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Situational awareness - May 21, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

McAdams says Love is an "empty seat." Utah's job growth is best in the nation. Trump demands an investigation into whether the FBI spied on his campaign.


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McAdams vs. Love

Democratic 4th CD candidate Ben McAdams has some harsh criticism of his Republican opponent, Mia Love, calling her an "empty seat" who is not listening to the needs of her constituents. He says Love's attempts to link him to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are "rote partisan attacks" designed to scare people into voting for her [Utah Policy].

You can listen to the podcast of our conversation with McAdams here.

Ballot fight

Our "Political Insiders" expect the efforts to block medical marijuana and Count My Vote from the November ballot to fail [Utah Policy].

Roaring economy

Utah's job growth was tops in the nation in April, adding 49,000 jobs to the economy [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

McAdams: Mia Love is an 'empty seat' for Utah

Democratic congressional candidate Ben McAdams has some harsh words for his Republican opponent Mia Love, saying she's been an "empty seat" in Congress....

Podcast: One-on-one with Ben McAdams

Ben McAdams, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Utah's 4th CD, says his Republican opponent, Mia Love, is an "empty seat" in Utah's delegation in Washington. ...

'Political Insiders' say efforts to block medical marijuana, Count My Vote from November's ballot should fail

Opponents of the medical marijuana and "Count My Vote" ballot initiatives each launched an extensive attempt to get Utahns to remove their names from the ballot initiatives to prevent them from reaching the November ballot. Our "Political Insiders" mostly say those efforts s...

Utah's April job growth highest in the US

Utah added more than 49,000 to the economy in April. that 3.4 percent growth is the highest in the nation. ...

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Policy News

Sen. Lee seeks biking access in wilderness areas
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act, a bill that would empower local managers of wilderness areas to decide whether to allow and how to regulate non-motorized travel in wilderness areas....

Hatch, Rubio introduce legislation to promote stability, prosperity in Puerto Rico
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced S. 2873, the Puerto Rico Economic Empowerment Act of 2018, which would implement recommendations by the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in...

Governor Mitt Romney to keynote USTAR's Utah Technology Innovation Summit
The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative announced Governor Mitt Romney will give the keynote address at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6. ...

2018 Utah Aerospace Pathways graduates announced
The Governor's Office of Economic Development is pleased to announce the 2018 graduating class of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Southern Utah environmental group's new aggressive tone isn't going to help its cause

Op-ed: There is a difference between criticism and bigotry

Editorial: Why are these groups so afraid of letting Utah voters decide?

New technologies could help Utahns save water - but are we willing to use them?

Just days before a planned special session to fix Utah's controversial inland port bill, negotiations broke down between governor and Salt Lake mayor

Rep. Mia Love joins the men's team, will play in the congressional baseball game

Payroll fraud is so rampant in Utah's construction industry that legitimate firms say they are being forced out of business

Medical marijuana opponents sue to stop initiative from reaching voters, say state employees would be 'aiding and abetting' lawbreaking

GOP State Central Committee ousts some minorities despite cries of racism, continues civil war over new election law

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: What's the future of Utah's newspapers?

Op-ed: Why southern Utah went to court over Grand Staircase-Escalante

Op-ed: A crystal-clear and lofty goal for Utah's education

Op-ed: The road ahead - our homeless population deserves better

Editorial: Utah's Mia Love is right to move immigration legislation forward

Talks stall between Utah governor, Salt Lake mayor on inland port

Lee introduces wilderness biking bill

Medical marijuana opponents sue Lt. Gov Cox's office

Could a ride-hailing/public transit hybrid be the future of commuting?


Editorial: More needed to address Utah's abandoned mines (Daily Herald)

Utah County Republican Women hold fundraiser for primary candidates (Daily Herald)

UTA name change proposal tabled, future status uncertain (Standard-Examiner)

Weber County hires law firms, plans to sue opioid makers, distributors (Standard-Examiner)

Utah Rep. Fawson resigning, sets up special vote among GOPers to replace him (Standard-Examiner)

Several factors to be considered with potential county tax hikes (Park Record)

GOP state Senate candidates sound off on local control, gun violence, affordable housing and more at Park City Q&A (Park Record)

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National Headlines

Conway pushes CNN's Stelter to say who he voted for in tense exchange (The Hill)

US, China agree to abandon trade war: Beijing (AFP)

Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign (New York Post)

Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all (The Hill)

Anti-Gun Backlash From School Shooting? Probably Not in Texas (New York Times)

NYU Abu Dhabi blocks journalists from filming John Kerry (Associated Press)

Trump demands Justice Department examine whether it or FBI spied on campaign (CNN)

Texas shooting suspect's choice of guns complicates debate over assault rifles (Chicago Tribune)

Mueller's office reportedly tells Trump lawyer Giuliani that the Russia obstruction probe will wrap up by September (CNBC)

US economic growth may be the Fed's Achilles' heel on its path to higher rates, market watcher says (CNBC)

Trump 'may feel that there's some unfairness going on' with Amazon, says top White House economic adviser (ABC News)

Wise Words


"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." Elbert Hubbard

Lighter Side


"Today [May 17] is the one-year anniversary of the start of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. President Trump celebrated the way he honors all his anniversaries - he forgot." Jimmy Fallon

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