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Situational awareness - August 16, 2019

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

  • Escamilla leapfrogs Dabakis and will face Mendenhall in the SLC mayor's race in November.
  • Utahns think President Trump's use of Twitter is inappropriate.
  • Trump warns if he's not re-elected the stock market would collapse.

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Today is the 228th day of the year. There are 137 days remaining in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Luz_Escamilla_01.jpgEscamilla overtakes Dabakis in SLC mayor race as Mendenhall widens lead
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
In a stunning reversal from election night, State Sen. Luz Escamilla erased a 109 vote deficit to pass former Sen. Jim Dabakis by 421 votes after the second wave of ballots were counted Thursday afternoon. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: When will I learn my lesson?
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
 Bob Bernick Well, I don't learn very well.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Trump_Twitter_01.jpgUtahns say Trump's use of Twitter is inappropriate
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Most Utahns have read or heard about GOP President Donald Trump's tweets, and most think his tweeting is inappropriate and he should stop doing it, a new UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics poll finds.
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. 

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Trump on the economy

  • President Donald Trump told the crowd at a campaign rally in New Hampshire Americans "have no choice" but to vote for him in 2020; otherwise, the stock market would collapse [NYT].
  • Associates of Trump say he's privately alarmed that an economic downturn could imperil his reelection chances [WaPo].

Israel relents. Shortly after announcing the country would block Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country, Israel said Tlaib would be given entry to visit her family in the West Bank [CNN].

Umm...what? President Trump wants to buy Greenland. Close associates say he has repeatedly expressed interest in purchasing the Danish territory. U.S. officials view Greenland as critical to American national security [WSJ].

  • Danish officials said Trump's desire to purchase Greenland is "final proof that he has gone mad" [Reuters].

The investigations. House Democrats subpoena former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House aide Rick Dearborn to testify in their probe into possible obstruction of justice by President Trump [Politico].

  • The White House is considering invoking executive privilege to limit what Lewandowski says during his testimony even though he never had any role in the Trump administration [CNN].


  • A wealthy donor to former Vice President Joe Biden who has ties to Ukraine loaned Biden's younger brother a half-million dollars [Politico].
  • Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang said he would beat President Trump at any challenge, either mental or physical because Trump "is so fat" [Atlantic].

Here we go again. North Korea launched two more projectiles on Friday. It's the sixth time the country has tested short-range ballistic missiles or other projectiles since last month [NYT].

Climate news. Scientists say July was the hottest month on Earth since records began in 1880 [AP].



1812 - War of 1812: American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit without a fight to the British Army.

1841 - President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members rioted outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in history.

1858 - President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria.

1896 - Gold is discovered in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.

1954 - The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published.

1962 - Pete Best is fired as the drummer for The Beatles. He was replaced two days later by Ringo Starr.

1966 - The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

1977 - Elvis Presley died of heart failure at his home in Memphis at age 42.

