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Situational awareness - January 14, 2020

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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • Bishop won't run for governor in 2020.
  • Education leaders and Utah lawmakers at odds over how to fund Utah's schools.
  • Trump's impeachment trial could begin next week.


Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 13 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 20 (2/3/2020)

Days to the New Hampshire primaries: 28 (2/11/2020) 

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 49 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 58 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 168 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 294 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Screenshots/20200114_Romney_Fox.jpgIngraham tees off on Romney over impeachment: 'I have no words'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Fox News host Laura Ingraham ripped Utah Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday evening over his openness to calling witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
images/1000px_Mugs/Thom_Carter_01.jpgNational Republicans are still trying to find a candidate to take on McAdams in November
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The Republican field to take on freshman Democrat Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th CD may not yet be set as national Republicans are reportedly scrambling to recruit another candidate following the abrupt exit of State Senator Dan Hemmert, who exited the race in December.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_30.jpgUtah lawmakers, education leaders, at odds over education funding and tax reform
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
 While encouraging individual teacher/members to be active politically as they see fit, the Utah Education Association -- the main teacher union in the state with 18,000 members -- is not formally in the referendum fight to repeal the recently-passed tax reform package, UEA president Heidi Matthews told UtahPolicy.com on Monday.
images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Bishop_03.jpegRob Bishop won't run for governor in 2020, endorses Thomas Wright
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Retiring U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, announced Monday that he will not run for governor this year.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Insulin_01.jpgUtah voters want limits on insulin co-payments
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah voters overwhelmingly want the Utah Legislature to pass a law similar to Colorado's, which would cap medical insurance co-payments for insulin at $100 per prescription, a new UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics survey finds.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgGovernor's race shows SB54 is working great
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
 The current multi-candidate gubernatorial campaign shows the value of SB54 and the Count My Vote effort. We would not have such a large and diverse field of candidates if candidates were unable to gather signatures to get on the primary election ballot. 
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200112_Lee_CNN.jpgLee contradicts Trump administration on intelligence showing imminent attack on U.S. embassies
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mike Lee said Sunday he had seen no evidence of an imminent attack on four U.S. embassies, which President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed as justification for the strike that killed one of Iran's top military leaders.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBob needs a lozenge - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott get you caught up on the latest Utah political headlines.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_18.jpgLawmakers frustrated by efforts to find new way to fund schools
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
If the Utah Education Association, and other public education advocates, don't come to the table to have "honest discussions" about finding a long-term, stable education funding source, then another state income tax rate cut is coming, for sure, Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson told UtahPolicy.com on Thursday.

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The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will likely begin next Tuesday [Bloomberg].

Republicans in the Senate reportedly do not have enough votes to dismiss the impeachment charges against President Trump at the outset of the trial [CNN].

The White House is bracing for several Republicans to side with Democrats and vote to call witnesses in the impeachment trial which could begin next week [CBS News].

It's debate night!

Six Democrats hit the debate stage Tuesday night with less than three weeks to go before the Iowa Caucuses [New York Times].


Russian hackers breached the Ukranian gas company at the center of the scandal that led to President Trump's impeachment. It's unclear what they found, but the efforts began in early November as the scandal involving Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe and Hunter Biden [New York Times].


President Trump abandoned his efforts to craft an after-the-fact justification for a drone strike that killed a top Iranian military commander, tweeting "It doesn't really matter" because of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani's "horrible past" [New York Times].


Cory Booker dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Monday [Bloomberg].

Sen. Elizabeth Warren claims Sen. Bernie Sanders told her in 2018 that a woman could not win the presidency. Sanders is denying he said that [New York Times].

Michael Bloomberg's campaign has surged to more than 1,000 staffers across 33 states [Politico].

Build the wall!

President Donald Trump plans to divert an additional $7.2 billion of military funding for the construction of his wall on the southern border, stripping the money from Defense Department construction projects. Trump repeatedly promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay to build the wall [Washington Post].


Earth's oceans were the warmest in recorded history in 2019 according to a new analysis [Huffington Post].

You'll grow out of it

A Dartmouth College professor studied economic data over 132 countries and concluded unhappiness peaks at the age of 47.2 in the developed world [Bloomberg].


Policy News

Utah Valley Chamber announces departure of Andy Pierucci, names Nic Dunn new Director of Public Policy and Business Development
The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce announces the departure of Andy Pierucci and the hiring of Nic Dunn as the new Director of Public Policy and Business Development. Pierucci is taking a job with aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman. His last day at the Chamber is January 15th.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_03.jpgCurtis designates 'Martha Hughes Canon' Day; Establishes women's advisory council
Rep. John Curtis (R-UT),  spoke on the House Floor after introducing a bipartisan resolution to designate January 11, 2020 as "National Martha Hughes Cannon Day." The legislation also recognizes the value that women bring to good governance and encourages them to become involved in Federal, State, and local government.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgSen. Lee introduces abortion is not healthcare act
 Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced the Abortion is Not Healthcare Act, a bill that would prevent the tax deductibility of abortions.
Real Women Run gears up for 2020
2020 is a milestone year for both women and civic engagement across the country, with 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. With several high profile electoral campaigns and over half of all legislative seats and countless county level positions up for election in 2020, civic engagement is crucial. Women's participation in the political process is essential, and attending a Real Women Run event is a great way to start to this milestone year.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgRomney, colleagues introduce legislation to improve broadband access for Utah's rural schools
U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), John Boozman (R-AR), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Connected Rural Schools Act to help close the digital disconnect for rural students. The legislation will ensure that broadband and other internet accessibility technologies are eligible for funding from the existing Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program.

More National Headlines


1639 - Connecticut's first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted.

1784 - The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.

1943 - Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to travel by airplane while in office when he flies from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill.

1952 - NBC's "Today" premiered. 

1963 - George Wallace was inaugurated as the governor of Alabama, promising his followers, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"

1993 - David Letterman accepted a multimillion-dollar deal to move his late-night talk show to CBS after his NBC contract expired. 

Wise Words


"How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it."Marcus Aurelius

Lighter Side

Colbert Being Colbert

"He's absolutely right - this is insulting. This is insulting not just to Congress - this is insulting to the American people. Has everyone already forgotten what happens when we don't ask for concrete evidence justifying a military attack against a Middle Eastern country whose name begins with 'Ira'?"- STEPHEN COLBERT

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