Situational awareness – Aug. 8, 2018

Good Wednesday morning. Some interesting election results from last night in Ohio and Kansas. Fascinating race ahead between Love and McAdams.


  • 62 days until the last day to register to vote by mail (10/9/2018)
  • 69 days until mail-in ballots are sent to voters (10/16/2018)
  • 76 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)
  • 83 days until the last day to register to vote in person or by mail (10/30/2018)
  • 86 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)
  • 90 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
  • 173 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
  • 218 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
  • 818 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)


4th District analysis. Contributing Editor Bob Bernick looks at polling numbers showing a fascinating race ahead between Love and McAdams. (Utah Policy).

Memo to soon-to-be-appointed UTA leadership. Publisher LaVarr Webb says UTA board members to be appointed this month by the governor must juggle transportation disruption while also restoring trust (Utah Policy).

Ohio special election results & primaries. Republican Balderson ekes out likely win over Democrat O’Connor in Ohio special election, but lots of provisional and absentee ballots remain to be counted. Kansas GOP gubernatorial primary too close to call (PoliticoFox News)


  • Sen. Stuart Adams is running for Senate presidency ( Utah PolicyDeseret News).
  • Current Senate Pres. Wayne Niederhauser says redistricting initiative is attempt to pack a congressional district with Democratic voters (Utah Policy).
  • Mitt Romney says wildfires are failures of government and more must be done (Utah Policy).
  • Conservation groups say inland port must be developed in a way that protects air quality (Utah Policy).
  •  Some 350 residents are evacuated in fast-moving Hill Top fire in Sanpete County (Deseret News).
  • Utah AG joins 16 other states arguing to U.S. Supreme Court that local land disputes should be heard in state, not federal, courts (Deseret News).
  • Emery County is one of only three in America where less than a majority think climate change is real, according to Yale “opinion modeling” (SL Tribune).
  •  Utah newspapers complain that Rep. Mia Love mailers falsely imply their support (SL Tribune).


  • Defense attacks Rick Gates as congenital liar with a secret life as Manafort trial continues (Politico).
  • Mid-term elections pose dilemma for Robert Mueller in avoiding accusations of being politically motivated and trying to influence the election (The Hill).
  • Pentagon will send Space Force plan to Congress this week (The Hill).
  • Man accused of threatening House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise had guns, ammo and bomb-making plans (The Hill).
  • International: U.S. & Turkish officials meeting to resolve detention of American Pastor Andrew Brunson (Washington Post).


  • 1945 – Pres. Harry Truman signs the United Nations Charter; the U.S. becomes the first nation to join the international organization.
  • 1956 – A coal-mine fire traps and kills 262 miners in Marcinelle, Belgium, the worst Belgian mine disaster ever.
  • 1963 – 15 thieves hold up the Royal Mail train between Scotland and England, escaping in all-terrain vehicles with $7 million in bank notes, in what became known as the Great Train Robbery.
  • 1974 – In an evening address, Pres. Richard M. Nixon announces his resignation, the first and only president in history to resign. He was facing impeachment proceedings.