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Situational awareness - June 27, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Romney and Curtis roll to easy wins. Hughes resigns from the inland port board. The Supreme Court upholds Trump's travel ban.

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Romney reboot

Mitt Romney drubs Rep. Mike Kennedy in their U.S. Senate primary. Romney is now a heavy favorite to win in November [Utah Policy].

Trump tweets

President Donald Trump congratulated Romney on his win early Wednesday morning. "Big and conclusive win by Mitt Romney. Congratulations! I look forward to working together - there is so much good to do. A great and loving family will be coming to D.C." he wrote [Twitter].

Curtis cruises

Rep. John Curtis posts a comfortable win over Chris Herrod, pulling in about 75-percent of the vote on Tuesday [Utah Policy].

Primary roundup

Legislative incumbents were able to fend off primary challenges on Tuesday night. Voters picked nominees in other significant races, too [Utah Policy].

Time to get rid of the convention system

Jared Whitley argues that Romney's huge win over Kennedy proves it's time to junk the caucus/convention system [Utah Policy].

Inland port shuffle

LaVarr Webb says Speaker Greg Hughes did the right thing by withdrawing from the Inland port board, but he almost blew the whole thing up in his attempt to win the chairmanship [Utah Policy].

Consumer attitude

Utahns are confident about the current state of the economy, but they're worried about the future [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Romney cruises to easy win over Kennedy in Utah

Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory on Tuesday night over State Rep. Mike Kennedy, clinching the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Utah. He now moves on to the November election against Democrat Jenny Wilson and a handful of independent candidates. ...
Legislative primary election roundup

Voters chose party nominees in several Utah House and Senate races on Tuesday night....
Curtis romps past Herrod in 3rd District GOP primary

It was last August that then-Provo Mayor John Curtis beat former state Rep. Chris Herrod in a special 3rd Congressional District GOP primary....
Weekly survey: What is acceptable political protest?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by the owner as a protest against the Trump administration. Do you think that's an acceptable form of political protest? Vote now in our weekly survey....
The Inland Port, so far, is mostly about politics

If you like politics, you gotta love the inland port project....
Favorable business conditions drive jump in current outlook, but Utahns are less sure about the future

The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) increased 1.1 points to 111.9 in June. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index decreased 2.4 points to 126.4 this month....
Romney blow-out proves it's time to junk the convention system

In a news story that is news to absolutely no one, Mitt Romney has won an election in Utah....

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Policy News

Rep. Stewart's ACE Act passes the House
Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4257 the Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act, was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives....
Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Act passes House
The United States House of Representatives passed the Golden Spike 150thAnniversary Act (H. R. 5751). ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Due process belongs to all, or to no one

What's driving historic spending in downtown Salt Lake City? Restaurants, bars and one big theater.

Gehrke: After 18 months of turmoil, here's why a majority of Utahns are still so loyal to Trump

Utahns favor the ballot initiative expanding Medicaid, even as the state seeks a smaller program

House Speaker Greg Hughes steps down from Inland Port board less than a week after his property holdings came to light

Mitt Romney wins the GOP nomination in Utah's U.S. Senate race

Rep. John Curtis again defeats Trump backer Chris Herrod for GOP nomination in Utah's 3rd District

Utah refugee advocates troubled by Supreme Court's decision to uphold Trump's travel ban

Derek Kitchen declares victory in hot Democratic Salt Lake City Senate race, but rival Jen Plumb is not conceding

A social worker wins Democratic battle for right to face popular Republican Rep. Rob Bishop in November

Five takeaways from Utah's primary election

Why activists say the census may be the biggest threat to Utah kids

Deseret News

Op-ed: What happens when the Great Salt Lake dries up?

Derek B. Miller: Let's not forget the real vision of an inland port

Editorial: Red Hen incident reveals a concerning lack of charity

Consumer hope increases slightly in Utah

State gets more time to respond in ballot-initiative case

Travel ban ruling praised by Hatch and Lee, denounced by Utah Muslim leader

U.S. Rep. Curtis victorious in GOP primary for 3rd District

Amid conflict of interest issues, House Speaker Greg Hughes resigns from inland port board

New land board convenes to tackle prison site redo

Mitt Romney claims victory over Mike Kennedy in Utah Senate primary

Cultural offerings the key to downtown economic development, analyst says


Rep. John Curtis situated to beat Chris Herrod in second primary within a year (Daily Herald)

Tanner Ainge, Mike Smith, David Leavitt take big leads in Utah County primary races (Daily Herald)

Waldrip, Andersen and Brown easily win GOP primaries for Utah House seats (Standard-Examiner)

Castillo on track to Democratic primary win in 1st District U.S. House race (Standard-Examiner)

Arbon easily wins GOP primary, on track to become next Weber County sheriff (Standard-Examiner)

Froerer wins primary for Weber Co. Commission seat, beats incumbent Ebert (Standard-Examiner)

Johnson defeats Merrill in GOP primary for House District 4 (Logan Herald Journal)

Mitt Romney routs opponent in Summit County, state (Park Record)

National Headlines

High court OKs Trump's travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim (Associated Press)

Dem lawmakers seek distance from Waters call for confrontation (The Hill)

FBI agent Peter Strzok dodges Bob Goodlatte's subpoena (Washington Examiner)

'Leave my husband alone': Elaine Chao clashes with immigration protesters (Politico)

Trump awards posthumous Medal of Honor to World War II Army officer (NBC News)

Reality Winner, Accused Of Leaking Classified Documents, Pleads Guilty (NPR)

Supreme Court Backs Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers in Free Speech Case (New York Times)

Melania Trump set for second trip to immigration facilities (CNN)

Leading House Democrat Loses Primary In Major Upset (NPR)

The Supreme Court decision Silicon Valley is reading (Axios)

Why Visa and Mastercard Should Thank the Supreme Court, Too (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words


"Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy." Robert A. Heinlein

Lighter Side


"Starbucks just announced that they're closing 150 stores due to low sales. Meanwhile, the Starbucks inside Barnes & Noble was like, "Shhh - I think they forgot about us."" Jimmy Fallon

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