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Situational awareness - August 28, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utah may seek a "waiver" for medical marijuana. Trump relents on honoring McCain. Manafort sought a plea deal ahead of his second trial.


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Medical marijuana "waiver"

Utah officials could seek a sort of "waiver" from the feds to allow pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana instead of dispensaries, which would assuage concerns from the LDS Church - http://bit.ly/2Pauopm

Deihl Deal

Developer Terry Diehl won a financial settlement from the feds under the little-used Hyde Amendment, which allows those wrongly accused by the government to recover attorney's fees -  http://bit.ly/2P7ChvC


  OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

Salt Lake Tribune

A Utah principal apologizes after 'inappropriate' classroom survey asked students if they are Mormon or had ever had suicidal thoughts

Gehrke: Why's the governor raising big money if he's not running again? And what do donors get out of it?

Hatch, Lee favor renaming Senate office building after the late Sen. John McCain

Utah developer Terry Diehl, a former UTA board member, gets settlement from feds for failed prosecution

Utah's state government website ranked No. 1 for security, and 17th overall, by D.C. think tank

Deseret News

Amended lawsuit aimed at stopping medical marijuana initiative removes religious references

Only 1 Utah city is among the safest for free-range parenting

Aside from his father, Huntsman Jr. had 'no greater mentor' than McCain

Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Box Elder County

Former UTA board member settles request of attorney fees in abandoned criminal case

Other

Weber Co. commissioners eye end to cash perk for departing elected officials (Standard-Examiner)


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images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_07.jpgUtah could seek a 'wavier' from the feds to allow pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Look for this idea to come forward as Utah GOP state leaders deal with any changes to the current medical marijuana initiative or Prop 2....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Terry_Diehl.jpgDeveloper Terry Diehl reaches financial settlement with feds following failed prosecution
By Press release
 On August 17, 2018, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Utah signed a settlement agreement with Terry Diehl and thereby avoided a hearing on Mr. Diehl's motion seeking attorneys' fees in which he alleged that the case against him was frivolous, vexa...
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgHatch statement on U.S.-Mexico NAFTA deal
By Press release
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a statement following the United States Trade Representative's (USTR) announcement that the United States and Mexico have reached a bilateral agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):...
images/Resized_Logos/Fox_Files_Logo.pngFox files: 'The O Zone'
By EDCUtah President & CEO Theresa Foxley
I'd encourage you all to get familiar with "Opportunity Zones," an aggressive new economic development tool resulting from recent federal tax legislation....
images/articles/Urquhart_01.JPGDebate over LDS Church role in medical cannabis issues spills over to Facebook
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
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)
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
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?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
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....

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Policy News

Gov. Herbert lowers flags in honor of Sen. John McCain
In accordance with the proclamation from the President of the United States, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah effective immediately in honor of Sen. John McCain. The flags should be fl...
Venafi study: 93% of security professionals say election infrastructure is at risk
Venafi announced the results of a study on the security of election infrastructure. According to the study, ninety-three percent of security professionals are concerned about cyber-attacks targeting election infrastructure and data....
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...
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune:Timpanogos Cave to close a month early, so crews can build new visitor center-- Tribune:A southern Utah county that fought monument designations is now eager to make money off them-- KSL.com: State officials see spike in number of quagg...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

A Utah principal apologizes after 'inappropriate' classroom survey asked students if they are Mormon or had ever had suicidal thoughts

Gehrke: Why's the governor raising big money if he's not running again? And what do donors get out of it?

Hatch, Lee favor renaming Senate office building after the late Sen. John McCain

Utah developer Terry Diehl, a former UTA board member, gets settlement from feds for failed prosecution

Utah's state government website ranked No. 1 for security, and 17th overall, by D.C. think tank

Deseret News

Amended lawsuit aimed at stopping medical marijuana initiative removes religious references

Only 1 Utah city is among the safest for free-range parenting

Aside from his father, Huntsman Jr. had 'no greater mentor' than McCain

Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Box Elder County

Former UTA board member settles request of attorney fees in abandoned criminal case

Other

Weber Co. commissioners eye end to cash perk for departing elected officials (Standard-Examiner)


National Headlines

U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal, turn up pressure on Canada (Reuters)

NAFTA another win for Jared Kushner (Washington Examiner)

S&P 500, Nasdaq jump to record highs as US and Mexico strike trade deal (CNBC)

Glenn Greenwald's bruising crusade against establishment Democrats-and their Russia obsession (New Yorker)

Ocasio-Cortez lists investigations Democrats should tackle if they win back House (The Hill)

'It Is the Era of Trump': How the President Is Remaking the Republican Party (Wall Street Journal)

Poll: Cruz leads O'Rourke by 1 point in Texas Senate race (The Hill)

U.S. to Pay Farmers $4.7 Billion to Offset Trade-Conflict Losses (Wall Street Journal)

Trump ally Roger Stone begs for money to fight Mueller (New York Post)

McCain is hanging over Arizona's primaries, even though his seat isn't on the ballot (Vox)

3-D printed gun ban extended by judge pending state challenge (FOX News)


Wise Words

Perspective

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side

Unhinged

"In her book "Unhinged," Omarosa says the White House staff has immediate access to any prescription drugs they need. Americans heard that and were like, "Yeah, we all did. It was called Obamacare." Jimmy Fallon


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