utah policy logo

Utah's Daily Policy Resource, Brought to you by Utah Policy

Message Center


Become a sponsor of our award-winning podcasts!

Promote your business and reach thousands of Utahns who download our shows and interviews every week.

Email us for information.


Situational awareness - February 27, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • Utah Legislators unveil their sales tax reform proposal.
  • Michael Cohen prepares to testify publicly before Congress. It's going to get ugly.
  • President Donald Trump is in Vietnam to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
  • The House votes to block President Trump's emergency declaration.

UtahPolicy.com mailbag!

Email us anytime with feedback, questions, story suggestions, news tips, etc... Send us an email at this link.

The UtahPolicy.com daily newsletter gets you up to speed on the top local and national news about politics and public policy. Our news is curated by Managing Editor Bryan Schott, along with help from Golden Webb. ((Click here to subscribe))


Today is the 58th day of the year. There are 307 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

115 days to the Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention (6/22/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

zions bank ad

Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_27.jpg'Everything is in until it's out.' Utah sales tax overhaul begins to take shape

Sponsors say the much-anticipated sales tax reform bill will be unveiled sometime this week, and details of what's in the bill are beginning to take shape. But, any anticipated income tax cut won't come until after legislative leaders negotiate details for next year's budget...
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Beer_Store.jpgSenate passes bill allowing higher alcohol beer at grocery stores, but the House may not be eager to pass it

The Senate passed a bill allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell beer with a higher alcohol content on Tuesday morning. However, the prospects for the bill's passage in the House are murky at best....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190226_Stewart_CNN.jpgStewart says he cannot support resolution blocking Trump's emergency declaration

House Democrats are set to vote on a resolution Tuesday to block President Donald Trump's emergency declaration which will enable him to build his long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Rep. Chris Stewart said Tuesday morning he does not plan to vote for the Democrati...
images/Resized_Mugshots/Chase_Thomas.jpgGuest opinion: More Americans voting is not a Democratic 'power grab'

Last month, Mitch McConnell took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to denounce the recently released bill designated by the new Democratic House majority as its priority legislation for the session....
images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtahns' positive consumer attitudes hold steady while confidence in national trends weakens

The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) decreased 0.1 points to 113.8 in February. The year-over-year CAI dropped 4.1 points. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index increased 9.7 points to 131.4 this month....
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpg Salt Lake Chamber joins USMCA Coalition

 The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, joined more than 200 companies, leading business and trade organizations, and associations representing farmers and ranchers, manufacturers, service providers, and technology companies cal...
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_08.jpgLawmakers targeting $170 million boost in public education spending

It appears lawmakers are targeting a boost in public education funding this year close to $170 million. That includes fully funding next year's student growth and a boost in the WPU of just over 4 percent....
images/1000px_Mugs/Mike_Winder_Book_01.jpgPodcast: Rep. Mike Winder on his new book, 'Favorite Scriptures of 100 American Leaders'

Rep. Mike Winder is also an accomplished author, penning two previous books about American presidents.His latest book, "Favorite Scriptures of 100 American Leaders," explores the relationship between religion and American political leaders stretching all the way back to the ...
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Voting_Machine.jpgUtah may join 'Super Tuesday' presidential primary date in 2020

Utah may join the 2020 presidential nominating fray in a big way, by holding their presidential primary on "Super Tuesday" in early March....
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation launches new series examining economic development incentives

Utah Foundation releases Public Funds, Private Endeavors: A Primer on Local Economic Development Incentives in Utah. It is the first in a series of reports analyzing Utah's incentive programs at the state and local levels....
Flying cars: A Jetsonian reality coming to Utah

The future of transportation is autonomous. Self-driving vehicles and unmanned air taxis have the potential to create a world in which the computer is literally in the driver's seat. Flying vehicles may sound like a Jetsonian, "pie in the sky" concept, but it's a reality tha...
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_16.jpgA new bill aims to rein in more than 500 state boards and commissions, many which require lawmakers to sit on them

Need a little leisure reading?You might try Rep. John Knotwell's HB387, which is only 3,766 lines long....

kued hinckley report


Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune



Michael Cohen testifies publicly on Capitol Hill today. It's going to get ugly. President Trump's former personal lawyer plans to tell the House Oversight Committee that the president knew Roger Stone was talking with Wikileaks about the release of Democratic emails stolen by the Russians - https://wapo.st/2Tij14n

