Situational awareness - December 14, 2018

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Friday's essentials: Trump may need Love's vote to pass a spending bill. Federal prosecutors are investigating President Trump's inaugural committee. President Trump says he's not responsible for campaign finance violations that are sending his former lawyer to jail.

  TICK TOCK   

  • 45 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)

  • 90 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)

  • 171 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)

  • 175 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)

  • 242 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)

  • 326 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

  • 416 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

  • 690 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
  •   HERE ARE THE STORIES YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO TODAY  

    Support for Prop. 2 falls 

    Our latest poll shows support for Prop. 2, which legalizes medical marijuana in Utah, has fallen 8-points after the LDS Church sent out an email to members urging them to vote against the measure. Support among "active Mormons" has dropped the most - http://bit.ly/2LRZksw

    New mainstream GOP PAC

    A group of mainstream Republicans is launching a new political action committee to elect "pragmatic, problem-solving conservatives" - http://bit.ly/2LVa8Go

      OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

    Deseret News

    Op-ed: Hatch extends health care legacy by fighting patent trolls

    Jay Evensen: Like swallows to Capistrano, inversions always come back

    Walmart pushing for Utah to allow higher alcohol content beer in stores

    Joe Biden mum on 2020 presidential run during Utah visit

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: Is the inland port too urgent for public input? More like too vague

    Utah's Board of Education eliminates a leadership position - effectively demoting a conservative member

    Did law enforcement have a seat at the table in negotiations over medical cannabis? Utah public-safety commissioner says no but that's OK.

    The top Democrat in the Utah House says Summit County is gerrymandered

    Cellphone taxes in Utah are among the nation's highest, which may especially hurt the poor here

    Speaking to University of Utah students, Joe Biden offers no clarity about whether he'll pursue another presidential run

    Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox headlines a fundraiser hosted by Gov. Herbert in what sure looks like the start of a 2020 campaign

    Utah's shift of nonviolent drug criminals from prison to jail has had an unintended side effect - a treatment gap

    Other

    Utah County commissioners vote no on property tax increase, expect to budget $8 million into reserves (Daily Herald)

      NATIONAL HEADLINES