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Situational awareness - June 28, 2019

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Here are the stories we're following today:

  • Herbert wants new rules to regulate conversion therapy.
  • Supreme Court gerrymandering decision may mean the end of Prop. 4
  • Kamala Harris destroys Joe Biden in the second Democratic debate.

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Today is the 179th day of the year. There are 186 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

188 days until candidates can begin to gather signatures to get on the 2020 ballot (1/2/2020)

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

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

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

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

259 days to the opening of candidate filing for the 2020 election (3/13/2020)

277 days until the deadline for candidates to submit signatures to be placed on the 2020 primary ballot (3/31/2019)

361 days to the 2020 Utah primary election (6/23/2020)

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Gary_Herbert_05.jpgGov. Herbert directs state licensing officials to come up with rules to govern the controversial practice of conversion therapy

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he wants state regulators to come up with new rules to govern the controversial practice of conversion therapy.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Utah_Congressional_Districts_Map.jpgAnalysis: Does the Supreme Court ruling on partisan gerrymandering mean Prop. 4 is doomed?

In a 5-4 decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that it, and all federal courts, aren't given the constitutional power to stop political gerrymandering.
images/1000px_Logos/UtahPolicy_Y2_01.jpgUtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics launch public opinion polling initiative

UtahPolicy.com and Y2 Analytics are teaming up on an independent public opinion polling initiative to gauge voter sentiment on key political issues facing Utahns.
images/1000px_Logos/Cities_Work_Logo.jpgCities Work podcast: On the road with the taxman

The Tax Task Force is on the road taking input from Utahns on possible reform. The ULCT Legislative Team is along for the ride! ULCT Executive Director Cameron Diehl and ULCT Senior Policy Analyst Roger Tew check in with ULCT's Rachel Otto during stop one on the multi-city tour. Hear how communities throughout the state need to be aware of the potential ripple effect as residents consider change.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_03.jpgSenate passes NDAA with Romney amendment to reaffirm constitutional right of president to protect and defend United States

The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 with a key amendment offered by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) to reaffirm the constitutional authority of the president to protect and defend the United States.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgBishop leads major Navajo water rights deal

In January, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) introduced H.R. 644, the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019. The bill is the result of a multi-year collaborative effort by Bishop, along with the state of Utah and the Navajo Nation.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgCurtis applauds passage of bipartisan border relief legislation

Representative John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Senate's bipartisan bill to provide humanitarian relief at the Southern border:
images/1000px_Mugs/Kim_Coleman_01.jpgColeman 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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Trump_Weld_01.jpgUtah 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.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/US_Supreme_Court_01.jpgFuture 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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_02.jpgRomney says new rape allegations against Trump should be 'evaluated'

Sen. Mitt Romney said a new rape allegation against President Donald Trump should be "evaluated."
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_05.jpgCommittee 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.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_04.jpgCurtis, 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.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_12.jpgRevenue 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.  

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Kamala dominates. In Thursday night's second Democratic presidential primary debate Sen. Kamala Harris tore into former Vice President Joe Biden on the debate stage and came out the clear winner on the night - https://politi.co/2NgUB9z

  • 15.3 million people watched the first Democratic debate, far exceeding NBC's expectations for the night. That number does not include people who tuned in via streaming platforms -  https://nyti.ms/2NtXnbA

Not funny. At the G20 summit, President Donald Trump joked to Russian President Vladimir Putin to not meddle in the 2020 election -  http://bit.ly/2NmLK6k

Pelosi blinks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave in to the Senate on Thursday and pushed through a border aid package from Senate Republicans after several moderate members of her caucus rebelled against the House version of the bill - https://politi.co/2NhwSGo

Citizenship question blocked..for now. The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's reasoning for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census - https://nyti.ms/2NmMatq

  • President Trump said he is seeking to delay the census after the court's decision. The Constitution mandates a census every 10 years - https://wapo.st/2Neiizh

Gerrymandering survives. The Supreme Court decided Thursday that there's no Constitutional protection against extreme partisan gerrymandering, leaving the issue up to individual states - https://cnn.it/2NeioH9

