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Situational awareness - May 14 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

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Here's what is driving the day:

  • How the Tribune's move to a non-profit might work.
  • LDS Church announces opposition to the Equality Act.
  • The Dow takes a beating after China announces retaliatory tariffs.

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Today is the 134th day of the year. There are 231 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/articles/Salt_Lake_Tribune_marquis.jpgHuntsman lays out how the Tribune's move to a non-profit may work

When UtahPolicy.com broke the story a week ago that The Salt Lake Tribune was going to be turned into a nonprofit newspaper by owner Paul Huntsman, speculation quickly broke out over how that billionaire/philanthropist family would financially support the newspaper in the future.
images/1000px_Logos/GOED_UES_051319_v1.jpgRegister to attend this week's Governor's Utah Economic Summit

The 13th Annual Governor's Utah Economic Summit, (UES) sponsored by the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, World Trade Center Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Grand America Hotel from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.

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Trade war

  • The Dow had its worst day since January, falling 617 points after China retaliated against the Trump administration by announcing they would raise tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods - https://cnn.it/2Q5yWiv
  • Senate Republicans are bemoaning Trump's protectionist policies, but have little appetite for trying to stop the president from escalating the trade war with China - https://politi.co/2Q1KMdD
  • President Trump is threatening to raise tariffs on nearly every product China sends to the U.S. - https://nyti.ms/2PZUfls

Supreme Court

  • The court's conservative justices overturned a 40-year-old precedent on Monday, ruling states may not be sued in the courts of other states. The ruling has the liberal justices on the court worried about the other long-standing precedents the conservative majority on the court could overturn - https://nyti.ms/2Q5tVGU
  • The judges ruled a class action against Apple could proceed under antitrust laws. Consumers are suing the tech giant for unlawfully monopolizing the sale of iPhone apps - http://bit.ly/2Q5TsiX
  • Justice Stephen Breyer sounds the alarm that the court's conservative majority is eager to overturn Roe v. Wadehttp://bit.ly/2Q5u11e


  • U.S. military officials are mulling a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran attacks American forces or accelerates work on their nuclear weapons program - https://nyti.ms/2Q5rfck
  • The rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran has experts worried the two countries might be on the brink of war - https://econ.st/2Q2A9XQ


  • The Trump administration was pushing a secret plan to arrest and deport thousands of migrant parents and children in 10 U.S. cities. Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other top immigration officials stopped the administration from implementing the plan before their ouster by Trump - https://wapo.st/2Q1JPlz

The investigations

  • Attorney General William Barr assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to probe the origins of the Russia investigation - https://nyti.ms/2QbYLh7
  • A federal judge is fast-tracking a ruling on the House Oversight Committee's subpoena requesting eight years of President Trump's financial records. The judge will decide on Tuesday aboutTrump's lawsuit seeking to block the subpoena - https://politi.co/2Q6oEii
  • Top Republicans say the subpoena for Donald Trump Jr. from the Senate Intelligence Committee was prompted by Trump's stonewalling on testifying before the committee. The younger Trump had agreed twice to testify before the committee in recent months, then later backed out - https://nyti.ms/2Q2CD8v
  • Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unloaded on former FBI Director James Comey during a speech on Monday evening, slamming Comey as a "partisan pundit" - https://fxn.ws/2Q1LM1n


  • Democratic presidential hopefuls are chasing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement - https://politi.co/2Q1LUOp
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren is vowing to replace Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with a former public school teacher if she wins in 2020 - http://bit.ly/2Q2CMJa
  • A group of women is suing the Trump campaign alleging they were underpaid compared to their male counterparts by 20%. Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman is requesting to join the lawsuit - https://wapo.st/2PZTcSL


  • The Trump administration wants to take $1.9 billion in surplus Pell Grant money to boost NASA's budget - http://bit.ly/2Q5k6bR


1787 - In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.

1796 - Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.

1800 - The process of moving the U.S. capital from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. begins.

1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois.

1878 - The last witchcraft trial held in the United States begins in Salem, Massachusetts, after Lucretia Brown accused Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers.

1948 - Israel is declared to be an independent state, and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the decision, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1984 Arab-Israeli War.

1973 - Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.

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