Happy Wednesday! President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign raised $30 million during the first three months of the year, getting off to a fast fundraising start while his potential Democratic rivals stockpile cash for a long and expensive primary. Trump now has more than $40 million in the bank to seek a second term. [Politico]
Topping the news: Utah Rep. Ben McAdams raised $300,000 in the first three months of the year but Rep. Rob Bishop raised nothing as he doesn’t plan to seek re-election. [Trib]
-> A new study released by Business Roundtable shows that one out of every five jobs in Utah are supported by international trade and that the state’s exports to Mexico and Canada increased by 378 percent since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect. [Trib]
-> While digging their heels in against SB54, a divisive issue for Utah’s GOP, Davis County Republicans chose a group of moderate, self-defined “bridge builders,” to represent them in the state central committee. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From: @MadelainePisani: “'As Amy Walter ... put it, reporters talking about polls are a lot like preteens talking about sex.' Walter: ‘They know all the words. They talk about it a lot. But they have no idea what they’re talking about.'
@amyewalter is a national treasure."
Happy Birthday: to former gubernatorial spokesman Marty Carpenter, attorney Randy Dryer and Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson.
In other news: Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Kerry Gibson, a former Republican lawmaker and the current deputy director for the Utah Department of Natural Resources, as commissioner for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. [Trib]
-> Ogden and Saint George are the latest cities in Utah to join the e-scooter craze that has -- until recently -- been centralized mostly in Salt Lake City. [Trib]
-> Robert Gehrke says Sen. Elizabeth Warren won’t be the last presidential hopeful to visit Utah thanks to the state joining others for a primary on Super Tuesday 2020. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley offers his take on President Trump. [Trib]
-> Sen. Mitt Romney sponsored a bill that would help facilitate the provision of running water to a number of families in the Navajo Nation. [DNews]
-> Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, led a mock Senate that allowed third graders of At Windridge Elementary School to learn about the state lawmaking process. [DNews]
-> Environmentalist groups in Utah are not satisfied with lawmakers’ solutions to regional haze, saying the latest measure is nothing more than a reenactment of previous legislation that was rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency. [Fox13]
-> Campaign finance reports show freshmen House Democrats are making early fundraising efforts to protect their seats. [Politico]
-> A decision made by Attorney General William Barr will block asylum seekers from posting bail while awaiting for their claims to be processed, a move that could cause them to remain detained for months or even years. [WaPost]
-> The Justice Department continued to investigate Wikileaks even after secretly indicting the group’s founder Julian Assange. [NYTimes]
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