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Situational awareness - January 29, 2019
Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.
Tuesday's news at a glance: Cox, Chaffetz lead the pack in Utah's 2020 gubernatorial race, but more than a quarter of Utahns are undecided. Utahns want the legislature to spend the state's big budget surplus on education. The government shutdown cost the economy $11 billion.
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Today is the 29th day of the year. There are 336 days remaining in 2019.
44 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
95 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)
125 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)
129 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)
196 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
280 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
363 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
371 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
639 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyPoll: Utahns want lawmakers to spend the state's big budget surplus on education
Most Utahns agree with GOP Gov. Gary Herbert the Legislature should give a big tax cut this year....
Proposed bill lowers the threshold for citizen initiatives to get on the ballot
Rep. Steve Handy, a supporter of the citizen initiative process, has introduced a bill that would slightly lower the bar to getting a petition on the ballot....
Lyman introduces bill to punish the 'illegal' closure of a public road
It didn't take freshman Rep. Phil Lyman long to make his presence known in the 2019 Legislature he introduced a bill Monday that could throw in jail anyone who "illegally" closes a public road in the state....
Poll: Cox, Chaffetz lead the 2020 gubernatorial pack, but more than a quarter of Utahns are undecided
The 2020 gubernatorial race is still a long way off, but a new UtahPolicy.com survey suggests Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Fox News commentator Jason Chaffetz are the frontrunners for he GOP nomination....
Utah House and Senate waste no time getting down to business on opening day
New Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson upped the ante on Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday, calling for an at least $225 million tax cut this year, more than Herbert's $200 million....
Podcast: Previewing the 2019 Utah Legislature with House Speaker Brad Wilson
New Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss the 2019 Utah Legislature....
Podcast: Previewing the 2019 Legislature with Senate President Stuart Adams
Utah Senate President Stuart Adams sits down with Managing Editor Bryan Schott to preview the 2019 Utah Legislature....
Stewart: Democrats have made it clear 'they don't care about border security' or 'Dreamers'
Rep. Chris Stewart said Monday morning he's pleased the government shutdown is over, but he's pessimistic that Republicans and Democrats will be able to come to any sort of agreement over funding for border security....
Wilson shakes up House seating assignments
Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson says he wants to make the House a kinder gentler place in 2019 and 2020, with more options for veteran members to mentor new members, and better communications between the majority Republicans and minority Democrats....
Guest opinion: Legislature can help Utahns solve growth issues
Utah is growing it's one of the fastest-growing states in the country. This is great news, but it also presents the Legislature with unique issues. This year, the Legislature has the opportunity to pursue solutions to our state's growing pains that will preserve and enhance...
Opening more doors: Neighborhood House offers safe place to learn, grow
For 124 years, Neighborhood House has been serving hundreds of Utahns from age 15-months to 100 years old....
Poll: 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....
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
17 days until the government runs out of funding...again.
The shutdown cost the economy $11 billion. The Congressional Budget Office says the economy will never recover about $3 billion of that loss. The CBO reported Monday that the shutdown would lead to slower economic growth - https://nyti.ms/2G88oKD
Senate Republicans may block Trump from another shutdown. The Senate GOP is not keen on another government shutdown next month, and they're already starting to look for alternatives if they can't pass a funding deal by Feb. 15 - https://politi.co/2GcMWE2
Mueller's investigation is close to being finished. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Monday he had been "fully briefed" on Mueller's probe into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia - https://wapo.st/2G9zrp0
State of the Union back on. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited Presiden Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union address next week on February 5 - https://wapo.st/2G8BB83
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Howard Schultz flirts with an independent White House bid. The billionaire former chief executive of Starbucks says he will cross the country over the next three months before deciding on whether to mount an independent campaign for president - https://nyti.ms/2G8E0jl
The U.S. will borrow $1 trillion next year. That eye-popping number is needed to finance the nearly $16 trillion national debt - https://bloom.bg/2G9AS6S
Trump administration ratchets up pressure on Venezuela. The administration announced economic sanctions against the country to force President Nicolas Maduro from power. National security adviser John Bolton has suggested the U.S. could send 5,000 troops to neighboring Colombia - https://wapo.st/2G7fbEj
Deep freeze hitting the midwest. A burst of warmer than usual air in the Arctic is sending the polar vortex across the middle of the country this week, which will bring the coldest temperatures in more than a generation - https://cnn.it/2G5RpbP
Measles is making a comeback. Because of a growing anti-vaccination movement, a measles outbreak is hitting the Pacific Northwest and New York. Washington State declared a state of emergency after 36 cases were reported Monday - http://bit.ly/2G6doiQ
Yikes! A bug in the iPhone's FaceTime software lets other people listen in on your call even if they don't pick up a call. Apple says they will release a software fix later this week - https://cnn.it/2G5RXhT
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1820 - Britain's King George III, who lost the American colonies, died at the age of 82.
1850 - Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress.
1861 - Kansas is admitted as the 34th state.
1886 - German Karl Benz was awarded a patent for the gasoline-driven automobile.
1907 - Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator
1980 - The Rubik's Cube makes its international debut at the Ideal Toy Corp. in London.
2002 - In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush described "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
2009 - Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office following his conviction on several corruption charges.
Policy NewsCurtis, House Foreign Affairs Committee introduce cyber diplomacy bill
Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) joined a group of his colleagues from the House Foreign Affairs Committee in introducing H.R. 739, to support United States international cyber diplomacy....
McAdams calls on House Democratic leadership to prioritize infrastructure
Congressman Ben McAdams has signed a letter to the House Speaker and Majority Leader asking for quick movement on a series of infrastructure bills to address long-running needs in Utah and across the United States. ...
Diesel 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....
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