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Situational awareness - June 7, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Love and McAdams get high approval ratings from voters, but McAdams's numbers are better. Herrod's puzzling robocall. House leaders hope to head off a revolt on immigration.

I'm back on the beat following a nice vacation to Washington, D.C. Watch this space as I'll bring you my podcast interview with McKay Coppins, staff writer for The Atlantic, and the man who arguably is responsible for Donald Trump in the White House.



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Love/McAdams approval ratings

Our newest UtahPolicy.com survey finds voters in the 4th District give both Mia Love and Ben McAdams good job approval ratings, but McAdams's numbers are noticeably higher [Utah Policy].

"Like the bad guy from the Bible"

Republican congressional candidate Chris Herrod is pushing a robocall to voters where he tries to get listeners to remember his name by invoking the name of the man who tried to kill Jesus when he was an infant [Utah Policy].


Provo chef Chad Pritchard is making up some politically themed bacon, and the names are pretty hilarious [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

4th District voters give Love, McAdams high job approval ratings, but McAdams's ratings are much higher

First, the good news. Both Rep. Mia Love and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams get good job approval ratings from voters in the 4th CD....

Listen to Republican Chris Herrod's campaign robocall: 'Like the bad guy from the Bible' (with audio)

Chris Herrod is running a robocall targeting voters in Utah's 3rd Congressional District ahead of the June 26 primary election, where he urges voters to remember his name by invoking the name of the man who tried to kill Jesus when he was a baby....

Utah chef mixing politics and bacon

The secretive "Buckshot Caucus" is dedicated to Utah politics along with a healthy dose of bacon. Now, one of their members is mixing the two in a very real, and delicious, way....

Weekly survey: Will the Utah Supreme Court put Count My Vote on the ballot?

Count My Vote is appealing to the Utah Supreme Court after they narrowly missed qualifying for the November ballot. ...

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Policy News

Rep. Stewart's Washington County Northern Corridor legislation passes out of committee
Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) legislation, H.R. 5597, passed out of the Natural Resources Committee....

Hatch praises decision to work through August recess
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican and President Pro Tempore of the US Senate, took to the Senate floor to express his strong support for the Majority Leader's decision to cancel August recess....

WTC Utah invites you to seminar on Elevating Utah's Life Sciences Industry
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with BioUtah, invites you to learn more about the resources available to your organization at a luncheon roundtable discussion on June 25th....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Pat Shea: Ward basketball is no model for running Salt Lake Inland Port

More than 30 years ago, all of Red Butte Canyon's beavers were killed. Some Utah professors say now is the time to bring them back.

South Jordan and Herriman may soon have their first bars - whether locals want them or not

A new Granato takes her place on the Salt Lake County Council - and gets right to work

Sandy City investing $1 million in raises for police officers

Cities deciding one by one whether Salt Lake County residents will see sales-tax hike for roads and transit

Ex-Utah A.G. Mark Shurtleff is suing everyone involved in the investigation against him - and he's asking for $60 million to cover 'humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life'

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why give tax breaks to super-rich companies like Facebook?

'Utah Week' in Washington as committee sees 4 bills by delegation

Former Mayor Ralph Becker hired as director for new Central Wasatch Commission

Poll: Love-McAdams race in Utah's 4th District may be too close to call

Tech summit celebrates pioneers, past and present, at annual gathering


Editorial: Mail-in voting key tool for local election process (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Rev Al Sharpton: Democrats 'too tame to deal with Trump' (Guardian)

DOJ watchdog finds James Comey defied authority as FBI director, sources say (CBS News)

Manafort Tampering Evidence 'Almost Nonexistent' (Lawfare)

Bill Clinton's lame excuses for bad answers (Washington Post)

Sanders calls out DNC chair over endorsement of Cuomo (The Hill)

Trump's commutation of a 63-year-old grandmother is an example of where his disregard for institutions pays off (Business Insider)

Napolitano: It's 'Unheard Of' for FBI #2 Official to Request Immunity Before Testifying (FOX News)

How Villaraigosa lost the governor's race despite tens of millions of dollars spent to boost his bid (Los Angeles Times)

Crisis averted: How the Democrats avoided disaster in California (CNN)

Donald Trump hopes to save America's failing coal-fired power plants (Economist)

Mick Mulvaney Effectively Fires CFPB Advisory Council (NPR)

Wise Words


"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?" Confucius

Lighter Side

Use as Intended

"After announcing that people no longer need to make a purchase to use the bathroom, Starbucks clarified the policy and said the spaces should be used "as intended." Though if you've ever been in a Starbucks bathroom, you know no one is using them as intended." Seth Meyers

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