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Situational awareness - July 3, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Hatch, Lee get favorable approval ratings from Utahns. Lee no longer on Trump's SCOTUS list. GOP lawmakers are growing impatient with Trump's trade war.



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Lee/Hatch get good job approval ratings

Utahns mostly approve of the job performance of Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee according to our latest public opinion poll - http://bit.ly/2Kxtl5e

Lee no longer on SCOTUS list

Sen. Mike Lee is reportedly no longer under consideration for the Supreme Court opening. Some were worried the closely divided Senate would force him to vote for his own nomination, which would be a bad visual ahead of the 2018 midterms - http://bit.ly/2KtVslG

More Romney/Trump drama

Mitt Romney says "It's a little early" for him to support the re-election of President Trump in 2020 - http://bit.ly/2z7ku4Q

"I'd like to kill 'em"

Sen. Orrin Hatch and other Republican Senators are fed up with President Trump's trade war, saying it could hurt the GOP's chances in the midterm elections. Hatch said he'd "like to kill 'em," referring to Trump's growing list of tariffs on foreign goods - https://politi.co/2MM10EW




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Today At Utah Policy

Hatch, Lee both get positive approval ratings from Utahns

Since announcing he was going to retire this year, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch has rebounded ever so slightly in his job approval rating, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
Report: Mike Lee no longer under consideration for SCOTUS opening

The Trump White House is reportedly no longer considering Sen. Mike Lee for the Supreme Court nomination to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy....
Romney: 'It's a little early' to support Trump's re-election in 2020

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney said in a televised interview on Sunday that he would not yet commit to supporting Donald Trump for another term in 2020....
Guest opinion: U.S. faces Hamilton's question: 'reflection and choice, or...accident and force?'

Seasonal sentiments around the Fourth of July are always justified, but this year given all we are going through as a nation they are also instructive....
Weekly survey: A Utahn on the Supreme Court?

Sen. Mike Lee and his brother, Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee are on President Donald Trump's short list for a possible Supreme Court nomination. Do you think either one of them will be selected by Trump? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

WTC Utah announces new president & CEO
World Trade Center Utah announced Miles Hansen as the new President and CEO of WTC Utah. Hansen replaces Derek B. Miller who left to become the President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance....
Utah Lt. Gov. reduces document authentication fees for adopting parents
Utah Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox is pleased to announce a reduction in fees for authenticating adoption paperwork used for overseas adoptions....
Fox files: 'Diversity'
Some of you have heard me confirm what you all suspect and know: our market has grown into a new tier....
Call for nominations - EDCUtah Annual Leadership in Economic Development Awards
On September 11, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah will recognize two individuals and one organization that have made a significant impact on the economic landscape of Utah. Nominations are now open for the following recognition:...
Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing completes national construction fraud sting, nabs unlicensed contractors statewide with 2 criminal cases and 94 administrative citations
The Utah Department of Commerce announced that the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing completed a two-week statewide sting investigation to target fraudulent construction activity....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Taking on the sales tax offers opportunities, brings challenges

Gehrke: An ambitious plan is underway to resurrect Salt Lake City's Wingpointe golf course

Gov. Chaffetz? Former Utah congressman leads field of potential 2020 Republican candidates for governor.

Federal judge sides with San Juan County, says it's been 'pretty vigorous' in implementing new voter boundaries that benefit Navajo residents

Utah's medical marijuana initiative appears headed for the November ballot after opponents drop their federal lawsuit

Report: Sen. Mike Lee no longer in serious consideration for the Supreme Court opening

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah building codes aren't fireproof

Editorial: Why you should pay close attention to Mexico's new president

Utah mayor: This might be year to rethink lighting fireworks

Lawsuit to stop medical marijuana initiative dropped but could be refiled

Water watchers: Utah's biggest freshwater lake faces big challenges


Looking into the numbers: What Utah County is giving and getting in the Facebook data center deal (Daily Herald)

New growth, sales tax keep Layton property taxes down (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

Facebook's disclosures under scrutiny as federal agencies join probe of tech giant's role in sharing data with Cambridge Analytica (Washington Post)

Progressives Deploy Religious Ignorance and Bigotry to Stop Amy Coney Barrett (National Review)

Man allegedly threatens to chop up GOP Sen. Rand Paul's family with an ax (ABC News)

Did Democrats learn all the wrong lessons from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory? (CNN)

Man Arrested in Cleveland Terror Plot After F.B.I. Sting (New York Times)

Brian Ross out at ABC News months after botched report on Donald Trump, Russia tanked stock market (FOX News)

These Democrats want to abolish ICE (CNN)

White House lashes out at Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren (Politico)

Fox News' Maria Bartiromo is getting slammed for her friendly interview with Trump (Business Insider)

Illegal immigration dropped as Trump's zero tolerance policy kicked in (Washington Times)

One of these women could be Trump's Supreme Court pick (NBC News)

Wise Words


"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." John F. Kennedy

Lighter Side


"Trump is in a Twitter feud with Harley-Davidson since they announced that they're moving some jobs overseas. When people first heard Trump was feuding with Harley-Davidson, they just assumed it was another porn star." Jimmy Fallon

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