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Situational awareness - March 19, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • Biskupski abruptly drops her re-election bid.
  • We were the first to get our hands on a confidential report alleging misconduct against GOP Chairman Rob Anderson. Hardliners inside the party are setting the stage to possibly oust Anderson or damage a potential bid for another term if he runs.
  • Deutsche Bank loaned President Trump billions of dollars even though he routinely lied about his net worth and defaulted on other loans.

Political bracket face-off begins today

We'll launch the first 8 matchups in our 2019 political bracket face-off later this morning. You can vote on our website, Twitter or Facebook. Check out the brackets here.

Tiny theater review

I was in the audience for the Pioneer Theater Company's concert production of La Cage Aux Folles on Saturday night. The show was mostly a delight. The actors playing Albin and Georges both soared in those roles despite the stripped-down production. However, the inclusion of former Sen. Jim Dabakis in the cast as Edouard Dindon was a sour note in an otherwise ebullient presentation. mailbag!

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Today is the 78th day of the year. There are 287 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

350 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_05.jpgUtah GOP hardliners move to force Chairman Rob Anderson from office

Well, Utah State Republican Party Chairman Rob Anderson has "officially" been censured by the party's State Central Committee for not sending up to the Utah Elections Office a party bylaw passed over a year ago that Anderson believed then, and apparently believes now, was "illegal."
images/Resized_Mugshots/Jackie_Biskupski_15.jpgBiskupski drops her re-election bid

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski abruptly ended her bid for another term in office on Monday morning, citing family concerns.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 Utah Political Bracket Face-Off field revealed

Who is the top dog in Utah politics? It's time for you to vote in the 2nd edition of our "Political Bracket Face-Off."
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgLife is great . . . Why is everyone so miserable?

By any objective measure, there's never been a better time to be alive than now in the entire history of the world.
images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_15.jpgUtahns approve of how Trump is handling the economy, but disapprove of his immigration and foreign policy

Utahns like the way GOP President Donald Trump is handling the economy, a recent survey shows, but they don't like how he's dealing with immigration and foreign policy.
images/1000px_Mugs/Stuart_Adams_02.jpgSenate President Stuart Adams wraps up the 2019 Utah Legislature

Senate President Stuart Adams says lawmakers "came close" to not agreeing to a budget in the 2019 session.
images/1000px_Mugs/Brad_Wilson_04.jpgPodcast: Speaker Brad Wilson wraps up the 2019 Utah Legislature

House Speaker Brad Wilson wraps up the 2019 Utah Legislature with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpg'A soupcon of hyperbole' - Bernick and Schott on politics

The 2019 Utah Legislature is over. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott look back on the last 45 days and what lies ahead as lawmakers get ready to tackle tax reform.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_05.jpgWhat the 2019 Utah Legislature did, and didn't get done

 Every general session has its own history, of course.But the 2019 Legislature will likely go down as one of the most important in recent history.

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Tuesday's must read! Deutsche Bank loaned Donald Trump a reported $2 billion over two decades. During that time, Trump repeatedly inflated his net worth and the value of his real estate empire and defaulted several times on loans from the bank. Trump also dangled a trip to Mar-a-Lago in front of the bank's bond salesmen, then tried to renege on the offer once the deal was completed -

Democrats want an investigation into Florida businesswoman who was selling access to President Trump. Cindy Yang, who founded a chain of Florida massage parlors, was discovered to be leveraging her membership at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club to sell access to Trump to Chinese clients -

White House lawyers expect to see Mueller report before it goes to Congress. Attorneys want the White House to claim executive privilege over some of the information in the document before Congress sees the report -

Democrats divided on Medicare for all. The issue is highlighting fissures between moderate and more left-leaning Democrats as the House prepares to draft legislation on providing healthcare for all Americans -

Elizabeth Warren calls for an end to the Electoral College. Warren says presidential candidates ignore certain states because they're not in play -

