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Situational awareness - April 18, 2019

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here's what is driving the day:

  • The redacted version of the Mueller report will be released today.
  • Elizabeth Warren electrifies Democrats in Salt Lake City.
  • The tax reform task force won't get down to work until sometime in May.

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Today is the 108th day of the year. There are 257 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

51 days until the Independent American Party Utah State Convention (6/8/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Elizabeth_Warren_03.jpgDemocrat Elizabeth Warren thrills a standing room only crowd in Salt Lake City

Massachusetts Sen. and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren brought her campaign to Salt Lake City on Wednesday.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_05.jpgTax reform task force won't get underway until May according to legislative leaders

We won't know until mid-May which 10 state legislators will be on the Tax Reform and Equalization Task Force, House and Senate GOP leaders told on Wednesday.
images/1000px_Logos/USTAR_1000.pngRural company Dragon Shale looks to transform Utah's oil shale industry

Located in Vernal, one fledgling Utah startup, Dragon Shale, is looking to disrupt the oil shale and petrochemicals industries and bring new opportunities for growth in rural Utah.
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/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/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.

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It's Mueller time. The Justice Department will release a redacted version of the Mueller report today. Attorney General William Barr plans to hold a press conference before delivering the report to Congress. Democrats are furious that Barr appears to be trying to shape public opinion before the release, and are demanding he cancel the press conference -

  • The Justice Department has had numerous discussions about the contents of the Mueller report with the White House prior to its release in order to aid their rebuttal to the report and prepare for the public release -
  • The report is expected to be lightly redacted, especially in the areas detailing possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump -
  • House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler is accusing Barr of protecting Trump with his rollout of the report -
  • House Democrats want special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress following the release of his report -
  • There are still three ways the release of the report could pose legal problems for President Trump -

North Korea claims they tested a new weapon. The country did not specify what kind of weapon was test fired, and no missile launch was detected -

Good economic news...especially for Trump. Fears of a recession are fading, which could boost President Trump's re-election bid -

Democrats want Steven Miller to testify on immigration. House Democrats invited Miller, the controversial White House aide, to testify and about his aggressive policies cracking down on immigration -

Democrats heading to Fox News. After Sen. Bernie Sanders successful town hall on Fox News this week, other 2020 hopefuls are planning on heading to the right-wing media outlet. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will be the next Democrat to hold a town hall on the network -

  • Democrats are mulling changes to make it harder for 2020 hopefuls to qualify for primary debates -
  • President Trump is not happy with his favorite network following Sanders' town hall. He griped about the favorable coverage of Sanders on Twitter following the event -

Ivanka passed on World Bank job. Presidential daughter Ivanka Trump says her father, President Trump, asked her if she was interested in leading the World Bank but she passed -

Rick Perry is leaving the Trump administration. The former Texas governor is planning to leave his post as Energy Secretary but hasn't set a timeline for his exit -

Herman Cain won't withdraw his nomination from the Fed Board. The former presidential candidate says he won't pull his name from consideration despite opposition from several Republicans in Congress -

Kushner's Middle East peace plan not ready yet. The White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law says his peace blueprint won't be released before June -

Facebook collected the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their permission. The lists were "unintentionally" uploaded after a design change. The incident is the latest black eye for the internet giant -


1506 - The cornerstone was placed for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

1775 - Paul Revere's midnight ride. Paul Revere began his famous ride through the Massachusetts countryside, crying out "The British are coming!" to rally the Minutemen.

1831 - The University of Alabama is founded in Tuscaloosa.

1906 - An earthquake destroys much of San Francisco, California.

1923 - Yankee Stadium opens.

1930 - The British Broadcasting Corporation announced that "there is no news" in their evening report.

1942 - Lt. Col. James Doolittle led a squadron of B-25 bombers in a surprise raid against Tokyo.

1983 - A suicide bomber in Lebanon destroys the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people.

Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgUtah executives report cautious optimism about future economy
The Salt Lake Chamber released the first-quarter results of the Salt Lake Chamber's CEOutlook 2019 survey.
Center for Policing Equity revealed as a 2019 Audacious Project
What if science could eliminate racial bias in policing? Today, this question was answered by the Center for Policing Equity (CPE) as the focus of its big idea funded through The Audacious Project.
images/1000px_Logos/GOED_ProgramLogos_Color_EDCUtah.pngJoin us for the 13th Annual Utah Economic Summit hosted by Governor Gary R. Herbert
The Summit will feature a keynote address and awards presentation by the Governor. 
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.

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"After facing additional charges stemming from her role in the recent college admissions cheating scandal, actress Lori Loughlin has reportedly reached out to Lindsay Lohan's former crisis manager for help. Said the crisis manager, 'Are you sure? I'm not good at this.'" - SETH MEYERS

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