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Situational awareness - September 4, 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:

  • Lawmakers are looking at possible changes to the voter-approved anti-gerrymandering proposition.
  • Lee gets a visa to visit Russia after several of his colleagues were rebuffed by the Kremlin.
  • The Trump administration is raiding $3.6 billion in military construction funds to build a wall on the U.S./Mexico border.


Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 62 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 145 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 185 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 294 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 426 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_25.jpgLawmakers discussing making changes, or even repealing, Prop. 4
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
As you may recall, Utah lawmakers changed two voter-approved citizen initiatives in recent months, and now there may be an effort to change the third Prop. 4's independent redistricting commission, UtahPolicy.com has learned.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mike_Lee_01.jpgSen. Lee receives visa to travel to Russia after several colleagues were denied
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Sen. Mike Lee Sen. Mike Lee was issued a visa to travel to Russia this week. The approval comes after several of his colleagues were denied entry by the Kremlin.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBob pitches a country music album - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Should there be a citizenship question on the 2020 census? Our polling shows a slim majority of Utahns favor its inclusion, but there's a sharp partisan divide on the issue. 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber, DWS and EDCUtah announce new rural development initiative
By Salt Lake Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah Department of Workforce Services and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) announced that they will be partnering on a new initiative called the Chamber Rural Workforce Network to help further Utah's rural development. The program was made official when partner officials signed a memorandum of understanding at the Utah Rural Summit held in Cedar City, UT.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngLearn new strategies for navigating the U.S. - China trade war
By World Trade Center Utah
World Trade Center Utah, the Utah State Bar, and Kirton McConkie invite you to join us for a luncheon and seminar on international trade law.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/2020_Census.jpgUtahns divided over including a citizenship question on the 2020 census
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Just over half of all Utahns say the U.S. Census next year should include a question on whether you are a citizen or not, a new UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics poll finds.
images/1000px_Mugs/20190902_McAdams_Podcast.jpgPodcast: Rep. Ben McAdams on 2020, impeachment, the national debt and gun control
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams has the distinction of being the "most vulnerable" Democrat in Congress heading into the 2020 election.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgTrump trails Sanders and Booker in Utah - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Support for Donald Trump's re-election in Utah sits at 40%. He trails Democrats Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders and is in a virtual tie with Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. While there's almost no chance Trump could lose Utah in 2020, his unpopularity could cause big problems for Utah Republicans down-ballot.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Toll_Road_01.jpgHow should Utah fund roads? Our new poll shows Utahns oppose raising the gas tax or implementing tolls
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utahns recognize that the state per-gallon gasoline tax doesn't pay for all the road needs and that sales tax is diverted to roads, but they don't like the idea of raising the gas tax, and they really don't like the idea of charging tolls on some major roads, a new UtahPolicy.com/Y2 Analytics survey finds.

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President Donald Trump was so angry after China retaliated on trade he wanted to double tariffs. Aides enlisted several CEOs to warn Trump the move would have a devastating effect on the economy [CNBC].

Key data shows Trump's trade war with China is starting to affect the American companies he vowed to protect [New York Times].

The manufacturing sector in the U.S. contracted for the first time since 2016, boosting fears of a recession [Bloomberg].

Build the wall

The Trump administration is raiding $3.6 billion in funding for military construction projects for construction of Trump's long-promised border wall [Politico].


Walmart ends all handgun ammunition sales and asks customers not to carry firearms into stores [CNN].

Kroeger also asks customers not to openly carry guns in their stores [CNN].

Hurricane Dorian

The Bahamas begin the process of recovering from the "apocalyptic damage" after Hurricane Dorian pulverizes parts of that country [AP].


A North Carolina court ruled the state's legislative districts are unconstitutional as they overwhelmingly favor Republicans [WaPo].


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson loses control of Parliament as opposition parties moved to block his plan for a "no-deal" Brexit. Johnson called for snap elections [New York Times].

Hong Kong

Hong Kong's leader has withdrawn a bill allowing extradition to mainland China. The proposed measure sparked three months of protests [CNN].


President Trump "suggested" Vice President Mike Pence stay at Trump's Irish golf club during Pence's overseas visit [NBC News].


More than half of the country's state attorneys general are preparing to launch an antitrust investigation into Google's advertising practices [CNN].


Policy News

Utah State Fair to offer free admission to veterans, military and first responders on Sept. 11
The Utah State Fair is offering free admission on Patriot Day, Sept. 11, in recognition of all those who serve or have served the state or country.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_05.jpgRomney joins Republican colleagues in sending unified message against Democrats' court-packing threat
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined all of his Senate Republican colleagues, led by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in sending a letter to the Supreme Court of the United States condemning Democrats' recent threats to pack the Supreme Court. Full text of the letter can be found below and here.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 podcast: As more Utah state employees embrace teleworking, officials have eye on cybersecurity
Last month, Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox announced a pilot program testing the benefits of state employees teleworking showed increased productivity, reduced carbon output by eliminating the commute to an office and allows for more efficient use of state office space. 
Leading industry, academic experts appointed to Space Dynamics Lab board
Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory announced it has named Lisa Berreau, Lesa Roe, and Kathryn Tobey to its Board of Trustees.

More National Headlines


1609 - Navigator Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan.

1781 - Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers.

1886 - Apache leader Geronimo surrenders in Arizona.

1888 - George Eastman registers the trademark Kodak and receives a patent for this camera that uses roll film.

1957 - Arkansas Gov. Orval Fabus called out the National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from entering Central High School in Little Rock.

1972 - American swimmer Mark Spitz became the first athlete to win seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games.

1972 - The Price is Right premiers on CBS. It is the longest-running game show on American television.

1998 - Google is founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

2006 - Steve Irwin, Australia's "Crocodile Hunter" TV star, was killed by a stingray barb to the heart while he was filming underwater.

Wise Words

Room to Live

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

Better Investment

"I'm not saying the economy is in trouble, but right now, giving money to John Hickenlooper's presidential campaign is a better investment." - JIMMY FALLON

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