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Situational awareness - February 5 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • More Utahns say they'll vote for Trump in 2020 despite impeachment.
  • Bad blood between Trump and Pelosi boils over.
  • Utah lawmaker wants warning labels on pornographic materials.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Trump_Voter_01.jpgSupport for Trump's re-election in Utah rises despite impeachment
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Support for President Donald Trump's re-election has increased slightly, despite his impeachment by Democrats in Congress according to a new survey.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_18.jpgRepublican lawmakers keenly aware of election year politics this session
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
The House Republican caucus likes to invite various folks to speak before it, with members asking questions of the attendees afterward.
images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Bishop_01.jpgBishop visits Utah lawmakers to report on DC
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
GOP U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop is leaving the House at the end of this year, and Tuesday he came to Capitol Hill to address his Republican colleagues -- and to pledge to them that he will never "badmouth" them.
images/1000px_Mugs/Joshua_Spivak_01.JPGGuest opinion: The high hurdles and long history of Utah's US Senator recall plan
By Joshua Spivak
Following Senator Mitt Romney's (R) expressing interest in hearing from witnesses at the Trump Impeachment Trial, Utah State Representative Tim Quinn (R) has proposed a law that would grant Utah voters the power to recall their US Senators, if they can gather signatures of 25 percent of "active voters."
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Pornography_phone_01.jpgLawmaker wants warning labels on pornography
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A Utah lawmaker has come up with a novel idea -- make all distributors of "pornography" put a warning label on it, and if they don't then they may face legal "exposure," (pun intended).
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgTrump hits a high-water mark - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss everything you need to know about Utah politics.
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.

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Bad blood boils over in SOTU

President Donald Trump touted the strong economy in his State of the Union address Tuesday night [Washington Post].

President Trump snubbed Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handshake prior to the speech. She responded by ripping up a copy of his speech when he finished [Fox News].

Iowa chaos

The full results from Monday night's caucuses are still pending. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders are leading in the early vote totals [USA Today].

Former Vice President Joe Biden is trying to shake off a poor showing in Iowa where it's possible he'll finish in 4th place [NBC News].

Iowa Democratic officials are working overtime to save their first-in-the-nation status following Monday's debacle [New York Times].

Sensing an opportunity, Michael Bloomberg doubles his already gargantuan television ad buy [Washington Post].


Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski say they will not vote to convict President Trump when the Senate impeachment trial wraps up Wednesday [Vox].

Trump's approval

President Trump's job approval hits a personal best of 49%. Just 1% of Americans say they're undecided about Trump [Gallup].


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. 

More National Headlines


1631 - British clergyman Roger Williams, who founded the colony of Rhode Island, arrived in Salem, Mass., seeking religious freedom.

1778 - South Carolina becomes the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.

1917 - Congress passes the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. The legislation imposed literacy tests on immigrants and barred immigration from the Asia-Pacific zone.

1945 - American troops led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur returned to Manila, liberating the Philippine capital from Japanese authority.

1958 - A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.

1971 - Astronauts land on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission.

1994 - White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 killing of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

Wise Words


"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president... is morally treasonable to the American public."Theodore Roosevelt

Lighter Side


"And the official card senators had to fill out to ask a question - look at this thing. It looks like the card you fill out before singing karaoke."- JIMMY FALLON

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