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Situational awareness - May 2, 2019

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City.

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Here's what is driving the day:

  • Lee will endorse Brown in Utah GOP Chair race.
  • Huntsman says Mueller report may lead to better U.S.-Russia relations.
  • Barr defends his handling of the Mueller investigation.

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Today is the 122nd day of the year. There are 243 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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images/1000px_Mugs/Mike_Lee_01.jpgSen. Mike Lee will endorse Derek Brown in race for Utah GOP Chair

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee will endorse his former deputy chief of staff, Derek Brown, to be the next chairman of the Utah Republican Party, UtahPolicy.com has confirmed with several sources close to both Brown and Lee.
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Economies and businesses change and evolve over time. Those that fail to innovate often struggle to achieve sustainability and growth.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190501_Lee_Fox.jpgWatch: Lee rips Democrats over Mueller report, saying they should blame the media and 'deep state' instead

Sen. Mike Lee responded to media reports that special counsel Robert Mueller complained about Attorney General William Barr's summary of his report on Russian election interference saying the media and the "deep state" is to blame.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Utah_GOP_Convention.jpgHere are some of the bylaw changes Utah Republicans may consider at Saturday's convention

The 4,000 or so state GOP delegates meeting Saturday in their convention will not only be electing a new chairman and other party leaders, they will be asked to consider 24 bylaw changes and four resolutions.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_01.jpgRomney describes Iraqi security challenges following Middle East trip

Sen. Mitt Romney says the challenges in Iraq are "mounting and substantial" for the government, especially after the defeat of ISIS.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgSuch a stupid red herring -- Bernick and Schott on politics

We preview the Utah GOP State convention, which is coming up on Saturday in Orem.
images/Resized_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtah consumers less optimistic about future economy, still planning to make major purchases

The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) decreased 10.2 points to 112.3 in April, the lowest level since June 2018. The year-over-year CAI ticked down slightly by 1.8 points. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index increased 5.0 points to 129.2 this month.
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.

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A bit snitty. Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of the Mueller investigation against withering criticism from Senate Democrats on Wednesday. Barr characterized a letter from special counsel Robert Mueller objecting to his summary of his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election as "a bit snitty" - https://nyti.ms/2PKs9L8

Clinton suggests China could meddle in the 2020 elections to help Democrats. In a televised interview, the former Democratic presidential nominee says, in light of Attorney General Barr's handling of the Mueller investigation, it might be OK if a 2020 Democratic candidate enlists China's help in their campaign - https://politi.co/2vywBDm

  • Clinton also calls Barr's argument for the president being able to fire investigators "the road to tyranny" - https://cnn.it/2vzOth8

Barr won't testify before the House on Thursday. Barr won't keep a scheduled appointment with the House Judiciary Committee over a dispute over whether Barr would face questions from committee staff attorneys - https://cnn.it/2PGCc3D

  • Committee chair Jerry Nadler will hold a mock hearing with an empty chair where Barr was supposed to be on Thursday. It's unknown if Nadler will tee up a vote on a subpoena to compel Barr to testify - http://bit.ly/2vzwVla
  • Barr's refusal to testify could lead to a contempt citation from Congress - https://wapo.st/2vEpwRv

Government report dings Medicare for all. An analysis from the Congressional Budget Office says implementing a single-payer healthcare system would be "complicated, challenging and potentially disruptive" - https://wapo.st/2vA4FyZ

Biden flubs China question. Former Vice President Joe Biden comes under fire from Republicans after saying China is "not competition" for the U.S. - https://wapo.st/2vAr8f8

Trump vs. Biden. President Donald Trump goes on a Twitter tirade about his support from labor groups after the leadership of a national firefighters group endorsed Joe Biden - https://nyti.ms/2vxZz66

Family separations. Newly surfaced emails show the Trump administration had no way to link the vast majority of migrant children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border - https://nbcnews.to/2vAFD2x

Facebook oversight. Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a settlement that would require the social media platform to appoint a federally approved official to oversee privacy issues involving users data - https://politi.co/2vy0Lq6

The Florida Legislature votes to arm teachers. The bill, which allows teachers to carry firearms in the classroom, is heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk - http://bit.ly/2vxlR8b

Maine bans single-use styrofoam containers. Maine is the first state to enact such a ban, designed to curb pollution from plastics - http://bit.ly/2vuY3ls


1536 - Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason, and witchcraft.

1611 - The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time in London by printer Robert Barker.

1670 - King Charles II grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.

1863 - Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own soldiers. He died eight days later.

1945 - The Soviet Union announces the fall of Berlin in World War II.

1986 - The city of Chernobyl is evacuated six days after the nuclear disaster.

Policy News

Governor's suicide prevention fund awards $247,500 in grants
The Governor's Suicide Prevention Fund has awarded $247,500 in grants to organizations working to prevent suicide in Utah.
Romney joins colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to raise smoking, vaping age to 21
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today joined Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) in introducing the Tobacco to 21 Act, bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21.
McAdams supports bill to help rein in prescription drug costs
Congressman Ben McAdams is supporting a bipartisan bill to tackle one of the major causes of rising health care costs-the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. T
Bishop, Kind highlight passage of bipartisan H.R. 1222
House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (R-Utah) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1222.  

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