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Situational awareness - July 18, 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 you should pay attention to this morning:

  • Mia Love raising oodles of cash, but she can't use it to run for Congress
  • Lee under fire for blocking vote on 9/11 victims fund
  • Trump campaign rally turns ugly

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Today is the 199th day of the year. There are 166 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Mia_Love_01.jpgMia Love's new PAC is raising big bucks, but she can't use that money to run for Congress

 Mia LoveMia Love's newly formed political action committee raised nearly $350,000 in the last three months. But the vast majority of that money can't be used for a possible rematch with Ben McAdams in 2020. 
images/1000px_Screenshots/20190717_Jon_Stewart_Fox_News.jpgWatch: Jon Stewart rips Mike Lee and Rand Paul for blocking a vote on extension for 9/11 victim fund

 Jon Stewart and Mike Feal on Fox News Channel Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart was outraged during an appearance on Fox News Channel Wednesday afternoon where he blasted Sen. Mike Lee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for blocking a vote on an extension for the 9/11 Victim Compensations Fund.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mike_Lee_01.jpgSen. Mike Lee blocks vote on 9/11 victims fund extension

Sen. Mike Lee (Image: Shutterstock)Sen. Mike Lee reportedly placed a procedural hold on an extension to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which effectively blocks the bill from coming up for a vote. 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgCEO Success Stories with Linda Wardell, GM of City Creek Center

In the latest episode of the Salt Lake Chamber podcast "CEO Success Stories," Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance, sits down with Linda Wardell, General Manager of City Creek Center, to hear about her leadership philosophy, best practices and lessons learned, as well as her focus as chair of the Chamber this upcoming year.
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.

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Ugly and frightening. At a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in North Carolina Wednesday night the crowd chanted "send her back" about American Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Trump also accused Democrats of being "hate-filled extremists" who are trying to destroy the country [NYT].

  • Trump is loving the reaction to his tweets attacking four Democratic congresswomen. The president said his current back-and-forth with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is "one of the all-time classics" [Daily Mail].
  • Merriam-Webster said the top searches on their site during Trump's rally were "racism," "socialism," "fascism," "concentration camp," "xenophobia," and "bigot" [Twitter].

Impeachment. The House quickly killed an effort to impeach President Trump over racist comments he made on Twitter attacking four Democratic congresswomen of color [CNN].

Contempt. House Democrats voted to hold Attorney General Willam Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt for not turning over documents related to the effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census [WaPo].

Budget crisis. Republicans in the Senate are pushing hard for President Trump to accept a budget deal with Democrats that would avoid a potential default on the national debt and impose mandatory stiff budget cuts [Politico].


  • Democrats are tinkering with the format for the presidential primary debates to ensure frontrunning candidates will appear on stage both nights [Politico].
  • CNN will hold a live drawing on Thursday evening to determine the lineups for next week's Democratic debates in Detroit [CNN].
  • President Trump's re-election campaign seems focused on shoring up his support in states he won in 2016 rather than trying to expand the electoral map for 2020 [WaPo].

Saudi Arabia. The House voted to block President Trump's effort to go around Congress and complete an arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Trump is expected to veto the measure [WaPo].

Wait...what? Sen. Rand Paul asked President Trump this past weekend to be the administration's emissary to Iran [Politico].

Tech warning. Democratic officials are warning candidates not to use the popular app FaceApp over concerns that the program was developed by Russians [CNN].

Scary. The Ebola outbreak in Congo has been declared an international health emergency after a case was confirmed in a major city [AP].


1914 - Congress forms the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving official status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time.

1925 - Adolf Hitler publishes Mein Kampf.

1969 - Senator Ted Kennedy crashes his car into a tidal basin at Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, killing his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.

1976 - Nadia Comaneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

2013 - Detroit, with up to $20 billion in debt, files for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Policy News

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.

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Lighter Side

Iran Tensions

"We can all hear the drumbeat but so far, nobody's dancing." Mike Pompeo went on TV to say the administration knew with confidence Iran attacked two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, and asked for the American people to trust the government. Colbert responded: "That's like getting married and trusting your ringbearer to be Gollum." Stephen Colbert

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