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Situational awareness - April 19, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF

Here's what is driving the day:

  • The Mueller report is public and there's tons of reaction.
  • Joe Biden will launch his presidential campaign next week.

Trivia time!

Utah is one of six states where there has never seen a major party nominate a woman for governor. Can you name the other five?

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Today is the 109th day of the year. There are 256 days remaining in 2019.

The Utah Libertarian Party state convention is tomorrow (4/20/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Utah Republicans would be wise to steer clear of Trump

Well, the Mueller report redacted as it is came out and I, like a lot of other Utahns, spent time Thursday scanning some of its 448 pages and reading other parts in detail.
images/Shutterstock_Icons/Podcast_08.jpgPodcast: Smart growth management in Utah

Utah's population is exploding, which is a challenge for Utah policymakers from the statehouse all the way down to the local level.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Congress_B_W_01.jpgUtah's members of Congress react to the release of special counsel Mueller's report

Thursday morning Attorney General William Barr released the long-awaited report from special counsel Robert Mueller. Utah's members of Congress reacted to the news saying they're looking forward to reading the information, but they're not expecting any shocking revelations.
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_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/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.

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The Mueller report is public. The redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report contains details of attempted obstruction that was mostly foiled and extensive Russsian election interference -

  • Democrats in Congress are now faced with whether to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Donald Trump -
  • Republicans are rejoicing following the release of the report and are seeking to put the whole affair behind them -
  • The New York Times digs into the "culture of dishonesty" inside the Trump White House that is detailed in the report -
  • Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr passed information about the FBI's investigation into Russian interference to the White House -
  • Right-wing media is using the report to launch broadsides against Trump's critics, demanding apologies -

Joe Biden is running for president. The former vice president will announce his third bid for the White House next week -

Trade pact with Mexico would only bring a slight boost to the economy. The U.S. International Trade Commission says President Trump's trade deal with Mexico won't do much to move the economic needle -

Raising the smoking age. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduces legislation to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 -

Woah. The Department of Homeland Security says they plan to use facial recognition technology on 97 percent of air passengers by the year 2023 -

A New Mexico militia is detaining immigrants at the Mexico border. The right-wing group is stopping migrant families at gunpoint before turning them over to the border patrol -

Feds investigating Facebook. Federal regulators may hold Facebook accountable for mishandling personal information -



1775 - The American Revolutionary War begins with an American victory in Concord during the battles of Lexington and Concord.

1927 - Mae West is sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.

1971 - Charles Manson is sentenced to death (later commuted to life imprisonment) for conspiracy in the Tate-LaBianca murders.

1987 - The Simpsons first appeared as a series of shorts on the Tracey Ullman Show.

1993 - A 51-day standoff with the Branch Davidian cult near Waco, Texas ended when fire destroyed the group's compound after it was tear-gassed by authorities. Cult leader David Koresh and about 75 of his followers were killed.

1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City is bombed, killing 168 people.

2000 - A federal appeals court ruled in a high-profile case that 6-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez could stay in the U.S. until judges heard a full appeal from his relatives who sought to retain custody of the boy. He was eventually returned to his father in Cuba.

2011 - Fidel Castro resigns as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba after holding the title since July 1961.

2013 - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is killed in a shootout with police. His brother Dzhokar is later captured hiding in a boat in a backyard in the suburb of Watertown.


Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Weekend EventOutdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Environmental groups urge Utah to protect views at national parks and cut coal plant emissions
Amazon opens first robotics center in Utah, creates more than 1,500 jobs in the Salt Lake Area
Governor Gary Herbert, local elected officials and community leaders joined Amazon in celebrating its first robotics fulfillment center in Salt Lake City.
SLCC names honorary doctorate recipients for commencement
Salt Lake Community College has named Jay K. Francis and Patricia R. Richards as 2019 Honorary Doctorate recipients. They will receive their degrees at SLCC's May 3 Commencement at the Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City.
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. 

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