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Situational awareness - May 18, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.

Rep. Stewart disagrees with a report saying Putin wanted to help Trump win in 2016. The LDS Church and NAACP reach a historic agreement. The White House plans a hard-right turn on abortion.


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What a week!

Missing signatures. Count My Vote. LDS Church vs. medical marijuana. No rebrand for the Utah Transit Authority. The Salt Lake Tribune makes deep cuts. Plus, North Korea backtracks. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott chew over a busy week in politics [Utah Policy].

You can also download our week in review as a podcast [Utah Policy].

Russia conflict

Rep. Chris Stewart says he disagrees with the Senate Intelligence Committee's conclusion that Vladimir Putin tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election [Utah Policy].

Legal remedy

Bob Bernick says he hopes the Utah Supreme Court steps in and fixes Utah's citizen petition process because it's too onerous [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Brush up on your Shakespeare! - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 374

Utah County officials lost a bunch of signature packets for the Count My Vote ballot proposal, while those trying to block some initiatives from the ballot are fighting over the deadlines. ...

Bob Bernick's notebook: A bar set too high

 If there has ever been a more incompetent group of employees than those working in the Utah County Clerks office, it's hard to imagine who or where....

Stewart: No way to know if Putin wanted Trump to win in 2016 (with video)

On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee broke with their House counterparts by concluding that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win. ...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 374

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the week in politics. ...

Weekly survey: Removing signatures from ballot initiatives

Opponents of the medical marijuana and Count My Vote ballot initiatives pushed to get enough Utahns to remove their names from those petitions to block them from reaching the November ballot. Do you think those efforts will be successful, or will the initiatives survive to q...

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--KSL.com: Review: 9 family outdoor products for summer-- KSL.com: Legislature will take another dive on contentious water issues--KSL.com: Hickman Bridge Trail offers beautiful vistas, incredible natural land bridgeNew Films-- Deadpool 2: Tribun...

Rep. Love joins bipartisan challenge to Ed. Department's attempt to block state consumer protection laws
Congresswoman Mia Love and Representatives Rob Bishop (R-UT), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Jared Polis (D-CO) challenged the Department of Education to reconsider its decision to block states from regulating student loan companies....

Sens. Lee, Hatch, Tillis, and Grassley Introduce SMARTER Act
 Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act, or SMARTER Act, a bill that would require the Federal Trade Commission to go through the same proced...

ABU Education Fund announces 2018 primary debates
The ABU Education Fund is proud to announce the first debates of its 2018 Debate Series. ...

Utah non-profits oppose the farm bill
Thirty Utah non-profit organizations have joined Utahns Against Hunger in calling on Utah's Congressional Delegation to vote no on H.R. 2: The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill....

Register now for our international law seminar
Join World Trade Center Utah in partnership with Zions Bank and the Utah State Bar on Tuesday, May 22nd at 8 a.m. for a seminar on international law. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

George Chapman: UTA name change did not deserve all that mudslinging

Why are more Utah women choosing to give birth outside hospitals?

Hundreds of Utah kids 17 or younger have married in the past 20 years. A Salt Lake City legislator wants to end that.

Gehrke: What?! Utah County's election office messed up? No way!

Utah County's explanation for losing thousands of initiative petition signatures: they were put in the wrong pile.

Rep. Curtis is Utah's wealthiest member of Congress, though Romney would easily top him if elected

It may be a lousy, thankless job with no pay, but 14 have lined up to be the next Utah Republican vice chairman or chairwoman

Deseret News

Mike Lee: Peace in the Middle East requires acknowledging an independent Israel

Jay Evensen: Why are the homeless shelters still unsafe?

Editorial: Trump is not dismantling Obama's legacy

State takes input from public on large-scale Medicaid expansion requested by lawmakers

Growing sense 'higher education needs to be done differently now,' says UVU President Matt Holland

Could Utah play host to country's largest oil shale operation?

Outgoing UTA board members happy name not changing


Commissioner Gibson cleared in Ogden police probe, won't face charges (Standard-Examiner)

Rep. Redd lays out Medicaid expansion options (Logan Herald Journal)

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National Headlines

Media outlets take Trump out of context to suggest he called undocumented immigrants 'animals' (CNNMoney)

'Animals' Not Strong Enough Term for Brutal MS-13 Gangbangers (PoliZette)

Spinning a Crossfire Hurricane: The Times on the FBI's Trump Investigation (National Review)

Trump to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding, Administration Will Announce Friday (Weekly Standard)

Mideast conflicts connected by vying powerbrokers (Associated Press)

New Jersey school board member apologizes to police chief she called 'skinhead' (FOX News)

Jeff Sessions ends Obama-era 'de facto' court amnesty for illegal immigrants (Washington Times)

Arizona men charged with operating scam PACs (The Hill)

House Republicans Agitating For Immigration Fight (NPR)

Trump weighs in on 'Yanny' vs. 'Laurel' debate: 'It's covfefe' (Business Insider)

'No One Is Answering, No One Knows': What Las Vegas Shooting Witnesses Told Police (NPR)

Wise Words


"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side

Partner Study

"A new study on domestic partners found that women spend more time doing chores than men. The study was called "DJ Khaled." Seth Meyers

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