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Situational awareness - February 13, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


There are 20 working days remaining in the 2020 Utah Legislature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Utahns say Democrats in the Utah Legislature care more about their well being than do Republicans.
  • Why are Utah lawmakers crying poverty this year?
  • Trump's interference in the Roger Stone case casts a chill over the Justice Department.
  • Badgers?! We don't need no stinking badgers!

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_35.jpgPoll shows more Utahns think Democrats in the Legislature care about them more than do Republicans
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
 Here's another example showing Utahns are not really happy with the Republican-controlled state legislature. 
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgOpinion briefs: Who's the best LG prospect? . . . A federalism opportunity . . . No need to pander
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
An LG with star power. A couple of Utah gubernatorial candidates have announced their lieutenant governor selections. But no one has landed the best LG of all Natalie Gochnour.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_27.jpgNot enough to go around. Lawmakers facing tight budget year
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Lawmakers are crying poverty this year, and new revenue estimates coming next week aren't expected to bring much relief for budgeting efforts.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_32.jpgMost Utahns believe lobbyists have a great amount of influence on lawmakers
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utahns don't think much of the GOP-controlled Utah Legislature.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgThe never ending story - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the latest political headlines from the Beehive State.
images/1000px_Mugs/Chris_Stewart_02.jpgAdvisers pushing Trump to nominate Stewart for top intelligence post
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Chris Stewart has emerged as a top candidate to be the next director of national intelligence in the Trump administration.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt__Romney_06.jpgHouse Republicans quash measures to censure Romney and recall U.S. Senators
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah House leaders Tuesday put the kibosh on a proposal to censure Sen. Mitt Romney for voting to convict President Donald Trump last week. A bill to create a mechanism for recalling U.S. Senators is also dead after a closed meeting of House Republicans. 
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_30.jpgLegislature suspends Bernick media credential
By UtahPolicy.com staff
On Tuesday morning, the Utah Legislature took the action of suspending UtahPolicy.com Contributing Editor Bob Bernick's media credential.
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.

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Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune



If you only read one thing today...

This is a remarkable opening paragraph: "President Trump is testing the rule of law one week after his acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial, seeking to bend the executive branch into an instrument for his personal and political vendetta against perceived enemies." Read the whole thing.

Justice Department controversy

President Donald Trump's meddling in the case involving longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone has shocked Washington [Politico].

President Trump directly implicated Attorney General William Barr in the controversy over the Justice Department's sentencing recommendation for Stone [Washington Post].

Federal prosecutors say they fear pressure from President Trump following his intervention in the Stone case [New York Times].

Trump turned his Twitter ire on Judge Amy Berman Jackson who will determine Stone's fate when he appears in her courtroom next week [Washington Post].

President Trump said his tweets criticizing Roger Stone's sentencing were political interference in the Justice Department's case against his friend [The Hill].

Wuhan virus

China reported a dramatic spike in the number of new cases of the coronavirus after a new system for diagnosing the condition [BBC].


House Democrats want the Secret Service to provide details on its payments to President Trump's private company after reports that the organization had been charged as much as $650 per night for hotel rooms [Washington Post].


Political ad spending this year is projected to jump 63% to a record $6.89 billion [Bloomberg].

Must-see TV

Attorney General Barr will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31 [Politico].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

A new book says President Trump repeatedly pelted former chief of staff Reince Priebus with questions about badgers, the official animal of Priebus' home state of Wisconsin. Trump would reportedly raise the questions at random and inopportune times [Busness Insider].

Crisis brewing?

The world is running short on sugar as Indonesia is seeking to import a record amount of the sweet stuff [Bloomberg].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgConservative lawmakers sign brief supporting religious liberty
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and over two dozen other lawmakers signed an amicus brief Monday, supporting Our Lady of Guadalupe School and St. James Catholic School in their religious liberty cases before the Supreme Court.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgExecutives optimistic on the future of Utah's economy
The CEOutlook Confidence Index increased from 53.3 in 2019-Q3 to 61.2 for 2019-Q4, as Utah executives report optimism towards the state's economy, according to the Salt Lake Chamber's 2019 fourth-quarter CEOutlook 2019 survey released today.
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.

More National Headlines


1741 - "The American Magazine," the first magazine in the U.S., was published in Philadelphia.

1861 - The first Medal of Honor was awarded. It went to Col. Bernard Irwin, an assistant surgeon serving in the first major U.S. Army-Apache conflict.

1935 - A jury in New Jersey finds Bruno Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, the son of Charles Lindbergh. He was later executed for the crimes.

1945 - Thousands of Allied planes started bombing the German city of Dresden in World War II. The attack caused a firestorm that destroyed the city over a three-day period. 

1960 - After a successful test, France becomes the fourth country to possess nuclear weapons. 

1984 - Konstantin Cherneko succeeds the late Yuri Andropov as a general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Wise Words


"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."Buddha

Lighter Side

Ripping Pancakes

"This is a prayer breakfast at which he's naming people he doesn't like. Nancy Pelosi was so upset she ripped her pancakes in half."- JIMMY KIMMEL

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