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Situational awareness - July 3, 2019

Good Wednesday 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:

  • GOP candidate suggests violence on social media.
  • Horrifying pictures of conditions at the border.
  • White House admits defeat on 2020 Census.

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Today is the 184th day of the year. There are 181 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/John_Molnar_01.jpg4th District GOP candidate suggests violent response to McAdams' proposal raising the legal age to buy tobacco

Republican 4th Congressional District candidate John Molnar tweeted what appeared to be a veiled threat against Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams on Tuesday.
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Award-winning journalists Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick offer their thoughts on the latest stories from the Utah political arena.
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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.
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.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgPresident's message: The state of Utah business

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.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jay_McFarland_01.jpgKSL radio personality Jay Mcfarland is exploring a run for congress against Ben McAdams

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.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgUtah is not going to be a purple utopia - Bernick and Schott on politics

Award-winning journalists Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the latest news from the Utah political arena.

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Border horror. A federal watchdog published horrific pictures of conditions inside Border Patrol facilities during an unannounced visit. The photos show extreme overcrowding in areas that are designed to be temporary holding facilities - https://nyti.ms/2Ns1d5a

  • Rep. Joaquin Castro captured pictures and video during his tour of border facilities on Monday, showing squalid and overcrowded conditions - https://wapo.st/2NElgO6
  • Nurses say the Border Patrol is denying treatment for sick immigrant children in custody - http://bit.ly/32883zV
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez warned the U.S. is "headed to fascism" after her tour of facilities earlier this week - https://yhoo.it/326FO4L

Throwing in the towel. The White House admits defeat in their efforts to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census - https://nyti.ms/325yxlE

Trump's taxes. House Democrats file a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the IRS to obtain copies of Donald Trump's tax returns - https://nyti.ms/2NJCWYH

Immigration. A federal judge blocked an order from Attorney General William Barr to keep migrants detained while they wait for their asylum cases to be decided - https://nyti.ms/2NJDuOf

Trump's 4th of July

  • The National Park Service is diverting $2.5 million in funds that were supposed to pay for improvements at parks around the country to pay for President Trump's event. That money is just a fraction of the overall cost - https://wapo.st/32681sy
  • The Republican National Committee has been offering major donors tickets to President Donald Trump's speech on the 4th of July. Government ethics groups say the RNC's involvement inappropriately politicizes what is supposed to be a non-partisan event - http://bit.ly/326ugPa
  • Not many networks are planning on carrying the full event live. Fox News will only air two hours, while MSNBC won't air any of the proceedings live - https://politi.co/2NwZbki

Iran. President Hassan Rouhani warned Iran would increase its enrichment of uranium beyond the limits set by the 2015 nuclear agreement unless the U.S. backed off on economic sanctions. President Trump scrapped the deal after taking office - http://bit.ly/2Nvah9y

Whoa! The Trump administration is threatening migrants who are not obeying deportation orders with hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Immigrants who disobey the orders could face fines of up to $799 per day - https://wapo.st/327Np2Y


  • A new poll shows former vice president Joe Biden still leading the pack of Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination - https://wapo.st/2NrphVR
  • President Trump's re-election campaign is worried the financial meltdown at the National Rifle Association will hurt them next year. In 2016, the NRA spent millions of dollars on ads benefiting Trump - https://politi.co/326Fran

Wow! President Trump and the Republican National Committee announced they raised an eye-popping $105 million in the most recent fundraising quarter - https://nyti.ms/2Nuyqgw

Weird. A visit to New Hampshire by Vice President Mike Pence was abruptly canceled on Tuesday, and nobody could offer a good explanation why - https://nyti.ms/329L9IO


1775 - George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1819 - The Bank for Savings in the City of New-York, the first savings bank in the United States, opens.

1863 - The final day of the Battle of Gettysburg culminates with Pickett's Charge.

1890 - Idaho is admitted as the 43rd state.

1979 - President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.

2009 - Sarah Palin announced she was resigning as governor of Alaska with 17 months to go in her term.

Policy News

Utah 2nd state to launch Regulatory Sandbox now available at Department of Commerce
Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce and Utah Representative Marc Roberts (R-Provo) announced that the state agency is launching the nation's 2nd ever Regulatory Sandbox based on H.B. 378.  
Salt Lake City receives prestigious recognition of climate achievements at U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting
The United States Conference of Mayors recognized Mayor Jackie Biskupski for her leadership to advance renewable energy and tackle climate change.
Utah encourages residents to use online services as they #EscapeTheIndoors and celebrate Great Outdoors Month
Public and private organizations from across the country are coming together as members of the Great Outdoors Month Council to help all Americans Escape the Indoors and celebrate the educational, economic, health and social benefits of active fun outdoors.

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Wise Words


"In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority." James Madison

Lighter Side

Bussing to School

When Harris asked to comment on race as the only black person on stage, Rachel Maddow told the candidate she would be allotted 30 seconds for her response. Colbert mimicked the moderator's suggestion: "OK so for 30 seconds, just sum up institutionalized racism that's been plaguing our country since our very foundation and go!" She then talked about being bussed to school. "I believe Harris on bussing because she clearly just took Biden to school." Stephen Colbert

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