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Situational awareness - July 25, 2018
Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City.
Romney has a big cash advantage. Zinke visits Salt Lake City. President Trump is heard on an audiotape plotting to pay off a woman with whom he allegedly had an affair.
- 104 days until the 2018 midterm elections (11/6/2018)
- 187 days until the first day of the 2019 Utah Legislature (1/28/2019)
- 832 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
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HERE ARE THE STORIES YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO TODAY
Romney's massive cash advantage
The latest FEC disclosures show Mitt Romney raised 17-times as much campaign cash than Jenny Wilson during the most recent fundraising period. Romney also has 14-times as much cash on hand - http://bit.ly/2LkkAeU
Trump administration ignored public lands data
Newly unearthed documents show the Trump administration intentionally dismissed evidence that public lands boost tourism as they sought to shrink two national monuments in Utah - http://bit.ly/2mC4iPO
Utah's job picture still glowing
Utah again leads the nation in year-over job growth according to the latest employment figures. Utah's unemployment rate remained steady at 3.0-percent - http://bit.ly/2v2Qi5D
"Political Insiders" say Biskupski is taking the wrong approach on inland port
Our "Political Insiders" have some harsh words for Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski's refusal to take part in negotiations over the inland port - http://bit.ly/2A9tPcW
I'm not dead yet!
Sen. Orrin Hatch's office was surprised to discover that Google thought the longtime senator passed away in 2017 - http://bit.ly/2A63k8h
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits Utah to kick off the Days of '47 Rodeo [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Chris Stewart celebrate the passage of their bill to create a new national 3-digit suicide prevention hotline [Deseret News].
- Rep. Chris Stewart says he's seen no evidence that Russia tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election despite Vladimir Putin's own admission [Tribune].
- Turnout for the July primary elections was up, but only 24% of eligible voters cast a ballot [Tribune].
- 19 mayors offer up their endorsement of Rep. Mia Love in her race against Ben McAdams [Deseret News].
- Rep. Norm Thurston says the standards for gathering signatures for citizen initiatives and removing signatures should be the same [Deseret News].
- Utah's 2018 wildfire season will cost the state an estimated $47 million, one of the most expensive ever [Deseret News].
- A legislative audit finds Upstart, the state's technology-based in-home preschool program is not serving low-income children as well as it could be [Deseret News].
- A new study finds the number of women leaders in Utah is getting smaller [Deseret News].
- The Bird dockless electric scooters will return to Salt Lake City after the company signed a temporary operating agreement with the city [Deseret News, Tribune].
- Fox News personality Abby Huntsman, the daughter of former Gov. Jon Huntsman, is in talks to join ABC's daytime talk show The View [Hollywood Reporter].
- President Trump is heard on a newly released audio tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a woman's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier - https://cnn.it/2Llp994
- The White House is proposing up to $12 billion in aid for farmers who have been hurt by the trade war with China and other countries - https://nyti.ms/2LnQMyb
- President Trump says he's very worried Russia will interfere in the 2018 elections in order to help Democrats - https://abcn.ws/2Lkk6pb
- Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell says Russian President Vladimir Putin "will not be welcome" in the U.S. Capitol if he accepts President Trump's invitation to visit Washington later this year. House Speaker Paul Ryan says Putin would not be invited to address a joint session of Congress - http://bit.ly/2v3GDvE
- A Senate committee is set to grill Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about what happened during President Trump's one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin - https://nbcnews.to/2vbC96j
- Lawmakers unveiled a new bill that would give President Trump greater power to waive certain sanctions on Russia - https://wapo.st/2LoVV95
- The White House has stopped publicly announcing when President Trump has phone calls with foreign leaders - https://cnn.it/2LlsCEC
- Homeland Security officials warn Russian Hackers may have the ability to reach control rooms of power plants and other utilities across the U.S. - https://on.wsj.com/2LnijQo
- The number of immigration enforcement arrests at workplaces has soared under the Trump administration - http://bit.ly/2v5uHcv
- During his most recent trip abroad, President Trump was reportedly furious that TV's aboard Air Force One were tuned to CNN instead of Fox News - https://nyti.ms/2LkBHxg
- Ivanka Trump is closing down her namesake fashion brand - https://on.wsj.com/2Lls41w
- House Democrats introduce a bill to require two years of debt-free college in the U.S. - https://abcn.ws/2LonzTJ
- 22% of the U.S. population does not speak English in their homes - https://washex.am/2uZCtog
- An appeals court in San Francisco ruled on Tuesday that the 2nd Amendment guarantees a right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense - https://reut.rs/2LoN47x
- The Georgia lawmaker who dropped his pants and yelled a racial slur on Sasha Baron Cohen's new show has resigned - https://nbcnews.to/2uYIUYS
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
- 1567 - Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela.
