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Situational awareness - June 12, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Trump and Kim meet in Singapore. Utahns are still not aboard the Trump train. Bramble says voters, not delegates should decide who fills legislative vacancies.

One word movie review: I had the chance to see an advance screening of the new Disney/Pixar film Incredibles 2. In a word? Terrific!



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Utahns still not on board with Trump

President Trump's job approval ratings in Utah still haven't crossed 50% since his election in 2016 [Utah Policy].

Changing how legislative vacancies are filled

Sen. Curt Bramble says voters, not party delegates, should decide who fills a midterm vacancy in the Utah Legislature [Utah Policy].

Campaign cash

Rep. John Curtis raised more than $130,000 ahead of his primary matchup with Chris Herrod. Herrod has not yet filed his pre-primary financial disclosure [Utah Policy].

Washington bound

Several Utah lawmakers are headed to the White House later this month for meetings with Trump administration officials [Utah Policy].

Bishop for Speaker?

In the battle to find a replacement for Speaker Paul Ryan, some Congressional Republicans are floating Rep. Rob Bishop's name as a compromise candidate [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

President Trump's approval rating remains below 50% in Utah

Utah remains one of the most anti-Trump Republican states in America. A year and a half after winning the presidential election, President Donald Trump's approval rating in Utah has not yet crossed 50-percent....

Curtis raises more than $130,000 for his primary matchup against Herrod

Rep. John Curtis raised more than $130,000 ahead of his primary election battle with Chris Herrod....

Utah may move to special elections to fill legislative vacancies

Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, wants to make a drastic change to how legislative vacancies are filled, taking power away from party delegates and giving it to voters....

Utah lawmakers heading to White House meetings later in June

The Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles didn't get an invite to the White House, but all of the Utah Legislature has, and most are going....

Speaker Rob Bishop? Some Congressional Republicans are reportedly discussing him as a candidate

With the retirement of House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Republicans are searching for a replacement if they manage to keep control of the House following the 2018 midterms. Rep. Rob Bishop is being mentioned as a possible compromise candidate....

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Policy News

Governor Herbert invites Utahns to celebrate Flag Week and Flag Day
President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation designating June 14, 2018 as Flag Day and the week beginning June 10, 2018, as Flag Week....

SAMPE honors GOED's Aerospace Pathways Program
The Governor's Office of Economic Development was awarded the Delmonte Award for Excellence for the development of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, presented by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineers North America. ...

Fox files 'Golf for grants'
I'm not much of a golfer, but last Wednesday was a great day to be on the links raising funds to support our Community Match Grant Program....

Public development: Year in review
As EDCUtah began its 30th year in business, newly appointed CEO Theresa Foxley led the charge for an organizational shift that she affectionately coined "EDCUtah 3.0."...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Conservationists balk as feds aim to expand hunting in Utah's Bear River Bird Refuge

Gehrke: Building mini-mansions on big lots is not sustainable growth, but we should find some consensus on the mega development near Herriman

Sugar House streetcar service will increase frequency with double tracking

'Abhorrent': Utah's members of Congress say immigration reform is necessary to end taking children from their parents at the border

Gehrke: Mitt Romney 3.0 can be whatever you want him to be

Mayor Biskupski tweets her opposition to sales-tax hike on eve of expected city council vote

Deseret News

Op-ed: A future of less suffering and more care

Editorial: What to look for in the North Korea summit

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan holding Utah fundraiser for Rep. Mia Love

Romney versus Kennedy: A tale of two campaigns

Not the 'right time': Biskupski issues statement opposing county sales tax hike ahead of council vote

Referendum filed seeking to block big development near Herriman

UTA breaks ground on S-Line expansion with hopes of cutting wait times


Ogden City considering bumping up tax rate (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump tells Kim a 'terrific relationship' beckons as summit begins (Reuters)

Inside Obama's secret meetings with 2020 contenders (Politico)

Bill Clinton: 'Norms have changed' for what you can do to somebody against their will (CNN)

New Jersey governor signs bill allowing sports gambling after Supreme Court ruling (CBS News)

Every June 12 primary election you should know about, briefly explained (Vox)

Supreme Court upholds Ohio method of removing names from voter rolls (CNN)

US arrests 74 in global email scam crackdown (BBC News)

Maine set for groundbreaking voting experiment on Tuesday (CNN)

Pence will attend Southern Baptist Convention meeting amid turmoil over gender (Washington Post)

The Fed's Biggest Dilemma: Is the Booming Job Market a Problem? (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. stocks rise ahead of North Korea summit, despite Trump's G7 fireworks (Reuters)

Wise Words


"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." Plato

Lighter Side

More Cake

"TheSupreme Court ruled that a baker in Colorado can refuse to make a wedding cakefor a same-sex couple on religious grounds. Ladies and gentlemen, in my opinion, if there's anything America is not going to stand for, it's less cake." Conan O'Brien

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