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Situational awareness - April 22, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City

Here's what is driving the day:

  • Lawmakers are discussing a possible compromise on election laws
  • Lee says it would be a "mistake" for Democrats to impeach Trump
  • Trump's approval ratings fall after the release of the Mueller report

Trivia time!

Friday's trivia question was a real doozy. Not a single reader submitted a correct answer, the first time that has happened.

Along with Utah, the five other states where a major party has never nominated a woman for governor are:

  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee

If you'd like to submit a Friday question, send your submissions to me at bschott@utahpolicy.com


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  TICK TOCK   

Today is the 112th day of the year. There are 253 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_02.jpgLegislative leaders discussing possible compromise on election law instead of veto override

Rather than spend time and energy searching for votes to override GOP Gov. Gary Herbert's veto of SB123 a bill that would lay out the special election process if a U.S. House or Senate member leaves office before his term is up  UtahPolicy.com is told that Republican legislative leaders are looking for a compromise that could include a plurality solution now inherent in SB54.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgHiking with Elizabeth Warren - Bernick and Schott on politics

The Mueller report is out and everybody has thoughts about it, including us. We also look at the local reaction.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190421_Lee_CBS.jpgLee says it would be a 'mistake' for Democrats to impeach Trump

Sen. Mike Lee said he felt it would be a political mistake for Democrats in Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190421_Giuliani_SOTU.jpgGiuliani rips Romney: 'Stop this pious act'

Rudy Giuliani hammered Utah Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday morning for his statement earlier in the week that he was "sickened" by the behavior of President Donald Trump and those in his orbit detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_01.jpgRomney says he was 'sickened' by Trump's behavior

A day after the public release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, Sen. Mitt Romney says he was sickened by some of the findings contained therein.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190419_Stewart_CNN.jpgStewart: Americans are 'exhausted' by Mueller report

Rep. Chris Stewart said efforts by Democrats to continue to pursue information contained in the Mueller report will backfire, resulting in a victory by President Donald Trump.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190421_Zions_01.gifZions Bank economic snapshot: 150 years of railroads in Utah

May 10th, 2019 represents the 150th anniversary of the uniting of the Central Pacific Railway and the Union Pacific Railway at Promontory Summit, Utah.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Job_Growth_02.jpgUtah's unemployment rate remains steady at 3 percent

Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for March 2019 grew by an estimated 3.0 percent, adding 45,100 jobs to the economy since March 2018.
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 UtahPolicy.com reported, current Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. is considering a return to Utah and another run for governor in 2020. 

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  NATIONAL HEADLINES  

Trump's approval tumbles after Mueller report. 37 percent of Americans say they approve of President Trump, which is a new low. The same poll shows half of Americans believe Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russia during the 2016 campaign - http://bit.ly/2GwcxX5


Guiliani says there's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. The president's lawyer says it's acceptable for a campaign to accept hacked information about an opponent that came from a foreign country - https://nyti.ms/2Gwbk1Z


Warren calls for impeachment. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says the House should start impeachment proceedings against President Trump - https://cnn.it/2GxLOJM


Democrats will hold a conference call on Monday afternoon to discuss their next steps following the release of the Mueller report. The whole caucus will meet soon to discuss whether to pursue impeachment - https://cnn.it/2GuFGSA


Fun read. The CNN team that staked out special counsel Robert Mueller writes about their experiences and what they learned over 18 months - https://cnn.it/2GvFbrB\


The 2020 presidential campaigns are vulnerable to cyber attacks. Aides to 2020 Democratic hopefuls are waring candidates Russia is laying the groundwork to interfere in the presidential campaign - http://bit.ly/2GkWWJS\


And then there were 20. Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton announced he's running for president next year - http://bit.ly/2GqjsBf


Troubling news. Waikiki beach could be underwater soon because of rising sea levels due to global warming. Hawaiian lawmakers are trying to pass legislation to spend millions on coastline protection - http://bit.ly/2GvEpuH


Capitalism in crisis. American billionaires are worried about the future of the economic system that made them rich - https://wapo.st/2GrScCm


SCOTUS. The Supreme Court hears arguments this week over the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census - http://bit.ly/2GoOcma



  ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

1500 - Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral lands in Brazil.

1519 - Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes establishes a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico.

1864 - Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1864 that mandates the inscription In God We Trust be placed on all coins minted as U.S. currency.

1889 - At noon, thousands rush to claim land in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed with populations of at least 10,000.

1970 - The first Earth Day is celebrated.

1983 - The German magazine Stern claims the "Hitler Diaries" had been found in East Germany. the diaries are subsequently revealed to be forgeries.

2000 - In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' home in Miami.


Policy News

Curtis encourages political engagement at tech tour: 'Demand civility and reward it'
This week, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) set out on a tech tour visiting several companies in his district. 
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.

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Wise Words

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"Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again." Gustav Mahler

Lighter Side

Mueller Report Delivery

"They got the Mueller report the same way we all got Encarta. Seriously, this is how the government handles one of the most anticipated documents in recent history? Was it a report or did they just send Congress a mixtape?" - SETH MEYERS, referring to the digital encyclopedia


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