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Situational awareness - July 26, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Mia Love and Rob Bishop are being mentioned as possible candidates for Speaker of the House. Today is the deadline for the Trump administration to reunite migrant families. Conservatives in Congress launch an effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.



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Love/Bishop "dark horse" candidates for Speaker

If Republicans retain control of the House in November, Reps. Rob Bishop and Mia Love are getting some consideration as possible candidates for Speaker of the House if the frontrunners can't get enough support to win - http://bit.ly/2AbE9RF

Herbert 11th most popular governor

A new survey from Morning Consult says Gov. Gary Herbert has the 11th-highest approval rating in the nation - http://bit.ly/2mHJPsV

Hatch/Lee below 50%

The same Morning Consult poll says both Sen. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch have approval ratings below 50% in Utah - http://bit.ly/2mLMZMm

Should lawmakers be able to call a special session?

A recent UtahPolicy.com survey shows Utahns are divided on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Utah lawmakers to call a special session - http://bit.ly/2v2vjj6

Density vs. population growth

Wilf Summerkorn argues high-density development is a viable way to address Utah's explosive population growth - http://bit.ly/2v5dgsJ




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Today At Utah Policy

Utahns split on proposed constitutional amendment allowing lawmakers to call themselves into special session

Utahns are split over whether the state Constitution should be changed to allow legislators to call themselves into a special session, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
Hatch, Lee approval ratings under 50% in new poll

The most recent Morning Consult poll of approval ratings for every U.S. Senator finds both Sen. Mike Lee and Sen. Orrin Hatch under 50% in their home state of Utah....
Herbert 11th most-popular governor in the U.S.

A new national poll of all 50 governors puts Gov. Gary Herbert's approval rating in Utah at 56%, which makes him the 11th most popular in the U.S....
Density is Not the Problem!

Neighbors oppose Orem UVU housing project, say it's too dense!...
Dixie State University's Innovation Plaza to provide new resources for technology entrepreneurs in southern Utah

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced a $875,048 grant award to Dixie State University to purchase equipment and support networking activities for the launch of DSU's Innovation Plaza....
Love, Bishop among 'dark horse' GOP candidates to be next House Speaker

Reps. Rob Bishop and Mia Love are getting some run among Washington insiders as possible "dark horse" candidates for Speaker if Republicans retain control of the House following the 2018 midterms....
Salt Lake Chamber statement on administration's $12 billion 'bailout' in farm aid

Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's plan to offer $12 billion dollars in aid to farmers hurt by tariffs:...
Weekly survey: Trump's $12 billion farm bailout

This week the Trump administration announced up to $12 billion in federal aid for farmers who may be adversely affected by retaliatory tariffs from foreign countries. Do you agree or disagree with this federal aid package? Vote now in our weekly survey....
Here's hoping Sen. Lee isn't all out of love for decrees that protect small businesses from music gougers

There's this episode of the endlessly smart "30 Rock" where the group is about to sing "Happy Birthday" at an office party....

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Policy News

GOED announces new board member
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announces the appointment of Andrea Moss to its Board of Directors....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Psychologists in every school? Jordan District faces a changing world

Utah's remote roads to get more maintenance money, but critics fear the move will scar public lands

The first small nuclear modular reactor in the country may be coming soon - and it has early buy-in from more than 20 Utah municipalities

What Utah law says about leaving your loaded gun in, for example, a restroom near a children's play area

Utah Supreme Court rejects UTA's lawsuit to prevent its supervisors from ever unionizing

Utah's Rob Bishop and Democratic counterpart unveil $5 billion plan to start tackling national parks' maintenance backlog

Utah gets small portion of federal funding compared to other states. The Legislature's rejection of full Medicaid expansion is the main reason.

To fight drugs, prostitution and homelessness scattered by Operation Rio Grande, Salt Lake City police open pop-up station at North Temple's 'ground zero'

Deseret News

Op-ed: Have we already lost the Cottonwood Canyons?

A. Scott Anderson: This effort is Utah's chance to improve public education

Op-ed: Millennial leaders are emerging with strong foundations

Editorial: 'Digital literacy' is more than spreadsheets. It's a matter of safety

Salt Lake City mayor: 'Unnerving' Ensign Peak fire should remind residents to be as cautious as ever

Man charged with forging signatures on state Senate candidate petition

TV mega-deal involving Utah's Fox 13 likely off; Trump decries decision

Voter turnout hits around 29 percent for Utah primary, better than 2016

Grant to aid in geothermal research in rural Utah

Rep. Bishop touts plan to use energy development to fund park maintenance

Mitt Romney raising a lot more money than Jenny Wilson in Senate race

Police, businesses hope substation on North Temple will curb uptick in crime

National Headlines

Liberal Chris Hayes: I'd Like to Cover Climate Change, But It's a 'Ratings Killer' (NewsBusters)

Get ready for the GDP hot takes (MarketWatch)

Student Suspended for Trump Border Wall Shirt to Get $25G and Formal Apology (FOX News)

Crowley plans to stay on third party line in November, won't endorse a Democratic leadership replacement (CNN)

Lawyer Avenatti is a cable news fixture -- but in this case, he wants privacy (FOX News)

Trump-ally congressmen introduce impeachment resolution against Deputy AG Rosenstein (CNN)

U.S., Europeans Agree to Iron Out Trade Differences (Wall Street Journal)

Clinton fixer engineers Michael Cohen's turn against Trump (Politico)

U.S. Stocks Soar on Trade Concessions (Wall Street Journal)

Pai stands by Sinclair decision in face of Trump's outrage (Politico)

Tech execs expected back on Capitol Hill in fall (Axios)

Wise Words


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Lighter Side


"In honor of World Emoji Day, Apple has announced it's adding cupcake, kangaroo, and lettuce symbols. A cupcake, a kangaroo, and lettuce, or as Outback Steakhouse calls it, a salad."Seth Meyers


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