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Situational awareness - August 1, 2018

Good Wednesday morning and welcome to August from Salt Lake City.

Utah agriculture officials say the medical cannabis ballot initiative could lead to significant costs for Utah taxpayers. Facebook deletes pages designed to spread misinformation ahead of the 2018 midterms. The Trump administration is considering escalating the trade war with China.



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SCOOP! Utah Ag officials wary of medical cannabis initiative

Utah Department of Agriculture officials are worried the medical cannabis initiative is too vague and poorly crafted for them to properly implement it if voters approve the proposal. They also say licensing fees for businesses will be too high, which could lead to big costs for Utah taxpayers - http://bit.ly/2OBzyeq

Lee blocks 3D printed gun legislation

Sen. Mike Lee blocked a bill on Tuesday to ban blueprints of 3D printed guns from being posted online - http://bit.ly/2vkXVEo

Breaking down Utah's 2016 election results

We dig into the map from the 2016 election in Utah. Some areas that went for Hillary Clinton in 2016 are represented by Republicans in the legislature, which could give Democrats an opportunity to flip some seats this year - http://bit.ly/2AvmHYk

Utahns confident about the job market

Utahns are feeling better about the economy because they expect to see increased job availability over the next six months - http://bit.ly/2vqHarF




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Today At Utah Policy

Utah agriculture officials say medical cannabis initiative may impossible to administer, eventually could cost Utah taxpayers big

State agriculture officials are worried they won't be able to meet deadlines mandated by the medical marijuana ballot initiative, which they say will lead to unregulated cannabis cultivation by the public....
Digging into Utah's 2016 electoral map

We all know that Salt Lake City the state capital and its largest city is Democratic....
Utahns very confident about job availability as expectations about the economy improve

The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) increased 1.7 points to 113.6 in July. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index increased 0.3 points to 127.4 this month....

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Policy News

Rep. Curtis hosts net neutrality event with local leaders
Congressman John Curtis hosted a roundtable discussion about one of the most important issues to Utah's third district, net neutrality....
Fox files: 'Facebook's renewable power projects'
You may have recently read The Salt Lake Tribune article announcing that Facebook's Prineville, Oregon Facebook Data Center Site will be powered by renewable energy. ...
Amazon begins hiring for 1,500 new jobs at Salt Lake City fulfillment center
Amazon has begun hiring for 1,500 full-time positions at its new fulfillment center in Salt Lake City for associates who will help launch the building....
EDCUtah now accepting applications for Community Match Grants and Utah Mega Sites
Support economic development in your community by applying to two of EDCUtah's most important public development programs: Match Grants, which provides funding for specific economic development projects, and Mega Sites, an exciting new program (the first of its kin...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Feds' decision on Utah Medicaid waiver is likely delayed until after the midterm election - and the state vote on full expansion

'A strong sheriff needs to fight': Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder blasts his replacement, says cities are greedy for leaving Unified Police Department

Three who served on UTA board passed over after trying to join new commission charged with restoring trust

Deseret News

Salt Lake City Council poised to place $87 million bond on November ballot to pay for streets

High-flying Amazon brings slew of Utah jobs, but most wages will hover in the basement

Ex-S.L. County sheriff rails against cities leaving Unified police, calls out his successor

National Headlines

The 2020 Dem Class Is Already Frantically Making Moves Behind the Scenes (Daily Beast)

Noncitizens across U.S. find it easy to register to vote, cast ballots (Washington Times)

U.S., Mexico meeting in Washington to talk about NAFTA, but Canada is left out (Canadian Press)

With Less Than 50 Days to Go, Cuomo Keeps Big Lead Over Nixon (New York Times)

Franken on running for public office again: 'I haven't ruled it ou' (Vox)

Oregon candidate slammed for vulgar tweet on Melania Trump (FOX News)

Trump Asked John Kelly to Remain Chief of Staff Through 2020 (Daily Beast)

Trump Administration Eyes Capital Gains Tax Cut (NPR)

Trump could raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods (CNN)

Susan Collins: 'I Don't See A Need' To See All Of Brett Kavanaugh's Bush Documents (HuffPost)

Trump says time has come for voter ID (CBS News)

Wise Words

Reminder for Politicians

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money." Margaret Thatcher


Lighter Side


"President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed. . . .by a man with a pickaxe. And not, as I had assumed, by a woman in a pantsuit." Seth Meyers


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