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Situational awareness - August 17, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

Utah Democrats want to replace a candidate, but can't. President Trump's military parade is postponed. Omarosa may have 200 more secret recordings.



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Candidate shuffle

Utah Democrats want to replace a state Senate candidate on the ballot but haven't given a sufficient reason for doing so to election officials - http://bit.ly/2MSRobP

What a week!

Count My Vote has a bad day in court, Operation Rio Grande marks one year, Democrat Jenny Wilson jumps on a strange campaign issue, and President Donald Trump's ego. We help you understand the what and why from the last week in Utah political news -  http://bit.ly/2BgKBYc

You can also download a podcast of our week in review if you prefer to listen on the go - http://bit.ly/2ODnkkT

Tensions rising

Bob Bernick says Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski's relationship with the legislature is strained, and not likely to improve as she prepares for next year's re-election bid - http://bit.ly/2Bicj6C

Trump vs. the press

LaVarr Webb argues it's impossible for the media to be fair to President Trump because they clearly don't like him -  http://bit.ly/2BvfgBd


Deseret News

Op-ed: Corruption should be prevented, not just revealed

Natalie Gochnour: Look for candidates who possess policy humility

Utah's Board of Education asks for alternatives to letter grades on Utah schools report card

106 have jobs, but leaders hope many will take advantage of Operation Rio Grande's work program

State's first human case of West Nile virus this year confirmed in Utah County

New lawsuit claims medical marijuana initiative violates religious freedoms

Salt Lake Tribune

Gehrke: The new lawsuit targeting the medical marijuana initiative is so flimsy. How flimsy? I quickly found seven major problems with it.

Utah officials are spending $2M to throw 'the biggest and best party' for the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike

Democrats need a note from a doctor to replace a candidate, Utah says, and a physician assistant isn't a doctor

Salt Lake County Republican chairman alleges Ben McAdams received illegal contributions. McAdams' campaign calls that 'nonsensical.'


U.S. Rep. Bishop touches on immigration, Trump, environment at public meetings (Standard-Examiner)

Frustrated voters attend dueling congressional town halls Wednesday (Logan Herald Journal)




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Today At Utah Policy

A fragile little ego - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 385

Backers of Count My Vote got their day in court this week, but it did not go well for them....
Bob Bernick's notebook: It takes two to tango

In a show of cooperation and bipartisanship, state GOP leaders and Salt Lake City and County Democrats met for two hours this week to detail the successes after one year of Operation Rio Grande....
Editorial collusion escalates war with Trump

For a washed out former journalist like me, it is utterly fascinating to watch the mortal combat between the mainstream news media and Pres. Donald Trump....
Utah Democrats are trying to replace a Utah Senate candidate on the ballot, but they don't have a legal reason for the change

Utah Democrats are trying a last-ditch effort to replace a candidate in a Utah Senate race who withdrew earlier this year. The problem is, they're relying on dubious reasoning to do so....
Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 385

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the week that was in Utah politics....
Weekly survey: Grading Operation Rio Grande

The effort to address Salt Lake City's homeless problem, dubbed Operation Rio Grande, has been underway for a year now. How would you judge the effort so far? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Gov. Herbert lowers flags in honor of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah on Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 to honor the life and service of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, who will be laid to rest on that day....
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune:Feds release management plans for Trump's reduced Utah monuments, but critics say the move is prematureConcerts-- Beaver Mountain Music Festival, Friday and Saturday, Beaver Mountain, 40000 East Highway 89, Garden City, $45-$65-- "Songs...
Learn strategies for surviving the U.S. - China trade war at WTC Utah's upcoming luncheon
World Trade Center Utah, Kirton McConkie and the Utah State Bar invite you to join them for a luncheon and seminar on trade law....
WTC Utah invites you to their Applying for Grants seminar
Join WTC Utah for a seminar on writing and applying for grants....
SLCC offering classes in Herriman this fall
Salt Lake Community College is offering classes in Herriman for its 2018 fall semester. General education courses in seven categories will be held at the former Herriman City Hall building, 13011 South Pioneer Street....

National Headlines

Trump administration nearing deal with Mexico on revised NAFTA - but issues with Canada remain (Los Angeles Times)

Kris Kobach wins Kansas GOP governor nomination after incumbent Colyer concedes (CNN)

Less than 90 days out from the midterms, things are looking good - but not great - for Democrats (Vox)

Trump scraps Obama rules on cyberattacks, giving military freer hand (Politico)

What if Nancy Pelosi Doesn't Have the Votes? (Slate)

GOP divide emerges over Trump's Space Force (FOX News)

Trump Pushes China for Better Deal With Trade Talks Set to Resume (Bloomberg)

Cynthia Nixon mocks Cuomo's remarks bashing America, as 'Greatgate' escalates (FOX News)

Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers (Associated Press)

Lara Trump blasts Omarosa 'betrayal,' calls latest tape a 'fraud' (FOX News)

Elizabeth Warren wants to make capitalism great again (Boston Globe)

Wise Words


"Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance." Plato


Lighter Side

Reporting Profit

"The New York Times has reported $24 million in profit for the second quarter this year. "You're supposed to report profit?" asked Paul Manafort." Seth Meyers


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