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Situational awareness - July 19, 2019
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Today is the 200th day of the year. There are 165 days remaining in 2019.
4 days until ballots for the 2019 primary election are mailed to voters (7/23/2019)
11 days until in-person voting for the 2019 municipal primaries begins (7/30/2019)
11 days to the second Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit (7/30/2019)
25 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
55 days to the third Democratic presidential primary debate (9/12/2019)
109 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
167 days until candidates can begin to gather signatures to get on the 2020 ballot (1/2/2020)
192 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
199 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
228 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)
237 days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (3/12/2020)
238 days to the opening of candidate filing for the 2020 election (3/13/2020)
256 days until the deadline for candidates to submit signatures to be placed on the 2020 primary ballot (3/31/2019)
340 days to the 2020 Utah primary election (6/23/2020)
360 days to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee (7/13/2020)
402 days to the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte (8/24/2020)
473 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyWatch: Mia Love says Trump's tweets falsely cast Republicans as racist
Former Utah Rep. Mia Love, who is a CNN political commentator, said President Donald Trump's racist attack on four Democratic congresswomen is bringing out the worst in Americans, and damaging the Republican party.
Most Utahns say they are not happy with how President Trump is doing his job
A slim majority of Utahns say they disapprove of President Donald Trump's job performance.
Opinion nuggets: Greg Miller for governor? . . . Tofu burgers? . . . Dem vs. Dem . . . Radio talk shows . . . BLM in Colorado
LaVarr Webb, UtahPolicy.com publisherShould Greg Miller run for governor? I have had the privilege of working with Gail Miller, Greg's mother, on a few projects and initiatives.
Rob Bishop will announce whether he'll run for another term in Congress by the end of this month
Rep. Rob BishopRep. Rob Bishop, who said the current term would be his last, now says he will make a decision on whether to run again by July 29.
Sen. Lee locks in vote to pass 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) secured unanimous consent Thursday for the Senate to vote on two amendments and final passage of 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund next week.
Guest opinion: Yes, Donald Trump is a racist
Earlier this week, UtahPolicy.com publisher LaVarr Webb wrote an editorial addressing whether President Donald Trump is a racist for telling four congresswomen of color to "go back," where they came from.
Mia 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.
Watch: 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.
Sen. 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.
CEO 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.
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
"Send her back"
Omar pushes back. Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar told reporters on Thursday she believes President Trump is a "fascist" [Daily Beast].
Good news. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says the Trump administration and congressional leaders have "reached an agreement" on spending and raising budget caps [Politico].
Minimum wage. Democrats in the House voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. All of Utah's representatives, including Democrat Ben McAdams, voted no. The bill has little chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate [NYT].
Iran. President Trump said Thursday the American military shot down an Iranian drone that was threatening a Navy warship [NYT].
Hmmm. William Barr dramatically increased his political donations to Republican Senators in the months leading up to his confirmation hearings [Quartz].
Immigration. The Trump administration is considering cutting the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. next year to nearly zero [Politico].
Democratic governors warn presidential candidates. Some state leaders are worried the 2020 Democratic presidential field will push the party too far to the left in the race for the nomination [NYT].
Labor secretary. President Trump announced he plans to nominate Eugene Scalia, the son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as his next secretary of labor [NYT].
Climate change. The Agriculture Department blocked the release of a plan to help American farmers deal with the effects of climate change [Politico].
Conspiracy time. An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act instructs the government to investigate whether Lyme disease was developed by American bioweapons researchers during the Cold War [Defense One].
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1911 - Pennsylvania became the first state to pass laws censoring movies.
1977 - The world's first Global Positioning System (GPS) signal was transmitted.
1989 - United Airlines Flight 232 crashes in Sioux City, Iowa killing 111.
1993 - President Bill Clinton announced the "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue" policy toward gays in the military. The policy was lifted in 2011.
Policy NewsCasual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: Interior to shift 44 jobs to Utah, move BLM headquarters to Colorado
Sandy City unveils new public works building
Sandy City will unveil its new Public Works building on July 19th 9:30-10:30 am.
Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing completes national construction fraud sting, nabs unlicensed contractors statewide with 96 administrative citations and $543K in fines
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, announced that the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) completed a three-week statewide investigation targeting unlicensed contractors advertising online and across social media platforms.
More National Headlines
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." John F. Kennedy
Trump believes Iranian leaders made a mistake in shooting down the drone and is not yet on board with going to war. "Yes, Trump understands that people make mistakes. After all, he's had three wives and Eric." Stephen Colbert
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