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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)
Today At Utah PolicyPoll: 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....
Will 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....
McAdams 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....
Chaffetz 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....
Legislative 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....
Stewart 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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I 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....
Bob 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....
Romney 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....
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
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!
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
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
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 NewsDiesel 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...
2019 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....
Join 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....
Utah 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....
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