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Situational awareness - July 17, 2019

Good Wednesday 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:

  • Utah's members of Congress divided over resolution condemning Trump's tweets
  • McAdams rakes in campaign cash
  • Republican support for Trump rises following racial Twitter attack

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Today is the 198th day of the year. There are 167 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Congress_02.jpgMcAdams supports measure condemning Trump's remarks as racist, while Bishop, Stewart and Curtis are opposed

 Image: ShutterstockRep. Ben McAdams voted Tuesday for a nonbinding resolution condemning President Donald Trump's racist remarks telling four minority congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from, while Utah's three Republican members of the House voted against the measure. 
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgIs Trump a racist, or an equal opportunity insulter-in-chief?

LaVarr Webb, UtahPolicy.com publisherIs President Trump a racist? I don't know. I don't know if he believes the white race is superior, and other races are inferior in some way. I don't know if he disparages people, or thinks less of them, or discriminates against them, because of the color of their skin.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgProfiles in courage - Bernick and Schott on politics

Award-winning journalists Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick give you their cynical take on the latest Utah political news.
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_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgRomney Joins Cotton, Van Hollen, colleagues in introducing the Defending America's 5G Future Act

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in introducing legislation to reinforce the Trump administration's efforts to prevent the Chinese-owned telecom company Huawei from threatening America's national security.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190716_GOED.jpgAttracting new companies to Utah to maintain the state's economic prosperity

The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) corporate recruitment team helps local and out-of-state companies expand operations in Utah.
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.

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"Go back" day 3

  • A non-binding resolution condemning President Trump's remarks as racist passed the House on a mostly party-line vote Tuesday [NYT].
  • President Trump dug in on Tuesday saying on Twitter that the racist language in his tweets wasn't racist [Politico].
  • White House counselor Kellyanne Conway stepped in it on Tuesday. She was asked a question about Trump's racist tweets. Conway snapped back at the reporter asking about his ethnicity, which happened to be Jewish [CNN].
  • Texas Democrat Al Green filed articles of impeachment against President Trump, which will trigger a vote on the issue in the near future [WaPo].
  • A new poll finds most Americans call Trump's tweets targeting four progressive congresswomen "un-American" [USA Today].

Hmmm. A new poll found support for President Trump rose among Republican voters following his racist Twitter attack on four Democratic congresswomen [Reuters].

Budget crisis. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there's been "progress" in talks to secure a two-year budget agreement and raise the debt limit. The Treasury is warning it may run out of money sometime in September. Congress leaves for a month at the end of next week [Politico].

Slim majority of voters approve of immigration raids. A new poll finds 51% say they support raids by immigration officials touted by President Trump [Politico].


  • 20 Democrats have qualified for the second Democratic primary debate to be held next week in Detroit [Politico].
  • Former North Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford says he's considering challenging President Trump for the GOP nomination next year. Sanford lost a primary election in 2018 after Trump attacked him on Twitter [Roll Call].

Trade. President Trump said during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday he could impose more tariffs on China if he wanted to [Bloomberg].

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens passes. Stevens, who was appointed by President Gerald Ford, served 35 years on the high court. He was 99 [NYT].

Big news on the left. Planned Parenthood ousted president Leanna Wen after less than a year on the job [NYT].

For your radar. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing fewer inspections of the nations nuclear power plants as a cost-cutting measure [AP].


1867 - Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established in Boston. It is the first dental school in the U.S. that is affiliated with a university.

1918 - Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family were killed by Bolsheviks who held them captive for two months.

1938 - Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the "wrong way" to Ireland and becomes know as "Wrong Way" Corrigan.

1955 - Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.

1975 - An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit, marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations.

1981 - 114 people were killed and 200 injured in the collapse of two suspended walkways at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

1984 - The national drinking age in the U.S. was changed from 18 to 21.

1996 - TWA Flight 800, New York to Paris, crashed off the Long Island coast, killing all 230 people aboard.

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USDA Forest Service and State of Utah invest in Utah's future through shared stewardship
U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed a Shared Stewardship agreement on May 22, 2019 that included a commitment to protect communities and watersheds by addressing the threat of catastrophic wildfire on National Forest System lands in Utah.
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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