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Situational awareness - June 14, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

Welcome to Utah's must-read daily political news rundown. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up for our emails.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • A new poll shows Dabakis leading SLC mayor race, but more than a third of voters are undecided.
  • Romney rips Trump for saying he'd be open to campaign help from a foreign government.
  • 20 Democrats will be on the stage for the party's first presidential primary debate.

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How many people have been inaugurated POTUS at least once?

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Today is the 165th day of the year. There are 200 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Jim_Dabakis_01.jpgPoll shows Dabakis leading 8-way Salt Lake City mayoral race, but a third of voters are undecided

A poll commissioned by the Alliance for a Better Utah Education Fund ahead of the first debate in the Salt Lake City Mayor's race shows former State Senator Jim Dabakis has a double-digit lead over his nearest rival. But voters don't know much about the rest of the field.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190613_Romney_CNN.jpgWatch: Romney condemns Trump saying he would take 'dirt' from a foreign government

Sen. Mitt Romney said Thursday it's "unthinkable" that a candidate for president would accept information about their political rivals from a foreign government.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Campaign_01.jpgCampaign tip: A million little things add up to a win

Municipal elections are well underway, and a lot of hopefuls are gearing up for 2020 campaigns. It's time to refresh some old campaign wisdom.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_04.jpgDefense spending authorization passes committee

The House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020. As a senior member of the committee and Utah's only representation on an Armed Services Committee, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) submitted various provisions into the bill which were ultimately included in the committee-passed legislation.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_03.jpgSen. Lee introduces Native Species Protection Act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Native Species Protection Act Thursday, a bill that would allow states to manage species that exist entirely within their border.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgMcAdams boosts funding for youth suicide prevention

Congressman Ben McAdams successfully pushed for more support for national health researchers to raise awareness of and strengthen prevention efforts to reduce the tragic number of young people who take their own lives.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgRomney, Udall introduce Smoke-Free Schools Act to ban e-cigarette use in schools

U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Smoke-Free Schools Act of 2019 to help school districts and local education agencies address the surge of e-cigarettes in schools.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_05.jpgSen. Lee introduces the Protecting Access to American Products Act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Protecting Access to American Products Act Thursday, a bill that makes it easier for Americans to receive flexibility from Jones Act regulations that prevent Americans from buying American.
images/1000px_Logos/Cities_Work_Logo.jpgCities Work podcast: Dealing with wildfire part 2

Are you ready for it? That's what community leaders may ask themselves after hearing about the 2018 Utah wildfires and how Woodland Hills' mayor and council members reacted when the flames were spreading into their community.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngUtah trade delegation travels to Europe for trade mission and Paris Air Show

Gov. Gary R. Herbert is leading a business and diplomacy delegation of Utah companies and organizations on a trade mission to Switzerland, France and Italy to boost trade to Utah and promote the state as an attractive destination for foreign investment.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Kestrel_01.jpgTake a break from politics and watch some cool kestrels

(Note: Our friends at The Nature Conservancy sent the following item for a little summer fun distraction and to help UtahPolicy.com readers engage with the natural world. See also a terrific blog post, Life, Death & Bird Cam Drama at the Great Salt Lake, posted by TNC's Larisa Bowen about the Kestrel project.)
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_01.jpgRomney 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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Spencer_Cox_01.jpgCox'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.
images/1000px_Logos/Hatch_Foundation_Logo.jpgHatch 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:

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More fallout from Trump saying he'd be open to campaign help from a foreign government

  • President Donald Trump's re-election campaign says they will deal with foreign offers of damaging information about opponents on a "case-by-case basis" - https://cbsn.ws/2MMNtBK
  • The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission released a statement making it clear it's illegal for candidates to accept help from foreign governments - https://wapo.st/2WKv398
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday said Trump's seeming willingness to accept foreign assistance if offered was a non-story, blaming Democrats for using it as a distraction - https://politi.co/2MJTMpA
  • FBI officials say Trump's comments scrapped months of work to prevent foreign involvement in the 2020 election - https://politi.co/2WGInvn
  • Democrats plan a major legislative push focused on securing elections from foreign interference - https://wapo.st/2WEONuS

A federal watchdog agency says White House adviser Kellyanne Conway should be fired. The group says she has violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch employees from using their official positions in a political manner - https://cnn.it/2MN6HXZ

