Situational awareness – August 29, 2018

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Urquhart says the LDS Church’s opposition to Prop. 2 is “dishonest.” Trump warns of violence if Democrats win control of Congress in November. Republicans once again eye a repeal of Obamacare.


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


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New podcast

We talk with former Utah state Senator Steve Urquhart who says the LDS Church is not honest with their opposition to Prop. 2 –

Hatch rips Trump on McCain

Sen. Orrin Hatch says a statement from the White House honoring Sen. John McCain should not have been delayed. “That should have been automatic,” said Hatch –

Consumer confidence

Consumers in Utah remain confident about the economy despite some jitters about whether wages are keeping up with rising costs –

Temperamental weather

LaVarr Webb says Mother Nature has been quite surly this year on his small farm in Northern Utah –


Deseret News

Op-ed: This mother supports Proposition 2

Editorial: NAFTA negotiations with Mexico might not get beyond the border

‘He embodied the best in us’: Hatch remembers McCain during Senate speech

Utah consumers bullish on local economy, survey says

Top Interior official sizes up Ogden as possible site for BLM HQ

Utah is one of the hardest-working states in the country. But it works the least

New report: Utah’s booming life sciences industry an economic powerhouse

‘A case about death’: Davis County sues several opioid makers, citing overdose crisis

Third-party Senate candidate slams Mitt Romney in new ad

Salt Lake Tribune

Fake news? No, but Ben McAdams campaign says a fake reporter likely had ties to Mia Love campaign. Love camp denies it.

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz paints picture of a shadow-loving, obstructionist ‘Deep State’ bureaucracy in new book

With BLM headquarters likely to go West, Rep. Rob Bishop promotes Ogden as Utah’s best host


Experts share strategies for Utah companies to survive U.S.-China trade war (Daily Herald)

Weber Co. OKs 8-year phase out of cash perk for retiring elected officials (Standard-Examiner)

New Summit County group hopes to bridge partisan divide (Park Record)


  • President Trump is once again talking about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Several Republican lawmakers are resigned to the fact that Trump will probably do so following the midterm elections –
  • President Donald Trump reportedly warned of “violence” from the left if Democrats take control of Congress in November –
  • President Trump is claiming Google “rigged” searches to highlight negative news about him. The claim stems from an unscientific experiment promoted by a fringe right-wing website –
  • Senate Republicans are resisting a plan to rename a Senate building for John McCain. The building is currently named for segregationist Sen. Richard Russell –
  • The number of Americans killed in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria was nearly as many as those who died during the September 11th terrorist attacks –
  • In a closed-door meeting with evangelical leaders, President Donald Trump claimed he had “gotten rid of” a law blocking churches from endorsing political candidates. That claim is not true –

  • The White House is claiming the paperwork stripping former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance has been “delayed” –

  • President Trump, without evidence, accused China of hacking Hillary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 election –
  • Again? Republicans are eyeing another attempt to repeal Obamacare following the death of Sen. John McCain who cast the deciding vote against the repeal last year –
  • Rep. Devin Nunes flew to London earlier this month to get dirt on the former British intelligence officer who compiled a dossier alleging ties between the Trump campaign and Russia –
  • Republicans in Congress are calling for an overhaul of the Endangered Species Act, claiming the current law is not working as intended –
  • California lawmakers vote to require 100 percent of the state’s energy to come from carbon-free sources by 2045 –

  • Americans are actually making less money than they did a year ago because of inflation –

  • A group of Facebook employees is pushing to challenge what they claim in an anti-conservative bias inside the company –

  • STD’s are on the rise in America according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control –


  • 1786 – Shays’ Rebellion, an armed uprising of Massachusetts farmers, begins in response to high debt and tax burdens.
  • 1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded.
  • 1958 – The United States Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • 1966 – The Beatles perform their last concert in front of paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • 1973 – U.S. District Judge John Sirica ordered President Richard Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.
  • 1997 – Netflix is launched as an internet DVD rental service.
  • 2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing more than 1,800 people and causing $125 billion in damage.
  • 2008 – Sen. John McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate.


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