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Situational awareness - June 14, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Hughes discusses his future political plans. Curtis says Trump's meeting with Kim was a good first step. The Justice Department is set to release the report on an internal investigation into their conduct during the 2016 election.

Soccerpocalypse! The 2018 World Cup kicks off Thursday morning from Russia. Here's every matchup and kickoff time.



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Hughes discusses his political future

Speaker Greg Hughes tells UtahPolicy.com he's considering a run for governor in 2020, but our latest public opinion poll shows nearly half of Utahns don't know him [Utah Policy].

Inland port negotiations

Hughes says Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is not part of the talks over the inland port. Instead, the legislature is talking to the Salt Lake City Council [Utah Policy].

Podcast: Rep. John Curtis

Rep. John Curtis says he's encouraged by President Donald Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un, but he disagrees with Trump's feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau [Utah Policy]. You can download the full podcast of our interview with Curtis here.




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Today At Utah Policy

Hughes says he's considering running for governor in 2020, but nearly half of Utahns don't know who he is

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes tells UtahPolicy.com that as he nears the end of his legislative service this December, he's thinking more and more about running for governor in 2020....

Curtis is encouraged by Trump's North Korea summit, but says it's just the start

Rep. John Curtis says he has high hopes for President Donald Trump's just-completed meeting with North Korean president Kim Jong Un, but he acknowledges it's just the start of a long process....

Podcast: Rep. John Curtis discusses North Korea, net neutrality and opioids

Rep. John Curtis joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss President Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, immigration, net neutrality and fighting the opioid epidemic....

Hughes says Biskupski is currently not part of inland port discussions, but she's welcome to participate

At least for now, relationships between leaders in the Utah Legislature and Salt Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski over the disputed inland port remain a bit frosty, UtahPolicy.com is told....

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....

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....

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....

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Policy News

Rep. Stewart's national suicide prevention hotline legislation passes subcommittee unanimously
 Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) legislation, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act, passed unanimously out of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. ...

Hatch files amendment to restore Hatch-Waxman balance
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force and co-author of the Hatch-Waxman Act, filed an amendment in the Senate Judiciary Committee to restore the careful balance the Hatch-Waxman Act struck to incentivize generic drug developme...

Sandy City increases police and fire department compensation for budget year 2018-19
 The Sandy City Council approved Mayor Bradburn's budget proposal to increase the fire department's compensation for the fiscal budget 2018-19....

Join WTC Utah for a seminar on doing business with Jordan: Gateway to the Middle East
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a luncheon and seminar on Doing Business with Jordan: Gateway to the Middle East....

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

Sen. Orrin Hatch urges compassion for the gay community, help for suicide prevention

Children in these U.S. 'hot spots' - including 2 Utah cities - are at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations

Salt Lake City Council bans mayor from suing state over new inland port - unless it first gives its OK

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Like FatBoy ice cream? Thank Utah's small businesses

Jay Evensen: Why Salt Lake County has to get mammoth housing project right

Gov. Herbert still has 'no plans' for another term despite high approval rating

Herbert appoints two new members to State Charter School Board

Report shows Utah housing 'out of reach' for many

Audited Road Home presents its ideas for rule enforcement to homelessness committee


Utah County Attorney candidates spar about Martin MacNeill case during pre-primary debate (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Trump ramps up war with 'fake news' media as he calls CNN and NBC 'our country's biggest enemy' (Daily Mail)

Trump slams 'phony' Claire McCaskill in dust-up over private plane, endorses her GOP rival (FOX News)

Poll shows Mueller's public image at all-time low (Politico)

Anticipation builds for report on FBI's Clinton probe (The Hill)

Larry Kudlow discharged from hospital following heart attack (CNBC)

Sanders thanks Rodman for being 'helpful' in North Korea (New York Post)

Draper plan that would carve up California into three states qualifies for November ballot (CNBC)

'Stunned and grateful': Katie Arrington, Republican who beat Sanford, credits Trump with win (NBC News)

Attack on Arizona border patrol agent highlights dangers along the border (CBS News)

The ties between tech and media are getting tighter - just look at their boards (CNBC)

Trump declares oil prices too high, blames OPEC (ABC News)

Wise Words


"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side


"The latest rumor in Washington is thatPresident Trump could decide to pardon himself. This would be completely constitutional, according to Trump's new Supreme Court Justice, Donald Trump." Conan O'Brien

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