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Situational awareness - June 17, 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 are the stories we're following today:

  • Utah GOP chairman Derek Brown wants to raise $1 million for next year's elections
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld predicts he'll beat Trump in Utah in 2020
  • The Supreme Court is set to issue rulings on partisan gerrymandering and the 2020 Census

Trivia time

On Friday we asked how many people have been inaugurated POTUS at least once?

The answer is a bit complicated. As Clark Larsen writes:

"So often we hear that Donald Trump is our 45th president, but he is the 44th person to hold the office. For some unfathomable reason, historians choose to give Grover Cleveland two numbers, #22 and #24. because his terms were nonconsecutive."

Just two readers were savvy enough to send in the right answer:

  • Zachary Zundel
  • David Schneider

If you'd like to be our guest quizmaster, send your questions to me at bschott@utahpolicy.com.

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Today is the 168th day of the year. There are 197 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Shutterstock_Icons/GOP_Icon.pngBrown aiming to raise $1 million for Utah GOP in 2020

Derek Brown, the newly-elected chair of the Utah Republican Party, tells UtahPolicy.com that he wants $1 million in party coffers as the 2020 election year rolls around more than double what the party spent in last year's elections.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190616_Weld_CNN.jpgWeld predicts he'll beat Trump in Utah

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is predicting he'll beat President Donald Trump in the Utah Republican presidential primary on Super Tuesday next year.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgA commanding lead? - Bernick and Schott on politics

We have our first poll in the Salt Lake City mayor's race. Jim Dabakis has a lead, but a look into the numbers shows it's not as commanding as some would want you to think.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190614_Stewart_CNN.jpgWatch: Stewart on campaigns accepting information from foreign governments: 'It depends' on who is offering the information

Rep. Chris Stewart weighed in on whether a political campaign accepting information about political rivals from foreign governments Friday, saying it would be okay if the information came from an ally.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgNew report compares teacher retirement in Utah and neighboring states

Utah Foundation's recent report, Apples to Apples: How Teacher Pay in Utah Stacks Up to the Competition, called for policymakers to examine pay in the broader context of compensation.
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.

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Supreme Court. The high court has two weeks left to issue rulings in 24 cases, including high-profile decisions about partisan gerrymandering and whether the 2020 census will have a citizenship question - http://bit.ly/2WKKeiK


  • Iran announced Monday they would begin to enrich more uranium, going beyond what they were permitted to produce under the 2015 nuclear deal that the U.S. withdrew from last year - https://nyti.ms/2MSTuwV
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday the U.S. is "considering a range of options," including military options, to address rising tensions with Iran - https://cnn.it/2MSj5ps

Critical negotiations. The Trump administration and leaders in Congress plan to meet this week to try and find a deal on spending to avoid another government shutdown, a potential default on the national debt and to head off billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts - https://politi.co/2MQdznm

Here we go again. President Trump wants to counter the Democratic advantage on healthcare during next year's election. He is pushing to revive his promise to replace Obamacare with "something teriffic" that costs less and covers more people - https://nyti.ms/2WOtwPI


  • President Donald Trump will officially kick off his re-election bid on Tuesday at a rally in Florida - https://cnn.it/2MToddd
  • Democrat Pete Buttigieg raised an eye-popping $7 million in April - https://politi.co/2MOAsrg
  • Democrats plan to spend hundreds of millions on campaign ads attacking President Trump while they are still searching for a nominee - https://politi.co/2MS7C9G

Russia. The U.S. is stepping up cyber attacks against Russia's power grid. Officials say they believe President Trump has not been briefed about the operations against Russia because they are worried he may order a stop or discuss the efforts with foreign officials -  https://nyti.ms/2MTaSRV

Polls! Polls! Polls!

  • The Trump campaign fired multiple pollsters after unflattering internal numbers leaked showing Trump trailing several 2020 Democratic hopefuls in key states. Before the leak, Trump claimed the numbers were fake - https://cnn.it/2WPtUx4
  • A new Fox News poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leads Trump by to points nationally - https://fxn.ws/2WPNrh6
  • 50% of registered voters in Texas say they plan to vote for President Trump next year, but 50% say they don't - http://bit.ly/2WOlUfN

The investigations

  • Some House Democrats want to impeach President Trump so badly they don't care if it torpedoes their party's chances in 2020 - http://bit.ly/2MUreKh
  • The final decision on whether to move forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Trump will likely be up to centrist Democrats in swing districts - https://nyti.ms/2MS6QJO
  • House Democrats are considering calling former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as well as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to testify - https://politi.co/2WUevvP
  • There are at least 15 outside investigations into President Trump. He plans to use those probes as a political weapon to rally his base next year - https://politi.co/2WMbMEA

Prescription drugs. Americans are heading to Canada to buy drugs as prescription prices soar in the U.S. - https://wapo.st/2WOuonh


1579 - Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England.

1775 - Revolutionary War: Colonists inflict heavy casualties on British forces while losing the Battle of Bunker Hill.

1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.

1930 - President Herbert Hoover signs the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act into law.

1963 - The Supreme Court rules 8-1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.

1972 - Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt to illegally wiretap the opposition.

1994 - Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O.J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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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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[Imitating Trump]"Sure, I mean a campaign accepting help from a foreign country is against the law, but since when is breaking the law a crime? I mean, do both. Why not do the wrong thing and the right thing? Let's just kill two birds with one crime."- STEPHEN COLBERT

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