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Situational awareness - March 16, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


  TICK TOCK  

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

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

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

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


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

  • Gov. Gary Herbert announces a 2-week "soft closure" of Utah's schools.
  • The Fed slashes interest rates to near zero in a massive economic intervention.
  • Joe Biden says he will pick a woman as his running mate.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgEverything is canceled - Bernick and Schott on politics
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The 2020 Utah Legislature is done. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick wrap up what happened over the last 45 days.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgLeadership amid a major crisis -- how is the Trump team performing?
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
A major crisis is always a severe test of the leadership of the person in charge. Right now, Pres. Trump is being scrutinized and judged on his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. It will certainly have ramifications for his re-election.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/2020_Election_03.jpg2020 Utah candidate tracker - Statewide and congressional races
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Keep up to date with the latest candidate filings in the race for governor and Utah's four seats in Congress.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/2020_Election_02.jpg2020 Utah candidate tracker - Utah Senate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
2020 means another election cycle is upon us. Half of the Utah Senate seats are up for election this year. Here's a running list of declared candidates.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/2020_Election_01.jpg2020 Utah candidate tracker - Utah House
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
All 75 Utah House seats are up for election this year. Here's our running list of who has declared to run so far this year.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_09.jpgThe 2020 Legislature is in the books. What did lawmakers accomplish over the past 45 days?
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
 The 2020 Utah Legislature will be remembered for, what?
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20190413_SLCO_GOP.jpgUtah Republicans, Democrats move state conventions online, postpone caucuses
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The Utah Republican Party announced Thursday they would postpone their neighborhood caucus meetings scheduled for March 24th because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Utah Democrats said they were not mandating any changes to the caucus meetings, but they are "strongly advising" that leaders find alternatives to the meetings. 
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_03.jpgDelaying tax filing deadline due to coronavirus could wreak havoc on Utah's budget
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
As if the coronavirus hasn't screwed up the state's budget bad enough, now this: If the Trump administration goes through with plans to delay the April 15 federal income tax filing deadline, it could push "hundreds of millions of dollars" in state income tax receipts into the next fiscal year, making the current year run badly into the red.

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  NATIONAL HEADLINES  

Hunker down

Americans are waking up Monday morning to a long list of closures and cancelations due to the coronavirus [Washington Post].

The U.S. may begin rationing healthcare as the number of coronavirus cases begins to climb [Washington Post].

The CDC urges canceling events with 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks to stem the spread of COVID-19 [Roll Call].

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it will be possible it will take "a few months" for life to get "back to normal" [The Hill].

Las Vegas hotels and casinos are shutting their doors to combat the spread of coronavirus [Los Angeles Times].

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said it was possible that schools in that state could remain closed through the end of the academic year [The Hill].

Georgia postpones its presidential primary for two months [New York Times].


Racing to prevent an economic meltdown

The Fed announced a massive stimulus on Sunday to boost the economy, dropping interest rates to near zero and buying hundreds of billions of dollars in securities [Politico].

Goldman Sachs predicts U.S. GDP will shrink 5 percent in the second quarter of this year as consumers and businesses slash spending [Bloomberg].

Stock futures dropped sharply Sunday and ht their "limit down" level [CNBC].

Analysts say the coronavirus could bankrupt most airlines by the end of May [Bloomberg].


Wow!

The U.S. government offered a "large sum" of money to a German company developing a coronavirus vaccine to move its research work to the U.S., raising fears that President Donald Trump was trying to assure that any vaccine would be available first in the United States. There are also worries that the U.S. was trying to gain exclusive access to a potential vaccine [New York Times].

The National Institutes of Health will begin clinical trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine on Monday [AP].


Democratic debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday he would pick a woman as his running mate [Politico].


  BUSINESS HEADLINES  



Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngDiscover international solutions to fight COVID-19 economic headwinds
Now more than ever, take advantage of WTC Utah's grant funding, international matchmaking, webinars and international resources.
CYBER23 Episode 73: Preventing phishing attacks from crippling your business
In this week's episode of the CYBER24 podcast, presented by VLCM, we discuss how a leading security company educates your employees to help them keep your data safe online. We also discuss the sophisticated technology they use to keep malicious links from getting to your employees in the first place. 
Safeguards announced to protect Utah Veterans Homes residents
Based on recommendations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Avalon Healthcare and the Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs will be increasing preventive protocols and procedures in place at the William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home, George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home, Mervyn Sharp Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home and Southern Utah Veterans Home.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--KSL.com:Section of popular fishing, hunting spot near Scofield Dam closed to public--KSL.com:Officials warn Utahns about risk of flooding, swift waterways as spring nearsConcerts-- A Highland Bagpipe Experience, Utah Pipe Band, Friday, 6:30 p.m., Gallivan Center, 239 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, free but registration required-- "Classically Inspired," Salt Lake Symphony, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Hall, University of Utah, 1375 East Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, $5-$10-- Love Stories and Vivaldi's Gloria Concert, Heber Valley Choir and Orchestra, Saturday, 7 p.m., Midway Town Hall, 100 West Main Street, Midway, $5-$8
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--KSL.com:Section of popular fishing, hunting spot near Scofield Dam closed to public--KSL.com:Officials warn Utahns about risk of flooding, swift waterways as spring nearsConcerts-- A Highland Bagpipe Experience, Utah Pipe Band, Friday, 6:30 p.m., Gallivan Center, 239 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, free but registration required-- "Classically Inspired," Salt Lake Symphony, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Hall, University of Utah, 1375 East Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, $5-$10-- Love Stories and Vivaldi's Gloria Concert, Heber Valley Choir and Orchestra, Saturday, 7 p.m., Midway Town Hall, 100 West Main Street, Midway, $5-$8
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgLee, Romney offer resources for Utahns affected by travel restrictions due to coronavirus
U.S. Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney released the following statement regarding travel restrictions to the United States:

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  ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY  

1802 - The Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.

1916 - The 7th and 10th US cavalry regiments under John J. Pershing cross the US-Mexico border to join the hunt for Pancho Villa.

1935 - Adolf Hitler orders Germany to rearm in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.

1958 - The Ford Motor Company produces its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company's founding.

1969 - My Lai Massacre occurs: between 347 and 500 Vietnamese villagers are killed by American troops.

1988 - Iran-Contra Affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

1995 - Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.


Wise Words

Morality

"Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something."Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

5 Stages of Coronavirus

"These are the five stages of coronavirus. First, you have denial: 'I'm not going to get the coronavirus. Only old people, Chinese people, and people on cruise ships get that.' Second, anger: 'Why isn't there any toilet paper at Target? Is everybody nuts?' Then bargaining: 'All right, there's no Purell. Maybe I'll make my own hand sanitizer with Jergens and vodka.' But next comes depression: 'I can't believe they canceled Coachella. I'm not gonna get to see Carly Rae Jepsen for a year now!' And finally, acceptance, which is 'Hey, you know what? If I die, maybe I'll get to meet Prince.'"- JIMMY KIMMEL


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