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Situational awareness - July 6, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. We're back after the 4th of July break.

Utahns don't favor impeaching Trump. Trump narrows his possible Supreme Court picks. Trade war with China begins.



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Utahns aren't DTI (Down to impeach)

A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds nearly 2/3rds of Utahns don't want Democrats to move to impeach Donald Trump if they take control of the House in November - http://bit.ly/2KKoiO7

Cruz gets behind Lee

Sen. Ted Cruz really, really wants President Trump to pick his buddy Sen. Mike Lee for the Supreme Court - http://bit.ly/2MSIdI5

Tooting our own horn

You can stop saying public opinion polls can't be trusted anymore. Our pre-primary surveys absolutely nailed the final results - http://bit.ly/2MPAZ7s




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Today At Utah Policy

Poll: Most Utahns don't think Democrats should try to impeach Trump

Nearly 2/3rds of Utahns think Democrats should not move to impeach President Trump if they take control of the House of Representatives in November....
Ted Cruz really wants Mike Lee on the Supreme Court

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is pressuring President Donald Trump to select his colleague, Sen. Mike Lee, as the replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. ...
Utah Policy polling: remarkably accurate

UtahPolicy.com conducts regular political polling, most of which is greatly appreciated by the political community we serve. It's important to have independent survey research on the key issues of the day and to measure job performance of elected officials....
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

Casual Friday:Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--KSL.com: Grotto Falls offers refreshing, family-friendly hikeConcerts-- Murray Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 East 5300 South, Salt Lake City, $6-- Salt Lake City Jazz Festival, Friday and Saturday, The G...
Wasatch Front Regional Council announces two open houses for Draft 2019-2024 Transportation Improvement Program
The Wasatch Front Regional Council, in conjunction with the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Transit Authority, has identified hundreds of priority transportation projects totaling approximately $4 billion to improve mobility, strengthen the economy and enhance...
UAMPS leaders Doug Hunter & Ted Rampton honored by APPA
Douglas Hunter, general manager & CEO of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), received the Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award at the recent national conference of the American Public Power Association (APPA) in New Orleans, Louisiana....
Salt Lake City joins Utah's C-PACE financing program for building efficiency
The Governor's Office of Energy Development is pleased to announce that Salt Lake City, the state's largest municipality, has joined Utah's new financing tool to advance energy improvements in commercial, industrial and qualifying residential buildings....
Utah.Gov expands Google Assistant offering
The Office of the Utah Lieutenant Governor announced the introduction of the Utah notary practice exam on Google Home....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Unproven bounty program is coyote ugly

What do you think of all this construction? About half of Utah voters say they support new apartment buildings, condos and houses.

Love and McAdams are fighting over 'Dreamers,' while most Utahns agree they should be allowed to stay

Sponsor of Utah's Medicaid work requirements unfazed by Kentucky court decision

Sen. Mike Lee spoke with President Trump about high court vacancy as a conservative news outlet reports he's out of the running

SLC International Airport in top 10% globally for on-time performance, one of only six in U.S.

Officials seek public comment on how to spend $4 billion on Wasatch Front transportation over the next 5 years

Have you seen those scooters around Salt Lake City? Riders seem to love them, but they're giving the city headaches.

Gehrke: Opposition to tax hike for schools shows Utahns don't value education the way they claim to

Two Utah officials accused of pocketing more than $238K in public funds

Deseret News

Natalie Gochnour: Utah's growth demands cooperation, not sabotage

Jay Evensen: The 'nanny state' may have saved fireworks

Delays may now push Utah-funded marijuana study results past Election Day

State defends elections law in court challenge from Count My Vote

Utah Gov. Herbert no longer sees online sales taxes as replacement for gas tax hike for schools

Tariffs on global imports may bring price hikes to Utah, analyst says

U.S. needs 'eyes wide open' in summit with Russia, Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. says

Conservatives say Sen. Mike Lee a 'sure thing' for Supreme Court if nominated

Top 2 House District 24 candidates awaiting election update in close race


Filing is open to replace Keith Grover, who recently moved from Utah House to Senate (Daily Herald)

Utah County Sheriff resigns during commission meeting over funding shortfalls (Daily Herald)

Census estimates: Logan has twice the poverty rate, growing slower than Cache County (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Devin Nunes refers Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal, others tied to Trump dossier for testimony (Washington Examiner)

Trump narrows list for Supreme Court pick with focus on Kavanaugh and Kethledge (Washington Post)

Immigration top issue for U.S. voters, economy a close second (Reuters)

Facebook reinstates Declaration of Independence post after mistakenly flagging it as hate speech (NBC News)

Bill Shine covered up sexual harassment at Fox News for decades until the plot blew up in his face (FOX News)

DHS touts drop in border crossings amid 'zero tolerance' push (FOX News)

Trump claims Maxine Waters' IQ in 'mid-60s,' slams 'fake Pocahontas' Elizabeth Warren in rally to unseat Jon Tester (FOX News)

Saudi Arabia slashes oil prices after Trump slams the 'OPEC monopoly' (Business Insider)

Teen attacked in Texas Whataburger for wearing 'Make America Great Again' hat (Yahoo)

Elon Musk lashes out at the media, again (CNBC)

Trade war set to escalate as Fed warns of economic hit (Washington Post)

Wise Words


"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best." St. Jerome

Lighter Side

Pay Later

"Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are rolling out a new payment program which allows online shoppers to pay in installments later rather than in full, called Afterpay. Not to be confused with the program they have at Taco Bell, where you always pay for it later." Seth Meyers

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