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Situational awareness - June 4, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Summer has arrived.

UtahPolicy poll shows John Curtis thumping Chris Herrod in 3rd District race. LaVarr Webb looks at Mitt Romney's vulnerabilities and opportunities. Senate Republicans become more hopeful about holding on to the Senate.

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Latest UtahPolicy/Dan Jones poll shows Rep. Curtis cruising past Chris Herrod in 3rd Congressional District primary race [UtahPolicy].

LaVarr Webb writes that Mitt Romney has a fine line to walk between Trump haters and Trump lovers, and national media will try to make him a never-Trumper [UtahPolicy].  

Groups pushing or fighting various citizens initiatives agree that ballot laws need reform [Tribune (paywall)].

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Today At Utah Policy

Curtis walloping Herrod by 47 points in 3rd District GOP primary race

Third Congressional District GOP Rep. John Curtis is clobbering former state Rep. Chris Herrod in their primary election showdown, according to a new UtahPolicy.com conducted by Dan Jones & Associates.This is the second Republican primary matchup in 10 mon...

Mitt Romney's vulnerabilities and opportunities

Mitt Romney is, no doubt, going to be Utah's next U.S. senator, replacing Sen. Orrin Hatch, who has served for 200 years (or so).Romney has only two vulnerabilities his reputation as a flip-flopper, and his relationship with Pres. Trump. Neither will be enough to defeat him...

Nominees announced for 2nd District Juvenile Court

The 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 2nd District Juvenile Court.  The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Janice Frost, July 1, 2018. The 2nd Judicial District includes Davis, Morgan, and Weber countie...

Garbett calls on Rep. Stewart to oppose Mortensen nomination

Jan Garbett, the United Utah Party candidate for Congress in Utah's Second Congressional District, has announced her opposition to the nomination of Ronald Mortensen as assistant secretary in charge of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and urged Representative...

So what does a think tank have to do with your life?

Since joining the Sutherland Institute, I am often asked: what exactly is a think tank? A fair question. But more important, perhaps, is this: Are think tanks of benefit to you? Can they assist you in deciding what you think?The Economist explains a think tank...

Why Doug Wright was so good -- and advice to his successors

Over 40 years, Doug Wright carved out a remarkable niche as a radio broadcaster, focusing on politics more than anything else. He became known to almost all Utahns and will certainly be missed by his large radio audience.But he will also be greatly missed by the more insular...

No end to the fight over Count My Vote

There's one main reason I'm disappointed that the Count My Vote citizen initiative petition, at least for now, is not going to be on the November ballot for voters to decide:I'm sick and tired of writing about this!Give me a break, people!For five long years I've been writin...

Press release: Utah announces lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

At a press conference Thursday, Atty. Gen. Sean Reyes announced that the State of Utah filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for violating state law, including the Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act (CSPA), involving the company's prescription opioids, including OxyConti...

Register Now: Golden Spoke rides & event

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), in partnership with numerous organizations, invites Utahns to celebrate the completion of the Golden Spoke network on Saturday, June 2. The Golden Spoke consists of over 100 miles of safe, separated, and connected multi-use tra...

Press release: Hatch says tariffs will have 'damaging consequences

Washington, DC- Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced new tariffs on imports o...

Press release: Increases in wages reach record level in May

Record high levels of small business owners are reporting increased employee compensation and hiring numbers continue to grow, according to NFIB's monthly Jobs Report, released Thursday. A seasonally adjusted net 35 percent of small business owners reported in...

Poll shows Utahns are divided by LDS Church opposition to medical marijuana ballot initiative

Utahns are split over whether an LDS Church legal analysis criticizing the medical marijuana initiative leads them more to support the initiative, or turns them away from it, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows. ...

Did you know I'm a doctor? - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 376

Count My Vote fails to make the November ballot, but voters will decide the fate of medical marijuana, redistricting and Medicaid expansion....

Former Kennedy campaign staffer says he was harassed online after quitting

A former staffer for Republican Mike Kennedy's campaign says he was subjected to online harassment after he left to take another job in California....

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune:Going camping in southwest Utah this weekend? Read this before starting a fire.--Salt Lake Tribune: 'It's just going to be loved to death': Summer season starts at Utah's national parks with large crowds, limited parking - and...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Connor Boyack: Utah's Constitution should protect your right to work

Op-ed: The right to vote is key to democracy

Editorial: Don't expect a renaissance for The Leonardo

Farmers worry their livelihoods might be swept away as Utah, Idaho and Rocky Mountain Power eye new Bear Lake water plans

Crowd of Democrats jockeys for primary win to replace retiring state Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Unofficially, many Utah law enforcement groups are lining up to oppose the medical marijuana initiative

Kathleen Garn, wife of former Utah Sen. Jake Garn, dies at 68

'It's no Sleepy Hollow here': Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder finds a new home and happiness in Moab

Groups that pushed or fought initiatives agree: Utah ballot laws need reform. But they're at odds, again, over what to change


Two Republicans hoping to replace Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves to face off in June primary (Daily Herald)

Utah County starts search for Utah Transit Authority commissioner (Daily Herald)

Search begins for Northern Utah rep to join new UTA board (Standard-Examiner)

West Davis Corridor may help balance human development and wetland wildlife (Standard-Examiner)

House District 4 candidates Johnson, Merrill face off in debate (Logan Herald Journal)

Summit County staffers back sales tax increase (Park Record)

Legislative candidates propose solutions to gun violence at Park City town hall (Park Record)

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National Headlines

Dowd: Obama is just too good for us (New York Times)

Google apologizes for labeling NC state senator as a 'bigot' in search results (News & Observer)

Roseanne Barr is off TV but Samantha Bee is still on -- just another example of the media's double standard (FOX News)

How many minutes of her 2-hour-long show did Joy Reid spend apologizing for old blog posts? Exactly zero (Washington Examiner)

Trump to host Ramadan dinner (Politico)

Democrats Are Blaming A Big-Spending Candidate For A Potential Disaster In California (HuffPost)

Kudlow insists trade talks have not 'broken down' (Politico)

From Travel Ban To Political Pins: Pending Decisions From The Supreme Court (NPR)

Trump: Why didn't FBI, DOJ tell me agents were 'secretly investigating' Manafort? (The Hill)

Trump goes it alone: running the White House not like a president, but a CEO (Guardian)

Can the 3.8% unemployment rate tumble toward zero? (USA Today)

Wise Words


"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side


"Asinkhole has opened up on the White House lawn. So apparently, another one of Melania's tunnels collapsed." Conan O'Brien

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