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Situational awareness - April 17, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here's what is driving the day:

  • Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Utah today.
  • Candidates in Utah are talking about abortion. Is that a good campaign strategy?
  • Democrat Ben McAdams raises more than $300,000 for his re-election bid. At the same time, at least two Republicans are mulling a challenge to McAdams in 2020.
  • Trump vetoes a resolution seeking to end US involvement in the war in Yemen.

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Today is the 107th day of the year. There are 258 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Abortion_protest_01.jpgAnalysis: Is abortion a potent political issue in Utah?

This past legislative session, the majority Republicans passed, and GOP Gov. Gary Herbert signed, an abortion restriction bill that clearly violates the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and will land Utah in a federal court case it may well lose.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Ben_McAdams_22.jpgMcAdams raises $300,000 as potential 2020 opponents begin to test the waters

Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams raised just over $300,000 during the first fundraising quarter of the 2020 election cycle. He may need to raise much more than that as two Republican lawmakers are mulling challenges to McAdams next year.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgThe political crazies will always be with us - Bernick and Schott on politics

 Veteran political journalists Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss the latest Utah political news. In this episode:
images/Resized_Mugshots/Jon_Huntsman_04.jpgWeekly survey: Will Jon Huntsman run for governor again?

As reported, current Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. is considering a return to Utah and another run for governor in 2020. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Elizabeth_Warren_01.jpgElizabeth Warren will campaign in Utah on Wednesday. The strategy could pay off for her in the future

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren brings her presidential campaign to Utah this week for a rally on Wednesday night. It will be the most high-profile visit by a presidential contender since Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held a massive outdoor rally in Utah in 2016.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Global_Warming_01.jpgUtahns are divided over the seriousness of the threat posed by climate change

Utahns may not be climate change deniers, but they aren't that worried about it, either, a recent poll shows.
images/1000px_Mugs/Kerry_Gibson.jpgGovernor appoints Kerry Gibson as Commissioner for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Kerry Gibson to serve as commissioner for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, following LuAnn Adams' announcement that she will retire.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgRomney, McSally, Sinema introduce legislation to settle water rights for Navajo Nation in Utah

U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019, legislation that would settle a decades-long negotiation among the Navajo Nation, federal government and the State of Utah over water rights for Utah Navajos. A summary of the legislation is available here.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgBuilding Utah: How to pitch your products to Walmart

If you are a supplier of new, shelf-ready, goods manufactured in the United States and you are looking to sell your products with Walmart, now is your time to apply. Walmart is holding its 6th Annual Open Call for U.S. Sourced Products. It's part of the company's commitment to purchase an additional $250 billion in products made, sourced or grown in the U.S. by 2023.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Divided_GOP.jpgAnalysis: Efforts to lessen the power of dissident members on the Utah GOP's Central Committee have been mostly successful so far

Last week's GOP county convention elections provided significant victories, is told, for the "reasonable" Republicans running to blunt the influence of the so-called "Gang of 51" inside the state Republican Party.

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Thursday is M-Day in Washington. A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report will be released to Congress and the public tomorrow. Here's what you should expect -

  • President Donald Trump is expecting to be vindicated by the release of Mueller's report, but several White House aides are fearful of the president's temper should the report reveal damaging news -

Veto #2. President Donald Trump issued the second veto of his tenure, nixing a bipartisan resolution seeking to end US involvement in the war in Yemen -

Reversal on asylum seekers. Attorney General William Barr decided Tuesday that some asylum seekers cannot be released on bond by immigration judges, which could lead to immigrants being held indefinitely -

Legal battle between the White House and Congress. President Trump's attorneys are preparing to resist congressional investigations, which could set up a protracted legal fight over congressional subpoena power -

More troops to the southern border. President Trump has ordered thousands of additional American military personnel to the southwest border according to a new document drafted last week -

Sanders scores on Fox. Sen. Bernie Sanders' Fox News town hall was the most-watched TV event of the 2020 campaign cycle so far, drawing nearly 2.6 million viewers -

  • More Democrats may be heading to Fox News, including South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg -

2020 Democrats aren't donating to charity. According to publicly released tax returns from some of the Democratic presidential hopefuls shows they don't give much to charity compared with other Americans with similar incomes -

Freshman Dems rake in campaign cash. Some of the most vulnerable Democrats in Congress raised more than $300,000 in the first fundraising quarter of the 2020 election cycle -

Hmmm. A new poll shows nearly 4-in-10 voters believe President Trump's campaign was spied on during the 2016 election -

North Korea may be ramping up production on nuclear weapons. Satellite images show the possible reprocessing of radioactive material into bomb fuel at North Korea's main nuclear site -

Trend to be aware of. Far-right activists, who are being chased away from online platforms like Facebook and YouTube are turning to Tik Tok, a video-sharing app popular with Gen Z users -

Terrifying. Denver-area schools are shut down as police search for an armed woman who is "infatuated" with the Columbine massacre. The woman traveled to Denver from Florida, then bought a weapon and ammunition just days ahead of the 20-year anniversary of the school shooting -


1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer tells The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.

1512 - The Roman Catholic Church excommunicated Martin Luther after he refused to admit to charges of heresy.

1524 - Italian navigator Giovanni Verrazano discovered what is now New York Harbor.

1861 - Virginia's secession convention votes to secede from the United States, becoming the 8th state to join the Confederate States of America.

1905 - The Supreme Court decides Lochner v. New York, which holds that the "right to free contract" is implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

1961 - Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

1969 - Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.

1993 - A federal jury convicted two Los Angeles police officers and acquitted two others of violating the civil rights of Rodney King during his 1991 arrest and beating. 

Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgRio Tinto to be honored with Utah Foundation's Civic Cornerstone Award
Rio Tinto will be honored with the Civic Cornerstone Award at Utah Foundation's 2019 Annual Luncheon on May 21st at the Little America Hotel.
images/1000px_Logos/GOED_ProgramLogos_Color_EDCUtah.pngPlaid opens engineering hub in Salt Lake City
The Economic Development Corporation, Salt Lake City, and the Governor's Office of Economic Development are excited to announce that Plaid is opening an engineering hub in Salt Lake City.
Moab natural gas pipeline shut down, operator fined $100K after investigation by Utah Division of Public Utilities
Chris Parker, Director of the Utah Division of Public Utilities, announced that a Division investigation resulted in a Hazardous Facility Order issued against Pacific Energy & Mining (PEMC) April 10, 2019 by the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC).    

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"According to a new poll, former Vice President Joe Biden now has a double-digit lead over Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucus. It's the most space Biden has ever given anyone." - SETH MEYERS

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