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Situational awareness - January 28, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. The 2019 Utah Legislature gets underway today. UtahPolicy.com will be on the hill for the next 45 days with breaking news and in-depth coverage of the session.

Monday's news at a glance: More Utahns support Herbert's sales tax proposal. McAdams wants a bi-partisan solution for border security, but will support a wall "where it's appropriate." President Trump doubts lawmakers will reach a government funding deal he'll be able to accept.

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Today is the 28th day of the year. There are 337 days remaining in 2019.

Today is the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

364 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_08.jpgPoll: Plurality of Utahns support Herbert's sales tax cut proposal

Utahns are split over GOP Gov. Gary Herbert's suggested $200 million tax cut this year, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Tax_Cut_01.jpgWill Utah lawmakers pass a tax cut this year? Our 'Political Insiders' have some thoughts...

 What will lawmakers do with the massive $1.3 billion projected budget surplus this year? Some lawmakers are pushing for a tax cut with some of that money....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190127_McAdams_Fox.jpgMcAdams says he wants to work toward a bipartisan solution for border security

 New Utah congressman Ben McAdams said Sunday morning he believes the newly elected Democrats in Congress are ready to work with Republicans to get things done....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190126_Chaffetz_Fox.jpgChaffetz on shutdown ending: 'Savvy move by Trump'

Former Utah congressman and potential candidate for Utah Governor in 2020 Jason Chaffetz called President Trump's move on Friday to end the government shutdown a "savvy move" that would expose the Democrats for being soft on border security....
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_07.jpgLegislative Republicans want to change Prop. 3, but most House and Senate districts voted in favor of full Medicaid expansion

Utah Republicans should probably tread lightly as they plan to make changes to the voter-approved Prop. 3, which fully expands Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190125_Stewart_CNN.jpgStewart on allegations Roger Stone lied to Congress: 'That infuriates me'

 Rep. Chris Stewart, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he was infuriated that longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone was accused of lying to that committee, but warned Americans not to draw too many conclusions from the indictment....
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images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgI don't have any feet! - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 406

This week on Utah's longest running political podcast, Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott explain the big stories from the last week in Utah politics....
images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Herbert may play hardball with the legislature this year

This could be an interesting year for GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and the Republican-controlled state Legislature....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190124_Romney_MSNBC.jpgRomney votes for two bills to end government shutdown while Lee votes against both measures

 Two bills aimed at ending the government shutdown failed in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, meaning the government shutdown, already the longest in the history of the country will continue for the foreseeable future....

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Deseret News

Derek Miller: Utah's growth requires smart policy

Pignanelli and Webb: The Legislature - the people, the process, outcomes

Editorial: Will new homeless shelters make Utah a model for the nation?

Proposal: Some Utah college students would pay no tuition, fees for 2 years

Sen. Mitt Romney says Trump called Democrats' bluff in ending government shutdown

Utah panel wants Legislature to review local proposals for federal lands designations

Campus safety, massive IT upgrade and more $ for teachers key legislative asks for Utah public schools

Salt Lake County Democrats elect Jenny Wilson as mayor to replace Rep. Ben McAdams

Utah legislators, advocates hope to build on 2018's push for suicide prevention

Hundreds of Utahns march for 3,200 unborn babies, rally for a bill limiting abortions in Utah

'I just want to be positive,' incoming Utah Senate President Stuart Adams says

'He measures twice and cuts once': Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson to lead with 'steady' hand

Bill would clarify Utah teachers can relay accurate info about contraception

Proposed Utah laws take on fake urine, kratom and overdose deaths

Broadening sales tax base to include services top topic for 2019 Legislature

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Miscalculations hamstring both sides of hate crimes legislation debate

Editorial: Make growth pay for itself. And for TRAX.

Jenny Wilson elected as Salt Lake County's new mayor

Vote analysis says Utah's Prop 3 expanding Medicaid not only passed statewide, but in most legislative districts

Utahns in Congress praise ending shutdown, even if it's temporary. Sen. Mitt Romney says president is 'calling the Democrats' bluff.'

Who funds Utah legislators' campaigns? Special interests provide 82% of money, while voters in lawmakers' own districts gave only 6%.

A new poll shows just how divided Utahns are on Trump, the border wall and who's at fault for the shutdown

From a $1B surplus to fights over initiatives, here are five things to keep in mind as Utah's legislative session starts

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes it to Sundance after all, by Skype, for premiere of documentary about her underdog election win


Utah County's new deputy clerk/auditor wants to bring digital innovation to the office (Daily Herald)

What to expect from the 2019 Utah Legislative Session (Daily Herald)

Utah County looking for medical cannabis implementation funding this legislative session (Daily Herald)

Utah Rep. Mike Schultz will put focus on safeguarding northern Utah interests in 2019 Legislature (Standard-Examiner)


The shutdown is over...for now. 

President Donald Trump said Sunday he doubts lawmakers will reach a funding deal he will accept. Trump, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, said the chances of Congress reaching an agreement are "less than 50-50." Trump also said he doubts he would accept less than $5.7 billion for his border wall - https://on.wsj.com/2G5nPD7

Congress has three weeks to avoid another shutdown. The bill President Trump signed on Friday gives House and Senate leaders until Feb. 15 to find a funding deal Trump will accept - https://nyti.ms/2FUlvzP

Trump slams Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit has been ripping Trump for ending the government shutdown last week. "Maybe I didn't return her phone call or something," said Trump in response - https://wapo.st/2FRMyvz

President Trump wants his wall one way or another. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday President Trump would use his executive authority and declare a national emergency to get funding for a wall on the southern border - https://cnn.it/2G6uLQI

Federal employees still hurting financially. Even though the shutdown officially ended on Friday, many federal workers are still unable to afford basic needs as they wait for their first paycheck in over a month - https://wapo.st/2FUlWKt

Boring but important. Republicans in the House have yet to name their members on the House Intelligence Committee. Until that happens, the committee cannot get down to work, which will include investigations of the Trump administration - http://bit.ly/2FU3wti

Polls! Polls! Polls!

