Most Utahns support sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border according to a new survey.

Situational Awareness

Situational awareness - June 21, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Utahns oppose Trump's border wall proposal. Hughes has a potential conflict of interest on the inland port. Trump caves and reverses his administration's family separation policy.

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Policy Buzz

Even partisan Republicans and Democrats would agree on this: Pres. Trump is very good at creating a crisis.
Everyone needs a break from politics. My breaks usually involve getting outside and walking. When people tell me to “take a hike,” (it really only happens a few times a day) I assume they’re looking out...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Fearing Utah could lose millions in school revenue, attorney general wants state to step in on Ute Tribe’s land lawsuits

Rescues are up 68 percent in Utah’s national parks — and men in their 20s are the ones most likely to need help

Because VW tried to dodge pollution laws, Utah will get $35M to spend on low-emission vehicles

Salt Lake County residents will pay more taxes this fall; Sandy mayor still opposed but says he won’t veto

Court-ordered confiscation of guns tops school safety panel’s list of recommendations

UTA says just-approved tax hike will improve bus service, but more money is needed for envisioned major projects

Navajo Democrat files suit against San Juan County after he was kicked off the special election ballot

House Speaker Greg Hughes’ property holdings appear to disqualify him from the board he appointed himself to that oversees a new trade hub

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Inland port's conflict-of-interest squabble fuels cynicism

Natalie Gochnour: Time for the northern Utah economy to come alive

Editorial: Will Congress seize the moment on immigration reform?

57% of Utahns favor letting Dreamers stay, new poll says

Utah legislators, county leaders to meet with Trump administration

Navajo candidate sues to be reinstated on San Juan ballot

Voter turnout already higher than usual in most Utah counties for primary elections

Road Home meets again with legislators about unfavorable audit, gives details on response

Utah safe schools panel emphasizes mental health, 'red flag' law

LDS leader insists religious identity deserves same protections going to sexual, gender identities

Utah lawmakers consider shifting liability away from bars, restaurants

Utah lawmakers to again consider 'red flag' laws to prevent gun violence

Utah congressional delegation welcomes Trump executive order

UTA leaders tell lawmakers they're working to 'build trust'


Democrats Weiland, Castillo focus on access, health care in U.S. House race (Standard-Examiner)

Weber Co. Commission hopefuls Couts, Froerer hammer Ebert on property tax hike (Standard-Examiner)

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GOP Senate candidate Mitt Romney speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about immigration, separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border and President Trump's trade wars. 
Utah GOP Congressional candidate Chris Herrod discusses immigration, foreign trade, the economy and the federal deficit with Managing Editor Bryan Schott.

Lighter Side

"A new study has found that people who run marathons have less arthritis than non-runners. Responded non-runners: "This. This is why no one wants to hang out with you."" Seth Meyers 

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Art of War

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." Sun Tzu