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Situational awareness - May 24, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utah's dual-track system to the ballot isn't going anywhere. The UTA reaffirms a big severance package for its fired boss. North Korea may ditch the planned summit with President Trump.


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SB54 fight

If Count My Vote fails to make the November ballot, what will that mean for Utah's current dual-path to the primary ballot? Probably not much, since Gov. Herbert has said he would veto any attempt to repeal that law [Utah Policy].

Another SCOTUS pick for Trump?

Sen. Mike Lee says there's a "very real possibility" Justice Anthony Kennedy retires from the Supreme Court this year [Utah Policy].

Medical marijuana battle

Two staffers for the Alliance for a Better Utah say the Sutherland Institute is not being honest about their role in the fight against legalizing medical marijuana [Utah Policy].

A call for civic engagement

Utah House candidate Jon Hawkins argues that the only way to fight factionalism in politics is for everyone to get involved [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Anti-Count My Vote groups might stop the initiative from getting on the ballot, but Utah's dual track system looks like it's here to stay

Both sides in the Count My Vote citizen initiative are cautiously claiming victory. ...

Guest opinion: Sutherland Institute should claim their role in the 'NASCAR pileup'

In a recent op-ed, Rick Larsen, the president of Sutherland Institute, makes a call for increased civility surrounding the medical marijuana ballot initiative....

Guest opinion: Government only works when citizens engage

Our country was founded on the principle of "We the people," where government is meant to rely on the consent of the governed....

Lee: 'Very real possibility' Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire

Sen. Mike Lee says there may be another vacancy on the Supreme Court this year, suggesting Justice Anthony Kennedy might retire at the end of the current term....

Weekly survey: Kennedy apologizes

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy apologized to Pastor Robert Jeffress after his opponent, Mitt Romney, called him a "religious bigot."...

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Policy News

Sens. Lee, Klobuchar announce hearing on T-Mobile-Sprint merger
 Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, will hold a subcommittee hearing June 27th on the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint Merger....

Rep. Curtis questions Secretary of State Pompeo on Josh Holt, Iran, North Korea
 Congressman John Curtis, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, questioned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a hearing Wednesday morning on the State Department's budgets, operations, and policy priorities....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: No child should go to school in a hard target

Utah led the nation in housing growth, but would-be buyers are feeling the pain, Census reports

Uranium makes feds' list of minerals 'critical' to national security, setting off a debate in Utah and beyond

Find out how much the top government employees in Utah's largest 50 cities made last year

Business leaders praise planned Salt Lake City trade hub but environmentalists raise questions

After attorney general said UTA board violated open meeting laws, it again fires former agency chief - a step ensuring he will receive a severance of about $282K

The nonprofits overseeing Utah's homeless shelters face a tough question: What does 'zero tolerance' mean when the alternative could mean a night outside?

South Salt Lake audit finds no evidence that municipal funds were diverted into mayor's re-election campaign

Census says fast-growing Salt Lake City passes the 200,000 resident mark - but local officials say that's probably premature

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Another secret deal? Don't forget the schools

Jay Evensen: Why are the homeless shelters still unsafe?

A. Scott Anderson: Welcome to the S.L. Chamber, Derek Miller

Editorial: Eagle Mountain data center deal needs a thorough airing

Pompeo doesn't have good news on effort to free Utahn in Venezuela

Global trade experts urge Utah leaders to put politics aside for inland port, but talks remain stalled

UTA board reaffirms former boss's $200K severance package

Salt Lake County mayor calls for action after 'damning' Road Home audit

Final 2 agencies pass tax breaks for mystery data center in Utah County

Mike Kennedy says 'snippet' shows he wasn't speaking for all of Utah

Sen. Orrin Hatch cautions against 'dark side' of sports betting in Sports Illustrated op-ed


Valley Visioning Summit plans for Utah County's future (Daily Herald)

How will an inland port affect Utah County business? (Daily Herald)

Editorial: Repair, don't rebrand, Utah Transit Authority (Standard-Examiner)

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National Headlines

What Changed? The Same Media Who Excuse Bob Mueller Abused Ken Starr (NewsBusters)

He was suspended for wearing a Trump shirt. Now, he's suing his Oregon school district (Sacramento Bee)

Federal Prosecutors Start Sex-Crimes Investigation Into Harvey Weinstein (Wall Street Journal)

Turkey's Currency Meltdown (Wall Street Journal)

Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial (Daily Caller)

She accused a Texas state trooper of sexual assault. Then her lawyer apologized (Star-Telegram)

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, has White House security clearance restored (USA Today)

NFL's new policy on national anthem: Players, teams can be fined if they don't stand (Yahoo Sports)

Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware (Ars Technica)

Elon Musk wants to rate journalists. He'd call his site 'Pravda' (CNN)

Fed minutes show support for June hike and calm about inflation outlook (MarketWatch)

Wise Words


"Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty." John D. Rockefeller

Lighter Side

Similar Lives

"Scientists claim to have succeededtransplanting a memory from the brain of one sea snailand implanting it into another. Or, more likely, snails live pretty similar lives." Seth Meyers

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