Situational awareness – June 13, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns give Herbert high approval ratings. Salt Lake County may backtrack on a massive housing development near Herriman. An effort to force a vote on immigration bills in Congress stalls.



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


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Herbert is most popular Utah politician

Our latest survey shows 70% of Utahns approve of Gov. Gary Herbert’s job performance, which is the highest of any officeholder in Utah [Utah Policy].

Discussing Romney and Trump

How might Mitt Romney fit into the U.S. Senate if he wins in November? We sit down with McKay Coppins from The Atlantic to discuss politics [Utah Policy].

Consumer prices on the rise

Rising transportation and housing prices accounted for an uptick in consumer prices last month [Utah Policy].


  • Members of Utah’s congressional delegation say they’re cautiously optimistic following President Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un [Deseret News].
  • The Salt Lake County Council appears to be preparing to backtrack on a massive housing development in Herriman [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Salt Lake City approves a resolution of support for a measure to hike sales taxes to pay for transportation, moving Salt Lake County closer to passing the tax increase [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • The Salt Lake City Council approves the city’s $301 million budget for next year [Deseret News].
  • Liquor ads will soon be coming to TRAX trains and buses [Tribune].
  • Survivors from the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida will visit Utah this summer to register young voters [Tribune].
  • One State House primary race was mistakenly left off of mail-in ballots in Roosevelt [Deseret News].


  • The House will vote on two immigration bills, including one offering protections for “dreamers.” The floor votes effectively end an effort by moderate Republicans to force a vote on several immigration bills [Politico].
  • President Trump is back on American soil following his summit meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un [Washington Post]. Kim has accepted Trump’s invitation to visit Washington, D.C. [The Hill].
  • Republican candidates that embraced President Trump did well during Tuesday’s primary elections across the country. Incumbent South Carolina Representative Mark Sanford lost his primary after Trump called for his ouster on Twitter [New York Times].
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will call on House Republicans to investigate the conduct of their own committee staff over improper leaks to the media [CNN].
  • Sen. Bob Corker explodes at his Senate colleagues who he accuses of being afraid of standing up to President Trump [ABC News].
  • A federal judge approved the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, rebuffing the Trump administration’s attempt to block the takeover [New York Times].
  • The radical proposal to split California into three separate states earns a spot on November’s ballot [Los Angeles Times].


  • 1777 – Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette lands near Charleston, South Carolina, to help the Continental Congress to train its army.
  • 1966 – The Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.
  • 1967 – President Lyndon B. Johnson nominates Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the Supreme Court.
  • 1971 – The New York Times begins publication of the Pentagon Papers.
  • 1983 – Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the central solar system when it passes beyond the orbit of Neptune.
  • 1996 – The Montana Freemen surrender after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents.
  • 1997 – A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2005 – Pop superstar Michael Jackson was acquitted by a California jury on charges of child molestation.