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Situational awareness - July 16, 2019

Good Tuesday 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:

  • Bishop raised no money, but still could run again in 2020
  • SLC mayoral hopefuls debate
  • BLM HQ moving west
  • Trump doubles down on his racist attack

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Today is the 197th day of the year. There are 168 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Mugshots/Ben_McAdams_11.jpgMcAdams' rakes in campaign cash putting him among the top fundraisers in the House

 Rep. Ben McAdams Freshman Democrat Ben McAdams is stockpiling campaign cash ahead of what promises to be a very competitive 2020 campaign cycle.
images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Bishop_03.jpegRep. Rob Bishop raised no campaign cash in the last 3 months, but he still has $300,000 in the bank

 Rep. Rob Bishop Rep. Rob Bishop raised no campaign cash between April and June of this year. Usually, that kind of inaction would be a reasonably good indication a member of Congress is preparing to retire at the end of their term, but that may not be the case with Bishop.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190715_Mayoral_Debate.pngSLC mayoral candidates take some gentle jabs at each other during televised debate

Monday afternoon the eight candidates for Salt Lake City mayor participated in a KSL-TV Channel 5 debate, live from the station's downtown studios.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Trump_Twitter_01.jpgUtah's members of Congress react to Trump's racist attack on Democratic congresswomen

 Image: Shutterstock President Donald Trump ignited a firestorm on Sunday with a series of racist tweets on a quartet of Democratic congresswomen, suggesting the four women of color should "go back" to the "totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came."
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Colorado_Welcome_Sign.jpgReport: BLM Headquarters moving to Colorado

 Image: Shutterstock The Bureau of Land Management could announce the location of their new headquarters later this week, and one report says Grand Junction, Colorado is the destination.
images/1000px_Logos/Cities_Work_Logo.jpgCitiesWork podcast: The buzz on e-scooters

Green, white, or orange, there's a spectrum of e-scooters on a growing number of Utah city streets.
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.

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"Go back" day 2

  • President Donald Trump doubled down on his racist attack on four Democratic congresswomen on Monday. He falsely claimed Rep. Ilhan Omar sympathized with Al Qaeda and said the four women should apologize to him for their foul language [NYT].
  • The four congresswomen tore into Trump during a news conference on Monday, slamming the "bile of garbage" that comes from his mouth [Politico].
  • The House is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution condemning Trump for his comments [CNN].
  • Texas Democrat Al Green says he will force a vote on impeachment in the House over Trump's bigotry [The Hill].
  • Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden slammed Trump's "flat racist" tweets, saying "he should go home" [Politico].

Debt crisis. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down a White House plan for a short-term increase in the debt ceiling if Congress can't agree to a spending deal. Congress has just 7 working days left before leaving town for the August recess [WaPo].


  • Nearly half of the Democratic presidential hopefuls spent more money than they raised during the last quarter, a reality that may end up winnowing the huge field [Politico].
  • GOP mega-donors are pouring money into the Trump re-election effort [Politico].
  • President Trump's re-election campaign is spending heavily to attract small donors [NYT].

Immigration. A new Trump administration rule would block most migrants coming to the U.S. from seeking asylum [NYT].

Boring but important. The White House says the federal deficit will pass $1 trillion this year. It will be the first time in the nation's history the deficit has exceeded that level [The Hill].

White House vs. Congress. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defied a congressional subpoena on Monday and refused to show up for a hearing with the House Oversight Committee. Conway ignored the summons at the direction of President Trump [Politico].

Trade. The tariffs collected by the U.S. from China is not enough to cover the money the Trump administration is spending to bail out farmers who are impacted by the trade war [NYT].

North Korea. Officials warned that country may resume missile tests in response to planned military exercises involving the U.S. and North Korea [WaPo].

Climate. A terrifying new study says hundreds of U.S. cities could see an entire month each year with heat-index temperatures soaring above 100 degrees by 2050 if global warming continues unchecked [USA Today].


1790 - The District of Colombia is established as the capital of the United States after signature of the Residence Act.

1861 - American Civil War: At the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25-mile march into Virginia for what will become the First Battle of Bull Run.

1935 - The world's first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as an MLB record.

1945 - The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

1951 - J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye was published.

1969 - Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Policy News

Gov. Herbert lowers flags in honor of Sergeant First Class Elliott Robbins
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah on Thursday, July 18, 2019 to honor the life and service of Sergeant First Class Elliott Jerome Robbins, who will be laid to rest that day with military honors at Ben Lomond Cemetery in North Ogden, Utah.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgUtah Community Builder Project priorities announced
The Salt Lake Chamber announced the project priorities for the Utah Community Builder Foundation, the Chamber's non-profit organization to address critical social and community issues through strategic partnerships. Priorities for the new year will include addressing intergenerational poverty, behavioral health, as well as immigration and child care. 
Cicero Group adds Lindsay Hadley to senior advisors
Cicero Group has named Lindsay Hadley, CEO of Hadley Impact, to its council of senior advisors.
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Cicero Group is pleased to announce the advancement of one new partner and five new principals.

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