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Situational awareness - March 20, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • Utahns approve of their own members of Congress but don't much care for Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
  • Romney chastizes Trump over McCain criticism.
  • Mueller's team asks for more time to unseal documents, claiming they're too busy with other work.
  • White House stonewalls Democratic document requests.

Political bracket face-off rolls on

The second set of matchups in our 2019 political bracket is live. You can vote on our website, Twitter or Facebook. Check out the brackets here. mailbag!

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Today is the 79th day of the year. There are 286 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Capitol_Photos/Congress_02.jpgUtahns give Bishop, Stewart and Curtis good approval ratings, but they don't much like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Utahns living in their individual congressional districts give the state's three Republican U.S. House members good grades, a recent poll shows.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 Political Bracket Face-Off Day Two

The next eight matchups in our 2019 "Political Bracket Face-Off" are live!
images/Shutterstock_Mugshots/Mitt_Romney_04.jpgRomney says he 'can't understand' why Trump keeps attacking McCain

Sen. Mitt Romney criticized President Donald Trump on Tuesday for attacking the late Sen. John McCain.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 Political Bracket Face-Off day one results

Day one of our 2019 Political Bracket Face-Off is in the books. Who is moving on and who is out of the tournament?
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgEnough lunacy to power a city - Bernick and Schott on politics

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski shocks the Utah political ecosphere by announcing she won't run for another term this year. With Biskupski's exit from the race, who is the new frontrunner? With all of the money candidates are raising and spending, is there room for someone else to enter the race?
images/Resized_Mugshots-300/Jared_Whitley_Pic_resized_03.jpgGuest opinion: Bernie Sanders is not a politician - he's a preacher

When Bernie Sanders pulled in a record haul of campaign donations, I made a gentle wisecrack on Facebook that he should have to share this money with all the other contenders in the name of socialism.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 Political Bracket Face-Off Day One

The first eight matchups in our 2019 "Political Bracket Face-Off" are live!
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.

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Mueller's team says they're too busy with "other work" to respond to a court request to unseal documents. The filing is fueling speculation that the probe may be wrapping up...or not -

Mueller began investigating Cohen in 2017. Newly unsealed court filings show special counsel Robert Mueller sought emails from Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, nearly a year before his team raided Cohen's office -

Waiting on Mueller. Journalists, Democrats and Republicans are anxiously looking for any signs that the special counsel is ending his investigation -

Pelosi doubles down on impeachment stance. The House Speaker says launching a drive to impeach President Trump is a "waste of time" unless the evidence against him is overwhelming -

White House ignores document requests. White House lawyers have not responded to more than a dozen letters from Congressional Democrats asking for documents related to their investigations of the administration -

Trump's tax cuts aren't enough. White House officials concede the $1.5 trillion tax cut passed by Congress in 2017 won't be enough to deliver the 3 percent annual growth promised by President Trump -

Biden tells supporters he's running. The former vice president told a half dozen supporters he plans to run for president in 2020 -

Democratic debate ticket. Democratic presidential hopefuls must either get 1 percent support in a series of public polls or 65,000 individual donors to qualify for the first primary debates -

A court win for Trump. The Supreme Court ruled the federal government can detain immigrants convicted of crimes without a bond hearing even if they committed the crimes years earlier -

Republicans step up attacks on big tech. Conservatives amp up their complaints that social media and tech companies are biased against them -

Top Democrat says the Trump family is the "greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime." Rep. James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House, also compared Trump's behavior to Hitler -

Trump sidelines his top North Korea negotiator. Recently President Trump shut down an effort by his top negotiator to reestablish back-channel communications with North Korea -

Ronald Reagan's daughter says he would be "horrified" by today's GOP. Patti Davis says the former president would be "heartbroken" by the state of the Republican Party and President Trump's behavior -


1852 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin is published.

1915 - Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.

1933 - Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt against President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.

2003 - In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.

Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngJoin WTC Utah on March 25 for a Diplomatic Luncheon with Montreal
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with Montral International and the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a luncheon seminar to discuss Doing Business with Montral.
images/1000px_Logos/USTAR_1000.pngDr. Brian E. Shiozawa to provide morning keynote remarks at Utah Technology Innovation Summit in April
Dr. Brian E. Shiozawa, regional director of intergovernmental and external affairs for Region 8 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will give the keynote remarks during the morning session of the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on Apr. 1 at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) announced.
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.

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Wise Words


"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." George Washington Carver

Lighter Side

Bribe DNA

"Actress Lori Laughlin, one of the 50 people charged for paying bribes to get their children into colleges, was released yesterday on a $1 million bond. Said Laughlin: 'How about we make it a million and a half and my daughter gets into law school?'" - SETH MEYERS

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