sutherland newsletter ad

utah policy logo

Utah's Daily Policy Resource, Brought to you by Utah Policy

Message Center


Subscribe to our award-winning podcasts.

We bring you interviews with Utah and national newsmakers, plus "Bernick and Schott on politics" which is Utah's longest-running political podcast.

You can subscribe wherever you get your podcasts:






Also available on your favorite podcast app.

Don't forget to leave us a rating and a review.

zions bank ad

Situational awareness - January 9, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Executive summary: Utah may host a presidential debate in 2020. Reaction to President Trump's primetime speech. The government shutdown is threatening to cause disruptions at the nation's airports.

Thanks for subscribing to Utah's must-read daily political news roundup. Please add to your contacts in order to ensure delivery.

Talk to us! Send us your feedback, suggestions, complaints or news tips. You can email us anytime here.


Today is the 9th day of the year. There are 356 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Salt Lake Chamber top media stories

    Today At Utah Policy

    images/1000px_Article_Photos/University_of_Utah_Sign.jpgA 2020 presidential debate in Utah? It just might happen

    The University of Utah may be the center of the political world for at least one night during the 2020 presidential race....
    images/1000px_Screenshots/20190108_Trump_Address.jpgUtah's members of Congress react to Trump's primetime speech

    Utah's members of Congress are reacting to President Donald Trump's Tuesday night speech about what he called an urgent crisis on the nation's southern border....
    images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Bishop_02.jpgBishop wants documents on use of fees to re-open national parks during government shutdown

    Rep. Rob Bishop, the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee wants the National Park Service to provide information on their decision to use visitor fees to open national parks and provide services during the current partial government shutdown....
    images/1000px_Logos/UEOPPS_Logo_2019.jpgRegister for Chamber's 2019 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit

    There's still time to register for the 2019 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit. This premier economic forecasting and public policy event offers an unrivaled opportunity for attendees to gain insights on the future of Utah's economy and the policy priorities fo...
    images/Screenshots/20190108_Chaffetz_Outnumbered.jpgChaffetz on 2020 Democratic presidential field: Beto is exciting, but he hasn't done anything

    Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz took a swing at Beto O'Rourke, an early favorite for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, on Tuesday....
    images/Screenshots/20190108_Love_CNN.jpgMia Love says Congress has involved the White House 'way too much' in budget process

    Newly minted CNN commentator Mia Love said Tuesday morning that Democrats in Congress are blowing an opportunity to win some concessions from the Trump administration as they search for a solution to the partial government shutdown....
    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....

    World Trade Center Utah ad


    Deseret News

    Editorial: See the faces of Utah homicide victims

    Utah leaders react to President Donald Trump's border wall speech

    How a Salt Lake City drug dealer's 55-year sentence inspired Utah Sen. Mike Lee to change America's criminal justice system

    Sales taxes on services and lower rates on the GOP agenda for 2019 Legislature

    Granite School Board votes to close Oquirrh Hills Elementary School at the end of academic year

    Salt Lake County elected officials - new and familiar - officially sworn in

    North Ogden appoints interim mayor to replace fallen Maj. Brent Taylor

    Salt Lake Tribune

    Snow College names four presidential finalists, continuing Utah's major shuffle in university leadership

    'You guys failed them': Parents, community members berate school board for closing a Utah elementary school after years of low test scores

    As Trump pushes wall, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox seeks ways to make Latinos feel welcome in Utah

    The Salt Lake City Council selects Charlie Luke as its new chairman


    Rep. Logan Wilde ready to jump head first into third legislative session (Park Record)

    Several new faces sworn into Utah County government Monday (Daily Herald)

    Utah County Commission leadership rotates for 2019 (Daily Herald)

    Weber Co. commissioners, new sheriff sworn in, represent new era of leadership (Standard-Examiner)

    North Ogden leaders tab Brent Chugg to stay on as mayor, replacing Brent Taylor (Standard-Examiner)


