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Situational awareness - January 4, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

Happy Statehood Day! On this day in 1896, Utah was admitted to the union as the 45th state.

The partial government shutdown is now 14 days old. If the impasse lasts until next Saturday, it will officially become the longest in U.S. history.

Executive summary: Lee says Democrats are being unreasonable by not funding Trump's border wall. McAdams doesn't vote for Pelosi as Speaker. Democrats have started talking about impeaching Donald Trump.

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  • 22 days until Salt Lake County Democrats elect a new County Mayor (1/26/2019)

  • 24 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

  • 305 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

  • 395 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

  • 664 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

  • Dan Clark Speak Like a Pro

    Today At Utah Policy

    images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgOpinion nuggets: No pay for Congress...Romney's op-ed...Chaffetz for governor?

     "No Work. No Pay." Congressman John Curtis has it right with his bill:  "No Work, No Pay." If other employees of the federal government are missing paychecks during the partial shutdown, then Congress should as well....
    images/Screenshots/20190103_Lee_Fox.jpgLee: Democrats are being 'categorically unreasonable' by not funding Trump's border wall

    Sen. Mike Lee says he wants the Senate to vote on the funding proposal to reopen the government passed by the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday, even though it does not contain any money for President Trump's proposed border wall....
    images/Screenshots/20190103_Dobbs_Romney.jpgFox host Lou Dobbs loses it on Sen. Mitt Romney: 'How dumb is this Senator from Utah?'

    Mitt Romney has really gotten under the skin of President Trump's supporters....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Ben_McAdams_24.pngMcAdams votes against Pelosi for speaker

    Incoming Rep. Ben McAdams honored his campaign promise on Thursday, declining to vote for Nancy Pelosi to become the next Speaker of the House....
    images/Screenshots/20190103_Romney_Sworn_In_01.jpgWatch: Mitt Romney is sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence

    Watch video of new Utah Senator Mitt Romney taking the oath of office on Thursday morning as Vice President Mike Pence officially swore him into the U.S. Senate....
    images/Screenshots/20190103_Chaffetz_Fox_and_Friends.jpgChaffetz continues his criticism of Romney, saying he's 'disappointed' in him (with video)

    If former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz decides to run for governor in 2020, he will have some fence-mending to do with Sen. Mitt Romney....
    images/Screenshots/20190103_Romney.jpgWatch: Romney speaks ahead of his swearing in

    Incoming Senator Mitt Romney briefly spoke with reporters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday ahead of being sworn in to Congress....
    images/Screenshots/20190103_McDaniel_Fox.jpgWatch: Ronna McDaniel says criticism of her Uncle Mitt Romney 'has nothing to do with family'

    RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel explained her defense of President Donald Trump following the publication of a harsh op-ed about Trump's character penned by her uncle, incoming Sen. Mitt Romney....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Romney-Trump_04.jpgWeekly survey: Mitt Romney vs. President Trump

    Incoming Sen. Mitt Romney is beginning his Congressional career with a harsh critique of President Trump. Do you believe Romney will continue to be a leading critic of Trump, or will he mostly support Trump in the Senate? Vote now in our weekly survey....

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    Deseret News

    Orrin Hatch: Thank you, Utah, for letting me serve you

    Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says Trump should 'up his game,' on day he and Rep. Ben McAdams are sworn in

    Utah State School Board releases new school report card- without grades

    Utah businessman Jeremy Johnson to appeal newly reduced prison sentence

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Holly Richardson: Tips for freshman legislators

    Utah's new version of school 'grades' are out - and here's how Salt Lake County high schools fared

    Removal of old tires from Utah ponds counted as an environmental success

    As Utah's tough DUI law takes effect to improve highway safety, uphill fight seen for banning hand-held cellphones while driving

    Mitt Romney sworn in as Utah's newest senator amid shutdown, Trump criticism

    Incoming San Juan County commissioner's Utah residency questioned again in lawsuit filed by unsuccessful Republican opponent

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    • Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House on Thursday as Democrats officially took control of one branch of Congress - https://nyti.ms/2F8POla

    • The first order of business for the new Democratic majority was passing a funding package to end the partial government shutdown. The plan does not include money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump has said he would not sign any bill that did not contain wall funding - https://wapo.st/2F9EGo7 

    • Republicans in the Senate are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to stop avoiding the fight over government funding. McConnell says he will not bring a measure up for a vote that President Trump won't sign - https://politi.co/2F9hxSI 

    • Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday night there would be no deal to end the government shutdown without money for President Trump's border wall - http://bit.ly/2FbXDXj

    • A new poll shows nearly half of Americans blame President Trump for the government shutdown - http://bit.ly/2FaSRJE

    • Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is calling on Congress to re-open the federal government without money for President Trump's border wall. Gardner is facing a potentially tough re-election bid in 2020 - http://bit.ly/2F7MFBT 

    • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it's an "open discussion" as to whether a sitting president can be indicted - http://bit.ly/2F7qGLq

    • Newly sworn-in Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib told a cheering crowd on Thursday night that Congress was going to impeach President Donald Trump. "We're gonna go in there and impeach the motherf*cker" said Tlaib - http://bit.ly/2F6ogwK

    • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back at House Republicans who booed her when she voted for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. "Over 200 members voted for Nancy Pelosi, yet the GOP only booed one: me," wrote Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter. "Don't hate me because you ain't me, fellas" - http://bit.ly/2F6phVA

    • The new Democratic majority in Congress is planning to hold hearings on Medicare-for-All legislation - https://wapo.st/2F9SBub

    • Boring but important. The U.S. national debt is more than $2 trillion higher than when President Donald Trump took office - https://cnn.it/2F7OgHT

    • The White House is considering former Democratic Senator Jim Webb as the next Secretary of Defense - https://nyti.ms/2FbUBCp

    • A former employee at one of President Trump's golf clubs says management hid her from Secret Service security screenings because she is an undocumented immigrant - https://wapo.st/2F8Qt68

    • The Justice Department is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to that agency's inspector general - https://wapo.st/2F89lC2 

    • Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Francis Rooney proposed a Constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of both houses of Congress - https://cnn.it/2F877mf 

    • MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said President Trump's cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office - http://bit.ly/2F7NV85

    • Economists expect job growth in 2019 to slow down - https://wapo.st/2FbTKSd


    • 1847 - Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the U.S. government.

    • 1865 - The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters near Wall Street in New York City.

    • 1885 - Dr. William Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed the first successful appendectomy.

    • 1893 - President Benjamin Harrison granted amnesty to all people who had abstained from practicing polygamy since Nov. 1, 1890. It was part of a deal for Utah to achieve statehood. 

    • 1896 - Utah is admitted as the 45th state.

    • 1965 - The "Great Society" is proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address. The Great Society was a set of domestic programs to eliminate poverty and injustice.

    • 1974 - President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

    • 1975 - Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized as the first Roman Catholic saint born in America.

    • 1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.

    Policy News

    Rep. Curtis introduces bill to stop Congressional pay during government shutdowns
    On the first day of the new Congress, and on the thirteenth day of an ongoing partial government shutdown, Congressman Curtis introduced H.R. 26, the "No Work, No Pay Act of 2019."...
    Bishop against rules proposed by Democratic majority
     The U.S. House of Representatives has voted on H. Res. 6  Title I. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-01) voted against the 'rules package' and released the following statement:...
    Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
    Weekend EventOutdoors Report--Tribune:Removal of old tires from Utah ponds counted as an environmental success -- Tribune: Along Utah's Jordan River, birders of a feather count together at yuletide--Tribune: Snow closes Arches, Canyonlands. Shutdown leaves no money to plow...
    images/Logos/WTC--400x331.pngHave you registered for the Taking Utah Tech to the World seminar?
    Are you ready to go international, but not sure how to get started? Join World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with Lucid, for a seminar to help tech companies learn more about taking Utah software and technology to the global marketplace. ...
    Utah students to be honored at The Stock Market Game awards banquet on January 4
    Students, teachers, government officials and local business leaders will celebrate the 32 winning students and teachers of The Stock Market Game fall 2018 statewide competition during an awards banquet on January 4....

    More National Headlines

    Bolsonaro says open to US military base in Brazil (France24)

    Feinstein says she supports Joe Biden for 2020, and notes that Sen. Kamala Harris is 'brand-new here' (Los Angeles Times)

    Bernie Sanders on why he was unaware of sexual harassment claims rocking campaign: 'I was a little bit busy' (FOX News)

    The freshman class of House Democrats is already making waves (Los Angeles Times)

    Apple's shock warning bolsters one of Trump's biggest arguments for the US-China trade war (Reuters)

    Wise Words

    Next Generation

    "Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation." Simon Sinek


    Lighter Side

    Roe v. Wade

    "I cannot stand people who disagree with me on the issue of Roe v. Wade which I believe is about the proper way to cross a lake." Stephen Colbert


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