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Situational Awareness - Aug. 6, 2018

Good Monday morning. Welcome to the first full week of August. Here's hoping the smoky skies clear soon. This weather pattern can't continue forever.


 64 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)


Trump and the news media. The Trump/news media feud is getting nastier. Publisher LaVarr Webb says it's not going to end well and both sides are at fault (Utah Policy).

GOP fights to hold conservative seat in Ohio special election. The entire national GOP machinery is in Ohio to try to protect a reliably red seat in Tuesday's special election, the last before the midterm elections. But polls show Democratic candidate Danny O'Connor surging. Trump stumped for Republican Troy Balderson in a rally Saturday evening (Politico)




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Today At Utah Policy

Trump & the news media: a battle to the death

 The relationship between Pres. Trump and the traditional news media is noxious and getting worse. I've never seen such literal hatred between a major politician and the press. As a former journalist, I think it's highly unfortunate.However, it's not all Trump's fault, ...
Opinion briefs: Thoughts on a few current topics

A good adversary can be helpful. It seems contradictory, but a good enemy can provide a lot of benefits. For example, Pres. Obama was an avowed opponent of the gun rights lobby. But he sold more guns than any president in history. Every time a crackdown on gun sales was prop...
World Trade Center Utah upcoming events

World Trade Center Utah is sponsoring several important upcoming events. Here's a look:--The trade war has begun: how to avoid becoming collateral damage. Friday, Aug. 10, noon, Little America Hotel, a Thought Leader Symposium will feature remarks by Sen. Orrin Hatch. A...
Press release: Paul Edwards, Herbert's deputy chief of staff, will be Toll Fellow

LEXINGTON, Ky.-Paul S. Edwards, deputy chief of staff in Utah's Office of the Governor, is among the 48 state leaders from across the country selected to participate in The Council of State Governments' 2018 Henry Toll Fellowship, the nation's premier leadership develop...
Could redistricting commission create a safe Democratic congressional district?

On this November's ballot will be a citizen initiative proposal that, if passed by voters, will set up a bipartisan, independent citizen commission that will redraw U.S. House and state legislative districts following the 2020 Census.Earlier this week I wrote a story about a...
There's more nuance to Trump than liberals are willing to admit

One thing partisan Democrats and arch-liberals can't understand is why many mainstream, traditional Republicans don't turn against Pres. Trump. They understand why right-wing conservatives support Trump. But it is a mystery to them why some reasonable, even moderate, Republi...
That man has never bought groceries in his life - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 383

State officials are worried they won't be able to implement the medical marijuana ballot initiative if it's approved by voters. They also say it could end up costing Utah taxpayers....
From wildfires to winter inversion, USTAR-supported projects look to better understand Utah's air quality issues

With Utah's-and the rest of the western United States'-wildfire season in full swing and winter inversions lurking beyond, several Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) supported projects are aiming to better understand and monitor air pollutants such as wi...
California city will use cumulative voting in local elections

Voters in Mission Viejo, California will cast ballots using a "cumulative" voting system in their local elections, allowing them to cast multiple ballots for a single candidate if they choose....
Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 383

 Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott reconnoiter the big stories this week in Utah politics....

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Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber CEO Success Stories: Governor Gary Herbert
The Salt Lake Chamber has created a new podcast called "CEO Success Stories." In every episode Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, sits down with a top CEO from across the state to hear from them their leadership philosophy, b...
How the Utah Legislature fine-tuned its 2018 income tax changes
The past 12 months have been a wild ride for income taxes. Utah's last major income tax reform took place back in 2008. Since then the income tax has seen relatively few changes. However, that changed at the end of 2017 when Congress passed a bill modifying the federal incom...
Salt Lake Chamber President's Message: Engaging Professionals for Good
As communities grow and evolve, so must the organizations that serve it. Part of the Salt Lake Chamber's mission is "championing community prosperity" and while the Chamber cannot be all things to all people, we believe that learning to adapt and evolve with our local commun...
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune: Keep an eye (and ear) out for coughing sheep in Zion National Park--KSL:Fishing slams for anglers in UtahNew Films-- Christopher Robin: KSL reviewConcerts-- 3hattrio Performs American Desert Music: Gloriously Beautiful, Savagely Strang...
Shopping for solar? New state website provides one stop online consumer resource
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce announced that the Utah Division of Public Utilities and Office of Consumer Services have created a new state website for electricity customers using or considering solar resources....

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Needle exchange in Utah County? Yes, it's come to that.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are found in Logan

Utah County doesn't want any needle exchange programs, but it may get one anyway

One month into new bulk waste pickup program, trash continues to pile up on Salt Lake City streets

Senate Democrats say new mining claims in Grand Staircase are 'illegal' while monument boundary dispute is in court

Utah's university students have access to 3D printers. What happens if they print a gun?

Girls in polygamous Kingston Group continue to marry as young as 15, records show, sometimes leaving Utah to marry cousins

Here's what Utah's members of Congress say about Trump's call to create Space Force, a new military branch

Deseret News

Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb: Examining the swirling politics of the inland port

Greg Bell: The reservation system poorly serves Native Americans

Jenet Erickson: Abortion's culture is antithetical to women's equality

Op-ed: Will your child's teacher be prepared this fall?

Editorial: 'Do your job' should be Trump's challenge to Congress

Men caught up in Shurtleff, Swallow investigation sue FBI, Utah

Holladay officials: Petition to block old Cottonwood Mall development doesn't qualify for ballot

Rep. Mia Love defends mailer that opponent Ben McAdams calls 'dishonest'

Utah's alcohol regulators seek to clear the air in YouTube videos

Hot and steamy energy? Utah hopes for a geothermal first


Libertas Institute files lawsuit against Pleasant Grove road fee (Daily Herald)

Jim Tracy hands in his keys after nearly 16 years as Utah County sheriff (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

By Its Own Standard, the New York Times Should Fire Sarah Jeong (National Review)

Man Arrested For Threatening Steve Scalise Had Ammo, Materials And Guides To Build Bombs (Daily Caller)

NRA mocks David Hogg for employing 'armed security' during protest at its headquarters (Washington Times)

Trump, Feinstein spar over reports of Chinese spy on her staff (FOX News)

Past Social-Media Posts Upend Hiring (Wall Street Journal)

Harris blasts critics of 'identity politics' (POLITICO)

Polls and history continue to point to a Ted Cruz victory in Texas (CNN)

The battle to confirm Kavanaugh heats up with document fight (NBC News)

Trump: 'Better numbers than Obama at this point' means no 'Blue Wave' in 2018 (Washington Examiner)

Democrats' 2020 presidential fight gets an early dress rehearsal (POLITICO)

Progressives reject 'phony moderation' at Netroots Nation, setting tone for 2020 primary (CNN)

Wise Words


"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side

About Right

"Apple is close to becoming the first U.S. company worth over $1 trillion. Then Americans looked at their drawers filled with old iPods, and said, "Yep. Seems about right." Jimmy Fallon


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