Situational awareness – September 16, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City

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

  • Lawmakers convene for a special session Monday
  • Legislative leaders expect to see several gun-related bills during the 2020 session.
  • President Trump says the U.S. is “locked and loaded” to respond to an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil field.

Trivia time

Utah Sen. Arthur V. Watkins headed up a bi-partisan committee to consider censure of Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the height of his anti-communist purges. The Senate ultimately voted to “condemn” McCarthy on two counts.

Many people believe Watkins’ role in the McCarthy affair contributed to his re-election defeat in 1958 when Democrat Frank Moss won the seat. 

The first three readers with the correct answer were:

  • Matt Howell
  • Peggy Burdett
  • Donald Jarvis

Thanks to everyone who sent in guesses.

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Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 50 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 133 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 169 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 281 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 414 (11/3/2020)