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Situational awareness - February 19, 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


There are 17 working days remaining in the 2020 Utah Legislature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Utah voters say improving education and air quality should be top priorities for lawmakers.
  • National Republicans hit McAdams again.
  • Barr threatens to quit over Trump's tweets.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_34.jpgUtah voters say schools, air quality should be top priorities for lawmakers
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Most Utahns want the Legislature to do things that will make public schools better, a new poll by Y2 Analytics shows.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200218_McAdams_Ad.jpgNational Republicans again target McAdams, this time over Pelosi speech ripping
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
National Republicans are once again hitting Democrat Ben McAdams with an ad campaign, this time targeting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's speech ripping at President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Pornography_phone_01.jpgBill requiring warning labels on internet porn clears Utah House
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A bill that would require warning labels on porn sites passed the Utah House on Tuesday, with a few interesting "no" votes.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Scooter_01.jpgProposed bill says E-scooter users couldn't sue if they're injured while riding
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
In order to protect local governments/school districts from lawsuits, a Utah legislator wants to extend government immunity to the use of scooters -- you know, those electronic two-wheelers now springing up in cities across the nation, including Salt Lake City and others locally.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgTax rebates and Russian existentialism - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott get you up to speed on the latest Utah political headlines.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_20.jpgLawmakers discussing possible tax rebate instead of a tax cut this year
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick is told that lawmakers are squaring off over whether to cut taxes this year following the failure of the tax reform package. House members are pushing for a cut, but Senate leaders are balking because they want to address the structural imbalance in the state's budget. Lawmakers had $160 million teed up for a tax cut, but there is a worry that they may need that money next year to avoid financial problems.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Tax_Cut_02.jpgMiscommunication? Most Utah voters thought the failed tax reform hiked taxes, not cut them
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Talk about a colossal failure to get your political point across -- Utah GOP legislators and Republican Gov. Gary Herbert were giving huge tax cuts to almost every Utahn across the board -- but 88 percent of voters either didn't believe them or didn't care.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgDems might not be up to it, but Trump can defeat Trump
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Pres. Trump just can't stand prosperity. He's been on a roll, his support has been rising, and Democrats are badly divided and worried about their presidential race.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgWon't somebody think of the Republicans? 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_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_18.jpgHalf of Utah voters say the state is on the wrong track
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah voters are unhappy with their political leadership, most say the state is going in the wrong direction.

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Looking for the exit?

Attorney General William Barr has reportedly told people close to President Donald Trump he is considering quitting over the president's tweets about the Department of Justice [Washington Post].


President Trump granted pardons or commuted the sentences of 11 people on Tuesday including former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [New York Times].

Bloomberg in the spotlight

Michael Bloomberg will hit the debate stage for the first time Wednesday night in Las Vegas and his Democratic rivals are ready to pounce [New York Times].


President Trump threatened to file lawsuits "all over the place" in retaliation for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe [Politico].

Sanders races to the front

Bernie Sanders has opened up a double-digit national lead in a pair of new polls. A Washington Post/ABC News survey shows Sanders with 32% support, while an NBC News/WSJ poll gives Sanders 27%.

Sanders' health

Bernie Sanders' campaign says they will not release additional medical records. Sanders was admitted to the hospital in October after suffering chest pains but returned to the campaign trail soon after [CNN].

Bloomberg's business plan

The former New York Mayor unveiled a plan to tax stock trades and other financial transactions [CBS News].

Bloomberg also said he would sell his company if he were elected president. Some estimates say his business could be worth upwards of $60 billion [AP].


Researchers say rising ocean temperatures could wipe out the planet's coral reefs by 2100 [NBC News].


Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgIn the wake of jettisoned tax reform, key issues remain
The monumental tax overhaul of 2019 saw a swift demise at the start of the 2020 legislative session, but the issues that motivated reform are left unresolved. To give Utahns a better idea of what that means, Utah Foundation today releases Now What? A Citizen's Troubleshooting Guide to Tax Reform. The report addresses three basic issues at the center of reform efforts: the adequacy of general fund revenue; the competitiveness of income tax rates; and a large constitutional earmark.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER 24 Episode 69 - Ransomware trend leverages shame to ensure payment
Many considered 2019 to be the year of ransomware as the number of incidents shot up significantly. High profile targets - big cities like Atlanta and Baltimore - were targets. So were softer targets like school districts right before school resumed in the fall. So were small towns and smaller businesses with less sophisticated defenses. 
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngNews release: Celebrate International Women's Day with WTC Utah
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Women's Business Center, invites you to attend our annual International Women's Day Celebration! 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgJane Powers to be honored with Lane Beattie Utah Community Builder Award
The Salt Lake Chamber announced that Jane Powers, RN BSN will be honored with the 2nd annual Lane Beattie Utah Community Builder Award.

More National Headlines


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.

Wise Words

Laugh a Little

"There is little success where there is little laughter."Andrew Carnegie

Lighter Side

Behind Your Back

"Bloomberg tweeted at Trump and said, 'Behind your back people are laughing at you.' Trump called it fake news and spent the next hour trying to look behind his own back."- JIMMY FALLON

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