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Situational awareness - May 24, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

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:

  • Anderson set to challenge McAdams in 2020.
  • Tax reform task force prepares to get down to work.
  • May resigns as PM.
  • Trump and Pelosi trade insults.

Friday trivia!

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman is rumored to be considering a 2020 campaign seeking to return to that office. Utah is one of five states never to have a governor serve non-consecutive terms. Can you name the other four?

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Today is the 144th day of the year. There are 221 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Kathleen_Anderson_01.jpgRepublican Kathleen Anderson preparing to challenge Rep. Ben McAdams in 4th Congressional District

Republican Kathleen Anderson is preparing to launch a campaign challenging freshman Rep. Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th Congressional District.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_04.jpgTax reform task force will get underway May 30

Lawmakers will hold the first meeting of the tax reform task force next Thursday evening at the Utah State Capitol.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgRomney opposes wasteful $19.1 billion spending bill

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) issued the following statement after voting against the $19.1 billion Supplemental Appropriations Act.
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/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_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.

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Breaking overnight. British Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would resign on June 7 - https://aol.it/2QmkjY4

Trump gives Barr the keys. President Donald Trump gave Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority" to declassify government secrets in an investigation into how the probe into the Russian interference in the 2016 election began - https://wapo.st/2QieyLh

Mueller wants to testify in private. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Thursday night that special counsel Robert Mueller wants to testify in private about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election - http://bit.ly/2Qmjgrk

Trump, Pelosi trade insults. Trump called Speaker Nancy Pelosi "Crazy Nancy" while Pelosi said Trump's family and White House aides should "stage an intervention for the good of the country" - https://nyti.ms/2wjVrXO

  • President Trump shared a video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on social media that had been slowed down to make her look like she was impaired - https://wapo.st/2wjW8Ao
  • Democratic 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg took a shot at Trump's claim of bone spurs to avoid serving in Vietnam, calling it a fake disability - http://bit.ly/2wiIVYC

Very stable genius. President Trump called on several White House staffers during a press availability to vouch for his demeanor and to back up his claim that he did not have a temper tantrum when he walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders earlier this week - http://bit.ly/2QkNhHY

Trump vs. Congress. Wells Fargo and TD Bank have already turned over Trump-related financial documents to Congress - https://nbcnews.to/2Qo9S6r

The Trump administration may sidestep Congress on to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. Republican and Democratic members of Congress are warning the president not to invoke emergency powers to complete a controversial arms sale to Saudi Arabia and other countries - https://wapo.st/2Qj83I0

Judge questions lawsuit to stop border wall. A federal judge expressed doubt about a lawsuit from House Democrats to block construction of President Trump's border wall after a Justice Department Attorney argued Congress cannot sue to enforce its constitutional power of the purse - https://wapo.st/2wj3Z1a

$16 billion bailout. President Trump announced a $16 billion aid package for farmers hurt by his trade war with China - https://nyti.ms/2Ql0Abh

Friday's bizarre headline. President Trump is trying to steer the deal to build the border wall to a North Dakota firm whose top executive is a GOP donor and a frequent guest on Fox News - https://wapo.st/2Qk56XH

Trump vs. Tillerson. President Trump declared Rex Tillerson, who he hired as Secretary of State, "dumb as a rock" and "totally ill-prepared and ill-equipped for the job" after Tillerson told members of Congress that Russian President Vladimir Putin had outfoxed Trump - https://yhoo.it/2Ql1O6n

Senate approves massive aid package. The Senate passed a multi-billion disaster aid bill after making a deal with President Trump - https://politi.co/2wi93TK

For your radar. The FBI says they've seen a significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism - https://cnn.it/2QkpLuM

There is so much garbage on Facebook. The social media platform took down more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, which is double the number from the previous six months - http://bit.ly/2wjWWFq

  • Twitter banned the Krassenstein brothers, prominent anti-Trump advocates, for operating fake accounts and purchasing false interactions - http://bit.ly/2QoNjyK

Measles travel ban. Health officials in five states may block people believed to be infected with measles from boarding airplanes - https://wapo.st/2wh5RaC


1607 - 100 English settlers disembark in Jamestown, the first English colony in America.

1626 - Peter Minuit buys Manhattan.

1844 - Samuel Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant in Baltimore, Maryland, to inaugurate a commercial telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington D.C.

1856 - John Brown and his men kill five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.

1883 - The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction.

1935 - The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field.

1962 - American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbits the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 space capsule.

2007 - Congress voted to increase the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years -- from $5.15 an hour to $7.25.

Policy News

Governor honors projects that keep Utah 'beautiful, healthy, prosperous, and neighborly"'
In a Thursday afternoon ceremony at the Governor's Mansion, Governor Gary R. Herbert presented the Your Utah, Your Future Awards to eight local organizations and individuals for their work to improve the quality of life in Utah and sustainably address some of the state's toughest challenges.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Students work to document rock art at a preserve near Utah Lake to help it win national recognition even as new threats emerge
Governor appoints members to the Utah State Board of Education, Utah Board of Regents, and UTech Board of Trustees
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed members to Utah's three statewide education governing boards.
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. 

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