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Situational awareness: April 25, 2019

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City

Here's what is driving the day:

  • McAdams speaks about Mueller, impeachment, and Pelosi.
  • Herbert announces he's receiving treatment for skin cancer.
  • Biden jumps into the 2020 race.
  • Trump vows to fight Democratic subpoenas.

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Today is the 115th day of the year. There are 250 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/Ben_McAdams_23.JPGQ&A with Rep. Ben McAdams on Mueller, impeachment, Pelosi and progressives

It's been just over three months since Rep. Ben McAdams was sworn into Congress as a member of this year's freshman class.
images/1000px_Logos/USTAR_1000.pngUtah wins a 2019 regional innovation cluster grant through the SBA

Utah was one of seven regional innovation cluster (RIC) initiatives awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) received the award to expand its efforts to foster small business growth within the advanced materials and manufacturing industry cluster in Utah.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Thrives_Podcast_Logo.jpgUtah Thrives Podcast: Teacher pay

Why should a young person in Utah make the career decision to become a teacher? Why do potential teachers often choose another line of work? And how do Utah's pay scales for teachers compare to other Mountain states and the nation?
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190424_Lee_Fox.jpgLee: Mueller investigation 'went off the rails'

Sen. Mike Lee says special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election "went off the rails."
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Republican_flag.jpgUtah Republicans may have a brewing problem with younger voters

As the Utah Republican Party looks to rebuild itself from the electoral and financial challenges of the last two years, there is one group of Utahns who are clearly turning away from the archconservative-leaning party younger voters.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgRomney, Murphy to travel to Middle East

U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, will travel to the Middle East, including Israel and Jordan, in the coming days to meet with government officials to discuss and strengthen the relationships between the United States and allies in the region. Additional information regarding their visit will be shared in the coming days.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgCurtis hosts environmental stewardship roundtable

Representative John Curtis (R-UT), member of the House Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement after hosting a roundtable on environmental stewardship and innovation. The roundtable discussion included a diverse range of groups representing the energy industry, transportation, and government.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgI just saw Avengers: Endgame - Bernick and Schott on politics

Sen. Mitt Romney says he's disgusted by the details about President Donald Trump's behavior from the Mueller report, but will he do anything about it?
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.

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Biden is in. Former Vice President Joe Biden announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination early Thursday morning -

  • Biden raised the alarm about his fundraising during a conference call, telling donors he will be judged on how much he can raise in the first 24 hours after announcing his candidacy -

"We're fighting all the subpoenas." President Donald Trump and his administration plan to resist subpoenas issued by Democrats in Congress, curtailing their ability to conduct oversight on the Executive Branch -

  • The White House is rejecting a call from Democrats in the House for Stephen Miller to testify on immigration -
  • Democrats may have to turn to the courts as their only recourse to Trump's plans to stonewall their investigations -
  • Time is on Trump's side as he could stiff-arm Democratic investigators until after the 2020 election -
  • "Sorry, Mr. President. Congress has every right to investigate you" -

Clinton says Congress should hold hearings on the Mueller report. The Democrat who lost to Trump in 2016 says Congress has a duty to investigate the information contained in the Mueller report, even if it leads to an eventual impeachment effort -

Trump says he'll turn to the Supreme Court if Democrats try to impeach him. The high court ruled unanimously in 1993 that impeachment authority lies with Congress and "nowhere else" -

Weld calls on Trump to resign. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who is challenging President Trump for the 2020 GOP nomination, says Trump should resign from office following the Mueller report -

Deutsche Bank is giving Trump's financial records to New York investigators. The bank is turning over records in response to subpoenas by New York's Attorney General -

"Like pulling teeth" to get the Trump White House to focus on Russian hacking efforts. Russian interference in America's political system is continuing, but the White House is shrugging off warnings from senior officials -

How will newsrooms respond if hackers release stolen data during the 2020 election? Most news organizations say they will consider the data on a case-by-case basis -

Trump threatens to send more armed troops to the border. Trump renewed the threat Wednesday following an incident in which Mexican soldiers confronted U.S. personnel -

HHS plans to roll back transgender protections. The Trump administration is preparing to roll back protections for transgender patients while strengthening protections for healthcare workers who refuse care based on religious objections -

Measles outbreak. The number of measles cases in the U.S. hits a level not seen since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000 -

Facebook expecting a massive fine. The social media platform is bracing for a fine of up to $5 billion for mishandling users data -


1846 - Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War.

1862 - Forces under Admiral David Farragut demand the surrender of the Confederate city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

1898 - Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain.

1901 - New York becomes the first state to require automobile license plates.

1945 - Founding negotiations for the United Nations begin in San Francisco.

1953 - Francis Crick and James Watson published their paper describing the double helix structure of DNA.

1967 - The first law legalizing abortion in the U.S. was signed into law by Colorado Gov. John Love.

1983 - Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit.

Policy News

CCAGW honors Sen. Mike Lee for being a 'Taxpayer Super Hero'
 The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauded Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) for his relentless and unwavering support of the fiscal interests of American taxpayers while serving in Congress. Sen. Lee is one of only four senators to earn a perfect score of 100 percent in CCAGW's 2018 Congressional Ratings, making him a "Taxpayer Super Hero." Since he was elected to the Senate in 2010, he has an exemplary lifetime rating of 96 percent. Sen. Lee was also a Taxpayer Super Hero in 2014.
Salt Lake City launches home buyer program for first-responders, teachers, and nurses
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski will join representatives from the Community Development Corporation of Utah to formally launch the Community HEROES Home Buyer Program, a down-payment assistance program for nurses, teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and 911-dispatchers who live and work in Salt Lake City.
Updated report moves Utah 37 spots for cutting licensing red tape to increase employment opportunities, support state's growing economy
Governor Gary R. Herbert stated that thanks to collaborative efforts by the Utah State Legislature and Executive Branch, Utah's ranking of occupational licensing burden in the United States saw a massive decrease, down from 13th to 50th nationwide.  

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