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Situational awareness - June 21, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns oppose Trump's border wall proposal. Hughes has a potential conflict of interest on the inland port. Trump caves and reverses his administration's family separation policy.

It's the first day of Summer! The Summer solstice takes place today, marking the longest day of the year.



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Border wall opposition

A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds that more than half of Utahns oppose President Trump's proposal to build a wall on the US-Mexico border [Utah Policy].

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GOP Congressional candidate Chris Herrod says he's supportive of President Trump's decision to end the separation of immigrant families trying to enter the US, but he still thinks the US needs to take a harder line on immigration [Utah Policy].

Download the podcast of our full conversation with Herrod wherein he discusses immigration, foreign trade, economy and the national debt [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Most Utahns oppose building a wall on US-Mexico border

A slim majority of Utahns say they don't support President Donald Trump's plans to build a wall on the U.S. Mexico border....
Herrod says U.S. immigration policy needs to balance humanity with security needs

Republican congressional candidate Chris Herrod says he's supportive of President Trump's executive order to end the separation of families who are trying to cross the U.S. Mexico border....
Podcast: Interview with Chris Herrod

Utah GOP Congressional candidate Chris Herrod discusses immigration, foreign trade, the economy and the federal deficit with Managing Editor Bryan Schott....
Weekly survey: Call your shot for Tuesday's primary elections

Voters go to the polls on Tuesday for Utah's 2018 primary elections. Who do you think will win? Vote now in our weekly survey....
Rep. Curtis tells Trump administration officials 'Utah is all about families' during meeting on border crisis

Rep. John Curtis had a message for President Trump and other administration officials about their policy separating families as they attempt to cross the southern border into the United States....
Legislative Republicans donate to help their colleagues fend off intra-party challengers

Used to be the Utah House and Senate majority political action committees would stay out of intraparty primary fights....
Romney has raised nearly 14-times more campaign cash than Kennedy

Mike Kennedy raised just over $151,000 during the past two months for his U.S. Senate run, bringing his total fundraising haul since he launched his campaign to just over $190,000....
Hatch calls for end to immigrant family separations

Sen. Orrin Hatch is circulating a letter calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to put a halt to the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their families along the border until Congress can deal with the problem....
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....

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Policy News

Sen. Lee applauds end of family separations at border
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday in response to President Trump's Executive Order ending the separation of migrant families who cross the border illegally while seeking asylum....
Bishop statement on immigration executive order
Following the signing of President Trump's Executive Order on immigration, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:...
Hatch applauds President Trump's decision to end family separations
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican and President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, released the following statement after President Trump announced he would order a pause on family separation at the border:...
Salt Lake City launches new web presence with SLC.gov
As part of a multi-year project to improve the service experience for Salt Lake City residents and businesses, Salt Lake City formally launched a new and improved city website....
Utah asks for one-year reprieve from ESSA accountability provision
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has asked U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to use the U.S. Department of Education's transitional authority under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to allow Utah one year to resolve a conflict between state law and ...
There is still time to register for WTC Utah's seminar on Elevating Utah's Life Sciences Industry
Is your company familiar with the benefits that World Trade Center Utah can provide to help you grow your business?...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Fearing Utah could lose millions in school revenue, attorney general wants state to step in on Ute Tribe's land lawsuits

Rescues are up 68 percent in Utah's national parks - and men in their 20s are the ones most likely to need help

Because VW tried to dodge pollution laws, Utah will get $35M to spend on low-emission vehicles

Salt Lake County residents will pay more taxes this fall; Sandy mayor still opposed but says he won't veto

Court-ordered confiscation of guns tops school safety panel's list of recommendations

UTA says just-approved tax hike will improve bus service, but more money is needed for envisioned major projects

Navajo Democrat files suit against San Juan County after he was kicked off the special election ballot

House Speaker Greg Hughes' property holdings appear to disqualify him from the board he appointed himself to that oversees a new trade hub

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Inland port's conflict-of-interest squabble fuels cynicism

Natalie Gochnour: Time for the northern Utah economy to come alive

Editorial: Will Congress seize the moment on immigration reform?

57% of Utahns favor letting Dreamers stay, new poll says

Utah legislators, county leaders to meet with Trump administration

Navajo candidate sues to be reinstated on San Juan ballot

Voter turnout already higher than usual in most Utah counties for primary elections

Road Home meets again with legislators about unfavorable audit, gives details on response

Utah safe schools panel emphasizes mental health, 'red flag' law

LDS leader insists religious identity deserves same protections going to sexual, gender identities

Utah lawmakers consider shifting liability away from bars, restaurants

Utah lawmakers to again consider 'red flag' laws to prevent gun violence

Utah congressional delegation welcomes Trump executive order

UTA leaders tell lawmakers they're working to 'build trust'


Democrats Weiland, Castillo focus on access, health care in U.S. House race (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Co. Commission hopefuls Couts, Froerer hammer Ebert on property tax hike (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Obama kept illegal immigrant children in cages (Daily Caller)

Denver says no thanks to hosting Democratic National Convention in 2020 (CNBC)

Inhofe 'a little embarrassed' to have doubted Pruitt (Politico)

Senate blocks Trump's spending cuts (Washington Times)

Poll: Trump is turbo-charging voter enthusiasm (Politico)

Comey hits back at Clinton, won't apologize to her over email probe (FOX News)

Secret Service notified after Peter Fonda's obscene tweet about Barron Trump (CNN)

Michael Bloomberg Will Spend $80 Million on the Midterms. His Goal: Flip the House for the Democrats. (New York Times)

Republican House member unloads on Paul Ryan in explosive floor exchange (CNN)

Trump holds rally in Minnesota after touting progress on immigration, trade (FOX News)

Senators rip commerce secretary over Trump tariffs (Politico)

Wise Words

Universal Qualities

"Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men." Confucius

Lighter Side

Hospital Run

"Applebee's is offering $1 Long Island iced teas for the entire month of June. So if someone tells you they just spent $20 at Applebee's, get them to a hospital." Jimmy Fallon

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