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Situational awareness - August 20, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Nazi jokes. "Truth isn't truth." Cohen investigated for bank fraud.


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Nazi "jokes"

The vice-chairman of the Utah County Republican Party is apologizing after making a Nazi joke about Count My Vote on a private Facebook page for the party's State Central Committee - http://bit.ly/2PiGiOR

Casting blame

Disgraced former GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold, who resigned from Congress in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, is partially blaming Rep. Mia Love for his downfall. He said in a court deposition that he was upset with Love who he felt would call for his resignation if he had not stepped down - http://bit.ly/2OPorOt

Operation Rio Grande

Our "Political Insiders" say the effort to combat homelessness in Salt Lake City is either a success so far, or it's still too early to cast judgment. Around a third say the program has been a failure so far - http://bit.ly/2MDTFKY

Utah's economy continues to roll

Utah's job picture grew by nearly 4% over the past year as the state's economy added more than 57,000 jobs in that time - http://bit.ly/2PpoEJt


  OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Will voters put Utah kids first?

Editorial: Mountain Accord won't make it at a glacial pace

'Where do they go?' With prices rising, advocates urge Utah leaders to focus on affordable housing to help reduce homelessness.

A southern Utah county that fought monument designations is now eager to make money off them

How bad is this year's Utah wildfire season? Actually, not that bad so far - unless you're trying to breathe.

Utah again leads the nation for job growth

Federal complaints accuse Mia Love and Ben McAdams of taking illegal donations, marking the latest fight in this contentious campaign

Surprised by plan from his own BLM to unload land inside Utah's former Grand Staircase monument, Interior boss cancels sale

Midvale councilman calls for the Utah city to ban Confederate flags from its Harvest Days Parade

Deseret News

Pignanelli & Webb: The political inferno of wildfires, and other issues

Op-ed: Are tax exemptions for businesses a blessing or a curse?

Editorial: This is a vexed generation

Love, McAdams refute allegations in dueling FEC complaints

Utah's jobless rate is among the lowest in the nation. Here's how it ranks

Utah Inland Port board subcommittees have been meeting behind closed doors

Utah 2018 wildfires destroy the most structures in past 15 years

Dream of citizenship at risk for immigrants in the U.S. military

Utah's overdose deaths fall 12% despite nationwide surge

Utah lawmaker proposes putting a team in every school to catch red flags

Other

U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson makes case to valley voters (Logan Herald Journal)


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images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Homeless_01.jpg'Political Insiders' grade Operation Rio Grande's first year

Operation Rio Grande, the extensive program to help the homeless in downtown Salt Lake City, marked its first year in existence last week. Our "Political Insiders" say the effort so far has either been a success or it's too early to reach a conclusion....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Blake_Farenthold_01.jpgDisgraced former GOP congressman blames Mia Love for his ouster

Former GOP congressman Blake Farenthold says Rep. Mia Love is partially to blame for his resignation following a sex scandal....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Job_Growth_01.jpgUtah added 57,000 jobs over the last year

Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for July 2018 grew by an estimated 3.9 percent, adding 57,100 jobs to the economy since July 2017. Utah's current employment level registers 1,510,700. No revision was made to June's year-over job growth rate. ...
images/articles/20180818_GOP_Nazi_02_Thumbnail.jpgUtah Republican leaders made Nazi 'jokes' on a private Facebook page

Some members of the Utah GOP State Central Committee, including the State Secretary and a Utah County GOP leader, seem to have no problem with making nazi-themed jokes inside a private Facebook page....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Grand_Staircase_01.jpgTrump administration is considering a plan to sell land that used to be part of Grand Staircase

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to sell 1,600 acres of land in Southern Utah that used to be protected as part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument....
Nominees announced for 2nd District Court vacancy

 The 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 2nd District Court. ...

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Policy News

2018 general election debate series announced
The ABU Education Fund and the University of Utah's John R. Park Debate Society will host a series of three general election debates this fall. The debates will be for S.D. 8, H.D. 8, and H.D. 32....
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy announces its World Affairs Lecture Series
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 Ambassador Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series, hosted in partnership with Westminster College....
Tax Commission designates interim executive director
Utah State Tax Commissioners designated a 32-year veteran of the agency as its interim executive director....

National Headlines

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: I 'fully admit' our bias is 'more left-leaning' (The Hill)

If you think the political divide is worse than ever, you may be right (New York Times)

Congressman warms up rally with Trump death joke (Daily Caller)

Asia Argento, Who Accused Weinstein, Made Deal With Her Own Accuser (New York Times)

Minnesota Democrats endorse Ellison amid abuse allegation (NBC News)

Stormy Daniels' lawyer dips toe in political candidate waters (Boston Globe)

Trump seeks to overhaul signature Obama climate policy (The Hill)

Clapper: Brennan's rhetoric is becoming an issue (The Hill)

Leak of White House counsel's cooperation shows Mueller's team 'panicking,' Giuliani says (Washington Times)

Big Questions on Global Economy Hang Over Jackson Hole Gathering (Bloomberg)

US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative (Associated Press)


Wise Words

Responsible

"The price of greatness is responsibility." Winston Churchill

 

Lighter Side

Unhinged

"Omarosa's new book "Unhinged" is out. And it's already an Amazon best-seller. That's just because Trump frantically bought up all the copies so no one can read it." Jimmy Fallon

 


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