Situational awareness – August 10, 2018

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake County may be shut out of legislative leadership positions. Hatch says Democrats are being petty by opposing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Space Force!


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


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Legislative leadership

The GOP leadership races are heating up on Utah’s Capitol Hill, but it looks like Salt Lake County will be shut out –

What a week!

Mia Love’s misleading mailers. The state of play in Utah’s 4th District with less than 3 months to go until election day. Utah GOP vs. Better Boundaries. We go inside the biggest Utah political news stories from the past week –

You can also listen to our week in review in podcast form if you want it on the go –

GOP vs. Better Boundaries

Bob Bernick says the GOP’s arguments against the independent redistricting commission ballot proposal are cynical as lawmakers should not be able to pick their voters –


  • Sen. Orrin Hatch says Democrats are opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because they’re mad Hillary Clinton lost the election [Deseret News / Tribune].
  • Rep. Rob Bishop could play a key role in the establishment of President Trump’s proposed Space Force [Deseret News].
  • Gov. Gary Herbert wants the state to have more authority in managing forest areas [KSL].
  • Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says there’s “clear evidence” that climate change is behind devastating wildfires [KUER].
  • Mitt Romney is spotted in Boston’s airport eating frozen yogurt. His campaign tells he was there for Mariott board meetings [Boston Globe].
  • Abby Huntsman, the daughter of former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., is the new co-host of ABC’s The View [Mediaite].

  • The new rapid bus line in Utah County will be free to ride for the first three years [Tribune].


  • A judge ordered a plane to turn around in the air after learning the Trump administration was attempting to deport two women at the same time a court hearing appealing their deportations was underway –

  • Vice President Mike Pence lays out plans to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the military –
  • Did President Trump hint at firing special counsel Robert Mueller through a tweet on Thursday? –
  • U.S. and NATO officials rushed to complete a formal policy agreement ahead of last month’s NATO meeting so President Trump couldn’t torpedo the arrangement –
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has turned into a toxic issue for Democratic Congressional candidates ahead of the 2018 midterms –
  • 2018 is shaping up to be the fourth-hottest year on record, prompting many scientists to say climate change is no longer a theory, but a reality –
  • Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, visited Iowa this week where he admitted he’s exploring a run for president in 2020 –
  • Republicans in Congress propose reallocating money to build new ships for the Coast Guard to fund President Trump’s border wall –
  • A Koch Brothers-funded survey found 66% of Americans favor government-funded college tuition. 65% support raising the minimum wage to $15/hour –
  • Democrats are hopeful the arrest of Rep. Chris Collins for insider trading could help them steal a deep Red seat during the 2018 midterms –
  • The NFL preseason is underway and players are continuing to protest racial inequality during the national anthem –


  • 1519 – Ferdinand Magellan’s five ships set sail from Seville to circumnavigate the globe. Second in command Juan Sebastian Elcano will complete the expedition after Magellan’s death in the Philippines.
  • 1776 – Word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
  • 1776 – A committee of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson suggested the United States adopt “E Pluribus Unum” — “Out of many, one” — as the motto for its Great Seal.
  • 1821 – Missouri is admitted as the 24th state.
  • 1846 – The Smithsonian Institution is chartered by Congress after James Smithson donates $500,000.
  • 1920 – Francisco “Pancho” Villa surrendered to Mexican authorities.
  • 1948 – President Harry S. Truman signs the National security Act Amendment, replacing the Department of War with the Department of Defense.
  • 1969 – A day after murdering Sharon Tate and four others, members of Charles Manson’s cult kill Leo and Rosemary LaBianca.
  • 1977 – In Yonkers, New York, 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz is arrested in the “Son of Sam” murders.
  • 1995 – Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols are indicted for the Oklahoma City federal building bombing.


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