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Situational awareness - August 15, 2019

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City

Thanks for reading 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 pay attention to this morning:

  • Utahns divided on impeaching President Trump.
  • The Dow plunges amid recession fears.
  • Hickenlooper dropping out of Democratic presidential race.

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Today is the 227th day of the year. There are 138 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

172 days to the Iowa caucuses (2/3/2020)

180 days to the New Hampshire primaries (2/11/2020)

191 days to the Nevada Democratic caucuses (2/22/2020)

198 days to the South Carolina Democratic primary (2/29/2020)

201 days to the Utah presidential primaries (3/3/2020)

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

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

313 days to the 2020 Utah primary elections (6/23/2020)

333 days to the 2020 Democratic national convention in Milwaukee (7/13/2020)

375 days to the 2020 Republican national convention in Charlotte (8/24/2020)

446 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Screenshots/20190814_Love_CNN.jpgMia Love rips Iowa Republican Steve King: 'The only thing that's shocking is he's still a member of Congress'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Iowa Republican Steve King sparked outrage on Wednesday when he suggested without rape and incest, humanity may not exist. Former Utah Rep. Mia Love, now a CNN commentator, said she wasn't shocked by King's statement because he's been saying similar things for years.
images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_05.jpgNearly half of Utahns say Congress should not impeach President Trump
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 President Donald Trump Democrats in Congress are accelerating toward opening possible impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Utahns are nearly evenly divided on the issue according to the newest Utah Political Trends survey from UtahPolicy.com and Y2 Analytics.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgTax reform will get far more difficult as campaigns crank up
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
LaVarr Webb, PublisherThe Legislature has only a limited amount of time to enact tax reform before politics overtake the issue and makes meaningful reform almost impossible.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgEmergency podcast: Salt Lake City Mayor primary election breakdown
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Erin Mendenhall wins the Salt Lake City Mayor primary election and will face either Jim Dabakis or Luz Escamilla in November.
images/1000px_Mugs/Erin_Mendenhall_01.jpgMendenhall leads tight three-way race in the Salt Lake City Mayoral primary
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Erin Mendenhall It appears the Salt Lake City mayoral primary is now a three-way race for two spots in November's general election.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgReunited, and it feels so good! - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott are back with their cynical take on all things Utah politics.
images/1000px_Mugs/Kim_Coleman_01.jpgColeman is 4th Republican to jump into Fourth District Race; Cannon launches candidacy to replace Bishop
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Rep. Kim Coleman State Rep. Kim Coleman is the fourth Republican to seek that party's nomination to face Democrat Ben McAdams in November. 
images/1000px_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngRising home prices offset falling transportation costs
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The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) remained essentially unchanged overall from June to July on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jon_Huntsman_03.jpgUtahns aren't yet sold on whether Jon Huntsman should return to Utah to run for governor again
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Jon Huntsman, Jr.A plurality of Utahns says they would like to see former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman return to the Beehive State and run for governor once again according to a new Utah Political Trends survey.
images/1000px_Mugs/Spencer_Cox_01.jpgIs Spencer Cox running too early? Are others getting in too late?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
 Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox Spencer Cox has formally announced his candidacy for governor and is off and running hard. It's a very early formal start to a gubernatorial campaign.

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Gun legislation. President Donald Trump is weighing taking action on gun control, but competing factions are making any moves difficult [NYT].

  • Gun control groups plan rallies in all 50 states this weekend [Politico].

Then there were 23. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper will drop out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday. He is considering running for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Cory Gardner [Politico].

  • Democrats Julian Castro, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand and Tom Steyer are scrambling to meet the requirements to qualify for next month's presidential debate [NYT].

Dow plunges 800 points. Fears of an imminent recession caused the Dow Jones Industrial Averages' worst day of 2019 [CNBC].

  • China threatens retaliation if the U.S. goes forward with planned tariffs on Chinese imports on Sept. 1 [AP].
  • President Trump requested a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Twitter Wednesday amid the growing economic turmoil [New York Post].

Hmmm. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to Senate President Mitch McConnell as "Moscow Mitch" during a speech on Wednesday. McConnell has bristled at the nickname given to him by Democrats [The Hill].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King suggests humanity may not exist without rape and incest [Des Moines Register].


1519 - Panama City, Panama is founded.

1824 - The Marquis de Lafayette arrives in New York and begins a tour of 24 states.

1935 - Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.

1939The Wizard of Oz premiers at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.

1965 - The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, and event regarded as the birth of stadium rock.

1969 - The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened on Max Yasgur's farm near Bethel, New York, drawing an estimated 400,000 people for three days of music.

1970 - Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman to play professionally in an American football game.

1973 - Vietnam War: The United States bombing of Cambodia ends.

Policy News

Treasurer Damschen announces record-breaking $29.3 million in unclaimed cash returned to Utahns in FY2019
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen today announced that the Utah Unclaimed Property Division reunited a record-breaking $29.3 million in lost property with rightful owners in fiscal year 2019 (July 2018 June 2019).  

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"Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity." Leonardo da Vinci

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"To all those people cancelling their memberships, I say: good luck," [Trevor] Noah said. "Have you ever tried to get out of a gym membership? It is impossible."

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