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Situational awareness - August 19, 2019

Good Monday 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:

  • Most Utahns say President Trump's tweets may be offensive, but they don't consider them racist.
  • Rep. Ken Ivory announces he's resigning from the legislature.
  • President Trump on edge over fears of a looming recession.

Tick Tock

Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 78 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 161 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 197 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 309 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 442 (11/3/2020)


It's been 34 years since Utah Republicans did not have control of both houses of the legislature and the governor's mansion. Gov. Scott Matheson left office in January of 1985, and Republicans have had trifecta control ever since.

Congratulations to the first three readers who submitted correct answers:

Don Savage

Matt Howell

Zachary Zundel

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Trump_Twitter_02.jpgUtahns think Trump's tweets are offensive, but not racist
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Given examples of six recent tweets by GOP President Donald Trump, a UtahPolicy.com poll finds that most Utahns find those tweets offense.But the respondents don't believe the Trump tweets were racist they concerned two African-American leaders.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Economy_04.jpgUtah's unemployment rate remains below the national average
By Press release
Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for July 2019 grew by an estimated 3.6 percent, adding 54,400 jobs to the economy since July 2018. Utah's current employment level registers 1,558,100. June's year-over job growth rate is unrevised at 2.9 percent. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgYou are not good at Twitter - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Luz Escamilla leapfrogs Jim Dabakis to apparently secure a spot in November's SLC mayoral election against Erin Mendenhall. We break down why Dabakis may be kicking himself for a long time after this surprising loss.
images/1000px_Mugs/Ken_Ivory_01.jpgRep. Ken Ivory announces he's resigning
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Rep. Ken IvoryThe Utah House is losing one of its archconservative constitutional scholars Ken Ivory is resigning next week.
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.

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Trump lashes out as recession fears grow. President Donald Trump is blaming a conspiracy to sink his re-election prospects is behind increasing worries about an economic recession [NYT].

  • Jerome Powell, Trump's hand-picked chair of the Federal Reserve, is trying to navigate tough economic waters while the President is blaming him for a slowing economy [WSJ].
  • Top White House officials are downplaying the risk of a recession [WaPo].
  • About a third of economists expect a recession to hit by the end of 2021 [AP].
  • American consumers are propping up the global economy, but economists wonder how long that can hold out [WaPo].
  • Here's how a recession could happen [NYT].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow confirmed Sunday that President Donald Trump is 100% serious about attempting to purchase Greenland from Denmark [AP].

  • Danish authorities say there is absolutely no way they would sell Greenland to the U.S. [LA Times].
  • Residents of Greenland are baffled by Trump's interest in purchasing the territory [WSJ].

Authorities say they foiled three potential mass shootings. Police in three states say they stopped men who planned to carry out mass shootings [CNN].

Gun control. Criminologists and gun reform advocates say policy-makers should focus on banning high-capacity magazines as a way to prevent mass shootings [WaPo].

Business news. A group of top CEOs says business should no longer focus solely on maximizing shareholder profits [WaPo].

Climate change. A heatwave in Alaska this summer is killing salmon in large numbers [CNN].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 podcast: Who's in your wallet? What business leaders, policy makers can learn from the Capital One breach
Sometimes the numbers are so big you can't ignore them. And when two business giants are involved it gets even harder to miss. The latest headline-grabbing cyber breach involves Capital One, a former employee of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and a breach impacting 106 million people. 
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
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. 

More National Headlines


1934 - A plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer.

1960 - U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers was convicted in a Moscow court and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released 18 months later in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

1991 - a coup orchestrated by hard-line Communists and led by Vice President Gennady Yanayev removed Mikhail Gorbachev as president of the Soviet Union. The coup would endure for three days before being put down.

2004 - Internet search engine Google went public.

Wise Words


"No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger." Heraclitus

Lighter Side

Trump Derangement Syndrome

"Trump and the Republicans have laid out a clear solution to end gun violence: first, cure the mental illness they invented. Then, get rid of video games, the internet, transgender people, same-sex marriage, drag queens, marijuana, kneeling athletes and Barack Obama, and while we're at it, all embrace Jesus Christ as our savior."Samantha Bee

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