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Situational awareness - July 17, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The White House is doing damage control after Trump's disastrous meeting with Putin. Lawmakers make a deal on the inland port. Federal authorities arrest an accused Russian agent.



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Inland port deal

Gov. Gary Herbert calls a special session for Wednesday after state leaders and the Salt Lake City Council reach a deal on the inland port - http://bit.ly/2mlBDyo

Some Utah politicos rip Trump after his press conference with Putin

Some members of Utah's congressional delegation had some harsh words following President Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while others were more reserved [Deseret News, Tribune].

Utahns favor gas tax hike for education

Our recent polling finds a slight majority of Utahns favor raising the gasoline tax in order to help boost education funding in the state - http://bit.ly/2L1wMkI

Podcast: Trump's tariffs and Utah

Derek Miller, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, says the trade war is causing some Utah businesses to hold back on expansion plans - http://bit.ly/2zI6kaH

Legal writing honor

An analysis of nearly 900 amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court found one of Utah Solicitor General Tyler Green's submissions had the best writing - http://bit.ly/2mmblfm




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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Utahns narrowly support ballot question on raising gas tax to boost education funding

By a narrow margin, most Utahns support a November ballot nonbinding measure that would ask the state Legislature to raise the state gasoline tax 10 cents per gallon, with the understanding the new money would go to public education, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows...
Podcast: Derek Miller, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber discusses President Trump's trade war

Derek Miller, the new President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about President Trump's trade war and its effect on Utah business....
Lawmakers and Salt Lake City Councilmembers reach agreement on inland port without Mayor Jackie Biskupski

Negotiations between Gov. Gary Herbert, legislative leaders and the Salt Lake City Council over the controversial inland port have been successful enough for Herbert to call lawmakers into a special session on Wednesday to make changes to the bill passed in the final hours o...
Utah's solicitor general earns top scores for legal writing

There were nearly 900 amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court during 2017. Out of all of those, the one with the best writing came from Utah Solicitor General Tyler Green....

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Policy News

Mayor Kurt Bradburn selects William O'Neal for Sandy Police Chief
 Mayor Kurt Bradburn announced his official selection of former Deputy Chief William O'Neal to lead the Sandy Police Department....
Salt Lake Chamber statement on improvements to the Inland Port Authority
Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, issued the following statement on Utah's Inland Port Authority and Governor Herbert's call for a special session this Wednesday:...
Fox Files: 'Behind the numbers'
We just concluded our fiscal year, which gives us a chance to reflect on the last year and to plan for the year ahead....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: How low can Congress go?

Colorado man to face trial in cattle-gate dispute, but Utah court is poised to drop case against his activist wife, Rose Chilcoat

Gehrke: Elections have consequences, and we'll see them for years to come with Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court

'Utah has long stood as one of our nation's most patriotic states' - Declassified documents show the pitch to lure National Security Agency Data Center

Governor calls lawmakers into special session this week for changes on taxes and the controversial trading port

Without mentioning president, Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee back U.S. intelligence assessment of Russian election interference

'We do not intend to be a flash in the pan' - Mormon church, NAACP team up on education and employment initiative, expect to unveil more joint projects

Deseret News

Rob Bishop: To anyone aspiring to be senator: Scrap the filibuster

Some Utah politicos blast Trump after meeting with Putin, others more restrained

Security experts raise 2020 Census hacking concerns

Herbert announces inland port compromise, calls special session for Wednesday

Legislative task force considers sponsors for UDOT emergency assistance fleet

State school board OKs $1.4 M in loans to charter schools, writes off $45K loan balance

Critics blast BLM over December oil and gas leasing proposal

West Nile virus confirmed in Box Elder County

National Headlines

Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Capitalism Will 'Not Always Exist' (Daily Caller)

Cummings Slams Politically Charged Trump EPA Program. Turns Out To Be Obama EPA Program. (Hot Air)

House Republicans not ready to call DOJ, FBI investigation a wrap (Washington Examiner)

Donald Trump Has Already Amassed a Giant 2020 War Chest (Slate)

As Democratic Party activists reject Sen. Feinstein, which side of the debate is more in touch with voters? (Los Angeles Times)

Judge's order for LA Times to alter published story sparks outrage from press advocates (CNN)

Ocasio-Cortez floating progressive sub-caucus (The Hill)

Chicago PD quickly released fatal police shooting video. That should be standard, activists say. (NBC News)

Bernie Sanders: 'Of Course' I'm Concerned Red-State Dems Might Vote For Kavanaugh (Daily Beast)

House GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE (The Hill)

How Sinclair lost Trump's FCC (Politico)

Wise Words

Glory in Living

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." Ralph Waldo Emerson


Lighter Side


"A Republican congressional candidate sent out anti-Semitic messages in a robocall. Of course, anti-Semites are now furious that robots are taking their jobs." Conan O'Brien


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