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Situational awareness - May 10, 2019

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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:

  • Utah Republicans stuck to the script to shut down hardliners at Saturday's convention.
  • Pelosi says the U.S. is in a "constitutional crisis"
  • The U.S. hikes tariffs on millions of dollars of Chinese goods.

Friday trivia!

We have a visual trivia question this week. Rep. Craig Hall sends this picture of a plaque one of his relatives discovered in a box.. 

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What event does this plaque commemorate and why is it significant?

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Today is the 130th day of the year. There are 235 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Stick to the script

Note to future organizers of Utah Republican Party conventions: Hire Rob Anderson and Curt Bramble to run the convention for you.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Promontory_Point_01.jpgUtahns proud to have united the nation 150 years ago

Utahns are proud of their state's role in uniting the nation in the 1869 completion of the transcontinental railroad, according to a new public opinion survey by Y2Analytics. And virtually all Utahns believe completion of the railroad was very important for the development of the United States as a nation.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Salt_Lake_City_Hall.jpgUtahPolicy.com straw poll: Salt Lake City Mayor

There are currently nine candidates running to replace Jackie Biskupski as Salt Lake City Mayor.n Of those nine candidates, only two will advance out of the primary to the general election in November.  Which out of that group do you think is most likely to finish in the top two? Vote now in our weekly survey.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgMcAdams selected for House Financial Services Committee's Task Force on Financial Technology

Congressman Ben McAdams has been selected to serve on the Task Force on Financial Technology (FinTech), which is charged with looking at this exciting and fast-growing sector of the financial services industry and issuing reports and recommendations. 
images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_01.jpgNational Republicans recruiting heavily to find 2020 opponent for McAdams

National Republicans are recruiting heavily in Utah's 4th Congressional District, trying to find an opponent for freshman Democrat Ben McAdams in 2020.
images/articles/Salt_Lake_Tribune_marquis.jpgAnalysis: As the Salt Lake Tribune changes to a non-profit, will it affect their reporting?

As UtahPolicy.comfirst reported Tuesday evening, The Salt Lake Tribune is moving from a for-profit newspaper to a non-profit media outlet run by a foundation, which will raise all kinds of questions for the largest statewide newspaper.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgRomney calls for raising smoking, vaping age to 21

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Todd Young (R-IN), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) in calling for the federal smoking and vaping age to be raised to 21. Last week, the senators introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, bipartisan legislation to do just that. A transcript of his remarks can be found below:
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_03.jpgStewart secures critical funding for national suicide prevention lifeline

Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) secured $3 million for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in FY2020 Appropriations bill. 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgCEO Success Stories: Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment

In the latest episode of the Salt Lake Chamber podcast "CEO Success Stories," Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, sits down with Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, to hear about his leadership philosophy, best practices and lessons learned, in addition to the Utah Jazz and his belief in bettering our community.

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The investigations:

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump's refusal to comply with Congressional subpoenas is a "constitutional crisis" - https://nyti.ms/2PW0Hdm
  • President Trump appears to be daring House Democrats to impeach him for not cooperating with their efforts at oversight of his administration - https://nyti.ms/2PZGiE7
  • The decision by the Senate Intelligence Committee to subpoena Donald Trump, Jr. has set off a big internal fight among Republicans - https://wapo.st/2PXJaRO
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff subpoenaed the Department of Justice for the unredacted Mueller report and access to counterintelligence information collected during Mueller's investigation - https://politi.co/2vQs2Ve

Trade war. The U.S. raised tariffs on millions of dollars of Chinese goods after trade talks between the two countries did not produce a deal - https://wapo.st/2PXJ7p6

  • Trump seems to be betting his hardline trade tactics with China won't hurt the economy ahead of his 2020 re-election bid - https://politi.co/2vRmVUw
  • Here are the consumer products that will become more expensive because of President Trump's tariffs - https://cnn.it/2PZ5A5y

