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Situational awareness - July 12, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utah lawmaker may tackle net neutrality. Hatch says Roe v. Wade won't be reversed. Trump upends the NATO summit.



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Hatch says Roe v. Wade won't be reversed

Sen. Orrin Hatch says Democrats are crying wolf when the claim Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will help overturn Roe v. Wade, saying the landmark abortion decision is "settled opinion" - http://bit.ly/2uph8EK

Net Neutrality

Rep. Bruce Cutler says he's considering bringing legislation to protect net neutrality in Utah to the 2019 legislative session - http://bit.ly/2KRcbj7

Public Lands

Sen. Mike Lee introduces a bill to prevent presidents from using the antiquities act to create new national monuments in Utah - http://bit.ly/2N3x4UA

Daylight savings

Rep. Rob Bishop unveils legislation that will allow states to opt out of Daylight Savings or Standard Time if they so choose - http://bit.ly/2N4Kpw3

In-person campaigning works

A new study from Harvard Business School says in-person door-to-door canvassing has a measurable effect for political candidates - http://bit.ly/2uoYjS6




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Today At Utah Policy

Utah lawmaker considering legislation to protect net neutrality
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Last year the FCC ended the Obama administration's net neutrality policy, which mandated that internet service providers treat all content on the internet equally. The change allows ISP's to slow down or even block access to content, or charge more for access to some types o...
Bishop introduces Daylight Act
By Press release
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 6331, the Daylight Act, which empowers states to decide how their states will observe daylight savings time....
Sen. Lee introduces the Protecting Utah's Rural Economy (PURE) Act
By Press release
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Protecting Utah's Rural Economy (PURE) Act Wednesday, a bill that would protect Utah from presidential Antiquities Act abuse in much the same way Alaska and Wyoming are currently protected....
Hatch: Roe v. Wade is 'settled opinion'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Orrin Hatch said the concern from Democrats that Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee, would lead to the overturn of Roe v. Wade is unfounded....
Does door-to-door campaigning work? New study says it has a measurable effect
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Just how important is door to door campaigning for political candidates in this era of instant electronic communication? ...
Weekly survey: Will Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court?
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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....
CNBC ranks Utah as the 3rd-best state for business
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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....
Signature-gathering candidates dominated their convention-only opponents
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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.
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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
By Press release
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

USTAR Innovation Center offers opportunities to propel aerospace technology forward
How do you improve upon and maintain the most technologically advanced fighter jet in the world? Engineering....
Downtown SLC Presents unveils 'The Blocks'
It's been widely recognized that downtown Salt Lake is one of the best places in the nation to live, work and play....
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

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch calls Roe v. Wade 'a settled opinion,' gives confirmation advice to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Utah movie theater cancels on Florida school shooting survivors, saying a planned town hall is 'escalating into a potentially contentious situation'

Salt Lake City launches new effort to promote the arts and drive visitors downtown

Sen. Mike Lee introduces a bill to block any president from unilaterally creating new national monuments in Utah

Deseret News

John Curtis: What I hope Trump accomplishes during a historic trip to Europe

Mike Lee: This bill will protect rural Utahns from abuses of the Antiquities Act

Op-ed: How to make Utah's water supply last

A. Scott Anderson: Collecting sales taxes from all retailers is basic fairness

Sen. Orrin Hatch says Roe v. Wade 'settled opinion,' doesn't see it being overturned

Escalating contention prompts South Jordan theater to cancel March for Our Lives event

Trade war over Trump's tariffs on Chinese products already hitting Utah hard, Rep. John Curtis says

'Fresh start'? Salt Lake County's nominees for new UTA board draw concern, criticism

New security procedures debut at Road Home in response to critical audit


UTA rep for Weber, Davis, Box Elder counties pared to 2 Davis Co. hopefuls (Standard-Examiner)

Rep. Bishop introduces Daylight Act, giving states more leeway to set clocks (Standard-Examiner)

Nordic Valley expansion plans generate criticism, questions in North Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

New Dem star to rattle DC establishment (The Hill)

Trump tells NATO leaders to increase defense spending to 4 percent (Reuters)

Trump Officials Slash Grants That Help Consumers Get Obamacare (New York Times)

Flake drops opposition to Trump's judges after tariff vote (The Hill)

Ohio State wrestlers disagree over whether Jim Jordan knew of abuse (NBC News)

Most Americans oppose abolishing ICE (Vox)

Trump lashes out at ex-FBI lawyer Page (Politico)

Kavanaugh and the Culture Wars (Wall Street Journal)

A Soybean Surge Makes Trump's Trade War Look Deceptively Good (New York Times)

Elon Musk says he will fund fixing Flint's foul water (Ars Technica)

Trump got Pfizer to reverse its drug price hikes (Vox)

Wise Words

Love Life

"We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving." Friedrich Nietzsche

Lighter Side

Talk Show

"According to The New York Times, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is developing a talk show. It's called "Late Night With Such Liars."" Seth Meyers

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