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Situational awareness - January 7, 2020

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

  • Herbert readies to release his budget.
  • McAdams raises big bucks. 
  • The U.S. readies for Iranian retaliation.


Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 20 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 27 (2/3/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 56 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 65 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 175 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 301 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_17.jpgGov. Herbert will unveil his budget plan this week. Here's what it's likely to contain
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah GOP Gov. Gary Herbert will release his recommended 2020-21 fiscal year budget recommendation Wednesday, one reflecting the new tax reform $160 million income tax cut and a huge estimated revenue surplus of $682 million.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgA story about LDS Church finances
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The financial standing of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has attracted a lot of attention lately.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt__Romney_06.jpgRomney wants to hear from Bolton in impeachment trial
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday he would like to hear from former national security adviser John Bolton in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Bolton offered to testify on Monday.
images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_05.jpgCampaign sources: McAdams raised nearly $1 million in campaign cash, has nearly $2 million in the bank
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Freshman Democrat Ben McAdams is amassing a huge campaign war chest ahead of his November re-election bid.
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.

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U.S. officials prepare for possible Iranian retaliation following the killing of a top military commander [AP].

Iranian leaders say any retaliation will be carried out openly by Iranian forces [New York Times].

The Pentagon rules out a military strike against cultural sites in Iran despite President Donald Trump's threats to do just that [New York Times].

A stampede during the funeral of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani killed more than 30 people [Washington Post].


Pentagon officials say a letter from a top U.S. general suggesting the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq was released by mistake and poorly worded [CNN].

Impeachment watch

President Trump called for a speedy end to the impeachment drama on Monday, tweeting "Get this done" [ABC News].

President Donald Trump's legal team says they're "ready to go" if and when the impeachment reaches the Senate for a trial [Politico].

Former national security adviser John Bolton says he will testify if subpoenaed during the impeachment trial of President Trump [Washington Post].

Despite Bolton's willingness to testify, the Republican majority has no plans to subpoena him to provide testimony [Politico].

The impeachment drama is driving small-dollar donations for Republicans [AP].


So far, only five Democrats have qualified for next week's debate [Politico].

Puerto Rico

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the island before dawn on Tuesday, resulting in a massive power outage for residents [AP].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngGo global in 2020! Register by Jan. 17 for the trade mission to Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.
The cities of Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Dubai offer tremendous opportunities for Utah companies interested in increasing their footprint in the Middle East. On this trade mission, delegates will engage with high-level business and investment leaders, receive market briefings by in-country experts and the U.S. Commercial Service, attend VIP networking receptions, participate in company visits and take part in customized B2B meetings.
images/1000px_Logos/NorthernUtahEconomicAlliance_LOGO.pngJoint county initiative to be named Northern Utah Economic Alliance
The regional economic development initiative launched by Weber and Davis Counties in June 2019 has a new name the Northern Utah Economic Alliance (NUEA) as well as a new logo, according to the organization's president, Chris Roybal.
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

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

1980 - The U.S. government authorized $1.5 billion in loans for Chrysler Corp.

1999 - President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial opened in the Senate. He was later acquitted.

2006 - Rep. Tom DeLay, facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader.

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All Stages

"Is it just me, or does it seem like Trump went through all the stages of grief in one tweet? It was like denial ('I can't believe I'm getting impeached'), anger ('I did nothing wrong'), depression ('This is a terrible thing'), acceptance ('I guess we can only pray')."- TREVOR NOAH

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