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Situational awareness - July 19, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

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:

  • Trump's job approval underwater in Utah
  • Bishop will announce his future plans later this month
  • Trump disavows "send her back" chant

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This week's question comes from Steve Owens.

"When Senator Ted Kennedy lost his driver's license due to the Chappaquiddick incident, what Utah staffer drove him to and from work every day for a year?"

Send your guesses to me via email at bschott@utahpolicy.com. The first three readers with the correct answer will be recognized in Monday's newsletter.

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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)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Screenshots/20190719_Love_CNN.jpgWatch: 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.
images/1000px_Logos/UtahPolicy_Y2_01.jpgMost 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.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgOpinion 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. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Rob_Bishop_01.jpgRob 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. 
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgSen. 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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Darlene_McDonald_01.jpgGuest 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.
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.

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"Send her back"

  • National Republicans pushed President Donald Trump to disavow the ugly "send her back" chant directed at Somali-born Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a campaign rally [NYT].
  • President Trump falsely claimed he tried to stop the "send her back" chant at his campaign rally [AP].
  • Anthony Scaramucci was disinvited from a Florida GOP fundraiser for criticizing Trump's "racially charged" tweets [Politico].
  • How Trump's racist tweet attacking four Democratic women of color became a campaign rally chant in just three days [WaPo].

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].

  • Staffers on Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign are demanding he pay them the $15 per hour minimum wage he has been pushing for in Congress [WaPo].

Iran. President Trump said Thursday the American military shot down an Iranian drone that was threatening a Navy warship [NYT].

  • Iran denied Trump's claim [AP].


  • The lineups for next week's Democratic debates are set. Night one features Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, while Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take the stage on night two [WaPo].
  • Staffers for Democratic hopeful John Delaney have urged him to drop out of the presidential race. He's spent $19 million, including $11 million of his own money, on his long-shot bid so far [Axios].
  • Many Democratic candidates have vowed to not take campaign cash from lobbyists. That ban may not be as strict as it appears [Politico].

Hmmm. William Barr dramatically increased his political donations to Republican Senators in the months leading up to his confirmation hearings [Quartz].

Michael Cohen

  • Newly released search warrants show President Donald Trump's direct involvement in a hush-money scheme to silence an alleged affair with an adult film actress that threatened his 2016 presidential bid [CNN].
  • Following the release of those documents, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are demanding that longtime Trump aide Hope Hicks return to clarify her testimony because of "inconsistent" remarks she gave about Trump's hush-money payments [Politico].

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].


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 News

Casual 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.  

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Wise Words

Political Will

"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

Lighter Side

Making Mistakes

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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