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Situational awareness - May 4, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. It's Star Wars Day. May the 4th be with you!

A potentially misleading robocall is targeting signers of the Count My Vote initiative. A coalition of organizations are trying to prevent the medical marijuana initiative from reaching November's ballot. The feds were monitoring Michael Cohen's phones.

Twitter is warning all 336 million of its users to change their passwords because of a bug that saved passwords on an unprotected internal log. The issue has been fixed, and the company says there is no evidence passwords have been misused. But, better safe than sorry.


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Dirty political tricks?

The effort to stop Count My Vote from reaching the November ballot now includes a potentially misleading robocall to Utahns who signed the petition, inferring that their signature may have been forged [Utah Policy].

Count My Vote crosses the threshold

It appears that Count My Vote has enough signatures to make the November ballot, but the effort to get Utahns to remove their signatures is ramping up [Utah Policy].

What a week!

Count My Vote. GOP infighting. A new GOP vice-chair. Ben McAdams and Jenny Wilson avoid primary elections. Plus, Rudy Giuliani torpedoes President Donald Trump. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick run down a tiring week in Utah politics [Utah Policy]

If you want to listen to our award-winning week-in-review on the go, you can download the podcast [Utah Policy].

Recision decision

Bob Bernick says Keep My Voice might be able to stop Count My Vote from making the ballot, but he doesn't think they should [Utah Policy].

Cultural appropriation

LaVarr Webb wonders why more people aren't outraged that Wal Mart is selling fake funeral potatoes [Utah Policy].





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Today At Utah Policy

Dirty tricks? Anti-Count My Vote robocall targeting Utahns who signed the ballot petition (with audio)

The group aiming to keep the Count My Vote citizen's initiative from reaching the November ballot are bombarding Utahns who signed the petition with a possibly misleading robocall that suggests their signature may have been forged....

Every day feels like a year - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 372

Count My Vote seemingly qualify for the ballot, but the effort to stop the initiative continues....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Can Keep My Voice stop Count My Vote?

Congratulations, Count My Vote....

Walmart's funeral potatoes: A clear case of cultural appropriation

A recent New York Times story, "Teenager's Chinese Prom Dress Stirs Furor in U.S. . . ." reminded me how outraged I am that Walmart is selling -- and culturally clueless people are buying -- funeral potatoes. Even worse, the garish Walmart packaging does not remotely reflect...

Count My Vote hits the mark for inclusion on November's ballot

Count My Vote has crossed the threshold to secure a spot on the November ballot....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 372

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in Utah politics....

Weekly survey: Mia Love vs. Ben McAdams

Who do you expect to win the November matchup between Mia Love and Ben McAdams? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--KSL.com: 3 counties fighting to keep reduced monument boundaries-- KSL.com: Lewis Peak offers nice, early-season hikeConcerts-- "May the Fourth," Taylorsville Symphony, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Bennion Jr. High School Auditorium, 6055 South 2700 West...

Salt Lake Chamber celebrates National Small Business Week
Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy. That's why during National Small Business Week, the Salt Lake Chamber is highlighting local businesses on our Building Utah Podcast....

GOED announces 2018 Medical Innovations Pathways graduates
The Governor's Office of Economic Development is pleased to announce the 2018 graduating class of the Medical Innovations Pathways program....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: If the Utah Legislature wants to do something about pornography, it has to reach to more than just its resolve

Holly Richardson: Faux outrage over a dress undermines the times that call for real outrage

Editorial: Guns are still a problem, and prison may be the only solution

Utah Board of Education creates $1.8M grant program to fight teen suicide, despite worries about secularism and government overreach

House Speaker Paul Ryan to headline dinner honoring Sen. Hatch in Utah

Utah lawmaker says lucrative severance deal for outgoing UTA chief is 'improper,' seeks to block it if he can

Love campaign says if Dems win, so does Pelosi, but McAdams says he wouldn't support the minority leader

Hired canvassers seek to persuade voters to take their name off Utah's medical marijuana ballot initiative

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: As the Chinese prom dress controversy shows, being judgmental can be complicated

Editorial: Putting First Amendment freedoms first builds a nation that will last

Farmington farmer gets city ag protection, but lawyer wonders if it'll stick

Agencies fear Utah may scorch in 2018 fire season

Activists charged with stealing turkey from Moroni plant


Op-ed: Utah's free-range bill allows parents be parents, kids be kids (Standard-Examiner)

Council considers incentives of first project in east Ogden redevelopment plan (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Co. leaders consider change to safeguard rural areas from urbanization (Standard-Examiner)

Policy on climate change difficult, Redd says during town hall (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark (Bloomberg)

Charlie Rose's misconduct was widespread at CBS and three managers were warned, investigation finds (Washington Post)

Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots (Free Beacon)

NY Times says online subscriptions, ads are slowing (New York Post)

SC Senate votes to outlaw virtually all abortions in South Carolina (The State)

Sinclair preps to challenge Fox News (Politico)

LGBT Alarm as President Trump Signs 'Religious Liberty' Executive Order (Daily Beast)

Pence: 'There's prayer on a regular basis in this White House' (The Hill)

Arizona teachers head back to school, get pay raise in budget bill that governor signed Thursday (USA Today)

Mnuchin Says U.S., China in 'Very Good Conversation' on Trade (Bloomberg)

Ex-CIA chief says Russian bots fueled Jade Helm conspiracy theories (The Hill)

Wise Words


"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." Lao Tzu

Lighter Side


"President Trump in an interview. . . . said former FBI director James Comey didn't write the memos detailing their interactions accurately, but whose memory are you going to trust? The guy who wrote everything down immediately, or the guy who had to name his son Donald Jr. so he wouldn't forget it?" Seth Meyers

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