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Situational awareness - August 9, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

I'm back from the West Coast where I had a chance to meet my long-lost brother my family didn't tell me about until three years ago. It's a testament to the power of commercially available DNA testing that I even found my older sibling who was given up for adoption shortly after his birth in 1966. As these services become more prevalent, more and more of the stories will filter into the mainstream.

Partisans are whipping up outrage over issues that aren't very urgent. A GOP member of Congress was arrested for insider trading. The federal debt could swamp the entire U.S. economy.



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Tempest in a teapot

LaVarr Webb argues two of the political issues grabbing headlines right now, net neutrality and 3D printed guns, is just sound and fury signifying nothing - http://bit.ly/2vTr75F

Utah Thrives podcast

The latest edition of Utah Thrives looks at the tension between urban development and farming - http://bit.ly/2vTaJCe

Cottonwood Mall

The Utah League of Cities and Towns weighs in on the controversy surrounding the old Cottonwood Mall site - http://bit.ly/2vKQMh0





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Today At Utah Policy

Politicians love to express indignation over trivial issues

Political issues frequently pop up that allow members of Congress and other politicians to express outrage (to let constituents know they're alive and actually doing something). But then these flavor-of-the-day issues go away, seldom to surface again....
Utah Thrives: Farming in Utah's urban counties

Utah consumers like local food right from local farms. But encroaching development threatens urban farms....
USTAR provides opportunities for Utah's growing life sciences industry

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) plays a key role in helping entrepreneurs and scientists create and commercialize new technologies that advance health....
Sen. Lee letter on possible T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission highlighting testimony presented at the June 27, 2018, hearing on the proposed T-Mobile US and Sprint merger....
ULCT responds to the Cottonwood Mall decision

 The Utah League of Cities and Towns has followed with interest the Cottonwood Mall redevelopment project approval and subsequent challenge by petitioners....

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Policy News

Gov. Herbert appoints Mike Haddon as executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections
 Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Mike Haddon to serve as the executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections.  ...
Lassonde Studios awarded LEED Gold building certification
The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah announced that Lassonde Studios  a new five-story, student innovation space has been awarded LEED Gold certification....

Local Headlines

Deseret News

Ralph Hancock: Consent alone will never provide an adequate sexual or political foundation

Jay Evensen: Facebook promised to come to Utah. Remember how large a tax break it would get?

Editorial: Utah isn't out of the smog yet, despite latest EPA report

To fill 'gap' in Utah's new homeless system, group recommends 3 dorm-style buildings

Report: More found unsheltered in 2018 count, but first-time homelessness trending down in Utah

Sacha Baron Cohen tried to bait this Utah GOP campaigner on pornography, pedophilia. He didn't fall for it

Rep. Mia Love questions Trump administration trade policies

State officials set aside $4 million for offer to buy downtown homeless shelter

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: The census is for counting people, not intimidating them

Romney and Wilson disagree on whether government failure or climate change are primarily to blame for massive wildfires

Gehrke: A county clerk's deceptive attempt to keep Grayeyes out of the San Juan commission race should lead to criminal charges

Salt Lake County councilwoman says ordinance giving preference to women- and minority-owned businesses is 'offensive' and may be unfair to white men

The State of Utah wants to buy the 1,100-bed emergency homeless shelter downtown for $4 million. It may have to dig deeper.


Utah County Commission adds $1 million to sheriff's budget to cover inmate medical expenses (Daily Herald)

National Headlines

The New York Times hands Trump a win by protecting Sarah Jeong's bigotry (Washington Examiner)

Zinke blames 'radical environmentalists' for wildfires (The Hill)

Trump says GDP growth 'could be in the 5s' next quarter (Associated Press)

The Trump Administration Is Not Bringing Back Asbestos (Slate)

With Democrats' help, California DMV dodges audit of wait times (Sacramento Bee)

Trump refuses to discuss US-China strategy at private business dinner (CNBC)

Cranky judge, flawed witness threaten Mueller's Manafort case (Politico)

Socialist torchbearers flame out in key races, despite blitz by Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez (FOX News)

The Far Left Is Losing (U.S. News & World Report)

Kris Kobach Will Likely Oversee the Recount in His Own Too-Close-to-Call Primary (Slate)

New Mexico compound suspects were training children for school shootings, prosecutors say (CNN)

Wise Words


"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." Helen Keller


Lighter Side

Mayo Cream

"An ice cream shop in Scotland has introduced a new flavor made with a very familiar ingredient. It's called Mayonnaise ice cream. Coincidentally, "Mayonnaise ice cream" is also how dermatologists describe my skin tone." James Corden


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