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Situational awareness - March 22, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

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Political bracket face-off rolls on

The final first-round matchups in our 2019 political bracket are live. You can vote on our website, Twitter or Facebook. Check out the brackets here.

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Which native Utahn is buried in the wall of the Kremlin and was tried (but acquitted) for blowing up the Governor of Idaho?

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Today is the 81st day of the year. There are 284 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Derek_Brown_01.jpgFormer Rep. Derek Brown running for Utah GOP Chair

Former State Rep. Derek Brown says he is joining the race to be the next chairman of the Utah Republican Party.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 Political Bracket Face-Off Day Four

The final eight matchups for the first round of our "Bracket Face-Off" are live. Pick your favorites below:
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: The coming fight for the soul of the Utah GOP

Over the next six weeks, the fate of the Utah State Republican Party will be decided for the next two years, if not well beyond that.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 Utah Political Bracket Face-Off results - Day 3

Day two of our 2019 Political Bracket Face-Off is done. It was a very good day for local elected officials on Thursday. Results are below:
images/Resized_Logos/ULCT_Logo1.jpgGuest opinion: Sine Die is not goodbye

In 45 days, there is a lot of ground to cover at the Utah State Capitol.  133 miles to be more precise.  With some simple step-tracking, we figure our ULCT legislative team each took about 244,000 total steps over those 45 days.  And, just like a marathon with an occasional water station to take a break, we're lacing up our shoes and gearing up for another segment of the run.  
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgPresident signs Major Brent Taylor bill

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, President Donald Trump signed S.49, which designates the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, UT as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation. Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) introduced the legislation in the House of Representatives and delivered the remarks below honoring the late Major Taylor:
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgSen. Lee elected as chair of Joint Economic Committee

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), newly elected Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released a statement following the committee's formation and leadership election: 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgUtah Business Leaders unite to reaffirm support for principles of The Utah Compact

Business leaders gathered at the Salt Lake Chamber to reaffirm their commitment to The Utah Compact, a set of key principles initially released in 2010 outlining the need for smart immigration policies to drive Utah's economy forward.
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.

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Muller report coming soon? Washington is gripped by speculation that special counsel Robert Mueller could be delivering his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election as soon as today -

  • Don't expect a harsh condemnation of President Donald Trump in the report if they have not been charged with crimes -
  • Here's how Mueller's team kept details about the investigation from leaking to the media -

A shift in Israel policy. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday "it is time" for the US to "fully recognize Israel's sovereignty" over the disputed Golan Heights. The tweet upends longstanding US policy on the territory -

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview it is "certainly" possible President Trump was sent by God to defend Israel, comparing Trump to Queen Esther -

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump use private accounts to conduct White House business. The two White House advisers use private email accounts and the WhatsApp messenger for official business -

Fox News viewers have a vastly different view of President Trump. A survey by a Democratic polling firm found Republicans who watch Fox News have radically different beliefs from Republicans who don't watch the channel. For example, 78% of Fox News viewers say President Trump is the most successful president in history, while only 49% of Republicans who don't watch Fox News agree -

Republicans say Trump will likely lose the popular vote in 2020, but he still has an Electoral College advantage. Get ready for a possible repeat of 2016, where Trump loses the overall vote, but still returns to the White House because of an Electoral College win -

Mail bomber pleads guilty. Cesar Sayoc, the man who mailed bombs to several Democratic politicians and media organizations that were critical of President Trump plead guilty in Federal Court on Thursday -

Troops on the border is an "unacceptable risk." The Marine Corps commandant warns deploying troops to the U.S.-Mexico border would harm combat readiness -

Mississippi abortion law.Mississippi's governor has signed a new abortion restriction that bans abortion before some women would know they're pregnant -

Trump has shifted campaign money to his businesses. Forbes reports President Trump has charged his own re-election campaign $1.3 million for rent, food, lodging and other expenses since taking office -

Guns are killing school-age children at "epidemic" rates. Guns killed more U.S. school children in 2017 than police officers and active-duty military members -

Brexit delay. The European Union has agreed to a two-week delay to the Brexit process for Britain in a bid to avoid a chaotic withdrawal -

Unprecedented flooding this spring. Experts say 25 states are at an elevated risk of flooding until May -

Boring but important. Mortgage rates are dropping quickly amid fears of a global economic slowdown -

Instagram is the new home of hatred on the internet. The photo-sharing social network is teeming with conspiracy theories, violent extremist memes and misinformation -

Change your Facebook password. The social media giant says it mishandled passwords for hundreds of millions of users, storing those passwords in plain text in an internal database that could be accessed by staffers -


1621 - The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags.

1622 - Jamestown massacre: Algonquians kill 347 English settlers.

1630 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice and gaming tables.

1765 - The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on the American colonies.

1791 - Congress enacted legislation forbidding slave trading with foreign nations.

1871 - In North Carolina, Williams Woods Holden becomes the first governor of a U.S. state to be removed from office by impeachment.

1872 - Illinois becomes the first state to require gender equality in employment.

1963Please Please Me, the debut album from the Beatles, is released in Britain.

1972 - Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.

1972 - In Eisenstadt v. Baird, the Supreme Court decides that unmarried persons have the right to possess contraceptives.

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventOutdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Lake Powell's mercury contamination worse in side canyons, study shows-- Salt Lake Tribune: A key slice of Summit County's farm heritage can be saved, but the public needs to kick in last $535K -- Salt Lake Tribune: Plan for reservation system at southern Utah's Arches National Park is out - for now
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngThere is still time to apply for the Governor-led trade mission to Europe
On behalf of Governor Gary R. Herbert, World Trade Center Utah and the Governor's Office of Economic Development, we would like to invite you to join the State of Utah's trade mission to Switzerland, France and Italy in June 2019. This trade mission will also be incorporated with the Paris Air Show!
County and community partners launch 'On the River's Edge' ideas competition
Salt Lake County and the Jordan River Foundation are coming together to encourage big ideas for how more families, businesses, and visitors can access and enjoy the Jordan River and its surrounding areas.
Salt Lake City hosting public safety job fair
On Saturday, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Salt Lake City Corporation will host a public safety job fair at Horizonte High School. The City of Salt Lake is looking to hire people of diverse backgrounds to match its growing population.

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