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Situational awareness - June 15, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utah Republicans may try to end the SB54 lawsuit. The Provo Freedom Festival backtracks and will allow LGBT groups in the parade. Trump wants a summit meeting with Russia.

I was a guest on the Political Junkie podcast hosted by the excellent Ken Rudin, where we discussed the U.S. Senate race between Mitt Romney and Mike Kennedy. You can give the episode a download here - https://www.krpoliticaljunkie.com/episode-233/



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What a week!

Jackie Biskupski sidelined. Donald Trump's approval rating. Greg Hughes is considering a run for governor. Curt Bramble suggests taking more power away from party delegates. Check out our weekly Utah political news roundup. It's the best 20 minutes you'll spend today [Utah Policy]. 

Here's the award-winning podcast version of our week-in-review [Utah Policy].

SB54 - The never-ending story

Many top Republicans are getting tired of the SB54 lawsuit and may try to end the legal challenge before it can be appealed to the Supreme Court [Utah Policy].

Lee to SCOTUS?

Sen. Mike Lee is starting to get some traction as a possible Supreme Court nominee if Justice Anthony Kennedy retires at the end of this term [Utah Policy].

Trade war would hurt Utah

A World Trade Center analysis concludes if Canada, Mexico and the European Union impose retaliatory tariffs on the U.S., it would hit Utah's economy hard [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Just because you disagree with a poll, doesn't mean it's wrong - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 378

Jackie Biskupski is being sidelined in the negotiations over the inland port. Donald Trump is still below 50% approval in Utah....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Top Utah Republicans have had it with the never-ending SB54 'goon show'

In the story that never ends, GOP Gov. Gary Herbert has taken a hands-on interest in the plight of the state Republican Party and the infighting that has wracked the top party echelons for upwards of four years....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 378

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott tiptoe through the minefield of Utah political news from the last week....

WTC Utah analysis shows retaliatory tariffs from key trading partners threaten Utah's economy

In response to President Trump's June 1st announcement that key U.S. trade partners would be subject to tariffs on steel and aluminum, Canada, Mexico and the European Union announced retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports....

Lee could be on Trump's short list for the Supreme Court

If, as rumored, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retires at the end of the court's current term, President Donald Trump would get the second nomination of his first term. There's some speculation that Utah Sen. Mike Lee may be on the short list of possible nominees if t...

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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--KSL.com:Hike of the week: White Rock Loop at Antelope Island State Park--KSL.com: Floating the Green River: An intro to white-water raftingNew Films-- Incredibles 2: Tribune reviewConcerts-- The Gallivan Center's 25th Anniversary Concert with J...

GoHealth expands business operations in Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development is proud to announce GoHealth will expand business operations into Utah, adding over 500 jobs, $3,216,488 in new state revenue and $900,000 in capital investment. ...

New pilot program seeks to make renovation a tool in addressing affordable housing crisis
Salt Lake City announced a pilot renovation program aimed at preserving existing affordable housing stock throughout the City....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah students don't need or want comprehensive sex education

Editorial: If it's 'abhorrent,' Utah's delegation should act to stop it

Utah's economy is 'threatened' by retaliatory tariffs sought by Canada, Mexico and the EU, trade official warns

Here's what workers found while cleaning up a mountainous Salt Lake City homeless camp, and why the residents stayed for years

Utah's Mia Love gives GOP baseball team a boost, but Democrats still claim victory 21-5

'Push the stop button': Crowd condemns controversial Olympia Hills project, asks Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to veto it

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why a dropping fertility rate is bad news

Salt Lake City ranks among 'least livable' and 'worst cities to reside in.' Here's why it's not so bad

With Utah's youth suicides rising, educators are feeling the brunt and asking for help

Incentives to help create over 1,400 new jobs

'This'll make us a massive mess': Herriman residents air concerns over planned development


Average homeowner would pay $27 per year more under Ogden tax increase proposal (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Co. Commission hopeful Froerer rebuffs questions, criticism in campaign (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Top Agent Said F.B.I. Would Stop Trump From Becoming President (New York Times)

Watchdog report rebukes Comey for Clinton probe (Associated Press)

'Foreign actors' accessed Hillary Clinton emails, documents show (FOX News)

US woman charged with IS support had 'virtual library' on bomb-making (BBC News)

Three Californias? Billionaire's fantasy world is on the ballot (CNN)

'I love you very much!' Ivanka and Eric lead tributes to their father Trump on his 72nd birthday (Daily Mail)

Supreme Court rules state law banning political apparel at polls is illegal (Washington Times)

Few voice support after House GOP releases 293-page DACA bill (The Hill)

Tensions escalate between Sanders and reporters (Politico)

Scalise Returns to Baseball Field One Year After Shooting Left Him Seriously Injured (NPR)

China is killing his business. Tariffs could make or break it (CNNMoney)

Wise Words


"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it." Russell Baker

Lighter Side

First Words

"In the United Kingdom, a baby's first word was "Alexa." The baby's next words were "Get me new parents." Conan O'Brien

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