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Situational awareness - May 25, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.

Herbert says Utah's initiative process needs changes. Trump taps an anti-illegal immigrant Utahn for a position in the State Department. Why the North Korea summit fell apart.

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What a week!

Mike Kennedy apologizes for Mitt Romney. Orrin Hatch is not going to Australia. Plus, the stupidest conspiracy theory ever! Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics [Utah Policy]

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Fixing Utah's petition process

Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah's system for putting citizen initiatives on the ballot needs an overhaul [Utah Policy].

Discharge petition

Rep. Mia Love says she's not getting pressure from GOP leadership for signing on to a measure to force a vote on several immigration bills in Congress [Utah Policy].

Political misstep

Bob Bernick says GOP Senate candidate Mike Kennedy made a huge political blunder when he apologized to a Baptist minister for Mitt Romney calling him a religious bigot [Utah Policy].


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Today At Utah Policy

Stupidest conspiracy theory ever - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 375

GOP Senate candidate Mike Kennedy apologizes to a Baptist minister Mitt Romney called a "religious bigot." What possible political benefit could he get from doing that? ...

Love says she's not being pressured by GOP leadership to back off push for immigration vote

Rep. Mia Love says the effort to force a vote on several immigration-related issues is about to pay off....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Kennedy goes off the political rails

You know the old saying: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression."...

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 375

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott tiptoe through a busy week in Utah politics....

Herbert: Ballot initiative process needs to be fixed

Gov. Gary Herbert suggested Utah's process for putting citizens initiatives on the ballot is broken. ...

Utah prepares to transform population challenges into opportunities

Over the years, I've learned that you can start some amazing conversations with the phrase, "Here's a question for you..."...

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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune:How to survive - and have fun - in Moab during Memorial Day weekend--Salt Lake Tribune: Why is Utah's Alta Ski Area pushing for a tram up iconic Mount Baldy?-- KSL.com: Crowds, delays expected at Zion National Park this weeken...

Rep. Curtis responds to news about North Korea summit
 Representative John Curtis, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after President Trump announced that he will not be meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, 2018, as previously scheduled....

Rep. Love bill signed into law
Congresswoman Mia Love, a member of the House Financial Services Committee issued the following statement after attending a signing ceremony at the White House for S. 2155, The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, which represents the most sig...

Nominees announced for 4th District Juvenile Court vacancy
The 4th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 4th District Juvenile Court. ...

Bishop statement on House passage of NDAA
 The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019....

Love, Kuster, Dingell language to address military sexual assault passed as part of NDAA
Representatives Mia Love (R-UT), Annie Kuster (D-NH), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) applauded the passage of a key provision from their legislation to protect military survivors of sexual assault as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Former Google exec wants Utah to come up with an idea to save the middle class - and is offering $1M

Gov. Gary Herbert says 'let's have the debate' and vote on medical marijuana

Trump taps Utahn who's railed against illegal immigration to oversee refugee, migration issues at the State Department

Sugar House neighbors confront nonprofit, saying it lied about its plans for a 'hospice for the homeless'

Deseret News

Op-ed: Rising health insurance costs force hard choices

Jay Evensen: Self-driving cars aren't to blame for our fears

Herbert: Utah has to take charge of Inland Port Authority

Trump nominates Utahn to be an assistant secretary of state

Weber County joins legal fight against opioid makers

Democratic Senate candidate Jenny Wilson says GOP tax cuts failing, offers her own plan

Utah Rep. John Curtis' concerns over North Korea summit being 'too good to be true' prove right

Other

West Haven, western Weber Co. cities register fastest growth, new data shows (Standard-Examiner)


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National Headlines

Perez infuriates liberals with Cuomo endorsement (Politico)

A top Democrat is tossing his fellow Dems under the bus to boost his own gubernatorial bid (ThinkProgress)

Trump Is Sticking To His Playbook To Win The Midterms (NPR)

Iowa Democrat Boulton suspends campaign following sexual misconduct report (Politico)

White House lawyer attends start of Justice Dept. briefings with lawmakers on confidential source (CNN)

De Blasio emails show mayor privately seething at press (Politico)

Republican leaders hold off coup on immigration -- for now (CNN)

Armed citizen kills shooter at Oklahoma City restaurant (CNN)

The DoJ is reportedly probing the murky world of bitcoin trading (Ars Technica)

Italy's New Government Will Challenge the E.U. at Its Heart (New York Times)

Trump signs the biggest rollback of bank rules since the financial crisis (CNBC)


Wise Words

Common Sense

"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side

Communication

There's talk that Kim Jong Un might back out of his meeting with President Trump. When asked why, Kim said, "CuzTrump hears 'Yanny' and I hear 'Laurel.'" Jimmy Fallon


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