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Situational awareness - July 10, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Trump taps Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Signature-gathering candidates dominated in Utah's primary elections. Today is the deadline for the Trump administration to reunite some migrant children with their families.



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SB54 is paying dividends

There were 8 legislative primary elections this year featuring at least one signature-gathering candidate vs. a convention-only candidate. The signature path candidates won seven of those races - http://bit.ly/2N5jHmZ

Reaction to Kavanaugh

Utah's members of Congress applaud President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - http://bit.ly/2zqirJ9

Pricey housing market

Salt Lake City is the 20th least-affordable housing market in the U.S. according to a new study - http://bit.ly/2m2P7iu

Inland port progress

The Salt Lake City council says they are making good progress negotiating with legislative leaders on changes to the inland port bill passed by the legislature in the final days of the 2018 session - http://bit.ly/2N2D5kB




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Today At Utah Policy

Signature-gathering candidates dominated their convention-only opponents

Want proof that Utah's signature path to the primary ballot works? In eight Legislative primary elections where a signature-gathering candidate faced a convention-only opponent, the signature candidate prevailed in seven of those contests....
Utah political leaders react to Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court

Utah's all-Republican Congressional delegation met President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court on Monday night and urged his swift confirmation to replace Anthony Kennedy....
Salt Lake City is one of the most expensive housing markets in the U.S.

The general rule of thumb used to determine if you can afford to buy a house is if the price is roughly equivalent to 2.6 years of your household income. The average housing price in Salt Lake City right now takes about 4.5 years of income to afford....
Inland Port negotiations move forward collaboratively, make progress on key issues

Salt Lake City Council Members are encouraged by positive progress being made in negotiations with State leaders about key aspects of developing an inland port in the City's Northwest Quadrant....

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Policy News

Fox files: 'UP HQ'
Union Pacific recently hosted an economic development summit at its headquarters in Omaha, NE. I was fortunate to have been invited to participate and enjoyed learning more about the railroad, its operations, and the various business units within the company....
Join WTC Utah for a diplomatic luncheon and roundtable discussion: Doing business with China
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a diplomatic luncheon welcoming Ms. Xu Xueyuan, Minister of Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America and delegation....
Utah named among best states to start a business
Utah has long been recognized for its business-friendly environment and a recent study by WalletHub confirms one more reason why....
Call for nominations - EDCUtah Annual Leadership in Economic Development Awards
On September 11, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah will recognize two individuals and one organization that have made a significant impact on the economic landscape of Utah....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Gehrke: Utah's law on when police can take money from people is strong. It just needs one tweak.

Former campaign opponents Mia Love, Doug Owens unveil new group to promote Utah's outdoors

'Outstanding choice': Utah's Hatch, Lee praise Trump's pick for the Supreme Court

Deseret News

Editorial: Supreme Court confirmation should focus on qualifications, not fundraising

Utah County officials say they have funds for jail, but sheriff still expected to resign

Why religion should get less attention during the Supreme Court nomination process

Utah delegation calls Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh 'outstanding'

Free speech or criminal intent? Court considers cattle case

Rep. Mia Love, former Democratic opponent, promote outdoor recreation impacts on business

National Headlines

Judge Brett Kavanaugh: A Warrior for Religious Liberty (National Review)

Brett Kavanaugh: Who is he? Bio, facts, background and political views (Politico)

Ex-Navy sailor pardoned by Trump files suit against Obama, Comey for failure to prosecute Hillary Clinton (FOX News)

Candace Owens challenges ESPN star Jemele Hill to racism debate, says Dems use her to 'paralyze blacks with undue fear' (FOX News)

Dem strategist: Rumors of Hillary 2020 run are a 'pipe dream' (The Hill)

Pelosi: 2018 midterm elections 'cannot be about impeachment' (Washington Examiner)

Pelosi vows to 'avenge President Obama' in Supreme Court fight (FOX News)

Maine House fails to override LePage veto of Medicaid expansion (The Hill)

SCOTUS Halts Unions' 'Hotel California' Rules (National Review)

The growing Democratic divide over icing ICE (NBC News)

Insurers scramble after Trump suspends billions in ObamaCare payments (The Hill)

Wise Words

Three Hard Things

"There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side

Tooting Your Own Horn

"Trump said sometimes you have to toot your own horn because nobody else is going to do it. The last time someone else tooted Trump's horn it cost him $130,000." Jimmy Fallon

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