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Situational awareness - June 11, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns oppose abortion. Romney eyes a prominent role in Congress. Trump prepares for his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un.




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Utahns mostly oppose abortion

Our newest UtahPolicy.com survey finds most Utahns oppose abortion, which is why Mia Love is using it as a campaign issue against Ben McAdams [Utah Policy].

SB54 lawsuit loses again

The 10th Circut Court in Denver refused the Utah GOP's request for another hearing in their lawsuit challenging Utah's dual-track system for candidates [Utah Policy].

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in

Here's why Mitt Romney decided running for Utah's U.S. Senate seat was too good to pass up [New York Times].

Mitt Romney seeks to boost the establishment wing of the GOP that has been thoroughly steamrolled by President Donald Trump if he wins election to the U.S. Senate [Utah Policy].

Endorsement battle

Both Mitt Romney and Mike Kennedy roll out high-profile endorsements ahead of their June primary matchup, but some of Kennedy's endorsements may not be real [Utah Policy].

Losing, then winning?

Even though Count My Vote narrowly missed qualifying for November's ballot, our "Political Insiders" expect the Utah Supreme Court to look favorably on their appeal [Utah Policy].

Social media courage

LaVarr Webb Sen. Todd Weiler is a "brave man" for engaging so much on social media [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Utahns mostly believe abortion should be illegal

A new UtahPolicy.com public opinion survey finds that just over half of Utahns believe most abortions should be illegal....

Our 'Political Insider' panel expects the Utah Supreme Court to put Count My Vote on the ballot

Organizers for Count My Vote say they will appeal to the Utah Supreme Court to win inclusion on the November ballot. Our "Political Insiders" think that legal effort will be successful....

Todd Weiler's a brave guy for his social media engagement

Most politicians like lots of other people have a love/hate relationship with social media....

Romney looks to boost GOP establishment if he wins Senate seat

If Mitt Romney wins the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch, he's looking to become a major player in the Senate, taking control of the traditional GOP establishment that's been sidelined by President Trump....

Utah GOP loses another round in their legal fight against SB54

Republican opponents of Utah's dual-track system for candidates to get on the primary ballot suffered another court loss on Friday. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver denied their request for an en banc hearing on their appeal claiming the law is unconstitutional....

Kennedy, Romney both tout high-profile endorsements ahead of primary election

On Friday the Mitt Romney and Mike Kennedy Senate campaigns touted support from fellow Utah politicians. Kennedy listed support from fellow lawmakers, while Romney picked up support from Gov. Gary Herbert....

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Policy News

Senator Orrin G. Hatch honored as 39th Giant in our City
Utah's business and community leaders gathered Saturday evening at the Grand America Hotel to recognize Senator Orrin G. Hatch as the 39th Giant in our City for his 42 years of service to Utah's citizens and the nation....

Utah companies gain insight at Central Utah International Business Forum
On June 6, local business owners gathered at the National Vinyl Products warehouse to participate in the Central Utah International Business Forum....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Abortion rights activists employ the most overused straw man in the book

Op-ed: Empowering teacher leaders to drive improvement

Op-ed: Without guns, there is no America

Editorial: Too many people in Olympia Hills? Don't stop thinking about tomorrow

Resident pushback to high-density Olympia housing project prompts Salt Lake County Mayor McAdams to hit the pause button

Nashville-turned-Utah musicians 'honored and humbled' to perform at Orrin Hatch's 'Giant in Our City' event

Utah lawmakers say U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy used their names, faces without permission

10th Circuit Court shoots down another appeal of Utah's signature-gathering law

House Speaker Paul Ryan praises Sen. Hatch as among America's most civil and decent leaders

Utah state representative nominated to fill Sen. Margaret Dayton's seat

Medical marijuana is a popular choice for pain relief, and that's what worries some Utahns

Both candidates for Salt Lake County district attorney agree on need for review of wrongful conviction claims

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Sizzling issues - religious freedom, sports betting, athletes and the anthem

Op-ed: Utah water rights smack of taxation without representation

Op-ed: Take the S.L. County tax proposal back to the drawing board

Editorial: Focus on family fights population decline

Trump calls Mitt Romney a 'straight shooter'

Not all lawmakers on candidate Mike Kennedy's endorsement list actually back him

Federal appeals court denies rehearing on controversial Utah election law

Utah farmers' dreams drying up: 'We will run out of water'

Utah A.G.: Feds not defending ACA provisions 'strengthens our case' to nix whole law

With SAGE testing on its way out, 9th- and 10th-graders to shift to Utah Aspire Plus test

Romney retreat reflects his potential influence, experts say

Sen. Orrin Hatch honored as Giant in Our City

Ex-detective says city forced her out for recording 'unethical' behavior


Weber Co. Republican Party rebuffs 3 convention winners, endorses runners-up (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Co. Commission hopefuls spar on taxes, business growth, spending (Standard-Examiner)

'Well contested race': Davis and Sandall vie for Utah Senate District 17 (Logan Herald Journal)

Democrats must choose a Senate candidate (Park Record)

National Headlines

Brace for the World Economy's Most Important Week of the Year (Bloomberg)

California DNC Member Suggests Superdelegate Reform Is Part Of Russian Plot (HuffPost)

A real life 'House of Cards': a fast-tracked reporter, her source and their illicit romance (Washington Times)

How Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee underscore the costs and dangers of social media's 'wow' factor (CNBC)

Jailed Grandmother Thanks Trump for Clemency: We Must 'Get Behind Families Again' (FOX News)

Meet John Cox and Gavin Newsom, the candidates for California governor (Los Angeles Times)

Giuliani says Comey could be prosecuted for Clinton email probe (New York Post)

GOP embraces single-payer healthcare attack in California (The Hill)

Melania Trump attends Ford's Theatre gala (CNN)

What Latest Health-Law Case Means for Insurance Markets (Wall Street Journal)

The end of net neutrality is here (CNN)

Wise Words


"I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself." Robert E. Lee

Lighter Side

Mickey D's

"Kim Jong Un said he wants to open a McDonald's in North Korea. Which may explain why the summit with President Trump is suddenly back on." Conan O'Brien

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