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Situational awareness - August 27, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City

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

  • Romney gives us a peek at his plan for replacing Obamacare.
  • Utahns say lawmakers should not make changes to Prop. 4.
  • Iran says they won't begin talks with the U.S. until economic sanctions are lifted. 



Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 70 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 153 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 189 (3/3/2020)

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Days to the 2020 election: 434 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_02.jpgRomney's Obamacare replacement would give more flexibility to states
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Sen. Mitt Romney Sen. Mitt Romney is working behind the scenes on a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, but few details have been forthcoming. Romney tells UtahPolicy.com his plan will help provide healthcare to those Americans who are still without insurance under the ACA.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_32.jpgOverwhelming number of Utahns want lawmakers to leave Prop. 4 alone
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
 Utah GOP legislators and Gov. Gary Herbert repeal or drastically change Prop 4 the independent redistricting law at their political peril, a new UtahPolicy.com poll finds.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_05.jpgPodcast: Mitt Romney discusses the economy, healthcare and Greenland
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Sen. Mitt Romney Sen. Mitt Romney speaks with Managing Editor Bryan Schott about how extreme partisanship in Congress is preventing bills from passing. He also talks about the exploding federal deficit, whether he is worried about the economy tipping into a recession, his work on an alternative to Obamacare and whether he would try to buy Greenland.
images/1000px_Mugs/Molly_Davis_01.jpgGuest opinion: Local governments should rethink criminal ordinances
By Molly Davis
 Molly Davis When a problem arises in a particular neighborhood, many think the local governing body has a duty to write a law prohibiting the underlying activity.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Border_facility_01.jpgPoll: Utahns believe immigrant families should not be separated at the border
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Half of all Utahns say illegal immigrant families should be held together in detention until their status is legally determined, a new UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Y2 Analytics says.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgHow much does it cost to make a political point? - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Lawmakers are tackling tax reform. Our polling shows they've got a tough task ahead of them if they decide to move forward with a number of controversial choices. We break down the numbers.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber releases white paper on tax reform
By Salt Lake Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, released its white paper on tax reform.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/School_Funding_01.pngShould Utah ditch the constitutional earmark for education funding? Our new poll shows voters are mostly opposed to the idea
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
One idea for changing Utah's tax system that seems to be gaining traction on Utah's Capitol Hill is ending the constitutional requirement that all income taxes collected by the state go toward funding education. If lawmakers decide to head down that path, they may have a difficult time getting Utah voters to follow them.

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Iran. President Trump says he wants to meet with Iranian officials "under the right circumstances" to restart talks over their nuclear program. Iranian officials said Tuesday they would not talk to the U.S. until all economic sanctions are lifted [Reuters].

Opioid case. A judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in causing Oklahoma's opioid crisis [CNN].

Uh oh. President Trump's approval rating falls in every 2020 battleground state, according to a new nationwide poll [Axios].

2020. A new national survey shows a three-way tie between Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination [NYT].

  • Republicans increasingly see winning back control of the House in 2020 as a tough climb and are increasingly focused on retaining their Senate majority [The Hill].
  • Warren is telling Democratic Party insiders she wants to rebuild the DNC, not stage a hostile takeover from the left [NYT].
  • Joe Walsh, who is mounting a primary challenge to Donald Trump, is confronted with some racist social media posts from his past during a wild televised interview on Monday [Mediaite].

This could be a problem. U.S. government officials are fearful of a ransomware attack on voter registration databases ahead of the 2020 election [Reuters].

  • Election experts are warning Russian hackers are likely to target Florida again during the 2020 election [Guardian].

Trouble in the heartland. American farmers are getting fed up with President Trump's trade war with China [NYT].

The investigations. House Democrats subpoena former White House aide Rob Porter as part of their impeachment inquiry into President Trump [NYT].

Hmmm. President Trump says his own Doral resort in Miami will probably host next year's G7 summit [Miami Herald].

Immigration. California is leading a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration's plan to allow the indefinite detention of young migrants [Politico].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. President Trump claimed during a press conference on Monday his wife Melania had "gotten to know" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un very well. The White House later clarified that the two have never met [Politico].

Culture wars. Pop star Taylor Swift called out the White House during the MTV Video Music Awards for ignoring a petition pushing for LGBTQ rights [CNN].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 podcast: Cyber hacks on schools lead to a state of emergency
Across the country, parents are busy with back-to-school shopping while kids are squeezing every minute of rest and relaxation they can out of the final weeks of summer vacation. As schools prepare to welcome students back, many are becoming targets of hackers. 
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgMcAdams supports bill to improve transparency for students taking out federal college loans
Congressman Ben McAdams joins Florida Congresswoman Donna Shalala and Utah Congressman Chris Stewart on a measure that requires more transparency and disclosure for students who take out federal college loans-across the entire life of the loan.  McAdams has signed on to the bipartisan Student Loan Disclosure Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 4193).
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgSen. Lee comments on Qualcomm antitrust stay
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Friday after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a lower court antitrust ruling that would have forced Qualcomm to end certain patent licensing practices.
Governor appoints Angela F. Fonnesbeck to the First District Court
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Angela F. Fonnesbeck as a judge for the First District Court. 
United Utah Party announces 2019 countywide conventions
Beginning September 7, 2019, the United Utah Party will be holding county party conventions across Utah. The purpose of these conventions is to elect county officers, help party supporters get to know each other, and work together to build the party in the county.   
Salt Lake City announces a variety of public events as part of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference
Following months of planning and coordination with representatives from all over the globe, the local community is invited to take part in the upcoming 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, taking place Aug. 26-28 in Salt Lake City.

More National Headlines


1963 - The Moscow-Washington hotline between the leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union goes into operation.

1967 - Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the Supreme Court.

1992 - The 11-day Ruby Ridge standoff ends with Randy Weaver surrendering to federal authorities.

Wise Words


"Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Robert Frost

Lighter Side


"Even more concerning is that Trump's allies are worried that he is running out of tools to fix the economy. Running out of tools. When Trump heard that, he was like, 'Not true, I have Eric and Don Jr. - I have more than enough tools.'" - JIMMY FALLON

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