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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.
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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)
Today At Utah PolicyNo 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.
Podcast: 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.
As 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.
2019 '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.
Guest 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.
Lawmakers 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.
Lawmakers 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.
Guest 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.
McAdams 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.
'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.
Budget 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.
House passes inland port bill
A controversial inland port bill passed the House on Friday and turned out not to be so controversial after all.
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
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
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
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 NewsWorld 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.
More National Headlines
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." Helen Keller
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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