Situational awareness – June 6, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. The week is half gone — already.

New UtahPolicy poll shows Rep. Mia Love narrowly leading SL County Mayor Ben McAdams in the 4th District congressional race. Several states hold important primaries. The Inland Port controversy continues with Greg Hughes and James Dabakis trying to find common ground. Bill Clinton points out he wasn’t the only presidential womanizer. Pres. Trump celebrates America – sans the Philadelphia Eagles.


  • 6 days until in-person early primary voting begins (6/12/2018)
  • 13 days until the final day to register to vote online or in person before the primary election (6/19/2018)
  • 16 days until in-person early primary voting ends (6/22/2018)
  • 20 days until the 2018 Primary Election (6/26/2018)
  • 153 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 236 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 881 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


Latest UtahPolicy/Dan Jones poll shows incumbent Mia Love and challenger Ben McAdams locked in a tight race in the 4th Congressional District [Utah Policy].

Inland Port sparks emotion as Greg Hughes and James Dabakis attempt to find ways to agree [Utah Policy] [Deseret News] [Tribune].


  • LaVarr Webb writes about presidents behaving badly [Utah Policy].
  • SL County approves zoning change to allow for Olympia project including 8,765 housing units on 938 acres, over objections of local government leaders in southwestern SL County [Deseret News] [Tribune].
  • State OKs plan to put bighorn sheep in southern Utah mountains despite concerns of sheep herders [Tribune].
  • Summer break: ‘Take a hike, Webb suggests [Utah Policy].
  • EDCUtah site selector study shows quality labor is biggest factor in where business relocate [Utah Policy].


  • Critical primaries in eight states will preview the November midterm elections [NY Times] [Politico] [The Hill].
  • Trump keeps the culture wars raging over the NFL and the national anthem [The Hill].
  • Colorado governor vetoes marijuana tasting rooms [AP via SL Tribune].
  • Facebook gave data access to Chinese firm flagged by U.S. intelligence [NY Times].
  • Medicare and Social Security running out of money faster than expected. Medicare expected to deplete its funds by 2026 [New York Post].


  • 1775 – Marinus Willett and the Sons of Liberty confront British soldiers and seize five wagonloads of weapons as the Redcoats evacuate New York City.
  • 1933 – The first drive-in movie theater opens in Camden, New Jersey, the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead.
  • 1944 – D-Day: The allied powers cross the English Channel in the largest amphibious military operation in history, landing on the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. The allies lose 2,000 troops at Omaha beach, but by day’s end 155,000 Allied troops had stormed the beaches.
  • 1966 – James H. Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, is shot by a sniper after beginning a long civil rights march through the South.