Situational awareness – August 19, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City

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

  • Most Utahns say President Trump’s tweets may be offensive, but they don’t consider them racist.
  • Rep. Ken Ivory announces he’s resigning from the legislature.
  • President Trump on edge over fears of a looming recession.

Tick Tock

Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 78 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 161 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 197 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 309 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 442 (11/3/2020)


It’s been 34 years since Utah Republicans did not have control of both houses of the legislature and the governor’s mansion. Gov. Scott Matheson left office in January of 1985, and Republicans have had trifecta control ever since.

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Don Savage

Matt Howell

Zachary Zundel

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