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Situational awareness - August 27, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Count My Vote fails. Medical marijuana debated online. Sen. John McCain passes.



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CMV falls short

The Utah Supreme Court denied Count My Vote's appeal for inclusion on November's ballot late last week - http://bit.ly/2Lpkb64

Medical Marijuana social media debate

Former Utah Sen. Steve Urquhart and Marty Stephens, the lobbyist for the LDS Chuch, had a lengthy exchange on Facebook over the weekend about the Church's opposition to the medical cannabis ballot initiative - http://bit.ly/2PbMac1

Initiative changes

Will the Utah Legislature make wholesale changes to any of the proposed ballot initiatives if they're approved by voters in November? -  http://bit.ly/2NmieJB

Redistricting impact

Our "Political Insiders" are split along party lines on what kind of impact the "Better Boundaries" ballot initiative will have if it passes - http://bit.ly/2PaZvRx


Deseret News

Pignanelli and Webb: Will 'blue wave' roll over Utah?

Op-ed: Is free enterprise worth the risks?

Op-ed: Utah needs medical cannabis, but Proposition 2 isn't the way

Editorial: Straight-talking naval captain John McCain put service over self

Stars, pizza snacks, video games: Hatch throws it all at Dems trying to block Supreme Court nominee

New agreement will foster export of Utah's coal, natural gas

Utah Supreme Court denies Count My Vote initiative spot on November ballot

Utah school district apologizes after students given 'inappropriate' survey on religious beliefs, economic status

Utah has a 'housing crisis' in a lack of affordable homes

Utah candidates must 'walk fine line' given legal drama surrounding Trump

Mia Love campaign commercial touts her role in freeing Josh Holt

'The very pinnacle of American virtue': Utahns react to John McCain's death at 81

Utah County wants $22M tax hike on ballot with UTA caveat

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Utah's medical marijuana vote is no threat to religious liberty

Here are 3 things Salt Lake Valley schools are doing this year to improve safety

Is Utah coal bound for Baja California? Officials strike a deal with the Mexican state, where a port could ship it overseas.

Utah Supreme Court deals a blow to Count My Vote: Election reform initiative won't be on November's ballot

Group suing Utah over medical marijuana initiative no longer says it would violate Mormon religious beliefs

Utah's attorney general defends his backing of a federal case seeking to roll back LGBTQ job protections

'A lifetime of selfless service': Utahns mourn the loss of Sen. John McCain

The LDS Church's opposition to Proposition 2 pits it against a tough foe: faithful members who already use medical marijuana


Editorial: UTA should approve Utah County's November tax question (Daily Herald)

Quarter-cent sales tax option will be on Utah County ballot, despite UTA missing deadline on agreement (Daily Herald)

With U.S. Interior official coming, boosters to promote BLM relocation to Ogden (Standard-Examiner)

Cache town hall meeting: Water huge issue in dry, fast growing state (Logan Herald Journal)




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Today At Utah Policy

images/articles/Urquhart_01.JPGDebate over LDS Church role in medical cannabis issues spills over to Facebook

On rare occasions, social media debate can step up and become what it really can be a fine place for intelligent arguments on the issues of the day....
images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Supreme_Court.jpgSupreme Court denies Count My Vote's bid for ballot inclusion (Updated)

The Utah Supreme Court said drop dead to more than 800,000 Utahns Friday, denying Count My Vote backers the ability to put their popular citizen initiative on November's ballot for voter consideration....
images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_09.jpgImportant question: Will the Legislature change initiative laws if they pass?

When a ballot initiative passes, the people have spoken. Right? So lawmakers should keep their mitts off the new law and not revise it in the next legislative session or voters might punish them come election day....
images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_17.jpgOur 'Political Insiders' weigh in on 'Better Boundaries'

What effect will the "Better Boundaries" ballot initiative have on Utah's political landscape?...
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Transportation_01.jpgHow Utah's transportation agencies have helped Utah's economy flourish

The French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States in 1831 and noticed something unique about how Americans worked together. ...

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Policy News

Salt Lake City selected to host 2019 United Nations NGO Conference
Mayor Jackie Biskupski led a delegation from Utah to United Nations Headquarters in New York to announce that Salt Lake City has been selected as host of the 68th United Nations Department of Public Information NGO (UN DPI/NGO) Conference in 2019....
Criminal justice reform likely to see vote after midterms
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) participated in two meetings to discuss what elements would be included in a possible criminal justice reform bill that would be taken up by the Senate after the midterm elections....
Hatch secures Utah priorities in third 'minibus' appropriations bill
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican in the United States Senate, released the following statement after the Senate passed the "minibus" appropriations bill for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services and Educat...

National Headlines

Democrats adopt gender nonbinary language to charter (CNN)

Poll: Trump approval steady after stormy week (The Hill)

Clinton recalls doing vodka shots with McCain during official trip (New York Post)

Mollie Tibbetts' killing fuels Republican immigration attacks ahead of midterms (CNN)

How Arizona will fill John McCain's seat -- and who might fill it (CNN)

Remembering 1968: Chicago's bloody Democratic Convention (CBS News)

Why is it taking so long for Gov. Brown to fill a vacancy on the California Supreme Court? (Los Angeles Times)

Lewandowski: I warned Trump about Cohen (FOX News)

DNC changes superdelegate rules in presidential nomination process (CNN)

Race is still the central dividing line in the Democratic Party (Vox)

House task force interviews FBI official about Clinton emails, isn't done yet (Washington Examiner)

Wise Words


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Lighter Side


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