Huckabee Sanders leaving White House. The White House spokeswoman will depart the Trump administration at the end of the month - https://cnn.it/2WKM5E4

The investigations

  • President Trump said former White House counsel Don McGahn "may have been confused" when he testified under oath that Trump instructed him to fire special counsel Robert Mueller - https://abcn.ws/2MPxYsR
  • The House Judiciary Committee begins reviewing evidence from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election - https://politi.co/2WPqACt
  • A majority of Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee now back opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump - https://politi.co/2WHzv8J
  • The House Intelligence Committee issued surprise subpoenas for former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former top Trump campaign aide Rick Gates - https://nyti.ms/2WJy75I


  • The Democratic party announced the 20 candidates who will take the stage at the party's first presidential primary debate - http://bit.ly/2WM8AbR
  • Anita Hill said during an interview "of course" she would be open to voting for Joe Biden in 2020 - https://nbcnews.to/2WJs00X
  • Donald Trump Jr. plans to campaign for a primary challenger to Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash who has called for the president's impeachment - https://wapo.st/2WFSvEC
  • Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden's age is quickly becoming an issue on the campaign trail - https://politi.co/2WGX2Xi


  • The U.S. is blaming Iran for an attack on two Japanese oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. U.S. intelligence produced a video of what they say is Iranian sailors removing an unexploded mine from one of the ships - https://wapo.st/2MLiTIE
  • One of the captains of the ships that were attacked says they were hit by a flying object, disputing part of the account of U.S. officials - https://nyti.ms/2MNgtt8

Accounts payable. The Trump campaign has yet to pay thousands of dollars owed to ten cities for security costs incurred during campaign rallies for the president - http://bit.ly/2MNQpOF

Friday's really weird story. Foreign spies are using phantom profiles on LinkedIn, with profile pictures generated by artificial intelligence, to connect with several power players in Washington - http://bit.ly/2WFTZih

Measles. New York bans religious exemptions for mandatory school vaccines. Unvaccinated children have up to 30 days to provide proof they have been immunized in order to stay in school - https://wapo.st/2MNPCgF

  • Some wealthy Los Angeles school districts have a lower immunization rate than Sudan - http://bit.ly/2MNbl8s

Space. Nasa says it will need $20 to $30 billion to return to the moon within five years - https://cnn.it/2WFRa0y



1775 - The Continental Army is established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of the U.S. Army.

1777 - The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States.

1846 - Bear Flag Revolt begins: Anglo settlers in Sonoma, California, start a rebellion against Mexico and proclaim the California Republic.

1900 - Hawaii becomes a United States Territory.

1922 - President Warren G. Harding became the first president to broadcast a message over the radio.

1933 - The first Superman comic book - Action Comic No. 1 - was published.

1954 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill into law that places the words "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance.


