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Situational awareness - May 7, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Robocall wars. New Utah laws. Trump and Kim may meet in Singapore. 

Happy birthday to Gov. Gary Herbert who turns 71 today.

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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Fighting back

Count My Vote records their own robocall to counter a potentially misleading call from the Keep My Voice group [Utah Policy].

Love vs. McAdams

We asked our "Political Insiders" to weigh in on who they think will win November's election in CD4 [Utah Policy].

Utah ranks high again

U.S. News and World Report ranks Utah as the #3 overall state, but there are some warning signs for state leaders buried inside the ratings [Utah Policy].


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Today At Utah Policy

Count My Vote joins the fight with their own robocall (with audio)

The big guns came out Saturday in the bitter public battle over the citizen initiative petition Count My Vote....

'Political Insiders' divided on Love vs. McAdams matchup

One of the most hotly anticipated election matchups in 2018 is in Utah's 4th CD between Republican incumbent Mia Love and Democrat Ben McAdams....

Utah ranked #3 in best performing states, but there are some warning signs

A new study of all 50 states finds Utah is #3 overall in a ranking of 8 factors by U.S. News and World Report. ...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah teachers - It's time to walk to the polls

Op-ed: Public-school teachers are Utah's treasure

Editorial: South Salt Lake needs to let construction begin on its homeless shelter

Is an obscure school funding tool pushing a trend of one-time bonuses for Utah teachers?

Rolly: So much for democracy - GOP gerrymandering mutes the influence of Utah's most populous county as Stewart's raucous town hall shows

Organizers say Utah's Medicaid expansion initiative has enough signatures to be on the ballot

Count My Vote director infuriated by 'dirty, deceptive' robocall asking people to remove names from its initiative petition

On Tuesday, 404 new Utah laws take effect

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Can Democrats win this year in Utah?

Natalie Gochnour: Act now to avoid a housing affordability crisis in Utah

Op-ed: County attorneys are powerful people - choose wisely this election year

Op-ed: How an obscure business law facilitates human trafficking in massage parlors

Op-ed: The Second Amendment was not about preserving slavery

Editorial: Ramped-up civics education makes a difference in democracy

Rep. Rob Bishop favors statehood for Puerto Rico

Some Salt Lake County cities pushing back against a transportation tax hike. But will it be enough?

Medicaid expansion initiative hits every requirement for verified signatures

Groups trying to get Utahns to recant support of medical marijuana, Count My Vote initiatives

Alternative housing could mitigate decreasing affordability in Salt Lake Valley, advocates say

Greater sage grouse plans get a do-over

Hundreds of bills become new laws on Tuesday. Here's how they will affect you

Other

Editorial: A strong week in the fight against opioids (Daily Herald)

Farmington farm scores win, but future still uncertain (Standard-Examiner)

After Weber Co. GOP convention, candidate selection rules called into question (Standard-Examiner)

Training ground Logan?: Mayor proposes wage increases as city struggles to retain employees (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Judge rejects Mueller's request for delay in Russian troll farm case (Politico)

How Buzzfeed's 'Data-Monster' Leveraged User Data To Fuel Super PACs, Target Voters (Daily Caller)

Why All the Secrecy? It's time to level with the public about the basis for Mueller's investigation. (National Review)

Israel fears 'explosion of violence' as US prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem (Guardian)

The pathetic push to torpedo Gina Haspel (New York Post)

Nunes, in spat with Justice Department, threatens Sessions with contempt over Russia materials (CNN)

Michelle Obama says she's not running for office (The Hill)

Giuliani pleased with his media tour: 'Everybody's reacting to us now' (Washington Post)

McCain says he regrets picking Palin as running mate (The Hill)

Trump Team Takes a More Aggressive Stance on Mueller Probe (Wall Street Journal)

Solar panels on farmland stir debate in central Washington (Associated Press)


Wise Words

Frugality

"There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means." Calvin Coolidge

Lighter Side

Good Idea

"A study reveals that the best way to add years to your life is to exercise, lose weight, and not drink too much. To which all of America replied, "What else you got?" Conan O'Brien


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