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Situational awareness - June 10, 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:

  • Romney may not endorse Trump in 2020.
  • Trump's deal with Mexico was agreed to several months ago.
  • John Dean, a central figure in Watergate, testifies before Congress Monday.

Trivia answers!

It seems our readers are not well-versed in Utah music trivia. No one could name the only two Utah-based musicians to win a Grammy Award - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (1959, Battle Hymn of the Republic) and Douglas Spotted Eagle (2001, Best Native American Music Album).

Several readers suggested Imagine Dragons, but the band is based out of Las Vegas..

If you'd like to submit a trivia question, send it to me at bschott@utahpolicy.com.  

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Today is the 161st day of the year. There are 204 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_02.jpgRomney may not endorse Trump in 2020

Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday he may not endorse President Donald Trump for re-election, and he might skip making an endorsement altogether in the 2020 presidential contest.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Advertising_01.jpgReport: Political ad spending could hit $10 billion in 2020

A new estimate suggests political ad spending will grow more than 8 percent in 2020 and could reach $10 billion next year.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgNew development tactics can improve fiscal sustainability, quality of life

Utah Foundation's newest report explores the fiscal challenges that accompany growth, both in the short-term and in the long-term. The report also draws from Utah Foundation's 2018 Quality of Life survey to demonstrate what Utahns value most in their communities, and which issues concern them most.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Jon_Huntsman_04.jpgHuntsman discussed possible 2020 run with political allies this week

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman recently visited Utah where he met with political allies and advisers to discuss a possible run for governor in 2020 according to multiple sources.
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/Resized_Mugshots/Greg_Hughes_12.jpgHughes will enter 2020 gubernatorial race later this summer

Former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes will run for governor next year, seeking the GOP nomination in what could become a crowded field, sources close to Hughes told UtahPolicy.com on Wednesday.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Mitt_Romney_08.jpgRomney 'looking at' carbon tax legislation

Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday he was considering co-sponsoring a carbon tax bill with Delaware Democrat Cris Coons.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgMcAdams cohosts Housing Task Force Forum with input from Utah homebuilder

Congressman Ben McAdams, a co-chair of the New Democrats' Housing Task Force, welcomed stakeholders to a forum seeking innovative ideas for making housing more available and affordable. McAdams co-chairs the task force with Congressman Heck of Washington and Congresswoman Hill from California.

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Trump vs. Mexico

  • President Donald Trump said Mexico was able to avoid his threatened tariffs by agreeing to new immigration policies. But, Mexico agreed to many of the provisions months ago - https://nyti.ms/2I5nq4g
  • Trump claimed Sunday the deal with Mexico has secret provisions, promising details at "the appropriate time" - https://politi.co/2I7D3sa
  • Mexican officials say they did not agree to make "large" agricultural purchases from the U.S., countering one of President Trump's central claims about the deal - https://bloom.bg/2ItKZCS
  • Critics say the agreement with Mexico will do little to curb the flow of Central American migrants coming to the U.S. - https://wapo.st/2ICaVfQ

Must see TV. John Dean, the one-time White House counsel during the Nixon Administration and a key figure in the Watergate scandal, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee Monday. Dean has called the Mueller report "more damning" than Watergate - https://n.pr/2IuipBi

2020. A new poll out of Iowa puts former Vice President Joe Biden in the lead in that state. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are in the next tier of candidates - http://bit.ly/2ItMAIS

Congressional pay raise. A possible hike in pay for members of Congress is making several legislators uneasy - http://bit.ly/2I9YpVT

Senate frustration. Some Republicans are starting to grow frustrated with the Senate's inaction on legislation - https://politi.co/2I5Kf7Q

Strange bedfellows? Former President Jimmy Carter says President Trump called him to discuss China - https://on-ajc.com/2I4ACX7

SCOTUS. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg warned Friday the Court would likely render close 5-4 decisions on many of the cases remaining before the end of the current term - http://bit.ly/2I5LBiW

For your radar. Senate Republicans will meet with White House negotiators this week to discuss a possible solution to an impasse on several spending bills that are currently stalled - https://politi.co/2IxaHGD

Immigration. California lawmakers voted to make illegal immigrants in the state between the ages of 19 and 25 eligible for the state's Medicaid program - https://nbcnews.to/2I6r8KT

Economic warnings. World economic leaders are increasingly worried that the trade war between the U.S. and China could send the world economy into a crisis - https://nyti.ms/2I620UT

Hmmm. A company partially owned by White House advisor Jared Kushner got $90 million in foreign funding from an unknown source since 2017 - http://bit.ly/2IAXzA7

NRA. Several members of the National Rifle Association board were paid exorbitant fees while top executives of the organization were spending lavishly on travel and other items - https://wapo.st/2I5I1FJ

Whoa. A new report says Google made $4.7 billion from the news industry in 2018 - https://nyti.ms/2I9Wfpf

Major merger. United Technologies and Raytheon announced one of the biggest corporate mergers of the year. Together, the two countries are worth about $166 billion - https://cnn.it/2IxNB2z


1692 - Bridget Bishop was found guilty of the practice of witchcraft and hanged in Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She was the first colonist executed during the Salem witch trials.

1854 - The U.S. Naval Academy graduates its first class of students.

1898 - U.S. Marines invaded Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

1935 - Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio.

1944 - 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the youngest player ever in a major league game.

1964 - The U.S. Senate breaks a 75-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, leading to the bill's passage.

Policy News

Chairman Lee: The economy remians fundamentally resilient
Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Labor Department May 2019 jobs report:
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Beginning June 8th and running every Saturday through October 19th, the Downtown Farmers Market will support local farmers and provide fresh produce to the public.
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Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: First harmful algal bloom of the summer appears at Utah Lake

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"Everyone is gonna feel these tariffs. Our top four agricultural imports from Mexico are beer, avocados, tomatoes and tequila. Trump is putting a tariff on summer!"- STEPHEN COLBERT

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