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Situational awareness - July 11, 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 are the stories we're following today:

  • Herbert, Biskupski hold separate news conferences following violent inland port protests.
  • National Republicans launch ads targeting McAdams.
  • Immigration raids set to begin this weekend.

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Today is the 192nd day of the year. There are 173 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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images/1000px_Mugs/Herbert_Biskupski_01.jpgThe deep rift between Herbert and Biskupski was once again on display in the aftermath of the violent inland port protest

The evident distrust between GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, a Democrat, was on display again Wednesday when Biskupski refused to attend a joint press conference at the Capitol over a violent protest Tuesday in a downtown office building concerning the state-approved inland port.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190710_Lee_Fox.jpgWatch: Sen. Mike Lee warns national debt is a 'ticking time bomb'

Sen. Mike Lee says the growing national debt poses an existential danger to the country unless Congress acts soon.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190710_NRCC_McAdams_FB-Screenshot.PNGNational Republicans launch ad hitting McAdams on impeachment issue

The National Republican Campaign Committee is launching a social media ad targeting Rep. Ben McAdams, urging the freshman Democrat to oppose impeaching President Donald Trump.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Inland_Port_Protest_01.jpgHerbert, Biskupski hold separate press conferences after inland port protest turns violent

In two hastily-called press conferences Wednesday, Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, speaking separately, said the kind of "violence" seen Tuesday at a downtown riot over the state's inland port is inappropriate and must stop.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Utah_Flag_01.jpgUtah named #4 state for business

Utah remains one of the top states for business according to the annual "Best States for Business" study from CNBC, coming in at #4, down one spot from last year.
images/Resized_Mugshots-300/Jared_Whitley_Pic_resized_03.jpgGuest opinion: Inland Port protest amounts to domestic terrorism

In recent years, Americans have watched with horror and anger as left-wing rioters have terrorized places like Berkley or Portland, grinding their teeth in frustration but taking solace that their red states are protected from this kind of violence.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Jon_Huntsman_04.jpgWill 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.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgI 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.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_09.jpgGov. 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:
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt 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:
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190709_GOED.jpgHelping 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.

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Immigration raids begin Sunday. A nationwide operation to arrest thousands of undocumented families are set to begin this weekend according to homeland security officials [NYT].

Iran. A British warship forced three Iranian boats to back off after they tried to block a British oil tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz [NYT].

Budget crisis. The White House is pushing Congressional leaders to raise the debt limit before the August recess after a report that the Treasury Department is running out of cash faster than previously forecasted [Politicoolitico].

Census. President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Thursday he is taking executive action to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Trump administration was blocked from adding the question by the Supreme Court [NBC News].


  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled Wednesday a rate cut could be coming to counter President Trump's trade war with China and a global economic slowdown [NYT].
  • Stocks surged on the possibility of a rate cut. The S&P 500 hit 3,000 for the first time ever [NYT].
  • Lockheed Martin will keep a Pennsylvania plant open after President Trump urged executives to not move forward with a planned closure that would eliminate around 500 jobs [NYT].

For your radar. President Trump is looking for ways to weaken the dollar ahead of the 2020 election. He's worried a strong dollar could tamp down an economic boom, which would hurt his chances at a second term [CNBC].

Acosta digs in. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defended his role in a controversial plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein in 2008. Epstein was arrested this week on sex trafficking charges [NYT].

Pricey celebration

  • President Trump's July 4th celebration has bankrupted a security fund Washington, D.C. uses to protect the nation's capital from terrorist threats and provide security at special events [WaPo].
  • The total price tag for President Trump's "Salute to America" was nearly $6 million [ABC News].

Trump wins in court. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Maryland and the District of Columbia that claimed President Trump was violating the Constitution by profiting from foreign governments through his private businesses [CNN].

Whoa! The Department of Energy was shipping dangerous nuclear waste that was incorrectly labeled as low-level radioactive waste to Nevada between 2013 and 2018 [HuffPo].

Trump's social media summit. The guest list for the Thursday event at the White House includes conspiracy theorists and far-right internet trolls, but no representatives from Facebook or Twitter [NBC News].


1796 - The U.S. takes possession of Detroit from Great Britain under terms of the Jay Treaty.

1798 - The U.S. Marine Corps is re-established. They had been disbanded after the American Revolutionary War.

1804 - A duel occurs in which Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.

1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Fort Stevens: Confederate forces attempt to invade Washington, D.C.

1921 - Former President Willam Howard Taft is sworn in as 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, becoming the only person ever to hold both offices.

1922 - The Hollywood Bowl opens.

1960To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published.

1979 - The Skylab space station is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.

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