Situational awareness – June 4, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. Summer has arrived.

UtahPolicy poll shows John Curtis thumping Chris Herrod in 3rd District race. LaVarr Webb looks at Mitt Romney’s vulnerabilities and opportunities. Senate Republicans become more hopeful about holding on to the Senate.

 Tick Tock 

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

 Here Are The Stories We’re Watching Today 

Latest UtahPolicy/Dan Jones poll shows Rep. Curtis cruising past Chris Herrod in 3rd Congressional District primary race [UtahPolicy].

LaVarr Webb writes that Mitt Romney has a fine line to walk between Trump haters and Trump lovers, and national media will try to make him a never-Trumper [UtahPolicy].  

Groups pushing or fighting various citizens initiatives agree that ballot laws need reform [Tribune (paywall)].

  Other Utah Headlines 

  National Headlines 

  • Senate Republicans are hopeful about the midterms, for good reason [New York Times].
  • Trump-Kim summit defies diplomatic playbook [Politico].
  • Orange County, California, emerges as midterm battleground as the GOP fights to hold its House majority. Tuesday’sprimary election could help vulnerable Republicans [Wall Street Journal].
  • House Republicans have doubled the number of female candidates they have recruited to run for congressional seats this year, going from 48 in the previous election cycle to 103 this year [The Hill].
  • Canada is “overreacting” to U.S. tariffs, says Trump advisor Larry Kudlow [Washington Post].

 On This Day In History 

  • 1896 – Henry Ford test-drives his “Quadricycle”, the first automobile he designed or drove.
  • 1919 – Congress passes the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
  • 1942 – Battle of Midway begins, one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan in WWII.
  • 1989 – The Tiananmen Square massacre takes place in Beijing, China. Chinese troops kill and arrest thousands of pro-democracy protestors.