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Situational awareness - July 1, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City

Welcome to July! Today is the last day of the first half of 2019.

Welcome to Utah's must-read daily political news rundown. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up for our emails.

Here are the stories we're following today:

  • KSL radio host Jay Mcfarland is prepping a run for Congress against Ben McAdams.
  • Tax reform task force public hearings continue.
  • Trump visits North Korea.

Trivia time!

If a Republicans wins the 2020 gubernatorial election in Utah, it will mark the 11th straight election the GOP has triumphed. Utah Republicans are currently tied with Democrats in Oregon for the longest streak of gubernatorial contests won by the same party. 

Several readers sent in the correct answer, but our three winners were:

  • Edward Bennett
  • Richard Jaussi
  • Mike Mower

If you have a trivia question for our readers, send it to me at bschott@utahpolicy.com. If I use your question, I'll send you one of our limited-edition UtahPolicy.com laptop stickers. That's a pretty good deal!

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Today is the 182nd day of the year. There are 183 days remaining in 2019.

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

29 days until in-person voting for the 2019 municipal primaries begins (7/30/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Jay_McFarland_01.jpgKSL radio personality Jay Mcfarland is exploring a run for congress against Ben McAdams

UtahPolicy.com has learned that KSL radio talk show host Jay Mcfarland is prepping a possible run for Congress in Utah's 4th Congressional District as a Republican challenging freshman Democrat Ben McAdams.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgUtah is not going to be a purple utopia - Bernick and Schott on politics

Award-winning journalists Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the latest news from the Utah political arena.
images/1000px_Mugs/Kathleen_Anderson_02.jpgRepublican Kathleen Anderson announces campaign for GOP nomination to face Democrat Ben McAdams in November

Republican activist Kathleen Anderson is the first Republican to charge into the race to face freshman Democrat Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th Congressional District next year.
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.

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Whoa! Democratic 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg's campaign says they raised a whopping $24.8 million during the second quarter of this year - https://nyti.ms/2NlZsGH

North Korea

  • President Trump made a last minute visit to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un where they agreed to restart nuclear talks. During the meeting he became the first sitting U.S. president to cross into the north - http://bit.ly/2No8Edz
  • The Trump administration may be on the verge of recognizing North Korea as a nuclear power, which is something they said they would never do. The new strategy may be aiming at freezing North Korean nuclear production rather than disarmament - https://nyti.ms/2NlbZtU
  • President Trump claimed former President Obama tried, and failed, to meet with Kim Jong Un repeatedly during his White House tenure. Former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says Trump is lying - http://bit.ly/2NoYEB2

China. The U.S. and China agreed to continue talks to end the trade war between the two countries, but Chinese officials warned the path to a deal could be long and difficult - https://reut.rs/2NpkJ27

Budget talks. Senate Republicans are having difficulty finding common ground on a plan to fund the government and avoid another shutdown. Congress has until the end of September to agree to a funding deal - http://bit.ly/2NoZM7L


  • Conditions at an El Paso border station are reportedly so bad, Border Patrol agents are drinking heavily and arming themselves against a possible riot - https://nbcnews.to/2NoUjOa
  • President Trump says his administration will probably launch a series of immigration raids sometime after the July 4th holiday unless "something pretty miraculous" happens in talks over immigration reform with Congressional Democrats - https://cnn.it/2NqcZNB
  • The Supreme Court will hear cases next term on whether President Trump lawfully ended Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants - http://bit.ly/2NolCIe


  • Kamala Harris' campaign raised $2 million in the 24 hours following her impressive debate performance last week - https://nyti.ms/2NpkYKz
  • Iowa voters are increasingly skeptical of former vice president Joe Biden's 2020 prospects - http://bit.ly/2Nm21s9
  • The Trump campaign launched an initiative to win support from Latino voters. Critics say the outreach is odd given Trump's actions on immigration - https://wapo.st/2NmLPXK
  • Democratic hopefuls are facing the prospect of being cut from the next round of debates this fall - http://bit.ly/2NpLYtE
  • Facebook says they're launching an election monitoring center to prevent against interference and misinformation from spreading during the 2020 election -  https://cnn.it/2NoYPwd

Ivanka Trump

  • The president's daughter is being criticized for playing a central role during President Trump's visit to Japan for the G20 summit and his impromptu trip to North Korea - https://wapo.st/2NrBSZ8
  • Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez ripped Ivanka on Twitter saying "Being someone's daughter isn't a career qualification" - http://bit.ly/2NEnOf9

Economic record. The U.S. economy has now gone 121 months without a recession, the longest period in history. Economists are warning a significant slowdown in growth and possibly a recession are coming because of trade tensions -  http://bit.ly/2NjCQ9B

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Climate fears. Exceptionally warm temperaturs have resulted in an earlier than normal sea ice melt off the coast of Alaska, alarming residents about the effects it will have on seals and fish that provide their livelihoods - http://bit.ly/2NqXkNR


1847 - The first U.S. postage stamps were issued.

1863 - The Battle of Gettysburg begins.

1867 - Canada was granted independence by Great Britain.

1870 - The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.

1881 - The world's first international telephone call is made between Canada and the United States

1898 - Spanish-American War: Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders led a charge up Cuba's heavily fortified San Juan Hill.

1931 - Wiley Post and Harold Gatty become the first people to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engined monoplane aircraft.

1946 - The U.s. conducted its first post-war test of the atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

1963 - Zip codes are introduced for mail in the U.S.

1997 - Hong Kong was returned to China after 156 years as a British territory.

Policy News

Salt Lake City receives prestigious recognition of climate achievements at U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting
The United States Conference of Mayors recognized Mayor Jackie Biskupski for her leadership to advance renewable energy and tackle climate change.
Utah encourages residents to use online services as they #EscapeTheIndoors and celebrate Great Outdoors Month
Public and private organizations from across the country are coming together as members of the Great Outdoors Month Council to help all Americans Escape the Indoors and celebrate the educational, economic, health and social benefits of active fun outdoors.
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

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