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Situational awareness - September 25, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City residents mostly say the homeless situation has not improved. Lawmakers along with Prop. 2 backers and opponents are accelerating their efforts to find a compromise. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's job is in limbo following a chaotic Monday.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Homeless_01.jpgPoll: Salt Lake City residents don't think homeless situation has improved

    Even though the homeless situation in downtown Salt Lake City is clearly better today than it was last year, a new poll of city residents finds that nearly half say the homeless/panhandling problem in the city is about the same....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_09.jpgSources describe ongoing discussions on possible medical marijuana compromise legislation as 'promising'

    UtahPolicy.com has learned of a meeting held on Monday involving the backers of Prop. 2, lawmakers and other interested groups, to discuss options on how best to legalize medical marijuana in the state. While no concrete proposal for legislation emerged from the meeting...
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Brett_Kavanuagh_02.jpgHatch: Democrats are running a 'smear campaign' against Kavanaugh

    On Monday, Sen. Orrin Hatch came out firing against Democrats in the Senate, accusing them of mounting a "smear campaign" against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing a second, and possibly third, sexual misconduct allegation....
    images/Resized_Logos/CYBER24_season_2_logo.jpgCYBER24: Biz and Gov't a cybersecurity dynamic duo?

    In this week's episode of CYBER24, we take a look at how business is working with government - be it law enforcement or even the military - to play an important role in cybersecurity....

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    Deseret News

    Editorial: Time to tackle government-supplied health care before it gets unmanageable

    With campaign in final weeks, Gov. Herbert and Gail Miller stumping for school funding ballot question

    Hatch slams Democrats for 'character assassination' of Kavanaugh

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke pushes for national park funding in visit to Zion

    Third new UTA board seat still empty as two nominees pledge to repair trust

    Lawsuits over monuments will stay in Washington, D.C., judge orders

    Expert says 'there's no going back' as both Love, McAdams running negative TV commercials

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: Utah driver licenses need stars upon thars

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke gets firsthand look at why Zion and other national parks need billions more for upkeep

    A small band of conservative volunteers is mounting the only organized fight against expanding Medicaid and raising the gas tax to fund education in Utah

    Romney and Wilson split on Utah's medical marijuana initiative, Medicaid expansion and the future of U.S. health care

    Bears Ears, Grand Staircase lawsuits will stay in D.C., as judge rejects Trump administration motion to move them to Utah

    Two new UTA Board nominees vow to restore trust; Gov. Herbert and Utah County leaders battle over third board seat

    Sen. Orrin Hatch warns Trump would create a 'furor' if he fires Rod Rosenstein

    Mia Love tells Fox News that Democrats target her because 'I am a black female Republican' and they want to control everything


    Rep. Bishop focuses on limiting federal power, touts conservative credentials (Standard-Examiner)

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    • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's job is in limbo following a chaotic day in Washington. Rosenstein reportedly offered to resign because he thought President Trump was about to fire him due to Friday's bombshell report that he offered to wear a wire to record his conversations with the president. Trump and Rosenstein will now meet on Thursday after Trump returns from New York - https://nyti.ms/2Q09dXs

    • The Justice Department was so sure Rosenstein was out that they drafted an "exit statement" about him leaving the department - http://bit.ly/2PZcDKa

    • If Rod Rosenstein is ousted, President Trump's personal attorney says special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation should be paused - https://abcn.ws/2Q4IJ79

    • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh went on offense Monday, sending a letter defending himself to the Senate Judiciary Committee, then giving a primetime interview on Fox News where he claimed he was a virgin until well after high school - https://nyti.ms/2Q3stU0

    • Republicans mount an aggressive campaign to boost Kavanaugh's nomination, led by President Donald Trump - http://bit.ly/2Q4ODoT

    • Republicans are dismissing the allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh from a second woman as an orchestrated effort by Democrats to sink the nomination - https://politi.co/2Q3unnC

    • President Trump gives a speech at the United Nations Tuesday - https://n.pr/2Q1zi8D

    • If Democrats take control of the House in November, they could have more minority members in their ranks than ever before - http://bit.ly/2Q4aFbg


    • 1513 - Spanish explorer Vasco Balboa crossed the Isthmus of Panama and became the first known European to see the Pacific Ocean.

    • 1690 - Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, is published for the first and only time.

    • 1789 - Congress passes twelve amendments to the Constitution: The Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment, and the ten that are known as the Bill of Rights.

    • 1890 - Congress establishes Sequoia National Park.

    • 1957 - Under escort from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, nine black students entered all-white entered Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    • 1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court justice.

    • 2008 - Federal regulators seized Washington Mutual in what officials said was the biggest bank failure in U.S. history.

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    Policy News

    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngLocal business community to meet with Utah federal delegation in Washington, D.C.
    The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, will take 60 local business and community leaders to Washington, D.C. this week for their annual trip to the nation's capital....
    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...

    More National Headlines

    On Kavanaugh, We're Through the Looking Glass (National Review)

    Hearing in Doubt? Christine Ford's Lawyer Rips Senate Plan to Have Prosecutor Ask Questions: Not 'Fair and Respectful' (Mediaite)

    Kavanaugh accusers enlist high-powered lawyers, Dem operatives (FOX News)

    Sources: Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly taping Trump (CNN)

    Pompeo, Haley say idea of 25th Amendment talk is 'ludicrous' and 'absurd' (CNN)

    Ronan Farrow Defends Report On New Kavanaugh Accuser In Testy 'GMA' Interview (Deadline)

    A Democratic super PAC quietly meddled in Arizona's GOP primary too (CNN)

    Kavanaugh in tearful interview says 'I'm not going anywhere (The Hill)

    GOP sees highest favorability in seven years (CNN)

    Judge Leans Toward Tossing Stormy Daniels Defamation Suit Against Trump (Bloomberg)

    Rod Rosenstein's Job Is Safe, for Now: Inside His Dramatic Day (New York Times)

    Wise Words


    "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." Thomas Jefferson


    Lighter Side


    "President Trump advised the Spanish government to build a wall to block out migrants. Trump told Spain, "Trust me, the last thing you want coming into your country is a bunch of Spanish-speaking people."" Conan O'Brien


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