    • President Donald Trump gave a primetime address from the Oval Office to make a case for spending $5.7 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border (Trump is now calling it a barrier). Trump called the wall the only solution to a "growing humanitarian and security crisis" at the border. Democratic leaders accused Trump of fearmongering in his address. Both sides called on the other to end the partial government shutdown -

    • President Trump made several false and misleading claims during his Tuesday night address - 

    • In an off-the-record lunch with reporters before his primetime address, President Trump cast doubt on his speech and did not want to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday. It's not going to change a damn thing, but I'm still doing it," Trump said - 

    • A new national poll shows 51-percent of Americans believe President Trump "deserves most of the blame" for the government shutdown. Only 32-percent say they blame Democrats in Congress -

    • Republicans in Congress are beginning to sour on the fight over President Trump's border wall. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is the latest Republican to call for an end to the partial government shutdown - 

    • "There is no endgame." White House aides are privately worried Trump's insistence on $5.7 billion for a border wall has boxed him in with no endgame in sight - 

    • The government shutdown is starting to cause major problems at the nation's airports. Some TSA screeners have quit rather than work without pay. If the shutdown continues, union leaders worry more will start looking for new jobs -

    • Joshua Tree National Park has been closed after visitors damaged trees and left trash strewn around the park with no staff on hand -

    • The Agriculture Department said they would be able to pay out food stamp benefits through February if the government shutdown continues that long. The agency is warning they will run out of funds for the program in March -

    • Bombshell! Special counsel Robert Mueller has accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of sharing private political polling data with a man tied to Russian intelligence. It's the clearest evidence yet that the Trump campaign may have attempted to coordinate with the Russians during 2016. The revelation was made after Manafort's lawyers failed to properly redact the information in a court filing - 

    • The Supreme Court ruled against a mystery corporation owned by a foreign government, requiring the company to comply with a subpoena believed to be part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election - 

    • Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials at Trump Tower in 2016, was charged in a separate case on Tuesday that revealed she has deep ties to the Kremlin -

    • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his job in the coming weeks if William Barr is confirmed as the new Attorney General -

    • White House advisor Kellyanne Conway tangled with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, calling him a "smartass" during a press conference on Tuesday -


    • 1788 - Connecticut becomes the fifth state to ratify the Constitution.

    • 1861 - Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union before the outbreak of the Civil War.

    • 1951 - The U.N. headquarters opened in New York.

    • 2007 - Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the original iPhone.

    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....

    More National Headlines

    Here are the Obama-era officials allegedly behind the Alabama false flag campaign (Daily Caller)

    NYT's Maggie Haberman: Warren's 2020 Rollout Displayed 'Awkwardness' (Free Beacon)

    Socialist Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Accidentally Endorses Social Security Privatization, Minimum Wage Repeal, Corporate Tax Cuts (Investor's Business Daily)

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib apologizes for 'distraction' of impeachment comment, not for her passion (USA Today)

    Bill de Blasio announces guaranteed health care for all New Yorkers, including illegal immigrants (FOX News)

    Kavanaugh's first opinion is unanimous, resolves narrow question (Politico)

    A man was found dead at Democratic donor Edward Buck's home. It's not the first time. (CNN)

    Kellyanne Conway embarrasses CNN's Jim Acosta during heated exchange: 'You're such a smartass' (FOX News)

    Ocasio-Cortez attacks fact-checkers for 'false equivalency,' 'bias' (FOX News)

    Supreme Court turns down mysterious Mueller subpoena fight (Politico)

    Zuckerberg's 2019 resolution: host public talks about future of tech (Axios)

    Wise Words


    "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." Abraham Lincoln

    Lighter Side


    We need to show compassion for the mentally ill without letting them run for President. One Line Fun

    facebook link twitter link youtube link linked in logo

    Listen to us on_Apple Podcasts

    Listen on Stitcher

    Listen on Google Play Music

    Subscribers may receive special messages with information about new features, special offers, or public policy messages from clients and advertisers.

    Advertise With Us