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Situational awareness - June 28, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Two Utahns are on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist. Utahns say public school teachers are underpaid. Trump plans to announce details of his summit meeting with Putin on Thursday.




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Yuuuge GOP turnout

The number of Republicans who voted in Tuesday's GOP U.S. Senate primary was more than the two statewide primary elections from 2016 combined. That big turnout could help Republican candidates down the ballot in November [Utah Policy].

Lee to SCOTUS?

Sen. Mike Lee and his brother Thomas (a Utah Supreme Court Justice) are on President Trump's shortlist to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court [Utah Policy].

LaVarr Webb makes a case for Mike Lee's nomination to the high court [Utah Policy].

Teacher pay

Utahns overwhelmingly say public school teachers in the state are not paid enough according to our latest poll [Utah Policy].

"Pragmatic" PAC

A new political action committee seeks to boost pragmatic candidates for office in Utah [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Utahns overwhelmingly think the state's public school teachers are underpaid

Utahns believe public school teachers are underpaid, with 80 percent saying teachers' salaries should be higher, a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds....
Utah Republicans were incredibly excited to vote for Mitt Romney on Tuesday

Midterm elections typically see lower turnout than presidential years. But, Mitt Romney's run for U.S. Senate so electrified Republicans in the Beehive State that they turned out in droves to vote for him on Tuesday....
The case for Mike Lee as Supreme Court nominee

Here's why Utah Sen. Mike Lee should be nominated by Pres. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice:...
Sen. Mike Lee on Trump's list of possible SCOTUS nominees

Sen. Mike Lee is on President Trump's list of 25 possible nominees to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. ...
New Utah PAC aiming to support 'pragmatic' candidates for office

A new political action committee aims to boost "pragmatic" candidates in Utah....
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....

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Policy News

Downtown Alliance '2018 State of Downtown' reports released
Downtown Alliance, CBRE, and Salt Lake City hosted a "State of Downtown" media roundtable, releasing two reports about the urban center....
Salt Lake City RDA releases $10 million for affordable housing development assistance
The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City announced the availability of $10 million to fund housing projects as part of a City-wide effort to increase the number of affordable housing in Salt Lake City....

Local Headlines

Deseret News

A. Scott Anderson: Venture capital - the key to boosting economic prosperity in Utah

Op-ed: Utah is 'forging' new pathways for baseload renewable power

Chris Stewart: Putting Utahns in control of their health care

Jay Evensen: With online sales tax OK, do we really need a county tax hike?

Editorial: Crisis pregnancy center ruling - a state shouldn't side with half the facts

Romney's big primary win may be big loss for Utah's caucus system

Teens and anxiety: Utah faces a growing national crisis

Sen. Mike Lee and his brother on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist

Wasatch, Duchesne counties worry over Salt Lake City's water 'muscle'

Utah's four House members disappointed immigration bill fails to pass

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah counties are getting a record $40M from the feds to compensate for untaxed public lands - but is the funding fair?

Rep. Mia Love leads Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams by 6 percentage points - a too-close-to-call margin

Sen. Mike Lee and his brother, Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee, on Trump's short list to replace Kennedy

Primary wins vindicate Republican Party-shunned candidates in Weber County

Odds and ends from Tuesday's primary election: Kane County voters oust audit-blasted commissioner, second time's the charm for Tanner Ainge

National Headlines

Liberal meltdown over Justice Kennedy retirement (Daily Caller)

Comedy Central writer wishes Anthony Kennedy was shot (Daily Caller)

Bernie Sanders: Sarah Sanders has the right to 'go into a restaurant and have dinner' (The Hill)

Trump Helps Boost Two Preferred Candidates While Progressive Democrats Gain (New York Times)

The Democratic rebellion might finally be here (Business Insider)

New bipartisan bill calls for Puerto Rico statehood (NBC News)

Trump's Uncontroversial VA Pick Sails Through Confirmation Hearing (NPR)

Shine accepts top White House job (CNN)

Kavanaugh Emerges as Key Contender for Trump Supreme Court Pick (Bloomberg)

Trump Rips Maxine Waters at ND Rally: 'Imagine If I Said Those Things' (FOX News)

Public-Sector Unions Brace for Fallout From Supreme Court Decision on Fees (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words


"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." Walt Whitman

Lighter Side


"President Trump went to Minnesota to hold a rally. At one point even his staff was like, "Let's just push him into Canada and be done with this."" Jimmy Fallon

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