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Today is the 149th day of the year. There are 216 days remaining in 2019.
5 days until the municipal election filing period opens (6/3/2019)
9 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)
10 days until the Independent American Party Utah State Convention (6/8/2019)
24 days to the Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention (6/22/2019)
28 days to the first Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami (6/26/2019)
62 days to the second Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit (7/30/2019)
76 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
106 days to the third Democratic presidential primary debate (9/12/2019)
160 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
243 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
251 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
279 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)
520 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyUtah GOP Chairman Derek Brown says he won't accept donation from Dave Bateman to pay off party debt
Thanks, but no thanks.That's the message newly-elected Utah State Republican Party chair Derek Brown has for Dave Bateman, on Bateman's offer to pay off the party's $100,000 operational debt in return for certain guarantees.
Ain't nuthin' gettin' done - Bernick and Schott on politics
Moderates have regained control of the Utah Republican Party after GOP delegates ousted several anti-SB54 zealots from the party this year. That's good news as the GOP needs to figure out how to win votes in Salt Lake County.
Sen. Lee introduces Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act Thursday, a bill that would empower local managers of wilderness areas to decide whether to allow and how to regulate non-motorized travel in wilderness areas.
Join the Salt Lake Chamber for 'Management Mess to Leadership Success
Join us for the Salt Lake Chamber Professional Development Series seminar, 'Management Mess to Leadership Success' with Scott Jeffrey Miller on June 12, 2019.
Utahns grow even more optimistic about economic future
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index nudged up 0.9 points to 113.2 in May. The year-over-year CAI increased 2.5 points. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index increased 4.9 points to 134.1 this month.
Lights, camera, action: The story Is Utah
Established in 1974, the Utah Film Commission is part of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
Independent American Party Convention June 8
The Utah Independent American Party will hold its State Convention/Independence Summit on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Juab High School in Nephi.
Utah Republicans purge anti-SB54 zealots from leadership positions
With the election of former state representative Ryan Wilcox as the new Weber County GOP chair last week, the near-sweep of the Gang of 51 from the Utah Republican Party is complete.
Sen. Lee introduces Government Spectrum Valuation Act
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Government Spectrum Valuation Act Monday, a bill designed to estimate the value of electromagnetic spectrum assigned to each federal agency as a first step towards meeting the nation's spectrum needs.
McAdams: It's time for Congress to put feud with Trump aside to start solving problems
Rep. Ben McAdams says Americans are tired of the partisan fighting in Washington and simply want Congress and President Donald Trump to get to work solving the nation's problems.
Utah Thrives podcast: Robert Putnam
Harvard political science professor Robert Putnam talks with Dan Bammes and Utah Foundation President Peter Reichard about the idea of social capital - the central idea of his groundbreaking book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
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Robert Mueller reportedly wanted to indict Trump. Michael Wolff claims in his forthcoming book that the special counsel drew up a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against President Donald Trump, but decided against the move. A spokesperson for Mueller is denying the report - http://bit.ly/2QvUIw2
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he would fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020. He famously blocked President Barack Obama from filling a vacancy in 2016 because it was an election year - https://nyti.ms/2Qv527z
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao still owns stock she promised to get rid of. Chao still owns nearly $400,000 worth of stock in a construction firm she promised to divest herself from before taking office - http://bit.ly/2Qzob8n
The Supreme Court upholds transgender rights. The court let stand a lower court ruling that said transgender students could use locker rooms and bathrooms that match their gender identity - https://politi.co/2Qy9wuk
GOP again blocks disaster aid bill. A single House Republican again blocked the final passage of a massive disaster aid funding bill - https://nyti.ms/2Qys7pL
A college freshman got into Mar-a-Lago while Trump was in town over Thanksgiving. The University of Wisconsin student used an underground tunnel to get into the club and convinced the Secret Service he was a member - https://pbpo.st/2Qyqzfr
Trump's Wikipedia page is a war zone. Editors are engaged in a pitched battle over the entry, which is one of the most popular on the site - http://bit.ly/2Qvcqjr
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1790 - Rhode Island becomes the last of the original U.S. colonies to ratify the Constitution and is admitted as the 13th state.
1848 - Wisconsin is admitted as the 30th state.
1886 - Pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in the Atlanta Journal.
1953 - Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
1973 - Tom Bradley is elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.
1988 - President Ronald Reagan begins his first visit to the Soviet Union when he arrives in Moscow for a summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
2004 - The National World War II memorial was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington.
Policy NewsU.S. Energy Secretary, Rick Perry to keynote at Utah Governor's Energy Summit
Rick Perry, the 14th United States Secretary of Energy is set to take the stage with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert at the eighth annual Governor's Energy Summit on May 30, 2019 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
Silicon Slopes and UCAIR partner to promote practical solutions to improve air quality
Silicon Slopes and the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) unveils a strategic air quality partnership to move forward a solutions-based approach to improving air quality within Utah's rapidly growing tech sector.
Michael Best's Lyndon L. Ricks joins Utah Securities Commission
Michael Best is pleased to announce that Lyndon L. Ricks has been appointed to serve on the State of Utah Securities Commission.
International dispute resolution: Protecting your interests at home and abroad
Utah companies doing business with foreign parties in any capacity should be prepared to resolve unexpected disputes in an efficient, unbiased and enforceable forum.
Utah Attorney General calls for automatic discharge of student loans for permanently disabled veterans
Attorney General Sean D. Reyes is leading a bipartisan coalition of 51 Attorneys General (50 states and Guam) to urge the Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos to automatically forgive the student loans of veterans who became totally and permanently disabled in connection with their military service.
More National Headlines
"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." Walt Whitman
Wednesday's contentious post-meeting press conference saw Trump reading from handwritten notes where he wrote "Dems have no achomlishments." Kimmel laughed at the misspelling: "It is amazing what comes out of your head when your system runs on nothing but Adderall and fried chicken." Jimmy Kimmel
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