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Situational awareness - April 29, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

Welcome to Utah's must-read daily political news rundown. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up for our emails.

Here's what is driving the day:

  • "Bare bones" GOP convention coming on Saturday
  • "Reasonable" Republicans win several party slots in Utah County
  • Barr threatens to snub Democrats

Friday trivia answers

Dave Gessel's question was a true example of a "stumper" as none of our readers got the right answer this week.

Henry Gardner was the first Utah State Senate President to serve more than one term as leader of that body. 

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Today is the 119th day of the year. There are 246 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Logos/UTGOP_Logo_02.jpgMoney woes means 'bare bones' GOP state convention on Saturday

Funding, specifically the lack thereof, will have a major impact on Saturday's GOP convention according to party leaders.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/GOP_Elephant_05.jpg'Reasonable' Republicans win several Utah County slots on Saturday, but 'Gang of 51' backer Dave Bateman wins a seat on the party's State Central Committee

A mixed result in the Utah County Republican Party elections Saturday, with what may be called a "reasonable" candidate winning as the new county party chair, but some Gang of 51 supporters taking a few state Central Committee slots, as well.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgThe Utah Republican Party is not a rainbow - Bernick and Schott on politics

The Utah GOP may dominate the state now, but demographic trends and polling data suggests the party may have a problem attracting younger voters to the fold in the future. President Donald Trump isn't helping that trend one bit, as he is very unpopular among younger Utahns.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: The times they are a changin'

The Utah Republican Party has a challenge.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190402_SB103_Signing.jpgRepublican delegates are pushing a resolution calling for a repeal of Utah's newly-passed hate crimes law

Utah lawmakers finally passed the long-fought-for hate crimes law in the 2019 session. Delegates at next week's Utah Republican Party Convention will consider a resolution calling on them to repeal the measure.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgNew Utah Community Builder Award announced

The Salt Lake Chamber announced a new award that honors exceptional community leaders.
images/1000px_Mugs/Romney_Lee_05.jpgJob approval ratings for Romney, Lee solidly in positive territory according to new poll

Sen. Mitt Romney gets positive marks for his job performance from half of Utahns, while Sen. Mike Lee's approval rating is a little lower according to a new survey.

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Barr threatens to snub House Judiciary hearing. The Attorney General is threatening to bail on a Thursday hearing as he objects to the panel's plan to allow committee counsels to ask him follow-up questions -

Boring but important. Unless the House and Senate can find common ground, Congress is facing $125 million in automatic spending cuts to military and domestic programs next year -

Senate Republicans intend to press forward with spying investigation. GOP lawmakers are signaling they will increase their efforts into alleged spying by FBI agents on President Trump's 2016 campaign -

Socialism warnings falling flat. Republicans are using the threat of socialism as a campaign issue to demonize Democrats, but the message isn't connecting with many voters...yet -

Good news/bad news for Trump. The healthy economy is a positive for President Trump's re-election bid, but a new poll shows most Americans believe the economy is rigged to benefit those at the top -

  • The same survey shows more Americans will oppose Trump's re-election in 2020 because of his handling of the healthcare issue -

10,000! President Trump has made more than 10,000 false or misleading claims since taking office two years ago -

  • That includes a stunning falsehood during his Saturday night rally in Wisconsin when he claimed doctors and mothers have the option to "execute" babies -

Impeachment? Nah! House Democrats say they're feeling little pressure from their constituents to start impeachment proceedings against President Trump following the release of the Mueller report -

Trump's campaign sees four "blue" states they can flip in 2020. President Trump's campaign manager says they can win Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire and New Mexico -

Biden seen as "shaky" front-runner. Despite his name recognition, Joe Biden's entry into the race has not caused heartburn for any other 2020 Democratic candidate -

Will Democrats nominate a woman in 2020? Some Democratic women in Iowa have anxiety about nominating a woman as the party's standard bearer against Trump -


NAFTA re-write faces opposition in Democratic-controlled House. Democrats and labor groups want changes to President Trump's trade deal -


Whoa! Chinese spies are increasingly recruiting U.S. intelligence officers as law enforcement officials are characterizing Chinese espionage as a significant long-term strategic threat -


Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar dies. The longtime Republican passed away Sunday at the age of 87 -


Wait...What?! Marine experts in Norway say Russia is using trained whales for surveillance -


1862 - New Orleans falls to Union forces during the Civil War.

1967 - After refusing induction into the U.S. Army, Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.

1975 - The U.S. begins to evacuate its citizens from Saigon in Operation Frequent Wind in response to advancing North Vietnamese forces, bringing an end to American involvement in the war.

1990 - Cranes begin tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate.

1992 - Riots break out in Los Angeles following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King.

Policy News

Executive Director Mike Styler to retire from Utah Department of Natural Resources
Gov. Gary R.Herbert announced today that Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Mike Styler is retiring after more than 14 years of service with the department, effective June 1.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngJoin us in welcoming U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Karen Dunn Kelley at the 2019 Utah Economic Summit
Join WTC Utah in welcoming Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Karen Dunn Kelley, at the 2019 Utah Economic Summit. She will be speaking as part of the morning plenary session in a special presentation titled, "Trade Priorities, Achievements and Opportunities for America's Businesses to Compete and Win Globally". 
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
-- Salt Lake Tribune: Feds stack Bears Ears advisory group with critics of southern Utah monument 
images/1000px_Logos/GOED_ProgramLogos_Color_EDCUtah.pngEDCUtah Development Ready Communities program underway in 20 communities
The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) announced that its member initiative called the Development Ready Communities (DRC) Program has more than 20 cities and counties now participating statewide. The five-stage program better prepares Utah communities to attract and grow competitive, high-value companies and to foster the expansion of local businesses.

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Wise Words


"Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change." Stephen Covey

Lighter Side

Beating Trump

"Some Democrats don't like Joe Biden, but of all the current possibilities, he has the best chance of beating Donald Trump. Well, coming in second: heart disease. No, I think it's diabetes. There's a long list." - CONAN O'BRIEN

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