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Situational awareness - April 10, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here's what is driving the day:

  • Barr says he will deliver a redacted version of the Mueller report "within a week."
  • Stewart says Democrats are playing politics with the Mueller report.
  • McAdams proposes a Balanced Budget Amendment.
  • Romney worries about Trump's purge of the Department of Homeland Security.

Editor's note: I'm headed to Chicago for a few days to attend David Axelrod's Campaign Journalism Conference. I'll join several media heavy hitters to discuss how to cover the 2020 elections. I'll leave you in the capable hands of the staff.

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Today is the 100th day of the year. There are 265 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

77 days to the first Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami (6/26/2019)

111 days to the second Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit (7/30/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgPolitical mischief - Bernick and Schott on politics

In this edition of Utah's longest-running political podcast, we break down the latest news, including:
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190409_Stewart_CNN.jpgStewart: Democratic threats to subpoena Mueller report is 'political silliness'

Rep. Chris Stewart said Tuesday threats by Democrats in Congress to subpoena the final report from special counsel Robert Mueller is a political stunt.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_01.jpgRomney, Republicans urge Trump to drop Cain's nomination for Fed Board

Sen. Mitt Romney and other Senate Republicans are pushing President Donald Trump to not nominate Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve Board.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_03.jpgMcAdams introduces Balanced Budget Amendment

Congressman Ben McAdams has introduced a bill that proposes a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, saying it is time for a serious discussion about the federal government's alarming and irresponsible budget deficits.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgSchatz, Lee, Durbin introduce bipartisan legislation to restore educational opportunities for those incarcerated and improve public safety

U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, a bill that would restore Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals. The bipartisan legislation would cut the cycle of recidivism, save taxpayer money, and improve safety. 
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgCurtis bills to strengthen US-Taiwan relations pass Foreign Affairs Committee

Representatives John Curtis (R-UT), released the following statement after joining his colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to introduce two pieces of bipartisan legislation. Both bills passed unanimously through committee this afternoon.  
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Building_Bridges_Postcard_01_Page_1.jpgSlate of GOP candidates in Davis County aiming to put an end to Republican party strife

While delegates in some Wasatch Front Republican Party county conventions may have to guess which candidates for their State Central Committee slots are Gang of 51 members and which seek to put the internal party strife behind them, not so in this Saturday's Davis County Convention.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Governor_Mansion.jpgStraw poll: Insiders say Cox is favorite to be Utah's next governor

Our "Political Insiders" and readers expect Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox to be elected governor in 2020 according to our latest straw poll.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Greg_Hughes_11.jpgHughes wins 2019 political bracket faceoff

Former Speaker Greg Hughes is the winner of our 2019 political bracket faceoff, handily defeating current House Majority Whip Mike Schultz.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgUtah community builder: 5 for the Fight

In 2002 Scott Smith, a Brigham Young University marketing professor, began tinkering with a technology project in his basement. He wanted an online survey research tool that was sophisticated enough for doctoral students while also user-friendly enough for undergraduate students to use. His basement project grew into Qualtrics and by any measure, it has been extremely successful. In 2018, the company sold for $8 billion.
images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_01.jpgSome big GOP names vying for slots on the party's State Central Committee

 Some interesting names are popping up on the list of Salt Lake County Republicans who want to be on the Utah Republican Party's State Central Committee and thus lead the healing of the internal strife over SB54.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 bracket face-off finals - Schultz vs. Hughes

We're down to the finals for our 2019 bracket face-off. House Majority Whip Mike Schultz vs. former Speaker Greg Hughes.

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Mueller report will be released "within a week." Attorney General William Barr says he will deliver a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report to Congress soon. He said he will not allow them to see an unredacted version of the document -

  • Democrats plan to "very quickly" issue a subpoena to the Justice Department seeking the full report as well as access to grand jury and counterintelligence evidence -

Justice Dept. to probe possible anti-Trump bias in the FBI. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday he has assembled a team to review decisions made by the FBI and the Justice Department that led to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation -

Treasury Dept. and White House discussed the request for Trump's tax returns. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin told members of Congress on Tuesday his department had discussed the effort by Democrats to obtain President Trump's tax returns. Mnuchin said he would not allow politics to play a role in the effort by Democrats to get Trump's tax documents while reiterating Trump's right to keep the information private -

  • The Treasury Department is expected to miss Wednesday's deadline for turning over Trump's tax returns to Congress -

Chaos in the White House over immigration. The Washington Post has a fascinating look at how the Trump administration panicked while addressing a surge in migrants at the southern border -

The Trump administration is considering a plan to make it harder for asylum seekers to enter the country. The proposal includes tougher interviews for migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border -

  • The number of migrants crossing the Mexican border illegally hit a 12-year high in March -
  • Trump continues to falsely claim his family separation policy is a continuation of an Obama-era policy -

Democrats scrap budget vote over ideological divide. Progressives in the House want more domestic spending, while centrists objected to rising debt -

Congressional hearing on white nationalism devolves into a farce. The House Judiciary Committee hearing about a surge in attacks by far-right extremists veered off topic as Republicans raged about their own perceived persecution on social media -

  • Proving the point of the hearing, the comments on the YouTube livestream of the hearing were disabled after a flood of racist and anti-Semitic comments -

Most Americans approve of Trump's handling of the economy. A new poll shows 58% of Americans give Trump positive ratings on the economy, but 59% of Americans are worried about an economic downturn -

New York mandates measles vaccinations. A measles outbreak in New York City has prompted public health officials to require unvaccinated people to get the vaccine or face a fine -

Trump's attacks on the media have eroded the credibility of media outlets...among Republicans. A new poll shows President Trump's cries of "fake news" has driven a decline in the perception of the media's credibility, but that's mostly among Republicans. Democrats and independents still feel the media is trustworthy -

Trump's "truly bizarre" visit to Mt. Vernon. Last year, during a guided tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon home with French president Emmanuel Macron, Trump wondered why Washington didn't name the estate after himself. It was also clear that Macron knew more about the history of Mount Vernon than Trump -

Israel's elections too close to call. Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is neck and neck with the Blue and White party led by Benny Gantz, but Netanyahu appears to be in better position to form a government and win a record fifth term -

Bank of America to raise their minimum wage to $20. The boost from $15 to $20 per hour will occur over the next two years -


1816 - Congress approves the creation of the Second Bank of the United States.

1866 - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York by Henry Bergh.

1912 - RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden and only voyage.

1925 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published.

1970 - Paul McCartney announces he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.

Policy News

Riverton now hiring for officers and sergeants to staff new police department
Riverton City is now accepting applications for officer and sergeant positions to serve in the new Riverton Police Department. This comes following the Riverton City Council's decision in October 2018 to officially split ways with Unified Police Department, and subsequent hiring of Don Hutson to serve as the city's chief of police.
Salt Lake City ranks among nation's solar leaders
Salt Lake City ranked eleventh nationwide for solar energy capacity per capita, landing it among the nation's leaders for installing clean energy from the sun.
Treasurer Damschen announces $54.8 million new lost property now online for claim
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced that the Utah Unclaimed Property Division received more than $54.8 million in lost property at the end of 2018. This property comes from sources, such as dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, safe deposit box contents and unpaid insurance benefits.

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"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." Abraham Lincoln

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Fake News

"A man from Lithuania is facing legal problems after it was discovered that he convinced Google and Facebook to pay fake invoices to fake companies. In total he got them to pay - get this - $122 million. Yes. Also, now Facebook and Google suddenly have a problem with fake news." - JAMES CORDEN

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