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Situational awareness - July 30, 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 you need to know to this morning:

  • Bishop says he'll retire from Congress next year.
  • Mia Love says Trump needs to apologize for his racist tweets.
  • Trump ramps up his attacks on minority critics.

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Today is the 211th day of the year. There are 154 days remaining in 2019.

In-person voting for the 2019 municipal primaries begins today (7/30/2019)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

349 days to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee (7/13/2020)

391 days to the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte (8/24/2020)

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

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Rep. Rob Bishop announced on Monday afternoon he will not run for another term in Congress. 
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Former Utah Rep. Mia Love is stepping up her criticism of President Donald Trump's racist attacks on minority members of Congress. 
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Rep. Chris Stewart says fellow Republican John Ratcliffe, with whom he serves on the House Intelligence Committee, is a great choice by President Donald Trump to be the next Director of National Intelligence. 
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The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation's (OOR) fifth grant cycle of the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant (UORG), has awarded over $4.3 million in grant funding to 55 different outdoor recreation infrastructure projects throughout the state of Utah.
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images/1000px_Screenshots/20190728_Love_CNN.jpgVideo: Mia Love rips Trump for 'divisive' rhetoric: 'The president has gone way too far'

 Mia Love Former Utah Rep. Mia Love has had enough of President Trump's Twitter attacks on his political foes and minority members of Congress.
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 Image: Shutterstock Even though he's only been in office for six months, Rep. Ben McAdams has the highest approval rating of any member of Congress from Utah. Sen. Mitt Romney, who was also first elected last year, has the highest disapproval marks from Utah voters.
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Rep. Chris Stewart Fresh off his questioning of former special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Chris Stewart joined CNN's Wolf Blitzer where he said Mueller's testimony put the nail in the coffin of any potential impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

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Trump's racial attacks continue. President Trump redoubled his attacks on critics of color Monday, launching a broadside at Rev. Al Sharpton calling him a "con man" who "Hates Whites & Cops" [NYT].

  • Sharpton responded saying Trump "has a particular venom for blacks and people of color" [Politico].
  • Black journalists are pushing the media to take a harsher tone in their coverage of Trump's use of racist language [Politico].
  • White women in the suburbs who supported Trump in 2016 are starting to turn away from the president as he stokes racial animus [AP].
  • Trump's attack on Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore stemmed from a segment on Fox News [WaPo].
  • House Republicans will hold their yearly retreat in Baltimore in September. President Trump is expected to attend [WaPo].

Democrats debate in Detroit tonight. 10 Democratic presidential hopefuls take the stage in the first of two nights of debates in Detroit tonight. Here's what to watch for [NYT].

  • Tuesday and Wednesday night's debates may be the last chance for several candidates to boost their chances of qualifying for the next set of Debates in September [Politico].
  • Democratic interest in the presidential primary debates for their party remains very high according to a new poll [Politico].
  • Former White House chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is warning Democrats to not turn the second round of debates into a political food fight [Medium].

Impeachment. Nearly half of House Democrats now support starting an impeachment investigation [WaPo].

  • Two top Democratic Senators are calling on the House to open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump [Politico].

Election security. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lashed back at critics who say his blocking of an election security bill is helping Russia [WaPo].

Intelligence. Some critics worry President Trump's plan to nominate Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, a staunch Trump ally, as Director of National Intelligence will politicize the intelligence community [WaPo].

China. Trade talks between the U.S. and China resume, but the chances the two countries will be able to cut a groundbreaking deal are slim [NYT].

Iran. The Trump administration is having trouble getting allies to join their "maximum pressure" strategy on Iran [Defense One].

Massive data breach. A software engineer in Seattle hacked into a server holding customer information for Capital One. The breach exposed the personal data of over 100 million people according to federal prosecutors [NYT].


1619 - In Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time.

1729 - Founding of Baltimore, Maryland.

1863 - Representatives of the United States and tribal leaders including Chief Pocatello (of the Shoshone) sign the Treaty of Box Elder.

1956 - A joint resolution of Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing In God We Trust as the national motto.

1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.

1969 - President Richard Nixon makes an unscheduled visit to South Vietnam and meets with President Nguyen Van Thieu and U.S. military commanders.

1974 - President Richard Nixon releases subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the Supreme Court.

1974 - The House Judiciary Committee, by a vote of 21-17, approved a third article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging him with ignoring congressional subpoenas. Nixon resigned just over a week later before he could be impeached.

1975 - Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in a Detroit suburb. He is never seen or heard from again.

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