Today's Situational Awareness

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


There are 18 working days remaining in the 2020 Utah Legislature

4 days to the Nevada Democratic caucuses (2/22/2022)

11 days to the South Carolina Democratic primary (2/29/2020)

14 days to the Utah presidential primaries (3/3/2020)

23 days to the final day of the 2020 Utah Legislature (3/12/2020)

133 days to the 2020 Utah primary elections (6/30/2020)

259 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

342 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

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

  • Lawmakers discussing a one-time tax rebate instead of a tax cut this year.
  • Utahns believed the tax reform package would raise taxes instead of cutting them according to a new poll.
  • Pete Buttigieg campaigns in Utah.
  • Mike Bloomberg qualifies for Wednesday's Democratic debate.


Apparently, Friday's question from Natalie Gordon was incredibly difficult as exactly one reader got the correct answer to her query:

Which one of Natalie's great-great-grandfathers served on the Provo City Council, was the first person in Utah County to operate a printing press, and was the Utah Territorial Superintendent of Schools? He also served as Provo Auditor and Recorder, Utah County Clerk, Chief Clerk of the Territorial Legislature, and the recorder at the St. George Temple.

Only Orrin Colby knew L. John Nuttall was the correct answer. As the winner, he gets to ask this Friday's question.

BTW - Natalie says her ancestor is buried in the Provo Cemetary if anyone wants to take a road trip.

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National Briefing

Bloomberg on stage

Democrat Michael Bloomberg has qualified for Wednesday's Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Bloomberg jumped into second place nationally in a new poll with 19 percent support [New York Times].

Bloomberg's campaign is huge. Like, really huge [BuzzFeed].

Bloomberg has dropped $124 million on advertising in the 14 Super Tuesday states, far outspending his Democratic rivals [Los Angeles Times].


More than 2,000 former Justice Department officials called on Attorney General William Barr to resign after his "outrageous" interference in the Roger Stone case [ABC News].

The national Federal Judges Association called a first-ever emergency meeting to address growing concerns about the intervention of Justice Department officials and President Donald Trump in politically sensitive cases. The group said it "could not wait" until its spring conference to discuss the crisis [USA Today].

Boy Scouts

Facing a raft of sexual abuse allegations, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection early Thursday [New York Times].


Former national security adviser John Bolton warned a crowd at Duke University that the White House could block his forthcoming memoir that describes President Trump's interactions with Ukraine [Bloomberg].


The head of a leading hospital in the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak died of the disease on Sunday [Reuters].

Apple is warning investors the outbreak is hurting its business more than previously expected. The company says it will fall short of revenue projections for the upcoming quarter [CNN].


A bill to ban military-style rifles in Virginia was defeated in a legislative committee on Monday [New York Times].


Jeff Bezos pledged $10 billion to fight climate change [NPR].


Locust swarms the size of cities are ravaging East Africa [Bloomberg].


Betelgeuse is doing strange things [New York Times].

Today at Utah Policy

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Lighter Side

Bloomberg Vs. Trump
"Maybe instead of an election we should just put these two old billionaires on a jungle island with sharp sticks and force them to hunt each other, you know? Put it on pay-per-view, all proceeds go to the homeless.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

Wise Words

Calculated Risks

"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash." George S. Patton