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Situational awareness - August 31, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

Herbert promises a workable medical marijuana law in Utah. Trump cancels raises for federal employees. Will there be a Mueller "bombshell" on Friday?



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Herbert says he'll get a medical marijuana bill done

Gov. Gary Herbert says if Prop. 2 passes, lawmakers will change it to make it workable. If it fails, he promises to get a medical marijuana bill through the legislature - http://bit.ly/2PRE0qo

Democrats drop replacement bid

In the face of a likely legal challenge from Republicans, Utah Democrats drop their effort to replace a state Senate candidate on November's ballot - http://bit.ly/2N1kBVg

What a week!

Utah struggles with medical marijuana. What's next for Count My Vote? Mia Love campaigns with Mitt Romney. Donald Trump doesn't understand how Google works. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott digest the week's political news for you - http://bit.ly/2oqtbPi

You can also access our week-in-review as a podcast if you prefer - http://bit.ly/2PSPBoT

Herbert heads into the homestretch

Bob Bernick says Gov. Gary Herbert will be a political force during his final two years in office - http://bit.ly/2ospmta


Deseret News

Editorial: E-cigarette ads targeted at teens is a corrupt model

D.A. says law won't let him say whether officer's shooting was justified

Utah official criticizes 'stupid' wildfire management decisions

EnergySolutions' proposal to store depleted uranium in Tooele County would 'establish a dangerous precedent,' activists say

Utah governor says he'll use 'bully pulpit' to get lawmakers to act on medical marijuana

Salt Lake Tribune

EnergySolutions wants an exemption so it can dispose of uranium munitions in Utah

'Mormon Land': A political scientist discusses the faith's push against Utah's medical marijuana measure and why it might or might not work

Utah governor says it's time to move forward on medical marijuana, whether ballot initiative passes or fails

Kearns industrial area has had dirt roads for 73 years. Now officials predict newly paved byways will lead to a business boom.

Community groups unveil vision for a new Pioneer Park, one where 'all members of the public feel comfortable' and crime won't flourish

Mitt Romney says that he's a believer in climate change and that it will create more and nastier wildfires in Utah




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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgNobody understands optics! - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 387

Utah struggles with medical marijuana following the LDS Church's email urging members to vote against Prop. 2....
images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Herbert could be a force for good during his final two years in office

Gov. Gary Herbert promised Thursday that he will work diligently in adopting an expanded medical marijuana law that will allow sick and suffering Utahns relief by using the previously illegal drug....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Utah_Ballot_Box_Edited.jpgUtah Democrats drop bid to replace a state Senate candidate

Utah Democrats have abandoned their effort to replace a candidate in a state Senate district, meaning there will be no Democrat on the ballot in SD9....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Gary_Herbert_20.jpgHerbert says it's time for Utah to have a workable medical marijuana law

Whether Prop 2 the medical marijuana initiative on November's ballot passes or fails, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he and the Utah Legislature would pass a workable medical marijuana bill that guarantees access to the drug for tens of thousands of sick and sufferin...
images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 387

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott explain a busy week in Utah politics....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgHatch writes to FTC chairman with Google concerns

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force and the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter (see here) to Joseph Simons, Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, expressing conce...
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

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune:New Ikon ski pass adds access to Utah's Solitude and Brighton resorts--Tribune: With BLM headquarters likely to go West, Rep. Rob Bishop promotes Ogden as Utah's best host--KSL.com: Using corn as bait for fishing all Utah waters, other ...
images/Logos/New-GOED-Logo.pngGovernor's Office names Kimberlee Carlile as inaugural director of Talent Ready Utah Center
The Governor's Office of Economic Development has named Kimberlee Carlile as the first director of the Talent Ready Utah Center....

National Headlines

Dem rep warns immigration officers following 'illegal' Trump orders: 'You will not be safe' (FOX News)

The Oil Export Boom (Wall Street Journal)

In Hollywood, politics pushes its way into ratings game (Washington Post)

Sources: NBC Threatened Ronan Farrow If He Kept Reporting on Harvey Weinstein (Daily Beast)

Trump presses Supreme Court chief justice for action on Russia dossier (Reuters)

Giuliani: Trump's legal team almost done with 'voluminous' counterreport to Mueller (The Hill)

Trump administration backs Asian Americans suing Harvard over its affirmative action admissions policy (Los Angeles Times)

Trump Proposes Freezing Federal Worker Salaries (NPR)

Trump attacks Justice Department and FBI: 'I want them to do their jobs' (CNN)

Trump threatens to withdraw from World Trade Organization (CNBC)

California State Assembly Passes Nation's Toughest Net Neutrality Law (Variety)

Wise Words

Still True

"Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases." John Adams


Lighter Side


"Democrats and some Republicans are voicing concerns about President Trump's proposed military parade and feel the event may come off as totalitarian. You think? That's like someone being worried that the Pride Parade is going to come off as a little bit gay." Seth Meyers


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