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Situational awareness - March 5, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • The Utah Senate advances a hate crimes law.
  • The Supreme Court will not hear a legal challenge to Utah's nominating system.
  • Two gun bills hit a roadblock on Capitol Hill.
  • Democrats launch a sweeping investigation into people and organizations surrounding President Trump.

Mini movie review:

I had the good fortune to attend an advance screening of Captain Marvel on Monday. If you're a fan of superhero movies, you should definitely make plans to see this film. Bree Larson is tremendous as the title character, and Marvel's de-aging technology is incredible (and creepy). It's also appropriate for kids, in case you're wondering.

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Today is the 64th day of the year. There are 301 days remaining in 2019.

9 days until the final day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (3/14/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Congress_01.jpgUtahns have a low opinion of both Republicans and Democrats in Congress

 Most Utahns do not approve of the job either Republicans nor Democrats are doing in Congress, a recent UtahPolicy.com poll shows....
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_29.jpgDon't expect lawmakers to try and get rid of signature route for candidates this year

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ended the court battle over Utah's law allowing candidates to gather signatures to secure a spot on a political party's primary ballot, don't expect lawmakers to try and repeal the law in the final days of the 2019 legislature....
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_12.jpgSenate advances hate crimes bill

By a 19-9 vote the Utah Senate passed Monday a hate crimes bill that actually may work....
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Guns_01.jpgLawmakers won't consider so-called 'red flag' gun bill this year. Bill imposing universal background checks on gun sales stalls

For the second time in two years, a so-called "red flag" bill aimed at getting guns away from troubled, violent people quickly is dead in the Utah Legislature....
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgEmergency podcast: Supreme Court decides not to hear appeal challenging SB54

On Monday the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling challenging Utah's law allowing candidates to gather signatures to get on a party's primary ballot....
images/1000px_Article_Photos/US_Supreme_Court_01.jpgSupreme Court rejects appeal over SB54, meaning Utah's law allowing candidates to gather signatures stands. . . for now

 The legal fight over SB54 - the Utah law allowing candidates to gather signatures to get on the ballot - is over. On Monday, the Supreme Court officially refused to hear the Utah Republican party's appeal of a 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last year, meaning the...
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_01.jpgBudget negotiations underway on Capitol Hill

Legislative leadership will continue negotiations this week to set next year's budget. But, as with every year's spending blueprint, legislators will figure out the big spending items first, then fit everything else around them....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190303_McAdams_CSPAN.jpgCSPAN profiles Rep. Ben McAdams

Rep. Ben McAdams makes an appearance on CSPAN's series profiling freshmen members of Congress....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190303_Stewart_CNN.jpgStewart breaks with Trump, says it's 'extraordinarily unlikely' Kim did not know about Warmbier's torture

Rep. Chris Stewart said it was "extraordinarily unlikely" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not know about the treatment of American Otto Warmbier that lead to his death, directly disputing President Donald Trump's statements last week....
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Job_Growth_03.jpgUtah's unemployment rate remained below national average in January

Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for January 2019 grew by an estimated 3.2 percent, adding 47,600 jobs to the economy since January 2018. Utah's current employment level registers 1,526,600. December's job growth rate was revised downward three-tenths to 2.8 percent. ...
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Mountain_Landscape_01.jpgNew poll: Utahns say state needs to protect air, land and water

Ninety-seven-percent of Utahns believe the state Legislature has a major responsibility to address air quality concerns. And, 78% of Utah voters support Gov. Gary Herbert's proposal to direct $100 million of this year's $1.3 billion budget surplus to improving and protecting...
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgThese guys don't know when to shut their yaps! Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 411

We're at the end of week #5 of the 2019 Utah Legislature. Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott run down the top political stories from the last week:...
images/1000px_Mugs/20190301_Lee_Democrats.jpgSen. Lee says it may be time to change federal rules for marijuana

Sen. Mike Lee suggested on Friday afternoon that it may be time for the federal government to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule 1 to a Schedule 2 drug in order to reflect America's changing landscape when it comes to the controlled substance....
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190301_Romney_HLN.jpgRomney: America can't accept North Korea's word

Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday morning he was critical of President Donald Trump's defense of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's role in the death of American Otto Warmbier....

