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Situational awareness - April 2, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

It's Equal Pay Day. Today is how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year because of the gender pay gap. Here's more information from the National Committee on Pay Equity.

Here's what is driving the day:

  • Utahns blame Republicans and Democrats for failing to fix the immigration problem.
  • Our "Political Insiders" and readers say Sen. Luz Escamilla is the frontrunner to be the next mayor of Salt Lake City.
  • Utah opens enrollment in the state's limited Medicaid expansion.
  • The White House granted security clearances to at least 25 people who were initially rejected over serious national security concerns.

Political bracket "Sweet 16:

The next four matchups in our "Sweet 16" are live. Check out the brackets here.


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  TICK TOCK   

Today is the 92nd day of the year. There are 273 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

85 days to the first Democratic presidential primary debate in Miami (6/26/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Border_Wall.jpgUtahns blame both Republicans and Democrats for immigration impasse

With GOP President Donald Trump threatening to close our southern border with Mexico, a recent UtahPolicy.com poll finds that Utahns blame Trump and both parties in Congress for the stalemate on immigration policy reform.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpgTuesday's 2019 bracket face-off matchups

There are four more matchups for you to vote on as we determine the final slots in the "Elite Eight" in this year's competition.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Salt_Lake_City_Hall.jpgStraw poll: Who will be Salt Lake City's next mayor?

Our "Political Insiders" and readers think Sen. Luz Escamilla is the most likely to be elected the next Mayor of Salt Lake City according to our straw poll.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpgMonday's political bracket face-off winners

The first four tickets into our "Elite Eight" were punched in today's matchups. Winners are below:
images/1000px_Article_Photos/SLC_Olympics.jpgUtahns overwhelmingly want to host another Olympic games

A super-majority of 87 percent of Utahns support Salt Lake City hosting a future Winter Olympics, a recent UtahPolicy.com poll finds.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 political bracket face-off enters the 'Sweet 16'

We're down to the "Sweet 16" in our 2019 bracket faceoff.
images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_01.jpgStraw poll: Brown favored to become next GOP chairman

Former Utah Rep. Derek Brown is the odds-on favorite to be the next chairman of the Utah Republican Party according to a straw poll of our "Political Insiders" and readers.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190331_McAdams_Fox.jpgMcAdams on Medicare for all: 'Not an approach to healthcare that works for my constituents'

Rep. Ben McAdams said Sunday Morning on Fox News that he does not agree with the current push by many in the Democratic Party to implement a "Medicare for all" health system, but he does say there are problems with the health system that need to be fixed.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Mike_Lee_01.jpgReport: Lee and Barr had 'shouting match' over Justice Department nominee

NPR reports Sen. Mike Lee and Attorney General William Barr had a "shouting match" over the nomination of Jessie Liu to a top slot at the Justice Department.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Adult_Expansion_Comparison_Chart_FINAL.jpgTrump administration approves Utah's first Medicaid waiver

 Utah got its Medicaid waiver Friday morning, meaning come Monday April 1 the state will start its own "bridge plan" to Medicaid expansion as adopted by the Legislature back in February.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190329_Stewart_Fox.jpgStewart: Schiff has 'virtually nothing' to prove his collusion claim

Rep. Chris Stewart continued his criticism of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Friday, saying the Democrat has "virtually nothing" to back up his claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgWaiting for a waiver - Bernick and Schott on politics

Utah is still waiting for a Medicaid waiver from the Trump administration ahead of Monday's deadline to start the state's scaled-back Medicaid expansion. Utah's plan involves work requirements for recipients, but a federal judge just struck those requirements down in two other states.

