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Situational awareness - May 29, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. The 2018 Utah primary elections are exactly four weeks from today.

It's debate day in Utah! Romney has a massive lead over Kennedy. Utahns really like Count My Vote. Officials are scrambling to save the summit meeting between the U.S. and North Korea.


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Romney leads Kennedy by a huge margin

Our exclusive poll shows Mitt Romney has a massive 43-point lead over his GOP primary challenger Mike Kennedy among likely GOP primary voters [Utah Policy].

Big support for Count My Vote

Our latest UtahPolicy.com survey finds 2/3rds of Utahns would vote for the Count My Vote initiative if it makes the November ballot. That support includes 53% support from Republican voters [Utah Policy].

Tepid debates

Here's why you shouldn't expect fireworks from today's GOP primary debates [Utah Policy].

Rookie mistake

Our "Political Insiders" say Mike Kennedy's decision to apologize to a Baptist minister who Mitt Romney called a "religious bigot" was an unforced political error [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

New poll shows big support for Count My Vote ballot initiative

The Utah Elections Office will announce this week whether the Count My Vote citizen initiative will be on November's ballot or not....

Poll: Romney leads Kennedy by big margin in U.S. Senate primary race

Mitt Romney has a commanding lead over State Rep. Mike Kennedy among likely Republican primary voters according to a new UtahPolicy.com survey. ...

Why Tuesday's GOP primary debates will be boring

Get ready for Tuesday's U.S. Senate and 3rd CD Republican primary debates to be snoozers. ...

'Political Insiders' slam Mike Kennedy for apologizing to pastor Mitt Romney called a 'religious bigot'

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy caused a bit of a kerfuffle last week when he called a controversial Baptist pastor and apologized to him for Mitt Romney calling him a "religious bigot." Our "Political Insiders" say the move by Kennedy was a significant political miss...

Guest opinion: SB136 is watershed moment for Utah

 The Wasatch Front is at a tipping point. The state has doubled its population over the last 20 years and is projected to double again by 2065....

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Policy News

Conservative senators introduce White House rescission bill
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, a bill that would formal...

Franklin Covey Co. and Mango Media Inc. release new book, Building a Winning Culture in Government: A Blueprint for Delivering Success in the Public Sector
Franklin Covey Co. and Mango Media Inc. announced the release of Building a Winning Culture in Government: A Blueprint for Delivering Success in the Public Sector, co-authored by FranklinCovey senior consultants Patrick R. Leddin, Ph.D., and&nbs...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Salt Lake City's Road Home shelter needs to enforce rules against drug use

Jean Hill: Each homeless person in Utah has a unique reason for being homeless - and requires an individual solution

Editorial: Utahns' signatures on initiative petitions should stand

If you're a public sector worker in Utah, you probably don't need to worry about retirement

Meet the man spending $100,000 to defeat Utah's medical marijuana initiative

Trump exempts public-lands outfitters and guides from Obama-era order to pay their workers higher wages

Critics call a Utah nominee for a top State Department job an 'anti-immigrant zealot' - Utah senators are not ready to say whether they'll support him

Keep My Voice files lawsuit to stop a Utah initiative allowing signature gathering to get on the primary ballot

'You have gone through a lot': Trump celebrates Utahn Josh Holt, freed from a Venezuelan prison after two years

Utah senate candidate Jenny Wilson releases her plan to improve - but not fully repeal - the GOP tax cuts

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Here's the scoop on politicians' summer activities

Editorial: Utah energy plans should support rural counties

Mitt Romney has big lead against Mike Kennedy in Senate primary, poll shows

Stalled South Salt Lake homeless shelter expected to move forward, mayor says

Lawsuit filed against Utah Lt. Gov. Cox over Count My Vote initiative

Did Venezuelan government release Josh Holt as ploy to win international favor?

Utahn Josh Holt arrives in D.C. after release from Venezuelan prison

Deadline for certifying initiatives for ballot looming, but courts may end up deciding

Community prepares for welcoming party as Holt expected back Tuesday

Salt Lake County elections director on leave, citing 'divisive' work environment amid campaign against boss

Audit uncovers mismanaged funds at Davis County Jail


Republican Utah County Attorney candidates have differing visions for office (Daily Herald)

Weber Co. GOPers pick replacement to fill term of resigning Utah Rep. Fawson (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Co. sues opioid makers, distributors, accuses them of 'corporate greed' (Standard-Examiner)

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National Headlines

U.S. warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing (Reuters)

Campaign contributor helped Obamas score Netflix deal (New York Post)

How famous men toppled by #MeToo plot their comeback (Guardian)

Right-wing activist Tommy Robinson reportedly jailed after filming outside child grooming trial (FOX News)

Robert Kennedy Jr. joins chorus of second-gunman theorists over his father's assassination (Los Angeles Times)

How the 'Watergate Babies' Broke American Politics (Politico)

Dem money floods Calif. primaries to avert electoral disaster (The Hill)

Rubio, in challenge to Trump, suggests Congress will act against ZTE (Washington Post)

Republican leader: 'For all practical purposes' there's no difference between an FBI informant and a spy (The Hill)

Decision time: Supreme Court will soon rule on gay rights, gerrymandering, unions (Los Angeles Times)

Trump blames Democrats for border policy separating immigrant children from parents (ABC News)

Wise Words

Memorial Day

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." Mark Twain

Lighter Side


"President Trump informed Kim Jong Un that he was canceling their summit by sending Kim a personal letter. The disturbing part is Trump signed the letter, "Yours in Crazy." Conan O'Brien

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