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Situational awareness - January 10, 2019

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Executive summary: Utahns don't want to pay for President Trump's wall. The Bishop to Interior talk heats up. Trump and Democrats dig in.

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Today is the 10th day of the year. There are 355 days remaining in 2019.

  • 16 days until Salt Lake County Democrats elect a new County Mayor (1/26/2019)

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

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

  • 114 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)

  • 144 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)

  • 148 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)

  • 215 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)

  • 299 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

  • 390 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/1000px_Article_Photos/US_Mexico_Border_Fence_02.jpgDo Utahns want a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border? Not if Americans pay for it

     Public opinion polling shows most Utahns do not support President Trump's plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and they've never really been on board with the idea....
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     Rep. Rob Bishop is reportedly a top choice for the White House to be the next Interior Secretary...
    images/1000px_Article_Photos/US_Mexico_Border_Fence.jpgWeekly survey - Border wall funding fight

     The federal government is partially shut down because Congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump are at loggerheads over funding for Trump's promised border wall....
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     Last month, as part of a business tour of Utah, World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) welcomed diplomats from the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Saud Al Nowais, commercial counselor for the UAE to the United States and Jonathan Garon, director of commercial affairs for the Tra...
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    Utah's members of Congress are reacting to President Donald Trump's Tuesday night speech about what he called an urgent crisis on the nation's southern border....
    images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Bishop_02.jpgBishop wants documents on use of fees to re-open national parks during government shutdown

    Rep. Rob Bishop, the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee wants the National Park Service to provide information on their decision to use visitor fees to open national parks and provide services during the current partial government shutdown....
    images/1000px_Logos/UEOPPS_Logo_2019.jpgRegister for Chamber's 2019 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit

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    Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz took a swing at Beto O'Rourke, an early favorite for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, on Tuesday....

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    Deseret News

    Jay Evensen: Some Utah leaders have the yips when it comes to a recession

    Women discuss advocacy strategies for the upcoming legislative session

    Only two states had fertility levels above replacement levels in 2017. Utah was one of them

    Utah members of Congress worry about federal workers but Republicans digging in on wall

    How should Utah use the $100 million earmarked for air quality improvements? Experts weigh in

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Op-ed: Don't let The INN Between divide the Sugar House community

    This Utahn holds seats on his City Council and County Commission at the same time - and he's getting grief for it

    New UTA bosses restructure agency, allow dozens of employees to potentially earn more than they do

    Utah's members of Congress want to end the shutdown but aren't giving an inch over border wall funding

    Sen. Mitt Romney's office is at the mercy of Senate techs still waiting for phone line and emails


    Health food company gets state tax break to open up shop in Ogden, bring 50 jobs (Standard-Examiner)


    President Donald Trump and Democrats are digging in as the partial government shutdown enters its 20th day. President Trump stormed out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer when they told him they were not willing to budge on his demand for money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said the negotiations were a "total waste of time" -

    An emergency declaration may be Trump's only way out. President Trump's threat to declare a national emergency so he can build his border wall may be the only realistic way out of the impasse with Congress -

    Trump's usual playbook isn't working. President Trump's go-to strategy in negotiations is to keep his opponents off-balance. That doesn't seem to be working this time around -

    A shutdown deal? Republican senators plan to push a proposal to give President Donald Trump money for his border wall while including several measures long-sought by Democrats including protections for DACA recipients -

    Trump's TV ratings. Just over 40 million people watched President Trump's primetime speech on Tuesday night as he made his pitch for funding the border wall. But, slightly more people tuned in to watch the Democratic response -

    The shutdown affects the food supply. Food inspections by the FDA have been sharply reduced because of the partial government shutdown. The agency has suspended all routine inspections of food-processing facilities -

    Get ready for pain at the airport. TSA officers are quitting the job because they're being forced to work without pay. Not only will that lead to longer lines at the airport, but it also creates a massive security risk because there aren't enough screeners -

    Seriously? The Coast Guard has some suggestions for employees who will not be paid during the government shutdown, saying they should hold garage sales, babysit or become dog walkers to supplement their income. Another idea floated was to become a "mystery shopper" -

