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Situational awareness - August 30, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utah officials working with the DEA on medical marijuana distribution options. Republicans are challenging an attempt by Utah Democrats to replace a candidate on November's ballot. Trump is lobbying GOP Senators to let him fire Jeff Sessions.


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  HERE ARE THE STORIES YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO TODAY  

Marijuana maneuvering

Utah officials are discussing options with the Drug Enforcement Agency for possibly allowing pharmacies to distribute medical marijuana - http://bit.ly/2ou87rv

Candidate shuffle

Utah Republicans are crying foul as Democrats are continuing their last-minute efforts to replace a state Senate candidate on the ballot before Friday's deadline - http://bit.ly/2LCsLyJ


  OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah epitomizes the big power of small business

Op-ed: Improving wildfire policy is good for more than just the environment

Jay Evensen: Should police be allowed to take your property without proving you committed a crime?

Editorial: Salt Lake County gives a clearer path to citizenship

Crime in Utah is down, except in one troubling category

Residents tout link between Utah education dollars and energy economy

Inland Port board votes to keep subcommittee meetings closed to public

'40 years of saving lives': Utah governor, rescued runner mark Life Flight anniversary

FBI director says homegrown extremists are 'primary terrorist threat' to U.S.

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah's inland-port board votes to keep the doors shut on its committee meetings despite public support for opening them

Campaign donations from polygamist-owned company accused in $511 million fraud remain in Utah attorney general's escrow account

Salt Lake City drivers are improving, but are still worse than average, study says

LDS Democrats 'bewildered' by their church's stance on medical marijuana initiative, bemoan 'alarmist' tone

UTA opts not to appeal ruling that it illegally fired a whistleblower who raised safety warnings even though it disagrees with the finding

Other

Curt Webb to voluntarily resign from Legislature (Logan Herald Journal)


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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_03.jpgUtah officials are discussing medical marijuana distribution options with the DEA

The public debate now forming over Prop 2 the medical marijuana initiative on November's ballot is much like very intense battles in the 2015 and 2016 Legislatures....
images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_13.jpgUtah GOP cries foul after Democrats attempt to replace a candidate at the last minute

The Utah GOP is fighting a last-minute attempt by Utah Democrats to replace a state Senate candidate on the ballot....
images/Logos/USTAR_Logo_2015.jpgEnergy and cleantech companies bring new opportunities to rural Utah

As Utah looks to find new ways to sustain its economic prosperity, as well as address economic challenges in its rural counties, Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) supported companies aim to find new opportunities in the energy and clean technologies sec...
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Medical_marijuana_04.jpgWeekly survey: LDS Church and Prop. 2

Last week the LDS Church sent an email to their members encouraging them to vote against Prop. 2, the medical cannabis ballot initiative. How effective do you think this plea will be in November? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

Mayor Bradburn Eliminates Previous Salary Question from Applications
 According to recent studies, Utah is one of the worst states for its pay gap between men and women....
103 awards distributed to Utah elementary schools from USDA fresh fruit and vegetable program
 Nearly 50,000 Utah elementary students from low-income schools throughout the state have received a great opportunity provided through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program....

National Headlines

Bruce Ohr named 'half a dozen' FBI, DOJ officials who knew about Trump dossier ties, GOP investigator says (Washington Examiner)

Arrest of Iranian Spies in U.S. Just 'Tip of the Iceberg,' Lawmaker Warns (Free Beacon)

Democrats Just Confirmed Lots Of Trump's Judges So They Could Skip Town (HuffPost)

Jacksonville shooter legally armed himself in state with one of USA's toughest gun laws (USA Today)

Why evangelical Christians support Trump (AL.com)

New Rules Would Boost Rights of Those Accused of Campus Sexual Assaults (Wall Street Journal)

Trump heightens attacks against CNN, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein over Trump Tower story (The Hill)

Amazon defends itself against Bernie Sanders' claims about workers' pay (Yahoo Finance)

Google won't send its CEO to testify, so senators may hold a hearing with an empty chair (CNN)

Trump says he is optimistic Canada will join trade deal as Friday deadline looms (CNBC)

Cities start giving scooter companies a second chance (CNN)


Wise Words

Commitment

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." Vince Lombardi

 

Lighter Side

Salad Snooping

"Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault released a fourth secret recording today. Apparently she hid the microphone somewhere Trump would never find it - in a salad." Seth Meyers

 


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