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Situational awareness - April 9, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Here's what is driving the day:

  • Some Davis County Republicans seek to end party infighting.
  • "Political Insiders" pick Spencer Cox as 2020 gubernatorial frontrunner.
  • As we reported last week, Jon Huntsman may return to Utah to run for governor in 2020.
  • Elizabeth Warren is coming to Utah for a campaign event.
  • Trump ousts top leadership in the Department of Homeland Security.

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Today is the 99th day of the year. There are 266 days remaining in 2019.

11 days to the Utah Libertarian Party state convention (4/20/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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images/1000px_Article_Photos/Building_Bridges_Postcard_01_Page_1.jpgSlate of GOP candidates in Davis County aiming to put an end to Republican party strife

While delegates in some Wasatch Front Republican Party county conventions may have to guess which candidates for their State Central Committee slots are Gang of 51 members and which seek to put the internal party strife behind them, not so in this Saturday's Davis County Convention.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Governor_Mansion.jpgStraw poll: Insiders say Cox is favorite to be Utah's next governor

Our "Political Insiders" and readers expect Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox to be elected governor in 2020 according to our latest straw poll.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Greg_Hughes_11.jpgHughes wins 2019 political bracket faceoff

Former Speaker Greg Hughes is the winner of our 2019 political bracket faceoff, handily defeating current House Majority Whip Mike Schultz.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgUtah community builder: 5 for the Fight

In 2002 Scott Smith, a Brigham Young University marketing professor, began tinkering with a technology project in his basement. He wanted an online survey research tool that was sophisticated enough for doctoral students while also user-friendly enough for undergraduate students to use. His basement project grew into Qualtrics and by any measure, it has been extremely successful. In 2018, the company sold for $8 billion.
images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_01.jpgSome big GOP names vying for slots on the party's State Central Committee

 Some interesting names are popping up on the list of Salt Lake County Republicans who want to be on the Utah Republican Party's State Central Committee and thus lead the healing of the internal strife over SB54.
images/1000px_Logos/Political_Bracket_Challenge_2019.jpg2019 bracket face-off finals - Schultz vs. Hughes

We're down to the finals for our 2019 bracket face-off. House Majority Whip Mike Schultz vs. former Speaker Greg Hughes.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgThe once and future governor - Bernick and Schott on politics

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman is talking with people about possibly returning to Utah to run for...governor? 
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190407_Romney_MTP_02.jpgRomney: Democrats 'moronic' for going after Trump's tax returns through subpoena

Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday on Meet the Press that the effort by Democrats in Congress to pry loose President Trump's tax returns through legislative action is "moronic."
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190407_Romney_MTP.jpgRomney: Lawmakers replacing Prop. 3 with smaller Medicaid expansion was "reasonable"

Sen. Mitt Romney said Sunday he agreed with the move by Utah lawmakers to replace Prop. 3 with a stripped-down version of Medicaid expansion.
images/Logos/UTGOP_Logo_02.jpgHerbert and legislative leaders are actively recruiting candidates for State Central Committee

 The laws of nature say for every action, there is a reaction.And with the Utah Republican Party in internal strife, which is stopping adequate fundraising and achieving goals of actually electing more Republicans to office, what may be termed as "the adults in the room" are reacting.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: I'm not crying wolf

Will several thousand Republican county delegates this month change the tenor and functioning of the Utah State Republican Party?

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Trump purges Homeland Security leadership. A day after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, President Donald Trump ousted several top officials at DHS, including the head of the Secret Service -

  • Republicans in Congress are alarmed by Trump's ouster of top DHS officials -
  • White House advisor Stephen Miller is the driving force behind the DHS purge. He would leak information about the number of migrants crossing the border to the right-wing Washington Examiner, then show the resulting articles to President Trump in order to put pressure on former secretary Nielsen -

Trump tried to close the border at El Paso and told border agents to ignore federal law to keep migrants out. Within recent weeks, Trump attempted to close the border at El Paso before relenting. Additionally, he told border security agents to not let migrants in the country and lie to judges about it -

Family separation policy may return. The house cleaning at DHS may signal the Trump administration is preparing to crack down on immigration, including a return of the controversial family separation policy -

A federal judge blocked a Trump administration policy forcing asylum seekers to remain in Mexico. The judge said the policy forcing asylum seekers to stay in Mexico until they get a court hearing likely violates federal law -

Democrats get a crack at Barr on Tuesday. Congressional Democrats are expected to press Attorney General William Barr about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation during an appropriations committee hearing -

Another Democrat jumps in. Congressman Eric Swalwell announces he's exploring a 2020 presidential bid -

Voters in Israel head to the polls today. Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival -

Trump administration labels Iran's Revolutionary Guard a foreign terrorist group. It's the first time the U.S. has labeled part of another nation's government as that type of official threat -

White House ends MLB's agreement with Cuba. The Trump administration scuttled Major League Baseball's deal allowing Cuban baseball players to play in America, saying the policy violates U.S. trade laws -

390 billion tons of glaciers melt every year. A new study says global warming is behind the melting -


1585 - The expedition organized by Sir Walter Raleigh departs England for Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish the Roanoke Colony.

1682 - Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.

1865 - Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, bringing the Civil War to a close.

1866 - Congress passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1866, which granted African Americans the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship and formed the basis for the 14th Amendment.

1959 - NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven."

1965 - The Astrodome opens. First indoor baseball game is played.

2003 - Baghdad falls to American forces.

Policy News

Treasurer Damschen announces $54.8 million new lost property now online for claim
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen announced that the Utah Unclaimed Property Division received more than $54.8 million in lost property at the end of 2018. This property comes from sources, such as dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, safe deposit box contents and unpaid insurance benefits.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngJoin us on April 15 in welcoming Ambassador George Maior of Romania for a diplomatic luncheon
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, is delighted to host a diplomatic luncheon welcoming George Maior, Ambassador of Romania to the United States of America, with a delegation of Romanian businesses.

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"A meat plant in New Hampshire is recalling more than 2,600 pounds of sausage products because they're afraid the meat could contain metal. Even worse, it may contain whatever it is that's normally in a sausage." - JAMES CORDEN

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