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Situational awareness - June 13, 2019
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Spoiler-free tiny movie review
Toy Story 4, Pixar's next entry in their blockbuster franchise, does not disappoint. The movie addresses themes of growing up, moving on after the end of a relationship, dealing with feelings of abandonment, and finding your purpose.
The film ends up in a surprising, and incredibly satisfying place, that I definitely did not see coming. Plus, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key absolutely steal the show.
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Today is the 164th day of the year. There are 201 days remaining in 2019.
9 days to the Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention (6/22/2019)
13 days to the first Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami (6/26/2019)
47 days to the second Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit (7/30/2019)
61 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
91 days to the third Democratic presidential primary debate (9/12/2019)
145 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
228 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
236 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
264 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)
505 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyRomney says he has a plan to replace Obamacare
Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday he has a new plan to replace ObamaCare but did not provide any details.
Cox's campaign staffing up, touts grassroots fundraising support
Spencer Cox's 2020 gubernatorial campaign is hyping up a robust response to their fundraising efforts as they've added several veteran Utah politicos to their campaign team.
Hatch calls for equal pay for female athletes
Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, released the following statement regarding the pay disparity between male and female athletes:
CEO Success Stories: Molly Mazzolini, partner, Infinite Scale
In the latest episode of the Salt Lake Chamber podcast "CEO Success Stories," Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, sits down with Molly Mazzolini, partner and director of brand integration of Infinite Scale, to hear about her leadership philosophy, best practices and lessons learned, in addition to why she thinks it's important for business leaders to be engaged with their community.
Housing price growth tempers along Wasatch Front
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 1.2% from April to May on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Year over year, the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index has grown 3.1%, while the national Consumer Price Index has increased 1.8% since May of last year.
Romney introduces bill to make E-Verify permanent
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced the Permanent E-Verify Act, legislation to make the E-Verify program permanent by removing the termination provision that has required Congress to repeatedly act to extend the program.
Everybody 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.
Sen. 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.
Sen. 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.
Stewart 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.
Office 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?
Decision 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."
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
Wait...what?!! President Donald Trump said during an interview with ABC News he would listen if a foreign government approached him with damaging information about his political opponents. He also said he wouldn't necessarily report the contact to the FBI - https://wapo.st/2ICLtGQ
Air Force One. Connecticut Democrat Joe Courtney introduced an amendment to a bill on Pentagon spending that would block President Trump's plan to change the paint scheme on the presidential airplane to red, white and blue. The amendment, which was approved by the Armed Services Committee, also requires congressional approval for excessive spending on "interior, paint and fixtures" - http://bit.ly/2IBRdka
Boring but important #1. The U.S. budget deficit rose more than $200 billion during the first eight months of this fiscal year. It now stands at $738.6 billion - https://bloom.bg/2IeJl9r
Boring but important #2. Social Security is facing its first shortfall since 1982, meaning the organization will start drawing down its assets in order to pay retirees full benefits. Unless Congress can fix the problem, the Social Security trust funds will be depleted in about 15 years - https://nyti.ms/2IdTS4A
Hmmm. At least 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump Organization properties. The spending suggests significant foreign cash flow to President Trump that critics say violates the Constitution - https://nbcnews.to/2IDosDM
Gulf conflict. Two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. Four tankers were damaged in the same waterway last month, ramping up fears of a wider conflict breaking out in the area - http://bit.ly/2IDH9ah
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1777 - Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette lands near Charleston, South Carolina, to help the Continental Congress to train its army.
1966 - The Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.
1967 - President Lyndon B. Johnson nominates Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the Supreme Court.
1971 - The New York Times begins publication of the Pentagon Papers.
1983 - Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the central solar system when it passes beyond the orbit of Neptune.
1996 - The Montana Freemen surrender after an 81-day standoff with FBI agents.
1997 - A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
2005 - Pop superstar Michael Jackson was acquitted by a California jury on charges of child molestation.
Policy NewsProducer of world's most advanced skis announces plan to expand SLC headquarters with help from the City
Salt Lake City and DPS Skis, producers of the world's most advanced skis and ski products, has announced plans to expand their Granary District operation. The new 25,000 sq. ft. facility at 537 West 600 South will allow for increased production to meet growing demand and facilitate expanding product lines.
Valley Behavioral Health partners with Hilton Salt Lake City Center to provide towels and blankets to those in need
Representatives from Valley Behavioral Health gathered Wednesday at Valley Storefront to collect over 1,000 pounds of comforters, pillows, and towels donated to the organization by Hilton Salt Lake City Center.
Utah 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.
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"Did you know Trump has a golf course in Ireland? True story. It cost him $41 million and has never turned a profit. That's true. In other words, it's his most successful property." - CONAN O'BRIEN, on Trump's visit to Ireland
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