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Situational awareness - September 12, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Bishop and Curtis have big leads ahead of November's election. Lightning rod Senator Chris Buttars passes. Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/Bishop_Curtis_01.jpgBishop, Curtis enjoying massive leads in their re-election bids

Incumbent U.S. House members Rob Bishop and John Curtis are doing just fine this election, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows.Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds that in his last race in the 1st Congressional District, long-time Republican Rep. Bishop gets ...
images/Resized_Mugshots/Enid_and_Joe_Waldholtz.jpgLove's campaign finance controversy echoes Enid Waldholtz in 1994

The headline reads: "Utah Republican congresswoman battles FEC over $1 million donations."...
images/Shutterstock_Icons/Podcast_06.jpgPodcast: Poll shows Stewart under 50% in Utah's 2nd District

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down our latest poll numbers showing Republican Chris Stewart with an 11-point lead over Democrat Shireen Ghorbani. ...
images/Resized_Mugshots/Chris_Buttars_01.jpgControversial former Utah Senator Chris Buttars passes away

Former Utah Senator Chris Buttars passed away on Monday at the age of 76. Buttars daughter announced his passing on social media....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Mia_Love_06.jpegLove internal poll shows 9-point lead over McAdams

The polling in Utah's 4th Congressional District is coming fast and furious with less than 60 days to go before the election. The latest survey, from Republican Mia Love's pollster, shows the incumbent with a 9-point lead over Democrat Ben McAdams....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams.jpgWeekly survey: Mia Love vs. Ben McAdams

Several polls in Utah's 4th Congressional District show Republican Mia Love with a lead over Democrat Ben McAdams ranging anywhere from 2 to 9 points....


Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Should tainted councilman be S.L. County's inland port voice?

Criticism high, bidding low for Utah's biggest oil, gas lease sale since the Bush years

Democrat closes to within 11 points of GOP Rep. Chris Stewart in new poll

Polarizing Utah state Sen. Chris Buttars - a fierce opponent of gay rights and a champion of drug treatment - dies at age 76

Park City assistant city attorney and her husband arrested for allegedly stealing hunting equipment

Utah League of Cities and Towns leaders fear losing local zoning and police powers if medical pot is legalized

Deseret News

Democratic challenger Shireen Ghorbani gaining on Rep. Chris Stewart, poll shows

Sen. Orrin Hatch says calling media 'enemy of the people' damages democracy

Lighting rod former state Sen. Chris Buttars dies at 76

Special legislative session on medical marijuana could be called in November

Groups seek notice for mining activity on former monument boundaries

Ex-Unified fire chief won't be charged, but now he's facing calls to resign from inland port board


Pleasant View, Bountiful officials to represent Weber County on new UTA bodies (Standard-Examiner)

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  • "Storm of a lifetime." That's the stark warning forecasters are giving residents of the East coast as Hurricane Florence steams toward land - https://wapo.st/2OfjluT

  • The GOP is starting to worry that they could lose control of the Senate following the 2018 midterm elections - https://wapo.st/2OfJQkd

  • Democrats hold a 14-point lead on the generic House ballot according to a new Quinnipiac University poll - http://bit.ly/2OcnKyS

  • Only 13% of aides in the House are people of color according to a new study - https://nyti.ms/2Ojuc72

  • The number of people in the White House President Trump trusts is "much smaller" following the bombshell revelations in Bob Woodward's new book and the publication of an anonymous op-ed penned by someone in his administration - https://politi.co/2OarXmA

  • Stunning! President Trump reportedly told former White House economic adviser Gary Cohn to "just run the presses - print money" in order to lower the national debt - https://cnb.cx/2OcSrnx

  • The federal deficit grew 32 percent during the first 11 months of fiscal year 2018, an increase of $222 billion - http://bit.ly/2Ode3jP

  • President Trump is preparing a new executive order allowing for sanctions of foreign citizens suspected of interference in American elections - https://nyti.ms/2Oc5Ig5

  • Online retailers are warning the Trump administration against making reforms to the U.S. Postal Service that would inflame tensions with these businesses - http://bit.ly/2OaFH0Q

  • U.S. businesses are ramping up their spending on lobbyists to fight back against the Trump administration's trade tariffs - https://on.wsj.com/2OcwtkG

  • More than 2,000 Americans in Puerto Rico applied for funeral assistance from FEMA following Hurricane Maria last year. Just 75 were approved - http://bit.ly/2OcmH1U

  • President Trump cancels his planned trip to Ireland, but the White House says it may not be off for good - https://cnb.cx/2OaWwIN

  • The Education Department reopens a case alleging discrimination against Jewish students by Rutgers University - https://nyti.ms/2OaF2MU


  • 1609 - Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River.

  • 1938 - Adolf Hitler demands autonomy and self-determination for the Germans of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia.

  • 1953 - U.S. Senator and future President John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island.

  • 1958 - Little Rock High School in Arkansas was ordered by the Supreme Court to admit black students.

  • 1962 - President John F. Kennedy delivers his "We choose to go to the moon" speech at Rice University.

  • 1994 - Frank Eugene Corder fatally crashes a single-engine Cessna 150 into the White House's south lawn, striking the West Wing. There were no other casualties.

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Policy News

Rep. Curtis coauthors bipartisan bill to address gun violence
Congressman John Curtis joined Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce the Protecting our Communities and Rights Act of 2018. This bill will empower communities with new tools to prevent gun violence while also preserving law-...
Mayor Biskupski seeks public input on inland port ordinance
 Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is asking residents to provide feedback online or in person on the proposed zoning ordinance for the inland port....

More National Headlines

Small business optimism surges to highest level ever, topping previous record under Reagan (CNBC)

Al-Qaeda calls for new terror attacks on US in video released on 9/11 anniversary (Mirror)

Ken Starr: I have confidence in Mueller, concerns about those around him (The Hill)

Starr: I almost charged Hillary Clinton with perjury (New York Post)

Las Vegas is booming again, and bracing itself for next slump (Reuters)

U.S. job openings climb to record 6.9 million (MarketWatch)

Middle Class Income Is Finally Back To Where It Was In 2000 (CNN)

'Threats of Rape and Strangling' Force D.C. McAllister Into Hiding After Anti-Abortion Tweet (PJ Media)

Wyoming GOP office set on fire (Daily Caller)

Police are on scene of a mass shooting threat at a MAGA event at the Trump International Hotel (Daily Mail)

Castro Valley Man Accused Of Switchblade Assault On GOP Congressional Candidate (CBS News)

Wise Words


"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin


Lighter Side


"According to the anonymous author [of The New York Times op-ed], many of Trump's senior officials are working diligently from within to frustrate his worst inclinations, and that's not easy because all of Trump's inclinations are tied for worst." Stephen Colbert


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