utah policy logo

Utah's Daily Policy Resource, Brought to you by Utah Policy

Message Center


Got an opinion or op-ed you'd like to share?

A response to one of our stories?

We're always on the lookout for guest opinion pieces.

Email us your ideas.

utah independant american party

Situational awareness - June 6, 2019

Good Thursday 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's what is driving the day:

  • Hughes will launch his campaign for governor later this summer.
  • Romney considering carbon tax legislation.
  • Inland port meeting devolves into chaos.
  • Trump leans into tariff fight.

Conversation BubbleNews tips/story ideas

Kindly send suggestions, concerns and news tips to us via email at bschott@utahpolicy.com

The UtahPolicy.com daily newsletter gets you up to speed on the top local and national news about politics and public policy. Our news is curated by Managing Editor Bryan Schott, along with help from Golden Webb. ((Click here to subscribe))

zions bank ad


Today is the 157th day of the year. There are 208 days remaining in 2019.

The municipal election filing period ends tomorrow (6/7/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

salt lake chamber ad

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/Greg_Hughes_12.jpgHughes will enter 2020 gubernatorial race later this summer

Former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes will run for governor next year, seeking the GOP nomination in what could become a crowded field, sources close to Hughes told UtahPolicy.com on Wednesday.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Mitt_Romney_08.jpgRomney 'looking at' carbon tax legislation

Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday he was considering co-sponsoring a carbon tax bill with Delaware Democrat Cris Coons.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_02.jpgMcAdams cohosts Housing Task Force Forum with input from Utah homebuilder

Congressman Ben McAdams, a co-chair of the New Democrats' Housing Task Force, welcomed stakeholders to a forum seeking innovative ideas for making housing more available and affordable. McAdams co-chairs the task force with Congressman Heck of Washington and Congresswoman Hill from California.
images/Shutterstock_article_photos/Congressional_News_01.jpgSens. Lee and Hawley introduce the Take Care Act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Take Care Act Wednesday, a bill designed to promote accountability and effective administration by restoring the original understanding of the President's constitutional power to remove his subordinates.
images/icons/sponsored-content.jpgIndependent American Party Convention June 8

The Utah Independent American Party will hold its State Convention/Independence Summit on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Juab High School in Nephi.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgHe's out without ever getting in - Bernick and Schott on politics

 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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_02.jpgRomney scolds Trump's foreign policy in first Senate floor speech

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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jason_Chaffetz_01.jpgChaffetz not running for governor in 2020

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.

World Trade Center Utah ad


Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune



D-Day. President Donald Trump and other world leaders celebrated the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Europe that resulted in victory in World War II on Thursday - https://wapo.st/2IqKcT6

The quote everyone will be talking about today. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told top Democrats in Congress she'd like to see President Trump "in jail" as she clashed with members of her caucus who are pressing to begin impeachment hearings against Trump - https://politi.co/2HYdRny

Tariff fight

  • President Trump is leaning into his trade war, saying talks with Mexico over his threatened tariffs are going well while proposing new tariffs on China - https://cnn.it/2Im9bXH
  • Republicans in Congress are divided over whether to support or oppose Trump's tariffs on Mexico - https://politi.co/2IklmV0


  • Illegal border crossings have surged to a seven-year high. More than 144,000 migrants were taken into custody in May - https://wapo.st/2Ih2S7G
  • The Trump administration is scaling back or discontinuing several services for undocumented migrant children living in shelters, including English classes and recreation because the program is running out of money - https://abcn.ws/2I0op5X
  • Members of the military along the U.S.-Mexico border will spend the next month painting barriers to improve their "aesthetic appearance" - https://cbsn.ws/2IpA113
  • A teacher in Texas has been fired for asking President Trump to deport undocumented students in her school district - https://cnn.it/2Iknv30


  • A new poll shows most Americans expect Trump to win another term in 2020 - https://cnn.it/2IsMQYO
  • Beto O'Rourke is calling for a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress. He also wants to end lifetime appointments for members of the Supreme Court - https://politi.co/2IkXi4k

Fake news. Americans think "made up news" is a bigger problem than climate change according to a new study - http://bit.ly/2HYxqMM

Trump's military service. President Trump told British journalist Piers Morgan he's "making up" for avoiding service in Vietnam by boosting military spending - https://wapo.st/2IrJogH

Trump's 4th of July. President Trump plans to speak at the Lincoln Memorial as part of a revamped July 4th celebration - https://wapo.st/2Ih0zBy

Los Angeles homeless. The number of homeless people in Los Angeles jumped 12% last year. Nearly 59,000 people are living in the streets across Los Angeles County - https://cnn.it/2I0mVIV

Humanitarian crisis. The United Nations says nearly 2 million Somalis could die of starvation by the end of the summer due to a severe drought in that country - http://bit.ly/2IrIKQj

For your radar. Private sector job growth fell to a 9-year low last month. Private sector employers hired just 27,000 people in May, far below the forecast of 175,000 jobs - https://on.mktw.net/2HYjDpg

YouTube purging extremist videos. The video sharing platform is removing thousands of videos and channels that promote neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other extreme views - https://nyti.ms/2IqLU6Y


1775 Marinus Willett and the Sons of Liberty confront British soldiers and seize five wagonloads of weapons as the Redcoats evacuate New York City.

1933 The first drive-in movie theater opens in Camden, New Jersey, the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead.

1944 D-Day: The allied powers cross the English Channel in the largest amphibious military operation in history, landing on the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. The allies lost 2,000 troops at Omaha beach, but by day's end, 155,000 Allied troops had stormed the beaches.

1966 James H. Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, is shot by a sniper after beginning a long civil rights march through the South.

Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngRegister now for an online webinar on global tariffs
Trade disputes may seem far away, but their impacts are felt locally. 
Weber County hires director to launch Prosperity Center of Excellence
The Weber-Morgan Health Department, Weber Human Services and the Weber County Commission have selected Melissa Freigang as the Director of the newly created Prosperity Center of Excellence an inter-agency effort. 
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngHong Kong & Japan trade mission registration last chance!
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!
Study: How the Beehive State can achieve a modern, stable sales tax system
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.

More National Headlines

Wise Words

Stand Up

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." Winston Churchill

Lighter Side

Sumo Trump

"And after that, if he wants to see two men fighting in diapers, he'll just watch Bernie Sanders debate Joe Biden." - JIMMY FALLON

facebook link twitter link youtube link linked in logo

Listen to us on_Apple Podcasts

Listen on Stitcher

Listen on Google Play Music

Subscribers may receive special messages with information about new features, special offers, or public policy messages from clients and advertisers.

Advertise With Us