Situational awareness — June 1, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Welcome to June.

Doug Wright’s last show – what made him special. The fight over Count My Vote never ends. Employers are hiring and wages are rising. Preparations continue for U.S.-North Korea summit.


  • 4 days until primary election mail-in ballots are sent to voters (6/5/2018)
  • 11 days until in-person early primary voting begins (6/12/2018)
  • 18 days until the final day to register to vote online or in person before the primary election (6/19/2018)
  • 21 days until in-person early primary voting ends (6/22/2018)
  • 25 days until the 2018 Primary Election (6/26/2018)
  • 158 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 241 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 886 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


Doug Wright’s last regular KSL talk show is today. LaVarr Webb writes about why he was so successful, and offers advice to his successors [Utah Policy].

Bob Bernick says he’s been writing about the Count My Vote fight for five years and he’s tired of it (but still wants CMV to win) [Utah Policy].  

Utah sues maker of OxyContin; alleges lying about effects of painkillers [Deseret News] [Utah Policy].


  • Republican Utah County sheriff candidate files complaint against primary election opponent [Deseret News].
  • Black Mormons hope priesthood anniversary helps members ‘Be One’ [Deseret News].
  • Too many visitors means Zion National Park may impose limits and require permits for popular trails [Tribune (paywall)]


  • Pres. Trump imposes tariffs on European, Canadian and Mexican exports, upsetting some congressional Republicans and showing divisions among his top economic advisors [Politico].
  • Pompeo says ‘real progress’ being made toward U.S.-North Korean Summit [The Hill].
  • Samantha Bee and TBS apologize to Ivanka Trump for slur [New York Times].
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. mulling whether to file criminal charges against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for lying [Washington Post].


  • 1779 – Benedict Arnold is court-martialed, charged with 13 counts of misbehavior.
  • 1926 – Norma Jeane Mortenson – better known as Marilyn Monroe, is born in Los Angeles.
  • 1967 – Beatles release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • 1968 – Helen Keller dies in Westport, Conn., at the age of 87.
  • 1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) makes its debut as the world’s first 24-hour TV news network.