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Situational awareness - January 30, 2019
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.
Governor Gary Herbert gives his State of the State address tonight.
Tuesday's news at a glance: Utahns support Herbert's plan to modernize the sales tax system. The Legislature could pass a hate crimes law this year, but not without making some "tweaks" to the bill. Congress begins negotiations to avoid another government shutdown.
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Today is the 30th day of the year. There are 335 days remaining in 2019.
6 days until President Trump gives his State of the Union address (2/5/2019)
43 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)
94 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)
124 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)
128 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)
195 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
279 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
362 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
370 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
638 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyPodcast: Gov. Gary Herbert on tax cuts, Medicaid expansion and gun rights
Gov. Gary Herbert is set to deliver his 10th State of the State address Wednesday night.Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick sit down with Herbert ahead of his annual address to discuss some of the most pressing political issues including:...
Poll: More than 6 in 10 Utahns support Gov. Herbert's tax modernization proposal
Utahns across the board like GOP Gov. Gary Herbert's idea of broaden the sales tax base, and cutting the rate, a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds....
Senate leaders say hate crimes bill may be headed for some changes
It may be only the second day of the 2019 Legislature, but it appears that Utah is on the verge of adopting a workable hate crimes bill - one that includes protections for the LGBTQ community....
Stewart accuses James Comey and James Clapper of lying to Congress when asked about Roger Stone
Rep. Chris Stewart said Tuesday that President Donald Trump should not be held responsible for those associated with his campaign who have been indicted for lying to Congress. Additionally, Stewart accused former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intel...
Governor's office ramping up pressure on lawmakers to cut sales, not income taxes this year
Watch for an interesting debate coming out of GOP Gov. Gary Herbert's office over the next few weeks as he and Republican lawmakers haggle over whether to cut the state sales tax or personal income tax this year....
President Trump's approval rating still below 50 percent in Utah
President Donald Trump's approval rating is still below 50% in Utah according to a new UtahPolicy.com survey. Stretching back to the 2016 election, the president has never enjoyed majority support in the Beehive state....
Utahns confident in current business conditions but think conditions will get slightly worse
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index decreased 1.9 points to 113.9 in January. The year-over-year CAI dropped by 4 points. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index decreased 6.4 points to 120.2 this month....
Poll: 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....
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
16 days until the government runs out of money.
Lawmakers begin negotiating to find a way to avoid another shutdown. House and Senate negotiators are discussing border security and other issues. Republicans suggested tying an increase in the nation's borrowing limit to funding for President Donald Trump's border wall. That idea was rejected out of hand by Democrats - https://wapo.st/2G8KVsE
President Trump's advisors are pushing for another shutdown in February. Campaign advisers for Trump's re-election efforts are telling him the last shutdown improved his standing ahead of the 2020 campaign, so another one might be advantageous - http://bit.ly/2GbazwN
Trump met with Putin in November with no aides from the U.S. present. President Trump had several minutes with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in November without a note taker or interpreter from the U.S. there. The Washington Post previously reported that President Trump had taken extraordinary steps to hide details of his previous conversations with Putin - http://bit.ly/2FWHTZi
Democrats tap Stacy Abrams to deliver the response to the State of the Union. The Democrat who narrowly lost the Georgia gubernatorial contest gets the prime speaking spot following President Trump's speech - https://wapo.st/2FYDfKo
Hillary Clinton is not running for president. Her former campaign manager says the speculation is just "catnip" for the media - https://cnn.it/2G2eOfd
Intelligence directors say Trump's foreign policy is based on faulty assumptions. CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Tuesday that North Korea is unlikely to give up their nuclear weapons, ISIS is still a major force in Syria, and Iran is not currently pursuing a nuclear weapon - https://cnn.it/2G8dsOW
Texas Republicans are worried Trump could lose their state in 2020. They're sounding the alarm that the Lone Star State could go blue in a presidential election for the first time since 1976 - https://washex.am/2G0ncLS
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Democrats in Congress may ban members from sleeping in their office. As many as 100 members of Congress sleep in their offices as a way to show voters their frugality - http://bit.ly/2FYeYEb
Eric Trump says Democrats are pushing an anti-American message. He said the party has become "radicalized" and their message is "insane" - http://bit.ly/2FYs83R
Howard Schultz says he might run for president because Democrats are moving too far to the left. He cited the proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to slap a 70 percent marginal income tax rate on the wealthy as part of why he's considering an independent run - https://cnb.cx/2FY7P6M
Trump's company will expand checks of employee's legal status. Following reports that they hired undocumented workers at Trump's golf courses, President Trump's company announced they would institute E-Verify for employees - https://wapo.st/2FYST8G
Harley Davidson turned a profit, but it was wiped out by President Trump's tariffs. The motorcycle manufacturer barely broke even last quarter - https://bloom.bg/2FYRXB5
"Almost instant frostbite." The dangerous cold blitzing parts of the midwest prompted the Postal Service to cancel mail service, and businesses are closing to keep workers safe. The wind chill of 25 below zero can cause frostbite in as little as five minutes - http://bit.ly/2G8QgAg
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1649 - British King Charles I was beheaded by order of Parliament.
1798 - The first fight to break out on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives began when one congressman spat in another's face.
1835 - A gunman fired twice on Andrew Jackson, the first attempt on the life of a U.S. president. Jackson wasn't injured.
1933 - Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
1948 - Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated by a Hindu extremist.
1968 - Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces launched a massive attack, known as the Tet Offensive, against South Vietnam, the United States, and their allies.
1969 - The Beatles' last public performance on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.
1979 - The Iranian government announced it would let Shiite Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini return from exile. Washington responded by ordering the evacuation of all U.S. dependents from Iran.
Policy NewsSalt Lake City's Peter Makowski wins 40 under 40 award in economic development
Peter Makowski, Business Recruitment and Retention Manager for Salt Lake City's Department of Economic Development has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession's 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic d...
Curtis, 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. ...
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Sense of Self
"All the great organizations in the world, all have a sense of why that organization does what it does." Simon Sinek
"According to a new report, Kushner has taken over the shutdown talks. Great, so Mideast peace and the opioid epidemic are all wrapped up! No? You're just the only person he knows? O.K." - STEPHEN COLBERT
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