- 1783 - American Revolutionary War: The war's last action, the Siege of Cuddalore, is ended by a preliminary peace agreement.
- 1788 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his Symphony No. 40 in G minor.
- 1861 - American Civil War: Congress passes the Crittenden-Johnson Resolution, stating that the war is being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery.
- 1868 - The Wyoming Territory is established.
- 1917 - Mata Hari was sentenced to death in France as a spy for Germany in World War I.
- 1961 - Cold War: In a speech, President John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.
- 1969 - Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon declares the Nixon Doctrine, stating that the United States now expects its Asian allies to take care of their own military defense. This is the start of the "Vietnamization" of the war.
- 1978 - The world's first "test-tube" baby, Louise Brown, was born in Oldham, England.
- 1985 - Actor Rock Hudson revealed he had AIDS.
Today At Utah Policy
Romney has a massive campaign cash advantage over Wilson
Republican Mitt Romney raised 17-times as much campaign cash as Democrat Jenny Wilson during the last three months according to the latest financial disclosure forms....
Utah's unemployment rate holds steady at 3-percent; Utah ranked #1 for job growth
Utah's June 2018 employment grew by an estimated 3.3 percent, adding 47,900 jobs to the economy since June 2017....
'Political Insiders' say Biskupski is wrong to shun inland port negotiations
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is on the opposite side of the Salt Lake City Council over the controversial inland port issue....
Sen. Lee introduces constitutionally sound tort reform
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement after introducing the Federal Courts Access Act of 2018....
Rep. Stewart's National Suicide Prevention Hotline legislation passes House
Rep. Chris Stewart's (R-Utah) legislation, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Improvement Act, was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 379-1. ...
Hatch priorities included in Perkins Higher Education Bill
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released the following statement after the Senate passed legislation that would help modernize Career and Technical Education (CTE) initiatives by aligning programs in high school and college with current and future labor market needs....
Google thinks Orrin Hatch is dead, his office begs to differ
Sen. Orrin Hatch's office got an unexpected surprise on Monday when they discovered that a Google search claims the longtime member of Congress died last year....
New documents show Trump administration minimized benefits of public lands in effort to shrink national monuments
Newly public documents from the Interior Department show the Trump administration intentionally dismissed evidence that public lands boost tourism as they sought to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments....
A flip, a flop, and another flip on Russia - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 381
The Salt Lake City Council is at odds with Mayor Jackie Biskupski over the massive inland port project. Biskupki refused to engage in negotiations claiming the process was flawed....
Bob Bernick's notebook - Fighting the good fight, or throwing a tantrum?
Depending on whom you believe, Salt Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski is watching out for city residents as she refuses to participate in the inland port agreement worked out between state Republicans and the City Council....
Ryan selects Bishop to negotiate farm bill
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) selected Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) to negotiate the final version of the Farm Bill as a member of the House-Senate Conference Committee. Upon appointment to the Committee, Rep. Bishop offered the following statement:...
Hatch, Wyden introduce IRS administration bill
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Taxpayer First Act (S. 3246), bipartisan legislation to reform certain administrative practices at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)....
