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Situational awareness - March 12, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Notable: 16 years ago today Elizabeth Smart was found alive in Sandy after being kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in June of 2002.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • Still no budget deal as the House and Senate continue negotiations ahead of Thursday's adjournment.
  • Biskupski sues over the inland port deal.
  • Pelosi downplays impeachment saying President Trump "is not worth it."

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Today is the 71st day of the year. There are 294 days remaining in 2019.

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

39 days to the Utah Libertarian Party state convention (4/20/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_27.jpgNo budget deal yet as House and Senate Republicans continue negotiations

House and Senate leaders are still searching for common ground as they attempt to hammer out a budget for next year.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190311_Cox_Podcast.jpgPodcast: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox on 2020, Medicaid expansion and the Utah Jazz

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss the end of the lawsuit over the state's dual-path nomination system and cybersecurity and the 2020 election.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_10.jpgAs budget negotiations continue, House Republicans unveil stripped-down spending proposal for next year

 The "skinny budget" proposal from the Utah House surfaced Monday afternoon. The stripped down spending plan includes a 4% increase in school funding, plus fully funds next year's growth, but not much else.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 'Political Bracket Face-Off' nominations are open

It's back again! The Utah political version of March Madness starts next week, and we're taking your nominations for the field of 64.
images/1000px_Mugs/Oak_Norton.jpgGuest opinion: Stop the madness. Educational accountability rests with families

All government agencies are accountable to the legislature that budgets them tax money and ultimately to the people who pay the taxes to run them.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_07.jpgLawmakers are pushing tax reform to a special session later this year. Here's why the changes are critical

Lawmakers have just under four months to fix the imbalance in the tax system before they have to take drastic measures to fund the basic operations of state government. That was the dire warning delivered by House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, during an exclusive interview with UtahPolicy.com on Friday.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_04.jpgLawmakers still have some big issues to tackle in the 2019 session

 As of Monday morning, there will be a little less than 90 hours left in the 2019 Utah Legislature. As lawmakers move into crunch time ahead of Thursday night's adjournment there are still a number of big issues still to be decided.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jeremiah_Davies.jpegGuest opinion: Two apprenticeship bills help expand the American dream

Jason is your average 17-year-old high school senior who lives in South Salt Lake. Now's the time to plan for what he should do after graduation. All his friends are going to universities, and he's thought about it too, but ultimately, it just doesn't feel right for him. He's interested in other careers, but he feels pressured to go to a university like his friends.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190310_McAdams_Fox.jpgMcAdams defends capitalism, pushes back against 'radical' ideas coming from fellow Democrats

Rep. Ben McAdams defended capitalism on Sunday morning, saying he's not on board with the talk about socialism coming from some of his Democratic colleagues in the House.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpg'Like a guy on a 23-day bender' - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 412

Week #6 of the Utah Legislature comes to a close. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick explain what happened on the Hill.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_05.jpgBudget negotiations stall as House Republicans pitch a minimal spending plan until tax reform passes

House Republican leaders are pitching what they call a "skinny plan" for next year's budget, with the intention to re-open the spending document once they pass tax reform later this year.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_16.jpgHouse passes inland port bill

 A controversial inland port bill passed the House on Friday and turned out not to be so controversial after all.

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Impeaching Trump "not worth it." Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview she was not in favor of an attempt to impeach President Donald Trump because "he's just not worth" the division and political chaos that would result - https://wapo.st/2J8CcK2

Trump's budget proposal cuts nearly $1 trillion from Medicare. The spending cuts are due to massive deficits fueled mostly by massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations - https://wapo.st/2J4726C

More legal trouble for Trump. The New York Attorney General opened new investigations into the Trump Organization relating to the financing of four major projects and Trump's failed attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills of the NFL - https://nyti.ms/2J491I6

New book claims Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's are President Trump's chief enablers. The book from investigative journalist Vicky Ward also claims Trump directed former chief of staff John Kelley to fire Ivanka and Jared from the White House - https://nyti.ms/2J78hSH

Cheney vs. Pence. Former Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly lit into current Vice President Mike Pence at a private gathering, saying the Trump administration's foreign policy "looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan," according to a transcript of the event - https://wapo.st/2J6NcaX

The U.S. pulls remaining embassy staff from Venezuela. The decision is a result of the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the country - http://bit.ly/2JlW4d5

Russia will continue meddling in western elections and prepare for an armed conflict with NATO. A new intelligence report concludes over the next year Russia plans to meddle in the European Parliament elections and continue their massive cyberespionage campaign against the West - https://nbcnews.to/2J8fiCP

Dems to Milwaukee. The Democratic National Committee picked Milwaukee as the site of their 2020 national convention - https://nyti.ms/2JlXd4n

Brexit breakthrough? Britain is set to leave the European Union in just 17 days. British Prime Minister Theresa May says she has secured new concessions from the EU - https://cnn.it/2J6FeyI

More trouble for Tucker Carlson. More old audio tapes of Fox News host Tucker Carlson surfaced Monday. In the recordings he referred to the Iraqi people as "semiliterate primitive monkeys." He also used homophobic language in the tapes - https://wapo.st/2J5wwk9

Facebook blocked Elizabeth Warren's ads calling for the breakup of tech giants. The social network reinstated the ads after her supporters noticed they had been nixed - https://cnn.it/2JhBx9w

Wait...what? One of President Trump's golf clubs lists Trump as the 2018 club champion..even though he didn't actually play in the club tournament - http://bit.ly/2J8Mdap


1894 - Coca-Cola is bottled and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by local soda fountain operator Joseph A. Biedenham.

1912 - The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded.

1933 - Franklin Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States. This is also the first of his "fireside chats."

1938 - Nazi Germany invaded and occupied Austria.

1947 - In a speech to Congress, President Harry Truman outlined what became known as the Truman Doctrine, calling for U.S. aid to countries threatened by communist revolution.

2003 - Elizabeth Smart, who had been kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in June of 2002, was found alive in Sandy, Utah.

2008 - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned after being caught in a high-priced prostitution scandal.

2009 - Financier Bernie Madoff pleads guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street's history.

Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngWorld Trade Center Utah partners with local resources to help women achieve economic success internationally
World Trade Center Utah co-hosted an International Women's Day Celebration on March 8 in cooperation with the Women's Business Center of Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber.
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced the appointment of Justin Atwater as the director of the newly created Land Trusts Protection and Advocacy Office
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced the appointment of Justin Atwater as the director of the newly created Land Trusts Protection and Advocacy Office.

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Wise Words


"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." Helen Keller

Lighter Side

Manafort Feeling at Home

"I mean, at this point so many of Trump's people are headed to jail, it's going to feel like a high school reunion." - JAMES CORDEN

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