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Situational awareness - August 16, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Count My Vote could be in trouble. Wildfire costs are surging. Trump's lawyers plan to fight a subpoena from Meuller all the way to the Supreme Court.

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  HERE ARE THE STORIES YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO TODAY  

CMV on the ropes?

The backers of the Count My Vote ballot initiative made their case to be included on November's ballot to the Utah Supreme Court, but the justices appeared to be skeptical of their arguments - http://bit.ly/2OHNTWj

Wildfire cost surging

The cost of fighting wildfires in Utah this year has already cost more than what lawmakers allocated for the effort this year - http://bit.ly/2Ms1WSd

Electric public transportation

LaVarr Webb says it's only a matter of time before electric buses and other public transportation modes is a reality - http://bit.ly/2Mtd8y4


  OTHER UTAH HEADLINES   

Deseret News

Editorial: U.S. military shouldn't be given a blank check

'Hot bench' questions Count My Vote, state lawyers over ballot initiatives

Hundreds on treatment waitlists as leaders aim to expand year 2 of Operation Rio Grande

Crime lab misses goals for processing rape kits, says it will improve with more employees

Police group worried about enforcing recreational marijuana ban if medical use initiative passes

Families weigh in as lawmakers revisit gender-change bill

So far so good, city says of Salt Lake scooter issues

State workers makes less than private sector but have better benefits, Utah lawmakers told

Salt Lake Tribune

Trump's team offers a new vision for Utah's former Grand Staircase: Nearly 700,000 acres would be open to mining or drilling

What the new plans mean for mining, grazing, recreation and artifacts in Grand Staircase and Bears Ears

Salt Lake City wants input from residents before putting rules on development at the controversial new trading hub

'Right now we basically have anarchy': Utah lawmakers want to clarify the process for legally changing genders - though one suggested getting rid of it

Utah lawmakers may need to change some rules to allow e-scooters on downtown Salt Lake City streets

Count My Vote is asking the Utah Supreme Court to put it on the ballot, saying its opponents had unfair advantage in torpedoing its attempt to gather 132K signatures

Feds may require Utah to redesign, reissue all drivers licenses to make sure they comply with airport security

The planned Orrin Hatch Center is an 'offensive' vanity play, according to Utah's Democratic Senate nominee

CBD could move out of stores and into dispensaries if Utah voters approve marijuana ballot measure, agency says

Utah's medical marijuana ballot measure would violate Mormons' religious beliefs, opponents say in new court filing, which initiative supporters call a 'Hail Mary'

Other

Ogden City looking to create another downtown redevelopment area (Standard-Examiner)

Nordic Valley ski resort developer faces questions, shouts on expansion plans (Standard-Examiner)


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Today At Utah Policy

Cost of fighting Utah wildfires skyrocketing this year
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
It has cost the state about $23 million to fight forest fires so far this year, with much of the wildfire season still ahead of us, Utah House Republicans were told Wednesday....
Electric buses are coming faster than we think
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
For the past two days I've been attending the annual Member Conference of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS)....
Bishop statement on NDAA land transfer provision
By Press release
Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a land transfer provision:...
Utah Supreme Court Justices appear skeptical of Count My Vote's arguments for ballot inclusion
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Based on the tough questions posed by four of the five Utah Supreme Court justices Wednesday, it does not look likely that the 63 percent of voters who support Count My Vote will get their say in November on the proposed citizen initiative....
2018 elections: The case for business engagement
By Salt Lake Chamber
Many Utah voters have become disenchanted with the political system....
USTAR-supported company EDX Magnetics poised to address the challenges and opportunities in scrap metal industry brought on by trade wars
By Brian Somers, USTAR Managing Director
From agriculture to construction, tariffs imposed and planned by the Trump administration are expected to have widespread consequences across the United States and in Utah....
Weekly survey: Grading Operation Rio Grande
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The effort to address Salt Lake City's homeless problem, dubbed Operation Rio Grande, has been underway for a year now. How would you judge the effort so far? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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Policy News

