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Situational awareness - March 27, 2019
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.
Here's what is driving the day:
Political bracket face-off rolls on
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Today is the 86th day of the year. There are 279 days remaining in 2019.
24 days to the Utah Libertarian Party state convention (4/20/2019)
38 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)
38 days to the United Utah Party state convention (5/4/2019)
68 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)
72 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)
87 days to the Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention (6/22/2019)
139 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
223 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
306 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
314 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
342 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)
583 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyPolitical Bracket Face-Off Round 2 - Day 3
Buckle up, dear readers. We've got four more big matchups in the second round of our 2019 bracket face-off on tap.
Salt Lake City mayoral candidates racking up some big financial numbers
This year's Salt Lake City mayor's race is well on its way to becoming the costliest in the city's history.
Vetoes and lawsuits - Bernick and Schott on politics
Gov. Gary Herbert signs a controversial abortion restriction bill into law, and the lawsuits won't be far behind.
AOC ridicules Sen. Mike Lee saying 'If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything'
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped Sen. Mike Lee on Tuesday after he delivered a speech mocking the "Green New Deal" on the Senate floor.
UtahPolicy.com straw poll - Utah GOP Chair and Salt Lake City Mayor
Who do you think is most likely to win the elections for Utah GOP Chair and Salt Lake City Mayor? Vote now in our straw poll.
Tuesday's Political Bracket Face-Off winners
Four more Utah politicos punched their tickets to the "sweet 16" in our bracket face-off. Check out the winners below:
Utah consumer attitudes rebound, fueled by strong job market and positive income outlook
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) increased 8.6 points to 122.5 in March. The year-over-year CAI ticked down by 7.0 points when compared to the record high set in March 2018. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index decreased 7.3 points to 124.1 this month.
18-week abortion ban signed into law teeing up likely lawsuits
Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill banning abortions after 18-weeks into law on Monday evening.
Herbert vetoes special congressional election bill
Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed SB123 on Monday evening. The bill sets rules for replacing members of Congress who are unable to finish their terms.
2019 Political Bracket Face-Off Round 2 - Day 2
The second round of the 2019 Political Bracket Challenge rolls on. We have four more matchups for you to vote on today.
Political Bracket Face-Off results - Round 2
The second round of our 2019 Political Bracket Face-Off got off to a great start on Monday with four matchups.
Prop. 2 backers ask the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the Utah Legislature's rewrite of medical marijuana law
Justices on the Utah Supreme Court were polite Monday morning to petitioners who want the court to somehow block or overturn the Legislature's rewrite of Prop. 2, the new medical marijuana law.But from questions raised by several of the justices in the oral argument, it appears that's not going to happen.
Romney working on GOP climate change plan
Sen. Mitt Romney is reportedly at the center of discussions among Senate Republicans who are seeking to craft legislation to address climate change.
Political Bracket Face-Off Second Round - Day 1
We're moving into the second round of our 2019 Political Bracket Face-Off. We have four matchups for you to vote on today.
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
Another health care battle brewing. President Donald Trump is launching another assault on the Affordable Care Act, and Democrats are welcoming the fight as they believe it gives them a clear political advantage - https://nyti.ms/2FwhEpV
Schiff doubles down on collusion claims. Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said despite what Attorney General Bill Barr says about the Mueller he has seen ample evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia - https://wapo.st/2Fz6ZKW
Trump's popularity remains unchanged. Following Attorney General Bill Barr's claim that President Trump was cleared of collusion allegations, 55% of Americans say they disapprove of his job performance - http://bit.ly/2FznHtH
Barbara Bush said she would not consider herself a Republican. Prior to her death, the former first lady said she would no longer consider herself a Republican and blamed Donald Trump's treatment of her son Jeb as the cause of her heart problems according to a forthcoming book - http://bit.ly/2FuOSWK
Biden laments "white man's culture." Former VP Joe Biden condemned violence against women, blaming a "white man's culture" for the phenomenon. He also expressed remorse for his role in the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings that undermined Anita Hill's claims of sexual harassment - http://bit.ly/2FuShVA
Senate blocks Green New Deal. Senate Republicans voted against taking up the issue while Democrats voted "present" to avoid taking a position on the proposal to battle climate change - http://bit.ly/2FAQjTH
House fails to override Trump's veto. House Democrats couldn't muster enough votes to override President Trump's veto of a measure blocking his emergency declaration allowing the shifting of funds to build a wall on the southern border - https://nyti.ms/2Fu09qg
Democrats divided on minimum wage hike. Several red-state Democrats say they will oppose an effort to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour - https://politi.co/2FASnuV
Interior nominee blocked the release of a report on endangered species. David Bernhardt, President Trump's nominee to head up the Interior Department, stepped in to block a report on the harmful effects of three popular pesticides on hundreds of endangered species - https://nyti.ms/2FvUyzD
A ban on unvaccinated individuals. Rockland County in New York has banned unvaccinated people under the age of 18 from public areas in an attempt to contain a measles outbreak - https://cnn.it/2FAhKNl
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1794 - The U.S. government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates
1866 - President Andrew Johnson vetoes the Civil Rights Act of 1866. His veto is overridden by Congress.
1886 - Geronimo, Apache warrior, surrenders to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars.
1915 - Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the U.S., is put into quarantine, where she would remain for the rest of her life.
1964 - The strongest recorded earthquake to hit North America -- magnitude 9.2 -- struck Alaska, killing 139 people.
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