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Situational awareness - May 8, 2019

Good Wednesday 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:

  • Big changes coming for the Salt Lake Tribune.
  • Lee meets with the White House on immigration.
  • Donald Trump lost a mind-boggling amount of money between 1985 and 1994.

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Today is the 128th day of the year. There are 237 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/articles/Salt_Lake_Tribune_marquis.jpgThe Salt Lake Tribune is transitioning to a non-profit organization

UtahPolicy.com has learned that soon The Salt Lake Tribune, owned by the Paul Huntsman family, will change from a for-profit entity to a newspaper and nonprofit foundation.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mike_Lee_02.jpgLee meets with White House ahead of immigration plan rollout

Sen. Mike Lee and several other Republican members of Congress huddled with White House officials on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the planned roll-out of the administration's latest immigration plan.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgAll you're looking for is someone to boycott you - Bernick and Schott on politics

The Utah Legislature has named the 10 members of the tax reform task force who will shape the state's tax system for years to come. It's a thankless job. What will they be able to accomplish? We discuss the timeline and prospects for success.
images/1000px_Mugs/Derek_Brown_11.jpgAnalysis: Utah Republicans hammer Democrats on socialism. Is it working?

Republican party officers and officeholders across the U.S. have a new political drum to beat: Democrats will kill the American dream through socialism.
images/1000px_Mugs/Chris_Stewart_11.jpgStewart knocks down rumor he may switch to CD1 in 2020

Rep. Chris Stewart says he's been getting some pressure from Utah Republicans to run for the Congressional seat being vacated by the retirement of Rep. Rob Bishop because his background in the Air Force would be beneficial to Hill Air Force Base. Stewart says he's flattered, but he's not giving up his current seat in the 2nd District.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_03.jpgTax reform task force membership named

The Utah Legislature's special tax reform task force has been named and will start work soon.
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.

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The art of losing money. Donald Trump lost $1.17 billion between 1985 and 1994 according to income tax records obtained by the New York Times. Trump's losses were so deep, he paid no income taxes for 8 of the 10 years - https://nyti.ms/2PShnlU

  • Congressional Democrats appear headed straight to court to pry Trump's tax returns loose from the Treasury Department - https://politi.co/2PVkLfV
  • New York lawmakers advanced a bill to allow congressional committees to see Trump's New York State tax returns - https://nyti.ms/2PPxHnm

No evidence of spying on Trump campaign. FBI Director Christopher Wray says he has seen no evidence that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, contradicting Attorney General William Barr and many of Trump's supporters - https://wapo.st/2PSt2kz

  • The Justice Department's internal watchdog is probing the FBI's use of a controversial dossier of information in surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page - https://on.wsj.com/2PRBkcA

Dems move forward with Barr contempt vote. House Democrats are set to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to make the Mueller report's full contents available to Congress. In response, the Justice Department is asking the White House to invoke executive privilege over the report - https://politi.co/2PSsxHd

White House instructs former counsel not to comply with a congressional subpoena. The White House told Don McGahn not to comply with a subpoena from House Democrats - https://abcn.ws/2PSfju9

Pelosi: Trump is goading us to impeach him. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday President Trump wants Congressional Democrats to start impeachment proceedings against him in order to rally his base ahead of the 2020 election - http://bit.ly/2PUZsLC

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared "case closed" when it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller and his findings, saying Democrats should accept the report and end their investigations - https://wapo.st/2PUKGnP


  • The long-awaited immigration proposal from the Trump administration is likely DOA when it gets to Congress - https://politi.co/2vJh8jT
  • The Trump administration is attempting to attach funding for construction of a border wall to federal disaster relief legislation - https://wapo.st/2vJgF17
  • A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the Trump administration can make asylum seekers stay in Mexico while their cases are decided by immigration court hearings - http://bit.ly/2vNQ42M

Trump campaign refuses to rule out using hacked information from foreign governments. The president's re-election campaign does not have a policy about using information stolen or hacked by a foreign power during the 2020 race. Several Democratic campaigns have vowed not to use such information - https://politi.co/2vHIGWW

Iran nuclear deal. Iran will partially withdraw from the nuclear deal signed with six other nations in 2015. The move comes after the U.S. completely withdrew from the deal last year - https://cnn.it/2PVbioF

Heartbeat bill. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws on Tuesday. The measure bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks - http://bit.ly/2PRCc0W

Boring but important. The Trump administration is considering changes to how the poverty threshold is calculated. The move could strip many low-income Americans of their federal benefits - https://cnn.it/2PRC29K

The Trump administration wants to allow debt collectors to text, email debtors. The proposal would allow collectors to call 7 times a week and text or email people as many times as they want - 


1541 - Hernando de Soto reaches the Mississippi River.

1639 - William Coddington founds Newport, Rhode Island

1846 - Mexican-American War: Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the war.

1886 - Pharmacist John Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine.

1945 - President Harry S. Truman officially declared V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe.

1972 - Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announces his order to place naval mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and goods to that nation.

1973 - A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the American Indian Movement members occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ends with the surrender of the militants.

1980 - The World Health Organization confirms the eradication of smallpox.

1984 - The Soviet Union declared it wouldn't take part in the Los Angeles Olympics, citing fears about safety for its athletes. The decision came four years after the United States team boycotted the Games in Moscow.

Policy News

NASCIO Technology Champion Award honors Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has awarded Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert with the association's 2019 Technology Champion Award. The announcement was made at the NASCIO 2019 Midyear Conference in National Harbor, MD.
SLCo Parks and Recreation announces date for closure of Marv Jenson Recreation Center
Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation has set the date for the closure of Marv Jenson Recreation Center. The 35-year-old facility located at 10300 South Redwood Road will cease operations on March 31, 2020.
images/1000px_Logos/GOED_ProgramLogos_Color_WTCUtah.pngPrepare for the Hong Kong and Japan Trade Mission with a seminar on doing business in those two regions
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, invites you to attend a seminar to learn about doing business with Hong Kong and Japan. 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber statement on National Small Business Week
Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, released the following statement regarding National Small Business Week held May 5-11, 2019:

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Wise Words


"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Lighter Side

Getting Attention

"You already know in amongst all of this that Trump is jealous about all of the attention Barr is getting right now. Do you know what I mean? Trump is like 'What? Hey, I've committed way more crimes than that guy. He covered upmycrimes." - JAMES CORDEN

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