Impeachment as a legal tool? Democrats may use an impeachment effort as a way to pry loose documents and compel Trump administration officials to testify - https://politi.co/2vRna1S

  • 45% of Americans say they support impeaching President Trump, which is up 5-points since last month - https://reut.rs/2vRpnKO

Democrats move to shore up healthcare. House Democrats passed a bill to bar the Trump administration from granting states waivers to the Affordable Care Act - https://wapo.st/2PW8uru

North Korea. The U.S. seized a North Korean cargo ship on Thursday, claiming the ship was being used to skirt sanctions on the country - https://cnn.it/2Q2dLhq

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted the U.S. to send "famous basketball players" to normalize relations between the two countries - https://abcn.ws/2vPZwmp

Trump vs. Kerry. President Donald Trump says former Secretary of State John Kerry "should be prosecuted" for discussing the Iran nuclear deal with officials from that country after leaving office - https://wapo.st/2PTgklC

Shanahan as Sec. Def. President Trump formally nominated acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to the job permanently - https://nyti.ms/2PTglGc

Alabama abortion chaos. A vote on a proposed Alabama law outlawing most abortions in the state was delayed as a shouting match broke out among lawmakers on Thursday - https://nyti.ms/2vOgj9l

  • Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth admitted the abortion proposal is an attempt to get the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade - http://bit.ly/2vMoPWC



1503 - Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous turtles there. 

1534 - Jacques Cartier visits Newfoundland.

1773 - The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.

1775 - American Revolutionary War: Representatives from the Thirteen Colonies begin the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

1775 - American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen an Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.

1837 - Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.

1872 - Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States. She ran under the banner of the Equal Rights Party.

1908 - Mother's Day was observed for the first time in the United States.

1924 - J. Edgar Hoover is appointed first Director of the FBI. He remains in that post until his death in 1972.

1940 - Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain.

1940 - Nazi Germany invaded Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, swinging 89 army divisions around France's so-called impregnable Maginot Line.

1954 - Bill Haley & His Comets release "Rock Around the Clock," the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts.

1984 - A federal judge in Utah found the U.S. government negligent in above-ground Nevada nuclear tests from 1951 to 1962 that exposed residents downwind to radiation.


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images/1000px_Logos/GOED_Logo_1000.pngThe 13th annual Governor's Utah Economic Summit: Global Connections
The Utah Economic Summit engages Utah's top leaders and decision-makers from the business, government and academic communities with the most relevant business content to help bolster Utah's robust economy. The summit provides a platform for strategic dialogue related to current economic impacts and future growth of Utah's business communities.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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AG Reyes urges congress to allow marijuana related business to access the banking system
Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes joined a bipartisan coalition of 38 states and territorial attorneys general urging Congress to pass the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement, or SAFE, Banking Act or similar measures that would give legal marijuana-related businesses access to the federal banking system.
Utah students to be honored at The Stock Market Game Awards Banquet on May 10
Students, teachers, government officials and local business leaders will celebrate the 37 winning students and teachers of The Stock Market Game spring 2019 statewide competition during an awards banquet on May 10. The banquet, hosted by Utah State Treasurer David Damschen, will feature student speeches, information about the competition and opportunities to learn more about financial responsibility.
On Saturday, May 11th, Salt Lake City will host the annual Environment + You event at the Rose Park Community Learning Center. Environment + You is an opportunity for westside residents to learn about short- and long-term solutions to improve the environm
On Saturday, May 11th, Salt Lake City will host the annual Environment + You event at the Rose Park Community Learning Center. Environment + You is an opportunity for westside residents to learn about short- and long-term solutions to improve the environment and their health.
Utah Attorney General joins national effort urging FCC to take action against robocalls, caller ID spoofing
Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes joined a bipartisan coalition of 42 attorneys general, calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take further action to stop the growing proliferation of illegal robocalls and spoofing.

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