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Situational awareness - June 5, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City

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Here's what is driving the day:

  • Romney scolds Trump's foreign policy.
  • Congressional Republicans warn Trump not to impose tariffs on Mexico.
  • The House passes an immigration bill that protects "dreamers."

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Today is the 156th day of the year. There are 209 days remaining in 2019.

2 days until the municipal election filing period ends (6/7/2019)

3 days until the Independent American Party Utah State Convention (6/8/2019)

17 days to the Utah State Democratic Party Organizing Convention (6/22/2019)

21 days to the first Democratic presidential primary debates in Miami (6/26/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

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 Jason Chaffetz said Monday he would not run for governor in 2020, but would not dismiss the possibility of a run in the future. We break down what that means for the rest of the 2020 gubernatorial field.
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In his first speech on the Senate floor since taking office, Sen. Mitt Romney called for strengthening ties with America's traditional allies in Europe. He also urged the administration to take the threat posed by China more seriously.
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The Utah Independent American Party will hold its State Convention/Independence Summit on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Juab High School in Nephi.
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Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who resigned in 2017 to take a job with Fox News, said Monday evening. he would not launch a Utah gubernatorial bid next year.
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This week begins the biennial changing of the guard at city halls across the state. In Utah's 248 cities and towns, there are 1,380 mayors and council members and approximately half of those positions are on November's ballot.  Potential mayors and council members are filing their declaration of candidacy this week.
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Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Due Process Guarantee Act Monday, a bill to protect Americans from being detained indefinitely, without charge or trial.
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The Utah Office of Tourism promotes Utah to out-of-state visitors to grow the state's tourism economy. The tourism office generates significant state and local tax revenues, while continually improving Utah's outdoor recreation and urban brand, and its offerings for both visitors and locals.
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3rd District Republican John Curtis spoke with UtahPolicy.com last week about a number of issues, including his reaction to the Mueller report, pollution control and the trade war with China.
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The Salt Lake Tribune, now moving toward a never-before-tried foundation approach business model, has sent out a survey to its subscribers with several questions having to do with dumping the printed paper format.

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Republicans warn Trump on Mexico. Republicans in Congress say they will try to block President Trump if he follows through with his threat to impose tariffs on Mexico if they don't do more to stop illegal immigration - https://politi.co/2HWgYN6

  • Trump fired back, saying it would be "foolish" for Republicans to oppose him because of his high popularity ratings among GOP voters - https://politi.co/2HVoiZg
  • Trump's threat to use emergency powers to slap tariffs on Mexico to stop immigration is a legally questionable strategy - https://wapo.st/2HVKDFX


  • The House passed a bill on Tuesday evening to offer a path to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants, including the so-called "dreamers" who were brought into the country when they were children - https://wapo.st/2HYmNK0
  • U.S. doctors say the Border Patrol is confiscating migrant kids' medicine - https://yhoo.it/2Ild1Aw


  • A new poll shows Democrats Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris all lead Trump in Michigan - http://bit.ly/2IoZzLJ
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff warned Tuesday that Russia will likely try to influence the 2020 election through the release of fake videos on social media - https://nyti.ms/2HUk9EO

The investigations

  • The White House instructed two former aides, Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson, to defy congressional subpoenas seeking documents from their time working with the Trump administration - https://politi.co/2IjhVOq
  • House Democrats are in talks to have Robert Mueller testify before Congress, even though he previously said he does not want to - http://bit.ly/2Ioe2aQ
  • The Justice Department tells House Democrats they're willing to negotiate access to the full report from special counsel Robert Mueller as long as they back off a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt - https://wapo.st/2IlqCaX
  • Former Senator Harry Ried said Tuesday House Democrats should open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump - https://wapo.st/2IhNhoy
  • Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence agent behind the Trump dossier, has agreed to be questioned by U.S. officials over his relationship with the FBI - http://bit.ly/2Il0I78

Saudi Arabia

  • The Trump administration twice granted authorizations to U.S. companies to share sensitive nuclear power information with Saudi Arabia shortly after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi - https://reut.rs/2HW0qEM
  • The Senate is planning a bi-partisan effort to block President Trump's emergency declaration to go around Congress in order to complete an arms sale to the Saudis - https://wapo.st/2Ijl7ts

Trump casts doubt on climate change. During an interview with Piers Morgan, President Trump said climate change goes "both ways" - https://wapo.st/2HXcXI7

  • The EPA is blaming the media for the public's growing concern over climate change - http://bit.ly/2HW1pEY


1851 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial Uncle Tom's Cabin starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper.

1916 - Louis Brandeis is sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court. He is the first American Jew to hold such a position.

1933 - Congress ends the use of the gold standard in the U.S, passing a law that nullifies the right of creditors to demand payment in gold.

1956 - Elvis Presley introduces his new single "Hound Dog" on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.

1967 - The Six-Day War began between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

1968 - Sen. Robert Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant, in Los Angeles. Kennedy died the next day.

1976 - The Teton River Dam in Idaho collapses, flooding 300 square miles and causing an estimated $1 billion in damage.

1981 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five people in Los Angeles have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.

2004 - Former President Ronald Reagan died at the age of 93 of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

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On behalf of Governor Gary R. Herbert, World Trade Center Utah and the Governor's Office of Economic Development, we would like to invite you to join the State of Utah's trade mission to Hong Kong and Japan!
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Last month, Utah lawmakers established a task force to explore the overhaul of the state's outdated sales tax code, among other possible reforms. Today, a new study from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation provides a detailed guide for how Utah can accomplish sales tax modernization in a way that improves neutrality, revenue stability, and the state's overall economy.
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Technical colleges are leading the way in creating meaningful industry partnerships and training a skilled workforce to enter many of our state's high wage, high demand occupations. Join us to learn more about Utah's technical colleges and how business leaders can get involved. Lunch will be provided.
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Curbside glass recycling will now be available for Sandy residents.

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"I don't like it when he leaves the country. It makes me nervous. It's like being at your wedding and watching your drunken uncle hit on your friends." - JIMMY KIMMEL

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