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Situational awareness - June 18, 2019

Good Tuesday 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:

  • Cox's 2020 campaign posts big fundraising numbers, but the total may not be as impressive as they'd like you to believe.
  • McCay won't challenge McAdams in 2020.
  • Trump vows mass arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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Today is the 169th day of the year. There are 196 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Logos/UTGOP_Logo_02.jpgBrown vows financial transparency as he takes the reins of the Utah GOP

Derek Brown says there is going to be a new way of operating the Utah Republican Party.And it starts with "transparency" especially financially.
images/1000px_Mugs/Dan_McCay_01.jpgMcCay won't challenge McAdams in 2020

Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, says he will not challenge Democrat Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th Congressional District next year.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_29.jpgTax modernization and revenue restructure town hall meetings begin Tuesday, June 25

A series of revenue restructure town hall meetings start Tuesday, June 25 in Brigham City. The town hall meetings are part of a statewide listening tour being conducted by the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force. In the 2019 General Legislative Session, the Utah Legislature created the task force to look for ways to address the state's outdated tax structure, get public input and suggest solutions.
images/1000px_Mugs/Spencer_Cox_01.jpgSpencer Cox's campaign posts big fundraising numbers, but he still trails Provo businessman Jeff Burningham (Updated)

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's 2020 campaign for governor announced a quarter-million dollar fundraising haul for the first month since he jumped into the race, but nearly a third of that was transferred from his existing campaign account.
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.

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  • President Donald Trump announced immigration officials would carry out mass arrests and deportation of "millions of illegal aliens" starting next week - https://wapo.st/2MV0oSi
  • The Trump administration says it will not allow new foreign aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala unless those countries take steps to reduce the flow of migrants to the U.S. - http://bit.ly/2WN8lxk
  • Juarez, Mexico is bracing as the U.S. is preparing to dump thousands of migrants in that city as part of a new policy to send asylum seekers back across the border into Mexico to await court hearings - https://wapo.st/2MWFsdD


  • The Pentagon announced plans to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid growing tensions with Iran - https://cnn.it/2WNYIi0
  • The Pentagon claims newly public photos provide evidence Iran was behind the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week - https://politi.co/2WO0QGw
  • President Trump said he might take military action to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon, but called the attack on two oil tankers attributed to Iran "very minor" - http://bit.ly/2WRkCAT
  • Iran President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his country would not wage war against any nation - https://reut.rs/2WWgKid


  • President Donald Trump officially kicks off his re-election bid with a rally in Orlando Tuesday night - https://wapo.st/2WVDcrK
  • Democratic members of Congress are upset party chair Tom Perez diluted their influence in picking the party's nominee in 2020 when he reduced their power as superdelegates - https://politi.co/2WNKpty

Supreme Court

  • The Supreme Court declined to change a rule allowing defendants to be tried for the same offense in federal and state courts. The case could have possible implications for former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort who is facing charges in New York State - https://nbcnews.to/2WOIULZ
  • Justices ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in an appeal of a lower court ruling that new political maps must be used in statewide elections this year because the previous maps were gerrymandered to dilute the influence of black voters - http://bit.ly/2MPLht1
  • The Court declined to hear an appeal from the owners of an Oregon bakery who were fined for refusing to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. The justices kicked the case back to lower courts "for further consideration" - https://cnn.it/2WOJAB1


  • Financial forecasters predicted Monday there was a 45 percent chance the U.S. economy would slip into a recession in the next year. That estimate is up from 20 percent at the beginning of 2018 - https://wapo.st/2WMy4G6
  • Hundreds of companies and trade groups are warning President Trump his plan to impose more tariffs on Chinese imports would have a devastating effect on consumers and the economy - https://politi.co/2N9Aavx

Whoa! There are an estimated 10,000 foreign spies in Washington, D.C. - http://bit.ly/2WMvkIV

World population exploding. The U.N. says the earth's population will hit 9.7 billion in 2050 - http://bit.ly/2MV7p5D


1778 - American Revolutionary War: British troops abandon Philadelphia.

1812 - The U.S. declaration of war upon the United Kingdom is signed by President James Madison, beginning the War of 1812.

1815 - The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by the Duke of Wellington and Field Marshal Gebhard von Blucher, forcing him to abdicate the throne of France for the second and last time.

1873 - Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.

1940 - The "Finest Hour" speech is delivered by Winston Churchill.

1979 - SALT II is signed by the United States and the Soviet Union.

1983 - Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

Policy News

Mayor Jenny Wilson announces online 'People's Choice' voting for Jordan River Parkway ideas competition
Mayor Jenny Wilson announced that online voting to select the People's Choice Award winner for On The River's Edge Ideas Competition will begin June 18th at 9:00 a.m.
Salt Lake City's economic development director to step down in August
Salt Lake City announced that Lara Fritts, Director of the City's Department of Economic Development will leave her position effective August 2nd. Lara has accepted the role of President and CEO of Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP), the lead economic development organization serving the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico in Virginia.
State of Utah awards 5-year electronic recycling contract
Advanced Technology Recycling is pleased to announce the award of a 5-year contract to provide Electronic Recycling and Secure Data Destruction services to the State of Utah departments, agencies, institutions and political subdivisions.

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