Situational awareness – December 20, 2019

Good morning from Salt Lake City and TGIF!

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

  • The House and Senate are facing off over President Trump’s impeachment trial.
  • Herbert pushes back against tax reform critics.
  • Former White House officials say Vladimir Putin is why President Trump believes Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.


Last week’s winner, Mike Mower, sends along today’s question:

Which Utah County was named for a Republican Utah Territory Governor who liked the Mormons?

If you know the answer, send your response to me at [email protected]

The THIRD correct answer will get to ask the next trivia question.


This newsletter is taking Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week off for the Christmas holiday. We’ll return on Monday, December 30. 


Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 38 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 45 (2/3/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 74 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 83 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 193 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 319 (11/3/2020)