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Situational awareness - May 3, 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:

  • Rob Anderson reflects on his tenure as Utah GOP Chairman.
  • Romney wants to hear from Mueller.
  • Pelosi says Barr committed a crime by lying to Congress.

Friday Trivia

Today's trivia question comes from guest quizmaster Clint Warby.

How many Republicans filed to run against Democrat Jim Matheson in the 2002 primary election? What was the composite nickname for all of them?

The first three readers to submit a correct answer will be recognized in Monday's newsletter. Every reader who sends in the right answer will be entered into a drawing to win one of our brand new limited edition laptop stickers.

Send your guesses to me via email at bschott@utahpolicy.com.

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Today is the 123rd day of the year. There are 242 days remaining in 2019.

The Utah State Republican Party Organizing Convention and the United Utah Party state convention are tomorrow (5/4/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Anderson_01.jpgPodcast: Exit interview with Rob Anderson

Rob Anderson is finishing up his tenure as chairman of the Utah Republican Party.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Turning point

And so we come to it.A turning point for the Utah Republican Party as a viable, impactful organization for the near future.
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.
images/1000px_Logos/USTAR_1000.pngInnovating the innovation economy and technology-based economic development

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.

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Pelosi: Barr lied. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Attorney General William Barr committed a crime by lying to Congress during his testimony - https://nyti.ms/2vBahZO

  • Barr's no-show at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday has Democrats discussing holding the Attorney General in contempt - https://wapo.st/2vCNM6N

Democrats talking with Mueller about testifying. Congressional Democrats are going around the Justice Department and speaking directly with special counsel Robert Mueller about appearing before Congress - http://bit.ly/2PLGaI9

White House complained about Mueller to Barr. A five-page letter from White House lawyer Emmet Flood raised several concerns about Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying the special counsel should have made a decision on whether to charge Trump with obstruction of justice - https://cnn.it/2PIo2iC

FBI investigated Trump's campaign. A government investigator posed as a research assistant as part of a counterintelligence inquiry into the Trump campaign's links to Russia. The Trump campaign jumped on the story, claiming it was proof of government spying - https://nyti.ms/2PGOol5

Trump blocks McGahn's testimony. President Donald Trump says he does not want former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress on allegations the president obstructed justice - https://politi.co/2PLHTx7

Trump's approval rating on the economy hits a new high. 56% of Americans say Trump is doing a good job with the economy according to a new poll - https://cnn.it/2vxyHU3

Stephen Moore's nomination for the Fed is kaput. Just hours after Moore said he would not back down from seeking a spot on the Federal Reserve Board, President Trump tweeted that Moore had withdrawn his name from consideration. Moore blamed a "smear campaign" by Democrats - https://cnb.cx/2PKzeLm

Facebook bans extremists. The online platform has permanently banned Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Louis Farrakhan and a host of other prominent figures it says are "dangerous" - https://cnn.it/2PGOh99

New Trump administration rule will allow doctors to refuse to perform abortions. The rule would protect medical providers who object to certain medical procedures on religious grounds - http://bit.ly/2vBbbWc

Pig ebola? African swine fever is spreading throughout Asia and threatening the global food supply - https://bloom.bg/2vCVzl8


1802 - Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city.

1913 - The California Alien Land Law of 1913 (Webb-Haney Act) passed the California state Senate. The bill forbade immigrants from owning any land for agricultural or gardening purposes.

1921 - West Virginia becomes the first state to legislate a broad sales tax, but does not implement it until some years later due to enforcement issues.

1948 - The Supreme Court rules in Shelley v. Kraemer that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities are legally unenforceable.

1952 - Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole.

1957 - Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

1978 - The first unsolicited bulk email (which would later become known as "spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.

1979 - Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party won the British general election, making her the first woman prime minister of a major European nation.

Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngJoin us on May 11 for the Utah-China Trade and Investment Forum
World Trade Center Utah is proud to host its third Thought Leader Symposium for 2019. These events bring together business, community and government leaders with the purpose of creating thought-provoking discussions on current international events and their impact on business.
New Salt Lake City homeless resource center to be named after Gail Miller
Shelter the Homeless today unveiled the name of the new Salt Lake facility, the Gail Miller Homeless Resource Center.  
Students, alumni and faculty to be honored Friday at SLCC's commencement event
More than 3,200 Salt Lake Community College students will be awarded degrees and certificates at the school's upcoming Commencement event, scheduled for Friday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m. at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
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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.

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Wise Words


"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller

Lighter Side

Biden and Bernie

"It was reported today that Joe Biden is leading Bernie Sanders by eight points. Yeah, no, no, not in the polls - in their weekly game of shuffleboard." - CONAN O'BRIEN

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