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Situational awareness - June 7, 2019

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Here's what is driving the day:

  • Huntsman met with advisers in Utah about a possible 2020 run this week.
  • Mexico negotiating with the Trump administration to avoid tariffs.
  • Joe Biden reverses a long-held position on abortion

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Today is the 158th day of the year. There are 207 days remaining in 2019.

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

The Independent American Party Utah State Convention is tomorrow (6/8/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/Jon_Huntsman_04.jpgHuntsman discussed possible 2020 run with political allies this week

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman recently visited Utah where he met with political allies and advisers to discuss a possible run for governor in 2020 according to multiple sources.
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/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/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.

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Trade war

  • Mexico is proposing to limit the number of migrants heading north in order to avoid President Trump slapping tariffs on them next week. The proposal would also give the U.S. greater ability to deport Central Americans seeking asylum - https://wapo.st/2IDwnB9
  • The Federal Reserve signaled this week they may have to cut interest rates in order to counter any ill effects from Trump's trade war - https://wapo.st/2I1hPMz
  • Trump has until September to use tariffs to exert pressure on other countries because that's when American manufacturers traditionally import goods for the holiday shopping season, meaning Americans will start feeling the economic pinch - https://wapo.st/2I5647T

Impeachment. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is turning up the pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow him to open impeachment proceedings against President Trump - https://cnn.it/2I1hr0z


  • Former Vice President Joe Biden reversed himself this week, saying he now opposes the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funds from being used for most abortions. Just earlier this week Biden reaffirmed his support for the policy - https://nyti.ms/2I1VONs

The investigations

  • Robert Mueller could be subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee within the next two weeks if they cannot reach a deal for him to appear voluntarily - https://politi.co/2HZPvdf
  • A top Russian official tried to set up a video teleconference between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin the day after Trump's inauguration according to a senior FBI agent's notes - https://politi.co/2HZP4zM
  • A group of Democratic senators wants the Federal Reserve to investigate whether Deutsche Bank complied with anti-money-laundering laws after bank employees flagged transactions tied to President Trump as suspicious - https://nyti.ms/2ItSyta

Woah. A wealthy Iraqi sheik who has urged the U.S. to take a hard-line approach toward Iran spent 26 days staying in a suite at President Trump's D.C. hotel according to leaked records - https://wapo.st/2IoWLyv


  • The Justice and Commerce departments ignored a subpoena demanding documents related to the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The move all but assures the House will move to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt - https://wapo.st/2I02Mm0
  • House Democratic leaders are preparing to give committee leaders sweeping powers to enforce their subpoenas to the Trump administration, including taking legal action - https://politi.co/2IqOxpo

Iran. The top commander of American forces in the Mideast said Iran was forced to "step back" from preparations for an apparent attack on the U.S. after an increased American military presence in the Persian Gulf - http://bit.ly/2I1wqYg

Automakers warn Trump on pollution rules. Car manufacturers say the Trump administration's plan to weaken tailpipe pollution standards would cut their profits and cause "untenable" instability for the industry - https://nyti.ms/2ImgDCg

Energy. Michael Bloomberg is donating $500 million to a campaign aiming to close down every coal-fired power plant in the U.S. - https://nyti.ms/2I11YNG

Scary. A man was arrested after authorities say he was planning to throw grenades at tourists in Times Square - https://cnn.it/2Iwc6x0

Some good news. The FCC voted on Thursday to allow cell phone carriers to block unwanted robocalls automatically for all customers - https://cnn.it/2IpyNTz

Not to worry. An asteroid the size of a football field is hurtling toward Earth, but astronomers say the rock will just miss us - https://cnn.it/2I0dQQe

Measles. The number of measles cases in the U.S. has topped 1,000 in the biggest outbreak in 25 years - http://bit.ly/2IrXK0H



1776 - Richard Henry Lee presents the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress. The motion is seconded by John Adams and will lead to the Declaration of Independence.

1862 - The United States and the United Kingdom agree in the Lyons-Seward Treaty to suppress the African slave trade.

1892 - Homer Plessy is arrested for refusing to leave his seat in the "whites-only" car of a train; he lost the resulting court case, Plessy v. Ferguson.

1899 - American Temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kansas.

1942 - World War II: The Battle of Midway ends in American victory.

1965 - The Supreme Court hands down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, prohibiting states from criminalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

1967 - Israeli troops captured Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.

1971 - The Supreme Court overturns the conviction of Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace, setting the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment.

1998 - Three white supremacists killed James Byrd Jr. by dragging him for 3 miles behind a pickup truck in Jasper, Texas. The three men were convicted of murder.


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