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Situational Awareness - November 13, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

We're expecting another vote total update today in the too close to call race between Rep. Mia Love and challenger Ben McAdams. Stay tuned.

Executive summary: Is gerrymandering to blame for Utah Democrats struggles winning seats on Capitol Hill? Democrats flip a Senate seat in Arizona. Republicans allege fraud in Florida's recounts.


  • 7 days until the final election results are certified by the county clerks (11/20/2018)

  • 13 days until federal and multi-county races are certified by the State Board of Canvassers (11/26/2018)

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

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

  • 203 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)

  • 207 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)

  • 274 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)

  • 358 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

  • 448 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_09.jpgIs gerrymandering to blame for the small number of Utah Democrats on Capitol Hill? Maybe not
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    At first glance, it looks like gerrymandering really hit Utah Democrats hard on Tuesday. But that may not be the whole story....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/journalist_01.jpgNew legislative leadership says they will keep the status quo on media access
    By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
    Sometimes writes a story for legislative insiders and this is one of those times....
    images/Resized_Logos/CYBER24_season_2_logo.jpgCYBER24 Episode 35: Keys to safely dispose of old technology
    By Marty Carpenter
    In our last episode, I talked about some new tech at our house and the chain reaction of resetting computers, reinstalling operating systems, updating passwords and other security measures....
    images/Shutterstock_Icons/Podcast_08.jpgPodcast: Wrapping up the 2018 midterms with the 'Political Junkie' Ken Rudin
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Ken Rudin, the host of the Political Junkie podcast, joins us to wrap up what happened in the 2018 midterm elections....
    images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgTrump & Republicans have suburban work to do in 2020
    By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
    While the 2018 election results reflected a sharply divided country, it became clearer just where the divisions are: urban vs. rural. And, for the 2020 presidential election, the emerging voting patterns appear to favor a Democratic candidate....
    images/articles/20181015_Love_McAdams_Debate.jpg'Political Insiders' expect Ben McAdams to hold on and beat Mia Love
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Democrat Ben McAdams has a 4,900 vote lead over Republican incumbent Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District race with thousands of votes still left to count. Our "Political Insiders" expect McAdams to hang on to his lead and win the hotly contested race....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_16.jpgUtah Senate Democrats announce 2019-20 leadership team
    By Press release
    Senator Karen Mayne (D West Valley) has been elected to serve as Senate Minority Leader....

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    Deseret News

    Editorial: Global hunger is no match for USU researchers

    Reno-Tahoe pulls out of competition for Winter Olympics, leaving Salt Lake and Denver

    How much are Utah's federal lands worth? State going to try to find out

    Utah's GOP House members preparing for shift from majority to minority

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Average Utah payday loan interest rate rises to nearly 528% annually - double what Mafia loan sharks charged in the 1960s

    Is the race between Mia Love and Ben McAdams headed for a recount? Utah law sets a high bar for contested elections.



    Policy News

    Ivory Homes CEO named to national partnership addressing housing affordability
    Ivory Homes announced that Clark Ivory, CEO, has joined the HIVE Action Partnership....
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngFifth annual Utah Global Forum attracts local business leaders and international partners
    Presented by Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the annual Utah Global Forum on Nov. 8, 2018, convened national experts, diplomats from Utah's largest international trade markets and more than 400 Utah business leaders to discuss the opportunities and challenges for Utah to increase its ...
    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.png42nd annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards luncheon
    The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-serving statewide business association, will honor Cindy Crane, CEO of Rocky Mountain Power, as the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient at this year's Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon on November ...

    More National Headlines

    Conflicting reports of a Facebook executive's firing fan the flames of an anti-conservative debate in Silicon Valley (CNBC)

    Fox News Twitter account dark for days due to Tucker Carlson home threats (The Hill)

    Florida county unable to meet recount deadline (CNN)

    Bay County allowed voters to cast ballots online despite law, Gov. Scott's orders (Politico)

    Confessed Parkland High School shooter Nikolas Cruz registered to vote from jail (NBC News)

    Defeated GOP congressman blames McCain for House flipping (CNN)

    Poll: 56% of Democrats Don't Want Pelosi to Be House Speaker (FOX News)

    Former Clinton adviser says Hillary will run in 2020 (Politico)

    Here's why Hillary Clinton 4.0 is a terrible idea (CNN)

    Forget Pelosi. Challenge Hoyer. (Politico)

    Vatican Bars U.S. Bishops' Action on Sex Abuse (Wall Street Journal)

    Wise Words


    "To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man - and also a nation." Adlai E. Stevenson

    Lighter Side

    Trump Phones

    "According to The New York Times, President Trump has two official iPhones: one that is used for calls and one that is used for Twitter and other apps. He also has an android that he uses mainly as his vice president." - SETH MEYERS

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