    Texas landowners ready to fight Trump's wall. The federal government has started surveying land along the U.S.-Mexico border, but many landowners who would be affected by the wall say they don't want to give up their land -

    The White House lawyers up. The White House legal team has hired 17 lawyers in an effort to gear up ahead of a likely flood of investigations from the Democratic-controlled House -

    House Dems want answers. Treasury Secretary Steven Mcuchin will give a classified briefing to House lawmakers on the decision to lift sanctions on companies linked to a Russian oligarch -

    AG nominee won't interfere with Mueller. Republican Senators say William Barr, President Trump's nominee for Attorney General, won't hinder special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign's ties with Russia -

    He's out. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to leave his job, but not until after special counsel Robert Mueller's probe wraps up -

    That seems like a lot. A new report from a liberal think tank says Donald Trump's campaign and transition team had more than 100 contacts with Russian-linked officials -

    He's not running. Tom Steyer, the billionaire behind the high-profile campaign to impeach President Trump, says he will not seek the Democratic nomination in 2020 -

    She is running. Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris will reportedly launch her campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination in Oakland on MLK Day -

    Uh oh. A top adviser for Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign has been accused of forcibly kissing a female subordinate during the campaign -

    Startling claims about the CIA director. The attorney for the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks claims CIA director Gina Haspel ran an agency black site at Guantanamo Bay. Haspel also reportedly ran a black site in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded -

    Teacher strike. Los Angeles is bracing for a teachers' strike set to start on Monday. The teachers' union wants more money for staff at schools and a moratorium on new charter schools, which are non-union and compete with public schools for students -

    Wait...what? An Evangelical group wants anti-lynching protections for LGBT people removed from a bill approved by the Senate last month -


    • 1776 - Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet Common Sense.

    • 1789 - The first nationwide U.S. presidential election was conducted. Electors chosen by the voters unanimously picked George Washington as president and John Adams as vice president.

    • 1861 - Florida becomes the third state to secede from the Union.

    • 1878 - A constitutional amendment that would give women the right to vote was introduced into the U.S. Senate. It wasn't until 42 years later the amendment was enacted.

    • 1901 - Oil was discovered at the Spindletop claim near Beaumont, Texas, launching the Southwest oil boom.

    • 1917 - The Silent Sentinels begin the protest outside the White House, demanding suffrage for women. They continue until June 1919.

    • 1920 - The Treaty of Versailles takes effect, officially ending World War I.

    • 1946 - The first meeting of the U.N. General Assembly convened in London.

    • 1984  The U.S. established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican for the first time in 116 years.

    Policy News

    Sen. Lee elected chairman-designate of Joint Economic Committee
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after being elected chairman-designate of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) in a meeting of Senate Republicans:  ...
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     The Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Teem will expand its operations in Utah adding up to 250 jobs, $3.1 in new state revenue and up to $1 million in capital investment in Salt Lake City over the next five years....
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     The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Oatly, Inc. will expand its operations in Utah, planning to add up to 50 jobs, $2.9 million in new state revenue, and up to $40 million in capital investment in Weber County over the next seven years....
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    More National Headlines

    New York Times Makes Major Correction to Report on Manafort and Russian Oligarch (Mediaite)

    Democratic Congresswoman Calls Out Fellow Democrats for 'Religious Bigotry' (National Review)

    Trump formally nominates Wheeler to deregulate at EPA (Politico)

    Seth Meyers under fire after 'Late Night' account tweets joke about victims murdered by illegal immigrants (FOX News)

    L.A. teachers union postpones strike until Monday (Los Angeles Times)

    Tom Steyer, Billionaire Impeachment Activist, Won't Run Against Trump (New York Times)

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activist groups map out next steps in Green New Deal fight (The Hill)

    Scalise: Ocasio-Cortez 'shouldn't condone' supporters who bring up 2017 shooting (The Hill)

    Trump calls wall only solution to 'growing humanitarian crisis' at border (Washington Post)

    Rosenstein, who picked Mueller, plans to leave Justice Dept. shortly after Barr confirmed (CNN)

    Fed Ready to Pause on Interest Rate Increases (New York Times)

    Wise Words

    New Day

    "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." Eleanor Roosevelt

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