Situational awareness – July 10, 2018

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Trump taps Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Signature-gathering candidates dominated in Utah’s primary elections. Today is the deadline for the Trump administration to reunite some migrant children with their families.


  • 119 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 202 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 847 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


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SB54 is paying dividends

There were 8 legislative primary elections this year featuring at least one signature-gathering candidate vs. a convention-only candidate. The signature path candidates won seven of those races –

Reaction to Kavanaugh

Utah’s members of Congress applaud President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh –

Pricey housing market

Salt Lake City is the 20th least-affordable housing market in the U.S. according to a new study –

Inland port progress

The Salt Lake City council says they are making good progress negotiating with legislative leaders on changes to the inland port bill passed by the legislature in the final days of the 2018 session –


  • Doug Owens and his former political opponent Rep. Mia Love launch a new group to promote Utah’s outdoor recreation [Deseret News, Tribune].
  • Data shows Utah judges are often spending less than three minutes reviewing warrants before approving them [Tribune].


  • President Trump taps Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court –

  • Kavanaugh has endorsed a robust view of presidential powers, frequently siding with arguments favoring broad executive authority during his time on the federal bench –

  • How did Trump decide on Kavanaugh? Retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy was a key voice in convincing the president to select his former clerk for the high court –

  • Trump’s pick of Kavanaugh will be the most expensive Supreme Court confirmation battle in history as groups both for and against him are launching multi-million dollar campaigns –

  • Tuesday is the court-ordered deadline for the Trump administration to reunite migrant children under the age of five with their families. The administration admits they won’t meet that deadline, but roughly 50 children in that group will be returned to their parents –

  • A federal judge ruled against the Trump administration’s bid to allow the long-term detention of migrant families. The court rejected an argument to change a long-standing court decree that migrant children cannot be held longer than 20 days before being released to licensed care programs –

  • President Trump tweeted on Monday he’s confident North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would honor “our handshake” agreement to get rid of nuclear weapons –

  • Stockton, California is experimenting with the idea of a universal basic income. The city will start giving 100 residents a stipend of $500 per month –


  • 1778 – American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on Great Britain.
  • 1832 – President Andrew Jackson vetoes a bill that would re-charter the Second Bank of the United States.
  • 1850 – President Millar Fillmore is sworn in, a day after becoming President upon Zachary Taylor’s death.
  • 1890 – Wyoming is admitted as the 44th state.
  • 1913 – The temperature in Death Valley, California, hits 134 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature ever to be recorded on Earth.
  • 1925 – The so-called “Monkey Trial” begins of John T. Scopes, a high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
  • 1962 – Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
  • 1985 – Coca-Cola, besieged by consumers dissatisfied with the new Coke formula introduced in April, dusted off the old formula and dubbed it “Coca-Coca Classic.”