Situational awareness – January 24, 2020

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City

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

  • Tax reform goes kaput.
  • Democrats will wrap up their prosecution in the impeachment trial Friday.
  • “Doomsday clock” moves closer to midnight.


This week’s question is a two-parter from Andrew Gruber.

“What Utah Governor built the first passenger rail system on the Wasatch Front, an “inter-urban” line that opened in 1908 between Salt Lake City and Ogden? What attraction did this Governor build along that line as an amusement for families?”

Send your guesses to me at [email protected]. The third reader with the correct answer will get the honor of asking next week’s question.


Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 3 (1/27/2020)

Days to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses: 10 (2/3/2020)

Days to the New Hampshire primaries: 18 (2/11/2020) 

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 39 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 48 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 158 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 284 (11/3/2020)