House Judiciary Committee chairman says they've already received tens of thousands of documents in their Trump investigation. Rep. Jerry Nadler says White House officials and business associates turned over the documents as part of their investigation into whether President Trump abused his power -

Trump needs bold action by Congress to meet his economic promises. A new report from the White House shows in order to meet President Trump's promise of 3 percent growth for the next decade, Congress would need to pass a big infrastructure bill, more tax cuts and additional deregulation -

Trump's Twitter tirade rolls on. President Trump's social media rampage continued on Monday as he attacked former vice president Joe Biden as a "low I.Q. individual." Over the weekend Trump attacked multiple targets on Twitter, including a rerun of Saturday Night Live -

Polls! Polls! Polls!

  • 71% of Americans say the nation's economy is in good shape. The same poll shows President Trump's approval rating has ticked up to 42% -
  • White evangelical Protestants remain firmly behind President Trump, while support from other religious groups has slipped -
  • Half of Americans say President Trump is the victim of a "witch hunt" in the Mueller probe -
  • Less than 20 percent of Americans say President Trump opposes white nationalism -

The Pentagon sends Congress a list of military construction projects that could be delayed in order to free up money for President Trump's border wall. Projects that involve military housing won't be touched -

The U.S. government is using clandestine shelters to detain immigrant children. The secret shelters may violate rules for the care of immigrant children -

Um...okay... Republican Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter for $250 million, accusing the social media network of "shadow banning" conservatives and allowing users to insult him -

Lack of local news hurting Facebook. The social network can't find enough outlets that offer original reporting to provide local news and information. About 40 percent of Americans live in places where there's not enough local news -

Cops could see if you were texting behind the wheel. Nevada is mulling legislation allowing police to test for cell phone use at the scene of a crash -


1918 - Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time.

1920 - The U.S. Senate rejects the Treaty of Versailles for the second time.

1931 - Gambling is legalized in Nevada.

1941 - The 99th Pursuit Squadron also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the U.S. Army Air Corps, is activated.

1942 - With World War II underway, all U.S. men between the ages of 45 and 64 were ordered to register with draft boards in what was sometimes called the "old man's draft."

1962 - Bob Dylan releases his first album.

1966 - Texas Western becomes the first college basketball team to win the NCAA championship with an all-black starting lineup.

1979 - The House of Representatives begins broadcasting its day-to-day business via C-SPAN.

1987 - Televangelist Jim Bakker resigns as head of the PTL Club due to a brewing sex scandal; he hands over control to Jerry Falwell.

Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngJoin WTC Utah on March 22 for a Diplomatic Luncheon with Qatar
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a diplomatic luncheon welcoming His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States of America.
United Nations and Mayor Biskupski announce 2019 UN Civic Society Conference chairperson
Maruxa Cardama, Secretary-General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport, has been selected by the United Nations Department of Global Communications as Chair of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City.
United Way of Salt Lake receives national recognition for improving student outcomes in the Salt Lake City region
United Way of Salt Lake's Promise Partnership has been designated as a proof point community by national nonprofit StriveTogether. The proof point designation is an important measure of progress -- only 11 of the nearly 70 StriveTogether partners in the national network have received the designation.
Sutherland applauds passage of clean slate legislation
Rick Larsen, Sutherland Institute president and CEO, released the following statement commending Utah's Legislature for passing HB 431 - Expungement Act Amendments:
images/1000px_Logos/GOED_ProgramLogos_Color_EDCUtah.pngProject Common Sense expands in Utah
The Economic Development Corporation (EDCUtah) and the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) are excited to announce that Hillcrest Bank, a division of NBH Bank, announced its expansion into Utah, with a focus on serving commercial and business banking clients in the Wasatch Front.

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Wise Words


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side

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"There were late-night shows before you were president, there will be late-night shows after you're gone. Just watch and see - if the warden gives you TV privileges." - STEPHEN COLBERT

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