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Situational awareness - July 10, 2019
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Today is the 191st day of the year. There are 174 days remaining in 2019.
13 days until ballots for the 2019 primary election are mailed to voters (7/23/2019)
20 days until in-person voting for the 2019 municipal primaries begins (7/30/2019)
20 days to the second Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit (7/30/2019)
34 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
64 days to the third Democratic presidential primary debate (9/12/2019)
118 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
176 days until candidates can begin to gather signatures to get on the 2020 ballot (1/2/2020)
201 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
208 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
237 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)
246 days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (3/12/2020)
247 days to the opening of candidate filing for the 2020 election (3/13/2020)
265 days until the deadline for candidates to submit signatures to be placed on the 2020 primary ballot (3/31/2019)
349 days to the 2020 Utah primary election (6/23/2020)
482 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyWill Jon Huntsman run for governor in 2020? Separating truth from rumor
We've seen this picture before.Summer 2017 the Utah political world was all aflutter with rumors that Mitt Romney, the beloved chief of the successful 2002 Utah Winter Olympics and 2012 GOP presidential nominee, was considering a run for the U.S. Senate from Utah, to replace then-U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch.
I believe the term is 'sugar daddy' - Bernick and Schott on politics
Award-winning journalists Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick offer their thoughts on the latest stories from the Utah political arena.
Gov. Herbert statement on Inland Port protests
Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding violent protests that broke out at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Salt Lake City earlier today:
Salt Lake Chamber statement regarding office invasion by inland port protestors
Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the inland port protest at the Chamber offices:
Helping Utah's rural businesses
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, Office of Rural Development, as directed by the Utah Legislature, announced two new grant programs to serve rural organizations and businesses.
Analysis: 5 reasons Mia Love won't run for Congress in 2020
The Utah political world was abuzz over the long 4th of July weekend with news that former Rep. Mia Love is hinting she might challenge Ben McAdams in 2020 to win back her seat in Congress. How serious is that threat?
Podcast: Derek Miller discusses the Inland Port, Tax reform and Utah's economy
Derek Miller, President and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber joins the podcast. Miller is also chairman of the Inland Port Authority board.
Utah Republican hardliners aren't ready to give up the fight over SB54
Sources tell UtahPolicy.com that a strange strategy is appearing among some SB54 haters, and it may be the final assault within the Utah Republican Party over the dual-pathway candidate law.
Chairman Lee on the longest economic expansion on record
Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Labor Department June 2019 jobs report:
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
Breaking. The British ambassador to the U.S. resigned after leaked memos revealed he called President Donald Trump "insecure" and "inept." On Tuesday, Trump called Ambassador Kim Darroch a "pompous fool" [WaPo].
Acosta under fire
Obamacare on the ropes. A panel of federal judges seemed skeptical of arguments defending the Affordable Care Act's mandate that most people carry health insurance in a court case questioning the constitutionality of the healthcare law [NYT].
A win for the "haters." A federal court rules President Trump is violating the constitution by blocking his critics on Twitter [NYT].
Whoa! A new investigation shows Russian intelligence agents were responsible for the now-debunked story that Democratic staffer Seth Rich was murdered by associates of Hillary Clinton. The fake story was hyped on Fox News and other right-wing media outlets during the 2016 presidential race [Yahoo News].
Rapinoe vs. Trump. Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe blasted President Trump in a televised interview on Tuesday, saying his message "is excluding people" [CNN].
Ted Cruz vs. Fox News. A new book says Sen. Ted Cruz exploded over Fox News' bias toward Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race [Guardian].
What century is this? A Republican candidate for governor in Mississippi refused to let a reporter shadow him on the campaign trail because she is a woman [Mississippi Today].
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1778 - American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on Great Britain.
1832 - President Andrew Jackson vetoes a bill that would re-charter the Second Bank of the United States.
1850 - President Millar Fillmore is sworn in, a day after becoming President upon Zachary Taylor's death.
1890 - Wyoming is admitted as the 44th state.
1913 - The temperature in Death Valley, California, hits 134 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature ever to be recorded on Earth.
1925 - The so-called "Monkey Trial" begins of John T. Scopes, a high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.
1962 - Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.
1985 - Coca-Cola, besieged by consumers dissatisfied with the new Coke formula introduced in April, dusted off the old formula and dubbed it "Coca-Coca Classic."
Policy NewsJoint statement regarding the Utah Department of Public Safety and federal searches
Utah Legislative leaders, including Senate President Stuart Adams, Speaker Brad Wilson, Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne, and House Minority Leader Brian King, issued the following joint statement regarding the Utah Department of Public Safety.
Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox announces rollout of statewide teleworking program for employees of the State of Utah
Lt. Governor Cox has announced that the state is implementing a statewide teleworking program following the success of a pilot project that saw great success.
More National Headlines
"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults." Alexis de Tocqueville
DC Reality TV
"Nancy Pelosi kept demanding that they have a fact-based debate about border security," Kimmel said of the impromptu conference televised live from the White House. "Has she met the president? He's not having a fact-based debate about anything."
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