utah policy logo

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

Message Center


Subscribe to our award-winning podcasts.

We bring you interviews with Utah and national newsmakers, plus "Bernick and Schott on politics" Utah's longest-running political podcast.

You can subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts:

iTunes: https://apple.co/2Q86X0J

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2nQvawh

TuneIn: http://bit.ly/2FFVk0v

Google: http://bit.ly/2Q9eHje

Stitcher: http://bit.ly/2FPSqGe

We're also available on your favorite podcast app.

Don't forget to leave us a rating and a review.

zions bank ad

Situational awareness - July 12, 2019


Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

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

Friday trivia!

What Utahn wrote the Supreme Court decision upholding local zoning ordinances?

Send your guesses to me via email at bschott@utahpolicy.com. The first three correct replies will be recognized in Monday's newsletter

Conversation BubbleGot a news tip? Let me know!

I love hearing from you! Send your news tips or feedback to me at bschott@utahpolicy.com. or you can message me on Twitter.

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))


salt lake chamber ad small business forum


Today is the 193rd day of the year. There are 172 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Trade Center Utah ad

Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Screenshots/20190712_Lee_Fox.jpgWatch: Sen. Mike Lee says Democrats are 'dangerously out of touch' on immigration issues

Sen. Mike Lee blasted his Democratic colleagues, saying they are "dangerously out of touch" when it comes to immigration issues and Americans will punish them at the polls for that in 2020.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Economic development deja vu

While in recent history the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the state's largest business-advocate group, has worked well, in harmony, with city government, the "violent" protests Tuesday over the inland port ended up in the 6th-floor offices of the Chamber, just north across 4th South from the offices of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the City Council.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Lauren_Simpson_01.jpgGuest opinon: No, inland port protesters aren't domestic terrorists

A peaceful-turned-violent protest over the inland port on Tuesday has resulted in a lot of finger-pointing: protesters blame police for the escalation, while Gov. Gary Herbert, Derek Miller, and others have claimed the protesters went to the Salt Lake Chamber to bully and intimidate. In a press conference, Herbert referred to the protest as "borderline terrorism."
images/1000px_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngTransportation and housing prices drive up cost of living despite sinking mortgage rates

The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index increased 0.8% from May to June on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.
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_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.

Utah Foundation ad


Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune


Trump surrenders on census. President Donald Trump said Thursday he would abandon his effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census [NYT].

Barry zeroing in on Louisiana. Tropical Storm Barry could strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane before it hits the Louisiana coast this weekend [CNN].

  • New Orleans is already experiencing record flooding, and a hurricane would only worsen the situation [CNN].


  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging Democrats to spread information about immigrants' legal rights to counter President Trump's planned immigration raids [Politico].
  • The U.S. is close to reaching a "safe third country" agreement with Guatemala. Migrants would apply for asylum there rather than continuing to the U.S. [CNN].

2020. A new poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the top of the 2020 Democratic presidential field [NBC News].

Trade. President Trump's big re-write of NAFTA could be in trouble. Democrats running for president in 2020 are starting to assail the trade deal, while Democrats in Congress are in no hurry to consider, or even pass, the plan [Politico].

The investigations. The House Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas for a dozen aides and associates of President Trump, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and former chief of staff John Kelly [USA Today].

Budget crisis

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress should take action on raising the nation's budget caps in the next few weeks before Congress leaves for its August recess [The Hill].
  • Congressional Republicans are pushing back on a White House proposal for a standalone vote on raising the debt ceiling then resuming budget talks in the fall [The Hill].
  • Lawmakers are conceding they may have to pass a stopgap budget measure this fall to avoid a government shutdown [The Hill].

Pelosi vs. Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff made some controversial comments on Thursday that riled the Democratic caucus in the House. The spat highlighted generational and racial tensions that threated Democratic unity [Politico].

Hmmm. Vice President Mike Pence spiked the nomination of a conservative judge because the confirmation process could dredge up politically damaging information about Pence [Politico].

Big news if true. The U.S. is reportedly offering 12-18 months of sanction relief to North Korea in exchange for a freeze on their nuclear program [Yonhap].

World population closing in on 8 billion. That number could be close to 10 billion by 2050 [CNN].

For your radar. Starbucks will stop selling newspapers at its coffee shops in September [NY Post].


1776 - Captain James Cook begins his third voyage.

1804 - Former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel.

1862 - The Medal of Honor is authorized by Congress.

1962 - The Rolling Stones perform their first concert at London's Marquee Club.

