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Situational awareness - May 29, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.

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Here's what is driving the day:

  • Utah GOP won't take $100,000 donation from Dave Bateman.
  • Utah consumer confidence on the rise.
  • Supreme Court rules Indiana abortion restrictions should remain blocked.

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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)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Logos/UTGOP_Logo_02.jpgUtah 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.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgAin'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.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgSen. 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.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgJoin 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.
images/Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo.jpgUtahns 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.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190528_GOED.jpgLights, camera, action: The story Is Utah

Established in 1974, the Utah Film Commission is part of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
images/icons/sponsored-content.jpgIndependent 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.
images/Shutterstock_Icons/GOP_Icon.pngUtah 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.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgSen. 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.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190527_McAdams_Fox.jpgMcAdams: 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.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Thrives_Podcast_Logo.jpgUtah 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.

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  • The Supreme Court left in place a block on an Indiana law that banned abortions based solely on race, sex or disability. But, the court left in place a requirement that clinics bury or cremate fetal remains - https://cnn.it/2Qzmacj
  • Missouri may become the first state since the Roe v. Wade decision without access to abortion. The last clinic providing that service is in danger of losing its license at the end of the week - http://bit.ly/2QzeAOP

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

  • Wolff's book also quotes former White House strategist Steve Bannon calling the Trump Organization a "criminal enterprise." Bannon reportedly said Trump's downfall will come when Americans realize Trump is "just another scumbag" - http://bit.ly/2QzgFKD

The investigations

  • A federal judge is putting an order requiring banks to turn over President Trump's financial records to Congress on hold while Trump's lawyers appeal his ruling. The president's attorneys say the subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Capital One violate Trump's privacy - https://wapo.st/2QzmtUv
  • Republican Rep. Justin Amash defended his call for Trump's impeachment at a town hall in Michigan on Tuesday night. He also accused Attorney General William Barr of using his position to "sell the president's false narrative to the American people" - https://politi.co/2Qui8lA
  • Federal investigators are scrutinizing a $1 million donation to President Trump's inaugural committee from a real estate mogul - http://bit.ly/2QvJpDZ

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


  • Former vice president Joe Biden has opened up a massive lead over the rest of the Democratic field in a pair of new polls. Biden leads Bernie Sanders, who is in second place in the poll, by 21 points in New Hampshire and 27 points in South Carolina - https://politi.co/2Qyq3Ox
  • President Trump and Biden trade barbs over Trump's siding with North Korea during his visit to Japan - https://nyti.ms/2Qxa2IE
  • The Democratic National Committee is raising the bar for candidates to qualify for the third presidential debate to be held in September -http://bit.ly/2QucakA
  • Democratic presidential candidates are taking potshots at President Trump's lack of military service, calling him a "draft dodger" - https://wapo.st/2QxcgYK
  • Alabama Republican Roy Moore is hinting he may run for Senate in 2020. He lost a 2017 special election for U.S. Senate to Democrat Doug Jones after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct - https://nbcnews.to/2QvA5jy

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


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 News

U.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.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngInternational 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

Wise Words


"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." Walt Whitman

Lighter Side

Stable Genius

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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