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Situational awareness - June 6, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. The week is half gone -- already.

New UtahPolicy poll shows Rep. Mia Love narrowly leading SL County Mayor Ben McAdams in the 4th District congressional race. Several states hold important primaries. The Inland Port controversy continues with Greg Hughes and James Dabakis trying to find common ground. Bill Clinton points out he wasn't the only presidential womanizer. Pres. Trump celebrates America sans the Philadelphia Eagles.



Latest UtahPolicy/Dan Jones poll shows incumbent Mia Love and challenger Ben McAdams locked in a tight race in the 4th Congressional District [Utah Policy].

Inland Port sparks emotion as Greg Hughes and James Dabakis attempt to find ways to agree [Utah Policy] [Deseret News] [Tribune].




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Today At Utah Policy

New poll: Love, McAdams locked in very tight race

The tight race in Utah's 4th U.S. House District has gotten even tighter, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....

Hughes, Dabakis meet skepticism in addressing Inland Port concerns

Welcome to the political mud fight that is the inland port, scheduled to be built in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant.A very public exhibition of the raw feelings surrounding the port came on display Tuesday morning when GOP House Speaker Greg Hughes, ...

Study: Labor quality is biggest factor in business relocation decisions

 The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) has announced the publication of the annual 2018 Site Selector Perception Study. EDCUtah has been conducting research of site selectors for many years to identify what matters most in corporate relocation and how U...

Presidents behaving badly -- who was the biggest womanizer?

I'm no expert on presidents behaving badly. But since former Pres. Bill Clinton brought up two other former presidents as though to explain why he didn't resign from office over his misconduct with a White House intern, maybe it's worth looking broadly at presidential sexual...

Summer break: Go take a hike!

Everyone needs a break from politics. My breaks usually involve getting outside and walking.When people tell me to "take a hike," (it really only happens a few times a day) I assume they're looking out for my health, rather than insulting me.When I was young I did a lot of w...

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...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Michelle Quist: Government cannot hold religious views in contempt

State OKs plan to put bighorn sheep in southern Utah mountains despite concerns of woolgrowers

Utah's ozone pollution has already exceeded environmental standards three times - and summer is still weeks away

Gehrke: Two unlikely partners, Hughes and Dabakis, float a compromise for a Salt Lake City inland port - but is this about policy or politics?

Court sides with former A.G. John Swallow; his case to get Utah to pay $1.6 million in legal fees lives on

A new inland port plan, offered by Speaker Hughes and Sen. Dabakis, gets some initial praise from Salt Lake City leaders

Facebook's data center deal with Eagle Mountain includes a $5 million sweetener from the state

A quarter-million primary ballots will be hitting Salt Lake County mailboxes this week

Proposal for nearly 8,800 new homes and apartments in southwest Salt Lake County project OK'd despite drawing fire

Deseret News

Boyd Matheson: The cake baker ruling settled little but said a lot

Greg Hughes, Jim Dabakis issue 'demands' to help break Utah inland port deadlock

The Deseret News asked Koreans what they really think about Trump, Kim Jong Un and the future of North Korea

Salt Lake County's next city? County approves zoning for Daybreak-like community near Herriman

Pipeline operator could face up to $1 million in fines

Annual Romney political retreat expected to be 'low-key'


Utah County discusses how to implement diesel emissions testing, now required by law (Daily Herald)

Plans for Bear River water show connection between Bear Lake, Great Salt Lake (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Co. hopefuls for Utah House, sheriff, commission discuss issues at forum (Standard-Examiner)

Kerry Gibson to take Utah DNR job, step down from Weber Co. Commission (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Seymour Hersh: Anti-Trump FBI is 'the missed story of all time' (Columbia Journalism Review)

Bill Clinton issues another non-apology as he tries to clean up Monica Lewinsky mess (Daily Mail)

Cable Fearmongering: Everything Is a 'Constitutional Crisis' (NewsBusters)

China Offers to Buy Nearly $70 Billion of U.S. Products to Fend Off Trade Tariffs (Wall Street Journal)

Google's Schmidt in Cuba to meet new leader (AFP)

Italy turmoil shows banking 'doom loop' still a powerful force (Financial Times)

Billionaire conservative donor David Koch to retire from Koch Industries, influential political network (CNBC)

Why there's so much speculation about Starbucks chair Howard Schultz's 2020 ambitions (Vox)

There are now more job openings than workers to fill them (CNNMoney)

Facebook says it gave Huawei and other Chinese firms access to data (CNN)

Social Security to tap into trust fund for first time in 36 years (MarketWatch)

Wise Words


"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." George Orwell

Lighter Side

Switch Out

"White House aides have told Trump to switch out his cellphone on a monthly basis, but he says it's too inconvenient. Trump's like, "The only thing I switch out on a monthly basis is my staff." Jimmy Fallon

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