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Situational awareness - June 25, 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:

  • McAdams says he would love to work with Lee on limiting the president's war powers.
  • Tax reform public hearings get underway on Tuesday night.
  • Iran says the path to diplomacy with Trump is "permanently closed."

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Today is the 176th day of the year. There are 189 days remaining in 2019.

The first Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami are tomorrow and Thursday (6/26/2019)

27 days until ballots for the 2019 primary election are mailed to voters (7/22/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

261 days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (3/12/2020)

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/Ben_McAdams_24.pngMcAdams says he'd love to work with Sen. Mike Lee on war powers issues

We sat down with Rep. Ben McAdams recently to discuss a number of issues facing Congress including impeachment, federal spending and budget negotiations and whether President Trump should seek Congressional approval before any military action against Iran.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_02.jpgPublic hearings for the tax reform task force begin Tuesday

Utah's Tax Reform Task Force begins its public hearings Tuesday night in Brigham City.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Salt_Lake_City_Hall.jpgSalt Lake City files amended complaint in lawsuit against Utah Inland Port Authority

Monday, at Mayor Jackie Biskupski's direction, the Salt Lake City Attorney's Office filed an amended complaint in the City's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Utah Inland Port Authority. The amended complaint addresses changes made in HB433 which passed during the 2019 legislative session, as well as asks the court for a preliminary injunction.
images/Logos/UTGOP_Logo_02.jpgUtah 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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jeff_Merchant_01.jpgDemocrats 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.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBad 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.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Economy_11.jpgUtah 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. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Smith_Horpendahl_01.jpgGuest 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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Bishop_03.jpegRep. 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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob 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.

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  • President Donald Trump announced new "hard-hitting" sanctions against Iran on Monday - https://cnn.it/31PSsFc
  • Trump said Monday he does not need approval from Congress to launch military strikes against Iran - http://bit.ly/2YcUSvc
  • Iran responded to the new sanctions saying the path to diplomacy with the Trump administration is "permanently closed" - https://wapo.st/31RK73R
  • Iran's president Hassan Rouhani said the Trump White House is "afflicted by mental retardation" - http://bit.ly/31VfTNe


  • The federal government moved most of the children from a border patrol station in Texas after reports of overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and inadequate food and water - http://bit.ly/2Y89I6s
  • A group of Texans attempting to donate diapers, toys and other supplies for children being held at a Border Patrol facility say they were turned away because the facility does not accept donations - http://bit.ly/31V0EnN
  • Mexico sends 15,000 troops to the U.S. border after pressure from the Trump administration to help stem the flow of immigrants heading north - https://cnn.it/31UzjSn
  • Congress is working to approve $4.5 billion in emergency humanitarian aid to alleviate the immigration crisis at the southwestern border, but Democrats in the House are worried that new restrictions on immigration in the bill will be used to carry out planned immigration raids by the Trump administration - https://nyti.ms/2YbgXKQ

What Japanese officials are reading. President Donald Trump has recently talked to associates about ending a long-standing defense treaty with Japan because he thinks it's too one-sided in favor of Japan - https://bloom.bg/2YdOML6

The White House moves to block Kellyanne Conway from testifying before Congress. The White House counselor is accused of violating the Hatch Act, which bars executive branch employees from political activities during work hours - https://wapo.st/31Pg6BD

Supreme Court

  • President Trump said in an interview Monday he would move to fill a Supreme Court vacancy if one occurred before the 2020 election - http://bit.ly/2Y8ay36
  • The Supreme Court ruled Monday a law banning the registration of "immoral" or "scandalous" trademarks violates the First Amendment - https://cnn.it/2YfEQky
  • The justices agreed to hear a case from health insurers claiming the federal government owes them billions of dollars in payments from the implementation of Obamacare - https://politi.co/2Y6SciR
  • The court refused to hear a challenge to President Trump's implementation of more than $4 billion in steel tariffs - https://bloom.bg/2Y8maTA

Congressional pay raise in doubt. Republicans in the House are wavering on a plan to raise pay for members of Congress. Democrats said they would only move forward with bill if Republicans were on board with the plan - https://politi.co/31V01ur

President Trump resorted to an old insult to deny a new sexual assault allegation. Trump said his latest accuser, E. Jean Carroll, is "not my type." He also accused her of lying about her claim that Trump raped her in a dressing room of a department store more than 20 years ago - http://bit.ly/2Y8a1y8

  • The New York Post, owned by Rupert Murdoch, published and later spiked a story about Carrol's allegations that Trump raped her - https://cnn.it/31RKEmn


1848 - A photograph of the June Days uprising becomes the first known instance of photojournalism.

1876 - Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Custer's force of 208 men was killed by Chief Sitting Bull's Sioux warriors.

1910 - Congress passes the Mann Act, which prohibits interstate transport of females for "immoral purposes."

1942 - Gen. Dwight Eisenhower took command of the U.S. forces in Europe.

1947The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published.

1948 - The Berlin airlift begins.

1950 - The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.

1973 - White House attorney John Dean told a Senate committee that President Richard Nixon joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in.

1976 - Missouri Governor Kit Bond issues an executive order rescinding the Extermination Order, formally apologizing on behalf of the state of Missouri for the suffering it had caused to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2009 - Michael Jackson, known as the "king of pop," died of cardiac arrest at age 50.

Policy News

Utah Division of Real Estate announces statewide campaign to warn public of real estate email scam that steals millions in loan proceeds via wire fraud"
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that the Utah Division of Real Estate has launched a new public outreach campaign to warn the public of a rapidly growing email scam that targets property transactions to coerce respondents into wiring down payments and other high dollar real estate proceeds to con artists' accounts.  
UCAIR opens 2019 grants call for proposals
To continue progress toward improving our air quality, the Utah Clean Air Partnership opens its annual grants program.

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Wise Words


"And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department." Andrew Carnegie

Lighter Side

Trump Re-election Speech

During his speech, Trump promised the audience, in his next term, they would cure cancer, lay foundations for human Mars landings and cure Aids. "This would be a lot of scientific progress from a guy who stared directly into a solar eclipse, but it is true he is close to eradicating Aids in America. He's already eradicated all of the aides he hired to work for him in the White House." Jimmy Kimmel

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