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Situational awareness - January 22, 2019
Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.
Tuesday's news at a glance: Poll shows Utahns are not sold on the legislature's plan to change Medicaid expansion. Mia Love warns Trump could "lose the presidency" if he folds on his demand for wall funding. The government shutdown enters day #32.
I'm back from a quick trip to New York City where I participated in a workshop for local journalists sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.
I also had the incredibly good fortune to catch some stupendous shows on Broadway. Here are a couple of quick reviews:
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Today is the 22nd day of the year. There are 343 days remaining in 2019.
4 days until Salt Lake County Democrats elect a new County Mayor (1/26/2019)
6 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
51 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
102 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)
132 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)
136 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)
203 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
287 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
378 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
646 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyMore Utahns say they oppose legislators making changes to voter-approved Medicaid expansion
A new UtahPolicy.com poll shows Utahns want to keep Prop. 3, Medicaid expansion, even as GOP lawmakers are talking about junking it for a scaled-back alternative....
Bill aims to remove 'gamesmanship' from citizen initiative process
It's been clear for some time that with three citizen initiatives making the 2018 ballot, and with Count My Vote being knocked off the ballot by a well-organized opposition group, some bills dealing with Utah's citizen initiative process would be filed in the 2019 Legi...
Podcast: A conversation with Salt Lake County Mayor candidate Jenny Wilson
On Saturday, Salt Lake County Democrats will choose a replacement for Ben McAdams who resigned earlier this month to take his seat in Congress....
Guest opinion: Amend Medicaid expansion, but we should do so much more
In the runup to the 2019 legislative session, legislative leaders are discussing potential amendments to the Medicaid expansion plan enacted by Proposition 3. As a matter of public policy, they are right to do so, despite the tricky politics of amending a program approved by...
Utah's unemployment rate remained unchanged during December at 3.2%
Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for December 2018 grew by an estimated 3.1 percent, adding 47,200 jobs to the economy since December 2017. Utah's current employment level registers 1,542,600. No revisions were made to November's job growth rate....
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Mia Love says Trump will 'lose the presidency' if he caves on wall funding
Former Rep. Mia Love said Sunday President Donald Trump has backed himself into a corner and will "lose the presidency" if he can't get money to build his proposed border wall....
Salt Lake Chamber announces 2019 legislative priorities at the Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing statewide business association, held the Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit, in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, to preview the business community's priorities for the upcomin...
Pride and progress - Spanish Fork addresses community growth
In Spanish Fork, there's an old bell tower that sits atop city hall, one of the oldest buildings in town....
Mia Love: Republicans 'torpedo their own' on immigration
On Sunday's State of the Union with Jake Tapper program, former Utah congresswoman Mia Love said the biggest thing standing in the way of a deal to re-open the government is Republican infighting over immigration....
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
Shutdown day #32.
Rudy Giuliani tries to walk back his startling claim that President Trump was involved in negotiations for a Trump Tower in Moscow through the 2016 election. Giuliani says his comments were "hypothetical" - https://nyti.ms/2FIiB0G
Wait...there are tapes?!! Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, said during an interview he had reviewed "tapes" following allegations that Trump had instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower deal. Giuliani quickly walked back that statement - http://bit.ly/2FRQv2k
Democrats lurch to the left ahead of the 2020 election. Democratic presidential hopefuls are embracing every left-wing idea as they try to stake out political territory to attract supporters - http://bit.ly/2FDUkJv
Economic worries grow. The government shutdown in the U.S. and slowing economic growth in China has economists worried that the global economy is headed toward a major slowdown - https://wapo.st/2FGdCOn
President Trump rips the media over coverage of confrontation between Catholic students and a tribal elder. President Trump is claiming media bias after further details about the viral video revealed the initial reporting was incorrect - https://wapo.st/2FIkomq
Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. "Fox and Friends" apologized for airing a graphic saying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had died - http://bit.ly/2FQZdy4
Siren! Iraqi scientist says he helped ISIS make chemical weapons. The scientist, who was captured by ISIS in 2016, says the terrorist group successfully made mustard gas - https://wapo.st/2FJp2AE
U.S. and North Korea have held secret talks for more than a decade. The two countries established a secret communications channel in 2012 - https://on.wsj.com/2FSCeCS
"Absolutely out of control!" A new book from former White House staffer Cliff Sims depicts total chaos in the Trump White House. He claims he helped President Trump draw up an enemies list of suspected leakers inside the administration - https://wapo.st/2FHpwaD
Scary! Greenland's massive ice sheets are melting much faster than previously thought. The melting could be a major factor in rising sea levels. Scientists say it may be "too late" to do anything about it - https://cnn.it/2FGbCFQ
For your radar. A new study says the number of auto accidents is up 6 percent in four states that legalized recreational marijuana - https://wapo.st/2FNVn8V
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1901 - Queen Victoria of Britain died at age 82 after a reign of 64 years.
1944 - U.S. troops invaded Italy in World War II, landing at Anzio beach.
1973 - The Supreme Court rules on Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.
1998 - Theodore Kaczynski, known as the "Unabomber," pleaded guilty to all counts against him. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Policy NewsHouse Republicans of Utah seek access to new, approved life-saving technology for state Medicare recipients with coronary artery disease
Utah's Congressional Republicans, led by Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT), are seeking to ensure Utah Medicare beneficiaries gain access to a life-saving, non-invasive technology used to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD), the leading cause of death in the U.S. ...
Salt Lake Chamber calls on Utah's business community to give back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Salt Lake Chamber has released the following statement:...
UAMPS honors key leaders & organizations
Several leaders who have made significant contributions to public power were recently honored at the Utah Associated Municipal Systems (UAMPS) 2018 Member Meeting in Salt Lake City.Jason Norlen, vice chair of the UAMPS board, and Doug Hunter, CEO and general manager of UAMPS...
McAdams assigned to Financial Services Committee
Congressman Ben McAdams has been assigned to the House Financial Services Committee-one of four exclusive committees in the U.S. House of Representatives. The committee has jurisdiction over banking, insurance, housing, securities and exchanges, and other consumer finance ar...
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