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Situational awareness - May 30, 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:

  • Which Democrats may be mulling a bid for governor in 2020?
  • Mueller declines to exonerate Trump.
  • The Trump tax cuts didn't do much for the economy.

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The UtahPolicy.com daily newsletter gets you up to speed on the top local and national news about politics and public policy. Our news is curated by Managing Editor Bryan Schott, along with help from Golden Webb. ((Click here to subscribe))

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Today is the 150th day of the year. There are 215 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

105 days to the third Democratic presidential primary debate (9/12/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Logos/Democrat_Donkey_01.pngWhich Democrats are considering a run for Utah governor in 2020?

Much of the attention in the upcoming 2020 election is rightly focused on the race for the Republican nomination for governor. A number of candidates are considering a run next year to replace Gov. Gary Herbert, who is not seeking re-election. But who could possibly be the Democratic nominee next year?
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/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/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.

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Mueller said some stuff. Special counsel Robert Mueller gave a rare public statement on Wednesday in which he declined to clear President Donald Trump of wrongdoing. He also warned Americans about foreign interference in future elections - http://bit.ly/2QB4nBB

  • President Trump said after Mueller's statement "The case is closed" - https://cnb.cx/2QB9f9D
  • After his statement, several more Democrats who are running for president in 2020 said Congress should open impeachment proceedings against President Trump - http://bit.ly/2QxHlLT

Trump triggered? The White House told the U.S. Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain out of President Trump's sight during his recent trip to Japan lest it upset him. The Navy covered up the USS John McCain's name with a tarp and gave sailors from the ship, who normally wear hats with the vessel's name, the day off during Trump's visit - http://bit.ly/2QCcWfA

  • Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said he did not authorize the effort to keep the USS John McCain out of sight - http://bit.ly/2QvClY0

Trump's tax cuts didn't do much for the economy. An independent congressional report finds the tax reform package passed by Congress in late 2017 has had little effect on wages or GDP, and it's not paying for itself as Republicans promised - https://ind.pn/2QymDLO

Another election in Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form a new government in time, leading to a new election in that country - https://nyti.ms/2QyzeyJ

Boring but important. The bond market is showing some troubling signs that the economy may be heading toward a recession - https://nyti.ms/2QB3Srd


  • Louisiana lawmakers passed a bill that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks. The state's Democratic governor says he will sign the legislation - https://nyti.ms/2QCdemG
  • Disney CEO Bob Iger says it will be "very difficult" for the company to keep filming in Georgia if that state's new abortion law takes effect - https://cnb.cx/2QCdNwO

Roy Moore vs. Donald Trump. Roy More hit back at President Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president said Moore should not run for the U.S. Senate again - https://politi.co/2QvOegC

New NAFTA deal on the backburner. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is resisting pressure from the Trump administration to quickly pass the updated North American trade deal - https://nyti.ms/2QB3Rn9

Farm bailout. Big corporate farms, not small operations, will collect most of the Trump administration's bailout to lessen the negative effects of the trade war with China - https://lat.ms/2QAZE2Y

Russian nuke tests. U.S. intelligence says Russia is secretly carrying out low-level nuclear tests in violation of a nuclear arms treaty - https://on.wsj.com/2QwQXXe

Social media

  • Shady political ads are already pouring into Facebook, and it's nearly impossible to track who is buying them - http://bit.ly/2QyBOop
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Facebook for the company's refusal to remove altered videos of her, accusing the social network of being a "willing enabler" of Russian interference in U.S. elections - https://politi.co/2Qyi5oD
  • Twitter is researching whether white supremacists should be banned from the platform - http://bit.ly/2QAYch2

Freedom gas? The Department of Energy is trying to rebrand natural gas as "freedom gas" and "molecules of freedom" - http://bit.ly/2QB9LEB


1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at age of 19. She had been convicted of sorcery.

1783 - The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first daily newspaper published in the United States.

1806 - Future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel.

1854 - The Kansas-Nebraska Act becomes law establishing the territories of Kansas and Nebraska.

1868 - Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern Memorial Day) is observed in the U.S. for the first time.

1883 - In New York City, a stampede on the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge killed twelve people.

1922 - The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation and UCAIR look at incentives and disincentives for alternative-fuel vehicle usage
Utah Foundation has partnered with the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) to study the incentives and disincentives around alternative-fuel vehicles in the context of improving Utah's air quality.
Utah Commissioner David Clark appointed to NARUC Board of Directors
Commissioner David Clark, of the Public Service Commission of Utah, was appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Board of Directors by NARUC President and Iowa Utilities Board Member Nick Wagner.
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.

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Wise Words

Social Morality

"To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality." John Locke

Lighter Side

Nursing Home

Trump has said he wants to defend the constitution, despite attacking the Michigan congressman Justin Amash and calling him a "loser". When asked about these comments, Amash simply responded: "OK." The host seemed impressed by this, telling the audience: "That probably is the best way to respond. You know, just treat him like he's a grandpa in a nursing home." Seth Meyer

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