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Situational awareness - February 25, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


There are 13 working days remaining in the 2020 Utah Legislature

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

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

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

28 days to the statewide neighborhood caucus meetings (3/24/2020)

60 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic state conventions (4/25/2020)

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

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

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

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

  • Talks continue over possible changes to Prop. 4.
  • Should Utah lawmakers cut taxes? We ask the candidates for governor.
  • Stocks plunge amid the spread of the coronavirus spread

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/2020_Election_01.jpgShould the Utah Legislature cut taxes this year? We ask the GOP candidates for governor what they would do
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Five of the six main GOP gubernatorial candidates this year tell that they want the Republican-controlled Legislature to cut taxes this session.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_37.jpgLegislative leaders deny they're moving to repeal Prop. 4 as they continue to seek a deal
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Legislative leaders and representatives from the Better Boundaries group are still involved in talks over changes to the voter-approved anti-gerrymandering initiative. But, lawmakers deny there is any move to repeal the measure as supporters have claimed.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Guarding against the blowback from anti-Romney resolution
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
For those who watch the Utah Legislature closely -- as I do -- it was interesting to see that the legislative attorney who wrote Rep. Phil Lyman's "censure" resolution condemning U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney's vote to impeach GOP President Donald Trump was John Fellows.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_20.jpgProposal would make it illegal to disrupt a public meeting
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A state senator has introduced a bill that would make it a Class B misdemeanor -- with jail time and a fine -- for disrupting an official meeting of "public servants."
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Congress_B_W_01.jpgUtah voters say Republicans in Congress are doing a better job than Democrats
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah voters believe Republicans in Congress are handling their jobs better than Democrats, but most disapprove of both groups.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_25.jpgLawmakers moving to make changes to voter-approved anti-gerrymandering initiative
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
For months legislative leaders have been quietly negotiating a deal with Better Boundaries, the group behind the Prop. 4 anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative. Those talks stalled on Thursday afternoon, but lawmakers are set to move forward with plans to make changes to the voter-passed measure anyway.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Vape_Pens_01.jpgOne lawmaker is proposing a total ban on vaping in Utah
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
State Rep. Paul Ray has a solution to the competing e-cigarette bills now battling each other on Capitol Hill -- ban vaping completely, make it illegal.
images/1000px_Mugs/Chris_Stewart_02.jpgReport: Trump nixed Stewart for intelligence post after learning of 'Mussolini' remarks
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bloomberg reports Friday that President Donald Trump was close to nominating Rep. Chris Stewart as the next Director of National Intelligence until he was made aware of a 2016 video clip where Stewart called Trump "our Mussolini."
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgA Neapolitan ice cream of political ideology - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 It's our 500th episode! Thanks to all our listeners for making this milestone possible!
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Lawmakers attempt a dubious trifecta
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
As first reported by, GOP leaders in the Legislature have decided to go forward with a rewrite of Prop 4, the Better Boundaries citizen initiative that was barely passed by voters in November 2018.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_36.jpgUtah voters say lawmakers don't pay attention to what they want according to new poll
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Most Utahns, even most Republicans, think their Utah House and Senate member pay little or no attention to what they -- the voter -- wants, a new poll by Y2 Analytics finds.

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Coronavirus hits the economy

The markets plunged on Monday amid fears the COVID-19 virus is accelerating its spread around the globe [Washington Post].

Economists say a global pandemic from the virus could cost $1 trillion [Bloomberg].

The Trump administration is asking Congress for $2.5 billion to battle the virus [Bloomberg].

Another debate

There will be 7 Democrats on the stage tonight in South Carolina ahead of Saturday's primary [New York Times].

Expect Michael Bloomberg to attack frontrunner Bernie Sanders relentlessly in tonight's debate [Politico].

Supreme Court

President Donald Trump says Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor should recuse themselves from cases dealing with his administration [Fox News].

The Supreme Court will rule whether faith-based foster agencies can reject same-sex couples [NBC News].

That's a lot of cheesecake!

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has spent more than $8,600 buying cheesecakes as thank-you gifts for supporters over the last decade [New York Post].


Policy News

Hatch to receive religious liberty's highest honor
Orrin G. Hatch, Chairman Emeritus of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, has been named Becket's 2020 Canterbury Medalist for his instrumental role in the passing of fundamental legislation in defense of religious liberty for people of all faiths.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngRegister now for the Utah Economic Summit
Early Bird Pricing is now available for the 14th Annual Governor's Utah Economic Summit.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 Episode 70: Strategies to protect against IoT vulnerabilities
The internet of things (IoT) has been steadily creeping into our lives. From smart appliances to smart light bulbs, there are more and more devices that make our lives more convenient.

More National Headlines


1791 - The First Bank of the U.S. at Philadelphia became the first national bank chartered by Congress.

1836 - Samuel Colt is granted a patent for the Colt revolver.

1870 - Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress.

1919 - Oregon places a one cent per gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first state to levy a gasoline tax.

1964 - Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) stunned the boxing world with a TKA of Sonny Liston, winning the world heavyweight championship.

1987 - Southern Methodist University's football program is the first college football program to be banned from competition by the NCAA.

Wise Words


"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side

Throwing Shade

"It's the same way you would lose white voters if a tape came out of you saying that pets aren't the same as babies. All the pumpkin spice in the world can't save you after that." Trevor Noah

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