Policy NewsSalt Lake City holds job fair with emphasis on helping adult students, refugees and youth
The Salt Lake City Mayor's Office in collaboration with the Salt Lake City Police, Human Resources and Business Development Departments will hold a job fair at the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center on July 27. The fair is targeting adult learners, members of re...
GOED approves Economic Opportunity Grant for FORGE
The Governor's Office of Economic Development has approved an Industrial Assistance Fund, post-performance Economic Opportunity Grant for the amount of $365,000 for the Frontier Observatory for Research in the Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy. The project will c...
Fox files: 'This is the place'
EDCUtah is in the business of carrying on the legacy of the famous moniker: "This is the Place."...
Salt Lake Tribune
Editorial: Our lungs aren't ready for the inland port
The front-runner of the liberal District 24 race promises she would cross party lines if elected
Utah again leads the nation in job growth
Rep. Rob Bishop's biggest challenge may come from a United Utah Party candidate - who has nearly $200k in campaign war chest
Supporters are quick to describe the benefits of the Utah Inland Port. They don't often talk about the threat a trade war poses.
Huntsman is staying as ambassador to Russia to help guide the planet's 'most dangerous relationship'
Utah's Chris Stewart says there's no evidence Russia wanted to help Trump
Meet the behind-the-scenes 'supercop' who runs Utah government
Primary turnout was up amid more voting by mail and Mitt Romney on ballot - but most Utahns skipped the election
Payson-based Liberty Safe shows off its products at a White House 'Made in America' event
President Trump celebrates Mormon settlers on Pioneer Day
Sen. Orrin Hatch's office says he's not dead, offers proof he's alive and kicking
House passes Rep. Stewart's bill to create a national suicide prevention hotline
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Our Days of '47 political parade entries
Op-ed: Local education leaders matter in teacher licensing
Op-ed: Why are teachers leaving our schools?
Editorial: The Legislature has given Utah's inland port a good start
19 mayors back Mia Love in 'toss-up' race against Ben McAdams
Whose pipeline is it anyway? Scrutiny increases on cities and water
Utah unemployment at 3%, report says
Law for collecting, removing signatures on initiatives should be same, Utah lawmaker says
Herbert signs inland port, child tax credit bills
Hatch, Stewart bill to create national 3-digit suicide prevention hotline goes to president
Utah water quality regulations in lawmakers' crosshairs
Monument review process under new fire
Study: Aggressive renewable energy standards spur solar, wind investments
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke receives warm welcome at Days of '47 rodeo
Legislative audit: Is Upstart's focus on low-income students slipping?
Google search said Sen. Hatch died; here's how he proved that he's alive
Regents place restrictions USU lobbying, hosting lawmakers (Logan Herald Journal)
County tax increase has businesses worrying about the future (Park Record)
Dems grapple with Trump's resilience (The Hill)
Pollster: Anti-establishment phenomenon 'is here to stay' (The Hill)
Americans have constitutional right to openly carry firearms, court rules (Washington Times)
The Hard Truth About House Democrats Being 'Soft Favorites' This Fall (Slate)
Ocasio-Cortez makes stealth visit to Capitol Hill (POLITICO)
Dershowitz Rips Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Over 'Taped Conversations' Claim, 'Nonsense' Predictions (FOX News)
Ivanka Trump's fashion brand closes shop (ABC News)
To Ease Pain of Trump's Trade War: $12 Billion in Aid for Farmers (New York Times)
Many Manufacturers Take Tariffs in Stride (Wall Street Journal)
Waiter made up story about 'racist' tipper: restaurant (FOX News)
Trump Wants the Fed to Roll Back the U.S. Economy (Bloomberg)
"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." Albert Einstein
"A couple in Florida are getting married and instead of wedding presents, they've asked for money to buy goats. Even crazier, one couple they invited was like, "Finally, a chance to regift this goat." Jimmy Fallon
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