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Situational awareness - January 22, 2020

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

  • Senators vote along party lines to approve rules for Trump's impeachment trial.
  • Trump says a plan for a middle-class tax cut is coming in 90 days.
  • Tax referendum could make setting next year's budget difficult.


Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 5 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 12 (2/3/2020)

Days to the New Hampshire primaries: 20 (2/11/2020) 

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 41 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 50 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 160 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 286 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_14.jpgTax referendum could complicate efforts to set next year's budget
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
Utah GOP legislative leaders and their staffs are having a hard time figuring out what to do about budgeting in the general session with the citizen referendum on tax reform hanging over their heads.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgPolitical courage displayed in rapidly growing Utah County
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Commissioners Tanner Ainge and Nathan Ivie are showing some real political courage in Utah County.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgH.G. Wells knew what he was talking about - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
We're T-minus 6 days until the start of the 2020 Utah Legislature. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott give you insight on the top Utah political news stories from the past few days.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_08.jpgRomney pledges 'open mind' on impeachment
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday he would have an "open mind" ahead of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, which begins on Tuesday. He also said any decision on whether to call witnesses should wait until after opening arguments. 
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200120_Bloomberg_podcast.jpgPodcast: Q&A with Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Democrat Michael Bloomberg campaigned in Utah this past weekend, making his pitch to Utah Democrats ahead of the March Super Tuesday primary election.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mike_Bloomberg_02.jpg'I am running to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.' Democrat Mike Bloomberg campaigns in Salt Lake City
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg brought his Super Tuesday-centric campaign to Salt Lake City on Saturday, speaking to a small, but standing-room-only, crowd in downtown Salt Lake City.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgLegislative Drano! - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott give you an update on the top Utah political news stories from the past few days.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200116_Bishop_Wright.jpgThomas Wright picks Rob Bishop as his 2020 running mate
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
 At first glance, GOP gubernatorial candidate Thomas Wright's pick of retiring U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop to be his lieutenant governor running mate -- announced Thursday -- may appear odd.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWhy polling is helpful -- even if you dislike the results
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
As readers know, at UtahPolicy.com we conduct regular survey research with Y2Analytics on public policy topics, political races and politician popularity.

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After a marathon session, the Senate voted along party lines to approve ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Republicans were able to block subpoenas for documents and calls to call witnesses [New York Times].

Chief Justice John Roberts scolded President Trump's lawyers and House impeachment managers for their lack of decorum during Tuesday's proceedings [Politico].

Senate Democrats are mulling offering Republicans a witness trade during the trial. If Republicans allow former national security adviser John Bolton to testify, Democrats would support calling Hunter Biden [Washington Post].

Newly released emails show White House budget officials prepared to freeze military aid to Ukraine before President Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president [CNN].

Tax cut

President Trump said in an interview the White House plans to unveil plans for a new middle-class tax cut in 90 days [The Hill].


The Supreme Court rejected a bid from Democrats to fast track a decision on a court challenge to the Affordable Care Act, putting off any decision until after the 2020 election [Politico].


Billionaire Jeff Bezos allegedly had his mobile phone "hacked" in 2018 after receiving a message from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia [Guardian].


A Washington State man has been confirmed as the first U.S. case of a mysterious respiratory infection that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more in Asia [New York Times].


The warm winter has leaves in the Southeastern U.S. budding 22 days earlier than expected. Frosts and freezes can kill off flowering buds and lead to smaller harvests this year [Bloomberg].


Policy News

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World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, invites you to attend a seminar to learn about opportunities and challenges of doing business with Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.
images/1000px_Logos/Cities_Work_Logo.jpgCities Work podcast: Accessing Utah's outdoor playground
You've heard of the Mighty 5, but realistically there are probably a mighty 5 million places to enjoy the Utah outdoors!
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber 2020 legislative priorities announced at Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit
The Salt Lake Chamber introduced its priorities for the 2020 Legislative Session at the Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit, held in partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngWorld Trade Center Utah facilitates global expansion through STEP Grant funding
World Trade Center Utah is seeking companies in the state of Utah ready to begin exporting or increase their sales outside of the United States. By applying for funding offered through the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant, businesses can network with industry giants both domestic and abroad, use research databases and experts to focus their international development and present their company as a viable source of investment and partnership. Applications for the STEP Grant are due by January 24, 2020, and can be accessed at wtcutah.com/growwithgrants.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 Episode 66: Iran cyberattack threat and the year of ransomware
The U.S. takes military action against Iran and suddenly cybersecurity advocates don't seem like they're crying wolf. 

More National Headlines


1924 - Senators investigating the Teapot Dome lease scandal declared they would use all the legal powers of the government to get to the truth.

1973 - In its historic Roe v. Wade decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state bans and made abortion legal.

1997 - The Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female secretary of state.

1998 - Theodore Kaczynski, known as the "Unabomber," accused of sending bombs that killed and wounded people, pleaded guilty to all counts against him in California and New Jersey. He was sentenced to life in prison.  

Wise Words


"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Abraham Lincoln

Lighter Side

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"Parnas said everyone in Trump's inner circle knew what was going on. Mike Pence, John Bolton, the attorney general, William Barr - probably even Kanye knew what was going on."- JIMMY KIMMEL

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