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Situational awareness - September 7, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF! The 2018 midterm elections are just 60 days away.

New poll finds Utah Republicans root for BYU, while Democrats are fans of the Utes. Utah lawmakers say they can craft a better medical marijuana law than Prop. 2. Trump's lawyers say he won't answer questions about obstruction of justice.


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images/articles/Utah_Utes_Helmet.jpgPoll: Republicans are fans of BYU while Democrats and independents root for Utah

College football season is here. A new UtahPolicy.com survey from Dan Jones and Associates finds the University of Utah is the most popular college team in the state, and most Utahns expect the Utes to have the best season this year....
images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgPolls! Polls! Polls! Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 388

We've got lots of poll results to dig into this week. Mitt Romney has a big lead in the U.S. Senate race. Support for medical marijuana dips following the LDS Church's public opposition....
images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Lawmakers say they can craft a better medical marijuana law than Prop. 2

The likely next two leaders of the Utah Legislature say they agree with GOP Gov. Gary Herbert that pass or fail, Prop. 2 and medical marijuana will find the Legislature creating a new law that opens up the drug to more sick and suffering Utahns....
images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 388

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott give you the rundown on a busy week in Utah politics....
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

Jay Evensen: If marijuana initiative passes, would lawmakers change it?

Jenny Wilson has big gap to overcome in U.S. Senate race against Mitt Romney

State board mulls possible conflicts after firms of 2 school board members bid on $40,000 contract

Jon Huntsman denies authoring anonymous N.Y. Times op-ed criticizing Trump

Salt Lake Tribune

The state panel that investigates teacher misconduct cases is accused of pushing for unfair punishments. Now its work will be audited.

Gehrke: Moving a big piece of the Interior Department to Utah isn't a terrible idea, but don't expect it to change how the lands are managed

Ambassador Huntsman joins the list of officials who deny writing the anonymous op-ed slamming Trump

Navajo leaders say San Juan County has 25% of tribe listed in wrong political boundaries, weakening their political clout; they seek state's help to fix it

Support for medical marijuana remains high in first poll since LDS Church opposed Proposition 2


Editorial: Utah County should keep working on travel solutions (Daily Herald)

House candidate Brown reaches out to voters in Hyrum (Logan Herald Journal)

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  • Rudy Giuliani says President Donald Trump will not answer any questions from federal investigators about whether he tried to block the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election - http://bit.ly/2M7eqKL

  • Scores of high-ranking Trump administration officials are denying they authored the explosive anonymous op-ed trashing President Trump - https://nyti.ms/2M79HJa

  • President Trump calls on the New York Times to reveal the identity of the author of the anonymous op-ed, saying the decision to publish the article was akin to treason - https://cnn.it/2NRXJVb

  • While many Republicans agree with the author of the anonymous New York Times op-ed, they say it will likely backfire because it will make Trump crazy - https://politi.co/2NWHt5u

  • People are actually placing wagers on who authored the New York Times op-ed slamming President Trump - https://wapo.st/2NWHw1a

  • Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings turn into a partisan donnybrook after Democrats release documents marked confidential. Those documents include an email wherein Kavanaugh wrote that Roe v. Wade could very well be overturned - https://nyti.ms/2M4Reg5

  • The Trump administration announced a new rule that would allow immigrant children with their parents to be held in detention centers indefinitely, which goes against a ban on indefinite detention that has been in place for two decades - https://nbcnews.to/2O0oBCQ

  • President Trump holds a campaign rally in Montana, warning supporter that if Democrats take control of the House in November, he could be impeached - https://cnn.it/2NW3KjW

  • Former President Obama will unveil a "pointed" midterm message during a speech on Friday - https://cnn.it/2M858yi

  • There could be 100 women who win Congressional elections in November, which would be a record - https://nbcnews.to/2M7cT7x

  • A government photographer manipulated official pictures of Donald Trump's inauguration to make the crowd look larger. The change came after a personal intervention by the president who requested the new pictures after becoming angry that his crowd was smaller than Barack Obama's in 2009 - http://bit.ly/2M8ZOdI

  • Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones and his conspiracy-mongering website InfoWars from the social media platform - https://cnnmon.ie/2M678XD

  • Jobless claims drop to a nearly 49-year low - https://reut.rs/2NWbIJT


  • 1857 - Mountain Meadows massacre: Mormon settlers kill most of the members of an emigrant wagon train heading West.

  • 1864 - Civil War: Atlanta is evacuated on orders of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman.

  • 1940 - Nazi Germany launched the London blitz, bombings that Adolf Hitler believed would pave the way for an invasion of Britain. 

  • 1963 - The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio.

  • 1977 - President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos signed a treaty agreeing to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama at the end of the 20th century.

  • 2008 - The U.S. government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventsOutdoors Report--Tribune:Gehrke: Moving a big piece of the Interior Department to Utah isn't a terrible idea, but don't expect it to change how the lands are managed--Tribune: Utah's recreation riches lure companies and cash, but Gov. Herbert says striking a ba...
Sutherland Institute announces Rep. Bishop in 2018 Congressional Event Series
Sutherland Institute announced Rep. Rob Bishop will be participating in its 2018 Congressional Event Series on Monday, Sept. 10....
Public asked to 'Start the Conversation' on September 8 to prevent youth suicides
 Salt Lake City is inviting parents and teens to take part in the "Start the Conversation" event on September 8 to address Utah's alarming rate of teen suicide....
images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngJoin WTC Utah for a diplomatic luncheon with the Ambassador of the Philippines
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a diplomatic luncheon welcoming His Excellency Jose Manuel Romualdez, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States....

More National Headlines

Bombshell Report: Wait Until You See How Many Google Employees Donated to Democrats (PJ Media)

'Confidential' Kavanaugh emails posted by Cory Booker were cleared, despite dramatic claim of defying rules (FOX News)

Ex-wife claims Michael Moore stiffed her out of movie profits (Page Six)

Trump Asks New York Times Journalists to 'Investigate Themselves' Over Op-Ed Written By One of His Officials (Mediaite)

Frustration and Finger-Pointing as G.O.P. Pulls Out of Pact Over Hacked Materials (New York Times)

Democratic 'machines' are grinding to a halt (Salon)

Kerri Harris, Progressives' Next Big Hope, Falls Short Against Tom Carper in Delaware (Daily Beast)

Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz denies Kavanaugh ever spoke to anyone at the firm about Mueller probe, contradicting Sen. Kamala Harris claim (CNBC)

Elizabeth Warren calls for Trump's removal from office under 25th Amendment: 'It's time' (Washington Times)

New York attorney general's office has issued subpoenas to every Catholic diocese in the state (Washington Post)

Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones and Infowars (Daily Beast)

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Lighter Side

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"Construction workers recently found a 124-year-old time capsule underneath a school in Massachusetts that contains two newspapers, silver war medals, and the first season of "Grey's Anatomy."" Seth Meyers


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