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Situational awareness - August 22, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utah Democrats are more motivated to vote in November. President Trump's former lawyer pleads guilty. GOP member of Congress indicted.



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November numbers

Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in Utah by a 5-1 margin, but polling suggests Utah Democrats are more motivated to vote this year. Will that have an impact in November? We break down the numbers - http://bit.ly/2PtMZ0D

Dropping out?

Brad Bohnam, the GOP candidate in HD32, is denying rumors a business deal will force him to resign from the legislature if he wins in November - http://bit.ly/2LmfPNm

Helping small Utah farmers

LaVarr Webb argues a local food co-op will help small Utah farmers and generate jobs for rural Utahns - http://bit.ly/2N8KwHq


Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Stall tactics, tomfoolery and fear-mongering in opposition to Prop 2

Salt Lake City mayor calls for new affordable housing incentives, expects 2,000 new units by end of 2019

With school starting, supporters ramp up campaign to boost Utah education funding with proposed gas-tax hike

How stifling is Utah? A new libertarian study says it is the 22nd 'freest state in America.'

Trump to crisscross America to help GOP candidates, but Utah isn't on his campaign map

Does having too many sex partners contribute to high suicide rates in the LGBTQ community? One new Salt Lake County Republican Party leader thinks so.

The University of Utah reassigned a graduate assistant after her syllabus restricted students with concealed guns to a 'Second Amendment zone'

Amid tears for the lost, Utah leaders celebrate new law to help create a new three-digit national suicide hotline

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah charter schools enrich public education

Editorial: Just because the Inland Port Authority can doesn't mean it should

Are quagga-infested boats risking northern Utah's water supply?

Salt Lake mayor 'stoked' about 2,000 affordable housing units in pipeline

Trump campaign swing for GOP candidates skipping Utah

New TV ad encourages Utahns to back gas tax increase for schools




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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_19.jpgGOP candidate in HD32 is denying rumors a business deal will force him to drop out

 Salt Lake County Democratic Party bosses are now in a battle over trying to replace a state Senate candidate who is off the ballot for personal reasons....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Democrat_Republican.jpgRepublicans outnumber Democrats in Utah 5-1, but Democrats are much more motivated to vote this year

Is there going to be a blue wave in Utah this November?...
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Farm_02.jpgCo-op needed to support Utah small farmers

We know that while urban Utah is enjoying a terrific economy, the bounty doesn't extend to most of rural Utah. Unemployment is high in many rural areas, and many young people are forced to head for the cities to earn a living. Many rural areas are losing population....
images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_02.jpgWeekly survey: Better Boundaries

If voters approve the "Better Boundaries" ballot initiative, which establishes an independent redistricting commission, do you think it will lead to the election of more Democrats in Utah? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

images/Logos/New-GOED-Logo.pngUtah selected for national Policy Academy to strengthen manufacturing
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development has been selected to participate in a Policy Academy design to help grow and strengthen manufacturing in the state....

National Headlines

Media's biggest Kavanaugh misses: Aspiring hit pieces on Supreme Court pick draw mockery (FOX News)

Hillary Clinton steps back into the fray to fundraise for Democrats this fall (NBC News)

'Time for action is now.' Interior chief demands plan to pump more California water south (Sacramento Bee)

Dem Rep. Hastings gets big laughs for joking about Trump drowning in Potomac (FOX News)

Obama muscles into Illinois governor's race (POLITICO)

Trump says it's 'very dangerous' when Twitter, Facebook self-regulate content (CNBC)

EPA Head Signs Proposal to Undo Restrictions on Coal Plants (Wall Street Journal)

Manafort, defense team 'very happy' after jury fails to reach verdict in third day of deliberations (FOX News)

China defies U.S. pressure as EU parts ways with Iranian oil (Reuters)

Trump says he's 'not thrilled' with Fed's Powell for raising interest rates (Reuters)

Stocks hover near record highs (FOX Business)

Wise Words

Politics and War

"In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times." Winston Churchill


Lighter Side


"A theme park in France has started using trained birds to pick up trash in exchange for a food reward. Unfortunately, none of them could lift Gerard Depardieu." Seth Meyers


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