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Situational awareness - April 30, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

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  • No veto override session.
  • Herbert lends a helping hand to the Utah GOP.
  • Trump vs. Biden heats up

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Today is the 120th day of the year. There are 245 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_04.jpgLawmakers will not attempt to veto Herbert's override of an election bill

Lawmakers will not attempt to override Gov. Gary Herbert's veto of a bill establishing rules for special elections to replace members of Congress who cannot finish their term in office.
images/Logos/UTGOP_Logo_02.jpgHerbert steps up to aid cash-strapped Utah GOP is told that GOP Gov. Gary Herbert has donated $18,000 from his PAC to the Utah Republican Party so that electronic voting can take place in Saturday's state GOP convention.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190429_Chaffetz_Fox.jpgWatch: Chaffetz clashes with liberal commentator over border security on Fox News

Former Utah Congressman, and possible 2020 gubernatorial candidate, Jason Chaffetz repeatedly interrupted progressive commentator Jessica Tarlov on Fox News Monday.
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.

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Biden takes aim at Trump. Democratic 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden is turning his fire on President Donald Trump instead of the rest of the Democratic field -

Rematch! House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer head to the White House on Tuesday to talk infrastructure with President Trump. The last time they sat down with Trump, it led to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history -

  • Democrats plan to push for measures to combat climate change and tax hikes in any infrastructure deal with Trump -

Trump family sues banks. President Trump, his family and his private businesses are suing Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block them from complying with congressional subpoenas -

Trump puts more restrictions on asylum seekers. President Trump ordered new restrictions on asylum seekers at the Mexican border, including application fees and restrictions on their ability to secure work permits -

  • A new poll shows more than a third of Americans say there's a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The number of Democrats who say the border situation is a crisis has jumped 17 points since January -

Whoa! Some far-right provocateurs attempted to recruit young men to make false sexual assault claims against 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg. Several right-wing websites published stories about the false claims on Monday -

Barr vs. House Democrats. Attorney General William Barr is still balking at the format Democrats have set up for his testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Democrats say Barr must testify despite his objections -

  • Democrats are suggesting they could fine or even jail Barr and other Trump administration officials for refusing to testify before the Democratic-controlled House -

Democrats reconsidering impeachment stance. Some House Democrats are re-evaluating their stance on impeaching President Trump after his refusal to cooperate with congressional inquiries -

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham calls Democrats "political hacks" and President Trump should fight their subpoenas "like hell" -

Corporate tax break backlash. Some voters are tired of massive corporate tax breaks while wages are stagnating -

Polls! Polls! Polls!

  • Only 12% of Americans say their family has benefitted from the nation's growing economy -
  • 30% of conservatives and 15% of Republicans say they won't vote for Trump in 2020 -

Rosenstein heads for the exit. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation on Monday. He will leave that post on May 11 -


Measles outbreak. The disease outbreak is the worst in decades as more than 700 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. - 


1789 - On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

1803 - The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.

1812 - The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th state under the name Louisiana.

1927 - The Federal Industrial Institute for Women opens in Alderson, West Virginia, as the first women's federal prison in the United States.

1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.

1973 - Watergate scandal: President Richard Nixon announces that White House Counsel John Dean has been fired and other top aides, most notably H.R. Hadelman and John Ehrlichman, have resigned.

1975 - The Vietnam War formally ends as communist forces gain control of Saigon.

Policy News

Governor appoints Brian Steed as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Brian Steed as executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, following Mike Styler's announcement on Friday that he will retire.
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". 

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Wise Words

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"There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature." Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

Biden Run

"Let's get ready to stumble!" - TREVOR NOAH, in sports announcer voice

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