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Situational awareness - March 6, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • Lawmakers are considering a $341 million income tax cut that will be phased in over 3 years.
  • The Utah Senate passes hate crimes legislation
  • Legislators are worried a bill to allower higher alcohol content beer could touch off a ballot initiative battle.
  • President Donald Trump pressured White House officials to grant a security clearance to his daughter, Ivanka.

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Today is the 65th day of the year. There are 300 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_04.jpgLawmakers worry the fight over higher-alcohol beer might lead to a liquor ballot initiative in 2020

Some Utah lawmakers fear the failure to pass a bill allowing grocery and convenience stores to sell higher alcohol-content beer could lead to a liquor themed voter initiative in the 2020 election....
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_15.jpgLawmakers considering $341 million income tax reduction, but not until 2022

Legislative leaders say they're eyeing a $341 million income tax cut, but the entire reduction will be phased in over time to correspond with a proposed overhaul of the sales tax....
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_03.jpgSenate gives final approval to hate crimes legislation, sending the issue to the House

The Utah Senate gave final approval to the so-called "hate crimes" bill on Tuesday morning, sending the proposal to the House....
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....

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Yikes! Despite claims to the contrary, President Donald Trump demanded White House staffers grant his daughter Ivanka Trump a security clearance over their objections - https://cnn.it/2IXtdva

  • The White House told Democrats in Congress they would not hand over documents regarding the granting of a security clearance to Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner - https://politi.co/2IXubri

Uh oh! North Korea is apparently rebuilding a long-range missile testing facility that has been dormant since last year - https://nbcnews.to/2ITxwaR

Breaking point at the border. More than 76,000 migrants were apprehended attempting to cross into the U.S. illegally in February, which is the highest number in the last 12 years - https://nyti.ms/2ISOCWt

The federal deficit jumped 77% in the first four months of 2019. The deficit was fueled by higher spending and the Trump tax cuts - https://wapo.st/2ITwwU9

Most Americans believe Trump committed crimes before he became president. A Quinnipiac poll found 64% of Americans believe Trump committed crimes before taking office, but only 45% say he committed crimes while he has been president. 59% say Congress should not impeach President Trump - http://bit.ly/2ITOlmg

Democrats plan to seek 10 years of Trump's tax returns. House lawyers are preparing their request in a way they hope will survive a court battle - https://wapo.st/2ISQ0IF

Trump wrote checks to Michael Cohen in the midst of official business in the White House. 11 times he signed the payments to his former personal lawyer as part of what federal prosecutors say was a criminal scheme to skirt campaign finance laws - https://nyti.ms/2IVWarl

More trouble for Trump's business. New York State regulators have issued a subpoena to the company's insurance broker following Michael Cohen's testimony that the company may have committed insurance fraud - https://nyti.ms/2IWbXq6

Trump's former lawyer says the Mueller investigation is not a "witch hunt." Ty Cobb said on the ABC News podcast "The Investigation" that Robert Mueller is "an American hero" - https://abcn.ws/2IWfHYZ

Michael Bloomberg won't run for president in 2020. Instead, he's going to pour truckloads of money into electing Democrats and defeating President Donald Trump - https://nyti.ms/2IVWpCL

Trouble for Ocasio-Cortez. The freshman Democrat's chief of staff established two political action committees that paid a corporation he ran more than $1 million in 2016 and 2017 - https://wapo.st/2IVXYRo

Foreign influence campaigns are continuing "virtually unabated." Former FBI Director Christopher Wray says foreign efforts to sow discord online are continuing without the government stopping them - https://cnn.it/2IWb5lk


1820 - The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state and brought Maine into the Union as a free state, and made the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase slavery-free

1836 - Battle of the Alamo: After a thirteen-day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers, including frontiersman Davy Crockett and colonel Jim Bowie, defending the Alamo are killed and the fort is captured.

1857 - The Supreme Court rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case that a slave could not sue for his freedom even though his owner died in a so-called "free state."

1869 - Dimitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.

1933 - President Franklin Roosevelt declared a national banking holiday in an effort to shore up the banking system.

1951 - The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins.

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