Situational awareness – June 5, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. Try to stay cool.

UtahPolicy poll shows Utahns, and particularly LDS members, support church opting out of Boy Scout program. Utah man accused of spying for China. Utah sales tax base needs broadening. Booming GDP growth in 2nd quarter. Today is a big primary election day. Trump lawyers promote expansive view of executive authority.



  • Today, primary election mail-in ballots are sent to voters (6/5/2018)
  • 7 days until in-person early primary voting begins (6/12/2018)
  • 14 days until the final day to register to vote online or in person before the primary election (6/19/2018)
  • 17 days until in-person early primary voting ends (6/22/2018)
  • 21 days until the 2018 Primary Election (6/26/2018)
  • 154 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 237 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 882 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


Latest UtahPolicy/Dan Jones poll shows Utahns just fine with LDS Church dropping Boy Scout program [Utah Policy].

EDCUtah CEO Theresa Foxley provides insights into how Facebook chose Eagle Mountain for a data center [UtahPolicy].  

Opinion: Why you should get engaged in school board elections, by Sutherland’s Christine Cooke [Utah Policy]. Here is school board debate information [Utah Policy].

Utah man accused of being a spy for China [] [Tribune].


  • Inland Port Authority is formed with appointments; Speaker Hughes appoints himself; Hughes & Dabakis hold press conference today [Utah Policy] [Deseret News] [Tribune].
  • Utah Foundation research finds that role of sales tax is declining; tax base needs broadening [Utah Policy].
  • Utah LGBT activists lament Supreme Court’s limited decision supporting Colorado cake baker’s religious freedom; Utah members of Congress and LDS Church cheer it [Tribune] [Deseret News].
  • Mitt Romney will hold his annual political retreat and feature House Speaker Paul Ryan, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and businesswoman Meg Whitman [Deseret News].



  • 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.