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

  • Bishop raised no money, but still could run again in 2020
  • SLC mayoral hopefuls debate
  • BLM HQ moving west
  • Trump doubles down on his racist attack

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Today at Utah Policy

Is Trump a racist, or an equal opportunity insulter-in-chief?

by LaVarr Webb, Publisher
LaVarr Webb, publisher Is President Trump a racist? I don’t know. I don’t…

Romney Joins Cotton, Van Hollen, colleagues in introducing the Defending America’s 5G Future Act

by Press release
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Chris Van Hollen…

Attracting new companies to Utah to maintain the state’s economic prosperity

by GOED team
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) corporate recruitment team helps…

SLC mayoral candidates take some gentle jabs at each other during televised debate

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Monday afternoon the eight candidates for Salt Lake City mayor participated in a KSL-TV…

Utah's members of Congress react to Trump's racist attack on Democratic congresswomen

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Image: Shutterstock President Donald Trump ignited a firestorm on Sunday with a series of…

Report: BLM Headquarters moving to Colorado

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Image: Shutterstock The Bureau of Land Management could announce the location of their…

Policy News


USDA Forest Service and State of Utah invest in Utah’s future through shared stewardship

by Press release
U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed a Shared…

Gov. Herbert lowers flags in honor of Sergeant First Class Elliott Robbins

by Press release
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America…

Utah Community Builder Project priorities announced

by Salt Lake Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber announced the project priorities for the Utah Community Builder…

Cicero Group adds Lindsay Hadley to senior advisors

by Press release
Cicero Group has named Lindsay Hadley, CEO of Hadley Impact, to its council of senior…

Cicero Group expands leadership team

by Press release
Cicero Group is pleased to announce the advancement of one new partner and five new…

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: The 1,000th California condor chick in a…

Lighter Side

Good Guy and Bad
“Anyone can be a good guy. Anyone can be a bad guy. Not everyone can be both,” said the host. “He’s the kind of guy who sets the timer on the bomb, then turns around, and is like: ‘Jesus, this sicko only gave us three minutes. We have to get out of here.’”  Trevor Noah

Wise Words

Be Doing

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." Francis of Assisi

National Briefing

"Go back" day 2

  • President Donald Trump doubled down on his racist attack on four Democratic congresswomen on Monday. He falsely claimed Rep. Ilhan Omar sympathized with Al Qaeda and said the four women should apologize to him for their foul language [NYT].
  • The four congresswomen tore into Trump during a news conference on Monday, slamming the "bile of garbage" that comes from his mouth [Politico].
  • The House is set to vote Tuesday on a resolution condemning Trump for his comments [CNN].
  • Texas Democrat Al Green says he will force a vote on impeachment in the House over Trump's bigotry [The Hill].
  • Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden slammed Trump's "flat racist" tweets, saying "he should go home" [Politico].

Debt crisis. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down a White House plan for a short-term increase in the debt ceiling if Congress can't agree to a spending deal. Congress has just 7 working days left before leaving town for the August recess [WaPo].


  • Nearly half of the Democratic presidential hopefuls spent more money than they raised during the last quarter, a reality that may end up winnowing the huge field [Politico].
  • GOP mega-donors are pouring money into the Trump re-election effort [Politico].
  • President Trump's re-election campaign is spending heavily to attract small donors [NYT].

Immigration. A new Trump administration rule would block most migrants coming to the U.S. from seeking asylum [NYT].

Boring but important. The White House says the federal deficit will pass $1 trillion this year. It will be the first time in the nation's history the deficit has exceeded that level [The Hill].

White House vs. Congress. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defied a congressional subpoena on Monday and refused to show up for a hearing with the House Oversight Committee. Conway ignored the summons at the direction of President Trump [Politico].

Trade. The tariffs collected by the U.S. from China is not enough to cover the money the Trump administration is spending to bail out farmers who are impacted by the trade war [NYT].

North Korea. Officials warned that country may resume missile tests in response to planned military exercises involving the U.S. and North Korea [WaPo].

Climate. A terrifying new study says hundreds of U.S. cities could see an entire month each year with heat-index temperatures soaring above 100 degrees by 2050 if global warming continues unchecked [USA Today].