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Situational awareness - January 16, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Wednesday's news at a glance: President Trump pitches Utah lawmakers on wall funding. The economic damage from the government shutdown may be far greater than first estimated. The final Mueller report may not be released publicly.

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The UtahPolicy.com daily newsletter gets you up to speed on the top local and national news about politics and public policy. Our news is curated by Managing Editor Bryan Schott, along with help from Golden Webb. ((Click here to subscribe))


Today is the 16th day of the year. There are 349 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

293 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

384 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

652 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Screenshots/20190116_Stewart_CSPAN.jpgStewart on anti-white nationalist vote: We need to reject all types of racial intolerance, not just shame one party

 On Tuesday the House voted 424 to 1 in favor of a resolution rejecting white supremacy and white nationalism following racist comments made by Iowa Republican Steve King....
images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_Phone.jpgTrump makes pitch for border wall funding to Utah lawmakers

 President Donald Trump made his pitch for building a wall on the southern border directly to local elected officials in the western U.S. today. Several Utah lawmakers joined the Tuesday afternoon conference call....
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Utah_County_Commission_Building.jpgGOP leader who made a Nazi joke on Facebook hired as top deputy in Utah County Clerk's office

 The Utah County GOP leader who was caught making a Nazi-themed joke on a private Facebook page has been appointed as a top deputy to new Utah County Clerk Amelia Powers....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190115_Hatch_Barr.jpgFormer Sen. Orrin Hatch says William Barr was 'known as the law and order Attorney General'

 Former Sen. Orrin Hatch introduced William Barr, President Trump's nominee to be Attorney General, during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday morning. Hatch said Barr, who served as AG during the Bush administration, was known as the "law and order Attorney General."...
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190115_Chaffetz_Fox.jpgChaffetz, Love applaud House Republicans for punishing Steve King because of racist comments

 Two former members of Congress from Utah applauded House Republicans for punishing Iowa Rep. Steve King over racist comments....
images/Resized_Logos/CYBER24_season_2_logo.jpgCYBER24 Episode 41: Fortnite hackers - Battle Royale

In this week's episode, we look into the game causing relationship stress and carpal tunnel syndrome across the globe....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190114_Stewart_CNN.jpgRep. Chris Stewart calls for Iowa Republican Steve King to resign

 Rep. Chris Stewart joined the growing chorus of Republicans in Congress calling on Iowa Rep. Steve King to resign after making racist remarks in an interview last week. ...
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190114_Romney_CNN.jpgRomney calls on Steve King to resign over racist remarks

 Sen. Mitt Romney says Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King should resign following comments he made questioning why the term "white supremacist" was offensive....
images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Bishop_03.jpegBishop may face stiff opposition if he's Trump's pick for Interior Secretary

 Rep. Rob Bishop's name keeps surfacing as President Donald Trump's possible nominee to be the next Secretary of the Interior. But, some members of Congress say he might have a difficult time being confirmed....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190114_Chaffetz_Fox_01.jpgChaffetz: Where were the Democrats when I wanted to investigate Clinton?

 Former House Oversight Committee chairman and current Fox News commentator Jason Chaffetz said Democrats who plan to investigate the Trump administration are being hypocritical because they were MIA during his attempts to investigate Benghazi and the IRS....

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Deseret News

Editorial: You shouldn't need a brain surgeon to understand your hospital bill

Driver license division improperly shared Utahns' personal data, audit says

Bill would repeal, replace Medicaid expansion initiative approved by Utah voters

Trump to Utah: Put pressure on Democrats, McAdams over border wall

No pay, no Washington apartment for new Utah Rep. Ben McAdams

Salt Lake Tribune

'We can't use the r-word': Opinions are divided about whether a recession in Utah is at hand

Utah Driver License Division illegally shares some personal data, audit says

Utah's Sen. Mike Lee leaves Russia probe to others, focuses on criminal justice reform, immigration and civil asset forfeiture in questioning attorney general nominee


In wake of wildfires, Spanish Fork legislator to introduce disaster relief funding bill (Daily Herald)

Roy forming business advisory group to help spur commercial development (Standard-Examiner)

'People, passion and partnerships': Logan mayor reflects on her first year, outlines goals for 2019 (Logan Herald Journal)


The government shutdown is entering day #26.

