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Situational awareness - January 6, 2020

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

  • Utahns overwhelmingly oppose changing how education is funded.
  • Trump threatens a disproportionate response if Iran retaliates against the U.S.
  • Congressional Democrats want to limit Trump's war powers.



Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 21 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 28 (2/3/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 57 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 66 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 176 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 302 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_12.jpgUtahns overwhelmingly oppose constitutional change to how education is funded
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Two-thirds of Utah voters don't want to amend the state Constitution to take away public education earmarks for the personal and corporate income tax revenue, a new poll by UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics shows.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgIf it was called 'Trumpcare,' we could have avoided all of this - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Get caught up with the latest Utah political news.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200102_Huntsman_Ad.jpgHuntsman's campaign hits the airwaves
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Jon Huntsman's 2020 campaign hit the airwaves this weekend with a pair of TV ads re-introducing the former governor to Utah voters. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Greg_Hughes_01.jpgHughes to announce governor bid January 8
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes will formally announce his candidacy for governor Jan. 8, sources close to Hughes confirmed to UtahPolicy.com on Thursday.
images/1000px_Mugs/Thomas_Wright_02.jpgThomas Wright joins crowded GOP gubernatorial field
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former Utah GOP Chairman and real estate executive Thomas Wright jumped into the 2020 GOP race for governor Thursday morning.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWhat's the nation's biggest challenge in the next decade?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Believe it or not, on Wednesday we begin the decade of the 2020s. So, after a tumultuous and unpredictable last decade, what is the biggest challenge or issue facing the nation in the 2020s?
images/1000px_Mugs/Rusty_Cannon_01.jpgGuest opinion: Tax reform -- Myths, misunderstandings and falsehoods
By Rusty Cannon, Vice President, Utah Taxpayers Association
The volume of hysteria and incorrect information based on myths and falsehoods surrounding the tax reform bill is becoming almost deafening. When gubernatorial candidates jump at the chance to be photographed with smiles on their faces as they proudly sign a petition that would HIKE taxes on Utah citizens to the tune of almost $200 million annually- we have to speak up. 
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Television_01.jpgPodcast: The top political TV shows of 2019
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 2019 was a year chock full of amazing political theater, and that was just the Donald Trump show in Washington, D.C.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_04.jpgPoll: Utahns overwhelmingly opposed to elements contained in tax reform
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
More than 2/3 of Utahns say they oppose the primary elements of the tax reform package passed by Utah lawmakers in a special session earlier this month.

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President Trump threatens to strike Iranian cultural sites if they retaliate for the airstrike that killed their top military commander. He also vowed to impose "very big sanctions" on Iraq if they expel American forces from that country [Washington Post].

Iranian military officials said retaliation for the killing of Gen. Quasem Soleimani will most certainly target the U.S. military [CNN].

Military leaders presented President Trump with a menu of options to retaliate against Iran for the attack on the U.S. embassy in Iraq. Trump opted for the most extreme path, killing an Iranian military leader [New York Times].

The Iranian government announced they would abandon virtually every part of the 2015 nuclear deal following the U.S. airstrike. The announcement includes ditching limits on enriching nuclear material [New York Times].

Congressional Democrats want a vote to curb President Trump's war powers following the drone strike that killed an Iranian military leader. The House will vote on a resolution this week [CNN].


Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested Republicans should change Senate rules governing impeachment if Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to withhold the impeachment articles against President Trump [Washington Post].


Democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg is staffing up, hiring 500 workers in more than 30 states as he targets Super Tuesday primary elections [NBC News].

