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Situational awareness - April 23, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City

Here's what is driving the day:

  • Derek Brown says the Utah GOP is at a crossroads.
  • Lawmakers hail air quality measures passed in 2019
  • Impeachment talk grips Washington.

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Today is the 113th day of the year. There are 252 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Screenshots/20190423_Lee_Fox.jpgLee on Democratic calls to impeach Trump: 'Not good for them now. Not good for them a year from now'

Sen. Mike Lee said Tuesday morning Democrats would be making a huge mistake by trying to impeach President Donald Trump following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
images/Shutterstock_Icons/podcast_13.jpgPodcast: Derek Brown on the future of the Utah GOP

Former Utah Rep. Derek Brown is running for chairman of the Utah Republican Party.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190422_Lee_View.jpgWatch: Lee tangles with 'The View' hosts over Mueller report, climate change

Sen. Mike Lee is making the rounds to promote his new book, Our Lost Declaration. On Monday he ventured on the morning chatfest The View where he sparred with the hosts over the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's report and his Senate floor speech mocking the "Green New Deal."
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgJoin the Salt Lake Chamber for the 'Four Commitments of a Winning Team' with Mark Eaton

Join us for the Salt Lake Chamber Professional Development Series seminar, the 'Four Commitments of a Winning Team' with Mark Eaton on May 3, 2019.
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 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.

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Trump: The New York Times should "beg for mercy." In a set of unhinged tweets on Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump raged at the New York Times, demanding an apology from the newspaper and calling them "truly the Enemy of the People!" -

Pelosi tries to tamp down talk of impeachment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged members of her caucus to back away from impeachment talk during a conference call on Monday -

  • White House aides aren't worrying too much about a possible impeachment battle, convinced Democrats in Congress would never initiate such a move -
  • Trump argued on Twitter Monday that he could not be impeached and that it was the "Democrats that committed the crimes" -
  • 2020 Democratic hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday Congress should "take the steps toward impeachment" -
  • The Senate GOP is urging Congress to move on from the Mueller report -

Trump's approval rating sinks following the Mueller report. A new survey puts Trump's approval at just 39 percent, which ties his all-time low. 57 percent of Americans disapprove of President Trump's job performance -

Biden's campaign launch may be delayed. Expected campaign kick-off events in Virginia and Pennsylvania may be pushed back -

  • Biden's campaign announcement will focus on a "climate of the nation" message that will directly take on President Trump -
  • Biden will close his charitable foundation when he finally decides to enter the race -

White House vs. Congress.

  • President Trump filed a lawsuit against House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings to block a subpoena of the president's financial records -
  • The Trump administration instructed a former personnel security director to ignore a Congressional subpoena from the House Oversight Committee -

The Supreme Court will rule on gay and transgender rights. The court agreed to take up a set of high-profile cases arguing whether federal laws prohibit discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation or because they are transgender -

Herman Cain withdraws from Fed consideration. President Trump said Monday that Cain has pulled his name from consideration because of opposition from Republicans in the Senate -

Wut? Stephen Moore, who President Trump is planning to nominate for the Federal Reserve Board, once argued women should be barred from refereeing or covering men's basketball games -- unless they are attractive -

Does someone want to tell him? President Trump said Monday nobody in the White House defies his orders. Special counsel Robert Mueller's report detailed multiple instances of White House staffers and aides ignoring instructions from the president -

Social Security will be tapped out in 2035. The trust fund will only be able to pay out three-quarters of benefits to Americans when they retire -

President Trump will make a state visit to the UK in June. Buckingham Palace is expected to announce the visit "shortly" according to multiple sources -

Greenland is melting faster than experts thought. The melting will have a significant impact on rising sea levels -


1635 - The first public school in the U.S., Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston.

1898 - The first movie theater opened at the Koster and Bials Music Hall in New York City.

1914 - First baseball game at Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park, in Chicago.

1985 - Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than three months.

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. 

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Wise Words


"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." Anthony J. D'Angelo

Lighter Side

Future Meddling

"It's a shock to find out both which associates declined to carry out his orders, and what they declined to do. Like his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who did not deliver the president's message to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he should confine the Russia investigation to future election meddling only." - STEPHEN COLBERT

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