Situational awareness – August 22, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Utah Democrats are more motivated to vote in November. President Trump’s former lawyer pleads guilty. GOP member of Congress indicted.


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


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November numbers

Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats in Utah by a 5-1 margin, but polling suggests Utah Democrats are more motivated to vote this year. Will that have an impact in November? We break down the numbers –

Dropping out?

Brad Bohnam, the GOP candidate in HD32, is denying rumors a business deal will force him to resign from the legislature if he wins in November –

Helping small Utah farmers

LaVarr Webb argues a local food co-op will help small Utah farmers and generate jobs for rural Utahns –


Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Stall tactics, tomfoolery and fear-mongering in opposition to Prop 2

Salt Lake City mayor calls for new affordable housing incentives, expects 2,000 new units by end of 2019

With school starting, supporters ramp up campaign to boost Utah education funding with proposed gas-tax hike

How stifling is Utah? A new libertarian study says it is the 22nd ‘freest state in America.’

Trump to crisscross America to help GOP candidates, but Utah isn’t on his campaign map

Does having too many sex partners contribute to high suicide rates in the LGBTQ community? One new Salt Lake County Republican Party leader thinks so.

The University of Utah reassigned a graduate assistant after her syllabus restricted students with concealed guns to a ‘Second Amendment zone’

Amid tears for the lost, Utah leaders celebrate new law to help create a new three-digit national suicide hotline

Deseret News

Op-ed: Utah charter schools enrich public education

Editorial: Just because the Inland Port Authority can doesn’t mean it should

Are quagga-infested boats risking northern Utah’s water supply?

Salt Lake mayor ‘stoked’ about 2,000 affordable housing units in pipeline

Trump campaign swing for GOP candidates skipping Utah

New TV ad encourages Utahns to back gas tax increase for schools


  • Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, plead guilty to 8 felony counts as part of a plea deal. Cohen testified in court that then-candidate Trump directed him to pay off two women to keep their stories of alleged affairs with Trump from becoming public –

  • Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, was convicted on 8 felony counts of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to disclose a foreign bank account –

  • GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted Tuesday for misusing $250,000 in campaign funds for personal use –
  • Sen. Susan Collins says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assured her that he believed the Roe v. Wade abortion decision was “settled law” –
  • Larry Kudlow, an economic advisor for President Trump, hosted the publisher of a white supremacist website at his house last weekend –

  • Democrats in Congress are prepping a contingency plan should President Trump decide to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or take steps to quash the investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 election –
  • Facebook says they removed hundreds of pages linked to “inauthentic behavior” on Tuesday, including pages that originated in Russia and Iran –

  • White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney is trying to use his influence to protect a business in his home state of South Carolina from trade tariffs imposed by the White House –

  • Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous dossier suggesting links between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia, won a libel case brought by three Russian oligarchs who sued him over allegations made in the file –

  • President Trump is denying a report he considered restricting former President Barack Obama’s access to intelligence briefings –

  • President Trump is planning an ambitious travel schedule to campaign for Republican candidates ahead of the 2018 midterm elections –


  • 1881 – Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons founded the National Red Cross.
  • 1902 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American president to make a public appearance in an automobile.
  • 1941 – German troops begin the Siege of Leningrad.
  • 2004 – Two masked robbers stole Edvard Munch’s The Scream and another painting from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.


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