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Situational awareness - January 8, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Executive summary: Which members of Congress from Utah are giving up their paychecks during the shutdown? Trump will address the nation in primetime tonight. The government shutdown is starting to disrupt air travel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Salt Lake Chamber top media stories

    Today At Utah Policy

    images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Congress_02.jpgWhich members of Utah's Congressional delegation are skipping paychecks during the government shutdown?

    The partial government shutdown is entering its third week. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are either working without pay or are furloughed. Unless Congress and the White House can find a solution, many of those workers will miss their first paycheck this coming Fr...
    images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgOpinion nuggets: Gochnour for gov...Ben the Republican?...Legacy Parkway restrictions

    An excellent candidate for governor. The prospect of a wide-open governor's race in 2020 has a number of prospective candidates already maneuvering for position. Several names have been mentioned by the "great mentioners" as possible candidates....
    images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Economy_01.jpgPodcast: What does 2019 hold for Utah's economy?

    Utah's economy is roaring right now, but will we see a slowdown in 2019?...
    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....

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    Deseret News

    Editorial: Is an unchanging method of school assessment too much to ask?

    Former Utah GOP Rep. Mia Love promises 'unleashed' talk as CNN commentator

    Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton mulling a 2020 run for governor

    House panel demands accounting from Utahn tasked in Clinton, Trump probes

    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's plan to cut sales tax comes with a price

    Utah, Tooele counties' nominee to new UTA board gets endorsement from Senate committee

    North Ogden City Council to choose new mayor to replace fallen Maj. Brent Taylor

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Op-ed: Issues for the Legislature to consider in 2019

    Editorial: Utah's BAC experiment commences

    Disappointed international visitors get to Arches only to find the gate closed. How about seeing a film about the park or going bowling?

    How do you fight Utah's suicide problem? Utah lawmakers to consider bills focused on gun safety.

    Mia Love goes to work for CNN, says she'll bring an 'unleashed' Republican perspective

    'I'm sure it's a culture shock for most of you': Navajos take the majority on the San Juan County Commission

    Deal will keep Utah's Zion Narrows, one of the nation's most popular trails, open through March - once the shutdown goes away

    State lawmaker makes case for income tax cuts over Herbert's proposed sales tax reduction

    Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton is considering a run for governor

    Squad that targets the worst criminals in Operation Rio Grande says it still 'gets very, very intense every single day'


    Utah state and business prep for medical cannabis storage and distribution (Daily Herald)


    • President Donald Trump will deliver a televised address in prime-time tonight. He is expected to declare a national emergency so he can use military funding to construct his long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump repeatedly said Mexico would pay for the wall during the 2016 campaign. Trump is expected to claim the situation at the border has reached a crisis level - 

    • Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are demanding equal time following President Trump's primetime address. They claim his speech will be "full of malice and misinformation," and they deserve a chance to rebut his falsehoods - 

    • Here's what President Trump can and cannot do if he decides to declare a national emergency to secure funding for his border wall - 

    • Presidents have used emergency powers 58 times since 1979 -

    • House Republican leaders are fearful several of their members might cross the aisle this week to vote for Democratic bills to re-open the federal government without funding for President Trump's border wall - 

    • Democrats in the Senate are planning to jam up all action in that body until the government shutdown is resolved - 

    • President Trump claimed former presidents secretly told him they wanted to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. All four living former presidents say that claim is a lie -

    • The Border Patrol stopped only six immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border in the first half of 2018 who were on the list of known or suspected terrorists -

    • U.S. airports are bracing for travel disruptions next week because of the government shutdown. TSA officers are already calling in sick because they are not being paid. Airline safety inspectors are not on the job but are being called back on a case-by-case basis -

    • The Trump administration will change rules to make sure tax refunds go out on time despite the partial government shutdown - 

    • Democrats in the House are introducing a bipartisan gun control bill that will implement universal background checks on gun purchases but won't include a ban on assault weapons -

    • Nobody wants to be Secretary of Defense under Trump. Ret. Gen. Jack Keane and former GOP Sen. John Kyl both turned down President Trump's overture to replace Jim Mattis at the Pentagon - 

    • The Department of Justice is attempting to delay acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker from giving testimony to the Democratic-controlled House until next month, hoping to push his appearance until after his replacement has been confirmed by the Senate -

    • Sen. Mitt Romney got a chilly reception from his fellow lawmakers following his much-publicized op-ed condemning President Trump's lack of character -

    • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments at the court for the first time in her career as she recovers from surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her lung - 

    • A federal judge told the defense in the prosecution of Russian entities and individuals accused of interfering with the 2016 presidential election to "knock it off" with attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's office -

    • Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is exploring the possibility of jumping ship to become the president of the University of South Carolina - 

    • More than 400 people have already filed paperwork to run for president in 2020 -

    • Greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. spiked last year. Emissions jumped 3.4%, which is the second largest in the past 20 years. Experts say the sharp increase is directly related to rollbacks of environmental regulations by the Trump administration -

    • New York is fighting its worst outbreak of measles since the 1990s -


    • 1790 - President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York City.

    • 1815 - The forces of Gen. Andrew Jackson decisively defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, the closing engagement of the War of 1812.

    • 1828 - The Democratic Party is organized.

    • 1867 - Congress approves legislation allowing African Americans to vote in the District of Columbia.

    • 1918 - President Woodrow Wilson announces his "Fourteen Points" for the aftermath of World War I.

    • 1925 - The All-Woman Supreme Court met for the first time in Texas, the first all-female supreme court in the history of the U.S.

    • 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a "War on Poverty."

    • 1987 - Kay Orr was inaugurated in Nebraska as the nation's first woman Republican governor.

    • 1992 - During a state visit to Tokyo, President George H.W. Bush vomited on the lap of Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa after coming down with the flu.

    • 2002 - President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

    • 2011 - Six people were killed and 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, were injured when a gunman opened fire at a political meeting in Arizona.

    Policy News

    Utah Speaker Brad Wilson announces House staff
    Incoming Utah Speaker of the House, Brad Wilson, announces 2019 House staff structure and issued the following statement:...
    Rep. Curtis hires new comms director
     Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) issued the following statement after hiring a new communications director this week....
    United Utah Party announces leadership changes
     Nils Bergeson has been elected by the United Utah Party's Executive Committee as State Party Vice Chair. He will replace Aaron Aizad, who recently resigned from the position.  ...
    Point of the Mountain Board Authority to hire executive director
    The Point of the Mountain Board Authority, the body charged with the disposition of land where the Utah State Prison now stands, is searching for an executive director to oversee the process of developing the current Utah State Prison site once it has been relocated....
    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:...

    More National Headlines

    Another Black Man Has Died in the Home of Democratic Donor Ed Buck (Advocate)

    Private Companies Are Paying to Keep Yellowstone Clean During Shutdown (Reason)

    Two Reporters Ejected from Newsom Inauguration (California Globe)

    China Offered to Bail Out Troubled Malaysian Fund in Return for Deals (Wall Street Journal)

    Warren's early 2020 bid raises stakes for rest of Dem field (The Hill)

    Mitt Romney can't give up his fondness for wiggle room (Boston Globe)

    Joe Biden's brother rips Hillary Clinton on bungled 2016 election (New York Post)

    Ginsburg misses first Supreme Court argument (CNN)

    Democrat Beto O'Rourke Plans Solo Road Trip to Meet Voters Outside Texas (Wall Street Journal)

    US tax refunds 'to be issued despite government shutdown' (BBC News)

    Mark Cuban has some advice for Ocasio-Cortez (MarketWatch)

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