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Situational awareness June 5, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Try to stay cool.

UtahPolicy poll shows Utahns, and particularly LDS members, support church opting out of Boy Scout program. Utah man accused of spying for China. Utah sales tax base needs broadening. Booming GDP growth in 2nd quarter. Today is a big primary election day. Trump lawyers promote expansive view of executive authority.




Latest UtahPolicy/Dan Jones poll shows Utahns just fine with LDS Church dropping Boy Scout program [Utah Policy].

EDCUtah CEO Theresa Foxley provides insights into how Facebook chose Eagle Mountain for a data center [UtahPolicy].  

Opinion: Why you should get engaged in school board elections, by Sutherland's Christine Cooke [Utah Policy]. Here is school board debate information [Utah Policy].

Utah man accused of being a spy for China [KSL.com] [Tribune].




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Today At Utah Policy

Utahns fine with LDS Church dropping Boy Scout program

Most Utahns and an overwhelming majority of active Mormons agree with the decision of LDS Church leaders to disassociate with the Boy Scouts of America, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Report: The role of Utah's sales tax is declining

 Sales tax used to be the largest source of public revenue in Utah, but in recent years, income and property tax revenues have overtaken sales taxes in importance. This is among the findings in Utah Foundation's new report, The Everyday Tax: Sales Taxation in Utah....

Insider insights: How Facebook chose Eagle Mountain

 I'm so excited to finally be able to share more details about Facebook's selection of Eagle Mountain for its next data center expansion. This is a huge team win for Utah and so many people played critical roles at critical times to make this project happen.I shared at ...

Miller issues statement on Trump steel & aluminum tariffs

World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) President and CEO Derek B. Miller released the following statement regarding Pres. Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs that recently went into effect. "Tariffs are just another name for taxes. In this case, tariffs implemented by t...

Inland Port Authority Board appointments announced; Hughes & Dabakis hold press conference

In accordance with state statute, the following entities have announced their appointments to the Inland Port Authority Board. These appointments are effective immediately, and are not subject to confirmation. Per state law, this 11-member board will manage and conduct the b...

Two state school board debates set for this week

The Sutherland Institute, as a member of the Utah Education Debate Coalition, has announced upcoming primary debates for the Utah State Board of Education. This week, candidates in District 9 (Lehi, American Fork and Alpine area) and District 6 (Kearns, Taylorsville and...

Guest opinion: Get engaged in school board elections

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) election is woefully underestimated. Too few know about the important work the board does, and even fewer know about the candidates running for the board.This creates a vacuum allowing others to make decisions regarding these importan...

Press release: SLC cuts the time to get permits by nearly half

David Heiblim launched several Este Pizzerias and recently opened The Dispensary at 54 West 1700 South. The Dispensary is a unique restaurant that relies on locally produced ingredients and treats food as medicine.But getting a permit can be tricky for a homeowner or ev...

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...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Lee and Hatch should stand against Mortensen

Gehrke: So Facebook is coming to Utah. Big whoop. There are 150 million reasons why a data center may not be worth it.

Ambassador Huntsman may face the biggest test since the Cold War: Rebuild Russian relations with fewer resources at a time when he needs more of them

Utah LGBT activists, Salt Lake City mayor lament court decision in baker case; Hatch, Lee, Mormon church cheer it

Speaker Hughes finds the perfect appointee for a four-year term to the controversial Inland Port board: himself

Weber official who challenged climate change will join Utah natural resources agency after being cleared of misusing funds

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: The four hard-fought ballot initiatives - what's next?

Op-ed: Airbnb partnerships with Utah lead to sustainable tourism

Editorial: The court's ruling - disagreement does not equal discrimination

Utah to get more federal prosecutors to fight violent crime, illegal immigration

LDS Church responds to Supreme Court ruling about baker, same-sex wedding case

Rep. John Curtis has gigantic lead over Chris Herrod in 3rd District GOP race

Speaker Hughes appoints himself to Utah Inland Port Authority board

Salt Lake City business permit wait times cut nearly half, mayor's office says

Judge rejects state's attempt to deny ex A.G. John Swallow legal fees in failed criminal case

Paul Ryan, Michael Bloomberg, Meg Whitman to speak at Mitt Romney's annual political retreat

Report shows Utah's sales tax struggles

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National Headlines

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay couple (Reuters)

Climate Change Has Run Its Course (Wall Street Journal)

Maxine Waters plays to empty seats as only 10 millennials show up to campaign event (American Mirror)

Joe Biden steams into midterm campaigns as 2020 question looms (NBC News)

France's fake news law leaves media experts uneasy (AFP)

Sailor pardoned by Trump is suing Obama and Comey for going easy on Hillary Clinton but sending him to prison (Daily Mail)

Howard Schultz established himself as a player in politics before he decided to leave Starbucks (CNBC)

A Decade Later, U.S. Stocks Behave Like Lehman Never Happened (Wall Street Journal)

Portuguese Lessons for Spain and Italy (Wall Street Journal)

A Tale of Two Indecencies Shows How We Got Trump (Wall Street Journal)

Baby boomers are refusing to leave the workforce (New York Post)

Wise Words


"I will prepare and some day my chance will come." Abraham Lincoln

Lighter Side

Korea Meeting

"President Trump met with the president of South Koreato discuss North Korea. The meeting consisted of five minutes about nuclear weapons, and 90 minutes of Trump saying, "So wait which Korea are you again?" Conan O'Brien

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