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Situational awareness - January 7, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Executive summary: Sen. Mike Lee may be readying a run for governor in 2020. Still no end in sight for the government shutdown. President Trump may try to declare a national emergency to build his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Screenshots/20190107_Love_CNN.jpgMia Love has a new job as a political commentator for CNN

    Former Rep. Mia Love joined CNN Monday morning as a newly-minted political commentator for the cable network....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Aimee_Winder_Newton.jpgSalt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton being pushed to launch a 2020 campaign for Utah governor has learned that several Republicans are urging Salt Lake County Council Chair Aimee Winder Newton to run for governor in 2020....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Rob_Bishop_05.jpgBishop spoke to the White House about the Interior Secretary job, but says it wasn't a job interview

    Rep. Rob Bishop spoke with White House officials shortly before Christmas about what priorities the new Interior Secretary should have, but Bishop insists the conversation was not a job interview....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Romney-Trump_04.jpgOur 'Political Insiders' say they don't expect Mitt Romney to be a thorn in President Trump's side

    Mitt Romney began his career in the U.S. Senate with a bang this week by penning an op-ed criticizing President Donald Trump for his character failings. Romney said Trump has failed to live up to the standards expected of the president....
    images/Resized_Mugshots/Mike_Lee_01.jpgUtah Republicans believe Sen. Mike Lee may be preparing to run for governor in 2020

    Is Sen. Mike Lee laying the rhetorical groundwork for a run for governor in 2020? It sure as heck looks like it....
    images/Screenshots/20190106_Chaffetz_Fox.jpgChaffetz predicts government shutdown will continue until end of January at least

    Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, now a Fox News commentator, predicted Sunday the partial government shutdown would continue at least through President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, and Republicans would be seen as the winners....
    images/Screenshots/20190106_Gutfeld_Fox.jpgGreg Gutfeld names '3 things blander than Mitt Romney'

    Fox News host and comedian Greg Gutfeld took a swipe at Sen. Mitt Romney over the weekend as he tried to name 3 things "blander" than the new U.S. Senator from Utah....
    images/Resized_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_on_Politics_480.jpgTurd in the punchbowl - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 404

    Sen. Mitt Romney announced his arrival in Washington with a bang, penning an op-ed slamming President Donald Trump for his lack of character. Reaction from Trump's supporters has been harsh, and in some cases, over the top....
    images/Shutterstock_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Podcast_05_small.jpgPodcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 404

    Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott guide you through a short, but eventful week in Utah politics....
    images/Screenshots/20190104_McAdams_CNN_02.jpgMcAdams says Democrats are wrong to talk about impeaching President Trump

    New Rep. Ben McAdams said Friday morning he disagrees with talk from some of his fellow Democrats about impeaching President Donald Trump....

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    Deseret News

    Pignanelli and Webb: How to spend Utah's hefty budget surplus

    Op-ed: Roadside traffic stop or fishing expedition?

    Utah Sen. Mike Lee suggests Sen. Mitt Romney take 'mulligan' on harsh words for Trump

    What Senate committees did Sen. Mitt Romney land on?

    Utah has resources to survive shutdown through January, but 'can't float this forever'

    Their street 'swallowed' by homeless center, South Salt Lake neighbors take county buyouts

    'We're the model': Mayor Jackie Biskupski lauds Salt Lake City's affordable housing efforts

    Utah congressmen urge emergency measures to keep national parks open

    Lawmaker wants to remove slavery exception from Utah Constitution

    Sen. Mike Lee prods governor to stop defending 'unconstitutional' SB54

    Sen. Mitt Romney scolds Michigan Democrat's profane reference to Trump

    Utah bill aims to better protect sex assault, domestic violence victims before trial

    Utah national parks affected by shutdown will get federal help 'within days'

    Greg Hughes goes behind the scenes of Utah's medical marijuana compromise

    New Utah County clerk 'Powers' her way forward to fix 'dysfunction' in elections office

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Editorial: On air quality, Utah sputters as Utahns cough

    Utah lawmakers applaud move to keep national parks going, but which parks? And is the move legal?

