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Situational awareness - March 29, 2019
Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!
Here's what is driving the day:
Friday political trivia.
Today's guest quizmaster is Ron Fox, who submits this trivia tidbit:
What native-born Utahn was the first woman to serve on a state supreme court? She was also the first woman to serve as a United States federal judge.
Send your guesses via email to me at email@example.com. The first three readers to provide a correct answer will be recognized in Monday's newsletter.
Stump Mike Mower: If Ron's question flummoxes Mike Mower, he wins a $25 Amazon gift card. If you have a question you think Mower cannot answer, send it along.
Political bracket face-off rolls on
We are down to the "Sweet 16" in our 2019 political bracket face-off. Check out the brackets here.
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Today is the 88th day of the year. There are 277 days remaining in 2019.
22 days to the Utah Libertarian Party state convention (4/20/2019)
36 days to the Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention (5/4/2019)
36 days to the United Utah Party state convention (5/4/2019)
66 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)
70 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)
85 days to the Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention (6/22/2019)
137 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
221 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
304 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
312 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
340 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)
581 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyUtah still waiting for first Medicaid waiver from Trump administration ahead of April 1 deadline
Monday is the April 1 deadline for the Trump administration to give Utah a waiver so 12,000 or more low-income folks can be moved over from a subsidized private health insurance plan to the state's "expanded" Medicaid program.
Poll: Romney tops Trump in Utah
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney would beat President Donald Trump in a hypothetical presidential primary matchup in Utah according to a new poll.
Bob Bernick's notebook: Herbert keeps his promise
Congratulations to GOP Gov. Gary Herbert for vetoing this week SB123, a bill that would have set up a special election process in a U.S. House vacancy that bans candidate signature gathering.
Thursday's political bracket face-off winners
The "Sweet 16" in our 2019 bracket face-off is set after Thursday's final second-round contests.
Stewart asks for Chairman Schiff's resignation
Congressman Stewart joined fellow GOP Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in calling for the panel's chairman, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, to step down.s
Qatari delegation visits Utah to identify trade and investment opportunities
A Qatari delegation, led by His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador Anne Patterson and Ambassador Khalid Bin Yousef Al-Sada, visited Utah on March 21 and 22 and was hosted by World Trade Center Utah. As part of their inbound trade mission to the state, the diplomats met with Gov. Gary R. Herbert and nearly 30 Utah companies to explore opportunities to expand trade and investment between Utah and Qatar.
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.
Prospects for a veto override session are dim say legislative sources
Legislative sources indicate to UtahPolicy.com 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.
Political 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.
Colbert 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.
Wednesday'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.
Utah 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.
Keeping 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.
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
Mueller report is more than 300 pages with hundreds of footnotes. The size of special counsel Robert Mueller's final document is raising questions about Attorney General Bob Barr's summary, which quotes fewer than 50 words from the report - https://nyti.ms/2FDdegX
Democrats mock "scaredy cat" GOP over refusal to make Mueller report public. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they do not need Attorney General Barr's summary, and want to make their own conclusions - http://bit.ly/2FAQnTq
How did President Trump dodge an interview in the Mueller probe? Trump's legal advisers conducted a pressure campaign to prevent the president from taking part in a face-to-face interview with investigators - https://wapo.st/2FAsOtV
Trump takes a victory lap at a raucous rally in Michigan. The president claimed "total vindication" in the "Russia hoax." He also teed off on his critics in the first rally since special counsel Robert Mueller filed his report - https://nyti.ms/2FEbjbT
Trump loves to tout the economy, but there are signs it's beginning to sour. Economic data is pointing more and more toward a downturn, which could damage one of the president's favorite talking points - https://nyti.ms/2FCqUJf
Trump lied so much on financial statements to lenders, his accountants issued disclaimers with the documents. In one document, Trump falsely added 10 stories to Trump Tower. In another, he overstated the number of home lots he had to sell at one California property by 31, which boosted the value by $72 million - https://wapo.st/2FFWB4t
Trump says Congress is working on a replacement for Obamacare, but Republicans want the White House to go first. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell punted the issue, saying he "looks forward" to seeing what the administration works out with Speaker Pelosi - https://politi.co/2FC6WhA
A federal judge struck down a Trump administration plan allowing health insurers to offer "skinny" plans. The judge said the effort was "clearly an end-run" around the Affordable Care Act - https://wapo.st/2FAQ8Yk
Trump flip-flops on Special Olympics. President Trump said Thursday he was reversing a decision to defund the Special Olympics in his budget proposal - https://nyti.ms/2FFX2vD
Homeland Security plans to ask Congress for authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly. The agency wants the new authority to deal with a spike in the number of border crossings - https://nbcnews.to/2FzhEW3
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1886 - John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta.
1951 - Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.
1961 - The Twenty-third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote in presidential elections.
1973 - The last U.S. combat soldiers leave South Vietnam.
1999 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed at more than 10,000 for the first time at the height of the dot-com bubble.
Policy NewsHatch Foundation names Matt Sandgren as Executive Director
The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation released the following statements after announcing Matt Sandgren would take the helm as executive director of the organization.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Innovator, inventor, disruptor and designer to speak at SLCC's 2019 commencement
Disruptive innovation expert Luke Williams will be the keynote speaker at Salt Lake Community College's 2019 Commencement, scheduled for 9:30 a.m., May 3, at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.
Mayor Biskupski welcomes United Nations Under-Secretary General Alison Smale and announces theme for 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference
Mayor Jackie Biskupski, along with representatives from Utah Valley University, welcomed Alison Smale, Under Secretary General for Global Communications, United Nations, on her first visit to Salt Lake City since the announcement was made last November that the city was chosen to host the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference.
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.
More National Headlines
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Albert Einstein
"The race for the Democratic nomination has barely started, and it's already getting crazy. Listen to this: Former Democratic Senator Mike Gravel is thinking about running at 88 years old. Eighty-eight. When they heard that, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden were like, 'Hey, who's the new kid?'" - JIMMY FALLON
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