SLCC offering classes in Herriman this fall
Salt Lake Community College is offering classes in Herriman for its 2018 fall semester. General education courses in seven categories will be held at the former Herriman City Hall building, 13011 South Pioneer Street....
Gov. Herbert lowers flags in honor of Jill Robinson
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah on Fri., Aug. 17, 2018 to honor the life and service of Code Enforcement Officer Jill Robinson, who will be laid to rest on that day....
Gov. Herbert statement on the death of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement following the death of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett, who died Monday due to injuries sustained fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California:...
Fox files: 'A Michelin 3-star state'
This report tends to focus on the myriad of things that make Utah a great place for corporate investment....
2018 Operational Excellence Conference
The Governor's Office of Management and Budget and Goldratt Consulting invite you to join them on Sept. 27 and 28 for the Building on Success 2018 Operational Excellence Conference, an annual event focused on how to apply Theory of Constraints (TOC) principles to the public ...
Product PowerUp
Join some of the most forward-thinking businesses in Utah at Product PowerUp on September 20th and 21st. ...

Local Headlines

Deseret News

Editorial: U.S. military shouldn't be given a blank check

'Hot bench' questions Count My Vote, state lawyers over ballot initiatives

Hundreds on treatment waitlists as leaders aim to expand year 2 of Operation Rio Grande

Crime lab misses goals for processing rape kits, says it will improve with more employees

Police group worried about enforcing recreational marijuana ban if medical use initiative passes

Families weigh in as lawmakers revisit gender-change bill

So far so good, city says of Salt Lake scooter issues

State workers makes less than private sector but have better benefits, Utah lawmakers told

Salt Lake Tribune

Trump's team offers a new vision for Utah's former Grand Staircase: Nearly 700,000 acres would be open to mining or drilling

What the new plans mean for mining, grazing, recreation and artifacts in Grand Staircase and Bears Ears

Salt Lake City wants input from residents before putting rules on development at the controversial new trading hub

'Right now we basically have anarchy': Utah lawmakers want to clarify the process for legally changing genders - though one suggested getting rid of it

Utah lawmakers may need to change some rules to allow e-scooters on downtown Salt Lake City streets

Count My Vote is asking the Utah Supreme Court to put it on the ballot, saying its opponents had unfair advantage in torpedoing its attempt to gather 132K signatures

Feds may require Utah to redesign, reissue all drivers licenses to make sure they comply with airport security

The planned Orrin Hatch Center is an 'offensive' vanity play, according to Utah's Democratic Senate nominee

CBD could move out of stores and into dispensaries if Utah voters approve marijuana ballot measure, agency says

Utah's medical marijuana ballot measure would violate Mormons' religious beliefs, opponents say in new court filing, which initiative supporters call a 'Hail Mary'

Other

Ogden City looking to create another downtown redevelopment area (Standard-Examiner)

Nordic Valley ski resort developer faces questions, shouts on expansion plans (Standard-Examiner)


National Headlines

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says America 'was never that great' (CNN)

Coordinated anti-Trump editorials 'sure to backfire,' critic warns (FOX News)

Mexico's new president has a radical plan to end the drug war (Vox)

Giuliani to Mueller: 'Write the damn report' (The Hill)

Trump touts GOP primary victors as 'the team we want' for midterms (Politico)

Suspected ISIS member arrested in Sacramento County, allegedly committed 'most heinous crimes' (Sacramento Bee)

Alex Jones, Meet Peter Strzok (Wall Street Journal)

McCarthy stares down immigration protesters (Politico)

Paul Manafort trial: judge hands case to jurors after closing arguments (Guardian)

Trump revokes ex-CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance (FOX News)

Leslie Moonves Accuser Shopping Tell-All Memoir (Hollywood Reporter)


Wise Words

True Knowledge

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Lighter Side

Let Go

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