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Situational awareness - September 14, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

A big majority of Utahns support full Medicaid expansion. Hurricane Florence makes landfall. Trump claims death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria is a Democratic conspiracy.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Medicaid.jpgBig majority of Utahns support Prop. 3 to expand Medicaid

Utahns appear set to pass full Medicaid expansion by a wide margin in November....
images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgDepartment of corrections - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 389

The Mia Love vs. Ben McAdams race heats up, with allegations of fundraising shenanigans by Love....
images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Will Mormon Republicans do the right thing on Prop. 4?

It's been reported before on UtahPolicy.com that Utah Republicans and faithful Mormons face difficult choices when it comes to supporting Republican President Donald Trump....
images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 389

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott guide you through the last week of political news....
images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngGrowth in housing and transportation sectors continue to elevate the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index

The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index decreased 0.1 percent from July to August on a non-seasonally adjusted basis....
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

A. Scott Anderson: Good business means investing in the community

Rep. Stewart: President 'overly criticized' for Puerto Rico response, but tragedy shouldn't be politicized

Utah's top federal law enforcer says one important detail has been lost in medical marijuana debate

Reported SAGE scores largely unchanged from 2017, but fewer students opt out

Moab votes to trash plastic grocery bags

Will Utah shoot down proposal to store depleted uranium bullets?

Salt Lake Tribune

Gehrke: What should we make of the contradictory poll numbers in the race between Love and McAdams?

Rep. Mia Love goes negative against Ben McAdams with first attack ad of campaign

In rare show of cooperation, Republicans and Democrats join to push investment in national parks


Terry Schow, defeated in GOP primary for Utah House seat, plans write-in bid (Standard-Examiner)

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  • Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina Friday morning. The storm has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane, but it's still packing winds over 90 mph - http://bit.ly/2OlChsd

  • President Trump created a political firestorm on Thursday by falsely claiming the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last year led to the deaths of nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico. Trump said the death toll was a conspiracy cooked up by Democrats to make him look bad - https://wapo.st/2OlXqCk

  • The confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took a bizarre turn on Thursday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she referred a confidential letter about alleged sexual misconduct on the part of Kavanaugh to the FBI - https://wapo.st/2OjrkqR

  • Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has reportedly reached a tentative plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's team - https://abcn.ws/2Os0iO0

  • Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is remaining remarkably silent in the face of withering attacks from President Trump and his supporters - https://nyti.ms/2OmwvGu

  • House Republicans are floating a new round of tax cuts. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the new cuts would add an additional $3.8 trillion to the deficit over the next decade - https://wapo.st/2OiBacz

  • Congress has reached a spending deal to prevent a government shutdown later this month - http://bit.ly/2OjpRRq

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily fends off a primary challenge from progressive actress turned politician Cynthia Nixon - https://abcn.ws/2OnUp4r

  • Montana Sen. John Tester's Republican opponent, Matt Rosendale, apparently got a heads up from the NRA that they were about to drop hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race to help defeat Tester in November. It's illegal for campaigns to coordinate with outside groups on campaign spending - https://thebea.st/2OiKLjO

  • FBI Director Christopher Wray says Americans can have confidence in the U.S. election system during November's midterm elections despite Russian efforts at disruption - https://politi.co/2Ol9S5w

  • President Trump may be making a huge miscalculation in his trade war with China. Trump says China is under economic pressure to make a deal, but they may be able to hold out longer than he thinks - https://wapo.st/2OlBs2x

  • Canada is warning that President Trump wants to rebrand NAFTA as the "USMC" pact for the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Canadian officials are worried they may be left out - https://on.wsj.com/2Ojodze

  • Facebook is stepping up their fact-checking operations to keep fake videos and photos from circulating on the social media platform - http://bit.ly/2OmD5x0


  • 1901 - President William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6. He is succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

  • 1920 - The first live radio dance music was broadcast by a Detroit station.

  • 1917 - The Russian Empire is formally replaced by the Russian Republic.

  • 1960 - The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded.

  • 1994 - The Major League Baseball season is canceled because of a strike.

  • 2008 - Brokerage firm Merrill Lynch agreed to sell itself to Bank of America for $50 billion and Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy after it failed to find a buyer.

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Policy News

Hinckley Report returns to KUED
The Hinckley Report, KUED's weekly series providing an unbiased examination of local and national issues affecting Utahns, returns for a third season Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. The series repeats Sundays at 11:00 a.m....
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventOutdoors Report--Tribune:Utah copes with drying streams, dying animals as drought tightens its grip - with no relief in sight--Tribune:Why is the Great Salt Lake half red and half blue?--KSL.com: Looking for a SLC hike that will make you tired, but not too tired...
Bishop, Grijalva pass deal on LWCF reauthorization
House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop and Ranking Member Ral Grijalva announced and passed a deal on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), offered and adopted in Committee as an amendment to H.R. 502. The Committee also passed H.R. 6771, theDom...
Hatch, Markey introduce legislation to require warning labels on Rx opioid painkillers
 Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) introduced the Lessening Addiction By Enhancing Labeling (LABEL) Opioids Act....
New bipartisan Rep. Love Bill: Protecting pregnant women in custody
Rep. Mia Love joins Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) in introducing bipartisan legislation to provide a national standard of care to address pregnancy-related needs of incarcerated women during pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum periods....

More National Headlines

Democrats hit a new low in their crusade against Kavanaugh (New York Post)

Boom times: 72% blue collar are 'optimistic about future,' 67% 'happy' (Washington Examiner)

Clarence Thomas takes jab at Cory Booker over 'Spartacus' comment (CNN)

Graham to renew call for second special counsel (The Hill)

Farmers Hope For China Trade Deal, But For Now They Worry About Tariffs' Impact (NPR)

House panel backs bill to make Trump tax cuts permanent (Reuters)

Leaked Google video fuels conservative claims of political bias from tech giants (CNN)

House And Senate Negotiators Strike Deal To Avoid Shutdown Threat (NPR)

Andrew Cuomo cruises to easy win over Cynthia Nixon in New York gubernatorial primary (USA Today)

Mark Zuckerberg warns 2 months before the US midterms that Facebook can't fight election interference alone (Business Insider)

Trump: Jamie Dimon doesn't have the 'smarts' to be president (CNN)

Wise Words


"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere." Dr. Seuss


Lighter Side

Coin Toss

"I read that Joe Biden will decide whether he's running for president in 2020 by this January. He's gonna take a coin and say, "Heads, I run. Tails, I flip again until I get heads."" Jimmy Fallon


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