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Situational awareness - August 2, 2019
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Heads up. The SL Tribune is out Friday morning with their latest poll on the race to replace Jackie Biskupsi as head of Utah's capital city. The survey shows a statistical tie for the lead between Sen. Luz Escamilla and former Sen. Jim Dabakis. City councilwoman Erin Mendenhall is in third place.
Friday trivia. There will be no trivia question this week as I'm heading on vacation. We'll be back with more stumpers soon.
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Today is the 214th day of the year. There are 151 days remaining in 2019.
11 days to the 2019 Utah primary elections (8/13/2019)
95 days to the 2019 municipal elections (11/5/2019)
153 days until candidates can begin to gather signatures to get on the 2020 ballot (1/2/2020)
178 days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (1/27/2020)
185 days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses (2/3/2020)
214 days to the 2020 Utah presidential primary (3/3/2020)
223 days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (3/12/2020)
224 days to the opening of candidate filing for the 2020 election (3/13/2020)
242 days until the deadline for candidates to submit signatures to be placed on the 2020 primary ballot (3/31/2019)
326 days to the 2020 Utah primary election (6/23/2020)
346 days to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee (7/13/2020)
388 days to the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte (8/24/2020)
459 days until the 2020 presidential election (11/3/2020)
Today At Utah PolicyUtah Republicans, Democrats have wildly differing views on changing weather patterns and climate change
The newest Utah Political Trends survey asked Utahns about changing weather patterns in the state and whether those changes are due to human-caused climate change, or just normal year-to-year variations in weather patterns.
Pollcast: A conversation about public opinion polling with Kyrene Gibb of Y2 Analytics
UtahPolicy.com is partnering with Y2 Analytics to launch the Utah Political Trends project to measure public attitudes of Utahns on several issues.
Bob Bernick's notebook: Remembering Norma Matheson
Many fine testimonials this past week for former Utah First Lady Norma Matheson upon her passing last Sunday.
Just 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.
So, 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.
Poll: 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.
OTHER UTAH HEADLINES
Salt Lake Tribune
Impeachment. More than half of House Democrats now support opening an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump [Politico].
Heading for the exits. Texas Rep. Will Hurd, the only black Republican in the House, announced he would not run for re-election in 2020. Hurd is the only Republican to represent a district along the southwestern border. Hurd's retirement is the ninth House Republican to announce his retirement this year [NYT].
More tariffs. China is threatening retaliation if President Trump goes through with a new round of tariffs he announced on Thursday afternoon. Global markets tumbled on the news of the potential renewed trade war between the two nations [AP].
Comey. The Justice Department declined to prosecute former FBI director James Comey after determining he mishandled two memos he wrote about his interactions with President Trump that contained classified information [AP].
2020. When will the Democratic field start to shrink? There are still 24 Democrats running for president following the first two rounds of debates [NYT].
Budget deal. The Senate passed the massive budget deal that raises the debt ceiling, sending the measure to President Trump's desk [CNN].
A stark warning. The FBI is warning fringe conspiracy theories now present a domestic terrorism threat [Yahoo!].
Hmmm. Rep. John Ratcliffe, President Trump's pick to be the next Director of National Intelligence, is considered to be "relatively disengaged" from his work on the House Intelligence Committee and is little known by rank-and-file workers in the various spy agencies he may potentially head up [WaPo].
Russia. As expected, the U.S. is exiting a three-decade-old arms control treaty with Russia and plans to test a new missile in the coming weeks which would have been prohibited under the pact [AP].
Climate. July may have been the hottest month ever recorded in human history [CNN].
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1610 - During Henry Hudson's search for the Northwest Passage, he sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay.
1776 - The Declaration of Independence, adopted on July 4, was signed by members of the Continental Congress.
1923 - Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes president upon the death of President Warren G. Harding. Harding died from a stroke in a San Francisco hotel.
1934 - Adolf Hitler becomes Fuhrer of Germany following the death of Paul von Hindenburg.
1974 - John Dean, counsel to President Richard Nixon, was sentenced to prison for his part in the Watergate coverup. Dean's sentence was reduced, and he was released after four months.
1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
Policy NewsCasual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Utah wants more people to hunt cougars, but some say losing big cats will pose big problems
McAdams, 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.
Curtis, 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.
More National Headlines
"I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as of being decapitated by a frisbee or of finding Elvis." Boris Johnson
"Well, after the hearing, Trump said Mueller's performance was, quote, 'one of the worst performances in the history of the country.' And then Stormy Daniels was like, 'Second worst.'" - JIMMY FALLON
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