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Situational awareness - July 20, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

Trump invites Putin to Washington in the fall. Lawmakers look ahead to what's next for the inland port. Trump threatens to dramatically step up the trade war with China.



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What a week!

An internecine brawl in Salt Lake City over the inland port and President Trump gets a dump truck full of criticism following his meeting with Vladimir Putin. Bryan Schott and Chris Jones from KUTV run down the week in Utah politics - http://bit.ly/2JDnCFm

You can download a podcast version of our week in review if you prefer to listen on the go - http://bit.ly/2zRMklP

Biskupski between a rock and a hard place

Bob Bernick says Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is in a tough spot as the inland port moves forward - http://bit.ly/2LyBItx




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Today At Utah Policy

A flip, a flop, and another flip on Russia - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 381

The Salt Lake City Council is at odds with Mayor Jackie Biskupski over the massive inland port project. Biskupki refused to engage in negotiations claiming the process was flawed....
Bob Bernick's notebook - Fighting the good fight, or throwing a tantrum?

Depending on whom you believe, Salt Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski is watching out for city residents as she refuses to participate in the inland port agreement worked out between state Republicans and the City Council....
Ryan selects Bishop to negotiate farm bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) selected Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) to negotiate the final version of the Farm Bill as a member of the House-Senate Conference Committee. Upon appointment to the Committee, Rep. Bishop offered the following statement:...
Hatch, Wyden introduce IRS administration bill

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Taxpayer First Act (S. 3246), bipartisan legislation to reform certain administrative practices at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)....
Interior and environment funding bill passes the House, Rep. Stewart's critical provisions included

The House passed the 2019 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which included several of Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) provisions that are critical for Utah....
Riverton signals intent to leave Unified Police Department

 In an emergency meeting on July 19, the Riverton City Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring the city's intent to leave the Unified Police Department (UPD) at the end of 12 months; though the council did so with the understanding that the decision may chan...
Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 381

Chris Jones of KUTV joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss the important stories of the past week in Utah politics....
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

Utah Division of Consumer Protection and Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs join Federal Trade Commission and 50 states to combat charity fraud targeting U.S. veterans and service members
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce and Gary R. Harter, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs announced that the State of Utah, through a joint campaign with the Federal Trade Commission titl...
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune: Visitors avoid U.S. national parks when pollution rises, study says--KSL: Popular trails in Zion National Park still closed for thunderstorm damage--KSL:3 great high-country backpacking trips to go on this summerConcerts-- Days of '47 ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes lands in another conflict-of-interest controversy

Critics decry lack of public input, debate in rushing through legislation for massive Utah trade hub known as the inland port

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Saratoga Springs - the belly button of Utah

Jay Evensen: What would Herbert Hoover's ghost tell Trump about trade?

Editorial: Rising health care costs aren't what the doctor ordered

Democrats want Jon Huntsman Jr. to testify about Helsinki summit

What's next for Utah inland port? Leaders hope to 'put politics behind us'

State income taxes will go up about $96 for 'Average Joe' even with $30 million tax break


Salem urges Utah County to pass local option sales tax, commissioners weigh options (Daily Herald)

Medicaid expansion discussed at town hall (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Bernie Sanders' Strategist Named in New Cache of Mueller Evidence (PJ Media)

Bowing to Trump, Novartis Joins Pfizer in Freezing Drug Prices (New York Times)

Media figures lament toxic Twitter (The Hill)

San Francisco's mayor won't crack down on people using city as an outdoor toilet (Los Angeles Daily News)

Busy Month for Illegal Immigrants Committing Heinous Crimes (Judicial Watch)

Matt Drudge Weighs in on Latest New Yorker Cover: The Left Has a 'Fetish' For Trump's Death (Mediaite)

San Francisco continues to spend big in fight against homelessness -- but is it working? (FOX News)

'I dream about Biden': Trump says he'd have no problem beating the former VP in 2020 (Washington Post)

Trump administration introduces proposal to roll back Endangered Species Act protections (The Hill)

Counterprotesters burn American flag outside office of Maxine Waters (FOX News)

Trump rips Fed for raising interest rates (CNNMoney)

Wise Words


"Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance." Epicurus


Lighter Side

New Lighting

"It's come out that President Trump's new communications director has changed the White House lighting so Trump looks younger. Even more impressive, the new lighting makes Melania look happy." Conan O'Brien


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