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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

Biskupski rebuffed pleas to join inland port negotiations, barred city employees from participating in talks
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has been absent from negotiations between city and state leaders over changes to the controversial inland port bill, but it's not for lack of trying....
4th CD race between Love and McAdams now rated as a 'toss up'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Real Clear Politics has moved their rating of the 4th Congressional District race between Rep. Mia Love and Democrat Ben McAdams to a "toss-up." Previously, they had rated the contest as "leans GOP."...
Count My Vote pushes back against claims of fraudulent signatures in court filing
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Two Utahns who claim that they had their names fraudulently added to the Count My Voice petition initiative joined an effort to intervene in CMV's appeal to the Utah Supreme Court. But, CMV says their claims of fraud appear to be meritless....
Poll: Utahns narrowly support ballot question on raising gas tax to boost education funding
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
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
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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....
'Political Insiders' say Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court before the 2018 midterms
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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

U.S. Term Limits praises Utah State Representative McCay for signing its pledge
 U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials, is currently gathering support from state lawmakers across the nation....
Rep. Love passes fourth bill in the U.S. House
The House passed Congresswoman Love's Juab County Conveyance Act (H.R. 3777) by voice vote....
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: On school testing, Utah must make up its mind

With nearly 125,000 attending in 2018, Sundance Film Festival is a major economic draw, study says

BYU will appeal judge's ruling that its police department should be subject to Utah's open-records laws

Wilderness activist Rose Chilcoat won't be tried in southern Utah corral dispute; state decides not to fight move to drop charges

UTA suggests possible sale of naming rights for its TRAX lines or stations as a way to raise money

Senate confirms Utahn to the Federal Reserve board

SLC Airport traffic grew by 1 million passengers last year to now rank as nation's 23rd largest

Utah Rep. Chris Stewart says Trump is not a 'Russian stooge'

Deseret News

Editorial: As adoption enters the culture war, what's best for the children?

Utah County GOP chooses Marsha Judkins to fill Utah House seat

Senate confirms Utah investor to serve on Federal Reserve board

Utah legislative leaders plan to add child tax credit to special session agenda

Sen. Orrin Hatch would back legislation to restrict Trump's 'reckless' reliance on tariffs

Legislative auditors ask colleges: 'Dude, where's your keys?'

Sundance '18 shines with 124K attendees generating nearly $200 million


Legislators: Logan stuck with sales tax loss to fund SLC homeless issues (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Intel Chair: FBI, DOJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hope of Dem Takeover in Congress (Free Beacon)

'Abolish ICE' is going to hurt Democrats in the midterms (The Hill)

A war over workers' rights, individual versus collective (Washington Examiner)

Trump, House Republicans discuss further tax cuts at White House (Reuters)

Less than half of US school districts test drinking water for lead: Report (ABC News)

No 'underlying facts' to pursue Trump impeachment, top House Democrat says (Politico)

Judge sides with Trump admin in Planned Parenthood suit over changes to federal funding (The Hill)

Sparks fly at hearing on anti-conservative bias in tech (The Hill)

Boeing Gets $3.9 Billion Contract for New Air Force One (Bloomberg)

Former top Trump aide Steve Bannon: President 'needs to unite the West against the rise of a totalitarian China' (CNBC)

Trump Supreme Court nominee faces widest partisan divide in recent history (Politico)

Wise Words


"Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble." Shah Rukh Kha

Lighter Side


"Sarah Palin is complaining that she was tricked and humiliated by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Yes - apparently 10 years ago he tricked Palin into thinking she was actually qualified to be vice president." Conan O'Brien

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