Situational awareness – February 3, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


Days to the New Hampshire primaries: 8 (2/11/2020) 

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 29 (3/3/2020)

Days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 38 (3/12/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 148 (6/30/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 274 (11/3/2020)

Days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature: 357 (1/25/2021)

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

  • McAdams’ fundraising swamps his Republican rivals.
  • Lawmakers are facing a bleak budget year following the collapse of tax reform.
  • The 2020 presidential race gets underway in Iowa.


Not too many of our readers knew that Utah’s first tax on food was implemented in 1933 by Gov. Henry Blood in a desperate bid to raise funds during the Great Depression. The tax was known as the Emergency Relief Fund or the “Blood Tax.”

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