Situational awareness – Aug. 7, 2018

Good Tuesday morning. August rolls on with heat and smoke. Good time to cocoon in place.


  • 63 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)
  • 70 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)
  • 77 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)
  • 84 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)
  • 87 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)
  • 91 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 174 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 219 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
  • 819 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


Independent redistricting commission. If Prop. 4 passes, can Democrats expect to win more legislative races and perhaps dominate a congressional district? Publisher LaVarr Webb says don’t bet the farm (Utah Policy).

Exclusive poll: Utahns want a bigger effort to prevent teen suicide. Utah’s teen suicide rate is too high. Leaders are taking action, but two-thirds of Utah adults say not enough is being done (Utah Policy).


  • New CEO of World Trade Center Utah outlines his vision for the international trade advocacy organization (Utah Policy).
  • The Salt Lake Chamber’s Derek Miller inaugurates CEO Success Stories podcast by interviewing Gov. Herbert (Utah Policy).
  • Central Wasatch Commission delays vote supporting federal wilderness designation as protestors weigh in  (Deseret News).
  •  Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s fundraising stop in red Utah is a clear signal she’s serious about running for president (Deseret News).
  • Robert Redford says he is retiring from acting at age 81 (The Independent).
  •  Salt Lake City is hiring a full-time census coordinator to make certain all immigrants are counted (SL Tribune).
  • Holladay rejects voter petition on former Cottonwood Mall site, but schedules special election just in case (SL Tribune).


  • Rick Gates, the government’s star witness against Paul Manafort, says he committed crimes Paul Manafort, while also stealing money from Manafort (Politico).
  • Republican strategist Karl Rove says Trump should keep expectations low for 2018 elections, instead of predicting a ‘red wave” (The Hill).
  • In closely-watched Ohio special election, Troy Balderson and Danny O’Connor make final pitches to rally voters as voting begins today (
  •  International: U.S. reimposes Iran sanctions (Wall Street Journal). Scores killed in latest Indonesian earthquake (Associated Press). Why Saudi Arabia is waging diplomatic war on Canada (


  • 1782 – General George Washington creates the Purple Heart military badge.
  • 1912 – Theodore Roosevelt, at the time a former U.S. president, is nominated as the Bull Moose presidential candidate. After recovering from an assassination attempt, Roosevelt loses to Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson.
  • 1947 – Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completes a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to the Tuamotu Archipelago near Tahiti.
  • 1959 – A U.S. satellite produces the first photograph of earth from space.
  • 1964 – Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving Pres. Lyndon Johnson authority to oppose “communist aggression” and expand U.S. military roles in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.