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Situational awareness - January 11, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

Friday's executive summary: Lawmakers propose a flood of legislation ahead of the 2019 session. Federal workers miss paychecks because of the government shutdown. Cohen will testify before Congress.

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Today is the 11th day of the year. There are 354 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Salt Lake Chamber top media stories

    Today At Utah Policy

    images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgMexico is not paying for the wall - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 405

     It's once again time to tiptoe through the week in Utah political news with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick....
    images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Thank goodness Utah's lawmakers don't act like Congress

    As a divided Congress and GOP President Donald Trump stumble towards no budget compromise, and part of the U.S. government is closed, one can only be pleased with how Utah state government is working these days....
    images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_02.jpgLawmakers have opened more than 1,100 bill files ahead of the 2019 session

     Even though about a fourth of the 104-member Utah Legislature will be new come the general session later this month, lawmakers are still filing a large number of bills, a review for shows....
    images/1000px_Screenshots/20190110_Chaffetz_Dobbs.jpgChaffetz to Democrats who say the border wall can be beaten with a ladder: 'Lets see you do it'

     Fox News commentator, and potential 2020 Utah gubernatorial candidate, Jason Chaffetz was in a feisty mood on Thursday night, mocking Democrats over their objection to President Donald Trump's promised border wall....
    images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_blue_1000.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 405

     It's once again time to tiptoe through the week in Utah political news with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick....
    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....
    images/1000px_Logos/UEOPPS_Logo_2019.jpgRegister for Chamber's 2019 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit

     There's still time to register for the 2019 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit. This premier economic forecasting and public policy event offers an unrivaled opportunity for attendees to gain insights on the future of Utah's economy and the policy priorit...
    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....
    images/1000px_Article_Photos/Downtown_Salt_Lake_City_01.jpgPodcast: How Utah brings, and keeps, businesses to the state

     Utah has one of the top economies in the United States, but that success just doesn't happen overnight. ...
    images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Bishop_03.jpegWhite House reportedly focusing on Rep. Rob Bishop for Interior Secretary Job

     Rep. Rob Bishop is reportedly a top choice for the White House to be the next Interior Secretary...

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    Deseret News

    A. Scott Anderson: Congrats to Utah's new elected officials - and good luck

    Jay Evensen: Still think you have a right to burn wood in the winter?

    Sens. Mike Lee, Mitt Romney try again to block presidents from creating national monuments in Utah

    Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says 'good chance' Trump declares border emergency

    Do too many Utah teachers lack licensure, training?

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Utah's school lunch funding gets extended into March as the government shutdown continues

    What Utah kids learn about science is up for debate with draft of new school standards

    Utah voters approved Medicaid expansion, but lawmakers may delay it or impose work requirements

    North Ogden City Council appoints new mayor to replace fallen Utah National Guard Maj. Brent Taylor

    Sen. Mitt Romney rebuffs Trump's latest border wall strategy: 'I don't want to see a declaration of national emergency'

    White House intensifies search for new Interior secretary and Utah's Rob Bishop is a focus


    Breaking Friday morning. U.S. military officials say they have begun withdrawing troops from Syria. The move blindsided allies -

    Federal workers miss a payday. Because of the partial government shutdown, thousands of federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay will not get paid today -

    • Federal workers are selling their stuff on Craigslist to try and make ends meet -

    • President Trump promised Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine he will sign a bill to give back pay to federal workers once the government shutdown ends -

    Emergency declaration coming. The Trump administration is laying the groundwork to declare a national emergency to construct the president's long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The administration is eyeing unused disaster money to pay for its construction -

    Trump at the border. President Donald Trump visited the southern border to make his case for building a wall -

    Spoiler alert...Trump's not telling the truth. President Trump claimed on Thursday he never promised Mexico would pay for construction of his proposed border wall. That claim is demonstrably not true -

    Trump cancels Davos trip. President Trump said he is canceling his trip to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland because of the government shutdown. Some observers say it's a sign the White House is digging in for the long haul -

    McConnell quietly pushing to end the shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to find a solution to the budget impasse that has shut down the government for nearly 3 weeks, but he's not having much luck so far -

