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Situational awareness - August 23, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

 How inland port negotiations failed. Why "Better Boundaries" is a big deal. The White House is reeling following Cohen's guilty plea.



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"Game on"

Gov. Gary Herbert says Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski told him "Game on" when she called to say that negotiations over the inland port were off - http://bit.ly/2LgE67m

Redistricting changes

We break down how the "Better Boundaries" initiative will make fundamental changes to the redistricting process if voters approve the proposal in November - http://bit.ly/2LofvxC

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The twitter account for the National Weather Service in North Dakota attacked Mitt Romney on Wednesday, calling him a fraud - http://bit.ly/2Pqpohr


Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Secrecy only harms potential of Port Authority

Utah developer seeks to block public vote on former Cottonwood Mall site, threatens to abandon residential and retail project

Utah's first West Nile death of 2018 reported in Salt Lake County

Representatives of the Mormon church asked Utah's elected leaders to join the fight against the medical marijuana initiative

Utah County - home of Silicon Slopes - ranks No. 2 among nation's large counties for job growth, No. 6 for wage increases

Utah's governor wants to push school safety ideas, including rapidly shutting steel walls

Sen. Orrin Hatch says allegations against Trump are 'serious' but don't rise to impeachment 'just yet'

UTA finally hiring outside monitor to oversee reforms - 15 months after original deadline set by federal prosecutors

Murray City Council votes to move forward with nuclear energy project, citing growing need to replace coal

Deseret News

Op-ed: Funding the Lake Powell Pipeline is possible - here's how

Op-ed: Large national monuments don't damage rural economies - but they don't help either

Jay Evensen: Port authority needs to let public into the room where it happens

Editorial: Environmental initiatives must also be economical

Utah Rep. Chris Stewart says it's too early to know if Trump broke campaign finance laws

Health groups urge Utahns to vote for Medicaid expansion initiative

In one Utah elementary, school safety means security doors, compassionate counselors

Salt Lake hosts 'speed dating' event for convention industry


Utah County will send tax question to ballot if UTA gives local control to its portion of revenue (Daily Herald)




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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/Jackie_Biskupski_15.jpg'Game on." Gov. Gary Herbert says he's bewildered how talks with Biskupski over the inland port failed

"Game on." That's what Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski told Gov. Gary Herbert when she abruptly pulled out of negotiations on the inland port in May....
images/articles/20180822_NWS_Tweet.jpgWhoops! North Dakota National Weather Service office accidentally tweets Mitt Romney is a 'fraud'

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, North Dakota is apologizing after their official Twitter account attacked U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney, calling him a "fraud" on Wednesday....
images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_11.jpgAnalysis: How Better Boundaries will fundamentally change redistricting in Utah

A number of UtahPolicy.com readers have inquired how it can be that if the Utah Constitution gives to the Legislature the responsibility of redrawing U.S. House and legislative districts every 10 years, then how can the Better Boundaries citizen initiative on Novem...
images/articles/20180822_Herbert_Podcast.JPGPodcast: Gov. Gary Herbert

Gov. Gary Herbert discusses why he opposes the medical cannabis ballot initiative that's on the ballot this November....
images/Logos/USTAR_Logo_2015.jpgUtah aerospace industry on display at Farnborough Airshow

One of the world's largest aerospace industry events, the Farnborough International Airshow, wrapped up at the end of July with skies full of contrails and impressive aerial displays....
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

Hatch and bipartisan Senators introduce bill to reauthorize the National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrend
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and bipartisan Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced the Missing Children's Assistance Act of 2018. The bill would reauthorize the National Center for Missing and E...
2019 Utah Teacher of the Year finalists named
 The Utah State Board of Education announced the five finalists for 2019 Utah Teacher of the Year. They are:...


National Headlines

Why Trump's supporters won't care about Cohen and Manafort's convictions (New York Post)

Alan Dershowitz: No impeachable offenses against Trump (FOX News)

Transcript: Juror talked about Manafort defense during trial (Associated Press)

Some Of David Hogg's Supporters Say His Calling Nancy Pelosi 'Old' Went Too Far (BuzzFeed)

Immigrant Is Charged in Mollie Tibbetts Murder in Iowa, and Trump Seizes on Case (New York Times)

Giuliani: Mueller 'has to be winding down' (The Hill)

Trump readies 'military plan' to save coal power plants (Washington Examiner)

Trump awards posthumous Medal of Honor to Sgt. John Chapman for heroism in Al Qaeda firefight (FOX News)

Beto O'Rourke is quickly becoming a national figure for Democrats at a time when the party has no clear leader (Business Insider)

Fed Monitoring Tariffs but Suggests Rate Increases Are on Track (New York Times)

Fed signals it won't flinch following Trump criticism on rates (POLITICO)

Wise Words


"Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party." Herbert Hoover


Lighter Side

Junior Mint

"According to a new article, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle, have cute new nicknames for each other. He refers to her as Pooh Bear and she refers to him as Junior Mint. I guess Junior Mint will do until he gets his soon-to-come nickname, Federal Inmate #7544." James Corden


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