Situational awareness – February 15, 2019

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City. Happy holiday weekend!

Note: Utah Policy will not publish on Monday, the Presidents Day holiday. We’ll be back in your inbox on Tuesday.

Friday’s political trivia: Today’s question comes from reader Clint Warby. What family in Utah has the distinction of having the first Utah state official (name the office) and Utah Olympic Gold medal winner? Send your answers to: [email protected].

The first three correct answers will be recognized in Tuesday’s newsletter (we’re off for President’s Day on Monday.

Friday’s news at-a-glance: Passage of funding bill averts another government shutdown. Pres. Trump says he will declare a national emergency to come up with money to build more of the border wall. Utah’s congressional delegation responds.

Utah Policy poll: GOP fight over Count My Vote and SB54 is hurting the party among its own members.

Utah lawmakers won’t deal with bill preventing transgender people from changing their sex designation. Bob Bernick says the governor and legislative leaders are on a mission to overhaul the sales tax system, but it’s a heavy lift.

Colorado trail runner recounts life or death struggle with mountain lion (Associated Press via SLTrib).

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