  • President Trump's approval rating dipped to just 37 percent and nearly 6 in 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of him as a person - https://wapo.st/2FSWt3Q

  • 63 percent of Americans disapprove of the way President Trump is handling foreign policy - http://bit.ly/2FSdR8Z

  • Fewer than half of Americans would not support starting impeachment proceedings against President Trump - http://bit.ly/2FThXxx

  • Most Americans want Democrats in the House to investigate President Trump, but half lack confidence that the final report from special counsel Robert Mueller will be fair and even-minded - https://wapo.st/2FWUcVs

  • 63 percent of Americans say the country is on the wrong track - https://nbcnews.to/2FS9Pxj

Trump's golf course employed undocumented workers. They all were fired during the government shutdown. Earlier this month about a dozen undocumented employees at Trump National Golf Club were fired following revelations of undocumented labor at a Trump golf course in New Jersey - https://wapo.st/2FTEWZo

Kamala Harris officially kicks off her 2020 campaign. The California Democrat started her run for the White House with a shot at President Trump's xenophobic rhetoric, saying America is "better than this." She immediately became a frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination after a reported seven-figure fundraising haul last week - https://wapo.st/2FSd8EN

A peace deal in Afghanistan. American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to a framework for a peace deal. The potential accord could lead to a full pullout of American troops in exchange for a cease-fire and talks between the Taliban and Afghan government - https://nyti.ms/2FSVsc2

Military option in Venezuela. President Trump has reportedly mused about using military force in Venezuela where the U.S. is currently pushing for regime change - http://bit.ly/2FUG5Qy

Schultz likely to mount an independent run for the White House. Howard Schultz, the former chief executive of Starbucks, said he's preparing to run for president in 2020 despite describing himself as a "lifelong Democrat." Democrats are worried a Schultz candidacy could split independent voters who oppose President Trump, which may hand Trump another term - http://bit.ly/2FTC0w4

Trump thought firing Flynn would end "Russia thing." A new book from former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie reveals that President Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner believed questions about connections between the Trump campaign and Russia would end with the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn - https://nyti.ms/2FSWgOn

Brokaw puts his foot in his mouth. NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw apologized after saying on Sunday morning that Hispanics should "work harder" at assimilation - http://bit.ly/2FS9b2R


1782 - Congress authorized creation of the great seal of the United States.

1813 - Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice is published in the United Kingdom.

1878 - Yale Daily News becomes the first daily college newspaper in the United States.

1915 - An act of Congress creates the United States Coast Guard as a branch of the armed forces.

1956 - Elvis Presley makes his first national television appearance.

1985 - Dozens of the biggest names in popular music recorded "We Are the World." Royalties from the recording benefited famine relief in Africa.

1986 - The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 72 seconds after launch, killing all seven crew members, including civilian teacher Christa McAuliffe.

Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/GOED_Logo_1000.pngDiesel Tech Pathways Program shifts into high gear expanding into two counties
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, diesel industry leaders and education leaders announced the expansion of the Utah Diesel Technician Pathways program to now include the Davis and Tooele tech colleges in partnership with their corresponding school districts...
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpg2019 Clear the Air Challenge kickoff
The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its clean air partners UCAIR and TravelWise, kicked off the 10th Annual Clear the Air Challenge....
Board of Regents announces expansion of college access advising program
Thirty-three Utah high schools will have a full-time, permanent college access advisor this fall, the Utah Board of Regents announced at its meeting at Utah Valley University....
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngJoin WTC Utah for a diplomatic luncheon with Mohammed S. Bataineh
 World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a diplomatic luncheon welcoming Mohammed S. Bataineh, Chairman of AmCham - Jordan....
images/1000px_Logos/Inland_Port_Logo.jpgUtah Inland Port Authority Board selects Envision Utah to implement public outreach initiative
 The Utah Inland Port Authority Board has selected Envision Utah as a contractor to lead a public outreach initiative to help facilitate the development of the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City....
Provo and San Jose top Milken Institute's annual ranking of Best-Performing Cities
Utah's Provo-Orem metropolitan area took the No. 1 spot in the Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities index for a second consecutive year, reflecting the robust growth of high-tech industries outside the coastal enclaves that launched the digital revolution....

More National Headlines

Half of Americans Wouldn't Support Trump Impeachment, Have Little Faith in Fairness of Mueller Report, Says New Poll (Newsweek)

Andrew Gillum's Florida Ethics Troubles Just Got Worse (Slate)

Texas says it found 95,000 non-citizens on voter rolls; 58,000 have voted (FOX News)

Covington bishop to students: Sorry we immediately, unthinkingly threw you under the bus (Washington Examiner)

Melania Trump gets 'substantial damages' and an apology for story in British magazine (CNN)

Hillary Clinton still considering 2020 presidential run (New York Post)

'Trump is having an impact': NATO head credits president's tough talk for $100B boost (USA Today)

Kamala Harris Kicks Off 2020 Campaign with Oakland Rally (New York Times)

Leaked messages reveal Buzzfeed staff rowed over having 'emotional support puppies' as 15% are axed (The Sun)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls Big Tech giants' dominance 'unsustainable' (CNN)

Democrats Worry A Howard Schultz Presidential Bid Would Only Help Trump (HuffPost)

Wise Words

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"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side

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