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Situational awareness - June 26, 2019

Good Wednesday 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.

Wednesday's planner:

  • The Supreme Court will release opinions in one or more cases at 8:00 a.m.
  • Salt Lake City mayoral candidates will debate at 6:30 pm at the Salt Lake City library.
  • The first of two Democratic presidential primary debates takes place at 7 p.m. The debate will be televised by NBC or streamed online on multiple platforms.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • A proposed bill to ban nearly all abortions in Utah goes beyond what the LDS Church says on the issue.
  • The Salt Lake County Council calls on the legislature to ban conversion therapy.
  • Mueller agrees to testify before Congress.

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Today is the 177th day of the year. There are 188 days remaining in 2019.

The first Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami are tonight and tomorrow (6/26/2019 and 6/27/2019)

27 days until ballots for the 2019 primary election are mailed to voters (7/23/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_20.jpgBill aiming to ban nearly all abortion in Utah is stricter than LDS Church stance

It looks as if the upcoming 2020 Legislature will be talking about, and voting on, abortion, once again.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgJust like that, the Utah GOP is out of debt! Bernick and Schott on politics

Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick discuss the latest news from the Utah political arena.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Michael_Parker_01.jpgGuest opinion: The new northbound train: Weber-Davis collaboration is express route to economic growth

Some big news hit Weber and Davis County this past week and having been close to the origins of this effort, I wanted to share my perspective on how things came together in detail.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_03.jpgBishop attends classified Iran Briefing

As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and Utah's sole representation on an armed services committee, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) attended a classified briefing which covered America's current confrontations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgCurtis amendment advocating for lands management consensus blocked on partisan basis

Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after an amendment he introduced to the government spending bill was denied.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgSens. Lee and Romney introduce the Early Action Against Ozone Act

 Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced the Early Action Against Ozone Act, a bill that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to work with local governments to lower pollution before they violate the Clean Air Act.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190625_GOED.jpgBuilding Utah's workforce through strategic partnerships that bring education and industry together

Talent Ready Utah connects industry with education to build Utah's talent pipeline. The program introduces students to companies through work-based learning and stackable credentials, creating greater awareness of employment opportunities and positioning the state to meet growing workforce demands.
images/1000px_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngStrong job availability boosts attitudes on the economy, housing remains a pressing issue

The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased 2.4 points to 115.6 in June. Year over year, the CAI has risen 3.8 points. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index decreased 9.8 points to 121.5 this month.
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.

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Breaking while you were sleeping. The U.S. and North Korea are working behind the scenes to set up a third summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un - https://on.wsj.com/2Ye3iCF

The day Democrats have been waiting for. The first of two presidential primary debates take place tonight in Miami. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls take the stage this evening, including Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar - https://cnn.it/31RQCne

Get your popcorn. Special counsel Robert Mueller will testify to both the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committee on July 17. Mueller agreed to testify publicly after Democrats issued a subpoena to compel him to appear - https://politi.co/2YiecHC


  • The House passed a $4.5 billion package for the border which includes money for humanitarian aid as well as more border security - https://politi.co/31VZiJe
  • A heartbreaking photo of a father and daughter who drowned while crossing the Rio Grande was published by a Mexican newspaper - https://cnn.it/31RQu7e
  • About 100 children were returned to a facility in Texas that had been emptied after reports of neglect and horrific conditions - https://nyti.ms/2Y9oU37
  • Acting Customs and Border Protection head John Sanders is stepping down from his post following reports of children being held in squalor - https://nbcnews.to/2YfOWBN
  • Mark Morgan, an immigration hardliner and former Fox News contributor will take over as head of Customs and Border Protection - https://nyti.ms/31Vq8Bm

The investigations. A Federal judge gave Democrats the green light on Tuesday to start digging through President Trump's finances, ruling their lawsuit alleging Trump violated the Emoluments Clause with his private businesses - http://bit.ly/31X2eFG

Trade. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the U.S. is "about 90% of the way" to a trade deal with China - https://cnb.cx/2YfO4gv

Yikes. Federal prosecutors say Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to finance extramarital affairs with five women, including lobbyists and congressional staffers. Hunter has been accused of spending almost $250,000 of campaign funds on personal expenses - https://nyti.ms/2Yn29Jj

Uh oh. The National Security Agency once again collected records about U.S. calls and text messages it wasn't authorized to obtain. It's the second such incident - https://on.wsj.com/2YenRPB

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Marijuana. Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana - http://bit.ly/2YgslVE

Vaping ban. San Fransico became the first city to ban the sale of e-cigarettes - https://cnn.it/31X1DUc

For your radar. The United Nations says India will overtake China as the most populous country in the world in less than a decade - https://cnn.it/31XQ9Qi



1917 - The first troops of the American Expeditionary Force reached France in World War I.

1927 - The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island.

1934 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act.

1945 - The United Nations Charter is signed by 50 Allied nations in San Francisco.

1963 - President John F. Kennedy gave his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Germany.

1977 - Elvis Presley held his final concert in Indianapolis.

1997 - The Supreme Court rules the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment.

2003 - The Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

2008 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution protects an individual's right to carry a gun for private use, but said the ruling did nothing to alter the ban on gun ownership by felons or the mentally ill.

2013 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

2015 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage under the 14th Amendment.


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgLinda Wardell to take over as Chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors
The Salt Lake Chamber has named Linda Wardell, General Manager of City Creek Center, as the new chair of its Board of Governors. Wardell has served as the Board's vice chair alongside current chair, Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment.
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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"President Trump was in Orlando, Florida, to officially relaunch the presidential campaign he has never stopped. . . . You know, for all his bad environmental policies, Trump is very committed to recycling his garbage." Stephen Colbert

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