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Situational awareness - September 5, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utahns want Kavanaugh confirmed. Internal poll shows Love just two points ahead of McAdams. Bob Woodward's new book roils the White House.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/Brett_Kavanuagh_02.jpgSlim majority of Utahns say they want Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court

A bare majority of Utahns want Brett Kavanaugh confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Supreme Court, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
images/Shutterstock_Icons/Podcast_23.jpgPodcast: We Break down the latest poll numbers on Prop. 2

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down the latest poll numbers for Prop. 2 which show support for the proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Utah has dipped following very public opposition from the LDS Church. ...
images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams.jpgInternal poll shows Democrat McAdams just 2-percentage points behind Republican Love in 4th Congressional District contest

An internal poll from Ben McAdams' campaign has the Democratic Congressional candidate down just 2 points to two-term incumbent Republican Mia Love....
images/Resized_Mugshots/Brett_Kavanuagh_01.jpgWeekly survey: Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation

Will the U.S. Senate confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court? Vote now in our weekly political survey....


Deseret News

Editorial: Bringing the BLM to Utah could lead to better informed decisions

Editorial: The spirit of McCain's funeral is lost on Kavanaugh's hearing

Utah's college savings plan managing more than $13B in assets

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert urges boaters' help in quagga fight

Sen. Orrin Hatch decries chaos at hearing for Supreme Court nominee

Inland Port board member raises warning about not-noticed vote to negotiate deal with Stadler Rail

Salt Lake Chamber to champion gender pay equity, housing affordability

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City's forgettable flag is overdue for a makeover, say designers, and the mayor is on board

After his LGBTQ suicide comments, the Salt Lake County Republican communication director will lose his title but still work for the party

Sen. Orrin Hatch blasts protesters for 'insolence' during the start of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing


An incumbent and political newcomer will face off in State House District 53 race (Park Record)

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  • Day one of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings erupts into a partisan brawl as Democrats object to the refusal to release hundreds of thousands of pages of documents relating to Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House - https://wapo.st/2LZ1zu0

  • President Trump suggests protesting should be illegal after 70 demonstrators were arrested during the first day of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings - https://wapo.st/2LYmaPa

  • Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee considered a mass walkout during the first day of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as a protest but decided the move might backfire - https://politi.co/2ClUC6P

  • Bob Woodward's new book about the Trump White House paints a picture of an administration gripped by President Trump's paranoia and a White House in chaos because of Trump's inexperience - https://wapo.st/2LZFRGn

  • Special counsel Robert Mueller's team will accept some written answers from President Trump about whether his campaign conspired with Russian election interference - https://nyti.ms/2ClgI9r

  • Top executives from Facebook and Twitter will testify before Congress on Wednesday about Russian influence operations on social media platforms - https://abcn.ws/2M2DDWC

  • Another big primary upset on Tuesday night as Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley ousted 10-term Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano - https://abcn.ws/2Ci0KwV

  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey taps former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain - https://abcn.ws/2M1vT7c

  • Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek a third term in office - https://abcn.ws/2LZ7T4U

  • Britain has charged two Russians in the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter - https://wapo.st/2LVZzmo

  • Amazon.com is the second company to reach a trillion dollar valuation - https://nyti.ms/2LYPRzL


  • 1698 - Tsar Peter I of Russia imposes a tax on beards for all men except the clergy and peasantry.

  • 1774 - First Continental Congress assembles in secret in Philadelphia.

  • 1781 - Battle of the Chesapeake in the American Revolutionary War: The British Navy is repelled by the French Navy, contributing to the British surrender at Yorktown.

  • 1882 - 10,000 workers marched in the first Labor Day parade in New York City.

  • 1906 - The first legal forward pass in American football is thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22-0 victory over Carrol College.

  • 1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a proclamation declaring U.S. neutrality in World War II. The U.S. joined the war in 1941.

  • 1972 - A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attacks and takes hostage 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Two died in the attack and nine are murdered the following day.

  • 1975 - Lynnette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, attempts to assassinate President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, California.

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Policy News

Utah Legislative Auditor General John M. Schaff announces retirement
After 42 years of service to Utah's taxpayers, Legislative Auditor General John M. Schaff is retiring....
images/Resized_Logos/Fox_Files_Logo.pngFox files: 'White knuckle month'
If you see anyone from our team over the next couple of weeks and they have white knuckles, it's because we are cruising. September is a critical month in statewide economic development due to a number of important upcoming marketing activities, events, and missions. Here's ...
my529 reaches $13 billion in assets under management
my529, Utah's official college savings plan, has surpassed $13 billion in assets under management, less than a year after reaching the $12 billion mark....
HUD awards $1.1 million to provide affordable housing to people with disabilities in Utah
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.1 million to five public housing agencies in Utah to provide permanent affordable housing to 166 non-elderly persons with disabilities....

More National Headlines

The Kavanaugh Histrionics (Wall Street Journal)

Political analyst predicts 25 Dems will run for president in 2020 (The Hill)

Ayanna Pressley Ousts 20-Year Incumbent Michael Capuano In Massachusetts Primary Shocker (Daily Beast)

Schumer tells raucous crowd 'the sooner the better' on Trump impeachment, later claims he misheard the question (FOX News)

Shutdown deadline looms as Congress returns to fight over funding (CNN)

Google Heads Into Showdown With Congress After Witness Is Rejected (Bloomberg)

Why Rahm bailed on reelection (Politico)

Arizona Gov. Ducey Chooses Ex-Sen. Kyl to Fill John McCain's Seat (Wall Street Journal)

It's shaping up to be a tight race for Florida governor (CNN)

GOP congressional leaders to meet with Trump on Wednesday (Politico)

Monica Lewinsky walks off the stage at a Jerusalem conference when asked about Bill Clinton (Los Angeles Times)

Wise Words


"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Martin Luther King, Jr.


Lighter Side


"A theme park in France has started using trained birds to pick up trash in exchange for a food reward. Unfortunately, none of them could lift Gerard Depardieu." Seth Meyers


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