Situational awareness – September 9, 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 they’re better off than they were four years ago, but there’s a huge difference in opinion between men and women according to our new poll.
  • Legislators say they did not consult with the LDS Church before moving forward with proposed changes to the state’s medical cannabis law.
  • President Trump says he canceled secret peace talks with the Taliban just days before the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Trivia time

Quite a few readers knew that John Neely Johnson, who served as governor of California from 1856 to 1858, is buried at Fort Douglas. Johnson also was appointed to the Nevada Supreme Court in 1867. He died in Salt Lake City in 1872. 

The first three subscribers who sent in the correct answer were:

  • Peggy Burdett
  • Orrin Colby
  • Mike Mower

If you have a Utah political trivia question you’d like to submit to our readers, send it my way via email at [email protected]. In return, I’ll send you one of our laptop stickers!


Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 57 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 140 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 180 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 289 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 421 (11/3/2020)