Situational awareness – June 25, 2018

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. 

The Davis County GOP cracks down on another dissident member. Get your primary ballots in the mail by today. Trump calls for an end to due process for immigrants who cross the border illegally.



  • The 2018 Primary Election is tomorrow (6/26/2018)
  • 134 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 217 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 862 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


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Davis GOP at it again

The Davis County GOP removed a member of the party from their elected position in retaliation for a resolution she sponsored that aimed to reign in the “Gang of 51” on the State Central Committee [Utah Policy].

Get your ballots in the mail

Mail-in ballots for the primary election must be postmarked by Monday, but you can still vote in person on Tuesday [Deseret News].

Stormy Daniels

Most Utahns think President Trump did pay off an adult film actress to keep her quiet before the 2016 presidential election [Utah Policy].

Primary election predictions

Our “Political Insiders” think Mitt Romney and John Curtis will cruise to easy wins in Tuesday’s primary elections [Utah Policy].


  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s “not eager” to change conflict-of-interest rules to accommodate House Speaker Greg Hughes and keep him on the Inland Port Authority board [Tribune].
  • Several elected officials in Salt Lake County are trying to stop a sales tax hike to fund transportation from going into effect [Deseret News].
  •  A judge fined the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance for abusing the legal process when they filed a lawsuit alleging the San Juan County Commission’s meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was illegal [Tribune].
  • Gov. Herbert taps Naghi Zeenati as chairman of the Utah State Transportation Commission [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Attorney General Sean Reyes met with Facebook executives to discuss privacy issues [Fox 13].
  • Democratic 1st CD candidate Kurt Weiland was cited by the FEC for missing a required campaign finance filing deadline in his primary election [Tribune].
  • A former North Logan City employee spent $89,000 of public money on a mobile game [Fox 13].


  • The Supreme Court has some significant issues to resolve before they finish their term this week [CNN].
  • Immigrant children who have been separated from their parents are being held in centers all over the U.S. or with foster parents who do not speak their language [Washington Post].
  • President Donald Trump called for denying due process for immigrants who cross the border illegally, saying they should be sent back immediately without appearing before a judge [New York Times].
  • Government officials say they’ve reunited more than 500 migrant children with their parents [New York Times].
  • An immigrant teenager is missing after walking away from a detention center in Texas [New York Times].
  • Homeland Security officials say they have a “well established” plan in place to reunite immigrant families separated because of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy [ABC News].
  • Central American men separated from their children are being told they can reunite with their kids if they agree to sign a voluntary deportation order [Texas Tribune].
  • EPA head Scott Pruitt discussed hiring a friend of a lobbyist that owned the condominium he was renting for $50 according to newly public emails [New York Times].
  • President Trump prepares to hit China with restrictions on investment in the U.S. and what technologies can be sold to China [Politico].
  • Katie Arrington, who beat incumbent GOP Congressman Mark Sanford in a primary election, is expected to fully recover from massive injuries she suffered in a car crash over the weekend [Post and Courier].
  • Glenn Beck walks out of an interview with CNN after being asked about large layoffs at his online media company [Washington Post].


  • 1848 – A photograph of the June Days uprising becomes the first known instance of photojournalism.
  • 1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Custer’s force of 208 men was killed by Chief Sitting Bull’s Sioux warriors.
  • 1910 – Congress passes the Mann Act, which prohibits interstate transport of females for “immoral purposes.”
  • 1942 – Gen. Dwight Eisenhower took command of the U.S. forces in Europe.
  • 1947 – The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published.
  • 1948 – The Berlin airlift begins.
  • 1950 – The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
  • 1973 – White House attorney John Dean told a Senate committee that President Richard Nixon joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in.
  • 1976 – Missouri Governor Kit Bond issues an executive order rescinding the Extermination Order, formally apologizing on behalf of the state of Missouri for the suffering it had caused to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 2009 – Michael Jackson, known as the “king of pop,” died of cardiac arrest at age 50.