  • Cohen also will give the committee a check signed by Trump while he has been in office allegedly to reimburse Cohen for the payoff to buy the silence of adult film actress Stormy Daniels - http://bit.ly/2TmnO4T
  • Cohen will also testify that Trump is a "racist," a "con man" and a "cheat" during his testimony - https://nyti.ms/2TpjDpa
  • Read Cohen's prepared statement for the committee here - http://bit.ly/2Tklvzl
  • Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, an outspoken supporter of President Trump, threatened Cohen on Twitter on Tuesday, asking if Cohen's wife and father-in-law know about his "girlfriends." Legal experts say Gaetz's tweet was a textbook example of witness tampering - http://bit.ly/2TklaN0

President Trump is in Hanoi for his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said he's "satisfied" with the progress of their negotiations over denuclearization of the Korean peninsula - https://wapo.st/2TkYFYh

The House votes to nullify President Trump's emergency declaration. 13 Republicans joined Democrats in passing a resolution to prevent President Trump from using emergency powers to divert funds to construct a wall on the southern border. It appears there are enough votes in the Senate to pass the measure there, setting up a veto by President Trump - https://politi.co/2TjAskZ

No threat on the southern border. The top general for homeland defense said Tuesday there is no military threat on the border with Mexico, but there are "very real" threats from China and Russia - http://bit.ly/2Tn0QKQ

Woah! U.S. Cyber Command blocked internet access for an infamous Russian troll farm that was aiming to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections. The operation to disrupt the Internet Research Agency was approved by President Trump - https://wapo.st/2TivuFb

House to vote on requiring universal background checks for gun sales. It's the most significant gun control vote in Congress since 2013 - http://bit.ly/2TeJ38M

House Democrats issue first subpoenas. The House Oversight Committee voted to subpoena Trump administration officials over family separations at the southern border - http://bit.ly/2TjDqpD

Boring but important. The Congressional Budget Office says Congress needs to raise the debt limit by September or October - http://bit.ly/2TpmQoI

Biden's family urging him to run in 2020. The former Vice President said he does not want to embark on a "fool's errand" and is still weighing his options - https://nyti.ms/2TjBdul

Pakistan said it shot down two Indian aircraft. The country also launched strikes inside Indian-controlled Kashmir. The actions come one day after Indian jets bombed Pakistan in retaliation for a terrorist attack - https://wapo.st/2Tik2JJ

Trump says American Danny Burch has been freed from captivity in Yemen. Burch was freed after 18 months in custody -  https://nbcnews.to/2TkZDnn

Twitter suspends pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl. The move came after Wohl bragged he was planning on spreading disinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign - http://bit.ly/2TpmFty

Massachusetts lawmakers consider banning youth tackle football. The legislation would ban kids below the 7th grade from playing the sport in an effort to prevent traumatic head injuries - http://bit.ly/2TeLXKN


1922 - A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, allowing women the right to vote, is rebuffed by the Supreme Court in Leser v. Garnett.

1933 - Reichstag fire: Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, is set on fire. Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutch Communist claims responsibility. The Nazis use the fire to solidify their power and eliminate the communists as political rivals.

1951 - The Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.

1973 - Members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) began a 71-day occupation at Wounded Knee, S.D., to protest the federal government's failure to live up to its agreements with Indian nations.


Policy News

Utah Council on Financial and Economic Education kicks off year of savings with Utah Saves Week
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced that Utah is kicking off a savings-focused year with "Utah Saves Week" and urges Utahns to automate their savings....
Cicero Group joins Qualtrics partner network
Cicero Group, a market leader in management consulting, and customer insights and analytics, is pleased to announce its partnership with Qualtrics, the leader in experience management....

More National Headlines

Wise Words


"It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath." Aeschylus

Lighter Side


"According to new research, blueberries could be as effective as medication at lowering blood pressure. So now Pfizer has raised the price 1,200 percent." - SETH MEYERS

facebook link twitter link youtube link linked in logo

Listen to us on_Apple Podcasts

Listen on Stitcher

Listen on Google Play Music

Subscribers may receive special messages with information about new features, special offers, or public policy messages from clients and advertisers.

Advertise With Us