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Situational awareness - May 6, 2019

Good Monday 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:

  • Brown elected Utah GOP Chairman.
  • Trump doesn't want Mueller to testify before Congress.
  • Trump threatens China with more tariffs.

Trivia time

Friday's trivia question from guest quizmaster Clint Warby stumped our readers.

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

Warby notes there were 12 Republicans who jumped into the 2002 race against Democrat Jim Matheson. The group was given the tongue-in-cheek nickname by Republicans "Quorum of the 12."

If you'd like to submit a political trivia question, send them to me via email at bschott@utahpolicy.com.

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Today is the 126th day of the year. There are 239 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgGOP Convention wrap-up - Bernick and Schott on politics

Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott break down all of the news from Saturday's Utah GOP convention.
images/1000px_Mugs/Derek_Brown_10.jpgBrown wins Utah GOP Chair

A clean sweep Saturday by the so-called "reasonable" Republicans in party officer elections Derek Brown crushed Phill Wright in the chairman's race in the first round of voting in the state Republican Party organizing convention at Utah Valley University.
images/Resized_Logos/UtahPolicy6_400x288.jpgUtahPolicy.com honored in 'Top of the Rockies' competition

UtahPolicy.com's staff won 5 "Top of the Rockies" awards, including 2 first-place honors, in the Society of Professional Journalists competition that included entries from Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgSen. Lee reintroduces Global Trade Accountability Act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Global Trade Accountability Act Thursday, a bill that would subject unilateral actions by the president to increase trade barriers to congressional approval.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgRomney joins colleagues in introducing bipartisan resolution condemning attacks in Sri Lanka

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Chris Murphy (D-CT)in introducing a resolution condemning the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, offering sincere condolences to the victims, to their families and friends and to the people and nation of Sri Lanka, and expressing solidarity and support for Sri Lanka.
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.

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Trump doesn't want Mueller to testify. House Democrats are seeking to have special counsel Robert Mueller testify before Congress this month. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday Mueller "should not testify" - https://wapo.st/2vF6M4r

Trump suggests he get more time in office. On Sunday, President Trump retweeted a call for him to get an unconstitutional two-year addition to his term to compensate for time lost to investigations into his administration - https://wapo.st/2vEhKHv

Trump phones a friend. President Trump had a 1.5-hour call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Russian officials said Trump initiated the call - https://bloom.bg/2vHIA1v

Trump tweets threat to China. President Trump threatened to raise tariffs on China from 10% to 25% on Friday seemingly to ratchet up pressure as negotiators seek to hammer out a trade deal - https://nyti.ms/2vFW260

Upping pressure on Iran. The U.S. is deploying the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the Middle East in response to threats from Iran - https://nyti.ms/2vCApn9

Pelosi warns Trump may not give up power if he loses in 2020. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump may contest the election results if he loses narrowly in 2020 - https://nyti.ms/2vG1WUB

Cohen heads to prison. President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen is scheduled to begin his 3-year prison sentence on Monday - http://bit.ly/2vEVkG3

Grain of salt needed. Former White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman accused the Trump administration of destroying several boxes of evidence that she said should have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller's team - http://bit.ly/2vE0KRP

Boring but important. The Trump administration plans to counter Chinese and Russian ambitions in the Arctic - https://politi.co/2vHnsIG

Climate catastrophe looming. A new United Nations report says up to 1 million plant and animal species face extinction because of human-caused effects on the climate. The results could be devastating for humanity - https://wapo.st/2vDZX3j


1861 - Arkansas secedes from the Union.

1863 - Civil War: Confederate forces commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee routed Union troops under Gen. Joseph Hooker at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.

1877 - Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Lakota surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.

1889 - The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public.

1915 - Babe Ruth hits his first major league home run.

1935 - New Deal: Executive Order 7034 creates the Works Progress Administration to provide work for the unemployed.

1937 - The German Zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.

1941 - Josef Stalin became the official leader of the Soviet government.

Policy News

Governor appoints Justice Court Judge Reuben J. Renstrom to the Second District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Justice Court Judge Reuben J. Renstrom as a judge for the Second District Court.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgJoin us May 10 for the 2019 Utah Veteran Owned Business Conference
The Salt Lake Chamber will host its annual Utah Veteran Owned Business Conference on Friday, May 10, 2019, alongside presenting sponsors the Veterans Business Resource Center, Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs and Zions Bank. The Conference will help connect veteran entrepreneurs and business owners with the resources they need to be successful in the marketplace.
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.
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