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Here we go. Democrats launch a sweeping investigation into President Donald Trump and people in his orbit. House Democrats requested documents from 81 people and entities, including the president's sons. The investigation seemingly could lay the groundwork for impeachment - https://wapo.st/2TuNNXP

Abuse of power? According to a blockbuster report from Jane Mayer in the New Yorker, President Trump allegedly demanded the Justice Department intervene to block a merger between AT&T and Time Warner in order to hurt CNN and boost Fox News - http://bit.ly/2TBrArq

  • The same report says Fox News discovered the hush money payments from the Trump campaign to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election but sat on the story because the network wanted Trump to win - https://cnnmon.ie/2Tt5QxL

Senate Republicans working to limit defections on Trump's border emergency. Now that there are enough votes to pass a resolution to block President Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, Senate Republicans are trying to keep as many of their party from voting against the president as they can - https://wapo.st/2TzHUsk

  • Sen. Rand Paul says there are "at least" 10 GOP senators who are set to vote against President Trump's emergency declaration - http://bit.ly/2TqCIHq

Hillary Clinton will not run in 2020. For the first time on camera, Hillary Clinton says she will not make a bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination - http://bit.ly/2TqDSCP

Michael Cohen's lawyers reportedly asked for a pardon by President Trump. A lawyer for Cohen approached Trump's attorneys and raised the possibility of a pardon - https://on.wsj.com/2Tt6n2J

Democrats to vote on anti-Semitism measure. Allegedly anti-Semitic comments from freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar are forcing Democratic leaders to take a public vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitic rhetoric, but it does not single out Omar - https://politi.co/2TuIbNd

Trump's trade war cost Americans at least $3 billion per month last year. Two new studies found the tariffs imposed by President Trump had a massive impact on the U.S. economy, contributing to higher prices and taxes - http://bit.ly/2TCmlI1

HUD Secretary Ben Carson says he'll leave his post at the end of Trump's first term. Carson said in a TV interview he wants to return to the private sector - https://wapo.st/2TClQ0B

The NSA shut down a controversial surveillance program. The system logged the calls and texts of Americans searching for possible domestic threats - https://nyti.ms/2Tt9Jmi

A new study says no link between the measles vaccine and autism. Researchers in Denmark say the MMR vaccine does not increase the risk of autism in children - http://bit.ly/2TALcvs

A second person may have been cured of HIV. Scientists say a man in London with the infection is in long-term remission - https://cnn.it/2Tui1Kz


1496 - King Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorizing them to explore unknown lands.

1770 - Boston Massacre. Five Americans, including Crispus Attucks, are fatally shot by British troops in an event that would contribute to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.

1836 - Samuel Colt patents the first production-model revolver, the .34 caliber.

1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a "bank holiday," closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions.

1946 - Winston Churchill coins the phrase "Iron Curtain" in his speech at Westminster College, Missouri.

1953 - Joseph Stalin dies in Moscow after suffering a stroke.

1970 - The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations.

Policy News

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The Silicon Slopes Tech Summit held Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 in Salt Lake City brought over 20,000 attendees in celebration of a historic year for Utah's tech industry. The milestone is a continuation of innovative leaps Utah has taken in just the past few years. Beyond exciting cap...
images/1000px_Article_Photos/International_Womens_Day_01.jpgJoin us on March 8 for the International Women's Day celebration
Join us and the Women's Business Center of Utah on March 8 for our annual International Women's Day Celebration! This year's panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges for women in international business. ...
images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngZions Bank economic snapshot: Interest rate trend is down
At the end of 2018, the Federal Reserve received strong criticism, both from investors and the president, for raising interest rates too quickly. While there has been considerable debate surrounding the Fed's actions, what is clear, is that despite hiking interest rates nine...
Serbian leaders examine renewable energy in Utah
The Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of  Serbian Leaders examining renewable energy to Utah  March 1 9, 2019....
Brand loyalty assessment challenges status-quo
Brand loyalty indicators are challenging the status-quo as millennials become primary economic purchasers and boomers enter older age categories....

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