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Situational awareness - March 21, 2019

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here's what is driving the day:

  • Luz Escamilla announces she is running for Salt Lake City Mayor.
  • Rob Anderson says he will not run for another term as chairman of the Utah Republican Party.
  • President Donald Trump continues to attack the late Sen. John McCain while Republicans beg him to stop.
  • The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy is slowing down, and they don't anticipate any rate hikes in the next year.

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Today is the 80th day of the year. There are 285 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 Political Bracket Face-Off Day Three

The next eight matchups in our 2019 "Political Bracket Face-Off" are ready for your votes!
images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Anderson_01.jpgRob Anderson will not seek another term as Utah GOP Chairman

Rob Anderson told on Wednesday afternoon he would not run for another term as chairman of the Utah Republican Party.
2019 Utah Political Bracket Face-Off results - Day 2

Day two of our 2019 Political Bracket Face-Off is done. Who is moving on and who is out of our annual tournament? Results are below.
images/1000px_Mugs/Luz_Escamilla.jpgSen. Luz Escamilla announces run for Salt Lake City Mayor

Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, announced on Wednesday she is jumping into the Salt Lake City Mayoral contest following current Mayor Jackie Biskupski's startling announcement on Monday that she would not seek another term.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgHow tough is Utah's citizen initiative law?

We all know it's hard to get a proposal on the ballot under Utah's citizen initiative laws. If you want to make a law using the initiative process, you'd better have at least $1 million to get your proposal on the ballot, plus at least another million bucks to run the campaign after achieving ballot status.
images/1000px_Logos/USTAR_1000.pngUtah Technology Innovation Summit to offer technology entrepreneurs insights into early-stage funding, international markets

As part of the second annual Utah Technology Innovation Summit, taking place on Apr. 1 at the Little America Hotel, science-based technology entrepreneurs and innovators will have the opportunity to learn best practices to accelerate their early-stage companies.
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!

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Trump continues attacks on McCain. President Donald Trump is keeping his feud with the late Sen. John McCain alive. On Wednesday, Trump said he was upset he didn't get a "thank you" for providing the kind of funeral McCain wanted and added he "never liked him much." Top Republicans are begging Trump to stop the attacks on McCain - 

Fears of an economic slowdown grow. The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday the U.S. economy is slowing down more than previously thought and, as a result, does not anticipate any further rate hikes this year -

The Trump administration is withholding a report justifying Trump's desire to impose "shock" auto tariffs. President Trump is mulling imposing tariffs as high on 25 percent on imported autos, which could have a devastating effect on the economy -

Trump says the Mueller Report should be made public. President Trump said Wednesday he would support the public release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia -

Joe Biden's advisers are debating whether he should announce Stacy Abrams as his VP pick. Biden, who is expected to join the 2020 race, is mulling naming the Georgia Democrat as his running mate right out of the gate -

Hope Hicks to cooperate with House Democrats. The lawyer for the former White House communications director says she plans to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee -

New Zealand bans military-style weapons. Just six days after a mass shooting at two mosques, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the country is banning all military-style weapons, including assault rifles and high-capacity magazines -

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says the U.S. must follow New Zealand's lead and ban assault rifles - 

18 states are considering legislation to require presidential and vice presidential candidates to post their tax returns. If the measures pass President Trump, who has refused to release his taxes, could be left off the ballot in many states -

Pushing back against "court packing." Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee introduced a constitutional amendment that would freeze the number of Supreme Court seats at nine. Some Democratic presidential candidates have floated the idea of increasing the number of justices -


1617 - Pocahontas died in England at about age 22. Three years earlier, she converted to Christianity, took the name Rebecca and married Englishman John Rolfe.

1790 - Thomas Jefferson of Virginia became the first secretary of state.

1925 - The Butler Act prohibits the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee.

1952 - Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.

1963 - Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closes.

1965 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

1980 - President Jimmy Carter announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics to protest the Soviet-Afghan War.

2006 - Twitter is founded.

Policy News

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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.

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"Italy implemented new laws this week that will fine parents up to $560 for sending unvaccinated children to school if they are between the ages of 6 and 16. Said anti-vaxxers, 'That's fine, I don't believe in Italy.'" - SETH MEYERS

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