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune:How might the Trump administration's endangered species overhaul affect Utah--Salt Lake Tribune:Plan afoot to complete Bonneville Shoreline Trail clear across Davis County--KSL.com:New billion-dollar ski resort coming to Utah--KSL.com:Bryce Canyon latest Utah park to gain International Dark Sky status--KSL.com:A beginner's guide to hunting coyotesNew Films-- The Angry Birds Movie 2: Deseret News reviewConcerts-- Bluegrass Saturday Night, Saturday, 5 10 p.m., The Gallivan Center, 239 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, free-- Ensign Piano Quartet, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Assembly Hall,Temple Square, 50 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, free-- Haley Kirkland & Company B,Excellence in the Community Concert Series, Saturday, 8 p.m., Holladay City Hall Park and Playground, 4580 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City, free-- Davis Arts Council, Sunday, 7 p.m., Kenley Amphitheater, 403 North Wasatch Drive, Layton, free--Beethoven Festival, through August 16, venues vary--Concerts in the Park, Tuesdays and Fridays, 7:30 p.m., through August 30, Brigham Young Historic Park, 50 West North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, free-- Organ concerts, every Saturday, noon, and every Sunday, 2 p.m., Assembly Hall,Temple Square, 50 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, freeTheater-- "Barefoot in the Park" through August 18, Egyptian Theatre-- "Frozen Jr." through August 20, Cache Theatre Company-- "Newsies!" through August 20, On Pitch Performing Arts-- "Disney's The Little Mermaid" through August 23,Pickleville Playhouse-- "All Shook Up" through August 24,Hopebox Theatre-- "Freaky Friday" through August 24,Hale Centre Theatre-- "Sunday School Musical - The Greatest Roadshow" through August 24,Desert Star Playhouse-- "The Book of Mormon" through August 25, Eccles Theater-- "Oliver!" through August 26,Draper Historic Theatre-- "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" through August 31,CenterPoint Legacy Theatre-- "Cash on Delivery!" through August 31,CenterPoint Legacy Theatre-- "The Conclusion of Henry VI: Parts Two and Three" through August 31,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Matilda" through August 31,Ziegfeld Theater-- "Saturday's Voyeur 2019" through September 1,Salt Lake Acting Company-- "The Book of Will" through September 5,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Macbeth" through September 6,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Cinderella" through September 7,Hale Centre Theatre-- "Hamleton, To Be Or Not To Be" through September 7,Off Broadway Theatre-- "Newsies" through September 7,The Stage Door Theater-- "Shootout at Shadow Mountain" through September 7,Pickleville Playhouse-- "Twelfth Night" through September 7,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "A Wall Apart - An Original Rock Musical" through September 7, Grand Theatre-- "Charley's Aunt" through September 14, Hale Center Theater Orem-- "Noises Off!" through September 21,Terrace Plaza Playhouse-- "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through September 28, Utah Children's Theatre-- "Every Brilliant Thing" through October 12,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Hamlet" through October 12,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" through October 12,Utah Shakespeare Festival-- "Disney's When You Wish" through October 24,Tuacahn Amphitheater-- "Disney's The Little Mermaid" through October 25,Tuacahn Amphitheater-- "The Sound of Music" through October 26,Tuacahn AmphitheaterMuseum Exhibits-- John Hess: PermutationsExhibition through August 18;Pam Bowman and Jacqui Larsen: Things My Mother Taught MeExhibition through September 8,Kimball Art Center--Andrew Alba: Gas Station HoneydewExhibition through August 24;Andrew Dadson: Roof Gap;Deanna & Ed Templeton: Contemporary SuburbiumExhibition through September 7,The League of Reluctant Bicyclists, Ryan Lauderdale:Glazed Atrium,Exhibitions through November 2;Abstraction is Just a Word, But I Use It.Exhibition through January 4,Utah Museum of Contemporary Art-- Sanctuariesof MindExhibition through summer 2019;46th Annual Utah Quilt Show, All Aboard!Exhibitionsthrough September 21;Round Up: Icons of the WestExhibition through June 19, 2021,Favorite Ladies: Patterns, People, and Play, SMA:Milestones and MemoriesExhibitions ongoing,Springville Museum of Art-- To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and DevotionExhibition on view through summer 2019;In the Arena: The Art of Mahonri YoungExhibition through September 21;After PromontoryExhibition through October 5;Danae Mattes: Where the River Widens,Patrick Dougherty: WindsweptExhibitions through October 19,Brigham Young University Museum of Art--Spencer Finch: Great Salt Lake and Vicinity;Power Couples: The Pendant Format in ArtExhibition through December 8;DE | MARCATION:A Survey of Contemporary Photography in UtahExhibition through January 12; ongoing exhibitions:Arts of Africa;American and Regional Art: Mythmaking and Truth-Telling; Chinese Art: Emulation and Innovation; European Art; Ancient Mediterranean Art: Res Mortis; Ancient Mesoamerica; Modern and Contemporary Art: A Fuller Picture; Arts of the Pacific; Greater Merit: The Temple and Image in South Asia,Utah Museum of Fine ArtsEt cetra-- Magna Main Street Arts Festival, Saturday, 10 a.m. 8 p.m., Historic Main Street, 8900 West 2700 South, Magna-- Party in the Park, Saturday, 4 7 p.m., Conservation Garden Park, 8275 South 1300 West, West Jordan-- Western Legends Heritage & Music Festival, Friday and Saturday, 76 North Main, Kanab-- Helper Arts Music and Film Festival, through Sunday, Main Street, Helper-- Ogden Valley Balloon & Artist Festival, through Sunday, Eden Park, 2100 North 5600 East, Eden
Salt Lake County Mayor's Office and community partners hold town hall to address the opioid epidemic and educate the public
The Salt Lake County Mayor's Office, Bonneville Media and Use Only As Directed, the state's opioid public awareness campaign, are partnering to host a town hall in September, addressing the opioid crisis gripping our community. 

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The Trump administration sued California, claiming "a naked political attack against a sitting president", but since the new law never named Trump directly, his suit "is kind of a weird self-own", said Colbert. It's like saying, "Guys, the new PTA rule that says you can't sneak a lukewarm cocktail of vodka and Crystal Lite into the meetings inside your water bottle is a clear attack against my wife," [Stephen] Colbert joked.

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