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Situational awareness - May 13, 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:

  • Escamilla and Dabakis lead our SLC Mayor straw poll.
  • Trump's trade war with China escalates.
  • 1.1. million Americans lost health insurance last year.

Trivia winners!

Several readers were able to identify the significance of this plaque, which is in the posession of Rep. Craig Hall. 

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The plaque holds a piece of the original copper dome on Utah's Capitol that was sheared off by a severe windstorm in 1980. Winds of up to 70 mph tore off the copper covering that was first installed in 1932.

Congratulations to the first three readers who submitted the correct answer:

  • Mary Lamb
  • Matt Howell
  • Mike Sibbett

Additionally, Bryant Howe is the winner of one of our limited-edition UtahPolicy.com laptop stickers.

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Today is the 133rd day of the year. There are 232 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Salt_Lake_City_Hall.jpgUtahPolicy.com straw poll: Escamilla, Dabakis are the favorites in SLC mayoral race

 Our "Political Insiders" and readers think Sen. Luz Escamilla and former Sen. Jim Dabakis have the best chance of finishing in the top-two of the August Salt Lake City mayoral primary election and advancing to the November election.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgA brave new media world - Bernick and Schott on politics

We broke the story this week that big changes are coming to the Salt Lake Tribune as the newspaper seeks to become a non-profit in order to survive in the changing media environment. We discuss the challenges the Tribune will face.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgSen. Lee introduces Aviation Empowerment Act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Aviation Empowerment Act Thursday, a measure intended to address the outdated rules and regulations of the FAA which stifle innovation within the general aviation sector.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgHill to receive 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron

Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) was informed by the United States Air Force of the relocation of the 86th Fighter Weapons Squadron from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to Utah's Hill Air Force Base (HAFB).
images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngFuel prices drive Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index higher while housing price growth slows

The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index climbed 1.1% from March to April on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Year over year, the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index has grown 3.4%, while the national Consumer Price Index has increased 2% since April of last year.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngUtah-China trade and investment forum celebrates history and creates new opportunities

World Trade Center Utah hosted a delegation of more than 100 high-level Chinese government and business leaders for a trade and investment forum at the Little America Hotel on May 11. The event, coordinated in partnership with the China Chamber of International Commerce, facilitated direct engagement between the delegation and Utah's business and civic community while promoting bilateral trade and investment opportunities.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgConnecting veteran-owned businesses to the resources they need

The Salt Lake Chamber hosted its annual Utah Veteran Owned Business Conference, alongside presenting sponsors the Veterans Business Resource Center, Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs and Zions Bank. The Conference helps to connect veteran entrepreneurs and business owners with the resources they need to be successful in the marketplace.
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. 

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Trade war

  • Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser, admitted on Sunday that Americans would bear some economic pain from the trade war with China - https://nyti.ms/2vUKv2X
  • Trump lashed out against Kudlow's statement in a series of angry tweets Monday morning - http://bit.ly/2vX54Ma
  • President Trump wants $15 billion in subsidies for American farmers to lessen the impact of the trade war with China. That's on top of the $12 billion already earmarked to help farmers weather the economic fallout - http://bit.ly/2vWTkJv

Trump and his allies are blocking more than 20 separate investigations. The Trump administration has failed to comply with at least 79 requests for documents or other information - https://wapo.st/2vV51Aa

  • President Trump's supporters say Democrats are not following "rules and norms" that govern Congressional oversight - https://cnn.it/2vTbMCJ

Americans are losing health insurance. The number of Americans without health insurance jumped by 1.1 million in 2018, the second consecutive year that number has risen following several years of declines - http://bit.ly/2vV2dmC

Funding the wall. The Pentagon says they're planning on shifting $1.5 billion from several programs, including ballistic missile development, to fund President Trump's wall on the border with Mexico - https://wapo.st/2vTaRCh


  • National Republicans are recruiting women and minority candidates for the 2020 election - http://bit.ly/2vTwmmq
  • Beto O'Rourke is trying to relaunch his campaign this week - http://bit.ly/2vTAW4h
  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock plans to jump into the Democratic nomination race this week, making him the 22nd person seeking the nomination - https://cnn.it/2vWQC6K
  • Democrats fear so many candidates seeking the party's presidential nomination will hurt their chances of winning control of the Senate in 2020 - http://bit.ly/2vUhFPZ

Climate change

62% of millennials say they are living paycheck to paycheck. Only 38% say they feel financially stable - https://cnb.cx/2vV5pyC

Russia wants you to be afraid of 5G technology. RT America, a Russian network known for sowing disinformation, is raising the alarm about 5G cell phone technology, falsely linking 5G to brain cancer and other medical problems. - https://nyti.ms/2vWO0ps


1607 - Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in North America, was founded near the James River in Virginia.

1846 - The United States declares war on Mexico.

1880 - Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway.

1940 - Germany's conquest of France begins as the German army crosses the Meuse. Winston Churchill makes his "blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech to the House of Commons.

1958 - During a visit to Caracas, Venezuela, Vice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by anti-American demonstrators.

1985 - A Philadelphia police helicopter bombed the fortified house of a radical organization, MOVE, to end a 24-hour siege. Eleven people died and the ensuing fire destroyed 53 homes.

1989 - Large groups of students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike.

1995 - Alison Hargreaves becomes the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas.


Policy News

Missing middle housing and deciphering density in SLC
The Salt Lake City Planning Division is inviting residents on a walking tour of the Avenues Neighborhood to look at different examples of what has been coined as "missing middle housing." The tour is the first of several events in the second annual Summer Planning Series.
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
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Court upholds Utah's efforts to relocate nonnative goats in the La Sal Mountains, but environmentalists worry about damage the animals do 
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.

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Lighter Side

Essentially No Collusion

"Essentially? That's a new one.[Imitating Trump]'It's like I've always said, the Mueller report gave me complete and total exoneration - sort of. Kind of sort of.'" - STEPHEN COLBERT

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