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Situational awareness - August 10, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake County may be shut out of legislative leadership positions. Hatch says Democrats are being petty by opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Space Force!



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Legislative leadership

The GOP leadership races on Utah's Capitol Hill are heating up, but it looks like Salt Lake County will be shut out - http://bit.ly/2vTIRhB

What a week!

Mia Love's misleading mailers. The state of play in Utah's 4th District with less than 3 months to go until election day. Utah GOP vs. Better Boundaries. We go inside the biggest Utah political news stories from the past week - http://bit.ly/2vVzFcf

You can also listen to our week in review in podcast form if you want it on the go - http://bit.ly/2AXkMMs

GOP vs. Better Boundaries

Bob Bernick says the GOP's arguments against the independent redistricting commission ballot proposal are cynical as lawmakers should not be able to pick their voters - http://bit.ly/2vS2yX5





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Today At Utah Policy

Legislative leadership races could leave Salt Lake County in the cold

It's increasingly likely Salt Lake County will be frozen out of GOP leadership in the House and Senate during the next legislature....
The summer political doldrums - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 384

Rep. Mia Love is catching some flak for sending out some dishonest mailers. How is her tough re-election race against Democrat Ben McAdams shaping up with less than 90 days until voters go to the polls?...
Bob Bernick's notebook: Better Boundaries vs. GOP lawmakers

Arguments are starting to be made by Utah Republican leaders against the Better Boundaries citizen initiative petition, which will be on November's ballot....
Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 384

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week in politics....
Weekly survey: Should the U.S. establish a Space Force?

This week, Vice President Mike Pence announced plans to create a sixth branch of the military, dubbed the Space Force. Do you think this is a good idea? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Utah officials help co-host the annual conference of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers
 State Auditor John Dougall, State Treasurer David Damschen, and State Division of Finance Director John Reidhead are helping co-host the annual conference of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT).   ...
Downtown Alliance announces new executive director
The Downtown Alliance has named Dee Brewer as the new executive director of the organization. Brewer replaces Jason Mathis who served as the executive director of the Alliance and executive vice president of the Salt Lake Chamber since 2008....
Sarcos Robotics receives GOED economic development financing to expand in Utah
The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Sarcos Robotics, a global leader in robotic systems that augment, rather than replace, humans working in the industrial, public safety and military sectors, has been awarded the GOED Economic Development Tax Increment F...
Utah education, industry leaders to address workforce needs through career and technical education
Leaders from a broad collection of business associations and businesses-members of the workforce development coalition Industry Engaged in Education-will utilize Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings to provide connections and opportunities to qualified students wit...
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune: Stay out of Utah Lake, health officials warn, as algal danger spreads-- Tribune: Mitt Romney says the government should do more to prevent and respond to wildfires caused by 'climate realities.' His Democratic opponent says he's missin...

Local Headlines

Deseret News

Rob Bishop: Wildfires and Washington: How Congress can stop catastrophe before it starts

Editorial: Fixing Utah's skilled labor shortage takes more than advanced degrees

Orrin Hatch's solution for making Supreme Court confirmations more constructive?

Utah could play key role in Space Force, Rep. Rob Bishop says

Utah officials: $7.7 million assessed value of Road Home property likely too high

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah wild horses ran into barbed wire during aerial roundup; four animals with pre-existing injuries were euthanized

Riding the new Provo-Orem bus rapid transit line will be free for three years, thanks to a federal grant

Sen. Orrin Hatch says Dems are fighting Supreme Court nominee because they hate the fact that Hillary Clinton was defeated by Donald Trump

National Headlines

Pelosi is the star of GOP attack ads, worrying Democrats upbeat about midterms (Washington Post)

If We Silence Hate Speech, Will We Silence Resistance? (New York Times)

The challenge of tagging Republicans as 'corrupt' in 2018 (Politico)

Trump Supporters Aren't Budging (Slate)

Border patrol chief: Wall will 'most certainly' help secure southern border (The Hill)

Bots vs. Trolls: How AI Could Clean Up Social Media (Wall Street Journal)

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' Lawyer, 'Exploring' 2020 Presidential Run (Daily Beast)

Massachusetts man arrested for threatening ICE agents on Twitter (NBC News)

White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020 (NPR)

Kobach says he'll recuse himself as vote count discrepancies found in Kansas GOP primary (CNN)

Sinclair's merger breakup could frustrate its TV ambitions (Politico)

Wise Words


"Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Lighter Side


"President Trump now says that he'd be willing to meet with the president of Iran. After Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, Trump said it's the last meeting he needs to win "Dictator Bingo." Jimmy Fallon


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