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Situational awareness - June 12, 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:

  • Lee joins effort to block an arms sale to Saudi Arabia.
  • The Salt Lake County Council clashes over immigration reform.
  • Trump and Biden trade barbs in Iowa.

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Today is the 163rd day of the year. There are 202 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

506 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.jpgEverybody gets scooped sometime - Bernick and Schott on politics

The 2020 gubernatorial contest is already kicking into high gear, and it's more than a year away.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mike_Lee_02.jpgSen. Lee signs on to 22 resolutions to block arms sale benefitting Saudi Arabia

Sen. Mike Lee is co-sponsoring 22 separate resolutions aiming to block President Donald Trump's use of emergency powers to push through an arms sale to Saudi Arabia.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_03.jpgSen. Lee introduces Miracle Mountain Designation Act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Miracle Mountain Designation Act Monday, a bill that celebrates the survival of Elk Ridge City, Utah during the Bald Mountain Fire.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgStewart aims to improve access to existing suicide prevention resources

Congressman Chris Stewart (R-UT) joins Congressman J. Luis Correa (D-CA) in introducing the Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act,H.R. 3192. This bipartisan legislation aims to raise college students' awareness of existing suicide prevention resources.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190611_GOED.jpgOffice of Outdoor Recreation launches Utah's Every Kid Outdoors Initiative

What if we could increase the amount of time families spend in nature and decrease screen time and associated health problems?
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Public_lands_01.jpgDecision coming 'pretty soon' on moving BLM headquarters west

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Monday he expects a decision on moving Bureau of Land Management jobs from Washington, D.C. to the western U.S. "pretty soon."
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_08.jpgUtah's tax collections continue to grow, but long-term projections show problems on the horizon

As Republican leaders in the Utah Legislature and GOP Gov. Gary Herbert prepare for a summer of public hearings across the state concerning the "structural imbalance" of the state's taxing system, they have a political problem:Utah state government continues to have healthy tax revenue surpluses, a recent report to the Executive Appropriations Committee shows.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Government_shutdown_01.jpgMore than a third of federal workers in Northern Utah missed a mortgage or rent payment during the government shutdown

The partial government shutdown that stretched from late 2018 to early 2019 had a significant impact on the personal finances of federal workers in Utah according to a new study from Weber State University.
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.

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  • President Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Joe Biden tore into each other on Tuesday night during separate events in Iowa. Biden called Trump an "existential threat" to the country while Trump called Biden a "dummy" - https://politi.co/2I8HNgW
  • Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris says if she's elected president, her administration would likely pursue criminal obstruction of justice charges against Donald Trump - https://n.pr/2I8HHWC
  • The Trump campaign is reportedly considering putting resources into Oregon, a state Trump lost by 11-points in 2016 - https://cnn.it/2Iaf4sk
  • Democratic candidate Andrew Yang will spend his own money for a trial run for his universal basic income proposal. He will give two Iowa families $1,000 a month for a year - https://cbsn.ws/2IG7OTN

Mexico deal. President Donald Trump waved a piece of paper in front of reporters on Tuesday, claiming it was part of a secret agreement with Mexico, but refused to provide any details - https://nyti.ms/2IcmxqU

The investigations

  • Donald Trump Jr. will meet with the Senate Intelligence committee on Wednesday for a confidential interview to clarify answers the younger Trump gave to the panel during a 2017 interview - http://bit.ly/2ICQP4T
  • The White House will get to decide what evidence from the Mueller report the Justice Department will turn over to House investigators - http://bit.ly/2IG6joD
  • The House voted mostly along party lines Tuesday to empower committee leaders to go to court to enforce subpoenas against current and former members of the Trump administration - https://wapo.st/2Ianpwb
  • Attorney General William Barr plans to ask President Trump to assert executive privilege over documents regarding the administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census if the House Oversight Committee decide to hold Barr in contempt - https://wapo.st/2IuZxC4

Polls. Polls. Polls.

  • President Trump reportedly told aides to bury a brutal internal poll showing him losing Michigan and Pennsylvania - http://bit.ly/2I8QrvP
  • A new Quinnipiac poll shows Donald Trump trailing six of the leading Democratic 2020 hopefuls in hypothetical head-to-head matchups - https://wapo.st/2I9JWJf
  • 70% of Americans say the nation's economy is "excellent," but only 41% say President Trump deserves credit - http://bit.ly/2IHfS78

Trump vs. Pelosi. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that every time President Trump attacks her "My stock goes up" - https://wapo.st/2IagwLi

Powerful video. Former late-night host Jon Stewart ripped into Congress for not reauthorizing funding for the Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund - https://wapo.st/2IzJlzx

Trump may be having second thoughts about his pick for defense secretary. During his visit to Europe, President Trump reportedly asked at least 3 people about candidates other than Patrick Shanahan - https://nbcnews.to/2IAiPGq

Immigration. The Trump administration will hold immigrant children at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma. The installation was once an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II - http://bit.ly/2ICnJCL

For your radar. Defense officials say satellite photographs show a "significant" buildup of Russian forces on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula - http://bit.ly/2IG2pvZ

Media slap fight. The New York Times and MSNBC are at odds over appearances by Times reporters on Rachel Maddow's program - https://cnn.it/2IzBfHe

Notable. America's renewable energy sector now has higher generating capacity than coal for the first time ever - https://cnn.it/2I8S6BH

Bad news for news organizations. A new study shows even people who pay for their news only pay for one subscription - http://bit.ly/2IbnZJV

"Depths of despair." A new study says death rates from suicide, alcohol abuse and drug overdoses have reached an all-time high in the U.S. - https://nbcnews.to/2IG8yZ5



1665 - Thomas Willett is appointed the first mayor of New York City.

1942 - Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday.

1963 - NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers is murdered in front of his home in Jackson,  Mississippi by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith.

1967 - The Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all state laws prohibiting interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.

1987 - At the Brandenburg Gate, President Ronald Reagan publicly challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

1994 - Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are murdered outside Simpson's home in Los Angeles. Her estranged husband, O.J. Simpson is later charged with the murders but is acquitted by a jury.


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngUtah medical company Maxtec receives national recognition for international success
On May 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Utah-based medical device company Maxtec with the 2019 President's "E" Awards in recognition of their organization's exceptional export growth over the last year along with 48 other U.S. companies.
Mayor proposes lowering parking meter increase and funding fire fighters with new revenue in FY20 budget
Final numbers from the State Tax Commission, released yesterday, have resulted in $876,352 in new available growth revenue in Salt Lake City for this upcoming fiscal year.
Salt Lake City secures distinguished economic development accreditation
The International Economic Development Council announced that Salt Lake City's Department of Economic Development has been recognized as an Accredited Economic Development Organization.
Kosovar leaders examine renewable energy in Utah
The Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress, is sending a delegation of Kosovar Leaders examining renewable energy to Utah through 15, 2019. The delegation consists of five professionals and will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Utah, the Open World program participants will be hosted by Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. 

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Tariffs Lead to Republican Rebellion

"Flirting with rebellion! That could lead to a dalliance with integrity, maybe making eyes at governance, and then at the Christmas party, a drunken hookup with defending the Constitution." - STEPHEN COLBERT

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