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Situational awareness - August 28, 2019

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City

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

  • Utahns overwhelmingly favor term limits for lawmakers.
  • Trump wants to fast-track construction of his border wall.
  • Deadline looms for Democrats to qualify for September's debate. 


Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 69 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 152 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 188 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 301 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 433 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Term_Limits_01.jpgPoll: 75% of Utahns support term limits for legislators
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Three-fourths of Utah voters like the idea of term limits for the governor and 104 part-time state legislators, a new UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics survey shows.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgAin't no way Democrats are gonna win up there - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney is preparing a replacement plan for Obamacare that would "give more flexibility to states." Does it have a chance of passing Congress?
images/1000px_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngUtahns less confident about economic future but more content with where they are
By Zions Bank
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index (CAI) decreased 0.1 points to 113.1 in August. The year-over-year CAI ticked down slightly by 1.8 points. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index decreased 0.7 points to 135.1 this month.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation launches new series on how Utahns pay for their water
By Utah Foundation
Given Utah's position as both one of the driest and one of the fastest-growing states, getting water management right is critical.
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.

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Build the wall. President Donald Trump is directing aides to fast track billions of dollars of construction and seize private land to build his long-promised border wall [WaPo].

Trump's taxes. Deutsche Bank all but confirmed they have some of Donald Trump's tax returns and those of his family members. The House Financial Services and Intelligence committees subpoenaed the bank earlier this year seeking Trump's tax information [Politico].

Immigration. The Trump administration plans to shift more than $150 million from FEMA disaster relief to fund efforts to return some migrants to Mexico [NBC News].

2020. Wednesday is the deadline for Democratic presidential hopefuls to qualify for the September debate stage. So far, only 10 of the 22 candidates have cleared the bar for inclusion. Campaigns left out in the cold are lashing out at the DNC over their exclusion [Politico].

  • Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden says he would prefer a running mate who is "of color and/or a different gender" [WaPo].
  • Facebook says they will tighten disclosure requirements for buyers of political ads on the social media platform [Reuters].

For your radar. Republicans are worried about potentially losing the do-over election in a North Carolina congressional seat next month. President Donald Trump won the district by more than 11 points in 2016, but polling shows a very close race [Politico].

Abortion. A federal judge slapped down Missouri's ban on abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy [NYT].

Brexit. British PM Boris Johnson wants to delay the opening of Parliament to lessen the amount of time opponents of a no-deal Brexit have to oppose the move [WaPo].

Hmmm. Attorney General Willam Barr is spending $30,000 of his own money for a private holiday party at President Trump's Washington D.C. hotel [WaPo].

Oh, snap! The Alabama GOP approved a resolution calling for the expulsion of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from Congress for making allegedly anti-semitic remarks. Omar clapped back on Twitter saying "If you want to clean up politics, maybe don't nominate an accused child molester as your Senate candidate," referring to Roy Moore [HuffPo].

Opioid crisis. The Sackler family is offering to give up control of Purdue Pharma and pay $3 billion of their own money as part of a settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits over the flood of opioid pain killers across the U.S. [NYT].

Watch out. China is using LinkedIn to contact thousands of foreign citizens to recruit spies [NYT].

North Korea. Satellite photos of a secret North Korean naval facility appear to show construction on a new nuclear submarine capable of launching nuclear missiles [NBC News].

Long time coming. The Cherokee Nation will send a delegate to Congress for the first time in history under terms of treaties negotiated with the U.S. in the 18th and 19th century [NYT].

Environment. President Trump pushes for more logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest [WaPo].


Policy News

Utah State University celebrates the Year of the Woman Telling Our Story: 1890-2020
Utah State University joins the nation and state in celebrating significant voting rights anniversaries in 2020. As the university honors these important milestones in the nation's history, and as part of those celebrations, Utah State University declares the 2019-20 school year as the "Year of the Woman."
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. 

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


"Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause." Plutarch

Lighter Side


"The stock market has been swinging like a tetherball in a typhoon. It's all because of fears of an economic downturn. In fact, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers puts the odds of a recession at about 50-50. So, you can just flip a coin - no, wait, save the coin! You're going to need it to buy potable water in the afterscape."- STEPHEN COLBERT

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