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Situational awareness - July 27, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

Utah is getting $4 million from the feds to boost election security. Michael Cohen claims President Trump had advance knowledge about the infamous Trump tower meeting with a Russian lawyer. Mueller is reportedly scrutinizing President Trump's tweets in obstruction of justice probe.



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Utah spending big on election security

Utah is getting more than $4 million from the feds to improve election security, which includes purchasing new voting machines and security upgrades on the state's voter registration system - http://bit.ly/2vdvVT8

What a week!

Romney's campaign cash. Love or Bishop for speaker? Utahns aren't sure lawmakers should be able to call themselves into special session. Plus, Donald Trump's rage tweeting and Michael Cohen's tapes. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the week in Utah politics - http://bit.ly/2Om5X8L

You can download the podcast version of our week in review here - http://bit.ly/2AcyFGd

Special session changes

Bob Bernick argues voters should approve a constitutional change to allow lawmakers to call themselves into special session - http://bit.ly/2LoUJ5E




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Today At Utah Policy

Utah receiving $4 million in federal funds to improve election security
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The federal government is awarding Utah more than $4 million to purchase new voting equipment and update the state's voter registration systems. ...
Rage tweeting like a teenage girl - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 382
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Mitt Romney has a massive cash advantage over Democrat Jenny Wilson in their U.S. Senate matchup....
Bob Bernick's notebook: Utah lawmakers shouldn't have to ask permission to do their job
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A new UtahPolicy.com poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds Utahns are split over a constitutional amendment that would give legislators the power to call themselves into a special session....
Hatch, bipartisan senators introduce Innovation Grants Higher Education Bill
By Press release
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Fund for Innovation and Success in Higher Education (FINISH) Act to promote innovation and efficiency in higher education....
House votes to eliminate medical device tax permanently
By Press release
Congresswoman Mia Love's on-going effort to repeal the Medical Device Tax has taken a significant step forward, after strong bipartisan support to approve H.R. 184, The Protect Medical Innovation Act....
Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 382
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott traipse through the week that was in Utah politics....
Weekly survey: Trump's $12 billion farm bailout
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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....
Utahns split on proposed constitutional amendment allowing lawmakers to call themselves into special session
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
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
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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.
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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!
By Wilf Sommerkorn
Neighbors oppose Orem UVU housing project, say it's too dense!...

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune: Utah's Rob Bishop and Democratic counterpart unveil $5 billion plan to start tackling national parks' maintenance backlog--KSL:The Payson Canyon 'Four Bay' trail system: Made by locals, built with loveNew Films-- Mission: Impossible F...
Salt Lake County receives clean audit with zero deficiencies for its 2017 financial report
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams praised the accounting team in Mayor's Finance for its 2017 external audit results....
Utah Business Coalition gives 32 'Champion of Business' awards to Utah legislators
The Utah Business Coalition announced the 32 Legislators that are to be given "Champion of Business" awards. ...
State of Utah launches statewide customer experience program with Qualtrics to better serve its citizens
The State of Utah announced that it is launching a statewide customer experience program focused on improving the experience of its citizens....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah law should empower property owners over gun carriers

Utah law says libraries and schools should have filters against internet porn. A new study says filtering doesn't work.

Gehrke: When the going gets tough, Salt Lake City's mayor goes missing - and it could doom her chances for re-election

A Utah County inmate was headed to trial and possible deportation. Then came his cancer diagnosis and medical bills nearing $1M.

South Salt Lake City Council member wonders if sexism put the kibosh on a pay hike for the mayor

Deseret News

Editorial: Why ban cellphones while driving in Utah? Here are two good reasons

Sen. Orrin Hatch tells conservative students to resist urge to 'own the libs' online

Police report success in ongoing North Temple operation

This new Utah sex ed bill could help prevent sexual harassment. Here's how

Voters split over giving lawmakers power to call themselves into special session

VA putting new focus on needs of minority veterans

Questions continue to dog possible federal designation for the Wasatch


Rep. Brian King looks to restore net neutrality standards in Utah (Park Record)

National Headlines

Liberal enclaves embrace noncitizen voting: 'I think this is another good step forward' (Washington Times)

U.S. second-quarter GDP growth expected to top 4% (CBS News)

As Heatwave Tests The Limits Of Renewables, Anti-Nuclear Governments Return To Nuclear (Forbes)

The Pentagon just got one step closer to awarding its $10 billion cloud contract (CNBC)

U.S. touts EU trade truce, attention now turns to China (Reuters)

Stormy Daniels's attorney will speak in Iowa, fueling speculation of possible presidential bid (Washington Post)

Nunes: Redactions in FISA documents just as bad or worse than what has been released (The Hill)

Trump blasts Twitter's Republican 'shadow banning,' vows to probe 'illegal practice' (FOX News)

Why Jim Jordan is surviving, and thriving, despite Ohio State sexual abuse scrutiny (Washington Post)

Trump predicts 'terrific' GDP growth in Granite City speech, claims US 'winning' the trade wars (FOX News)

Facial Recognition Software Wrongly Identifies 28 Lawmakers As Crime Suspects (NPR)

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