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Situational awareness - June 18, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns support Medicaid expansion. Count My Vote takes their case to the Supreme Court. The policy of separating immigrant families roils Washington.




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Utahns support Medicaid expansion

Our latest poll of likely voters finds nearly 2/3rds of Utahns would vote for the ballot initiative to fully expand Medicaid [Utah Policy].

Count My Vote heads to court

Backers of the Count My Vote ballot initiative have appealed to the Utah Supreme Court, claiming the state's process for allowing Utahns to remove their names from a ballot petition is unconstitutional [Utah Policy].

4th District fundraising

Republican Mia Love has raised nearly $3 million for this year's election, but Democrat Ben McAdams has slightly more money in the bank [Utah Policy].

Utah's economy still roaring

Utah's unemployment rate ticked down slightly in May while Utah's job creation rate continues to be best in the nation [Utah Policy].

How to fill legislative vacancies

Our "Political Insiders" agree with a plan to hold a special election for a legislative vacancy rather than let party delegates pick a replacement [Utah Policy].

Chamber attacks Trump nominee

The Salt Lake Chamber takes a firm stand against Ronald Mortensen, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration. Mortensen has repeatedly expressed anti-immigration views [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Voters appear ready to approve Medicaid expansion ballot measure new poll shows

Nearly two-thirds of Utahns support the Medicaid expansion citizen initiative petition that will be on November's ballot for voter approval or rejection, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
'Political Insiders' say special elections, not party delegates, should fill legislative vacancies

Sen. Curt Bramble says Utah should change the way the state fills midterm vacancies in the Legislature....
Utah's unemployment rate dipped slightly in May

Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for May 2018 grew by an estimated 3.5 percent, adding 51,900 jobs to the economy since May 2017. Utah's current employment level registers 1,516,000. No revision was made to April's year-over job growth rate....
Count My Vote appeals to the Supreme Court claiming Utah's signature removal process for initiatives is unconstitutional

Backers of the Count My Vote ballot initiative filed their legal challenge to being kept off the November ballot on Friday afternoon....
Love has raised nearly $3 million for the 2018 midterms, but McAdams has slightly more cash on hand

Here's another sign the 4th District race between Republican incumbent Mia Love and Democrat Ben McAdams is tightening up. McAdams has closed the money gap with Love and is ever so slightly ahead of her in campaign cash on hand. ...
Immigration Task Force of the Salt Lake Chamber statement on the nomination of Ronald Mortensen to Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration

The Salt Lake Chamber Immigration Task Force issued the following statement on the nomination of Ronald Mortensen to Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration:...
Whitley blog wins Utah Society of Professional Journalists awards

Utah Policy contributor Jared Whitley won awards last week at the annual awards banquet of the Utah Society of Professional Journalists Headliners contest, taking the title for "Best Overall Blog" for his regular contributions to the site....

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Policy News

Governor appoints Debra Jensen to the Second District Juvenile Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Debra Jensen as a judge on the Second District Juvenile Court....
U.S. Department of Energy selects Utah for $140 million geothermal laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced Utah as the winning site to receive up to $140 million in funding across five years to build a first-of-its-kind research laboratory to advance next-generation geothermal technologies....
Press release: A win for Weber County in the fight against intergenerational poverty
Two grants have been awarded from the Department of Work Force Services for approximately $75,000 each, totaling $150,000 to Weber County and its partners in their efforts to fight against intergenerational poverty....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Stuart Reid: Let us end the culture wars. Before they end us.

Op-ed: Curtis is the right representative for Utah's tech community

Op-ed: The need for a cool-down in the gun rights debate

Editorial: A steamy step to renewable energy in Utah

Utah's job growth continues to lead the nation as unemployment falls to new low

Utah may see a wave of wealthy people buying million-dollar homes. And it could drive up prices for everyone.

Utah drillers import fracking sand from Wisconsin, but there may a cheaper place to buy it right inside the Beehive State

McAdams vetoes Olympia Hills development after Herriman residents protest

Salt Lake Chamber attacks nomination of anti-illegal immigration activist Ron Mortensen to State Department

Count My Vote asks Utah Supreme Court to put direct primary initiative on the ballot

New UTA leaders will scrutinize discount programs as passenger fares make up only 14 percent of transit revenue

A job at former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson's law office seemed like a dream, but two women say it was a sexist nightmare

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: The scuttlebutt on SLC's mayoral race, Count My Vote and Utah's 4th District

Op-ed: In education, more money isn't always the right answer

Editorial: Less government and more care will lift others from poverty

Salt Lake County mayor vetoes controversial development near Herriman

Count My Vote asks Utah Supreme Court to throw out signature removal process

Same 2 candidates, but different race in 3rd Congressional District

Poor people are trapped behind bars. How Utah is using an algorithm to get some of them out

Utah Legislative races to watch in 2018 primary

Turning Utah's rocks into liquid gold


Republicans vying for state Senate seat emphasize transportation issues and local control (Park Record)

Ogden lawyer, S. Ogden veterans advocate vie in GOP primary for Utah House post (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump lawyer calls for inquiry on Mueller's Russia probe (AFP)

Arizona Republicans say it's inappropriate to talk about John McCain's Senate seat as questions linger over his future (Associated Press)

DOJ, House GOP lurch toward confrontation in document fight (Politico)

Justice Department to Comey: You sinned (Chicago Tribune)

Comey protected his ego at the expense of the FBI and the nation (New York Post)

Cartoonist claims he was fired after 25 years for making fun of Trump (FOX News)

'He's just become too angry': Pittsburgh Post-Gazette publisher defends firing cartoonist (Politico)

Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller's probe (Washington Post)

FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says he's willing to testify before Congress (Washington Post)

Bitcoin Could Break the Internet, Central Bank Overseer Says (Bloomberg)

Minnesota regulators near decision on disputed oil pipeline (Associated Press)

Wise Words


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Lighter Side

Cutting Edge Tech

"Microsoft is working on technology that removes the need for cashiers and checkout lines. This cutting-edge technology is known as "shoplifting."" Conan O'Brien

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