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Situational awareness - January 8, 2020

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

  • Iran retaliates.
  • Utahns overwhelmingly support ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Greg Hughes will not use signature-gathering to get on the primary ballot.


Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 19 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 26 (2/3/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 55 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 64 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 174 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 300 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/ERA_01.jpgPoll shows broad support among Utahns for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Nearly 3/4 of Utahns say they would favor the Utah Legislature voting to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment according to a new Utah Political Trends survey. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Greg_Hughes_11.jpegHughes says he won't gather signatures to get on the Republican primary ballot
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
When former House Speaker Greg Hughes launches his campaign for governor on Wednesday, he will be the only candidate in the race not using the signature-gathering route to get on the primary ballot. 
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Road_construction01.jpgLawmakers eyeing changes to how roads are paid for
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Get ready for a huge change in how Utahns pay for the roads they use.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgFast forward or way behind - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
  Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick break down the latest Utah political headlines.
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.

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Iran strikes back

Iran launched at least a dozen missiles against U.S. forces at two Iraqi military bases early Wednesday. U.S. officials said there were no immediate indications of casualties [Washington Post]. 

The Iranian Supreme Leader called the missile strikes a "slap in the face" to the U.S. for the killing of a top Iranian military commander [New York Times].

House Democratic leaders say the Iranian attack complicates their planned vote on a resolution to limit President Donald Trump's war powers [Politico].

Impeachment watch

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has enough votes from Republicans to move forward on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump without making a deal on witnesses with Democrats [Bloomberg].

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will not send the impeachment articles from the House to the Senate until she learns more about how the trial will be conducted [Washington Post].

House and Senate Democrats are growing impatient with Speaker Pelosi's gambit to hold the articles of impeachment from the Senate to force cooperation from Senate Republicans [AP].

Dueling billionaires

Democrat Michael Bloomberg announced his presidential campaign purchased an ad during this year's Super Bowl for $10 million. Hours later, President Trump's campaign said they too would air a commercial during the game [New York Times].

Thumb on the scale

A top Facebook executive told colleagues in an internal memo that the social media platform likely helped President Trump win in 2016, but warned against manipulation to prevent him from winning again [CNN].


Federal prosecutors reversed themselves on Tuesday, saying Michael Flynn, President Trump's first national security adviser, deserved up to six months in prison for lying to investigators. They previously argued for a lenient sentence [New York Times].


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.

More National Headlines


1790 - President George Washington gave the first State of the Union address.

1815 - Gen. Andrew Jackson decisively defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.

1828 - The Democratic Party is organized.

1835 - The U.S. national debt is zero for the only time.

1867 - Congress approved legislation that allowed blacks to vote in the District of Columbia.

1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in the United States.

1973 - Watergate scandal: The trial of seven men accused of breaking into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate begins.

1975 - Ella T. Grasso becomes Governor of Connecticut, the first woman to serve as a governor in the U.S. other than by succeeding her husband.

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

2011 - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az) was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson. Six people were killed, and 12 others were injured.

Wise Words


"My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time."Steve Jobs

Lighter Side

Got Shot

"Trump probably will bounce back. According to one former aide, Trump is 'the most resilient politician the country has ever seen.' O.K., not to be all 'Teddy Roosevelt got shot,' but Teddy Roosevelt got shot, and then finished the speech he was giving. Trump gets winded carrying an umbrella up a staircase."- STEPHEN COLBERT

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