Situational awareness – August 17, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

Utah Democrats want to replace a candidate, but can’t. President Trump’s military parade is postponed. Omarosa may have 200 more secret recordings.


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


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Candidate shuffle

Utah Democrats want to replace a state Senate candidate on the ballot but haven’t given a sufficient reason for doing so to election officials –

What a week!

Count My Vote has a bad day in court, Operation Rio Grande marks one year, Democrat Jenny Wilson jumps on a strange campaign issue, and President Donald Trump’s ego. We help you understand the what and why from the last week in Utah political news –

You can also download a podcast of our week in review if you prefer to listen on the go –

Tensions rising

Bob Bernick says Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s relationship with the legislature is strained, and not likely to improve as she prepares for next year’s re-election bid –

Trump vs. the press

LaVarr Webb argues it’s impossible for the media to be fair to President Trump because they clearly don’t like him –


Deseret News

Op-ed: Corruption should be prevented, not just revealed

Natalie Gochnour: Look for candidates who possess policy humility

Utah’s Board of Education asks for alternatives to letter grades on Utah schools report card

106 have jobs, but leaders hope many will take advantage of Operation Rio Grande’s work program

State’s first human case of West Nile virus this year confirmed in Utah County

New lawsuit claims medical marijuana initiative violates religious freedoms

Salt Lake Tribune

Gehrke: The new lawsuit targeting the medical marijuana initiative is so flimsy. How flimsy? I quickly found seven major problems with it.

Utah officials are spending $2M to throw ‘the biggest and best party’ for the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike

Democrats need a note from a doctor to replace a candidate, Utah says, and a physician assistant isn’t a doctor

Salt Lake County Republican chairman alleges Ben McAdams received illegal contributions. McAdams’ campaign calls that ‘nonsensical.’


U.S. Rep. Bishop touches on immigration, Trump, environment at public meetings (Standard-Examiner)

Frustrated voters attend dueling congressional town halls Wednesday (Logan Herald Journal)


  • The Pentagon postponed President Trump’s military parade, originally scheduled for Veterans Day, until 2019. The postponement comes after it was revealed the cost of the event would be $80 million more than originally estimated –

  • Omarosa released a recording of a phone call with Lara Trump offering her a $15,000 per month campaign job. Omarosa claims the offer was to buy her silence –

  • White House officials are scared that Omarosa has more than 200 more recordings of conversations with Trump administration staffers –

  • says Democrats have a 3 in 4 chance of taking control of the House in the 2018 midterms –
  • President Trump says he stripped former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance because of his involvement in the “sham” Russia investigation –
  • President Trump is preparing to strip more security clearances from officials tied to the Russia investigation –
  • Special counsel Robert Meuller’s team is so fastidious about maintaining a low public profile they won’t reveal what they order to eat from Shake Shack –
  • A Pentagon report says Chinese military pilots are likely training for missions targeting the U.S. –

  • The Trump administration is considering a plan to pull back approximately $3 billion in foreign aid –
  • A Detroit legislator is apologizing for using a racial slur against a rival candidate for state Senate. State Rep. Bettie Cook reportedly referred to state Rep. Stephanie Chang as a “ching-chong” –

  • Whoops! Fox News mistook Patti LaBelle for Aretha Franklin on Thursday –


  • 1585 – A first group of colonists sent by Sir Walter Raleigh lands in the New World to create Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina.
  • 1807 – Robert Fulton began the first American steamboat trip between Albany, N.Y., and New York City.
  • 1915 – A Category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas killing 275 people.
  • 1946 – Animal Farm by George Orwell is first published.
  • 1988 – President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinski; later that same day he admits before the nation that he “misled people” about the relationship.


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