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Situational awareness - October 14, 2019

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City

Thanks for reading Utah's must-read daily political news rundown. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up for our emails.

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

  • More than half of Utah voters disapprove of President Trump's job performance.
  • Utahns are divided on whether Congress should hold impeachment hearings.
  • President Trump orders U.S. forces out of northern Syria.

Trivial winners

Congratulations to subscriber Sandy Tenney who was the first to identify Howard Jarvis as the former Utah Republican Party Executive Director who appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and was in the classic comedy movie "Airplane!"

Jarvis was one of the authors of California's Prop. 13, which slashed property taxes. In the film, he was left in a Taxi at the curb at the airport.

Because she was first, Tenney gets to submit this Friday's trivia question.

Stay tuned.


Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 22 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 105 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 141 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 260 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 386 (11/3/2020)

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Trump_MAGA_flag.jpgOnly 41% of Utah voters would vote to give Trump another term in 2020
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Just over 4 in 10 Utah voters say they're ready to give President Donald Trump another term in office in 2020.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20191014_Romney_shirts.pngAnthony Scaramucci desperately wants Mitt Romney to run against Donald Trump in 2020
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is making it clear he wants Sen. Mitt Romney to challenge Donald Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020.
images/1000px_Logos/GOED_Logo_1000.pngThe 14th Annual Utah Economic Summit announced
By Governor's Office of Economic Development
The 14th annual Utah Economic Summit hosted by Governor Herbert will be held on May 7, 2020, at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. We're looking for Summit breakout session presenters. The call for presenters and session ideas can be submitted here until October 31, 2019.
images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_02.jpg55% of Utah voters disapprove of President Trump's job performance
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
President Donald Trump remains a polarizing figure in the Beehive State. A new Utah Political Trends survey finds 55% of Utahns disapprove of President Trump's job performance, while 45% say they approve.
images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_03.jpgPoll: Utahns remain divided on impeaching Trump
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah voters are nearly evenly split on whether House Democrats should move forward with the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgI called it! - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
We welcome special guest co-host Spencer Stokes back to the podcast.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_07.jpgRomney holds fundraiser for Utah GOP
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney put his fundraising prowess to work on Thursday night by hosting an event to raise money for the Utah Republican Party.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_05.jpgLawmakers consider tax overhaul options, but cast doubt on a special session before the end of the year
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Seven months after the end of the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers are no closer to finding a solution to what they describe as an imbalance in the state's taxing structure than they were in March.
images/1000px_Logos/Zions_Bank_Logo_01.pngRecord drop in housing prices slows growth of Wasatch Front price index
By Zions Bank
The Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) decreased 0.4% from August to September on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Year over year, the Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index has grown 2.9%, while the national Consumer Price Index has increased 1.7% since September of last year.

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President Donald Trump is doubling down and ordering all remaining US forces out of northern Syria. The move comes after a week of battling with his advisors [Washington Post].

Syrian Kurds announced they had reached a deal with the Iranian- and Russian-backed government of Syria, an American foe, following the pullout of US troops [New York Times].


Congress returns to Washington this week as the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump heats up [AP].

Gordon Sonland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, plans to testify this week that President Trump told him to deny any quid pro quo involving Ukraine [Washington Post].

The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine testified to Congress on Friday that President Trump pressured the State Department to oust her [AP].

President Trump tried to hire former Rep. Trey Gowdy to be a part of his impeachment defense team, but that plan quickly fell apart [New York Times].

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday he was committed to protecting the identity of the anonymous whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry into President Trump [Washington Post].

President Trump, who has a long history of threatening lawsuits then not following through, suggested he could sue Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff as a counter to the impeachment inquiry [CNN].

Senate Republicans are bracing for a brawl over impeachment as they return to Washington [The Hill].


President Donald Trump announced Friday the first phase of a deal to end the trade war with China. However, both sides said there is much more ground to cover before a deal could be reached [Reuters].


President Trump is defending Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, amid reports federal prosecutors are investigating whether the former New York Mayor broke federal lobbying laws [Washington Post].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

A video showing a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and assaulting members of the media and his political opponents was shown at a conference for Trump supporters at his Miami resort last week. Media organizations are demanding Trump denounce the video [New York Times].


Policy News

Complete Count Committee opens census grants
The State of Utah's Complete Count Committee has announced it will make up to $500,000 in grants available to entities seeking to help achieve an accurate count in hard-to-reach areas and populations.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngJoin WTC Utah for a lunch-time meeting with the Ambassador from Cuba
Join us to hear from the Cuban Ambassador about the challenges and opportunities in Cuba for Utah. 
images/1000px_Logos/EDCUtah_1000.pngEDCUtah conducting in-depth business climate survey statewide
The Economic Development Corporation of Utah recently conducted its 30th "Know the Customer" interview and is seeking another 30 companies to participate in the initiative by year-end.
Space Dynamics Lab cameras successfully launched into ionosphere
NASA has announced the launch of its Ionospheric Connection Explorer. Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory developed the cameras in two of the primary instruments and led the payload integration and test activities for ICON.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER 24 episode 54: Shocking hacker creativity and how your mood impacts your security
One thing you should never underestimate? The astounding creativity of cybercriminals. As security services and our overall cybersecurity posture continue to improve, the bad guys need to come up with more and more innovative ways to get access to the data they want. 
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Baiting big game is legal in Utah - for now. But is it right?-- Salt Lake Tribune: Park managers balk at plan to let ORVs in Utah national parks--KSL.com:Want to know where Utah's waterfowl migrate to? There's now a website for that-- KSL.com: Utah wildlife officials hope to double state's bighorn sheep population-- KSL.com: 9 Utah fall foliage spots to visit, as recommended by KSL.com readers-- KSL.com: Popular trails in Utah County still closed due to mudslides, damage caused by wildfiresNew Films

More National Headlines


1066 - William, Duke of Normandy, better known as William the Conqueror, led his invading army to victory over England's King Harold at Hastings.

1912 - Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for a return to office, was shot in Milwaukee. He refused to have the wound treated until he finished his speech.

1933 - Nazi Germany announced its withdrawal from the League of Nations.

1947 - Air Force test pilot Charles E. Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier when he flew the experimental Bell X-1 rocket plane over Edwards Air Force Base in California.

1964 - Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

1968 - The first live telecast from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.

Wise Words


"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others."Aristotle

Lighter Side

Bone Spur

Donald Trump "is responding the only way he knows how: by being petty as hell". In a press conference on Thursday, Trump defended his decision by saying that the Kurds did not help the US in the second world war. (They did, in fact, assist the Allies). The argument is ridiculous, Noah said, though "to be fair, not helping in a war is one area President Bone Spurs has experience with". Trevor Noah

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