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Situational awareness - July 2, 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 we're following today:

  • SLC mayor candidates are raising, and spending, big bucks.
  • Democratic members of congress describe horrifying conditions at the border
  • President Trump's 4th of July celebration will feature a costly display of military might

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Today is the 183rd day of the year. There are 182 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Salt_Lake_City_Hall.jpgIbarra, Dabakis, Garbett lead Salt Lake City mayor fundraising race

 The latest financial reports for Salt Lake City mayoral candidates are in, and David Ibarra is still raising and spending the most money of the eight candidates in the race, but former state Sen. Jim Dabakis and businessman David Garbett are not far behind.
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A few months ago I had the opportunity to meet with chamber leaders from across the country. Our conversations focused around the following themes: growing opposition to business, economic growth and free enterprise.
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UtahPolicy.com has learned that KSL radio talk show host Jay Mcfarland is prepping a possible run for Congress in Utah's 4th Congressional District as a Republican challenging freshman Democrat Ben McAdams.
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Award-winning journalists Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the latest news from the Utah political arena.
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Republican activist Kathleen Anderson is the first Republican to charge into the race to face freshman Democrat Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th Congressional District next year.
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Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he wants state regulators to come up with new rules to govern the controversial practice of conversion therapy.
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In a 5-4 decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that it, and all federal courts, aren't given the constitutional power to stop political gerrymandering.
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UtahPolicy.com and Y2 Analytics are teaming up on an independent public opinion polling initiative to gauge voter sentiment on key political issues facing Utahns.
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The Tax Task Force is on the road taking input from Utahns on possible reform. The ULCT Legislative Team is along for the ride! ULCT Executive Director Cameron Diehl and ULCT Senior Policy Analyst Roger Tew check in with ULCT's Rachel Otto during stop one on the multi-city tour. Hear how communities throughout the state need to be aware of the potential ripple effect as residents consider change.

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"Horrifying" conditions at the border. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other Democratic members of Congress visited a border facility holding detained migrants. They described squalid conditions, including people drinking out of toilets - https://reut.rs/2NoW4e1

  • The Associated Press released video of a 12-year-old migrant girl describing terrible conditions inside a Texas Border Patrol station. She said she and her 6-year-old sister were not allowed to play or bathe - http://bit.ly/2NuXrIc

Disturbing. US Customs and Border Protection officials say they're investing a closed Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that featured shocking jokes about migrant death and other offensive content including a picture photoshopped to show Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez being sexually assaulted by President Donald Trump - http://bit.ly/2NrRQTe

The Fourth of Trump. President Trump's 4th of July rally on the National Mall will include tanks and military aircraft. It's unknown how much the celebration will cost, but some of the aircraft costs more than $30,000 per hour to fly - http://bit.ly/323DYl4

  • Officials are worried that Arlington Memorial Bridge, which connects Arlington National Cemetary and the Lincoln Memorial may not be able to hold the weight of the 60-ton tanks - https://nyti.ms/324cVX0


  • Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren are on the rise, while former vice president tumbled a bit following the first Democratic presidential debates - https://cnn.it/321UF0k
  • A political ad tracking firm says the total cost of TV and digital ads in next year's election will top $6 billion - https://politi.co/2NBGBaW
  • This is usually not a good sign. Democrat John Hickenlooper has shaken up his presidential campaign after 3 top staffers exit - https://politi.co/2Nt3iOh

Iran. On Monday, the country exceeded the limit on how much nuclear fuel it can possess under the 2015 deal that President Trump abandoned. Iranian officials announced they would begin enriching nuclear material - https://nyti.ms/3279fna

North Korea

  • Trump administration officials are unsure how to proceed with North Korea following President Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un over the weekend - https://nyti.ms/321MqkW
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been given two to three weeks to start talks with North Korea about denuclearization - https://wapo.st/3247eZ9

China. Republican Sen. Rick Scott said a trade deal between the U.S. and China is highly unlikely - https://cnb.cx/324zcUB

For your radar. The Trump administration missed its own July 1 deadline to print the forms needed for next years Census. President Trump said he might seek to delay the Constitutionally mandated count after the Supreme Court would not allow the White House to include a citizenship question on the once-a-decade count - https://n.pr/326fiID

Say what? Sen. Ted Cruz's lawyers likened him to civil rights icon Rosa Parks in a case over whether Cruz can recoup a $10,000 loan he made to his campaign - https://cbsn.ws/2NukdA2

"Ubereats with guns." A whistleblower in the State Department told a House committee that Secretary of Stae Mike Pompeo's security team was asked to pick up food or take the Pompeo family dog to the groomer - https://cnn.it/2NppSaw

Journalism in crisis. The news business is on pace for the worst job losses in a decade as about 3,000 people have already been laid off or offered buyouts so far in 2019 - https://bloom.bg/324L491

Lee Greenwood weeps. A new Gallup survey finds the number of Americans who are "proud" of the U.S. is at its lowest point since 2001. There's a significant partisan divide in the results. 76% Republicans say they are "extremely proud" to be an American while only 22% of Democrats feel that way - http://bit.ly/2Nui47s

Culture war update. Nike reportedly pulled a shoe featuring the "Betsy Ross Flag" on the heel after former NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick and other groups said the image had been co-opted as a symbol of white nationalism. Others objected to the use of the flag because of its connections to slavery - https://yhoo.it/2Ns8G47


1776 - The Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not published until July 4.

1788 - It was announced in Congress that the new Constitution had been ratified by the required nine states, the ninth being New Hampshire.

1881 - Charles Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds President James Garfield (who would die of complications from his wounds on September 19).

1890 - Congress passes the Sherman Antitrust Act.

1937 - Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.

1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

1976 - North and South Vietnam reunited, forming the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and naming Hanoi the capital.

2002 - Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.

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