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Situational awareness - June 27, 2019
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Today is the 178th day of the year. There are 187 days remaining in 2019.
The first Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami continue tonight (6/27/2019)
26 days until ballots for the 2019 primary election are mailed to voters (7/23/2019)
33 days to the second Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit (7/30/2019)
47 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
77 days to the third Democratic presidential primary debate (9/12/2019)
131 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
189 days until candidates can begin to gather signatures to get on the 2020 ballot (1/2/2020)
214 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
221 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
250 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)
259 days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (3/12/2020)
260 days to the opening of candidate filing for the 2020 election (3/13/2020)
278 days until the deadline for candidates to submit signatures to be placed on the 2020 primary ballot (3/31/2019)
362 days to the 2020 primary election (6/23/2020)
495 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyColeman set to officially enter race to take on Democrat McAdams in 2020
UtahPolicy.com has learned Utah State Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan, is preparing to officially launch her campaign to challenge Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams in 2020.
Utah Republicans will vote in the state's Super Tuesday primary
While the Democratic donnybrook will be front and center during Utah's presidential primary on Super Tuesday, Beehive State Republicans will also be casting ballots that day. Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld is challenging President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination next year.
Future of voter-approved Prop. 4 could be impacted by Supreme Court gerrymandering decision
The U.S. Supreme Court could, on Thursday morning, change politics in America forever.
Romney says new rape allegations against Trump should be 'evaluated'
Sen. Mitt Romney said a new rape allegation against President Donald Trump should be "evaluated."
Committee approves Romney bill to raise smoking, vaping age to 21
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) voted to approve key components of the Tobacco 21 Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Todd Young (R-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), to prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21.
Curtis, bipartisan representatives introduce Kleptocrat Exposure Act
Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after joining his colleagues in the House of Representatives to introduce the Kleptocrat Exposure Act.
Revenue restructure task force launches website, seeking public input
The Utah Legislature Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force launches its website StrongerFutures.utah.gov to hear directly from Utahns. Public input is a critical part of the process as the task force considers how to restructure the state's funding imbalance.
Utah Thrives podcast: Community growth
Utah Foundation hosted a panel discussion on the challenges posed by Utah's rapid population growth, issues explored in the research report Building a Better Beehive: Land Use Decision Making, Fiscal Sustainability and Quality of Life in Utah.
Bill 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.
Just 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.
Guest 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.
Bishop 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.
Curtis 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.
Sens. 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.
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
Democratic Debate One. 10 Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off in Miami Wednesday night. The hopefuls tangled over Medicare for all, immigration and the economy - https://nyti.ms/2NvVCuT
Democratic Debate Two...Electric Boogaloo. Thursday night's second debate will feature several of the frontrunners including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg - https://nyti.ms/31VN6Z9
Supreme Court. The justices finish their term on Thursday as they will issue rulings on cases involving partisan gerrymandering and the fight over adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census - http://bit.ly/31Yu04H
G20. President Donald Trump arrived in Japan Thursday morning ahead of the G20 economic summit where he plans to push for more trade concessions from other foreign leaders - https://wapo.st/2Nrdkzg
Iran. President Trump said Wednesday if the brewing conflict with Iran erupts into an all-out war it would not "last very long" nor would it involve ground troops - https://wapo.st/31ZdX6K
Mueller time. Read this great behind the scenes account of how House Democrats finally convinced a reluctant Robert Mueller to testify before Congress next month - https://nyti.ms/2NgAjx8
Democrats subpoena Conway. The House Oversight Committee voted to authorize a subpoena for White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after she failed to appear at a hearing on her alleged violations of the Hatch Act - https://politi.co/2Nhgrdk
McConnell jams Pelosi. The Senate passed a $4.6 billion package of humanitarian aid for the southwestern border, rejecting a competing bill passed by the House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the Senate's bill outright, setting up a stalemate on the issue - https://nyti.ms/2NiI5Xn
Trump vs. the Fed. In a rambling 47-minute interview with Fox News, President Trump blasted Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell who he said was not doing enough to spur economic growth by lowering interest rates - https://nyti.ms/31WaZ2J
Immigration. U.S. asylum officers filed suit in federal court challenging the Trump administration's policy of forcing migrants to remain in Mexico while they wait for immigration hearings - https://wapo.st/31WeNRn
Sending a message. The House passed legislation barring the White House and other federal agencies from doing business with Trump-affiliated firms - https://wapo.st/31UWzzR
Whoa. President Trump has raised more than $36 million since he launched his re-election campaign last week - https://cnb.cx/2NgBZ9U
Notable. New data shows the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. will likely fall for the first time since 1990 - https://on.wsj.com/31YLCNO
Climate change. A new U.N. report says climate change will push 120 million people into poverty by the year 2030, setting up a system of "climate apartheid" between those who can afford to protect themselves and those who cannot - https://cnn.it/31SDOgl
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1829 - English scientist James Smithson left a will that eventually funded the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
1844 - Joseph Smith, founder of the LDS Church, and his brother Hyrum Smith are killed by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail.
1847 - The first telegraph wire links were established between New York City and Boston.
1859 - Louisville, Ky., schoolteacher Mildred Hill composed a tune for her students and called it "Good Morning To You." Her sister, Patty, later added a verse that began "Happy Birthday To You."
1898 - The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.
1950 - The U.S. decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War.
1974- President Richard Nixon visits the Soviet Union.
Policy NewsUtah student's national second place financial literacy essay focuses on ethical investing for refugee aid
Treasurer David Damschen has announced that Skyline High School student, Abby Bowler, placed second in the high school division of the national InvestWrite essay competition.
UCAIR and Chevron Corporation offer $500 rebate to exchange ultra-low NOx water heaters
UCAIR and Chevron Corporation are once again teaming to provide rebates of up to $500 to Utah homeowners in non-attainment* areas to replace their existing, standard water heater with an air quality-efficient ultra-low NOx (ULN) natural gas water heater.
Linda 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.
More National Headlines
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company." George Washington
"Iranian fingerprints? Honestly, I don't really know what that last part means. How can you tell that fingerprints are Iranian? Was the detective like: 'I knew it. Hummus,'" Trevor Noah
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