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Situational awareness - July 30, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. We are under 100 days until the 2018 midterm elections.

Utah Republicans once again consider anti-SB54 measures. Trump threatens to shut down the government unless Congress funds the border wall. Trump tangles with the New York Times over his anti-press rhetoric.



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GOP hardliners move to undermine SB54

The Utah GOP Central Committee will consider more proposals to punish candidates who gather signatures to get on the primary ballot - http://bit.ly/2veMDBL

Trump's farm subsidies

Our "Political Insiders" pan the Trump administration's plan to provide up to $12 billion for farmers hurt by Trump's protectionist trade policies - http://bit.ly/2Aolcv6




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Today At Utah Policy

Utah GOP Central Committee will once again attempt to punish signature-gathering candidates
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
The fight continues among Utah Republican Party bosses over how to punish candidates who take the SB54-allowed signature-gathering route to the state's primary ballot....
Should the Trump administration bail out farmers who are hurt by tariffs? Our 'Political Insiders' say no
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Last week the Trump administration announced plans to provide up to $12 billion in economic aid to American farmers who have been affected by retaliatory tariffs on their products. Our "Political Insiders" and readers overwhelmingly disagree with that plan.The $12 billion in...
Utah Thrives podcast: The future of transportation
By Utah Foundation
What if the public transit system worked more like Uber? What if we could keep the air cleaner in Utah's national parks by driving electric cars? And how would our society change if our cars were better at driving than we are?...
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....

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Policy News

U.S. Term Limits praises Brian Zehnder for signing pledge
U.S. Term Limits is gathering support from state lawmakers across the nation. Its mission is to get 34 states to apply for an amendment proposal convention specific to term limits on Congress....
Office of Outdoor Recreation awards $4 million for local recreation projects
The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation has awarded more than $4 million in grant funding for more than 58 projects through its competitive grant program....
BioUtah statement on U.S. House of Representatives passage of legislation to permanently repeal the medical device tax
BioUtah issued the following statement from President and CEO, Kelly Slone, regarding passage of the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 (H.R. 184) in the U.S. House of Representatives:...
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....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

George Chapman: Salt Lake City bond could hurt Medicaid expansion

Op-ed: Salt Lake Mayor Biskupski achieved nothing by skipping the inland port discussions

Editorial: This is a desert. Utah's sense of entitlement to water has to end.

Utah's largest teachers' union has canceled its annual convention for 2018 - but don't worry, schools still get their fall recess

Gravel pit won't pop up near Capitol Reef National Park as Utah land officials reject construction company's bid

Utah Democrat insists he's just as anti-abortion as his conservative opponent

Officials say Salt Lake roads are getting worse by the day - and it's past time to fix them

After past rowdiness, Utah's members of Congress now scheduling few town hall meetings

Sen. Orrin Hatch's impact on the Supreme Court: How a one-time lawyer from Pittsburgh shaped the highest court in the land

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Our summer reading includes special sessions, pot and Chaffetz

Editorial: Utah has both job and wage growth. What's wrong with that?

Lawsuit: Mark Shurtleff says D.A. Sim Gill threatened to 'get him back'

All 3 new homeless shelters now under construction after slow start in South Salt Lake

Big money behind Utah Better Boundaries initiative

State adopts tech approach to assess residents' 'customer experience'


Bevy of Utah County cities, school districts, look to raise property taxes (Daily Herald)

Traditionally trained teachers expected to be minority in field's workforce in 2030 (Standard-Examiner)

National Headlines

GDP report proves Trump is turning the economy around (New York Post)

CBS board mulls booting Les Moonves amid sexual harassment probe (New York Post)

Ginsburg suggests she has at least five more years on the Supreme Court (CNN)

Kudlow defends tariffs on China, wants to avoid EU duties (Politico)

Spicer threatens legal action over AP report (The Hill)

Americans wary of Trump tariffs' impact, but support plan to aid farmers - CBS poll (CBS News)

Supreme Court fight becomes battle for Kavanaugh's papers (The Hill)

Trump Again Threatens to Shut Down Government (Wall Street Journal)

Trump And 'New York Times' Publisher Clash Over Their Private Meeting (NPR)

Powell to Duck Trump Jabs and Let Economy Justify Fed Rate Pause (Bloomberg)

The U.S. Is Still The Global Natural Gas King (Forbes)

Wise Words


"It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

Big Star

"This fall, Hillary Clinton is going to guest star on an episode of "Madam Secretary." If she becomes a big enough TV star, she might have a chance of becoming president." Jimmy Fallon

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