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Situational awareness - June 13, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns give Herbert high approval ratings. Salt Lake County may backtrack on a massive housing development near Herriman. An effort to force a vote on immigration bills in Congress stalls.




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Herbert is most popular Utah politician

Our latest survey shows 70% of Utahns approve of Gov. Gary Herbert's job performance, which is the highest of any officeholder in Utah [Utah Policy].

Discussing Romney and Trump

How might Mitt Romney fit into the U.S. Senate if he wins in November? We sit down with McKay Coppins from The Atlantic to discuss politics [Utah Policy].

Consumer prices on the rise

Rising transportation and housing prices accounted for an uptick in consumer prices last month [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Herbert riding high in job approval rating

Utah GOP Gov. Gary Herbert has been in office for nine years, and his approval ratings continue to be the highest of major officeholders in the state, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Podcast: Interview with The Atlantic's McKay Coppins

McKay Coppins, staff writer for The Atlantic joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott on the podcast....

Seasonal increases in housing, utility, and transportation costs continue to propel Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index upward

The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 1.5 percent from April to May on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....

Weekly survey: Filling vacancies in the Utah legislature

Sen. Curt Bramble is suggesting that Utah change the way midterm vacancies are filled in the Utah legislature, moving to a special election instead of letting party delegates pick a replacement. Which method do you think Utah should employ? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Hatch appoints Utahn Jeremy Keele to Commission on Social Impact Partnerships
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced his decision to appoint Jeremy Keele of Salt Lake City, Utah, to serve as a member of the Commission on Social Impact Partnerships....

SLCC receives grant from Lumina Foundation Fund for Racial Justice and Equity
Salt Lake Community College received a $25,000 grant from Lumina Foundation's Fund for Racial Justice and Equity, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, to increase public awareness and raise critical consciousness around racial and social justice. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: America already has a perfectly good Mount Vernon, and it's not in Utah

In Weber County, Republican candidates favored by delegates get the shaft from their own party while their less-popular primary rivals receive the GOP nod

Rep. Mia Love is bucking GOP leadership over immigrant 'Dreamers,' but U.S. House speaker Paul Ryan admires her 'independent streak'

The Salt Lake County Council might be having second thoughts on the 8,800-home planned development near Herriman it approved last week

Countywide transportation tax hike that voters killed 3 years ago nears enactment after Salt Lake City endorsement

Deseret News

Op-ed: Save coal and nuclear power - we might need it

State House race left off some Roosevelt ballots

Utah's congressional delegation hopeful but cautious about Korean denuclearization

Salt Lake City Council finalizes budget with few changes to Biskupski's proposal

Salt Lake County one step closer to bringing failed Prop 1 transportation tax back from the dead

Controversial water rule put on hold in Utah, 10 other states

Is county backtracking on big development near Herriman?


Utah County Commission passes camping ban targeted at homeless camps in canyons (Daily Herald)

Weber Co. commissioners pick Kerry Gibson replacement pending special GOP vote (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump sees 'new future' for North Korea, but path unclear (Associated Press)

Supreme Court Gives Green Light To Ohio's Voter Purges (HuffPost)

Embarrassment for CNN as Chris Cuomo's new show trounced by MSNBC in anti-Trump smackdown (FOX News)

Barack Obama has reportedly met with several Democratic hopefuls exploring runs against President Trump in 2020 (New York Daily News)

Trump's 2020 campaign manager calls for CNN's 'absolute disgrace,' Jim Acosta, to lose press credentials (FOX News)

McCaskill admits to using private plane for part of RV tour (CNN)

Proposal to split California into three states will be on November ballot (Washington Times)

Trump's health chief intensifies attack on drug middlemen, suggests getting rid of rebates (CNBC)

Mitch McConnell makes history as longest serving Senate Republican leader (FOX News)

Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe's lawyers file suit against FBI, DOJ and its watchdog (FOX News)

Seattle votes to repeal new tax law following pressure by Amazon and other local businesses (CNBC)

Wise Words

Unlocking Potential

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." Winston Churchill

Lighter Side

Bad Odor

"A plane in Holland was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger's body odor was so bad that it caused others to vomit and faint. You know it's bad when people are going into the airplane bathroom for some fresh air." James Corden

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