Situational awareness – December 23, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City.

There are just 8 days left in the decade.

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

  • Utah election officials say they’ll ignore an illegal Republican Party bylaw.
  • Utah’s unemployment rate ties an all-time low.
  • Rob Bishop will announce whether he’s running for governor in January.
  • The White House ordered the suspension of aid to Ukraine within 90 minutes after President Trump’s July phone call with the leader of that country.


Wow! So many of our readers knew that Emery County was named for Republican territorial governor George Emery, who had a friendly relationship with the Mormons.

Great job, everybody!

The winner, who was the third person to submit the correct answer was Rep. Brady Brammer. He gets the honor of asking our next Friday trivia question, which will be in January. 


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


Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 35 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 42 (2/3/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 71 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 80 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 190 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 316 (11/3/2020)