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Situational awareness - August 2, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Breaking down Utah's big political news. Trump calls on Sessions to end the Mueller investigation. Republicans block funding to beef up election security.



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What a week!

Utah officials are worried they won't be able to implement the medical marijuana program if voters approve it in November. The Utah GOP Central Committee continues their buffoonish behavior. Plus, Donald Trump has clearly never been in a grocery store. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott give you perspective on the big Utah political news of the week - http://bit.ly/2vtTB5U

You can also download (and subscribe) to the podcast version of our analysis here - http://bit.ly/2OBzqMb

Studying Utah's pollution problem

USTAR is working to better understand Utah's air quality issues - http://bit.ly/2O2jwt2

Cumulative voting

A California city will employ a unique voting method for one local election in 2020, which would allow voters to cast multiple ballots for a single candidate if they choose - http://bit.ly/2Ayb2Il





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Today At Utah Policy

That man has never bought groceries in his life - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 383
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
State officials are worried they won't be able to implement the medical marijuana ballot initiative if it's approved by voters. They also say it could end up costing Utah taxpayers....
From wildfires to winter inversion, USTAR-supported projects look to better understand Utah's air quality issues
By Brian Somers, USTAR Managing Director
With Utah's-and the rest of the western United States'-wildfire season in full swing and winter inversions lurking beyond, several Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) supported projects are aiming to better understand and monitor air pollutants such as wi...
California city will use cumulative voting in local elections
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Voters in Mission Viejo, California will cast ballots using a "cumulative" voting system in their local elections, allowing them to cast multiple ballots for a single candidate if they choose....
Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 383
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott reconnoiter the big stories this week in Utah politics....
Utah agriculture officials say medical cannabis initiative may impossible to administer, eventually could cost Utah taxpayers big
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
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
By Press release
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....
Podcast: New book examines Utah's unique political environment
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
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'
By Steve Urquhart
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...

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Policy News

Shopping for solar? New state website provides one stop online consumer resource
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce announced that the Utah Division of Public Utilities and Office of Consumer Services have created a new state website for electricity customers using or considering solar resources....
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

Deseret News

Op-ed: Remember agriculture when discussing immigrations solutions

Boyd Matheson: Why people come to the swamp

Jay Evensen: Inland port opponents should support Trump's trade war

Editorial: The most positive development in religious freedom since 1998

Utah Sen. Mike Lee blocks bill that would prevent access to 3D-printed guns

Dust-up develops over Point of the Mountain gravel pit proposal

Utah's Rep. Curtis says it's time to take partisanship out of net neutrality debate

Hatch pushes to fix law that would have prevented 'murder of 3 innocent Utahns'

Group pushes to make it easier, less costly for Utahns to expunge criminal records

Salt Lake City aims to 'breathe new life' into troubled Pioneer Park with makeover

Hatch, Stewart bill for national three-digit suicide prevention hotline awaits president's signature

Health providers urged to be 'the change agent' in public discourse on opioid addiction

Salt Lake Tribune

A Democrat tried to ban publishing plans for 3D printed guns. Utah Sen. Mike Lee blocked it on First Amendment grounds.

Myron Walker, once Utah's first gentleman, dies

First phase of new $3.6 billion Salt Lake City International Airport reaching halfway mark

Downtown's Pioneer Park to get a facelift with new multi-use field and lights


Utah County Sheriff cites health as additional reason for resigning, says intent was not to disrupt (Daily Herald)

Utah County approves two names to submit for UTA board restructure (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

Reporters, celebs call Trump supporters 'Nazis,' 'KKK,' want them to be 'euthanized' after Tampa rally (Daily Caller)

'I'm Confused': ICE Official Corrects Hawaii Dem Who Thought Trump Created Immigration Law (FOX News)

Congressional candidate compares Melania Trump to prostitute (New York Post)

Kirsten Gillibrand Pays The Price For Speaking Out Against Al Franken (HuffPost)

Democratic socialism, explained by a democratic socialist (Vox)

'Seismic': Where the Ocasio-Cortez earthquake might hit next (Politico)

Making Sense of Obama's Seemingly Scattershot First Endorsement List (Slate)

US threatens raising tariffs to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods (CNN)

Federal Reserve Holds Rates Steady, Says Economy Is Strong (Wall Street Journal)

Two recession warning signs are here (CNNMoney)

Google said to consider censored search engine to re-enter Chinese market (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words


"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." Winston Churchill

Lighter Side

Approval Rating

"Since World War II, Trump is only the second elected president to see an improvement in his approval rating during his sixth quarter in office, which sounds really good, except for the fact that the other one was Nixon." Jimmy Kimmel

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