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Situational awareness - May 31, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

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Here's what is driving the day:

  • Lawmakers announce 8 town hall meetings on tax reform.
  • Trump threatens Mexico with tariffs over immigration.
  • New documents show the Trump administration added a citizenship question to the 2020 census to help Republicans.

Friday Trivia

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What was the name of the Utah county, included in Tooele's current borders, that was incorporated in 1856 and dissolved in 1862?

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Today is the 151st day of the year. There are 214 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Stop beating a dead horse

Since the 2014 Utah Legislature passed SB54, I have written I-don't-know-how-many columns saying this may be the end of this issue.And it never was.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_09.jpgLawmakers set eight town hall meetings to discuss tax reform

The Legislature's special Tax Reform Task Force will hold eight public town halls around the state, starting the end of June, to hear citizens and special interests' concerns about changing how items are taxed in Utah.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190530_Reyes_Fox_Biz.jpgWatch: Reyes says disabled military vets should have student loan debt forgiven

Attorney General Sean Reyes says military veterans with permanent disabilities should have their student loan debt wiped out.
images/1000px_Logos/Cities_Work_Logo.jpgCities Work podcast: Dealing with wildfire (part 1)

ULCT members gathered for the Annual Convention in Salt Lake City when mayors and council members started getting the word- their communities were burning.
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_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/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.

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Trump threatens Mexico. President Donald Trump said he would impose a 5-percent tariff on all imports from Mexico next month unless the country cracks down on the flow of illegal immigration coming into the U.S. - https://wapo.st/2MnmxIy

  • Stock futures and the global stock markets slumped on the news - https://cnn.it/2MkYE4u
  • If Trump follows through on his threat to impose tariffs, it could sink Trump's proposed trade deal with Mexico and Canada - https://wapo.st/2MutaZs

Bombshell. New documents show a deceased GOP strategist was a driving factor in the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Thomas Hofeller wrote a study showing adding that question would advantage white, non-Hispanic voters, allowing Republicans to draw political boundaries that would put Democrats at a disadvantage - https://nyti.ms/2MnH0wM


  • President Trump admitted on Thursday that Russia helped get him elected in 2016, then walked that admission back shortly afterward - http://bit.ly/2HN2jUh
  • Trump attacked special counsel Robert Mueller as being conflicted because of a personal vendetta against Trump, a claim that has been repeatedly discredited - https://wapo.st/2HLJFMy
  • Attorney General William Barr says special counsel Mueller "could've reached a decision" on whether President Trump obstructed justice - https://cbsn.ws/2HNC5Ry
  • President Trump railed against a growing call for the House to instigate impeachment proceedings against him, calling impeachment "a dirty, filthy, disgusting word" - https://politi.co/2HLJeSq
  • Over 50 House members now say they favor beginning an impeachment inquiry against President Trump - https://nbcnews.to/2HMyP8S


  • Democrats unveil a $90 million super PAC targeting grassroots turnout in seven swing states - https://politi.co/2HLKcOy
  • The Democratic National Committee is demanding that each of their presidential primary debates feature at least one woman moderator - http://bit.ly/2HLhtt7

Nancy Pelosi doesn't want to talk about President Trump anymore. "I'm done with him, in terms of talking about him," she said during a Thursday interview - https://wapo.st/2HN14V4

Boring but important. The U.S. has dropped to third place in the ranking of most competitive economies, falling behind Singapore and Hong Kong - https://cnb.cx/2MnJqeQ

North Korea purge. Kim Jong-un has reportedly executed that country's special envoy to the United States on spying charges following the breakdown of the second summit with President Donald Trump - https://nyti.ms/2Mze999

Media slap fight. The New York Times is warning reporters about appearing on cable news shows that are too ideological, including MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Showhttp://bit.ly/2HLgsRP

Measles cases exploding. There have been more measles cases in the first half of this year than in all of 1992, which was the last massive outbreak - https://nyti.ms/2HMyxyU


1859 - The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.

1911 - The RMS Titanic is launched in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1921 - A race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma kills at least 39 people.

1927 - The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15 million vehicles.

1977 - The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is completed.

2005 - Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was "Deep Throat" in the Watergate scandal.