Iran. The Senate may vote as early as Friday on an amendment to require President Trump to seek congressional approval before carrying out military action against Iran - https://cnn.it/2NjszdM

Tillerson rips Kushner. Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that White House adviser Jared Kushner frequently set up meetings with foreign officials without informing the State Department -  https://wapo.st/2Nz0JdN

Trump is not gonna like this. Twitter announced they would begin labeling tweets from national political figures, including President Trump, that the company should have deleted for breaking the platform's rules - https://wapo.st/2NiPtlx


1778 - American Revolutionary War: The Continental Army engages the British in the Battle of Monmouth Courthouse resulting in a stalemate and British withdrawal under cover of darkness.

1894 - Labor Day becomes an official US holiday.

1902 - Congress passes the Spooner Act, authorizing President Theodore Roosevelt to acquire rights from Colombia for the Panama Canal.

1914 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo, sparking the start of World War I.

1919 - The Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending World War I.

1969 - The Stonewall riots begin in New York City, marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.

1971 - The Supreme Court ruled the use of public funds for parochial schools was unconstitutional.

1978 - The Supreme Court, in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke bars quota systems in college admissions.

1997 - Mike Tyson is disqualified in a boxing match for biting a piece off Evander Holyfield's ear.

Policy News

Utah Division of Consumer Protection joins FTC, law enforcement partners in announcing national crackdown on illegal robocalls, education campaign to combat calls to consumers
The Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Consumer Protection announced it is joining the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement partners in reporting a major crackdown on illegal robocalls, including 94 actions targeting operations around the country that are responsible for more than one billion calls pitching a variety of products and services, including credit card interest rate reduction services, money-making opportunities, and medical alert systems.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Turns out, southern Utah's juniper trees aren't so indestructible after all. But what is killing them?-- Salt Lake Tribune: Salt Lake County rejects Olympus Hills bike park, but will seek other locations-- KSL.com: Mirror Lake Highway reopens after big snow season; some campsites remain closedNew Films-- The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith: Tribune review-- Spider-Man: Far From Home: Tribune reviewConcerts-- Patriotic Pops Concert, American West Symphony and Chorus of Sandy, Friday, 8 p.m., Sandy Amphitheater, 1245 East 9400 South, Sandy, free-- 2019 Bachauer International Piano Festival, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; also Saturday, 2 p.m., Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, $5-$30-- Bluegrassroots the Timpanogos Folk Festival, Friday and Saturday, various venues in Orem-- Davis Master Chorale, Saturday, 7 p.m., Kaysville Tabernacle, 200 West Center Street, Kaysville, free-- Holladay Music Fest, Holladay Arts,Saturday, 7 p.m., Holladay City Hall Park and Playground, 4580 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City,-- Murray Concert Band, Saturday, 8 p.m., Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 East 5300 South, Salt Lake City, $3-$6-- Nashville Tribute Band, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall, Temple Square, 50 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, free-- Voices of Liberty, Davis Arts Council, Sunday, 7 p.m., Kenley Amphitheater, 403 North Wasatch Drive, Layton, free-- Deer Valley Music Festival, through August 10, Deer Valley Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 2250 Deer Valley Drive South, Park City--Concerts in the Park, Tuesdays and Fridays, 7:30 p.m., through August, Brigham Young Historic Park, 50 West North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, free-- Organ concerts, every Saturday, noon, and every Sunday, 2 p.m., Assembly Hall,Temple Square, 50 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, freeTheater-- "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" through June 29,Pinnacle Acting Company-- "A Chorus Line" through June 