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Situational awareness - May 23, 2019

Good Thursday 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:

  • Republican county commissioner Nathan Ivie reveals he's gay.
  • Trump says he's done working with Democrats unless they end investigations.
  • Pelosi says Trump is engaged in a "cover-up."

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  TICK TOCK   

Today is the 143rd day of the year. There are 222 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Nathan_Ivie_01.jpgUtah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie discloses he's gay

Republican Utah County Commissioner delivered a political jolt of sorts on Wednesday when he announced he was gay. It is believed Ivie is the first openly gay Utah Republican officeholder.
images/Shutterstock_Logos/GOP_Elephant_01.jpgUtahPolicy.com straw poll - 2020 Utah Republican nomination for governor

Spencer Cox is in. Jon Huntsman is rumored to be mulling another run in 2020. Who do you think is most likely to be the Republican nominee for Utah governor in 2020? Vote now in our straw poll.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgStewart opposes 'Medicare for all'

Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) voiced his disapproval for the "Medicare for All" single-payer, government-run, healthcare system. 
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgLee and Romney congratulate Howard Nielson on confirmation

 U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued the following statement today after the United States Senate voted to confirm Provo native Howard Nielson to the United States District Court for the District of Utah.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_03.jpgRomney joins effort to protect and renew tourism partnership

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined his colleagues in urging the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Commerce and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees to protect and renew funding for Brand USA.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgMore Republicans than you can shake a stick at - Bernick and Schott on politics

A whole slew of Republicans are lining up to possibly challenge freshman Democrat Ben McAdams in 2020. We run down the list of contenders.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgRomney, Lee, Braun, Toomey introduce legislation to require Congress to budget for natural disasters

U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today introduced the Budgeting for Disasters Act, legislation that would require future disaster funding to fall within statutory budget limits. A summary of the legislation is available here.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190521_GOED.jpgUtah Governor's Office of Economic Development offers programs to stimulate economic activity in rural Utah

The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), through its Office of Rural Development (ORD), provides incentives, grants and resources to rural businesses. The office works with local governments, organizations and companies in Utah's rural counties to provide programs that sustain businesses and improve employment opportunities.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Spencer_Cox_01.jpgQ&A with Spencer Cox

Spencer Cox threw his hat in the ring for the 2020 Utah gubernatorial race last week. If he wins, Cox would become the first Utah Lt. Governor to win an election to the governor's office.

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  NATIONAL HEADLINES  

Trump blows up  President Trump says he will no longer work with Democrats in meeting on infrastructure plan over "phony" investigations. Congress unless they stop investigating his administration. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the president "threw a temper tantrum" - https://nyti.ms/2QhNZ93


Pelosi alleges Trump is "engaged in a cover-up." That's the new messaging line from Democrats as they seek to shake loose documents and testimony from the Trump administration - https://cnn.it/2QfOpN9


Trump's financial secrets are closer to becoming public. On Wednesday a federal judge ruled against President Trump's effort to block Deutsche Bank and Capital One from releasing his financial records to Congress - https://nyti.ms/2QjYMPK

  • The New York State Legislature passed a bill that would make it easier for Congress to obtain President Trump's state tax returns - https://nyti.ms/2Qil30B

Justice Department to provide some Mueller documents to the Intelligence Committee. The committee is seeking information about a counterintelligence operation over Russian interference in the 2016 election - https://nyti.ms/2QjZi08


For your radar. The Pentagon will ask the White House to approve a plan that could send up to 10,000 troops to the Middle East - http://bit.ly/2QgWYHw


Tillerson says Putin "out-prepared" Trump. The former secretary of state told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that President Trump was at a disadvantage during the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin because Putin was far more prepared than Trump - https://wapo.st/2Qiteda


Disaster funding bill in doubt. It's doubtful Congress will be able to pass a disaster relief funding bill before the Memorial Day recess - https://politi.co/2Qrprup


  ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

1701 - After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.

1785 - Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.

1788 - South Carolina ratifies the Constitution as the eighth U.S. State.

1911 - The New York Public Library is dedicated.

1934 - Infamous American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

1945 - Heinrich Himmler, head of the Schutzstaffel, commits suicide while in Allied custody.


Policy News

Lara Fritts named Consultant Connect North America's Top 50 Economic Developers of 2019
Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, announced its 2019 list of North America's Top 50 Economic Developers Friday. Salt Lake City's Department of Economic Development Director Lara Fritts made the top 50. 
Office of the State Auditor releases audits of the Utah State Fair Corporation
The Office of the State Auditor today announced the release of two Audits of the Utah State Fair Corporation.  The Office identified one finding:  Inappropriate Oversight and Lack of Approval over Employee Expense Reimbursements. 
Lime picks UCAIR for sweet clean air donation deal
The Utah Clean Air Partnership has become the exclusive beneficiary of the Lime Hero donation program in Utah.

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Wise Words

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"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Lighter Side

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"At this point, announcing you're running for president is like announcing you're running a 5K: Good for you. No one cares. Don't post pictures." - JIMMY KIMMEL


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