For your radar

A new report says nine states will see their economies contract this year, which is the most since the financial crisis from more than a decade ago [Bloomberg].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtahns' growing confidence in the job market bolsters consumer attitudes overall
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) increased 2.1 points to 119.1 in December. The year-over-year CAI bumped up by 3.3 points. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index decreased 0.3 points to 126.5 this month.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune: Typical ski pass climbs toward $100 in Utah, with one resort charging $209 some days--Salt Lake Tribune:Utah hunters killed 20 rare trumpeter swans by accident this year. Here's why that matters.-- Salt Lake Tribune: Hiking fees set to double in parts of Bears Ears National Monument-- Salt Lake Tribune: Climbing, canyoneering now require permits at Utah's Capitol Reef-- Salt Lake Tribune: BLM gets a new boss in Utah as feds shuffle key positions--KSL.com:Here's how to enjoy Utah's outdoors during winter without breaking the bank--KSL.com:5 New Year's resolutions for outdoor enthusiasts-- KSL.com: Washington City man logs 50K miles on mountain bike and still counting-- KSL.com: Snowbasin benefits from 3rd snowiest year on recordConcerts-- Antelope Chamber Players, Davis Arts Council, Friday, 7 p.m., Alpine Church, 254 West 2675 North, Layton, free-- BYU Trumpet Festival: Artist Recital, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Campus Drive and Heritage Drive, Provo, free-- Debussy's La mer, Utah Symphony, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, $10-$92-- "Emerge," Repertory Dance Theatre, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; also Saturday, 2 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, $12-$15-- Andrea Hughes, Saturday, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 203 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, $15-- Monty Alexander Trio, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, $10-$29.50-- Organ concerts, every Saturday, noon, and every Sunday, 2 p.m., Assembly Hall,Temple Square, 50 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, freeTheater-- "A Christmas Carol: Part II - Scrooged Again" through January 4,Desert Star Playhouse-- "The Emperor's New Clothes" through January 4, Covey Center for the Arts-- "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" through January 11,Utah Children's Theatre-- "Mauritius" through January 18, Pinnacle Acting Company-- "Seussical" through January 18,Hale Centre Theatre-- "Man With the Pointed Toes" through February 8, Hale Center Theater OremMuseum Exhibits--Abstraction is Just a Word, But I Use It.Exhibition through January 4;Rachel Henriksen: Knew/New, Justin Watson: A Farewell to Images,Exhibitions through January 18;Kelsey Harrison: Never an hour for thoughtExhibition through January 28,Utah Museum of Contemporary Art--Annual Christmas Lamb Art ShowExhibition through January 4;Ars Moriendi: The Art of Death and Dying,34th Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of UtahExhibitions through January 15;Sketchy: Drawings and Studies from the Permanent CollectionExhibition through April 25;SELF: Explorations of IdentityExhibition through May 16;Round Up: Icons of the WestExhibition through June 19, 2021,Favorite Ladies: Patterns, People, and Play, SMA:Milestones and MemoriesExhibitions ongoing,Springville Museum of Art--Creative Journeys, 1401,Exhibitions through January 5,Kimball Art Center--DE | MARCATION: A Survey of Contemporary Photography in UtahExhibition through January 12;Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art MuseumExhibition through October 4, 2020; Ongoing Exhibitions:Arts of Africa;American and Regional Art: Mythmaking and Truth-Telling; Chinese Art: Emulation and Innovation; European Art; Ancient Mediterranean Art: Res Mortis; Ancient Mesoamerica; Modern and Contemporary Art: A Fuller Picture; Arts of the Pacific; Greater Merit: The Temple and Image in South Asia,Utah Museum of Fine Arts--Rend the Heavens: Intersections of the Human and DivineExhibition through January;Supermarket: Pop Art and 1960s AmericaExhibition through March 28;Becoming AmericaExhibition through summer 2021,Brigham Young University Museum of ArtEt cetra--First Friday Art Stroll, Friday, 6 9 p.m., Historic 25thStreet, Ogden

More National Headlines


1838 - Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.

1847 - Samuel Colt obtains his first contract for the sale of revolver pistols to the U.S. government.

1912 - New Mexico is admitted to the Union as the 47th state.

1961 - Vice President Richard Nixon made official that he had been defeated by Sen. John F. Kennedy in one of the closest presidential elections in history.

1994 - Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg in an assault planned by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding.

Wise Words


"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint."Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

Impeachment Vote

"Of course, it's a dark stain on his legacy; but on the bright side, Trump finally managed to win a popular vote."- JIMMY FALLON

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