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  NATIONAL HEADLINES  

White House security clearance scandal. A whistle-blower inside the White House told a House committee that Trump administration officials granted security clearances to at least 25 people who had initially been rejected for "disqualifying issues," including foreign influence, drug use and financial problems - https://nyti.ms/2UdvEis


Kushner: "I've been accused of all different types of things." White House adviser Jared Kushner gave a rare interview to Fox News on Monday night. When asked about the current White House security clearance scandal, Kushner said he's been accused of many things that have turned out to be false. Notably, host Laura Ingraham did not follow up with a question on whether President Donald Trump intervened to give him a security clearance after he was initially rejected - https://fxn.ws/2FPZNKC


Democrats tee up a subpoena over Mueller report. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for Wednesday to authorize a subpoena to force the Justice Department to hand over an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report if Attorney General Bill Barr doesn't hand it over by Tuesday's deadline - https://nyti.ms/2U8Z2GG


Trump punts on healthcare until after the 2020 election. President Donald Trump said Monday night that Republicans are working on a new healthcare plan, but won't introduce it until after the 2020 election - https://cnn.it/2U922CV


Trump considers an "immigration czar." President Trump is mulling naming a "border" or "immigration czar" to coordinate immigration policy - http://bit.ly/2UeZjYz


A second woman says Biden touched her. Another woman says former Vice President Joe Biden touched her without consent in 2009. The woman says the contact with Biden wasn't sexual but did make her feel uncomfortable - https://nyti.ms/2UdtBea


Trump says he's "saving" Judge Amy Barrett for Ginsberg's seat. President Trump told close allies last year he was waiting to nominate Judge Amy Comey Barrett for the Supreme Court when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's seat is open - http://bit.ly/2FLEA4I


Good luck with that. Democrats in the Senate plan to introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College this week - https://politi.co/2FVUeuv


Disaster relief bill fails. The Senate voted down a pair of disaster relief bills on Monday. Democrats said the measures did not include enough money for Puerto Rico relief while Republicans wanted more money for Midwestern states hit hard by flooding - https://nyti.ms/2U9RT9d

  • President Trump and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz trade insults over disaster relief for Puerto Rico - http://bit.ly/2FJm0Ko

The next government fiscal crisis. House Democrats are working to avoid a financial disaster if Congress fails to raise the debt limit in the coming months. If they fail to raise the debt ceiling, it would lead to severe automatic budget cuts and may crash the economy - https://politi.co/2FKmq38


750,000 Americans could lose food stamps. A new proposal from the Trump administration to encourage able-bodied adults to go to work would likely kick nearly a million Americans off of government aid programs - https://n.pr/2FLzMw3


Bloomberg could still run for president. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is reportedly telling confidants he could still run for president if former Vice President Joe Biden decides not to get in the race - http://bit.ly/2FJkI20


Harris rakes it in. Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris reported a first quarter fundraising haul of $12 million on Monday - http://bit.ly/2FDDUy0


Woah! Americans borrowed $88 billion to pay for health care last year - https://nyti.ms/2FModVj



  ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon first sights land in what is now Florida.

1792 - The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.

1902 - "Electric Theater," the first full-time movie theater in the U.S., opens in Los Angeles.

1917 - President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.

1982 - Argentina invades the Falkland Islands. 


Policy News

Hatch Center and FWD.us release report: Our outdated immigration system needs overhaul
The Hatch Center-the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation-joined FWD.us in releasing a new report on the need to reform to the US immigration system to grow the economy, foster innovation, and create new American jobs. The report advocates specifically for commonsense, bipartisan changes to our high-skilled immigration policy.
Utah Taxpayers Association releases 2019 legislative scorecard
 The Utah Taxpayers Association has released its 2019 Legislative Scorecard. This year the Association's annual scorecard ranks Utah's 104 legislators on 14 crucial taxpayer related bills from the 2019 legislative session. The bills that were rated covered key taxpayer issues such as cutting taxes, preventing tax increases, promoting equity in Utah's tax code and ensuring economic success in the state for years to come.

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Wise Words

Busy

"It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

Game of Telephone

"Trump's been on his own high ever since we got the Barr report of the Mueller report that said there's nothing to report,..." Which means that coverage of the investigation's findings has been like "a weird game of telephone where you don't know what the first guy said but the last guy stabs you in the ear." Stephen Colbert


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