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Situational awareness - July 13, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Happy Friday the 13th, even if you're the superstitious type.

Gov. Herbert may call a special session next week. Mia Love has raised more than $3 million for her re-election bid. President Trump blasts British Prime Minister Theresa May in an interview.



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Special session next week?

Gov. Gary Herbert may call a special session next week so that lawmakers can make changes to the inland port law passed at the end of the 2018 session [Deseret News, Tribune].

What a week!

Primary election results. March for our lives. Supreme Court fight. Trade war hits Utah. Plus, we're pretty sure Spencer Cox is running for governor in 2020. Chris Jones of KUTV joins Bryan Schott to run down the week in Utah politics - http://bit.ly/2NbpFTh

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2020 contenders mostly need to raise their profiles

Our newest poll shows Spencer Cox, Sean Reyes, and John Dougall have good job approval ratings, but they still need to let more Utahns know who they are if they plan to run for governor in 2020 - http://bit.ly/2NdIeXa

Mia Love fundraising

Rep. Mia Love has raised more than $3.2 million for her race against Democrat Ben McAdams - http://bit.ly/2utWBi5

Support from surprising places

Bob Bernick says recent polls show Mitt Romney and Spencer Cox get a surprising amount of support from Utah Democrats - http://bit.ly/2NdvyPX




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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Icons/Poll_01.jpgPoll: Cox in good shape if he decides to run for governor in 2020

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, for being second fiddle to GOP Gov. Gary Herbert, is looking pretty good among Utahns 18 months out from an election year aimed at replacing his retiring boss, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
images/mugs/bernick-mug_lnd_thumb.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Romney and Cox get surprising support from Utah Democrats

In this era of Trumpism, with its tough, some may say cruel, populism, are Utahns looking for a Republican who shows a softer side of partisan politics even a caring side?...
images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgApparently you've never listened to this show - Bernick and Schott on politics #380

This week: Primary election results are final, so the only real intrigue we have left is whether Ben McAdams can upset Mia Love in CD4. An anti-gun violence rally gets canceled due to fear that pro-gun activists will disrupt the event. Orrin Hatch lives for Supreme Court nom...
images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams_06.jpgLove has raised $3.2 million so far in her race against McAdams

Rep. Mia Love has raised more than $3.2 million for her midterm election race against Democrat Ben McAdams....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgSen. Lee introduces the Allied Burden Sharing Report Act of 2018

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Allied Burden Sharing Report Act of 2018 (S. 3198)....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgRep. Curtis joins colleagues to take action on tariffs

 Congressman John Curtis joined Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, to introduce legislation that would require the president to submit to Congress any proposal to adjust imports in the interest of national secu...
images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngHousing And transportation drive the largest year-over-year price increase in Utah seen since measurement began in 2011

The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 0.9 percent from May to June on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....
images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_01.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 380

 Bob is out this week, so we're joined by Chris Jones from KUTV Channel 2 to discuss the big Utah political stories from the past week....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Supreme_Court_01.jpgWeekly 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

Utah ESSA state plan approved by U.S. Secretary of Education
Utah's state plan under the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) received final approval Thursday by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos....
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSteve Starks to take over as Chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, has named Steve Starks, president of the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, as the new Chairman of its Board of Governors. Starks has served as the Board's vice chair alon...
Salt Lake City welcomes Silicon Valley firm Postmates as the company expands across the U.S.
In a massive U.S. market expansion, Postmates, the on-demand delivery pioneer, named Salt Lake City as one of its new homes as the Silicon Valley tech platform announced the expansion of its coverage to nearly one in two U.S. households....
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report-- Tribune: Flash floods, rockfalls close parts of Zion National Park--Tribune:Sen. Mike Lee introduces a bill to block any president from unilaterally creating new national monuments in Utah-- KSL: Section of popular mountain bike trail reopens ...

Local Headlines

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: More evidence the Salt Lake area is becoming like the Bay Area

Editorial: Keep a wary eye as Utah's economy hums

Toxic air in rural America?

Utah is the third-best state for business, new report says

Sen. Mike Lee proposes bill to block presidents from using Antiquities Act in Utah

Lawmakers looking at Jan. 1 to start online sales tax collections

Mayor Jackie Biskupski refuses to 'endorse' City Council port negotiations

Feds OK Utah's Every Student Succeeds Act state plan

March for Our Lives town hall on gun laws, school safety back on in Utah

Proposed changes to teacher licensure will 'exacerbate' teacher shortage, educators say

Lawmaker looks to keep Utah net neutral

2 dozen protesters chain themselves inside Utah office of ICE contractor; 8 arrested

Endangered Species Act: An '8-track law'

Holladay residents turn in petition in hopes of blocking old Cottonwood Mall development

Salt Lake Tribune

There could be eight times more coal mining near Bryce Canyon National Park if Trump's BLM has its way

Trump administration cut the funding for Obamacare navigator grants so much that Utah programs may not bother participating

As developers build three new homeless shelters, some state leaders are asking: Will they be enough?

8 protesters arrested at Utah office of private prison company with contracts to hold undocumented immigrants

Will there be a special session on controversial port next week? Talks between Salt Lake City and state officials continue but impasse apparently remains

Twitter purge costs Mitt Romney, Mormon church, The Tribune and other Utah-tied social media accounts thousands of followers


Utah County Republicans select Marsha Judkins to fill legislative vacancy (Daily Herald)

Some cities proposing relatively large property tax increases (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Trump is as popular as Obama was in the middle of his first presidential term, survey says (McClatchy)

Trump sending top team to Mexico to woo next president (AFP)

Oregon ranchers pardoned by Trump arrive home (CBS News)

Trump called George W. Bush to discuss Brett Kavanaugh (CNN)

Socialists divided over Cynthia Nixon (Politico)

Secret Service rolls out new ways to identify and stop student attackers (ABC News)

Feud erupts between Dem socialist Ocasio-Cortez and defeated Rep. Joe Crowley (FOX News)

House to vote on Democratic bill to abolish ICE (CNN)

Dems who drafted bill to abolish ICE now say they'll vote against it (FOX News)

Kavanaugh Is a Mentor To Women (Wall Street Journal)

FBI agent Peter Strzok, Republicans clash in fiery House hearing (CNN)

Wise Words


"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." Dalai Lama


Lighter Side

Good News

"I've got good news, and I've got bad news. The bad news is I lied: There's no good news. But for a minute, you had hope. You're welcome!" Stephen Colbert


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