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Situational awareness - September 20, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Nearly half of Salt Lake City residents oppose developing an inland port. Group files campaign finance complaint against Mia Love. GOP Senators give Kavanaugh's accuser until Friday to accept an invitation to testify.


  • 19 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)

  • 26 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)

  • 33 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)

  • 40 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)

  • 42 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)

  • 47 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

  • 130 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)

  • 177 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)

  • 775 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/articles/Inland_Port_Map.jpgNearly half of Salt Lake City residents oppose creation of an inland port

    Say what you will about the merits or problems with state Republicans creating an inland port in northwestern Salt Lake City, Mayor Jackie Biskupski is in the right place politically in strongly opposing it, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams.jpgUtah Taxpayers Association takes unusual step of jumping into Love/McAdams race

    The non-profit Utah Taxpayers Association has stepped into a new role for the tax watchdog group apparently taking sides in a partisan candidate election race....
    Regents to consider placing a college access advisor in every high school in Utah

    The Utah Board of Regents will consider a statewide proposal at its meeting this week that would put a permanent, full-time college access advisor in every high school in Utah....
    images/Logos/USTAR_Logo_2015.jpgnView medical, a USTAR supported company, closes $1.2 million funding round

    nView medical, a Utah surgical imaging company, recently raised $1.2 million in seed financing....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Brett_Kavanuagh_02.jpgWeekly survey: Is Brett Kavanaugh's nomination in trouble?

    A woman has come forward alleging Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Do you think this allegation will hurt Kavanaugh's chances of being confirmed? Vote now in our weekly survey....


    Deseret News

    Op-ed: Why a redistricting commission may make things worse

    Editorial: 2nd District debate was a welcome show of civility

    Senate hearing on sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh not a trial, Hatch says

    'We will have our day in court': Salt Lake mayor says inland port lawsuit imminent

    Utah group files FEC complaint against Rep. Mia Love over campaign contributions

    Support slipping slightly for gas tax hike to raise money for schools, poll shows

    What does the Cottonwood Mall debate mean for density along the booming Wasatch Front?

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Trump tweets that new book by former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz is 'very interesting'

    'We haven't had anything like this before': Norovirus has spread to at least 10 schools in Salt Lake County

    Southern Utah sheriff's office shares anti-marijuana video, urges residents to vote 'no' on ballot initiative in possible election-law violation

    Study: Salt Lake City International Airport rebuild injects $5.5B into local economy, creates more than 3,300 jobs

    Hopefuls Suzanne Harrison and Brad Bonham debate Medicaid expansion and other issues in competitive Utah House race


    Weber Co. leaders wrestle with growth west of I-15, no easy fixes in the offing (Standard-Examiner)

    State forester: Utah wildfires this year burning twice as much land, twice as costly (Logan Herald Journal)

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    • Kavanaugh confirmation:

      • Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley says Christine Blasey Ford has until Friday to respond to his request for her to speak to the committee about her sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh - https://cnn.it/2PR8mbr

      • GOP Senators are pushing ahead with Kavanaugh's nomination, and will push for a vote soon - https://wapo.st/2PR8uHX

      • Republicans say the timing of the Kavanaugh letter accusing him of sexual assault is suspect, but the timeline shows it's more than a simple political ploy - http://bit.ly/2PRNilj

      • Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she will vote no on Kavanaugh because of his stance on dark money political donations - https://cnn.it/2PQeila

      • President Trump's claim that the FBI cannot probe the allegations against Kavanaugh is wrong according to former officials - https://politi.co/2PRQVaP

      • In the unlikely event that Kavanaugh's nomination fails, Democrats plan to use the still-open seat as a campaign issue in November to boost turnout among women - http://bit.ly/2PU4tmn

    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants a second summit with President Trump soon to speed up the denuclearization process - https://wapo.st/2PNV0wL

    • Democrats are worried Republicans in Congress are teeing up a series of document dumps ahead of November's election designed to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation while ginning up the GOP base - https://politi.co/2PTCV0t

    • The head of FEMA nearly quit his job this week because of his bitter feud with Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen - https://wapo.st/2PQaobT

    • Former national security adviser Michael Flynn will be sentenced in December for lying to the FBI - https://politi.co/2PW1NVp

    • Economic experts say Trump's trade war with China could usher in a new economic Cold War that could last for years - https://nyti.ms/2PP4zeM
    • Democratic turnout for primary elections in 2018 was significantly higher than Republican turnout, the first time that has happened since 2008 - http://bit.ly/2PSuXEF

    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is cracking down on the improper use of commas by State Department employees - https://cnn.it/2PSmi58

    • President Trump suggested Spain should build a wall in the Sahara desert to prevent refugees from Africa from coming to Europe - https://nyp.st/2PMD8T0

    • A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to ban teachers from talking about politics in school - http://bit.ly/2PMAFYC


    • 1519 - Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlucar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.

    • 1881 - President Chester A. Arthur is sworn in following President James A. Garfield's death.

    • 1962 - African American student James Meredith is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi.

    • 1973 - Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.

    • 1982 - Football players begin a 57-day strike during the 1982 NFL season.

    • 1984 - A suicide bomber in a car attacks the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 23 people. 

    • 2000 - The six-year Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton ended without any indictments being issued. Independent Counsel Robert Ray said there was insufficient evidence to establish criminal wrongdoing.

    • 2001 - In an address to a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush declares a "War on Terror."

    • 2011 - The U.S. military ends its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

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    Policy News

    Hatch's historic Music Modernization Act passes Senate by unanimous consent
    Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) lauded passage of the Music Modernization Act-a bipartisan bill that they described as "the most important legislation in a generation" to help songwriters be paid fair market value for their work. ...
    Sutherland Institute announces keynote and entertainment for annual gala
    Sutherland Institute is pleased to announce that Arthur Brooks will keynote its annual gala....
    Hundreds of Utahns to gather on climate solutions during Utah Climate Week 2018
    More than two dozen organizations and businesses will come together for nearly 30 events such as film screenings and art exhibits, spanning from Logan to Kanab, for Utah Climate Week 2018 from October 1-7....

    More National Headlines

    The drive to sink Kavanaugh is liberal totalitarianism (New York Post)

    Media, ABC, PBS use Facebook to beg other Kavanaugh accusers to talk, 'Truth will emerge' (Washington Examiner)

    Broaddrick: FBI Probe Ford Allegation? Then 'Investigate My RAPE Allegations' Against Clinton (CNSNews)

    U.S., China have lots of 'ammunition' and trade spat could escalate -WTO chief (Reuters)

    A New Petition From House Democrats Could Complicate Nancy Pelosi's Future (The Atlantic)

    DOJ looking into 'concerning' behavior by employee in Project Veritas video (The Hill)

    Ellison accuser releases 2017 medical document saying she feared 'retribution' (Washington Times)

    ABC News star Matthew Dowd slammed for calling Justice Clarence Thomas a 'sexual predator' (FOX News)

    Elizabeth Warren slammed over editing of Kavanaugh video (FOX News)

    FBI, DOJ Plan Redactions Despite Trump's Document Order (Bloomberg)

    Trump arrives in North Carolina to survey Florence damage (Associated Press)

    Wise Words

    Have a Vision

    "Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." John F. Kennedy


    Lighter Side

    Taco Bell

    "According to a nationwide customer survey, Americans have named Taco Bell as the best Mexican restaurant in the U.S. Said Mexico, "OK, yeah. We're ready for the wall. Just do it. Fine. It's fine with us now."" Seth Meyers


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