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Situational awareness - February 4, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


7 days to the New Hampshire primaries (2/11/2020) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • For the first time, a majority of Utah voters approve of Trump's job performance.
  • Results from the Iowa Caucuses are delayed amid technical problems.
  • President Trump set to deliver his third State of the Union address.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_15.jpgFor the first time, a majority of Utah voters approve of President Donald Trump
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
For the first time since his election in 2016, a majority of Utah voters say they approve of President Donald Trump's job performance according to a new Utah Political Trends poll.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_03.jpgParties could prohibit candidates from gathering signatures under proposed legislation
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
As it stands, political parties in Utah have two options for nominating candidates. If the parties wish to use the traditional convention system, they must also allow candidates the option of gathering signatures to reach the primary ballot. Otherwise, the signature route is the only choice available to them.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Guns_02.jpgProposed bill adds extra layer of caution when removing firearms from people who may be a danger to themselves or others
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Daniel Thatcher is cautioning against a knee-jerk reaction to his new gun bill, saying he's just adding an extra layer of caution to an already-existing process to get firearms out of the hands of Utahns who are prohibited from possessing them.
images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_02.jpgMcAdams raised more than twice as much campaign cash as all the Republicans in the race combined
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Democrat Ben McAdams' fundraising is vastly outclassing all of his potential Republican opponents ahead of the November election. In the most recent fundraising quarter, McAdams raised more than double what the Republicans in the race pulled in combined.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_32.jpgLawmakers grappling with bleak budget picture after collapse of tax reform
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
Following the collapse of the tax reform effort, House Speaker Brad Wilson is urging his fellow Republicans to take a short break before plunging ahead with new spending proposals because the state is rapidly running out of money for anything but education.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200201_Romney_CPAC.pngRomney uninvited from conservative conference after voting for witnesses in the impeachment trial
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Leaders of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) announced on Twitter that Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has been disinvited from the annual gathering this year after his vote to include additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgFootball killed civics education - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Week one of the 2020 Utah Legislature is almost in the books. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the top stories from the past few days.
images/1000px_Mugs/Muriel_Xochimitl_01.JPGGuest opinion: Utah's secret sauce -- how transportation officials have worked to perfect the recipe
By Muriel Xochimitl, X-Factor Strategic Communications
Utah's economy is booming. Recently released data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that our job growth is the highest in the country and the unemployment rate has reached a historic low. Of course, our state's economic success is not just attributable to one person but the result of many individual's collective efforts to achieve common goals.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mike_Bloomberg_02.jpgMcAdams endorses Bloomberg
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams has endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_07.jpgRomney will vote for impeachment witnesses
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
As expected, Sen. Mitt Romney will vote on Friday to hear additional witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. 

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Caucus chaos

"Total meltdown" in Iowa as the results from Monday's Democratic Icaucuses are delayed until sometime Tuesday after technical problems caused "irregularities" in the reporting of vote totals [Politico].

Iowa Democrats were reportedly warned last week that there were serious problems with the app they were using to report results [Washington Post].


President Donald Trump will deliver his third State of the Union address Tuesday night. Trump will reportedly use the speech to launch his 2020 re-election campaign messaging [Politico].


House prosecutors and President Trump's legal team deliver their final arguments ahead of Wednesday's vote that will likely acquit the President [Bloomberg].

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska announces she will vote to acquit President Trump [Politico].

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin calls for censuring President Trump for his conduct toward Ukraine [Washington Post].

Frosty relations

President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi haven't spoken since an October 16 meeting in which Trump insulted Pelosi, calling her a "third-grade politician" [CNN].


The Centers for Disease Control are preparing for the Wuhan virus to become a pandemic [Bloomberg].

Macau shuts down its casinos as the number of infections in china rose above 20,000 [Reuters].


Radio host Rush Limbaugh reveals he's fighting advanced lung cancer [NBC News].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/Hatch_Foundation_Logo.jpgHatch Center to host Justice Clarence Thomas in May
The Hatch Center-the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation-  announced Saturday evening that it would be hosting an event with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The announcement came at the Utah premiere of a new documentary sponsored by the Hatch Center on the Justice's life, "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words."
images/1000px_Logos/Cities_Work_Logo.jpgCities Work podcast: Youth City councils- Utah's young community leaders
You don't have to be a certain age to be a leader. In communities throughout Utah, students involved in youth city councils are learning about government, service, and overall leadership.
Speakers, agenda announced for 2020 Entrepreneur & Investor Life Science Summit
BioUtah, Utah's only trade association dedicated solely to the life sciences, along with the Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization at the University of Utah, announced distinguished speakers and sessions for the 2020 Entrepreneur & Investor Life Science Summit to be held February 28, at the University of Utah's Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House. 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpg2020 Clear the Air Challenge kickoff
The Salt Lake Chamber, along with its partners UCAIR and TravelWise, kicked off the 11th Annual Clear the Air Challenge. Issued by business, government and community leaders, the Challenge is a month-long competition designed to encourage Utahns to reduce their vehicle emissions by choosing alternatives to driving alone.

More National Headlines


1789 - George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the Electoral College.

1792 - George Washington was unanimously elected to a second term as president in a vote by the Electoral College.

1801 - John Marshall is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.

1846 - The first Mormon pioneers make their exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, westward towards Utah.

1938 - Adolf Hitler seized control of the German army.

1974 - A group calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army abducted Patricia Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst. Hearst was arrested as a fugitive in September of 1975.

Wise Words

Tragedy of Life

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."Plato

Lighter Side

Another Warren Question

"It got awkward when Roberts was like, 'O.K., next question: Why is John Roberts such a wang? Oh come on, guys, grow up!'"- JIMMY FALLON

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