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Situational awareness - September 13, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Most Utahns support Prop. 4. Majority of Salt Lake City voters say Jackie Biskupski should be booted from office. Manafort trying to reach a plea deal with Mueller.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_05.jpgMajority of Utahns support redistricting reform initiative, but nearly a third are still undecided

More than half of all Utahns still support a November ballot initiative that would create a bi-partisan, independent commission to redraw U.S. House and legislative boundaries after each Census, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgOpinion briefs: Thoughts on Obama & the mid-terms, & other topics

 Obama & the mid-terms. Will former Pres. Barack Obama boost Democrats so they take control of Congress in 2019? ...
images/Resized_Mugshots/Jackie_Biskupsi_09.jpgPoll: 56% of Salt Lake City voters say Mayor Biskupski does not deserve another term

2019 could be difficult for Mayor Jackie Biskupski. A new UtahPolicy.com survey finds 56% of Salt Lake City residents think Biskupski does not deserve another term in office....
images/Logos/USTAR_Logo_2015.jpgBig data analytics company identifies disease-causing microbes with USTAR support

As recent technologies and discoveries continue to make DNA sequencing easier and faster, local Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) companies are hoping their big data analytic technologies can help individuals make more informed patient management decisi...
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation's Quality of Life Index declines despite strong economy

Today marks the release of the Utah FoundationQuality of Life Index: Measuring Utahns' Perceptions of their Communities, Personal Lives. It measures both community and personal quality of life, using two indices....
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....


Deseret News

Op-ed: Operation Rio Grande is making a difference

Jay Evensen: It's been a long hot summer - did you get enough to drink?

Ralph Hancock: 'Beyond politics' is only an illusion

Editorial: High-density housing will be the future of Utah

Could addiction, overdose warnings on prescription painkiller bottles lessen opioid crisis?

New poll shows big leads for Utah Reps. Bishop, Curtis

Oil and gas auction nets more than $3 million in Utah

Utah governor, schools superintendent issue plea to former teachers: Come back

'Minority' now a misnomer in West Valley City, census data show

Mitt Romney says 'jinxing' didn't cost him White House as Donald Trump claims

Poll: 56% of Salt Lake voters say Biskupski should be booted from office

Salt Lake Tribune

'We need to find a way to pay them more': Utah governor pushes for better salaries to retain, recruit more teachers during shortage

New poll says most Salt Lake City voters don't think Mayor Jackie Biskupski should get another term in office

Census: Utah ranks No. 1 for equality of incomes - at least for now

Proposed gravel-pit expansion in Draper is off the table for now as company, city council face resident opposition


Future Utah County education relies on business partnerships (Daily Herald)

Weber County leaders put notion of studying change to county government to voters (Standard-Examiner)

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  • Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is reportedly in talks for a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller ahead of his second trial later this month. Mueller wants Manafort's cooperation in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but so far he is resisting - https://abcn.ws/2x7BMv8

  • The number of migrant children in detention has increased more than fivefold since last summer - https://nyti.ms/2xfkH2D

  • Hurricane Florence is expected to pummel the Carolinas for several days bringing heavy winds and up to 40 inches of rainfall - https://nyti.ms/2x6giyW

  • $10 million slated for hurricane recovery efforts was diverted from FEMA to pay for immigration detention centers - https://nyti.ms/2x9vyLd

  • President Trump reignited his feud with the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, calling her "totally incompetent" while defending his administration's response to Hurricane Maria last year - https://abcn.ws/2x7kCOa

  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh answers written questions from Senators, including queries about a possible gambling problem - https://wapo.st/2x8ynw1

  • Independent Senator Angus King announces he will vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - https://politi.co/2x83Xde

  • The Senate passed a bipartisan spending package on Wednesday to avoid a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government - https://wapo.st/2x8QfHk

  • The median household income in the U.S. rises to the same level as before the 2008 financial crisis - https://nyti.ms/2x7tljl

