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Situational awareness - February 19, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City. 

Tuesday's news at a glance: Utahns want to keep the ban on trucks on the Legacy Highway. Bernie Sanders is again running for president. 16 states sue to block President Donald Trump's emergency declaration.

Friday trivia winners: Clint Warby's question befuddled most of our readers. The Richards family from Parowan produced Utah's first state official - Morgan Richards who was state auditor from 1896 to 1901 and his son Alma, who won the Olympic gold medal in the high jump in 1912. 

Only two readers submitted the correct answer:

Mike Mower (3 in a row for him) and Charlie Roberts.

If you have a political trivia question to submit, email it to me here.

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Today is the 50th day of the year. There are 314 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

259 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)

342 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)

350 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)

618 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)

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images/1000px_Article_Photos/Semi_Truck_01.jpgKeep truck ban on Legacy, but raise speed limit, say Utahns

Most Utahns don't want large, semi-trailer trucks on the Legacy Highway in Davis County, but they do want the current speed limit of 55 mph raised to 70 mph along that stretch of roadway, a new UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgIn competing with Trump & courts, feeble Congress has only itself to blame

The uproar over Pres. Trump's emergency declaration to raise money for his border wall has both Republicans and Democrats in Congress bemoaning executive power and the diminution of the legislative branch of the federal government....
Economic Summit features Carly Fiorina and Kathy Warden

The 13th annual Utah Economic Summit, hosted by Gov. Gary Herbert, will be held May 17 at the Grand America Hotel.Presenters at the 2019 Summit include Gov. Herbert, Carly Fiorina, chair of Carly Fiorina Enterprises and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and ...
images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_05.jpgPoll shows Utah GOP infighting is angering party members

The continuing battles within the Utah Republican Party's leadership structure is hurting the party among its own members even among its conservative wing, a new poll by UtahPolicy.com shows....
images/mugs/bernick-mug.jpgBill to stop transgender people from changing sex designation on birth certificates is dead

A controversial bill that would stop transgender people from changing their sex designation on their birth certificate is dead, at least at this time....
images/mugs/Gary_Herbert_06.jpgBernick column: GOP leaders push to overhaul the Utah's sales tax system

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert and GOP legislative leaders are on a mission this legislative session which ends in just four weeks....
Utah delegation responds to funding bill & emergency declaration

Congress passed the compromise bill funding the government on Thursday, avoiding a partial government shutdown. Pres. Trump is expected to sign the legislation, and then declare a national emergency along the southern border to obtain funding for a border wall.Here are respo...
Press release: DNC announces details for first two presidential primary debates

DNC Chair Tom Perez has announced 12 presidential primary debates to be held over the course of the 2020 cycle, with the first two occurring in June and July of this year.Perez said his goals for the Democratic presidential primary debates are to (1) give the ...
Press release: Artist selected to sculpt Martha Hughes Cannon statue

On the 149th First to Vote anniversary, the Martha Hughes Cannon Oversight Committee, together with the women of Utah's 63rd Legislature, announced Ben Hammond was selected to sculpt the statue of Martha Hughes Cannon to be placed in the United State Capitol in 202...

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16 states sue to block President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to build the border wall. The coalition of states, led by California, filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the president from acting on his declaration while the issue plays out in the courts - https://wapo.st/2Io8UHd

More than 60% of Americans disapprove of Trump's emergency declaration. A new poll also shows nearly 6-in-10 don't believe there is an emergency at the southern border and that Trump is misusing his presidential authority - https://n.pr/2Io9zIH

Trump is closely following the 2020 Democratic race. Trump is making it clear through his public statements and social media posts he's keeping a close eye on the contest to pick a nominee to face him next year - http://bit.ly/2Ij7ldo

Bernie Sanders will give it another go. The Vermont independent who was the 2016 Democratic party runner up announced Tuesday morning he would again run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 - https://nyti.ms/2Io8ocf

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will leave the Justice Department next month. Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the department, has made it known he planned to leave once a new Attorney General was confirmed - https://wapo.st/2IoOH3M

Howard Schultz says he won't be a spoiler in 2020. The former Starbucks CEO says he will do nothing to re-elect Donald Trump - http://bit.ly/2Ik1DYD

Elizabeth Warren will push for universal childcare. The 2020 Democratic nominee will unveil an initiative to make sure every family can afford high-quality childcare - http://bit.ly/2Inyex0

President Trump threatens the Venezuelan military. Trump said the military would "lose everything" if they remained loyal to President Nicolas Maduro and continued to block emergency aid from entering the country - https://nyti.ms/2InTVwU

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg spotted at Reagan National Airport. The 85-year-old Justice, who is recovering from lung cancer surgery, was seen walking surrounded by security - http://bit.ly/2Ij6IR4

Roger Stone apologizes for threatening the judge in his case. The longtime Trump associate is apologizing after posting a picture of federal Judge Amy Berman next to an image of what appears to be crosshairs - http://bit.ly/2IBcwFZ

Did Shinzo Abe nominate Trump for the Nobel Prize? The Japanese Prime Minister said Monday he would not comment after President Trump boasted he had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Abe - https://nyti.ms/2Ij9eH0

Wait...what?!! An Alabama newspaper publisher wrote an editorial calling for the Ku Klux Klan to "night ride again" and clean out D.C. - http://bit.ly/2IwV6KC


1807 - Former Vice President Aaron Burr is arrested for treason.

1878 - Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.

1942 - The U.S. government began relocating Japanese-Americans living in coastal Pacific areas to internment camps. They were allowed to return to their homes in January 1945.

2008 - Cuban President Fidel Castro stepped down permanently after 49 years in power.

Policy News

images/Logos/SL-Chamber-Logo.pngPress release: Salt Lake Chamber honors small business award winners
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing statewide business association, held its Small Business Summit on Friday and honored four small businesses.The half-day conference, titled Ignite & Inspire, and held at the Salt Lake City Marriott University...
Press release: UAMMI, Davis County & Grow Utah announce high-tech business accelerator
RAMP, a startup accelerator exclusively focused on Utah's advanced materials and 3D print innovations, has been launched in Davis County. Dedicated to innovators utilizing carbon fiber, advanced materials or 3D printing as key components in their product innovations, RAMP wi...
Press release: Utah tech company L3 Technologies to expand in SLC
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) has announced L3 Technologies will expand its operations in Utah, adding up to 250 jobs and $6.7 million in new state revenue over the next nine years."L3 has a longstanding presence in Utah, and we are exci...
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventOutdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune: Battle over public land designations divides Utah lawmakers, too, as state bill seeks to usurp local control--KSL.com: 3 reasons to visit Hovenweep National MonumentConcerts-- "Bollywood Boulevard," Utah Presents, Friday, 7:30...
Press release: Weber County Elections Office wins national award
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has announced that the Weber County Elections Office in Utah was the recipient of a 2018 "Clearie" Award for Outstanding Innovations in Elections. Weber County received the award for its "Winning in Weber" program to en...
Press release: Utah Human Resources State Council announces 2019 executive conference
The Utah Human Resources State Council has announced the 2019 Leading HR Executive Summit. The summit, held in St. George Utah, is a day and a half of gathering of HR executives and leaders from Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, scheduled for March 28 and 29, 2019.In a bu...

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