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Situational awareness - August 1, 2019

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City, and welcome to August!

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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • A majority of Utahns say tariffs are a good foreign policy tool.
  • Democratic debate night two.
  • Congressional Republicans brace for retirements.

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Today is the 213th day of the year. There are 152 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Tariffs_01.jpgJust over half of Utahns say tariffs are a good foreign policy tool

 A slim majority of Utahns says they think the use of tariffs on goods imported from other countries as a foreign policy tool is a good idea.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Polling_Vector_01.jpgSo, about our job approval polls...

  "What's up with your new approval rating polls? They seem lower than most past polls," is a common refrain we've heard from several Utah politicos since we unveiled the first batch of results in July.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jim_Dabakis_01.jpgPoll: Dabakis leading SLC Mayor's race; Cox and Huntsman frontrunners in 2020 gubernatorial contest

 Former Sen. Jim Dabakis has a double-digit lead in the race to replace Jackie Biskupski as Salt Lake City Mayor according to a new survey.
images/1000px_Logos/UtahPolicycomY2_Analytics_Logo_2.pngSlim majority of Utahns say the state is on the right track, but only a third think the same about the country as a whole

 A slim majority of Utahns say the state is headed in the right direction, but only a third feel the same way as the country as a whole.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgI'll be your dungeon master of politics - Bernick and Schott on politics

 Rob Bishop announced he's retiring from Congress. Which Republicans are considering running to replace him? 
images/1000px_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtahns' confidence in the economy moderates slightly but remains strong

 The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) decreased 2.4 points to 113.3 in July. The year-over-year CAI ticked down slightly by 0.3 points. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index increased 11.4 points to 135.7 this month.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/GOED_NewsRoomImages_NGAOutdoorRecEvent_072519_v1_1.jpgUtah Office of Outdoor Recreation participates in National Outdoor Recreation learning Network launch

Recently, as part of the National Governors Association conference in Salt Lake City, Utah played host to a press conference organized by NGA Solutions where the National Outdoor Recreation Learning Network was announced.
images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_01.jpgAnalysis: Ben McAdams' re-election campaign just got a lot dicier

 Rep. Ben McAdams The biggest threat to Rep. Ben McAdams second term in Congress materialized on Monday.

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Motown showdown. The second night of Democratic presidential debates featured a lot of attacks on former vice president Joe Biden. Cory Booker and Tulsi Gabbard had good nights, but there weren't any breakout moments [Politico].

  • This is a fun read. Go inside the Daily Show's "social media war room" during the Democratic debates to see how they respond with jokes in real-time [Fast Company].

Pay attention to this. President Donald Trump holds his first campaign rally since the "send her back!" chant on Thursday night [AP].

Congressional Republicans brace for a wave of retirements. So far, five GOP House members said they won't be returning next year. There are fears that some of the most vulnerable Republicans could decide to call it quits before the 2020 election [Politico].

North Korea. Leaders said they test-fired a new multiple rocket launcher system that could enhance its ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases there [AP].

Markets. As expected the Fed cut rates for the first time since 2008 in an effort to stave off a possible economic downturn [CNN].

Prescription drugs. The Trump administration is considering a proposal to make it easier to import prescription drugs from Canada in order to combat rising prices [NYT].

Equifax settlement. So many people opted to take payment as part of the settlement for the Equifax data breach that those who signed up will get "nowhere near" the $125 per person initially promised [WaPo].

Climate. Temperatures in Alaska have been above average every day since April 25. None of the state's weather stations have recorded a temperature below freezing since June 28, the longest streak in at least 100 years [WaPo].


1498 - Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.

1790 - The first U.S. Census showed a population of 3,929,214 people in 17 states.

1834 - Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.

1876 - Colorado is admitted as the 38th state.

1893 - Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.

1911 - Harriet Quimby takes her pilot's test and becomes the first U.S. woman to earn an Aero Club of America aviator's certificate.

1914 - The German Empire declares war on the Russian Empire at the opening of World War I.

1936 - The Olympics opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.

1971 - The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by former Beatle George Harrison, is held at Madison Square Garden.

1981 - MTV begins broadcasting in the U.S. and airs its first video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.

Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_04.jpgMcAdams, Walorski launch bipartisan Congressional What Works Caucus
 Representatives Ben McAdams (D-UT) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) launched a new, bipartisan Congressional What Works Caucus to help ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are invested as effectively and efficiently as possible to improve outcomes for children, families and communities nationwide.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_03.jpgCurtis, Neguse introduce bipartisan legislation to study soil health on public lands
 This week, Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Joe Neguse (D-CO), members of the House Natural Resources Committee, introduced legislation to initiate a study on the state of soil health on public lands.
Volunteers needed for the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference
Volunteers are needed for the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, announced Mayor Jackie Biskupski.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgSen. Lee introduces Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act
 Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity (HERO) Act Tuesday, a bill that brings transparency, accountability, and competition to higher education.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgMcAdams and Hollingsworth offer bipartisan bill to ease red tape on promising start-ups
 Congressman Ben McAdams (D-UT) and Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) have introduced bipartisan legislation to provide commonsense regulatory relief for America's growing companies, including many in the bioscience sector. 
Nominees announced for 1st District Court vacancy
The 1st District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 1st District Court.  The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Kevin K. Allen, October 16, 2019. The 1st Judicial District includes Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. 

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