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Situational awareness - September 24, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

SCOOP: Several sources tell UtahPolicy.com that behind the scenes talks aiming to find a compromise on medical marijuana are "intensifying," but many stakeholders aren't happy with some of the ideas being discussed - http://bit.ly/2PWmYGC

Utahns say legal immigration should be easier. Two Utahns say Mia Love used them in a campaign ad without their permission. Brett Kavanaugh's path to the Supreme Court gets rockier.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_15.jpgSources: Discussions on a possible medical marijuana compromise are 'intensifying,' but not all stakeholders are on board

    UtahPolicy.com has learned that high-level talks are "accelerating" between opponents and backers of Prop. 2 as they work to find a legislative compromise. However, some of those discussions are generating a fair amount of pushback from groups on both sides of the issue....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Immigration_01.jpgPoll: Most Utahns say legal immigration should be easier

    Most Utahns believe legal immigration should be easier, a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Van_Jones_Photo.jpgSLCC Tanner Forum on Social Ethics hosts Dream Corps founder Van Jones

    Salt Lake Community College's 2018 Tanner Forum on Social Ethics is hosting Van Jones Oct. 9 at the SLCC South City Campus in the Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City. ...
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Job_Growth_02.jpgUtah's economy created nearly 55,000 jobs over the last year

    Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for August 2018 grew by an estimated 3.7 percent, adding 54,700 jobs to the economy since August 2017....

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    Deseret News

    Pignanelli and Webb: Kavanaugh, Trump's coattails & wildfires

    Op-ed: This bill streamlines the deployment of high-speed internet across Utah

    Op-ed: A vision that elevates Utah's education system? It already exists

    Editorial: Should Las Vegas pump water it doesn't own?

    Utah tops in job growth in U.S., jobless rate flat in August at 3.1%

    Regents to ask lawmakers for $6M to place college advisers in every Utah high school

    Utah Supreme Court weighing Cottonwood Mall project referendum

    Couple supporting McAdams says Love misused their images for her TV commercial

    Downtown soup kitchen getting $1.5 million remodel, new work training program

    Utah takes more steps to tether parole, probation lengths to offenders' progress

    13 things voters should know about Utah's medical marijuana initiative

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Stuart Reid: Jumping into medical marijuana debate has discredited LDS Church

    Editorial: Don't let fees ruin public education in Utah

    Editorial: Pole Creek fire second guessing only adds political haze

    A Utah high school student was happy working at KFC. But with this program's help, he's a pre-med senior in college.

    Mormon church takes another step in its anti-Prop 2 push, invites female bloggers to meeting about medical marijuana

    Utah's economy added 55K jobs in past year, up 3.5% - again ranking No. 1 in America

    Utah legislator files bill to close a 'loophole' he says led to the release of one of Elizabeth Smart's kidnappers


    John Curtis, local leaders, talk aftermath of Pole Creek and Bald Mountain fires (Daily Herald)

    Group proposes changes to cut Utah prison population in half, save $250 million (Standard-Examiner)

    Forum panelists support medical marijuana, but some not in favor of Utah's Prop 2 (Park Record)

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    • Trouble brewing for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination:

      • Another woman has stepped forward, alleging Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were students at Yale. However, there are no eyewitnesses to Deborah Ramirez's account of the incident. Kavanaugh calls her allegations a "smear." Republican staffers allegedly learned of Ramirez's allegations last week and attempted to accelerate the pace of Kavanaugh's confirmation in response - http://bit.ly/2PWdRpo

      • Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, announced on Twitter Sunday night he represents a group of people who have "credible information" that Kavanaugh would "participate in the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs" - https://politi.co/2PZpM5W

      • Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling for a delay in any further consideration of Kavanaugh's nomination in light of the new allegations against him - https://wapo.st/2Q1wf09

      • Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to allege Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday of this week - https://nyti.ms/2PXfTFV

      • Kavanaugh has calendars from the summer of 1982 he's planning to hand over to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he says do not show he attended a party consistent with the allegations from his accuser Christine Blasey Ford - https://nyti.ms/2PZs5FU

