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Situational awareness - March 28, 2019

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here's what is driving the day:

  • There's likely not enough support to override Gov. Herbert's veto of a new election law passed by the legislature.
  • President Trump calls into Sean Hannity's show for 45-minutes.
  • Immigration officials say the situation at the southern border is at a "breaking point."

Political bracket face-off rolls on

The next four 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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Today is the 87th day of the year. There are 278 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

37 days to the United Utah Party state convention (5/4/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_15.jpgProspects for a veto override session are dim say legislative sources

Legislative sources indicate to that the Utah House has enough support to override Gov. Gary Herbert's veto of a bill setting rules for special elections, but the Senate is likely where any override runs into a brick wall.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpgPolitical bracket face-off: 2nd round final matchups

The last four spots in next week's "Sweet 16" are up for grabs today. Cast your votes below.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190328_Colbert_Jar_Jar.jpgColbert roasts Sen. Mike Lee: 'You, sir, are the Jar-Jar Binks of the Senate'

Sen. Mike Lee set the internet abuzz this week with a prop comedy speech on the Senate floor mocking the Green New Deal climate policy. CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert roundly mocked Lee for the address.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpgWednesday's political bracket face-off winners

Four more Utah politicos punched their ticket to next week's "Sweet 16" in our bracket on Wednesday. Check out the winners below.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/ 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.
images/1000px_Logos/USTAR_1000.pngUtah Technology Innovation Summit to highlight new technologies, innovation trends across the state

The second annual Utah Technology Innovation Summit will showcase new technologies from across the state of Utah on Monday, Apr. 1 at the Little America Hotel.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgKeeping Utah business safe from cyber attacks

Nearly 300 people attended the Salt Lake Chamber's third annual Cybersecurity Conference at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. The conference was designed to help small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpgPolitical 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.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Salt_Lake_City_Hall.jpgSalt 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.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgVetoes 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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Alexandria_Ocasio_Cortez_01.jpgAOC 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.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpgTuesday'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:
images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtah 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.

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Trump unleashed. President Donald Trump called into Sean Hannity's program for 45 minutes on Wednesday evening. During the wide-ranging interview, Trump said he has not ruled out pardoning Michael Flynn and others who were convicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He also threatened to declassify FISA warrants used to monitor former campaign adviser Carter Page -

  • Trump's allies are warning him against issuing pardons for those caught up in the Mueller probe -

Bill Barr will likely miss deadline for handing Mueller report over to Congress. Democrats in the House have demanded that Barr turn over the full Mueller report by next Tuesday. Attorney General Barr will probably miss that date, and won't commit to turning over the full report -

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocks a resolution calling for the public release of the Mueller report -

Comey weighs in on Mueller report. The former FBI director said in an interview on Wednesday that the report shows President Trump lied about the FBI and his attempts to destroy the agency failed -

Anti-Trump media adrift. Media figures on the left are trying to figure out their next move after the Mueller report did not show a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia -

Mueller probe not finished. The grand jury used by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election is still continuing and may lead to more indictments -

Trump reignites fight over healthcare. Chief of staff Mick Mulvaney urged Trump to try and undo Obamacare through the courts because Congress could not repeal the law -

"Breaking point" at the border. The top border security official says the U.S. immigration system is at the "breaking point" because of a crush of immigrants seeking asylum -

Uh oh! A newly discovered email exchange, President Trump's lawyers altered Michael Cohen's prepared testimony before Congress last year in order to distance Ivanka Trump from a proposed real estate deal in Moscow Trump was pursuing during the 2016 campaign -

Republicans warn Trump about tariffs. Senate Republicans are pleading with the president not to impose new tariffs on automakers -

House Democrats seeking 10 years worth of Trump's financial records. The House Oversight Committee asked an accounting firm for the documents -

Federal judge blocks Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas. The ruling casts doubt on the Trump administration's plans to revamp Medicaid -

British Prime Minister Theresa May offers to resign if Parliament passes her Brexit plan. May made the offer at the same time Parliament was unable to come up with their own plan for leaving the European Union -

Betsy DeVos wants to cut funding for Special Olympics. The Education Secretary is facing scathing criticism for the proposal to defund the program, but it's unlikely to ever happen -

Facebook bans white nationalist content. The move comes two weeks after a racist gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand -


1979 - A coolant leak at the Three Mile Island's Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania leads to the core overheating and a partial meltdown.

1984 - Bob Irsay moved the Baltimore Colts NFL team to Indianapolis without any announcement.

2006 - Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, with ties to several members of Congress, was sentenced to six years in prison after a conviction on fraud charges.

Policy News

Utah Technology Council unites with Silicon Slopes
The Utah Technology Council has joined forces with Silicon Slopes to unite Utah's startup and tech community.
Salt Lake County to host open house to discuss new regional park in South Jordan
The public is invited to an open house to learn more about the updated master plan for Bingham Creek Regional Park on Thursday, March 28 from 6-8 pm.  
Utah Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees
Know a Utah farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2019 Utah Leopold Conservation Award.

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Wise Words

Be Kind

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Lighter Side

In the Band

"I love the N.C.A.A. tournament, but my favorite part is the close-up shots of the chubby trombone player screaming at the camera. The band, wildly cheering for players who won't even say hello to them. I was in the band, I know." - JIMMY KIMMEL, celebrating the arrival of March Madness

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