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Situational awareness - December 14, 2018

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

This is Utah's most reliable daily political newsletter. We help get you up to speed on the most important local and national political stories of the day. Follow our social media feeds on Twitter and Facebook

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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.


  • 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)

  • SL Chamber year in review

    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Screenshots/20181214_Hatch_CNN.jpgHatch walks back 'I don't care' comments about allegations against President Trump (with video)
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Sen. Orrin Hatch has been roundly criticized for saying he didn't care that President Trump was implicated in two felony convictions against his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. On Friday, Hatch apologized for those comments....
    images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgDemocrats are the real racists - Bernick and Schott on politics Episode #401
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss a week chock full of political news....
    images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Dabakis may open the door for a Republican in Salt Lake City
    By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
    With the "no surprise to anyone" announcement this week that retiring Utah Sen. Jim Dabakis will run next year for Salt Lake City mayor, the early race make-up provides a real opportunity for a moderate, reasonable Republican to make the final ballot....
    images/Screenshots/20181213_Behar_View.jpgWatch: The View's Joy Behar says Orrin Hatch 'needs to go to jail' for not standing up to Trump
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Joy Behar, co-host of morning chat show "The View" had some harsh words for Sen. Orrin Hatch on Thursday morning....
    images/Resized_Mugshots-300/Mia_Love.jpgUh oh! Trump mocked Mia Love for losing. Now he needs her vote to pass a spending bill
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    President Trump mocked Mia Love and other Republicans for losing because they didn't embrace him enough on the campaign trail. Now he may need their votes to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown before the end of the year. ...
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 401
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss a week chock full of political news....
    images/Screenshots/20181213_Hatch_Meyers.jpgWatch: Seth Meyers says Hatch's defense of Trump shows Republicans don't care about the rule of law
    By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
    Late night host Seth Meyers had some laughs at the expense of Oen. Orrin Hatch and his dismissal of news connecting President Donald Trump to two felony charges that sent his lawyer, Michael Cohen to federal prison....

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    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


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

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    Policy News

    Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
    Weekend EventOutdoors Report-- Tribune: Feds hold biggest Utah oil and gas auction in years, setting off heightened concerns from environmentalistsNew Films-- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Deseret News reviewConcerts-- "Chauntenette Women's Chorus: The Joy of Christmas,...
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngUnited Arab Emirates diplomats explore investment and partnership opportunities in Utah
    World Trade Center Utah and the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development hosted Mr. Saud Al Nowais, commercial counselor for the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, and Jonathan Garon, director of commercial affairs for the Trade and Commercial Office...
    images/Resized_Logos/CYBER24_season_2_logo.jpgCYBER 24 Episode 39 - Hacks at Facebook, Marriott raise eyebrows
    As data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents continue to grab headlines, it's worth wondering whether or not the American public is growing numb to the news....
    images/Logos/New-GOED-Logo.pngAmer Sports selects Utah for future expansion
    The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Amer Sports Winter & Outdoor Company will expand its operations in Utah, planning to add up to 155 jobs, $6.5 million in new state revenue, and up to $32 million in capital investment over the next 10 years....
    images/Resized_Logos/USTAR_Logo_2018.jpgNational policy makers and experts stress need for technology-based economic development
    Last week, business leaders, policy makers and experts from across the country convened in downtown Salt Lake City for the three-day annual SSTI conference discussing the innovation economy....
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngJoin WTC Utah for a business roundtable discussion with Norway's Consul General
    World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a diplomatic luncheon welcoming Jo Sletbak, Consul General of Norway, and Lars Johansen, Honorary Consul General of Norway. ...

    More National Headlines

    Michael Cohen Pled Guilty to Something That Is Not a Crime (National Review)

    Trump considering Jared Kushner for White House chief of staff (Washington Examiner)

    Fears about artificial intelligence are 'very legitimate,' Google CEO says (Washington Post)

    The shadow campaign for Democratic presidential nomination is well underway (Los Angeles Times)

    China readying plan to widen foreign access to its economy: WSJ (CNBC)

    McConnell to bring up criminal justice bill for a Senate vote (Washington Post)

    Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren meet ahead of 2020 (CNN)

    Trump reveals chief of staff search down to 5 candidates (FOX News)

    Pelosi to press: Nonstop Trump coverage is hurting your ratings (Washington Examiner)

    Donald Trump tears into GM: Mary Barra's decision was 'nasty' (Detroit Free Press)

    California proposes a plan to tax text messages (CNN)

    Wise Words


    "Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you." Erich Fromm

    Lighter Side

    Colbert Being Colbert

    "Of course, earlier this year President Trump was famously not invited to former first lady Barbara Bush's funeral. But he was welcomed today after the 'Bush family promised Trump that' the 'funeral would avoid criticizing him.' They even assured him that the choir would drown out the sound of other ex-presidents rolling in their graves!" - STEPHEN COLBERT

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