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Situational awareness - January 28, 2020

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

  • The 2020 Utah Legislature gets underway.
  • Controversial fetal remains bill unveiled.
  • Bolton revelations rock impeachment trial.

TICK TOCK

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 6 (2/3/2020)

Days to the New Hampshire primaries: 14 (2/11/2020) 

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 35 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 44 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 154 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 280 (11/3/2020)

Days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature: 340 (1/25/2021)


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Michael_Christensen_01.jpgImpeachment: An Historical Overview (Part 2)
By Michael E. Christensen, Ph.D.
Editor's Note: This is the second of a four-part series by renowned public policy scholar Michael Christensen placing the impeachment of Donald Trump into historical context. Part 2 focuses on the impeachment of Richard Nixon; Part 3 will focus on the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Part 4 will provide observations and describe what history teaches about the Trump impeachment.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_28.jpgBill would require women who have an abortion or miscarriage to provide for disposal of the remains
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Women who have an abortion would be required to provide for the disposal of the fetal remains under a new bill on Utah's Capitol Hill.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_House_02.jpgLawmakers uncertain about future of tax reform as 2020 Utah Legislature gets underway
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
On the opening day of the 2020 Utah Legislative Session, House Speaker Brad Wilson took a direct shot at the referendum effort to overturn the tax reform bill passed by lawmakers just last month.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_09.jpgRomney says it's 'increasingly likely' Republicans will vote to hear from witnesses following Bolton revelations
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday morning that the bombshell revelations from former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming memoir will likely push other Republicans to vote to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
images/1000px_Mugs/Michael_Christensen_01.jpgImpeachment: An Historical Overview
By Michael E. Christensen, Ph.D.
Editor's Note: This is the first of a four-part series by renowned public policy scholar Michael Christensen placing the impeachment of Donald Trump into historical context. Part 1 provides an introduction and an overview of the Andrew Johnson impeachment. Part 2 will focus on the impeachment of Richard Nixon; Part 3 will focus on the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Part 4 will provide observations and describe what history teaches about the Trump impeachment.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_11.jpgLawmakers eyeing changes to start date for annual legislative session
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The 2020 Utah Legislature gets underway on Monday, the date mandated by the Utah Constitution. Lawmakers are eyeing a constitutional amendment that would allow them to move the date to another day in January if they choose.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200126_Jobs_Report.jpgUtah's unemployment rate hit an all-time low in December
By News release
Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for December 2019 grew by an estimated 3.3%, adding 50,400 jobs to the economy since December 2018. Utah's current employment level registers 1,599,500. November's year-over job growth is revised upward two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.5%. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt__Romney_06.jpgRomney says he will 'very likely' vote to call witnesses in impeachment trial
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said it's "very likely" he will be in favor of calling witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he'll hold off making a final decision until after opening arguments are finished. 
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200125_Lee_Fox.jpgLee says he sees no need to call additional witnesses in impeachment trial
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mike Lee said Saturday that there's no need to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump because it won't make a difference in the outcome.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgWiggling fingers - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott get you up to speed on the latest Utah political news.

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  NATIONAL HEADLINES  

Bolton

Former national security adviser John Bolton told Attorney General William Barr that he was worried President Donald Trump was granting favors to the autocratic leaders of Turkey and China [New York Times].

The revelations coming from Bolton's book are threatening to upend the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump [Washington Post].


Impeachment

President Trump's legal team will wrap up their defense of the president on Tuesday [Bloomberg].


Coronavirus

The virus has killed 106 people in China. More than 4,000 people have been infected [New York Times].

The U.S. will expand the screening of passengers from China [Washington Post].

The spread of the virus is sparking fears it will negatively impact the global economy [New York Times].


Immigration

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump Administration to move forward with a rule to deny entry or legal status for immigrants who are likely to rely on government assistance [The Hill].



  BUSINESS HEADLINES  


Policy News

Ogden City counted among 50 best U.S. cities for starting a business in 2020
In a study released on Inc.com and powered by Startup Genome, a research and policy advisory organization, Ogden City has been named as one of the 50 best U.S. cities for starting a business in 2020. These 50 cities, known as Surge Cities, help showcase where the next great business centers will be located in the coming decade.
Utah employers encouraged to bring preventive health screenings to the workplace
The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is partnering with employers throughout the state to make access to quality healthcare more convenient for employees.
Utah Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees
Know a Utah farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2020 Utah Leopold Conservation Award.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngThere's still time to learn how to expand your business in the Middle East
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/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER 24 Episode 67: Penetration testing and vulnerability scans
We've talked about what happens to a business when it becomes the victim of a cybersecurity incident. We've talked about the importance of having proper security in place. But how exactly are you supposed to know if your security is up to the task? And if there's a vulnerability, how do you know the nature and extent of the problem? 
Governor Herbert proclaims Jan. 26-Feb. 1 'Utah School Choice Week'
Gov. Gary Herbert has issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 26-Feb. 1 Utah School Choice Week.  In doing so, he joins more than a dozen other governors and hundreds of city and county leaders nationwide who have issued similar proclamations.

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  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.


Wise Words

Work

"Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself."Andrew Carnegie

Lighter Side

Bored at Work

"If you didn't want to be bored at work, you shouldn't have become a senator, O.K.? You should have stuck with racecar driving, Mitch McConnell."- TREVOR NOAH


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