  • More than 4,300 Arkansas residents have been dropped from Medicaid because they failed to meet new work requirements imposed by the state - https://wapo.st/2x9lH85

  • Federal investigators are probing a series of suspicious money transfers from a Russian Oligarch following the June 2016 meeting between a Russian lawyer and Trump campaign officials at Trump Tower. They're also looking at another series of money transfers the day after President Trump won the 2016 election -  http://bit.ly/2x9Cg3V

  • More Democratic candidates have participated in the 2018 election cycle than either party fielded in any cycle since 1980 - http://bit.ly/2x76KTZ

  • Three-quarters of anonymous campaign cash flowing into federal elections in the last few cycles came from just 15 groups - https://usat.ly/2x9GBUV

  • A video of Google executives lamenting Donald Trump's election is causing an uproar in the right-wing mediasphere - http://bit.ly/2x6f2Me

  • Eric Trump is under fire for using what some say is an anti-Semitic slur toward Bob Woodward, who is not Jewish - https://wapo.st/2x4PleM

  • A Republican member of Congress suggested children might be better off in orphanages instead of being adopted by a gay couple - https://on.app.com/2x834Bq

  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama's book tour will take place at major arenas across the country - https://wapo.st/2xfnKrB

  • The FDA has warned the makers of electronic cigarettes they have 60 days to prove they can keep the devices out of the hands of minors. If they do not comply, the feds could remove their products from the market - https://nyti.ms/2x7louy

  • Jeff Fager, the executive producer of 60 Minutes, is out at CBS after he sent a threatening text to a reporter at the network who was investigating alleged sexual misconduct by Fager - http://bit.ly/2x7rsTN


  • 1501 - Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.

  • 1788 - The Philadelphia Convention sets the date for the first presidential election in the United States, and New York City becomes the country's temporary capital.

  • 1814 - The British fail to capture Baltimore during the War of 1812. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composes his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry," which is later set to music and becomes the United States' national anthem.

  • 1899 - Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.

  • 1948 - Margaret Chase Smith is elected Senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

  • 1962 - An appeals court orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Merideth, the first African-American student admitted to the segregated university.

  • 1971 - State police and National Guardsmen storm New York's Attica Prison to quell a prison revolt.

  • 1993 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing the Oslo Accords granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

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Policy News

Hatch and Curtis's Rural Broadband Bill passes House
 Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican and President Pro Tempore of the US Senate, released the following statement after his Highway Rights-of-Way Permitting Efficiency Act of 2017 passed the House of Representatives, with the help of Co...
Central Wasatch Commission invites applications to advisory Stakeholder Council
The Central Wasatch Commission invites applications to serve on the advisory Stakeholder Council....
Nominees announced for 3rd District Court vacancy
The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a position on the 3rd District Court. ...

More National Headlines

Leaked Google Video After Trump's Win Adds to Pressure From Conservatives (New York Times)

What's Special About This Economy (Bloomberg)

Does Obama Motivate Democrats Anymore? Or Just Republicans? (FiveThirtyEight)

Bush boosting Republicans in places where Trump isn't strong (Associated Press)

US takes a stand against anti-Semitism that Obama didn't (New York Post)

FiveThirtyEight forecasts Republicans as favorites to keep the Senate (ABC News)

U.S. Proposing New Round of Trade Talks With China (Wall Street Journal)

Apple and other companies sound the alarm on Trump's China tariff plans (MarketWatch)

Jamie Dimon says he could beat Trump in an election, then retreats (CNN)

Could Jamie Dimon beat Trump? Here's what oddsmakers say about billionaires' presidential chances, from Mark Cuban to Oprah (CNBC)

There's no way to avert the next financial crisis, warn former regulators from 2008 meltdown (CNN)

Wise Words

Moral Authority

"Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect." Stephen Covey


Lighter Side

Reading Again

"Bob Woodward's book is out about the president. It's already a bestseller on Amazon. Between Woodward's and Omarosa's books, Trump has done something incredible - he's "Made America Read Again."" Jimmy Fallon


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