    Trying to ease the shutdown pain. The White House asked federal agencies to send them a list of services they would like to resume to minimize the impact of the shutdown on the public -

    Disruptions intensify at airports. Miami International Airport plans to close one of its terminals over the weekend to shift TSA agents to busier checkpoints due to the government shutdown -

    Must see TV. Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and "fixer," agreed to testify publicly in front of the House Oversight Committee on February 7 -

    Mueller met with Trump's pollster. Special counsel Robert Mueller's team questioned Tony Fabrizio, pollster for the Trump campaign. Fabrizio is a former business associate of Paul Manafort, who has been accused by Mueller of sharing polling data with a foreign national with ties to Russian intelligence -

    Democrats angry with Mnuchin. House Democrats ripped Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin after he "barely testified" during a classified hearing on the Trump administration's decision to ease economic sanctions linked to a Russian oligarch. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it "one of the worst briefings" they've ever received from the Trump administration -

    White House on R.B.G. deathwatch. The White House has begun communicating with conservative activists in preparation for a confirmation fight if Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg steps down from the bench -

    Bringing A.O.C. to heel. Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is making enemies in the House Democratic Caucus, is frustrating Democratic leaders. They're trying to find ways to rein her in while not alienating her supporters -

    • Most of the high-profile new members of the Democratic Caucus in the House were passed over for important House committee assignments -

    No recession this year. Fed chairman Jerome Powell says there won't be a recession in 2019, adding the U.S. economy is "solid" -

    Another scary climate story. Scientists say the world's oceans are warming 40% faster than they originally thought. That's alarming as oceans have been absorbing excess heat generated by global warming. The rising temperatures are killing off marine ecosystems and making hurricanes more destructive -


    1785 - The Continental Congress convened in New York City.

    1861 - Alabama secedes from the United States.

    1908 - Grand Canyon National Monument is created.

    1935 - Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

    1964 - Surgeon General Luther Terry released a landmark report saying smoking is a health hazard.

    Policy News

    Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
    Weekend EventOutdoors Report--Tribune:Deal will keep Utah's Zion Narrows, one of the nation's most popular trails, open through March - once the shutdown goes away--Tribune: Disappointed international visitors get to Arches only to find the gate closed. How about seeing a fi...
    Sens. Lee and Romney introduce the Protect Utah's Rural Economy Act
     Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) reintroduced the Protect Utah's Rural Economy (PURE) Act....
    Westminster College names new provost
    Westminster is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbie Tahmassebi, Ph.D., as provost of the college....
    Career Education Corporation, a for-profit company, agrees to stop collecting student loans in agreement with Utah, 48 Attorneys General
    Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Department of Commerce, announced the Utah Division of Consumer Protection will receive settlement funds for students as the result of a 493.7M nationwide lawsuit against Career Education Corporation (CEC), a for-profit education ...
    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:  ...
    images/1000px_Logos/GOED_Logo_1000.pngTeem to expand in Utah, adding 250 jobs
     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....

    More National Headlines

    Things Democrats have funded that cost more than the border wall (Grabien News)

    If Democrats are looking for fresh, new faces, why are these septuagenarian white guys so popular? (Los Angeles Times)

    Fertility rate for white women plummets below the limit needed to maintain the population in every single US state (Daily Mail)

    NN Contributor Ana Navarro Files Nails on Live TV as Guest Discusses Murders by Illegal Aliens (Gateway Pundit)

    Acosta mocked for border reporting: 'Exactly walls work!' (The Hill)

    Cher calling on Nancy Pelosi to end government shutdown, fund border wall (FOX)

    Headed for border, Trump warns of possible emergency declaration (Reuters)

    Q13 FOX staffer fired after TV station airs altered Trump video (Seattle Times)

    Trump White House urging allies to prepare for possible RBG departure (Politico)

    Why the National Enquirer says it decided to investigate Jeff Bezos (CNN)

    The stock market just got off to its best start in 13 years (MarketWatch)

    Wise Words


    "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Helen Keller

    Lighter Side

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