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Situational awareness - June 25, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The Davis County GOP cracks down on another dissident member. Get your primary ballots in the mail by today. Trump calls for an end to due process for immigrants who cross the border illegally.




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Davis GOP at it again

The Davis County GOP removed a member of the party from their elected position in retaliation for a resolution she sponsored that aimed to reign in the "Gang of 51" on the State Central Committee [Utah Policy].

Get your ballots in the mail

Mail-in ballots for the primary election must be postmarked by Monday, but you can still vote in person on Tuesday [Deseret News].

Stormy Daniels

Most Utahns think President Trump did pay off an adult film actress to keep her quiet before the 2016 presidential election [Utah Policy].

Primary election predictions

Our "Political Insiders" think Mitt Romney and John Curtis will cruise to easy wins in Tuesday's primary elections [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns think Donald Trump paid off Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet prior to the 2016 election

More than two-thirds of Utahns believe GOP President Donald Trump paid off a porn star just before the 2016 election to keep her quite about an alleged affair, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
Davis GOP punishes Senate chair for attempt to reign in GOP 'Gang of 51'

The Davis County GOP is at it again, punishing members who dare to speak out against hardliners in the county and state party and stifling dissent. ...
'Political Insiders' expect Romney, Curtis to win easily on Tuesday

Our "Political Insiders" don't expect any surprises in Tuesday's primary elections. They expect Republicans Mitt Romney and John Curtis to cruise to easy victories over their primary opponents. But, they're not sure who will win the Democratic primary in the 1st Congressiona...
Salt Lake Chamber statement on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair

Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair:...

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Policy News

Hatch speaks in support of criminal justice reform measures
 Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke in support of three proposals intended to improve our criminal justice system....
Curtis bill, POPPY Study Act, to help pregnant women on opioids passes House
The House of Representatives passed Congressman John Curtis' bill, the Protecting Against Opioid Prescription-abuse During Prenatal Year (POPPY) Study Act, H.R. 5646....
Sens. Lee, Markey release statement on facial recognition technology use at airports
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ed Markey (D-MA) released the following joint statement regarding Orlando International Airport's recent commitment to use facial recognition technology on all international travelers traveling through their airport....
Bishop hosts Utah delegation meeting
As dean of Utah's House delegation, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) hosted the State's full federal delegation as well as Governor Gary Herbert for a meeting to discuss a range of issues important to Utah. Topics included the Inland Port, Medicaid expansion, and ways the federal del...
Israeli tech company 4Cast selects Utah for American office
4Cast, a diversified high-tech company that develops predictive analytics aimed at homeland security, defense and healthcare has chosen Utah as a destination for its U.S. offices....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Mitt Romney: Where I stand on the Trump agenda

Editorial: Court decision shows sales tax needs an overhaul

Rep. John Curtis holds a commanding 36-point lead over his familiar foe Chris Herrod, poll shows

Judge fines Utah environmental group, says it abused legal process by challenging counties' secret meetings with feds before Trump shrank national monuments

Salt Lake City complains that Ogden's airport is trying to hijack its name

After scandals sank last nominee, Gov. Herbert appoints new Utah Transportation Commission chairman

Gov. Herbert is 'not eager' to change the conflict-of-interest rules after Speaker Hughes' property holdings come to light. He's not alone.

A slight majority of Utahns say President Trump is doing a good job

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Time for far-right Utah GOP members to face reality?

Op-ed: From a wildland firefighter - why we need more wildfires

Boyd Matheson: We face a crisis of trust

Editorial: Get up, get out and vote on Tuesday

Despite public outcry, Tooele approves 114 percent property tax hike

Race for Utah County sheriff to be decided by GOP primary

Holladay residents launch referendum petition to block old Cottonwood Mall housing development

'There are people dead now that wouldn't be dead': U.S. attorney for Utah says law change forced releases of criminals, including 2 killers

Group of city leaders file complaint to stop $58 million Salt Lake County tax hike on 'technicality'

What new census estimates say about Utah's diversity

Future of Utah's tech commercialization agency hazy after cuts, criticisms


Sheriff candidates are the big spenders in Utah County Republican primaries (Daily Herald)

Weber County Commission candidates get $105,000 in donations, spend $96,00 (Standard-Examiner)

Senate hopeful Romney cites national experience, Kennedy focuses on Utah ties (Standard-Examiner)

Congressional District 1 race has crowded field (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Michael Cohen throws cold water on Tom Arnold's claims that they're working together to take down Trump (Business Insider)

Sarah Sanders booted so restaurant could uphold 'certain standards,' co-owner says: report (FOX News)

The problem with Three Californias is that the split should be by state of mind (Sacramento Bee)

Trump issues challenge to trading partners: Bring down barriers or face 'reciprocity' (CNBC)

Trump Plans New Curbs on Chinese Investment, Tech Exports to China (Wall Street Journal)

Trump jabs 'Wacky Jacky and Pocahontas' while campaigning for Dean Heller in Nevada (CNN)

Trump-Warren split-screen offers sneak peek at 2020 campaign (Politico)

Manchin used Heimlich manuever on McCaskill during caucus luncheon (The Hill)

Amazon, Microsoft and Google Face Backlash over ICE, Military Deals (TheStreet)

Gun industry sees banks as new threat to 2nd Amendment (Associated Press)

U.S. Shale Companies Motor Ahead Despite OPEC (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words

Know History

"I think if you're going to master policy, especially world affairs, you've got to know history." Charles Krauthammer

Lighter Side

Selfie Day

"Today [June 21] is National Selfie Say. Finally, a day to take selfies. National Selfie Day, of course, marks the beginning of the high holy days for the Kardashian family, along with the Feast of Saint Botox and Lip-Gloss Hashanah." Jimmy Kimmel

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