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Situational awareness - May 22, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Hatch not heading to Australia. Kennedy apologizes to a controversial pastor on behalf of all Utahns. The DOJ agrees to look into wrongdoing by the FBI in the Russia investigation.


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A land down under

Sen. Orrin Hatch was reportedly under consideration to be the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, but his office says he's looking forward to "all you can eat buffets and long walks through Costco" in his retirement [Utah Policy].

Raking in the big bucks

A study by the Utah Taxpayers Association shows that 29 of Utah's largest cities have employees who are paid more than Gov. Gary Herbert [Utah Policy].

Medical marijuana fight

The Sutherland Institute's Rick Larsen urges both sides in the fight over the medical marijuana ballot proposal to slow down and reassess their positions before the situation gets nastier than it already is [Utah Policy].




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Today At Utah Policy

Democratic candidate in SD9 withdraws; Democrats likely won't get to name a replacement

The Democratic candidate in the race to replace retiring Senate President Wayne Niederhauser has withdrawn from the race, and it's unlikely that the Democratic Party will get to replace her on the ballot. ...

Tax hikes are probably off the table for the next few years on Capitol Hill

Don't expect lawmakers to consider any sort of significant tax hike in the next few years. ...

Trump reportedly considered Hatch for Ambassador to Australia

Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring at the end of the year, was reportedly under consideration by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Australia. But, that change in latitude is not in the cards for Hatch. ...

Guest opinion: Medical marijuana debate in Utah resembles a NASCAR pileup

When accidents occur in auto racing, spectators get so caught up in the carnage and the speed at which it all happens that they have little time to consider what might have set the whole thing in motion. Was it something that happened in the heat of competition? Or was there...

29 of Utah's largest cities have employees paid more than Gov. Gary Herbert

The Utah Taxpayers Association released a report on Monday showing more than half of Utah's largest cities have at least one employee who earns more than Gov. Gary Herbert. ...

Utah Thrives podcast: Air pollution

When we talk about air pollution in Utah, most frequently we mean the particulate pollution that builds up during winter inversions along the Wasatch Front. ...

McAdams: Mia Love is an 'empty seat' for Utah

Democratic congressional candidate Ben McAdams has some harsh words for his Republican opponent Mia Love, saying she's been an "empty seat" in Congress....

Podcast: One-on-one with Ben McAdams

Ben McAdams, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Utah's 4th CD, says his Republican opponent, Mia Love, is an "empty seat" in Utah's delegation in Washington. ...

'Political Insiders' say efforts to block medical marijuana, Count My Vote from November's ballot should fail

Opponents of the medical marijuana and "Count My Vote" ballot initiatives each launched an extensive attempt to get Utahns to remove their names from the ballot initiatives to prevent them from reaching the November ballot. Our "Political Insiders" mostly say those efforts s...

Utah's April job growth highest in the US

Utah added more than 49,000 to the economy in April. that 3.4 percent growth is the highest in the nation. ...

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Policy News

Sens. Lee, Tester introduce Pay for Printing Act
 Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Pay for Printing Act Tuesday, a bill that would require any sponsor of a commemorative Senate resolution to reimburse the Government Publishing Office for the cost of printing the resolution. ...

Area high school students get first look at SLCC's new, state-of-the-industry Westpointe Center
Around 70 high school students and 40 counselors from the Canyons, Granite, Jordan, Murray, Salt Lake and Tooele school districts were among the first public visitors at Salt Lake Community College's new Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center. ...

Sen. Lee commends HUD elimination of costly zoning regulation
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement responding to news that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has withdrawn a computer assessment database that HUD was planning to use to perpetuate national zoning standards....

Fox files 'Infrastructure'
As part of last week's "National Infrastructure Week," our friends at the Salt Lake Chamber invited me to participate on a panel to discuss infrastructure and the vital role it plays in economic development. ...

Governor's Medals for Science and Technology announced
Governor Gary R. Herbert, along with the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative announced the winners of the 2018 Governor's Medals for Science and Technology. ...

Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Editorial: Utah can't escape responsibility for inmates it has farmed out to county jails

Utahns creating school safety plan feel added urgency after Texas mass shooting

Utah appeals court delays trial of activist accused of trying to harm cattle by closing gate

Gehrke: So Utah's attorney general is going to sue an opioid pusher? It's about time.

From 8% to 93%, Salt Lake County city councils close meetings to the public in a wide range

Utah official says wannabe Russian spy didn't access sensitive data on state computers; no charges sought

A Utah farm saw a video of people stealing its hogs months earlier. It wasn't the first time the activists were accused of livestock larceny.

Sen. Orrin Hatch passes on Australian ambassadorship, longs for buffets and Costco visits

Deseret News

Editorial: Boosting the middle class will spring from local efforts

Campaign seeks to intervene in medical marijuana foes' lawsuit

Mike Kennedy apologizes on behalf of all Utahns for opponent Mitt Romney calling pastor a bigot

5 animal rights activists charged with pilfering pigs in Utah

Meet the latest allies in the fight against rural opioid abuse: the USDA, Utah Farm Bureau

Utah Sen. Lee targeting powers of BLM, Forest Service

Secrecy surrounds Eagle Mountain talks for proposed data center


Weber Co. candidates knocking on doors, seeking voters as primary looms (Standard-Examiner)

Layton consultant hired to help craft Weber County anti-poverty plan (Standard-Examiner)

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National Headlines

NYT Columnist Worries Mueller Investigation Actually Helping Trump (Daily Caller)

Clapper Was 'Thinking Of Something Else' When He Lied To Congress (Daily Caller)

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe Warns Dems Pushing Trump Impeachment: 'You Have to Shoot to Kill' (Mediaite)

Judge orders firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney to pay $10 million judgment (CNN)

Trump emphasizes importance of 2018 victories to abortion-opposing group (CBS News)

'We just have to heal a different way': Santa Fe, Parkland diverge after school shootings (NBC News)

WH Brokers, But Will Not Attend, Meeting About Secret Russia Probe Documents (NPR)

Democrats settle family feuds in Georgia, Kentucky and Texas (CNN)

Fed survey shows 40 percent of adults still can't cover $400 emergency expense (CNBC)

House sends bill loosening banking regulations to Trump's desk (CNN)

Police use of Amazon's face-recognition service draws privacy warnings (Ars Technica)

Wise Words


"It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath." Aeschylus

Lighter Side

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