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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune:Great Salt Lake up 2.5 feet and still rising from last year's 'disastrous' low levels; Lake Powell is rising as much as 15 inches a day.--Salt Lake Tribune:Oil drilling comes to Utah wildlife refuge. Will rules keep birds, plants and fish safe?--KSL.com:Hike of the week: Conquering Mount Nebo--KSL.com:Capitol Reef National Park officials investigating vandalism incident at backcountry site--KSL.com:Officials close off fishing in section of Utah Lake State Park due to concerns over hooks--KSL.com: How have wildfires affected Utah Lake? Researchers are looking into itNew Films-- Men In Black: International: Deseret News reviewConcerts-- Leo Kottke, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main Street, Park City, $29-$60-- "Sleeping Beauty," SB Dance, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, $18.50-- "The Andes: Living Legends," Saturday, 7 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $10-- "La Ventana by Bournoville," Saturday, 7 p.m.,Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden, $7.50-$15-- "Noche Flamenca," Saturday, 7 p.m., Grand Theatre, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City, free-- "ZERO FLUX," Junction Dance Company, through Sunday, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, $20-- "An Evening of Bluegrass," Davis Arts Council, Sunday, 7 p.m., Kenley Amphitheater, 403 North Wasatch Drive, Layton, free-- Organ concerts, every Saturday, noon, and every Sunday, 2 p.m., Assembly Hall,Temple Square, 50 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, freeTheater-- "Disney's Newsies" through June 15,Draper Arts Council-- "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" through June 15,Brigham's Playhouse-- "Matilda" through June 15,Hale Centre Theatre-- "The Elixir of Love" through June 15, Brigham Young University-- "Tuck Everlasting" through June 15,Hale Center Theater Orem-- "Disney's Newsies" through June 22,SCERA Center-- "The View UpStairs" through June 23,Good Company Theatre-- "Peter Pan, The British Musical" through June 24, Kensington Theatre-- "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" through June 29,Pinnacle Acting Company-- "A Chorus Line" through June 29, Ziegfeld Theater-- "Grease" through June 29,Draper Historic Theatre-- "Robin Hood" through June 29,Cobb & Co. Theater Productions-- "The Music Man" through July 6, Empress Theatre-- "Nunsense" through July 6, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre-- "My Fair Lady" through July 13, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre-- "Downton Dead Parody" through July 20, Off Broadway Theatre-- "A Raisin in the Sun" through August 3,Lyric Repertory Company-- "Disney's The Little Mermaid" through August 23, Pickleville Playhouse-- "Shootout at Shadow Mountain" through September 7,Pickleville Playhouse-- "Disney's When You Wish" through October 24,Tuacahn Amphitheater-- "Disney's The Little Mermaid" through October 25,Tuacahn AmphitheaterMuseum Exhibits-- Out Loud: Ostracized and Masked Exhibition through July 6;Andrew Dadson: Roof Gap;Deanna & Ed Templeton: Contemporary SuburbiumExhibition through September 7,Utah Museum of Contemporary Art--95th Annual Spring SalonExhibition through July 6;Magic and Machine: Fantasy and Sci-Fi in Utah ArtExhibition through August 3;Sanctuariesof MindExhibition through summer 2019;All Aboard!Exhibition through September 21;Round Up: Icons of the WestExhibition through June 19, 2021,Favorite Ladies: Patterns, People, and Play, SMA:Milestones and MemoriesExhibitions ongoing,Springville Museum of Art-- To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and DevotionExhibition on view through summer 2019;In the Arena: The Art of Mahonri YoungExhibition through September 21;After PromontoryExhibition through October 5;Danae Mattes: Where the River Widens,Patrick Dougherty: WindsweptExhibitions through October 19,Brigham Young University Museum of Art--Spencer Finch: Great Salt Lake and Vicinity; ongoing exhibitions:Arts of Africa;American and Regional Art: Mythmaking and Truth-Telling; Chinese Art: Emulation and Innovation; European Art; Ancient Mediterranean Art: Res Mortis; Ancient Mesoamerica; Modern and Contemporary Art: A Fuller Picture; Arts of the Pacific; Greater Merit: The Temple and Image in South Asia,Utah Museum of Fine ArtsEt cetra--Venture Out!Outdoor Science Exploration, Friday, 6 p.m., Churchill Jr. High, 3450 East Oakview Drive, Salt Lake City-- Latino Arts Fest, Friday and Saturday, Park City Library, 1255 Park Avenue, Park City-- Saratoga Splash Days, Friday and Saturday, Neptune Park, 452 West 400 North, Saratoga Springs-- Summerfest Arts Faire, Friday and Saturday, Logan Downtown, 160 North Main Street, Logan-- Utah Blues Festival, Friday and Saturday, The Gallivan Center, 239 South Main Street, Salt Lake City-- British Field Day, Saturday, 9 a.m. 3 p.m., Liberty Park, 900 South 700 East, Salt Lake City-- Coalville City Summer Celebration, Saturday, 8 a.m. 9 p.m., Coalville City Main Street, 10 North Main Street/North Summit Middle School, Coalville-- Family History Library Block Party, Saturday, 10 a.m. 2 p.m., Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City-- Fort Douglas Day, Saturday, 9 a.m. 3 p.m., Fort Douglas Military Museum, 32 Potter Street, Salt Lake City-- 17th Annual Chalk Art Festival, through Sunday, The Gateway, 18 North Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City
Utah Valley Chamber names Andy Pierucci new Director of Public Policy and Business Development
The Utah Valley Chamber is pleased to announce the hire of Andy Pierucci as the new director of public policy and business development.

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