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Situational awareness - July 15, 2019

Good Monday 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 you should pay attention to this morning:

  • Curtis' fundraising
  • Lee slams Democrats on immigration
  • Trump's racist tweets

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What Utahn wrote the Supreme Court decision upholding local zoning ordinances? Numerous readers knew Justice George Sutherland wrote the majority opinion in 1927. You can read about the decision here.

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  • Stan Rasmussen
  • Don Savage

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Today is the 196th day of the year. There are 169 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

364 days to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee (7/13/2020)

406 days to the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte (8/24/2020)

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

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images/1000px_Mugs/John_Curtis_01.jpegMost of Rep. John Curtis' second quarter campaign donations came from PACs and donors who don't live in Utah

 Rep. John Curtis3rd District Republican John Curtis is in good financial shape as he gears up for his third election in as many years. Curtis reported $107,802 in donations to his re-election campaign from April to June of this year. 
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190714_Love_CNN.jpgWatch: Former Rep. Mia Love blames Trump, Democrats for social media fracas

Former Utah Rep. Mia Love, now a CNN commentator, said President Donald Trump needs to be more presidential following a series of tweets using racist language attacking progressive Democratic lawmakers.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgMia Love is milking this for all it's worth - 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_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_Article_Photos/20190714_UT_Outlook_02.pngZions Bank July economic snapshot

Utah's labor market remains one of the best in the nation. While the state's year-over-year employment growth slowed slightly from 3.0 percent in April to 2.8 percent in May, it was still the 2nd highest rate in the country.
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.

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Trump doubles down. President Donald Trump hit out Sunday night against everyone who criticized his racist tweets telling congresswomen of color to go back where they came from [WaPo].

  • Every Republican member of Congress stayed mum in the wake of Trump's racist tirade, while Democrats loudly condemned him [WaPo].

Immigration raids. Federal immigration authorities launched a small number of raids targeting undocumented families, but only a handful of arrests appeared to take place [NYT].

Budget problems 

  • Congress and the White House are negotiating furiously to find an agreement on raising the debt ceiling to avoid a possible defaut, but time is running out before the August recess [Roll Call].
  • The House and Senate are headed toward a showdown over a must-pass defense funding bill. House Democrats loaded the bill up with progressive measures to get enough votes for passage, but Senate Republicans are opposed to many of the provisions [The Hill].

Trouble brewing for Trump? A new poll shows President Trump trailing the top Democratic contenders in hypothetical general election matchups. The largest gap shows Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by 9 points. At this point in the 2012 election, Barack Obama led Republican nominee Mitt Romney by just one point [NBC News].

A warning for Democrats? Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is becoming the face of the Democratic Party among a crucial group of swing voters according to a new poll. Some Democrats are warning Ocasio-Cortez could put the Democratic House majority at risk if she continues to grab headlines [Axios].

Healthcare. Republican Senators, led by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, are considering legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act in case courts strike down the 2010 law [Politico].

Hmmm. A newly leaked memo from the UK's former ambassador in the U.S. claims President Trump scrapped the Iran nuclear deal to spite former President Barack Obama [BBC].

Trump administration. President Trump is reportedly considering the ouster of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross following the failure to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census [NBC News].

Global economic worries

  • China's economic growth hits a 27-year low amid the ongoing trade war with the U.S. [NYT].
  • Mexico's economy appears to be slipping toward a recession [WSJ].

Troubling. A new analysis concludes efforts to fact-check false or misleading news stories struggle to break through with news consumers [Reuters].


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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. 

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