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Situational awareness - July 19, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Salt Lake City officials end up on opposite sides over the inland port. Lawmakers approve child tax credit for big Utah families. Trump was told that Putin personally ordered the 2016 attack to sway the presidential election shortly before he took office.



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Inland port brawl

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council end up on opposite sides as lawmakers pass changes to the controversial inland port bill - http://bit.ly/2uOHuQO

Who decides party membership

A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds most Utahns, including an overwhelming number of Republicans, oppose letting party leaders decide who belongs to a political party, and who doesn't - http://bit.ly/2JAiTV9

Trump criticism was justified

Rep. John Curtis, a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, says criticism of President Trump following his meeting with Vladimir Putin was entirely justified. Download the podcast of our conversation here - http://bit.ly/2zLFxdv




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Today At Utah Policy

Utahns oppose political party leaders deciding who can and cannot be a member

If Utah Republican Party leaders decide that they, not voters, decide who can and who cannot be a Republican, the leaders will be going against the wishes of 90 percent of their own rank-and-file party members, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
Inland port legislation puts Salt Lake City leaders on opposite sides

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski stood virtually alone on Wednesday, at odds with most Republican state lawmakers and the Salt Lake City council as she pushed back against changes to the controversial inland port....
United Utah Party noiminates Tim Zeidner in Third Congressional District

The United Utah Party nominated a replacement for Melanie McCoard, who was stepping down as the UUP candidate for US Congress in the Third Congressional District due to health concerns. ...
Sen. Lee statement on European Commission Google decision

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Wednesday responding to the European Commission's Google decision....
U.S. Air Force looks for innovative ideas in Utah, across the United States to develop new technologies

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory, hosted an industry reception at the Capitol on July 10 in support of the Air Force Science and Technology 2030 Initiative....
Podcast: Rep. John Curtis

Rep. John Curtis joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss the aftermath of President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin. Curtis, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the criticism of Trump following the meeting was justified....
Weekly survey: Biskupski vs. Salt Lake City Council

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council are on opposite sides of the inland port issue. Who do you think is taking the right approach? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Downtown Alliance leader Jason Mathis stepping down
Community and business leader, Jason Mathis announced his resignation from the Downtown Alliance this week. Mathis has served as the executive director of the Alliance and executive vice president of the Salt Lake Chamber since 2008....
Department of Commerce announces new Director of the Division of Corporations
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that effective July 30, 2018 Jason Sterzer has been appointed as the new Director of the Division of Corporations and Uniform Commercial Code.  ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Council, governor come up with a better Inland Port bill

Inside Mayor Biskupski's strategy of silence as Salt Lake City Council members negotiated their own Inland Port deal

New UTA board nominees include members from old one that was criticized for lax oversight. Will that hamper effort to restore public trust?

Longtime director of Salt Lake City's Downtown Alliance is leaving the state

Utah and its cops are bracing for new 0.05 DUI law, which rolls out in five months

United Utah Party picks Mormon MTC director as a replacement congressional candidate

Sen. Mike Lee says Kavanaugh is the 'kind of originalist jurist we need on the court'

Utah lawmakers debate requiring gun locks: lifesaver or infringement of rights?

Utah lawmaker hopes her proposal to let cops pull over drivers for using cellphones won't get killed this year

Utah lawmakers turned down a tax cut for big families in March. On Wednesday they passed a $30M reduction during their one-day special session.

Democrats want Ambassador Huntsman to testify about Trump-Putin summit

With Salt Lake City Council and mayor lobbying on opposite sides, state lawmakers OK changes to law that will dictate much future development

Deseret News

Chris Stewart: America is our last best hope, but hope is not a strategy

Op-ed: Sitting out on inland port negotiations wasn't an option

Editorial: Reducing teacher licensure qualifications may not be the best answer

UTA letters raised concerns about potential conflict of interest with Greg Hughes

Lawmakers weigh possible ban on driving while talking on phone

Utah lawmakers look at bonds for affordable housing

Panel debates requiring Utahns to lock guns away

Heat on the Hill: Utah Legislature passes 'not perfect' inland port bill backed by Salt Lake Council, fought by mayor

Lawmakers approve $30 million child tax credit for Utah families in special session

Utah on its own as FAA bails out of drone regulation

Raising the bar on K-3 reading takes money and explicit focus, specialists tell lawmakers

Sen. Orrin Hatch takes a swing at defending Supreme Court nominee

National Headlines

Poll: only 28 percent of young voters say they will certainly vote in the 2018 midterms (Vox)

Cynthia Nixon Demands Fair Treatment From Democratic Arm That Aided Cuomo (HuffPost)

Ex-Clinton press secretary Fallon rejects Comey endorsement of Democrats in midterms (The Hill)

Joe Lieberman: If Ocasio-Cortez is a Party Model, 'The Dems Won't Have a Very Bright Future' (FOX News)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's error on unemployment shows why politicians need to listen to economists (Quartz)

GOP bill applauding ICE approved in House, as Dems lament 'stunt' (FOX News)

Measure to break California into 3 states removed from November ballot after court ruling (CNN)

Trump's man in Florida overtakes gubernatorial frontrunner (Politico)

Trump Administration Investigating Uranium Imports Under National Security Concerns (Wall Street Journal)

FCC votes to refer Sinclair merger to judge, possibly dooming it (The Hill)

Congress may put American retirement vehicle in play (Washington Post)

Wise Words


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Lighter Side


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