29,Ziegfeld Theater-- "Grease" through June 29,Draper Historic Theatre-- "The Little Mermaid" through June 29,Four Seasons Theatre Company-- "Robin Hood" through June 29,Cobb & Co. Theater Productions-- "RENT" through June 30, Eccles Theater-- "The Music Man" through July 6,Empress Theatre-- "Nunsense" through July 6,CenterPoint Legacy Theatre-- "Pirates of Penzance" through July 6,Outlaw Trail Theater, Vernal-- "My Fair Lady" through July 13,CenterPoint Legacy Theatre-- "The Wizard of Oz" through July 13, Brigham's Playhouse-- "Downton Dead Parody" through July 20,Off Broadway Theatre-- "Bravo, Caruso!" through July 30,Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre-- "Mamma Mia!" through July 31,Lyric Repertory Company-- "Clybourne Park" through August 2, Lyric Repertory Company-- "Million Dollar Quartet" through August 3, Hale Center Theater Orem-- "A Raisin in the Sun" through August 3,Lyric Repertory Company-- "Disney's The Little Mermaid" through August 23,Pickleville Playhouse-- "Freaky Friday" through August 24,Hale Centre Theatre-- "Sunday School Musical - The Greatest Roadshow" through August 24,Desert Star Playhouse-- "The Conclusion of Henry VI: Parts Two and Three" through August 31,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Saturday's Voyeur 2019" through September 1, Salt Lake Acting Company-- "The Book of Will" through September 5, Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Macbeth" through September 6,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Shootout at Shadow Mountain" through September 7,Pickleville Playhouse-- "Twelfth Night" through September 7,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Hamlet" through October 12,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" through October 12,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Disney's When You Wish" through October 24,Tuacahn Amphitheater-- "Disney's The Little Mermaid" through October 25,Tuacahn AmphitheaterMuseum Exhibits--95th Annual Spring SalonExhibition through July 6;Magic and Machine: Fantasy and Sci-Fi in Utah ArtExhibition through August 3;Sanctuariesof MindExhibition through summer 2019;All Aboard!Exhibition through September 21;Round Up: Icons of the WestExhibition through June 19, 2021,Favorite Ladies: Patterns, People, and Play, SMA:Milestones and MemoriesExhibitions ongoing,Springville Museum of Art-- Out Loud: Ostracized and Masked Exhibition through July 6; Lenka Konopasek: Mimicry - Instance Failure Exhibition through August 4;Andrew Alba: Gas Station Honeydew Exhibition through August 24;Andrew Dadson: Roof Gap;Deanna & Ed Templeton: Contemporary SuburbiumExhibition through September 7, The League of Reluctant Bicyclists, Ryan Lauderdale:Glazed Atrium,Exhibitions through Novemeber 2; Abstraction is Just a Word, But I Use It. Exhibition through January 4,Utah Museum of Contemporary Art-- To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and DevotionExhibition on view through summer 2019;In the Arena: The Art of Mahonri YoungExhibition through September 21;After PromontoryExhibition through October 5;Danae Mattes: Where the River Widens,Patrick Dougherty: WindsweptExhibitions through October 19,Brigham Young University Museum of Art--Spencer Finch: Great Salt Lake and Vicinity; ongoing exhibitions:Arts of Africa;American and Regional Art: Mythmaking and Truth-Telling; Chinese Art: Emulation and Innovation; European Art; Ancient Mediterranean Art: Res Mortis; Ancient Mesoamerica; Modern and Contemporary Art: A Fuller Picture; Arts of the Pacific; Greater Merit: The Temple and Image in South Asia,Utah Museum of Fine ArtsEt cetra--Venture Out!Art and Wonders in the Wild, Friday, 6 p.m., Evergreen Park, 2266 East Evergreen Avenue, Salt Lake City-- Americana Arts & Music Festival, Friday and Saturday, American Fork Amphitheater, 851 East 700 North, American Fork-- BDAC Summerfest International Art & Folk Festival, Friday and Saturday, Bountiful City Park, 200 West 400 North, Bountiful-- Taylorsville Dayzz, Friday and Saturday, Taylorsville Valley Regional Park, 5100 South 2700 West, Taylorsville-- Halloween in Summer Festival, Saturday, 10 a.m. 8 p.m., Historic Main Street, Magna-- Venezuela Festival, Saturday, 12 11 p.m., Vincit Amor Event Center, 993 South Bending River Road, Salt Lake City-- Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally, through Sunday, 90 East Center Street, Panguitch
Utah 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.

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