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Situational awareness - September 11, 2019

Good Wednesday 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:

  • Overall, Utahns trust Republicans more than Democrats on gun policy, but women say they trust Democrats more according to our new poll.
  • President Trump fires national security advisor John Bolton.
  • Republicans narrowly hang on to a North Carolina congressional seat.

18 years ago today

I was anchoring the morning news on one of our local public radio stations when I heard NPR's Carl Cassell announce that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. My mind immediately thought of a small aircraft hitting the building. I had no idea how wrong those mental images would turn out to be.


Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 55 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 138 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 174 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 286 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 419 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Gun_Policy_03.jpgWho do Utahns trust more on gun policy? Men trust Republicans in Congress, while women trust Democrats
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
More Utahns trust Republicans in Congress to make good gun control policies than trust Democrats, a new UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics poll shows.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgCalling all Shakespeare nerds! - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah lawmakers are prepping changes to the state's medical marijuana laws. But, those changes may delay implementation past the March 1 deadline.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190910_GOED.jpgLearn about government contracting at the PTAC Symposium
By GOED team
The Governor's Office of Economic Development is sponsoring the annual Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Symposium on Oct. 16 at the Salt Lake Community College in Sandy, Utah (Miller Campus). Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the Symposium starts at 8 a.m.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Medical_Marijuana_02.jpgChanges to Utah's medical cannabis law could push implementation past March 1 deadline
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
The changes to Utah's new medical marijuana law were unveiled Monday during a public hearing on Capitol Hill.
images/1000px_Mugs/Orrin_Hatch_02.jpgGuest opinion: Civility can restore our institutions
By Orrin G. Hatch
(Note: This excerpt from an opinion article by former Sen. Orrin Hatch was first published in the Washington Times. To read the complete article, click here.)
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Gun_Violence_01.jpgMost Utahns agree gun violence is a 'serious problem'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
In the wake of several high-profile mass shootings, more than of Utahns say gun violence is a serious problem in the United States.
images/1000px_Mugs/Stan_Summers.jpgBox Elder Commissioner Stan Summers considering run for congress in 2020
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Add one more name to the list of Republicans considering jumping into the race to replace Rep. Rob Bishop in Utah's 1st Congressional District. Box Elder County Commissioner Stan Summers tells UtahPolicy.com he's thinking about making a run for Congress next year.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Personal_economy.jpgMost Utahns say they are better off today than they were four years ago, but there's a huge difference in opinion between men and women
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Just over half of all Utahns say they are better off today than they were four years ago, a new UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics poll shows.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_27.jpgLawmakers did not consult the LDS Church on proposed medical cannabis changes
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
UtahPolicy.com has confirmed that proposed changes to the new state medical marijuana law -- to be decided in a special legislative session -- have not been approved by leaders of the LDS Church.

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I mustache you to go

President Donald Trump fired national security advisor John Bolton on Tuesday. Trump is now looking for his fourth national security advisor in three years [CNN].

Close call

Republicans narrowly hold on to a North Carolina congressional seat in a special election. President Trump won the district by 12 points in 2016, but Republican Dan Bishop wins by more than two percentage points [WaPo].

The slim GOP win should raise some red flags for Republicans heading into 2020 [Politico].

Polls, polls, polls!

President Trump trails all five top-tier Democrats in a hypothetical 2020 matchup [WaPo].

6 in 10 Americans say President Trump does not deserve another term in office [CNN].

President Trump's approval rating drops below 40% in three new polls [Newsweek].

President Trump's approval ratings are now lower than when Republicans lost control of the House in 2018 [The Week].

Texas could be a toss-up in 2020, according to a new poll showing Hispanic voters could be a decisive factor next year [Univision].

Trump's finances

President Trump promised he'd release "extremely complete" details of his finances but did not offer any details or timeline for the disclosure [Politico].

Boring but important

California passes a law requiring Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees. The bill could upend the gig economy [NYT].

Trade war

China decides to exempt some American goods from tariffs [Reuters].

A new report estimates Trump's trade war with China has cost the U.S. 300,000 jobs [Yahoo Finance].


President Trump is pushing for a crackdown on homeless camps in California. Aides are suggesting moving the homeless to government-backed facilities. Critics say Trump's sudden interest in the camps is a 2020 campaign tacting and not a serious policy proposal [WaPo].

American well-being

The share of Americans with health insurance dropped in 2018, despite a strong economy [NYT].

Median household income rose last year at its slowest pace in four years. However, the number of Americans in poverty fell for the fourth year in a row [AP].


Policy News

Unite for Term Limits (U4TL) commences gathering signatures for citizen initiative
On September 9, 2019, the elections branch of the Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office announced that the U4TL can begin gathering signatures for the term limit citizen initiative. Without the elections branch'sapproval, U4TL would be unable to gather signatures. 
images/1000px_Logos/EDCUtah_1000.pngEDCUtah announces FY 19's economic development successes and award winners
During its annual meeting held September 10, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah celebrated significant successes of the past fiscal year. In addition, recognized community members Carlos Braceras, Dean Luikart, and Salt Lake Community College for their outstanding leadership in economic development.
Cicero Group welcomes Jill Jobbins to senior advisors
Cicero Grouphas named Jill Jobbins, principal at Jill Jobbins Advisory, to its council of senior advisors.
images/1000px_Logos/20190909_German_US_Logo.pngInsightDeutschland community town hall: A conversation with Utahns on the German-American relationship
On behalf of the American Council on Germany, World Trade Center Utah invites you to attend the InsightDeutschland Community Town Hall: A Conversation with Utahns on the German-American Relationship!
images/1000px_Logos/Hatch_Foundation_Logo.jpgHatch Foundation to host discussion with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch
The Hatch Center-the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation-announced it will be hosting "A Discussion On Civility" with Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. 
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation announces board leadership changes
Utah Foundation announces several changes to its board leadership. Chair Elizabeth Hitch is retiring from her position with the Utah System of Higher Education and is departing Utah Foundation's board.

More National Headlines


1609 - Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan and the indigenous people living there.

1789 - Alexander Hamilton is appointed the first Secretary of the Treasury.

1857 - The Mountain Meadows massacre: Mormon settlers and Paiutes massacre 120 pioneers at Mountain Meadows, Utah.

1944 - The Allied invasion of Germany begins near the city of Aachen.

1950 - President Harry Truman approved military operations north of the 38th paralell during the Korean War.

2001 - Two hijacked aircraft crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third smashes into The Pentagon, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania in a series of coordinated suicide attacks by 19 members of al-Qaeda. A total of 2,996 people are killed.

2012 - The U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya is attacked, resulting in four deaths.

Wise Words


"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint."Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

East Alabama

"The storm surge has come ashore in the country that this man governs. Hundreds of thousands of people are presently without power." What's it going to be like when the president visits victims of the storm? Colbert asked as he slipped into Trump's voice: "So sad to see the damage here in South Carolina or as many call it, East Alabama." Stephen Colbert

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