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Situational awareness - September 21, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

How Utah lawmakers nearly legalized medical marijuana in 2016. Controversy over a Mia Love ad attacking Ben McAdams. Kavanaugh's accuser may testify next Thursday.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_13.jpgUtah lawmakers came close to passing a medical marijuana bill in 2016
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    At the end of the 2016 session, Utah lawmakers frantically tried to find a compromise with advocates of medical marijuana, but those efforts failed. ...
    images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgDo these guys have jobs? Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 390
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    So much political news! ...
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 390
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott guide you through a wild week in Utah political news....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Brett_Kavanuagh_02.jpgWeekly survey: Is Brett Kavanaugh's nomination in trouble?
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    A woman has come forward alleging Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Do you think this allegation will hurt Kavanaugh's chances of being confirmed? Vote now in our weekly survey....
    images/articles/Inland_Port_Map.jpgNearly half of Salt Lake City residents oppose creation of an inland port
    By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
    Say what you will about the merits or problems with state Republicans creating an inland port in northwestern Salt Lake City, Mayor Jackie Biskupski is in the right place politically in strongly opposing it, a new poll shows....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Love_McAdams.jpgUtah Taxpayers Association takes unusual step of jumping into Love/McAdams race
    By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
    The non-profit Utah Taxpayers Association has stepped into a new role for the tax watchdog group apparently taking sides in a partisan candidate election race....
    Regents to consider placing a college access advisor in every high school in Utah
    By Press release
    The Utah Board of Regents will consider a statewide proposal at its meeting this week that would put a permanent, full-time college access advisor in every high school in Utah....

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    Deseret News

    Op-ed: This bill streamlines the deployment of high-speed internet across Utah

    Interior Secretary Zinke to visit Zion National Park Monday

    State: Lake Powell Pipeline decision provides 'clarity'

    Salt Lake City mayor hoping another Olympics 'clicks' with committee

    Mayors paddle the Jordan River to highlight 'little oasis' in middle of Salt Lake County

    Salt Lake Tribune

    'Let it burn'? That's not the case, says Forest Service, which blames weather anomaly for losing control of Pole Creek Fire

    Lake Powell pipeline will have to jump through more federal hoops

    Candidates clash over Medicaid expansion in competitive Utah House race

    Mystery surrounds who funded billboards that quote LDS scripture to support medical marijuana initiative

    Some people in new Mia Love attack ad say their images were 'stolen' from old ad they did in support of Ben McAdams


    Ogden groups critical of 2017 school bond plan voice support for 2018 proposal (Standard-Examiner)

    Candidates discuss issues for people with disabilities at forum (Logan Herald Journal)

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    Policy News

    Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
    Weekend EventOutdoors Report--Tribune: Utah is putting more cougars in the crosshairs - and not even all hunters like the a challenging, but beautiful overlook hike? Try 'C' board approves more cougar hunting permits for 2018-19 seas...
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngJoin WTC Utah and Haight Bey for a seminar on GDPR and European data compliance
    If you market to or process the information of customers and employees in the EU, you need to conform to GDPR....
    SLCC officially opens the Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center
    Utah lawmakers, along with industry, business and education leaders, received their first glimpse of Salt Lake Community College's new 121,000-square-foot Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center during a grand opening celebration held on Wedn...
    Utah's Martha Hughes Cannon Committee announces request for qualifications to create Martha Hughes Cannon Statue for 2020 completion
    The Martha Hughes Cannon Statue Oversight Committee announced the issuance of a Request for Qualifications/Proposal for the creation of a statue of Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon for National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C....
    Hatch's historic Music Modernization Act passes Senate by unanimous consent
    Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) lauded passage of the Music Modernization Act-a bipartisan bill that they described as "the most important legislation in a generation" to help songwriters be paid fair market value for their work. ...
    Sutherland Institute announces keynote and entertainment for annual gala
    Sutherland Institute is pleased to announce that Arthur Brooks will keynote its annual gala....

    More National Headlines

    The Democrats' Hypocrisy on Violence against Women (National Review)

    Investigations? Sure. Impeachment? Doubtful. Here's the outlook if Democrats win big (McClatchy)

    Executives on the front line worry about where the trade war goes next (CNN)

    Booker's push for Kavanaugh vote delay called out over his 1992 column detailing teenage groping (FOX News)

    Ford's attorneys, after being listed on fundraiser for Democrat, pull out of event (CNN)

    California Gov. Jerry Brown blocks later school start time mandate (FOX News)

    FBI memos detail 'partisan axes,' secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment (The Hill)

    Google employees discussed changing search results after Trump travel ban (USA Today)

    Former classmate of Kavanaugh accuser backtracks after claiming definitively sexual assault did happen (Washington Examiner)

    'Dog the Bounty Hunter' says he's joining manhunt for man who allegedly threatened Trump (FOX News)

    Trump demands a border wall but many Republican lawmakers aren't convinced (Washington Post)

    Wise Words


    "In war, you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times." Winston Churchill

    Lighter Side

    Global Warming

    "If you think Trump's economic ideas are crazy, you should hear Trump's plan for global warming. He thinks the government should just make more ice cubes." James Corden

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