The economic damage from the shutdown may be far higher than estimated. White House economists said the economic loss from the shutdown might be double what they first thought, which could push the economy into a retraction - https://nyti.ms/2FDpnnW

A group of centrist Democrats turned down an invitation by the White House for a meeting on ending the shutdown. President Donald Trump invited the Democrats to undermine support for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and force Democrats back to the negotiating table - http://bit.ly/2FBUSys

No vote on funding bills. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once again blocked a vote on a House package to reopen the federal government - http://bit.ly/2FD9RbF

Recess canceled. House leaders said they would cancel next week's Martin Luther King Day recess unless the government shutdown is suddenly resolved before then - http://bit.ly/2FA1ygK

The Trump administration orders government workers back on the job without pay. The administration is calling 50,000 employees back to fill critical roles like airline and food safety - https://wapo.st/2FB17CI

The U.S. Coast Guard missed a paycheck Tuesday. It was the first time ever American military service members have not been paid during a shutdown - http://bit.ly/2FBNMtQ

William Barr said he would allow Robert Mueller to finish his investigation, but the final report may not be made public. President Trump's Attorney General nominee said the final report of the investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia may not be released publicly - https://wapo.st/2FA2EsC

Wait...what?!! Fox News analyst Gregg Jarrett said the FBI should be disbanded to protect President Trump - http://bit.ly/2FtRiap

Russia backs up Trump. The Russian government dismissed claims that President Donald Trump has been working on behalf of the Kremlin - https://bloom.bg/2FvgkGc

No citizenship question on the 2020 census. A federal judge blocked the Commerce Department from adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census. Critics argued the question was designed to boost Republican political fortunes in the next redistricting cycle - https://nyti.ms/2FGg8mZ

Soaking the rich. A poll shows most Americans support raising the top tax rate to 70% - http://bit.ly/2FGyFPI

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan was voted down by MPs in the biggest defeat for any UK government in the modern era. May will now likely face a vote of no confidence - https://cnn.it/2FzoCMB


1581 - The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism.

1919 - The U.S. went legally "dry" when the 36th state ratified the 18th Amendment. Prohibition went into effect one year later. The Amendment was repealed in 1933.

Policy News

Utah maintains AAA credit rating from all major rating agencies, saves taxpayer dollars on transportation projects
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Treasurer David Damschen today announced that S&P Global, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings have reaffirmed the State's AAA credit rating the highest rating a state can receive....
Sutherland Institute announces new members on its Board of Trustees
Sutherland Institute President and CEO Rick Larsen announced that both Greg Miller and John Sperry will join the organization's Board of Trustees....

More National Headlines

Let them eat Big Macs why Trump gets America (Spectator)

Networks Trashed Trump With 90% Negative Spin in 2018, But Did It Matter? (NewsBusters)

A Trump of One's Own (PJ Media)

Beto wonders: Can we still be managed by founding principles? (Washington Post)

Democrats turn down White House invitation for shutdown talks (The Hill)

As new U.S.-bound caravan grows to more than 2,000, Mexicans lash out (FOX News)

MSNBC Anchor Suggests Trump Is Blackmailing Graham Over 'Extreme' Secret (Free Beacon)

What new LifeWay Research survey says about why young adults are dropping out of church (Tennessean)

'At any cost': China warns US Navy over Taiwan (France24)

Rep. Tlaib is pictured with activist who calls Jews 'Zionist terrorists' and says Israel has no right to exist (Daily Mail)

Steve King Says Yes to Resolution Rebuking His Own Comments: 'Let's Vote for This' (Mediaite)

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