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Situational awareness - February 24, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


There are 14 working days remaining in the 2020 Utah Legislature

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

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

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

29 days to the statewide neighborhood caucus meetings (3/24/2020)

61 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic state conventions (4/25/2020)

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

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

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

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

  • Lawmakers set to make changes to Prop. 4.
  • Utahns think Republicans in Congress are doing a better job than Democrats.
  • Bernie Sanders seizes the lead in the Democratic presidential race


Just one reader knew that Paul Snelgrove Richards was the Utah doctor who pioneered an innovative back surgery and was known as the father of occupational medicine in Utah. 

Congratulations to Natalie Gordon who gets to ask the next question on Friday.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Congress_B_W_01.jpgUtah voters say Republicans in Congress are doing a better job than Democrats
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah voters believe Republicans in Congress are handling their jobs better than Democrats, but most disapprove of both groups.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_25.jpgLawmakers moving to make changes to voter-approved anti-gerrymandering initiative
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
For months legislative leaders have been quietly negotiating a deal with Better Boundaries, the group behind the Prop. 4 anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative. Those talks stalled on Thursday afternoon, but lawmakers are set to move forward with plans to make changes to the voter-passed measure anyway.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Vape_Pens_01.jpgOne lawmaker is proposing a total ban on vaping in Utah
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
State Rep. Paul Ray has a solution to the competing e-cigarette bills now battling each other on Capitol Hill -- ban vaping completely, make it illegal.
images/1000px_Mugs/Chris_Stewart_02.jpgReport: Trump nixed Stewart for intelligence post after learning of 'Mussolini' remarks
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bloomberg reports Friday that President Donald Trump was close to nominating Rep. Chris Stewart as the next Director of National Intelligence until he was made aware of a 2016 video clip where Stewart called Trump "our Mussolini."
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgA Neapolitan ice cream of political ideology - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 It's our 500th episode! Thanks to all our listeners for making this milestone possible!
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Lawmakers attempt a dubious trifecta
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
As first reported by, GOP leaders in the Legislature have decided to go forward with a rewrite of Prop 4, the Better Boundaries citizen initiative that was barely passed by voters in November 2018.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_36.jpgUtah voters say lawmakers don't pay attention to what they want according to new poll
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Most Utahns, even most Republicans, think their Utah House and Senate member pay little or no attention to what they -- the voter -- wants, a new poll by Y2 Analytics finds.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_11.jpgLawmakers have more than $900 million dollars to spend following new revenue estimates
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
Legislative leaders announced they will have $921 million more to spend this year following new revenue estimates for the coming fiscal year. Most of that cash is in the state's Education Fund, while the tight picture for the rest of the budget got a little looser, but not by much.
images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_15.jpgLegislative leadership sends citation of support to President Trump following impeachment
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
On Thursday, House Speaker Brad Wilson and Senate President Stuart Adams made public a citation and letter of support for President Donald Trump following his acquittal in the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgBernick is out of the doghouse and back in 'full fellowship'
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Well, veteran Contributing Editor Bob Bernick is "back in full fellowship" (as we say in Utah) at the Legislature.

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Sanders races to the lead

Bernie Sanders ran away with the Nevada Democratic Caucuses on Saturday, cementing himself as the frontrunner in the race [Washington Post].

Sanders takes a big lead over the rest of the Democratic field in a new national poll [CNN].

Sanders is gaining on former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primary [CBS News].

Trump in India

Presidential Donald Trump is making a whirlwind visit to India. He was welcomed to the country during a massive public rally with more than 100,000 in attendance [AP].

Trump's hit list

The White House has assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust and trusted Trump allies to replace them [Axios].


U.S. officials briefed Bernie Sanders that Russia is trying to help boost his presidential campaign [Washington Post].

An American intelligence official may have overstated the level of Russian interference in the 2020 presidential campaign during a congressional briefing last week [CNN].


Fears that the COVID-19 virus could become a global pandemic are growing [Bloomberg].

Et tu, Dirty Harry?

Clint Eastwood is pulling his support from Donald Trump in 2020 and getting behind Democrat Michael Bloomberg [Variety].


Policy News

Hatch to receive religious liberty's highest honor
Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, has been named Becket's 2020 Canterbury Medalist for his instrumental role in the passing of fundamental legislation in defense of religious liberty for people of all faiths.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngRegister now for the Utah Economic Summit
Early Bird Pricing is now available for the 14th Annual Governor's Utah Economic Summit.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 Episode 70: Strategies to protect against IoT vulnerabilities
The internet of things (IoT) has been steadily creeping into our lives. From smart appliances to smart light bulbs, there are more and more devices that make our lives more convenient.
Forty-four women completed political training with Women's Leadership Institute, many already running for public office
The Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) recognized 44 women who completed its six-month bipartisan Political Development Series (PDS), many of whom are already running for public office.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Looking to ski in Utah without the crowds? Here's where to go.

More National Headlines


1803 - The Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison ruled itself as the final interpreter of constitutional issues.

1868 - The House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the Senate later acquitted Johnson.

1920 - The German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.

1980 - The United States Olympic hockey team completes its Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the Gold Medal at the Lake Placid games.

Wise Words


"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."George S. Patton

Lighter Side

Stop and Frisk

"Think about it: while Bloomberg is out there trying to win the black vote in 2020, he's on tape in 2015 talking about black people like they're crime piatas." Trevor Noah

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