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Situational awareness - July 16, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

President Trump meets with Vladimir Putin. Love and McAdams are essentially tied in the campaign cash race. Germany says Europe can no longer rely on the Trump White House.



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Kavanaugh cruising

Our "Political Insiders" expect Brett Kavanaugh to be confirmed to the Supreme Court prior to the 2018 midterm elections - http://bit.ly/2zGQT2l

Love and McAdams running neck and neck in campaign cash

The latest FEC disclosures show Rep. Mia Love and her Democratic opponent, Ben McAdams, have nearly the same amount of campaign money in the bank, but Love has spent a lot more - http://bit.ly/2uxiP2O

Lee says Trump's meeting with Putin could be "productive"

Sen. Mike Lee says Democrats calling for President Donald Trump to skip his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin are wrong. He also says special counsel Robert Mueller should wrap up his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election - http://bit.ly/2miNxsI




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Today At Utah Policy

'Political Insiders' say Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court before the 2018 midterms

Our "Political Insiders" expect Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's newest Supreme Court nominee, to cruise through his confirmation and be installed on the high court before the 2018 midterms....
Lee pushes back against Democrats who say Trump should cancel his meeting with Putin

Sen. Mike Lee says Democrats who are calling for President Trump to cancel his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin are wrong....
Democrat McAdams has more campaign cash than Republican Love

Democratic 4th district congressional candidate Ben McAdams reports having more campaign money available than his Republican opponent, Mia Love....

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Policy News

Sens. Lee, Rubio, Cruz introduce Transportation Empowerment Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) reintroduced the Transportation Empowerment Act, a bill which would give states and localities far more control over their infrastructure spending by phasing out the federal gas tax. The bill is cosponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and S...
Rep. Curtis introduces bipartisan bill to help small businesses grow
Congressman John Curtis introduced the bipartisan Small Business Access to Capital and Efficiency Act, also known as the Small Business ACE Act....
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....

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

Summit fever: Trump reaches for big moment with Putin (Associated Press)

Warren Is Preparing for 2020. So Are Biden, Booker, Harris and Sanders. (New York Times)

Republicans praise Page's testimony one day after battle with Strzok (CNN)

Crowley declines to back Pelosi for speaker (Politico)

Progressive candidates who could be the 'next Ocasio-Cortez' prepare for primaries (ABC News)

Trump 2020, outside groups raise $32.7 million in just 3 months, small donors rule (Washington Examiner)

$88 Million and Counting: Trump Amasses Huge Head Start for 2020 Campaign (New York Times)

GOP weighs ICE vote to torture Democrats (Washington Examiner)

SCOTUS battle highlights red-state Democrats' 2018 dilemma (ABC News)

California Democratic Officials Reject Dianne Feinstein (Wall Street Journal)

Pentagon Nears New F-35 Deal (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words

Morning Walk

"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." Henry David Thoreau


Lighter Side

Papa John's

"The founder of Papa John's has resigned after using a racial slur in a conference call. People are calling it the second worst thing Papa John's founder ever said since "I'm starting a pizza company." Conan O'Brien


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