness)

New York Daily News slammed for mocking 'deplorable' Ivanka Trump as 'Daddy's Little Ghoul' (FOX News)

Rand Paul asks Haspel if she knows of any CIA surveillance of Trump (Politico)

CNN analyst Chris Cillizza deletes tweet showing Trump in crosshairs (Washington Examiner)

ABC set to dial back political humor from pro-Trump 'Roseanne' next season (FOX News)

Democrats are running hard -- away from the Trump circus (CNN)

Riverside judge overturns California's doctor-assisted suicide law (Los Angeles Times)

What we know -- and don't know -- about Melania Trump's procedure (CNN)

Abortion rights groups ask Iowa court to block 'heartbeat bill,' calling it 'beyond extreme' (Washington Post)

Trump supporter attacked at Cheesecake Factory over MAGA hat: report (FOX News)

Wise Words


"Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught." Honore de Balzac

Lighter Side


"It's pretty crazy that Stormy Daniels' money could be traced all the way back to Vladimir Putin. In response, Putin said, "Donald can spend allowance however he wants." Jimmy Fallon

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