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Situational awareness - February 11, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


There are 22 working days remaining in the 2020 Utah Legislature

The New Hampshire primaries are today (2/11/2020) 

11 days to the Nevada Democratic caucuses (2/22/2022)

18 days to the South Carolina Democratic primary (2/29/2020)

21 days to the Utah presidential primaries (3/3/2020)

30 days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (3/12/2020)

140 days to the 2020 Utah primary elections (6/30/2020)

266 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

349 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

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

  • McAdams' approval ratings plummet according to a new poll.
  • Utah Republicans demand Romney fall in line behind President Trump or resign.
  • New Hampshire Democrats hit the polls.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_02.jpgMcAdams' job approval ratings dropped by double-digits during impeachment, new poll finds
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams has seen his approval rating among 4th District voters drop 11 points since October of last year according to a new Utah Political Trends poll.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_11.jpgRomney was uninvited from CPAC because organizers fear for his safety
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney, who has been the target of Republican scorn after casting the lone GOP vote in favor of President Donald Trump's impeachment, is now facing threats of physical violence against him.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_10.jpgSome Utah Republicans want Mitt Romney to support President Trump or resign
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
A group of Utah Republican Party Central Committee members wants to censure Sen. Mitt Romney for voting to remove President Donald Trump for office. Their proposed resolution calls on Romney to support Trump's agenda or resign from office. 
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Fishing_01.jpgOne lawmaker wants to guarantee Utahns a Constitutional right to hunt and fish
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
A rural Utah lawmaker wants to amend the state Constitution to specifically protect the right to hunt, fish and otherwise take wildlife in a traditional manner.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200210_Trump_CNN.jpgVideo: Trump to Herbert about Romney: 'You keep him, we don't want him'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
During a White House event on Monday, President Donald Trump continued his verbal assault on Sen. Mitt Romney, telling Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, "You keep him."
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_14.jpgLegislative attorneys may be getting a pay raise soon under proposed bill
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Legislative attorneys, who have been at their job for years, may well be getting a pay raise shortly.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_08.jpgLegislative Republicans seeking a quick, and quiet, exit from Romney impeachment controversy
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Perhaps worried that a resolution praising GOP President Donald Trump could draw Democratic anti-Trump comments -- picked up by the media -- in a committee or floor debate, it looks like Republican leaders will settle on a "citation" in the president's honor, which isn't open to such pesky opposition.
images/mugs/Doug_Owens_03.jpgDoug Owens eyeing run for Utah House in 2020
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Two-time Democratic congressional nominee Doug Owens says he's thinking about jumping into the 2020 election, but he doesn't have his eye on Washington anymore.
images/1000px_Mugs/Stewart_McAdams_01.jpgPoll suggests Reps. Chris Stewart and Ben McAdams could have tough re-election campaigns in November
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
GOP U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart might want to start spending more time and money working on his re-election bid this year.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Contraceptives_01.jpgProposal would allow minors to get contraceptives from doctors without notifying their parents in certain cases
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A Utah House Republican wants $2.5 million in family planning/contraception federal money, but getting it from his conservative GOP colleagues may be troublesome.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Guns_04.jpgProposed bill aims to block local governments from enacting gun-control measures
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Well, you figured this was going to happen: A bill has been introduced by a GOP legislator aimed at stopping Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson from requiring universal background checks on gun purchases in all county facilities.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgThe two dirtiest words in Utah politics are 'Mitt' and 'Romney' - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick wrap up a stunning week in Utah politics.
images/1000px_Mugs/Huntsman_Kaufusi_01.jpgHuntsman taps Kaufusi as his running mate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Jon Huntsman Jr. tapped Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi as his running mate on Friday.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_09.jpgRomney's job approval from Utah voters drops significantly during impeachment
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney's approval ratings have dropped 10 points overall, and most significantly among Republican voters in Utah, according to a new Utah Political Trends survey.

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High stakes in New Hampshire

Granite State voters head to the polls in the Democratic primary today. Here's what to expect [Politico].

Former Vice President Joe Biden could finish in fifth place tonight. What might that mean for his struggling campaign? [NBC News].

Amy Klobuchar won the most votes overall when three tiny New Hampshire towns cast their votes shortly after midnight [CNN].

Mike Bloomberg prevailed in the small town of Dixville Notch despite not being on the ballot in New Hampshire [AP].

Trump's budget

President Donald Trump unveiled his $4.8 trillion budget proposal that seeks deep cuts to major domestic and safety-net programs [Washington Post].


Attorney General William Barr acknowledged the Justice Department has created an "intake process" to vet information about Joe and Hunter Biden from President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani [Washington Post].


Americans rate the economy as the best they've seen since the late 1990s [Washington Post].


The death toll from the virus exceeded 1,000 [Bloomberg].

The Chinese economy has slowed dramatically because of the virus [New York Times].

The 13th case of the virus in the United States was detected in California [Reuters].


The Department of Justice announced Monday they were suing New Jersey and the county that is home to Seattle over so-called "sanctuary" immigration policies [AP].


A new national poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders jumping into the lead for the Democratic nomination over Joe Biden. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg moves into third place [Politico].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

A top U.S. military commander says a pair of Russian satellites are following a multibillion-dollar U.S. spy satellite hundreds of miles above the Earth [Time].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgAttend the Salt Lake Chamber's Professional Development Series on Mastering Media Management
Whether you're a communications professional or corporate executive, effective media management is essential for success in today's competitive world. In 2020, the Salt Lake Chamber will offer four workshops on Mastering Media Management to help individuals bring together innate talents, formal training and real-world experiences to master effective communications.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 68: New privacy regulations kick in, businesses less than prepared
If you are in business in the year 2020, you almost certainly collect, store and use data.
Utah Thrives podcast: The future of citizenship in a changing media landscape
In this episode of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation bids farewell to Communications Director Dan Bammes, and we reflect on his long career in broadcast. We also discuss the evolution of journalism and what it may mean for engaged citizenship.

More National Headlines


1794 - The first session of the U.S. Senate opens to the public.

1812 - Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry is accused of "gerrymandering" for the first time.

1929 - Miss Bobbi Trout, an 18-year-old "tomboy" who took up flying to avoid dishwashing, broke three world aviation records.

1975 - Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.

1990 - Nelson Mandella was freed after 27 years in captivity.

1990 - Buster Douglas, a 42:1 underdog, knocks out Mike Tyson in ten rounds to win boxing's World Heavyweight title.

1993 - Janet Reno was appointed as Attorney General by President Clinton. She was the first female to hold the position.

2006 - Vice President Dick Cheney shot Texas attorney Harry Whittington in the face while participating in a quail hunt on a Texas ranch.

2013 - The Vatican confirmed Pope Benedict XVI would resign the papacy as a result of his advanced age.

Wise Words


"Never mistake motion for action."Ernest Hemingway

Lighter Side

Trump Acquittal and the Jazz

"Seriously, I haven't seen that many happy white guys since the Utah Jazz made the playoffs."- JIMMY FALLON

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