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Situational awareness - June 19, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns don't think "dreamers" should be deported. The LDS Church calls for a sensible solution to immigration. Heartbreaking audio of immigrant children separated from their parents surfaces.

The 2018 Utah primary elections are one week from today.



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Utahns say "dreamers" should be allowed to stay

Our new public opinion poll shows most Utahns think children who were brought into the country illegally should be allowed to stay, but there is a sharply partisan and religious divide on the question [Utah Policy].

Romney raises big bucks

Mitt Romney has pulled in more than $2.6 million in donations for his U.S. Senate campaign [Utah Policy].

Herrod's fundraising fizzles

Chris Herrod has only raised a little more than $7,500 for his rematch in the 3rd CD against Rep. John Curtis [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Most Utahns say so-called 'dreamers' should be allowed to stay in the U.S.

Most Utahns don't believe children brought to the U.S. illegally, who today may be adults the so-called Dreamers -- should be deported, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
Herrod's pre-primary fundraising lags far behind Curtis

Republican Chris Herrod has raised just over $7,000 for his primary election matchup against Rep. John Curtis....
Romney raised more than $2.5 million for his U.S. Senate campaign

Mitt Romney raised nearly $2 million ahead of his primary matchup with State Rep. Mike Kennedy next week. That haul, along with the $1 million from his failed 2012 presidential campaign, gives him a hefty $1.6 million left in the bank. ...

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Policy News

Rep Curtis speaks out about border enforcement policies impacting families
Congressman John Curtis issued the following statement about the troubling news reports of children being separated from their families....
Opportunity awaits: Statewide opportunity zones announced
The Governor's Office of Economic Development, in coordination with the Utah Department of Workforce Services, is pleased to announce newly designated Opportunity Zones from the U.S. Treasury Department....
Fox files: 'The future of aerospace'
Aerospace today is pretty mind-blowing when you actually stop to think about it....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Planning is the first step for the inland port

Editorial: Why does Utah gamble on immunizations?

We've heard it before, but this Utah tar sands operation says it's poised to produce oil and actually make money

Gehrke: What can an orphaned baby raccoon tell us about our criminal justice system? Lots, it turns out.

Meeting on controversial new Salt Lake City shipping port starts with high hopes but fizzles out

Love, Hatch and Herbert urge immigration fix to halt separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border

State warns that if Utah voters OK medical marijuana, writing new rules may miss deadline and trigger wide-open grow-your-own provision

Utah governor opposes Trump's nominee from the state to oversee U.S. refugee program

Deseret News

Editorial: Sen. Lee's bill may finally bring an end to indefinite detainment

Editorial: Border battles must put children and families first

Top agent in Utah says FBI report is disappointing; Sen. Orrin Hatch calls it appalling

Regulations for new Utah cannabis laws several months away

Conflict-of-interest 'ambiguity' sinks initial Utah Inland Port Authority meeting

'Troubled' by forced separation of families, LDS Church calls for 'rational, compassionate' immigration solutions

Rep. Mia Love pushing bill to end 'horrible' separation of families at border

Strong majority of Utah voters favor Medicaid expansion ballot measure, new poll says


North Ogden hopefuls for Utah House seat focus on tax stewardship, spending (Standard-Examiner)

Ballots delayed for many Cache County voters, expected to arrive this week (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Satisfaction With U.S. Direction Reaches 12-Year High (Gallup)

Comey under investigation for handling of classified information (Daily Caller)

Republicans charge FBI had 'double standard' in Clinton and Trump investigations (CNN)

SPLC makes huge settlement with anti-extremist group it called 'anti-Muslim' (FOX News)

South Florida activist is 2-0 at the Supreme Court after First Amendment victory (McClatchy)

Senators spar for hours over FBI's probe of Clinton case (Politico)

Supreme Court deals setback to political reformers trying to stop gerrymandering (NBC News)

Trump Orders Establishment of Space Force as Sixth Military Branch (New York Times)

Iran Can Block OPEC Agreement, Yet Saudi Arabia Can Bypass Veto (Bloomberg)

Trump reportedly told Apple's Tim Cook that iPhones will be spared from China tariffs (Reuters)

Microsoft Employees Up in Arms Over Cloud Contract With ICE (Gizmodo)

Wise Words


"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Winston Churchill

Lighter Side

Take Back California

"President Trump said Russia should not be punished for seizing parts of Ukraine because they speak Russian there. Which explains why today, Mexico announced plans to take back California." Conan O'Brien

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