1979 - Thousands of spectators at a Chicago White Sox game rushed the field at Comiskey Park in what was billed as "Disco Demolition" night. 39 people were arrested and nine injured in the melee.

1984 - Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale named Rep. Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. She was the first woman to share a major U.S. political party's presidential ticket. 

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune:The 1,000th California condor chick in a decadeslong restoration program has hatched at Zion National Park--Salt Lake Tribune:Utah is doing battle with dreaded quagga mussels - and the problem is getting worse--Salt Lake Tribune:Utah residents and out-of-towners spend a Saturday improving Alta's trails--KSL.com:Guides encourage Utahns to enjoy safe river fun--KSL.com:Utah DEQ warns residents of algal blooms in McClellan LakeConcerts-- Days of '47 KUTV Pops Concert, Choral Arts Society of Utah, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, free, but tickets required-- Ballet Under the Stars, Murray Arts in the Park, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 East 5300 South, Salt Lake City, $6-$8-- BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers "You Are Not Alone," Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Temple Square, 50 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, free-- Charley Jenkins Band, Excellence in the Community Concert Series, Saturday, 8 p.m., City of Holladay Outdoor Pavilion, 4580 South 2300 East, Holladay, free-- Salt Lake Sax Summit, Excellence in the Community Concert Series, Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Viridian Event Center, 8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan, free-- Timbr Handbell Ensemble Concert, Saturday, 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, 920 West Tonaquint Drive, St. George, concert admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted-- Local Singer-Songwriters, 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--Beethoven Festival, through August 16, venues vary--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-- "My Fair Lady" through July 13,CenterPoint Legacy Theatre-- "The Wizard of Oz" through July 13,Brigham's Playhouse-- "Beauty and the Beast" through July 20, Syracuse City Arts Council-- "Downton Dead Parody" through July 20,Off Broadway Theatre-- "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" through July 20, Herriman Arts Council-- "The Little Mermaid" through July 20, Cottonwood Heights Arts Council-- "Shrek TYA" through July 20, Ziegfeld Theater-- "The Sound of Music" through July 20, South Jordan Arts Council-- "A Chorus Line" through July 21,Egyptian Theatre-- "Crazy for You" through July 22, Sugar Factory Playhouse-- "I Hate Hamlet" through July 26, Neil Simon Festival-- "Bravo, Caruso!" through July 30,Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre-- "Mamma Mia!" through July 31,Lyric Repertory Company-- "Master Class" through August 1,Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre-- "Clybourne Park" through August 2,Lyric Repertory Company-- "I Left My Dignity in My Other Purse" through August 2, Neil Simon Festival-- "The Marriage of Figaro" through August 2,Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre-- "Newsies" through August 2,Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre-- "Little Shop of Horrors" through August 3, Neil Simon Festival-- "Mary Poppins" through August 3,Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre-- "Mr. Burns - A Post-electric Play" through August 3, An Other Theater Company-- "Million Dollar Quartet" through August 3,Hale Center Theater Orem-- "A Raisin in the Sun" through August 3,Lyric Repertory Company-- "West Side Story" through August 3,Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre-- "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-- "Cinderella" through September 7,Hale Centre Theatre-- "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-- 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-- Lenka Konopasek: Mimicry - Instance FailureExhibition through August 4;Andrew Alba: Gas Station HoneydewExhibition 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-- Sugar House Art Walk, Friday, 6 9 p.m., Sugar House--Venture Out! Splish Splash Bash,Friday, 6 p.m., Big Cottonwood Regional Park, 4300 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City-- Fire on the Water, Saturday, 3 p.m., Jordanelle State Park, Heber City-- Sand Castle Building Competition, Saturday, 1 p.m., Yuba State Park, Levan
Free summer meals help reduce child hunger in Utah when school is out
Too many children in Utah are missing out on the nutrition they need during the summer months when the school year - and access to school breakfast and lunch - come to an end, according to a new report released today by the Food Research & Action Center. 
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngJoin WTC Utah on July 29 to learn about doing business in India
World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with Dorsey & Whitney and Kirton McConkie, invites you to attend a seminar to learn about doing business with India. 

More National Headlines

Wise Words


"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." Ronald Reagan

Lighter Side

Important Job

"You'd be forgiven for thinking Donald Trump actually doesn't do that much as president, but you'd be wrong. He's actually got a very important job, as we learned today from an interview on ABC. Trump is in charge of picking new paint colors for Air Force One." Seth Meyers

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