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Situational awareness - October 18, 2018

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

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Executive summary: Challengers in the 1st Congressional District take shots at Rob Bishop, but mostly miss. Lawmakers planning on a special session on medical marijuana in November. Trump orders federal agencies to cut their budget by 5%.


  • 5 days until in-person early voting begins (10/23/2018)

  • 12 days until the last day to register to vote online or in person (10/30/2018)

  • 14 days until in-person early voting ends (11/2/2018)

  • 19 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)

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

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

  • 747 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/articles/20181018_Mia_Love_ad.pngMia Love's campaign threatens legal action to stop 'misleading' TV ads from Democratic super PAC
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Mia Love's campaign is threatening legal action against several local TV stations in an attempt to get them to stop airing an attack ad from a liberal super PAC slamming her for "illegally" raising campaign funds. Love's campaign vehemently denies any wrongdoing....
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 394
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott explain the news from a very busy week in Utah politics....
    images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah's housing affordability concerns center on Salt Lake County and renters
    By Utah Foundation
    Utah Foundation released What's the View from Your House? Housing Affordability Concerns in Utah. It reveals the results of survey findings regarding housing affordability, complementing them with key housing cost data....
    images/articles/20181017_1st_Dist_Debate.jpgBishop escapes unscathed from 1st Congressional District debate
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    If you're gonna try to take down longtime Rep. Rob Bishop, it will take a much better effort than what happened Wednesday night in Logan....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_09.jpgSpecial session on legalizing medical marijuana expected mid-November
    By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
    Look for a special legislative session Nov. 14 or 15 to adopt the 4,000-line medical marijuana bill, heard in a legislative committee Wednesday afternoon, is told....
    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_03.jpgState leaders announce year-end budget surplus
    By Press release
    State leaders announced Wednesday that the State of Utah will close out the prior fiscal year (FY 2018) with a budget surplus....
    images/Resized_Logos/USTAR_Logo_2018.jpgEmissions-Based Maintenance looks to reduce emissions in heavy industries
    By Brian Somers, USTAR managing director
    Since the industrial revolution, the term heavy industry often conjures up images of looming steel mills, massive towers, and intimidating pieces of machinery....

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    Deseret News

    Jay Evensen: Without more control over tuition costs, Utah schools are adding to a heap of social problems

    Super PACs now running TV commercials against both 4th District candidates

    Mountain Accord critic seeks expanded investigation

    Proposed Utah law would let violent crime victims, families seek review of open investigations

    Utah panel gives early OK to bill expanding juvenile access to public defenders

    Utah lawmakers question watershed protection law

    Utah lawmaker says gas station sweepstakes games often amount to gambling

    Many Utah families still face bigger state income tax bill, lawmakers told

    Debate pits Rep. Rob Bishop against newcomer challengers

    What does it cost to keep kids safe? Committee seeks $194 million for school safety, mental health

    Gold stars on Utah licenses will cost millions, lawmakers told

    Utah House, Senate GOP support medical marijuana bill; detractors say it won't happen

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Utahns favor Prop 4 to create an independent redistricting commission by a big margin, poll shows

    Republican Reps. Bishop and Curtis have clear path to re-election, new poll shows

    Virgin Islands GOP reports spending big to help Mia Love - but it's a scam, according to her campaign

    Lawmakers push for a quick fix to driver license problem that could prevent Utahns from getting through airport security

    In 1st District debate, Democrat and United Utah Party candidate cast Bishop as career politician

    Outside groups spending north of $1.5 million in the Love-McAdams race

    'We can't ignore the bottom line': Republican Utah lawmakers warn against skyrocketing costs under Proposition 3

    Utah ends the fiscal year with a $265 million surplus

    Utah lawmakers face a $100M price tag for school safety proposals

    Lawmakers' first glimpse of draft medical marijuana compromise brings questions


    U.S. House District 1 candidates face off in only debate at USU (Logan Herald Journal)

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    Policy News

    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngJoin WTC Utah for a business roundtable discussion with New Zealand's Deputy Consul General
    World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a diplomatic luncheon welcoming Murray Bruges, New Zealand's Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles....
    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngUtah executives have strong, but declining sentiment on state's economic future
    The Salt Lake Chamber released the third-quarter results of the Salt Lake Chamber's 2018 CEOutlook survey....
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngWTC Utah-led business delegation to China strengthens economic and cultural ties
    World Trade Center Utah led Utah government and business leaders on a trade mission to Shanghai and Beijing last week to broaden and strengthen the Utah-China trade relationship....
    Governor's Office presents analysis of economic development plans
    Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox, legislators and rural stakeholders met last week to discuss challenges and opportunities in rural Utah....
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngNAFTA 2.0: Learn about the USMCA from Daniel Watson, Deputy Chief Negotiator for the United States at WTC Utah's upcoming seminar
    Join World Trade Center Utah, Salt Lake City and the Utah Bar for a luncheon and seminar about the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement....
    images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngSalt Lake Chamber hosts 2018 candidate forum
    he Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, held its 2018 Salt Lake Chamber Candidate Forum Tuesday at the Chamber offices in downtown Salt Lake City....

    More National Headlines

    Despite rampant voter enthusiasm, the reality: Many don't plan to vote in November (Washington Post)

    Republicans Will Repeal Obamacare If They Get The Chance, Mitch McConnell Says (HuffPost)

    Joe Biden says age a 'totally legitimate' question if he were to run for office again (CNN)

    Trump proposes 5 percent budget cut for each Cabinet agency (NBC News)

    Pocahontas descendant: Elizabeth Warren should 'apologize' for Native American ancestry claims (AOL)

    Why Many Native Americans Are Angry With Elizabeth Warren (New York Times)

    Heitkamp apologizes for naming sexual assault, abuse victims in newspaper ad (FOX News)

    Florida Poll Shows Razor-Thin Senate and Gubernatorial Races (National Review)

    Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren want Amazon to explain anti-union video (CNET)

    Why media people are furious over Facebook's bad video metrics (Fast Company)

    Fed Plans to Continue Raising Rates, Despite Trump's Ire (New York Times)

    Wise Words


    "The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage." Thucydides

    Lighter Side

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    "Trump just got a new $1.5 million limo. It fires tear gas, has night vision, and can lay down an oil slick to make anyone chasing it spin out of control. Even crazier, Melania's bedroom door does the exact same thing." Jimmy Fallon

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