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Situational awareness - Aug. 8, 2018

Good Wednesday morning. Some interesting election results from last night in Ohio and Kansas. Fascinating race ahead between Love and McAdams.



4th District analysis. Contributing Editor Bob Bernick looks at polling numbers showing a fascinating race ahead between Love and McAdams. (Utah Policy).

Memo to soon-to-be-appointed UTA leadership. Publisher LaVarr Webb says UTA board members to be appointed this month by the governor must juggle transportation disruption while also restoring trust (Utah Policy).

Ohio special election results & primaries. Republican Balderson ekes out likely win over Democrat O'Connor in Ohio special election, but lots of provisional and absentee ballots remain to be counted. Kansas GOP gubernatorial primary too close to call (PoliticoFox News)




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Today At Utah Policy

Memo to new UTA leadership: You have a difficult and uncertain job ahead
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
I earn my living mostly by writing, and it often gets boring sitting in my office staring at my monitor.So, I'm looking forward to the day when I can call up a fully autonomous electric vehicle and use it as a traveling office. That way when I get tired of the city I will te...
Analysis: The numbers show a fascinating 4th District race
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
We have yet to see candidate advertising in Utah's 4th U.S. House District this election year, so we can't analyze exactly the strategies to be used by Republican Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, and her challenger, Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.The general feelin...
Guest opinion: Wildfires and government responsibility
By Mitt Romney, U.S. Senate candidate
With smoke from California and Utah wildfires clouding the Wasatch front, I've decided to temporarily put aside the traditional federal issues to take up an issue that has been bothering me for quite some time. Last October, watching wildfires burn across the West, I&nb...
Sen. Stuart Adams announces bid for president
By Stuart Adams
As expected, Layton Sen. Stuart Adams has announced his candidacy to become president of the Utah Senate. He will need to convince a majority of his caucus in an election held right after the November election. Here is his statement to his fellow Republican senators:"It has ...
Will independent redistricting result in more Democratic victories?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
There's a pretty good chance that an independent, unelected, redistricting commission will be drawing Utah's political district boundaries, at least on an advisory basis, after the 2020 Census.The big question is whether the final result will be the political nirvana that pr...
CEO success stories: A New Chamber podcast
By Salt Lake Chamber
 The Salt Lake Chamber has created a new podcast called "CEO Success Stories." In every episode Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Chamber and Downtown Alliance, sits down with a top CEO from across the state to hear about their leadership philosophy, best prac...

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Policy News

Guest opinion: Utah port can become the best of the west...if we take action now
The proposed inland port could spark innovation, bring economic diversity, and put Utah in a position to be the best of the west -- if it is done correctly.By "correctly," we mean designing an inland port from the outset that includes clean, low-emission technologies th...
Niederhauser criticizes Better Boundaries redistricting initiative
Utah Senate Pres. Wayne Niederhauser says the redistricting initiative that will be on the ballot in November is really an attempt by Salt Lake City Democrats to pack a congressional district with Democratic voters.  Here is his statement, posted on the Senate Site...
Press release: Hatch to speak at Sutherland's 2018 Congressional Event Series
The Sutherland Institute has announced Sen. Orrin G. Hatch will be participating in its 2018 Congressional Event Series on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Sutherland's offices. Hatch will be leading an exclusive discussion on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the United States...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: College students should learn to expect the unexpected

Layton Republican Stuart Adams aiming to be next Utah Senate president

Federal judge orders San Juan County to put Utah Navajo activist Willie Grayeyes back on the ballot

Salt Lake City's newspapers complain Rep. Mia Love's government-funded mailers falsely imply their support

A proposed ICE detention center for Salt Lake City's immigration court won't be in Utah

Deseret News

Editorial: Trump's sanctions may be the nudge Iran needs to reform

State committee to discuss unfreezing Road Home funds, possible sale of downtown shelter

Government failure in preventing, fighting wildfires 'unarguable,' Mitt Romney says

Utah joins fight arguing local land disputes should be heard in state court, not federal court

Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams announces bid for Senate presidency


Governor addresses economy at tri-city chamber meeting (Daily Herald)

Utah's online sales tax decision worries Park City e-commerce businesses (Park Record)

National Headlines

Troy Balderson wins Ohio special election (Washington Post)

'This Is the New Face of the Democrat Party': Charlie Kirk & Candace Owens Ambushed by Liberal Protesters (FOX News)

Apple could be used as a 'bargaining chip' in the trade war, Chinese state media warns (CNBC)

Border Patrol Council VP: Critics Must Decide Whether 'Hatred of Trump Is Bigger Than Love of Country' (FOX News)

Liberals Don't Have to Defend Sarah Jeong's Tweets (Slate)

Black Lives Matter protesters crash police officer's wedding: 'You're a murderer!' (Washington Times)

US unveils next round of Chinese imports to face tariffs (CNN)

Rick Gates admits extramarital affair in London, as defense tears into 'secret life' (FOX News)

Fire and Water in California (Wall Street Journal)

Trump seeks out business leaders as midterm election looms (Reuters)

Oracle challenges Pentagon's multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract before bids are even submitted (Washington Post)

Wise Words

Self Worth

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us." Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

More Bad News

"The USDA has issued a health alert over premade salads and wraps sold at Walgreens due to concerns they may be contaminated with an intestinal parasite. So, if you're buying your meals at Walgreens, I have even more bad news."Seth Meyers

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