Situational awareness – Aug. 3, 2018

Good Friday morning from Utah’s capital. Another week nearly gone!

Pres. Trump dominates every news cycle every day. Would anyone like to watch a newscast or read a newspaper and not read one word about Trump? Fat chance.


  • 67 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)
  • 74 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)
  • 81 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)
  • 88 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)
  • 91 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)
  • 95 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 178 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 223 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
  • 823 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


Trump and mainstream Republicans. Why don’t mainstream Republicans turn totally against Trump? Publisher LaVarr Webb explains why. Hint: Trump is crazy, but the Democratic alternatives would be worse (Utah Policy).

Redistricting and Democrats. If voters pass the ballot proposal setting up an independent redistricting commission, Contributing Editor Bob Bernick theorizes that a safe Democratic congressional district could be created with liberal-leaning Salt Lake City as its base. (Utah Policy).

Apple is worth $1 trillion. That milestone reflects the rise of the powerful megacompanies (New York Times).


  • EPA report says Utah’s air is getting cleaner, with hazardous air pollutants dropping significantly since 1990 (Deseret News).
  • Orrin Hatch rips into Democrats for trying to block Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court (Deseret NewsSL Tribune).
  • SL County health board endorses the Medicaid expansion ballot proposal, but stays neutral for now on medical marijuana (Deseret News).
  • Trump is actually tough on Russia, says Chris Stewart (SL Tribune).


  • CNN’s Jim Acosta clashes with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, then makes a quick exit (The HillNew York Times).
  • White House aims to freeze fuel standards for cars (Wall Street Journal).
  • Trump blasts media in Pennsylvania rally amid chants of ‘CNN sucks’ (The HillPolitico).
  • White House makes show of force with entire national security team focused on election meddling (The Hill).
  • Pope Francis opposes death penalty under all circumstances (Associated Press).


  • 1492 – Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sets sail from the Spanish port Palos, in command of the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina.
  • 1846 – The ill-fated Donner Party encounters its first long delay in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains as it attempts to travel to California.
  • 1861 – The last installment of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is published.
  • 1914 – Germany and France declare war on each other.
  • 1949 – The National Basketball Association is born, with a merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.
  • 1958 – The U.S. nuclear submarine Nautilus accomplishes the first undersea voyage to the geographic North Pole, traveling nearly 1,000 miles under the Arctic ice cap.