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Situational awareness - July 11, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utah a top state for business. Trump says Germany is a "captive of Russia." Democrats go on the attack against Trump's Supreme Court pick.



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Election results

Utah's primary election results are final. No big changes since the early July vote as all of the frontrunners held on to their leads [Daily Herald, Tribune].

Utah is again a top business state

CNBC ranks Utah as the #3 state for business. Utah was ranked #8 last year and held the top spot in 2016 - http://bit.ly/2m5VNMF

Romney's election oddities

If, as expected, Mitt Romney wins the U.S. Senate race in November, he would be the "junior" senator to Sen. Mike Lee even though he's 24 years older - http://bit.ly/2N7HYcj




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Today At Utah Policy

CNBC ranks Utah as the 3rd-best state for business

CNBC's annual rankings of the best states for business is out, and Utah comes in at #3 on the list behind Washington and Texas....
Romney would become Utah's senior 'junior' senator if he wins in November

If Mitt Romney wins November's election, he would become the "junior" senator to Sen. Mike Lee, even though he's 24 years older than Lee....
Weekly survey: Will Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court?

President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Will Republicans be able to confirm him before the 2018 election, or will Democrats be able to block his confirmation? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

UCAIR opens 2018 grants call for proposals
To continue progress toward improving our air quality, the Utah Clean Air Partnership opens its annual grants program....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Gehrke: Mia Love's pivot on Utah's outdoors smells like an election-year conversion

The Utah Gun Exchange is following the Parkland students around the country to combat their call for more gun laws

Utah's Orrin Hatch criticizes the new normal that Republicans have also perpetuated - instant opposition to a president's Supreme Court nominee

Final election results show Salt Lake City Democrats Derek Kitchen and Jen Dailey-Provost won their close primary elections

As scandal-tainted Utah Transit Authority seeks to correct course, some Salt Lake County Council members worry board nominees wouldn't represent a 'fresh start'

Deseret News

Raph Hancock: If the Supreme Court isn't our sovereign, who is?

Hatch vows to do all in his power to confirm Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Does Utah have a Boston Tea Party problem with water?

Mitt Romney on ticket helps boost nefarious web traffic to 1B daily

Chinese diplomat visiting Utah says trade war would yield no winners

Exclusive: Sen. Mike Lee on the one thing he wishes every American understood about the Supreme Court


Provo ranked as second-best run city in the U.S. (Daily Herald)

Frontrunners hold onto leads as Utah County primary election results finalized (Daily Herald)

With local funding solid, new details emerge on Ogden BRT project (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Trump takes shots at NATO, May but praises Putin as he prepares to meet with alliance leaders (Washington Post)

U.S. Is Set to Become World's Top Oil Producer, Government Says (Bloomberg)

California city to give residents $500 a month in an experiment on 'basic income' concept (Washington Examiner)

Nevada to become first state to use fentanyl for execution (The Hill)

Fox News' Shannon Bream forced to move live show on SCOTUS decision amid 'volatile' protests (FOX News)

Democrats break with left on ICE (The Hill)

Dems grasp for way to stop pick (The Hill)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Another Primary as a Write-In Candidate in a District She Wasn't Running In (Slate)

Trump pardons ranchers whose case sparked Bundy takeover of Oregon refuge (CNN)

Women's March slammed for goof in statement on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination (USA Today)

American workers' willingness to quit their jobs hits 17-year high (Associated Press)

Wise Words

Modern Intellect

"To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect." Oscar Wilde

Lighter Side

Body Issues

"ESPN's annual Body Issue comes out this week [June 26]. While everyone else's body issues will come out after they read it." Jimmy Fallon

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