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Situational awareness - August 24, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

The LDS Church jumps into the medical marijuana issue. National Enquirer publisher gets immunity in the Cohen case. President Trump decries "flipping."



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Church vs. state

Bob Bernick says the LDS Church's unusual move to intervene in the fight over the medical marijuana ballot initiative puts voters in a bind - http://bit.ly/2w9DMlV

What a week!

Count My Vote, Gary Herbert vs. Jackie Biskupski, Utah's members of Congress defend Trump, plus the GOP is choosing short-term wins over long-term growth. Plus, Utah Democrats are jacked up to vote in November. We break down the week in Utah political news - http://bit.ly/2wbZw0F

You can also subscribe to our week-in-review podcast if you prefer to get our news rundown that way - http://bit.ly/2PAcY6O 



Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Young people may not be the ruin of us, after all

A. Scott Anderson: How this landlocked state became a surprising global competitor

Editorial: Marijuana initiative needs real solutions, not smoke and mirrors

Salt Lake County rolls out a program to help more Utah residents to become U.S. citizens

Some staunch advocates of Utah medical marijuana initiative have change of heart

Utah's 'most exclusive club': Governor celebrates state's centenarians

Church sends email to Utah Latter-day Saints urging them to vote no on marijuana initiative

Utah Inland Port board to discuss opening closed-door subcommittee meetings after backlash

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joins Utah coalition saying no to marijuana initiative, but yes to medical marijuana

Utah public safety commissioner stepping down

FCC chairman, Rep. Mia Love say it's time for Congress to act on net neutrality

Salt Lake Tribune

With cameras and steel doors that slam shut in seconds, this is 'arguably one of the safest schools in Utah.' But will lawmakers fund more like it?

Gehrke: Medical marijuana opponents are having a hard time getting their act together, but LDS Church involvement could be a game changer

Navajo officials urge Utah attorney general to investigate officials who took activist Willie Grayeyes off the ballot

Utah's top cop is retiring; governor picks Highway Patrol major to replace him

LDS Church announces opposition to Utah medical marijuana initiative - but says it does not object to medical pot with proper safeguards

Salt Lake County mayor launches citizenship initiative to help 22,000 eligible residents in the county gain U.S. citizenship

In Utah visit, FCC chairman says Congress - not his agency - should pass rules on 'net neutrality'

Fate of official rests in Salt Lake County GOP's hands after LGBTQ suicide remark

Who is on Drug Safe Utah's list opposing the medical marijuana initiative - and who's not?

Officials OK plan on $4 billion in transportation projects in the next five years along the Wasatch Front


Editorial: Provo airport needs to expand to meet growing demand (Daily Herald)

New Ogden water plan in place, aged system will require new work and more funds (Standard-Examiner)




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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgTake a civics class! - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 386

We're expecting the Utah Supreme Court to decide on whether Count My Vote will be on the ballot this week....
images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Church vs. state in 2018

We all knew 2018 would be a defining year for citizen initiatives in Utah....
Governor appoints Major Jess Anderson as commissioner of public safety

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Major Jess Anderson as Utah's commissioner of public safety, following Commissioner Keith D. Squires' retirement from public service....
images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 386

We're expecting the Utah Supreme Court to decide on whether Count My Vote will be on the ballot this week....
images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSalt Lake Chamber urges elected officials to find legal framework for medical cannabis

Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, issued the following statement on Proposition 2, Medical Marijuana Initiative:...
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

Granite School District goes back to school with new technology to eliminate school bus idling
Granite School Districts begins this new school year with 40 buses now installed with idle free technology....

National Headlines

Trump-hating Democrats who pursue impeachment will be punished by the American voter (FOX News)

GOP blocks Rand Paul's bid to defund Planned Parenthood (Washington Examiner)

Education Secretary Considers Using Federal Funds to Arm Schools (New York Times)

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner gets 63 months in prison - the longest ever for an illegal leak of national defense secrets (CNBC)

Unsealed Manafort trial records reveal drama after juror describes unease with other panelists' comments (USA Today)

Kavanaugh eases off call for presidential immunity in meetings with senators (The Hill)

Treasury, IRS move to block blue state workarounds on tax caps (CNBC)

Trump: Impeach me and the market crashes (BBC News)

Democrats feud over superdelegate overhaul (POLITICO)

'Stop Lying': Angel Mom Blasts Elizabeth Warren for Immigration Reform Comments After Tibbetts Tragedy (FOX News)

How Not to Resolve the Immigration Debate (Wall Street Journal)

Wise Words


"To err is human. To blame someone else is politics." Hubert H. Humphrey


Lighter Side

Time Zones

"According to Politico, White House aides need to remind President Trump of time zones in different countries on a constant basis. He forgets that in America it's 4 p.m., but where he is, it's 1957." Seth Meyers


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