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Situational awareness - July 31, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utah GOP could freeze out members of Congress. Inland Port authority gets down to business. The Trump administration is considering going around Congress to give a $100 billion tax cut to wealthy Americans.



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Utah's unique politics

In our latest podcast, we talk with BYU political scientist Adam Brown about his new book on Utah's political scene - http://bit.ly/2AApEHp

Another Utah GOP Central Committee power grab?

A proposed change to the Utah GOP's constitution could cut Utah's members of Congress out of the party's Executive Committee decisions - http://bit.ly/2AwCdDA

"Dreamers" and the courts

Former State Senator Steve Urquhart says the fate of "Dreamers" could be one of the first cases heard by Brett Kavanaugh if he's confirmed to the Supreme Court - http://bit.ly/2LEA3Xx




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Today At Utah Policy

Podcast: New book examines Utah's unique political environment

BYU professor Adam Brown is the author of the new book "Utah Politics and Government, American Democracy among a Unique Electorate."...
Utah GOP proposal could cut members of congress out of key committee decisions

A proposed change in the Utah GOP's governing documents would essentially cut the state's Congressional delegation out of the party's Executive Committee while giving more power to the hardliner-dominated Central Committee. ...
Guest opinion: The courts are no place for 'Dreamers'

As the U.S. Senate considers Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, Americans will hear the term "legislating from the bench." It refers to judges, or Supreme Court justices, ruling on matters that should be settled by legislators. Concerned with preserving the separati...
Bramble ranked among 'most productive' state legislators by FiscalNote

FiscalNote, a technology innovator at the intersection of global business and government that provides advanced, data-driven Issues Management solutions today unveiled new data on the most productive state legislators nationwide....

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Policy News

Salt Lake County Republican Party announces their pick for communications director
Salt Lake County Chairman Scott Miller states, "After an exhaustive search and several interviews, we have found a qualified and talented Communications Director for the Salt Lake County Republican Party."  ...
Operational Excellence Conference announces Steve Starks as a 2018 keynote speaker
Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment and president of the Utah Jazz, will be a keynote speaker at the State of Utah and Goldratt Consulting Operational Excellence Conference on Sept. 27-28 at the Grand America Hotel.  ...
Sutherland Institute announces Rep. Chris Stewart on national security in 2018 Congressional Event Series
Sutherland Institute announced new details for its 2018 Congressional Event Series....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Inland Port Authority formally launches with Derek Miller as chairman and James Rogers, vice-chairman

Under Trump, more than a half-million Utah acres will be auctioned for oil, gas leasing

Gehrke: How a changing Utah population may lead to a more politically balanced state

Unified Police Department says it will become more transparent - but won't stop its officers from working as private security, which state audit recommended

Utah lawmaker asks for fewer opinions about the environment and pollution at inaugural inland port authority meeting

Biskupski, McAdams join national mayors to urge action as Utah sees worst growth in backlog of U.S. citizenship applications

Deseret News

Editorial: Here's the epitome of Washington's reckless spending

Some think one sentence in the Utah Constitution might undo the Inland Port Authority

New documentary series on former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson a decade in the making

Unified police board needs stronger oversight of sheriff, state audit says

Orrin Hatch says he's told Trump not to call press 'enemy of the people'

Environmental advocates warn they'll be 'watching closely' as Utah Inland Port board begins business

National Headlines

Dimon says Trump's tax cut and deregulation have 'accelerated growth' (CNBC)

Like it or not, America is now seriously debating socialism (New York Post)

Linda Tripp makes first public appearance in 18 years at whistleblowers conference (Washington Times)

Trump: I am ready to meet with Iran 'anytime they want to' with no preconditions (CNBC)

Robert Wilkie sworn in as Trump's new VA secretary (FOX News)

Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for all' bill estimated to cost $32.6T, new study says (FOX News)

Sessions announces new 'religious liberty task force' (CNN)

Manchin Is First Democrat to Meet With Kavanaugh as Parties Intensify Feud (New York Times)

How to Gauge the Fed's Reaction to Trump's Tweet (Bloomberg)

San Francisco Is Poised To Ban Plastic Straws. That's Got Bubble Tea Shops Worried (NPR)

Les Moonves and the Limitations of 'No Means No' (Slate)

Wise Words

First Duty

"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan


Lighter Side


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