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Situational awareness - June 29, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.

Lee is rising as a possible Supreme Court nominee. Herbert talks with Trump about trade wars. A gunman opens fire at a newspaper in Maryland.


A tipster sends along this photo of Gov. Gary Herbert and Speaker Greg Hughes holding a late-evening meeting on the inland port at the governor's mansion. Send your best captions to bryanschott@protonmail. We'll recognize the best entries in Monday's newsletter.

Herbert Hughes



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Lee for SCOTUS heating up?

President Donald Trump is reportedly asking close aides and advisors about possibly nominating Sen. Mike Lee for the Supreme Court - http://bit.ly/2lFNMhd

What a week!

Romney and Curtis win easily. Hughes steps down from the inland port board. Plus, Donald Trump gets another Supreme Court pick, and it might be Sen. Mike Lee. We run down the week's big news to help you understand what happened and why - http://bit.ly/2MrF41m

There's also a podcast version if you prefer to get your news and analysis on the go - http://bit.ly/2lGD2PB

Utah caught in Trump's trade war

Gov. Gary Herbert says he visited with President Trump last week and informed him how tariffs are hurting Utah's businesses - http://bit.ly/2KwsfCB

The real winner on Tuesday

Bob Bernick says Utah voters won on Tuesday because opponents of SB54 lost at the ballot box - http://bit.ly/2Kv1th2




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Today At Utah Policy

Factual backflips and logical leaps. Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 379

Mitt Romney and John Curtis win their primary elections in a landslide....
Bob Bernick's notebook: SB54, and Utah voters, won on Tuesday

For those of us that support SB54 and the Count My Vote citizen initiative, Tuesday's primary election results proved, once again, that GOP voters want more candidates on their primary ballots, not fewer....
Herbert says he discussed trade war impact on Utah with Trump

Utah GOP Gov. Gary Herbert went to Washington, D.C., last week and met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, he told his monthly KUED Channel 7 press conference Thursday morning....
Trump reportedly asking aides about nominating Mike Lee for the Supreme Court

Sen. Mike Lee is on President Trump's shortlist of nominees for the Supreme Court. But, Trump is reportedly taking a hard look at the Utah Senator for the high court....
Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 379

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down a busy week in Utah politics....
Hatch watches new credit union fight: small vs. large

In his role as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch is used to disagreements between banks and credit unions....
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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--KSL.com:Looking for a short waterfall hike? Donut Falls has you covered--KSL.com: Digging for treasures on Saltair ground is illegal, but hobbyists argue for it--Tribune: Utah is the first state to earn three stars for the iconic Michelin trave...
Utah's small business successes highlighted at Congressional committee
Last week, Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, joined Congressman John Curtis to highlight the success of small businesses in Utah at the U.S. House Small Business Committee's "Communities That Think Small and Win Big" hearing. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: The big winner in Tuesday's primary elections: Primary elections

Global businesses are eager for Utah to build its new inland port trade hub in Salt Lake City, Gov. Gary Herbert says

How serious is the prospect of Utah Sen. Mike Lee on the Supreme Court? Report says President Trump is talking to advisers about it

Gehrke: Will Trump name Sen. Mike Lee to the Supreme Court? Uh, I doubt it. Here's why.

By nearly 2-1 margin, Utahns favor creating an independent commission to combat gerrymandering

With extra online sales tax money expected to flow, Gov. Gary Herbert says gas tax hike might be avoided

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Are we laying up in store for the bad times?

Editorial: Ending compulsory public union dues frees up speech

Utah governor would pick replacement for Sen. Mike Lee if he's named to Supreme Court

Inland port special session back on? Utah governor having 'productive' talks with Salt Lake City Council

Cottonwood Mall site developer says referendum against project is illegal

Amid worsening drought, Utah governor urges caution with fireworks, campfires


Payson works on general plan update to prepare for massive growth over next 30 years (Daily Herald)

No change in Utah County races following release of 2nd batch of primary results, turnout at 37 percent (Daily Herald)

Weber Co. voter turnout up, GOP-endorsed hopefuls lose, Bishop leads in funding (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

First Trump-Putin summit has Cold War backdrop (Reuters)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins as a Democratic Socialist With a 21st-Century Vision (The Nation)

Trump floats chief of staff replacements amid shake-up (Associated Press)

Most Americans Think Facebook and Twitter Censor Their Political Views (Bloomberg)

Spike Mendelsohn condemns Red Hen's ouster of Sarah Sanders, talks food policy in new podcast (USA Today)

Senate passes farm bill, setting up food stamp battle with the House (Politico)

Al Gore takes sides in New Jersey budget standoff (Politico)

Ocasio-Cortez wants to be president, mom says (New York Post)

The Democrats' lost generation (CNN)

A guide to the 9 likeliest picks to replace Anthony Kennedy (Vox)

China's 'debt trap' is even worse than we thought (Quartz)

Wise Words

Candle or Mirror

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." Edith Wharton

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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