      • White House aides are helping Kavanaugh prepare for Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the sexual assault allegations against him. Kavanaugh reportedly grew frustrated with questions about his drinking and sexual habits during the practice runs - https://wapo.st/2Q2NpdW

      • Sen. Lindsey Graham says Christine Blasey Ford's testimony will not change his decision to vote in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation - https://politi.co/2PZtRqy

    • President Trump reportedly polled aides aboard Air Force One on how to deal with the bombshell revelation that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had suggested wearing a wire to record Trump and raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office - http://bit.ly/2Q0O7bE

    • President Trump speaks at the U.N. General Assembly meeting this week. Aides fear Trump will be too conciliatory toward countries that are traditionally America's adversaries - https://nyti.ms/2Q0UTOn

    • The House is pushing to pass an $854 billion spending bill prior to Friday to prevent a government shutdown. However, President Trump called the bill "ridiculous" - http://bit.ly/2Q2WV0F

    • A new Trump administration rule would deny green cards to immigrants if they have ever used certain public benefits, like Medicaid or food stamps - https://nbcnews.to/2Q0UJXl

    • A new poll shows Democrats have a 12-point lead on the generic congressional ballot, but Republicans enthusiasm about the upcoming election is increasing sharply - https://nbcnews.to/2Q0QACF

    • A Fox News poll finds voters, by a wide margin, are seen as the party that would better handle healthcare - https://fxn.ws/2PYR2la

    • The U.S. and China dropped another round of tariffs on each other Monday. China is approaching the point of running out of U.S. goods to target - https://wapo.st/2Q2PMxm

    • Longtime Trump political ally Roger Stone allegedly sought contact with Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange just nine days after Wikileaks published the first batch of stolen Democratic Party documents -https://abcn.ws/2Q17Pnz

    • Federal investigators have stepped up their investigation of Gregory Craig, a White House counsel for President Barack Obama, for work he conducted on behalf of the Ukranian government in 2012. The investigation is an offshoot of the Mueller probe - https://wapo.st/2PWjfc6


    • 1789 - Congress passes the Judiciary Act, creating the office of the Attorney General and the federal judiciary system.

    • 1846 - General Zachary Taylor captures Monterrey during the Mexican-American War.

    • 1869 - Gold prices plummet after President Ulysses S. Grant orders the Treasury to sell large quantities of gold after Jay Gould and James Fisk plot to control the market.

    • 1890 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officially renounces polygamy.

    • 1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's first National Monument.

    • 1957 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock Arkansas to enforce desegregation.

    • 1996 - Representatives of 71 nations sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

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    Policy News

    Capitol Steps to appear in Salt Lake City at the Commonwealth Room
    The Capitol Steps, a Washington DC-based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate staffers, will present a show based on songs from their current album "Make America Grin Again" in Salt Lake City at The Commonwealth Room on October 23rd, 2018. Two weeks before the elect...
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngUtah receives $300,000 STEP grant to increase small business exports
    World Trade Center Utah has been awarded $300,000 through the State Trade Expansion Program which is funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide grants to local small businesses....

    More National Headlines

    Poll: Voters say economy is good but worry about nation's direction (CBS News)

    Bloomberg to mull presidential bid after midterms (The Hill)

    Trump may push antitrust probe into Google, Facebook (New York Post)

    Giuliani: U.S. 'Sympathizes' With Attempt to Overthrow Iran's Government (TIME)

    Woman doesn't recall party, 'does not know' Kavanaugh despite accuser's claim, lawyer says (Washington Times)

    Dem Sen. Mazie Hirono says abuse allegations against Keith Ellison should be investigated (CNN)

    Top Democrat cites Kavanaugh's 'outcome-driven' legal philosophy as reason to deny him due process (FOX News)

    The Rebellion at Justice (Wall Street Journal)

    Next crash will be 'worse than the Great Depression': experts (New York Post)

    Russia and Iran, Military Allies, Are Fast Becoming Economic Rivals (Wall Street Journal)

    As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won't be enough (PBS)

    Wise Words


    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Lighter Side

    Greatest Mistake

    "President Trump called the invasion of Iraq the "single greatest mistake" in U.S. history. In response, many Americans said, "Well, second greatest."" Conan O'Brien


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