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Situational awareness -- June 1, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Welcome to June.

Doug Wright's last show what made him special. The fight over Count My Vote never ends. Employers are hiring and wages are rising. Preparations continue for U.S.-North Korea summit.



Doug Wright's last regular KSL talk show is today. LaVarr Webb writes about why he was so successful, and offers advice to his successors [Utah Policy].

Bob Bernick says he's been writing about the Count My Vote fight for five years and he's tired of it (but still wants CMV to win) [Utah Policy].  

Utah sues maker of OxyContin; alleges lying about effects of painkillers [Deseret News] [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Why Doug Wright was so good -- and advice to his successors

Over 40 years, Doug Wright carved out a remarkable niche as a radio broadcaster, focusing on politics more than anything else. He became known to almost all Utahns and will certainly be missed by his large radio audience.But he will also be greatly missed by the more insular...

No end to the fight over Count My Vote

There's one main reason I'm disappointed that the Count My Vote citizen initiative petition, at least for now, is not going to be on the November ballot for voters to decide:I'm sick and tired of writing about this!Give me a break, people!For five long years I've been writin...

Press release: Utah announces lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

At a press conference Thursday, Atty. Gen. Sean Reyes announced that the State of Utah filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for violating state law, including the Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act (CSPA), involving the company's prescription opioids, including OxyConti...

Register Now: Golden Spoke rides & event

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), in partnership with numerous organizations, invites Utahns to celebrate the completion of the Golden Spoke network on Saturday, June 2. The Golden Spoke consists of over 100 miles of safe, separated, and connected multi-use tra...

Press release: Hatch says tariffs will have 'damaging consequences

Washington, DC- Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced new tariffs on imports o...

Press release: Increases in wages reach record level in May

Record high levels of small business owners are reporting increased employee compensation and hiring numbers continue to grow, according to NFIB's monthly Jobs Report, released Thursday. A seasonally adjusted net 35 percent of small business owners reported in...

Poll shows Utahns are divided by LDS Church opposition to medical marijuana ballot initiative

Utahns are split over whether an LDS Church legal analysis criticizing the medical marijuana initiative leads them more to support the initiative, or turns them away from it, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows. ...

Did you know I'm a doctor? - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 376

Count My Vote fails to make the November ballot, but voters will decide the fate of medical marijuana, redistricting and Medicaid expansion....

Former Kennedy campaign staffer says he was harassed online after quitting

A former staffer for Republican Mike Kennedy's campaign says he was subjected to online harassment after he left to take another job in California....

Report finds Utah Medicaid costs among nation's lowest

In 2016, Medicaid spending in Utah averaged $703 per capita less than any other state....

Facebook to build 970,000 square foot data center in Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain City, together with the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah announced Facebook will begin construction of a 970,000 square foot data center at the Sweetwater Industrial Park in Eagle Mountain, Utah....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 376

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the latest news in Utah politics....

Flake says he won't support Utahn nominated to head up State Department refugee program

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says he will not support Utahn Ron Mortensen who was nominated by President Trump to head up the State Department program that oversees refugees. ...

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune:Going camping in southwest Utah this weekend? Read this before starting a fire.--Salt Lake Tribune: 'It's just going to be loved to death': Summer season starts at Utah's national parks with large crowds, limited parking - and...

WTC Utah invites you to learn about the future of business in the Korean region
Join World Trade Center Utah and the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy in welcoming representatives from the U.S. Department of State, the Embassy of the Region of Korea, and the Korea Economic Institute who will speak to the economic, political, security, and financial iss...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Romney is right to call out bigotry when he sees it. And he sees it.

One Utah national park is looking into limiting the number of visitors each day and requiring permits for certain trails

Gehrke: The courts should strike down Utah's flawed initiative law and restore a reasonable path for the people to change a law

Now that Utah has sued Big Pharma, House Speaker Greg Hughes makes it clear he won't settle for an out-of-court settlement

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Forget Washington; pay attention to state school board races

Editorial: Promoting international religious freedom is sound U.S. diplomacy

Utah sues maker of OxyContin, alleges lying about effects of painkillers

GOP Utah County sheriff candidate files complaint against Republican opponent

South Salt Lake approves permit for delayed homeless shelter

Utah emissions study: A blueprint for global urban centers?

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National Headlines

CNN star Jim Acosta rips Kim Kardashian's prison reform meeting with Trump, but lauded John Legend's activism on same during Obama years (FOX News)

GOP hopes of holding Senate rise after Arizona deadline (Politico)

Democrats struggle with midterm message on impeachment (Politico)

Battle For The House: GOP Signs Of Hope, With History On Democrats' Side (NPR)

MSNBC stays silent as Joy Reid comes under more scrutiny (Politico)

Exploiting nonexistent 'lost children' in a bid to win an election (Washington Times)

Samantha Bee Apologizes for a Slur Against Ivanka Trump (New York Times)

White House: Democrat's ad comparing Trump to bin Laden 'reprehensible' (Politico)

Mueller Runs Up $16 Million Tab in Trump-Russia Investigation (Bloomberg)

Trump announces pardon of conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza (CBS News)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Blasts Google for Linking California GOP to Nazism (Fortune)

Wise Words


"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side


"In an interview on "Fox & Friends," President Trump said that NFL players who kneel for the anthem "shouldn't be playing." "Um, actually no one should be," said doctors." Seth Meyers


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