    If the government shutdown lasts much longer, food programs intended to help women and children could run out of funding

    Utah's dip in Obamacare enrollment reverses as late sign-ups push the numbers above 2018

    Trump's nomination of a Utahn, who is an immigration hardliner, to oversee refugee issues has now expired

    Sen. Mike Lee urges Utah governor to drop state defense of 'unconstitutional' law that both Lee and Gov. Herbert used in their last elections

    Utah's state constitution bans slavery - mostly. And Rep. Sandra Hollins says mostly isn't good enough.

    Utah's U.S. House members seek emergency funding to keep national parks in the state fully staffed during shutdown

    Property tax delinquents: a railroad disputes its big bill and 3 lawmakers miss the deadline, including one who blamed his wife


    Government shutdown has about 200 Utah forest service employees out of work (Daily Herald)

    Four Utah County cities may pilot new ranked-choice voting (Daily Herald)

    North Ogden mayoral hopefuls weigh in on amphitheater, Brent Taylor's legacy (Standard-Examiner)


    • The partial government shutdown is entering its 16th day. White House and Congressional leaders continued negotiating over the weekend but didn't make much headway. The Trump administration is still insisting on $5.7 billion in funding to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, but they floated the possibility of an additional $800 million for humanitarian aid -

    • President Donald Trump is floating declaring a "national emergency" to get his border wall built. Legal scholars say Trump cannot use emergency powers in that way -

    • President Trump has started referring to his proposed border wall as a "steel barrier," but the change in terminology is not moving Democrats who are opposed - 

    • The Trump administration announced Sunday they would use entrance fees to reopen national parks that have been closed since last month. The money will be used to pay staff to clean up trash and bathrooms -

      • The House Natural Resources Committee announced plans to investigate the legality of dipping into visitor fees to reopen national parks -

    • U.S. towns with a large number of federal workers are bracing for the financial impact of the government shutdown - 

    • Government subcontractors like janitors and security guards likely won't receive back pay if and when the government shutdown ends -

    • Vulnerable Republicans in the 2020 elections are seeking to distance themselves from President Trump -

    • Former Vice President Joe Biden's associates say he sees himself as the Democrats' best chance of defeating President Trump in 2020 - 

    • President Trump's re-election campaign is moving to quash any opposition from Republicans that could embarrass him at the party's national convention in Charlotte next summer -

    • House Democrats are preparing to initiate dozens of investigations into President Trump's financial dealings and the more controversial policies of the administration -

    • President Trump said Sunday he is in "no hurry" to name replacements for vacant Cabinet positions. The president says he likes the flexibility acting department heads gives him - 

    • President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un will likely hold their second face-to-face meeting in Vietnam according to published reports -

    • National security adviser John Bolton gave a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria that seemingly contradicts President Trump's insistence that the pullout would be immediate - 

    • An American airstrike in Yemen killed one of the leaders of the deadly al Qaeda bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in 2000 - 

    • American officials are headed to Beijing for talks aimed at easing the trade war between the U.S. and China -


    • 1782 - The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.

    • 1920 - The New York State Assembly refuses to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen
    • 1927 - The first transatlantic telephone service is established from New York City to London.

    • 1939 - Marguerite Perey discovers Francium, the last element first discovered in nature, rather than by synthesis.

    • 1953  President Harry Truman announced that the United States had developed the hydrogen bomb.

    • 1980 - President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.

    • 1999 - The Senate trial in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton begins.

    • 2003 - President George W. Bush proposed a tax-cut package of $670 billion over 10 years.

    Policy News

    Governor's statement on the death of Officer Joseph Shinners
    Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement regarding the death of Provo police officer Joseph Shinners:...
    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

    Exculpatory Russia evidence about Mike Flynn that US intel kept secret (The Hill)

    Biden Sees Himself as Democrats' Best Hope in 2020, Allies Say (New York Times)

    Manchin slams 'horrible' comments from Dem calling for Trump impeachment: 'So disgusting' (The Hill)

    Elizabeth Warren defends her DNA test: 'I am not a person of color' (New York Post)

    NAACP blames 'white supremacy' for Portland earthquake signs (Washington Times)

    'The goal is not to open up the government': Sen. Graham says no shutdown end without wall (USA Today)

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls herself 'radical' (FOX News)

    Collins will decide on reelection bid by end of year (Politico)

    How Trump's tweet storms to rally support for the government shutdown seem to be working (CNBC)

    China's faltering economy gives US stronger hand in trade talks, Trump says (Guardian)

    Roaring U.S. jobs market banishes fears of recession (MarkeWatch)

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