Situational awareness – August 23, 2019

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

  • Utahns oppose ending Utah’s constitutional requirement that income taxes go toward funding education.
  • Vice President Mike Pence visits Utah.
  • White House advisers say forecasts show the economy will slow down dramatically over the next year.

Friday Trivia

Rob Bishop is reportedly considering running for Utah governor in 2020 after he retires from Congress. If he wins it would be a first as Utah is one of three states to have never elected a governor who previously served in the U.S. House. Can you name the other two states?

Send your guesses to me via email at [email protected]. I’ll recognize the first three readers to submit correct answers in Monday’s newsletter.

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Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 74 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 157 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 193 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 306 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 438 (11/3/2020)