Policy News

Sandy City Public Utilities Director Tom Ward reinstated
Mayor Kurt Bradburn announced today the reinstatement of Tom Ward as Sandy City's Public Utilities Director after completion of an independent investigation conducted by the law firm Parsons Behle & Latimer.
Dorsey & Whitney congratulates partner David Barlow on nomination as judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP congratulates Partner David Barlow on his nomination by President Donald J. Trump to serve as Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune:Off-roaders are revved up to see southern Utah's Factory Butte reopened to motorized use. But environmentalists are gearing up for a fight.--Salt Lake Tribune:This Utah mountaineering couple just summited Mount Everest. They blame weather, not crowds, for 11 recent deaths, including a fellow Utahn.--KSL.com:Astronomy buffs gear up for summer with dark sky hikes, festivals and more--KSL.com:Annual Free Fishing Day helps beginners learn to fish without a permit or gearConcerts-- "Nearer, My God, to Thee," Friday, 5 and 8 p.m.,Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, $15-$35-- Joe McQueen's 100thBirthday Celebration, Second Baptist Church, 227 27th Street, Ogden, free-- "Music Without Borders,"NEXT Ensemble, Saturday, 7 p.m., Alleged, 201 25th Street, Ogden, $10--St. George Opera, Saturday, 7 p.m., St. George Tabernacle, Tabernacle and Main Street, Saint George, free-- "Manubhuti: Being Human," Sunday, 5:15 p.m.,Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, $8--Ogden Music Festival, through Sunday, Fort Buenaventura State Park, 2450 A Avenue, Ogden-- Organ concerts, every Saturday, noon, and every Sunday, 2 p.m., Assembly Hall,Temple Square, 50 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, freeTheater-- "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" through June 1,Terrace Plaza Playhouse-- "A Lad 'n' His Magic Lamp" through June 1,Off Broadway Theatre-- "Steel Magnolias" through June 1,Hale Centre Theatre-- "Singin' in the Rain" through June 2,Egyptian Theatre-- "School of Rock" through June 2,Eccles Theater-- "Bright Star" through June 8,Cedar Valley Community Theatre-- "Freezin' - Let It Go Already" through June 8,Desert Star Playhouse-- "Les Misrables School Edition" through June 8, Jaks Theatre Company-- "West Side Story" through June 8,Grand Theatre-- "Disney's Newsies" through June 15,Draper Arts Council-- "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" through June 15,Brigham's Playhouse-- "Matilda" through June 15,Hale Centre Theatre-- "Tuck Everlasting" through June 15,Hale Center Theater Orem-- "Shootout at Shadow Mountain" through September 7,Pickleville Playhouse-- "Disney's When You Wish" through October 24,Tuacahn Amphitheater-- "Disney's The Little Mermaid" through October 25,Tuacahn AmphitheaterMuseum Exhibits--See Me:Primary Children's Hospital Art Therapy DepartmentExhibition through June 1;GLOW: 2019 Spectacle Art Auction Exhibition through June 8; Out Loud: Ostracized and Masked Exhibition through July 6; Andrew Dadson: Roof Gap;Deanna & Ed Templeton: Contemporary SuburbiumExhibition through September 7,Utah Museum of Contemporary Art--salt 14: Yang YongliangExhibition through June 2;Spencer Finch: Great Salt Lake and Vicinity; ongoing exhibitions:Arts of Africa;American and Regional Art: Mythmaking and Truth-Telling; Chinese Art: Emulation and Innovation; European Art; Ancient Mediterranean Art: Res Mortis; Ancient Mesoamerica; Modern and Contemporary Art: A Fuller Picture; Arts of the Pacific; Greater Merit: The Temple and Image in South Asia,Utah Museum of Fine Arts--Zhi Lin: "Chinaman's Chance" on Promontory Summit, Parker Jones: From My Seat in the Dirt, Exhibitions through June 2,Kimball Art Center--95th Annual Spring SalonExhibition through July 6;Magic and Machine: Fantasy and Sci-Fi in Utah ArtExhibition through August 3;Sanctuariesof MindExhibition through summer 2019;All Aboard!Exhibition through September 21;Round Up: Icons of the WestExhibition through June 19, 2021,Favorite Ladies: Patterns, People, and Play, SMA:Milestones and MemoriesExhibitions ongoing,Springville Museum of Art-- To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and DevotionExhibition on view through summer 2019;In the Arena: The Art of Mahonri YoungExhibition through September 21;After PromontoryExhibition through October 5;Danae Mattes: Where the River Widens,Patrick Dougherty: WindsweptExhibitions through October 19,Brigham Young University Museum of ArtEt cetra--Last Friday Gallery Stroll, Friday, 6 9 p.m., Park City--SoJo Summerfest, Friday and Saturday, South Jordan City, 1600 West Towne Center Drive (10610 South), South Jordan--Utah Lake Festival, Saturday, 10 a.m. 2 p.m., Utah Lake State Park, 4400 West Center Street, Provo--Utah Pride Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Washington Square, 400 South 200 East, Salt Lake City
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.

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Wise Words

Failing Forward

"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success." C. S. Lewis

Lighter Side

Cover Up

Colbert spoke about House speaker Nancy Pelosi's comment to reporters that Trump was engaging in a cover-up. Colbert agreed, telling his audience: "It's a cover-up. It's called bronzer, Nancy. And he's not fooling anyone." Stephen Colbert

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