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Situational awareness - June 24, 2019
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Thanks to Charlie Roberts for last week's question about which Utah mayor was removed from office for "high crimes and misdemeanors." Grantsville Mayor Keith Brown was sanctioned because of his involvement in a case over the killing of several dogs. The case eventually made it to the Utah Supreme Court. You can read more about it here - http://bit.ly/2YiKRN2
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Today is the 175th day of the year. There are 190 days remaining in 2019.
2 days to the first Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami (6/26/2019)
28 days until ballots for the 2019 primary election are mailed to voters (7/22/2019)
36 days to the second Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit (7/30/2019)
50 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
80 days to the third Democratic presidential primary debate (9/12/2019)
134 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
217 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
224 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
253 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)
262 days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (3/12/2020)
498 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyUtah GOP no longer in the red. Party leaders announce they've paid off longtime debt
Here's some good news for the Utah Republican Party: The party is out of debt, owes no attorneys' fees and has around $25,000 in the bank.
Democrats tap Merchant as new party chairman
Utah Democrats opted to take a new path heading into the 2020 election by ousting their current party chair at the state convention in Park City.
Bad decisions and armpit farts - Bernick and Schott on politics
Award-winning journalists Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the latest political news from the Beehive State and beyond.
Utah still enjoying strong job growth according to latest unemployment numbers
Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for May 2019 grew by an estimated 2.9 percent, adding 44,200 jobs to the economy since May 2018. Utah's current employment level registers 1,556,400. April's year-over job growth rate remained unrevised at 3.2 percent.
Guest opinion: Tax reform contributes to Utah's economic success
In their first meeting late last month, a group of 16 legislators, tax attorneys, and members of the governor's office formally began studying Utah's tax system to make recommendations to Utah's legislature that will both ensure stable sources of revenue for the state to provide public services and reduce tax costs to Utah's economy overall.
Rep. Rob Bishop may be having second thoughts about retiring from Congress
In 2017 Rep. Rob Bishop said he would retire if he won re-election to Congress in 2018. Now, it appears Bishop may be rethinking that decision.
Bob Bernick's notebook: When is an endorsement not an endorsement?
KSL broadcasting, both TV and radio, are playing a dangerous public confidence game this year and next.
Romney seeks to add key Utah and national security priorities to defense bill
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) this week introduced several amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is currently being considered on the Senate floor.
McAdams boosts support for Children's Justice Centers to help victims of child abuse
Congressman Ben McAdams successfully bolstered funding for a program that helps children and families receive support during the criminal justice process as investigations proceed in cases of alleged child abuse and domestic violence.
Stewart amendment to save retired war dogs passes the House
Congressman Chris Stewart's (UT-02) amendment in the first appropriations package, which allocates $200,000 to save retired war dogs, passes the House.
Watch: Lee says restrictions on federal funding for abortions should remain in place
Sen. Mike Lee disagreed strongly with the ACLU over whether there should be restrictions on federal funding of abortions.
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
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China. President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet this week at the G20 summit in Japan. The two hope to find a solution to the escalating trade war between the two countries - http://bit.ly/2YalHQG
Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll says Trump sexually assaulted her. In an account published on Friday, Carroll alleged Mr. Trump raped her in 1995 or 1996 in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room - http://bit.ly/31SwC3O
Worrisome. A network of Russian Twitter accounts promoted a fake tweet from Sen. Marco Rubio claiming a British spy agency planned to hurt Republican candidates during the 2018 midterms. The Russian accounts tried to make the tweet go viral, but it was picked up by RT, the Russian state media network - https://cnn.it/31Qr2z5
Warning sign? Farmers across the country who supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election are beginning to waver as the president's trade wars are threatening their livelihoods - https://wapo.st/2Ybxyhs
Wishful thinking? California Gov. Gavin Newsome said in an interview Sunday night that it's "highly likely" that the GOP will end up as a third party within 10 to 15 years because of the "xenophobia" and "hyper-masculinity" - http://bit.ly/2YcbO5g
Climate. The Trump administration is refusing to publicize dozens of studies from the Department of Agriculture concluding climate change is a serious threat - https://politi.co/31QVJUN
Weird. Top knitting website Ravelry has banned its users from expressing support for Donald Trump saying it's akin to showing support for "white supremacy" - http://bit.ly/31Q4QoF
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1916 - Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
1947 - Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
1948 - Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin.
1957 - The Supreme Court rules obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
2009 - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.
Policy NewsCasual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Watchdog to investigate whether BLM broke the law by studying Grand Staircase monument's potential for oil and gas leasing
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"The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions." Alfred Lord Tennyson
Trump Re-Election Kickoff
"The stadium had a capacity of 20,000 or as Trump calls it a million. . . . Trump was on fire, or at least, his pants were. He jumped from lie to lie, from hot topic to hot topic, like Joy Behar on Adderall." Jimmy Kimmel
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