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Support for the next generation is increasing
A recent poll found that nearly half of Republicans in Mountain West want to secede from the United States.
Democracy watchdog group Bright Line Watch, working with YouGov, asked Americans if they would support the separation of their state from the United States to join a new union. The group divided the United States into five distinct regions for the poll.
They found Southern Republicans (66%) and Western Democrats (47%) to be the most supportive of the break with the United States.
Via Christoper Ingraham at The Why Axis:
It is certainly a good thing that there are no troubling historical precedents for what happens when a large number of southern conservatives, motivated largely by a sense of grievance and victimization, want to break away from it. The union.
These findings come from Luminous Line Watch, a group that conducts regular polls of political scientists and the American public to monitor attitudes toward democracy. They began to probe this question because “it draws on the commitments of the interviewees towards the American political system at the highest level and in reference to a concrete alternative (regional unions)”.
While Southern Republicans are the group most in favor of succession, they are not the only ones. Across the country, according to Bright Line Watch, people have more pro-secession views when their political party is dominant in their area.
While some people may be in favor of secession, they can be a bit blurry about the concept.
Here’s what you need to know for Friday morning
The Biden administration plans to withhold federal funds and use regulatory powers to push more Americans to get vaccinated with COVID-19. [WaPo]
💉 Utah’s ban on government mandates for COVID-19 vaccines could end next month as the vaccines receive full FDA approval. [Tribune]
💰 The $ 1 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill would add $ 256 billion to the deficit, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Supporters said the measure would pay off. [WSJ]
🏛 Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has announced his support for a decision to add 300 more beds in emergency shelters for the homeless. [Tribune]
📚 The Utah State Board of Education has approved new rules for teaching the breed in the classroom. [Tribune]
😷 Salt Lake County Board of Health urges local leaders to demand masks for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students when they return to school this fall. [Tribune]
🎓 The SLCC organizes the graduation ceremony indoors without any COVID-19 precautions. [Tribune]
Westminster College requires staff and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. [Tribune]
💉 CNN fired three staff members who entered the office without being vaccinated. [NYT]
🪖 A potential mandate for the military to be vaccinated against COVID-19 arouses anger and mistrust. [AP]
The CDC says people who are fully vaccinated can transmit COVID-19 to others. [CNN]
😷 Republican Representative Ralph Norman, who is suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the House mask term, has tested positive for the coronavirus. [WaPo]
⚡️ President Joe Biden issued an executive order that half of new cars sold in the United States by 2030 be hybrid or fully electric. [The Verge]
🚨 Drought caused the first closure of a hydroelectric dam in northern California. [Mercury News]
👀 My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell loses it in an interview when challenged over his fantastical claims that the 2020 election was stolen. “I spent millions! You have to trust me! ”Lindell yelled at an interviewer. [CNN]
Business groups are calling on President Biden to resume trade talks with China. [WSJ]
Scientists say human-caused climate change is slowing down a vital ocean current that regulates weather conditions around the world. [Huffington Post]
Apple plans to scan iPhones in the United States for images of child sexual abuse. This decision raises concerns about the confidentiality of some experts. [AP]
⚽️ The football world is in turmoil after FC Barcelona announced that captain Lionel Messi will not sign a new contract with the club. [ESPN]
Utah Politics Podcast
This week my guest is Philip Rucker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Washington Post. He is, with co-author Carol Leonnig, the author of the new book “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year”.
We discuss the dozens of chilling revelations contained in the new book, including how Senator Mitt Romney was warned of possible violence prior to the January 6 insurgency, and how Romney nearly got hurt by Trump supporters when ‘they attacked the United States Capitol. .
Listen to and subscribe to the podcast here.
Friday’s Utah News Summary
A couple in Utah say an interview with internal police contradicts Cottonwood Heights over the shooting death of their son. [Tribune]
A neighborhood in Millcreek has a sinkhole and the lack of water after a forest fire causes pipes to burst. [Tribune]
The family is asking for answers in the case of missing master weaver Ella Mae Begay. [Tribune]
Utah Lake can be saved without the massive dredging sought by developers, experts say. [Tribune]
Glenn Beck and Mike Lee faced off in Utah’s most patriotic ice cream tasting contest. [Deseret News]
Northern Utah’s water supplier chooses an early date to turn off secondary water as drought persists. [Standard Examiner]
L’Utah compte à nouveau plus de 1 000 nouveaux cas de COVID-19. [Tribune]
As cases increase with the delta variant, here’s how healthcare workers, hospitals and researchers are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. [Tribune]
A 13-year-old boy from Utah falls seriously ill weeks after contracting COVID. [FOX13]
FEMA is providing an additional $ 3.1 million to Utah for the COVID-19 response as the Delta variant rises. [FOX13]
The University of Utah has a new president with “big aspirations” for the school. [Tribune]
Do Women’s Only Bursaries Violate Federal Rules? Utah colleges are under intense scrutiny. [Tribune]
Officers at the University of Utah are now equipped with body cameras. [KSL]
Independence University / Stevens-Henager College in West Haven abruptly closed its doors. [Daily Herald]
The Weber School Board votes to hold bond elections. [Standard Examiner]
Utah Muslim is suing its ex-employer, alleging that a boss said he would be “cast into outer darkness.” [Tribune]
Are the bosses ready to impose sanctions on their teleworkers? [Deseret News]
On review pages
Too many Utah leaders prefer to send children to the hospital rather than have them wear masks, says Robert Gehrke. [Tribune]
Deborah Gatrell: Anti-mask activists are allying with the enemy. [Tribune]
Sky Chaney: Governor Cox is expected to halt development of a new golf course in drought-stricken Kane County. [Tribune]
Molly Davis: Utah allows some lesser crimes to be erased from the record. [Tribune]
John Pudner: Utah is showing other Red States how to run elections. [Tribune]
Kate Brown: The West is on fire. It is high time to act on climate change. [Tribune]
– Connor Sanders of the Tribune contributed to this report.