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Situational awareness - September 26, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utahns say Trump doesn't deserve another term in office. Lawmakers look to make changes to Better Boundaries if it passes. World leaders laugh at Trump during his speech at the U.N.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Mugshots/Donald_Trump_11.jpgPoll: Majority of Utahns say President Donald Trump does not deserve another term

    Nearly 6 in 10 Utahns think President Donald Trump does not deserve to be re-elected to another term in office in 2020....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_02.jpgUtah legislators tried, and failed to make a deal with Better Boundaries supporters during the 2018 legislature to keep the initiative off the ballot

    GOP legislative leaders tell UtahPolicy.com that should the Better Boundaries initiative pass on Nov. 6, they will look to amend the new law to "fix" parts they believe are unworkable.What's likely not to happen, should the bipartisan/nonpartisan redistricting comm...
    images/Shutterstock_Icons/Podcast_08.jpgPodcast: Interview with Shireen Ghorbani

    Shireen Ghorbani, the Democratic nominee in Utah's 2nd Congressional District, talks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Orrin_Hatch_04.jpgHatch files amicus brief in Supreme Court case that could hamper Mueller's investigation

    Sen. Orrin Hatch filed an amicus brief earlier this month in an upcoming Supreme Court case that could have major implications for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election....
    images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtahns' confidence in the current economy reaches highest level recorded since 2011

    The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 9.1 points to 124.1 in September....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_01.jpgWeekly survey: Will there be a compromise on medical marijuana?

    As UtahPolicy.com has reported, lawmakers and stakeholders on both sides of the medical marijuana issue are working to find a compromise for changes to Prop. 2 if it passes. Do you think they'll be able to find enough common ground for a special session following the Novembe...

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    Deseret News

    Boyd Matheson: The Supreme Court is too political, and it's Congress' fault

    Editorial: Economic plans need input from faith groups

    Inland port opponents criticize draft $1.9 million budget, call for more study, not 'P.R.'

    Rep. Mia Love's FEC issues 'part and parcel' of campaigns, her new attorney says

    Poll: Nearly half of Salt Lake City residents think homeless issues haven't improved

    Utah consumer attitudes at historic high

    State buys Road Home's downtown Salt Lake shelter for $4 million

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Salt Lake City ER reports 160 percent spike in visits involving e-scooters

    Mia Love and Ben McAdams slam each other in new attack ads

    Inland Port Authority Board faces more criticism over transparency, $2 million budget plan

    UTA finds a way to fill buses - offer free fare and frequent service

    State of Utah to own The Road Home property after $4 million purchase deal


    Utah County Commission sets public hearing for proposed tax increase (Daily Herald)

    Weber County Democrats down, but say they'll keep up the fight against GOP dominance (Standard-Examiner)

    Who's taking votes from whom? Everything fair game in three-way congressional race (Logan Herald Journal)

    In Park City stop, Democratic challenger Lee Castillo says Rob Bishop has lost touch with voters (Park Record)

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    • President Donald Trump spoke at the United Nations on Tuesday, bragging his administration had accomplished more than nearly any other in American history. That boast was met with laughter from the assembled world leaders - https://politi.co/2xFp7zY

    • Republicans pick Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle the questioning of Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford during Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee - http://bit.ly/2xD9cCg

    • President Donald Trump unleashed on Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, saying she "has nothing" - https://nyti.ms/2xGS91Z

    • A third woman is expected to go public with allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh this week. She has also asked to testify at Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing - http://bit.ly/2xFXg2v

    • The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination Friday, which indicates Republicans in the Senate are attempting to move on confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as quickly as possible - https://politi.co/2xDMkm4

    • Several of Brett Kavanaugh's Yale classmates disagree with the "choir boy" image he tried to paint about his youth during a primetime interview on Fox News. They say they remember him as a "sloppy drunk" during college - https://wapo.st/2xB5I2Y

    • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may keep his job through the midterm elections. It looked all but certain he would be fired earlier this week after a report he offered to secretly record President Trump in order to garner support for removing him from office through the 25th Amendment - https://wapo.st/2Q90rqm

    • Boring but important! As the federal debt rises, the government will soon spend more on interest than on the military - https://nyti.ms/2xDLdCD

    • Vice President Mike Pence is the first VP to speak at the annual Value Voters Summit. The conference is hosted by the Family Research Council, which has been designated an "anti-LGBT hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center - https://nbcnews.to/2xEkciC


    • 1580 - Francis Drake finishes his circumnavigation of the Earth.

    • 1777 - American Revolution: British troops occupy Philadelphia.

    • 1789 - President George Washington appoints the first cabinet of the United States government.

    • 1905 - Albert Einstein publishes his special theory of relativity.

    • 1914 - The Federal Trade Commission is established by the Federal Trade Commission Act.

    • 1960 - The first televised debate takes place between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

    • 1969 - Abbey Road, the last recorded album by the Beatles, is released.

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    Policy News

    Hatch, Leahy, Nadler & Collins introduce bipartisan, bicameral American Royalties Too Act
    Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), together with Representatives Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA), released the following statements after introducing the American Royalties Too (ART) Act of 2018 in the Senate and House of Re...
    Nature park and wildlife preserve proposed in City of West Jordan
    Decades ago, heavy metal waste from the Midvale Slag and Sharon Steel sites poured into the Jordan River, polluting the water, altering its flow, and damaging native wildlife and their habitats in the Salt Lake Valley....

    More National Headlines

    Red-state Democrats refuse to come out against Kavanaugh (Politico)

    GOP confidence grows on Kavanaugh (The Hill)

    Kavanaugh accuser asks Senate to limit press access for hearing (Washington Times)

    Beto O'Rourke gets four 'Pinocchios' for saying he didn't try to leave the scene of his drunk-driving accident (Washington Examiner)

    Russia's Nuclear Cruise Missile Is Struggling To Take Off, Imagery Suggests (NPR)

    The Not-So-Great Reason Why Divorce Rates Are Declining (Atlantic)

    Ted Cruz heckled by radical protesters in DC restaurant (FOX News)

    Trump's $250 billion in China tariffs are now in effect-here's what could get more expensive (CNBC)

    Gaetz: Rod Rosenstein Must Testify on Trump 'Wire' Report or Face Impeachment (FOX News)

    Trump Considers Keeping Rosenstein On, Advisers Say (Wall Street Journal)

    Kavanaugh hearing once again in question as Christine Ford raises new concerns (FOX News)

    Wise Words


    "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." Abraham Lincoln


    Lighter Side


    "Trump is campaigning for the midterms in Las Vegas, and out of habit, the moment he walked into a casino, it went bankrupt." Jimmy Fallon


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