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Situational awareness - March 17, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

309 days to inauguration day [01/20/2021)

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

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

  • Mitt Romney suggests giving $1,000 to Americans in order to stimulate the economy.
  • The Trump administration wants $850 billion in economic stimulus from Congress.
  • An economist says America could lose 1 million jobs in March.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_15.jpgAnalysis: Ranking the most 'conservative' and 'liberal' members of the Utah Legislature
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
As candidates begin filing to run for the Utah Legislature this year, who are the most conservative and liberal incumbents when ranked against each others' voting records?
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_11.jpgRomney's plan to give some Americans $1k during coronavirus outbreak would cost up to $100 billion per month
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney's call to give $1,000 to adults in the U.S. as a way to boost the economy amid the COVID-19 outbreak carries a pretty hefty price tag - approximately $100 billion per month.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgGovernor Herbert Announces creation of economic response task force
By News Release
Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the formation of the Economic Response Task Force as a subcommittee of the COVID-19 Community Task Force.
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By Utah League of Cities and Towns
The best way to fight an enemy is to be ready for it. So, does that mean it's appropriate to declare a state of emergency in your city or town?
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_10.jpgRomney proposes giving every adult in the US $1000 to boost the economy
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
On Monday, Sen. Mitt Romney proposed giving $1,000 to every adult in America as a way to shore up the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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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.

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Recession warnings

The Dow dropped nearly 3,000 points on Monday, its worst day since 1987 [CNBC].

America could lose 1 million jobs in March according to a former Trump administration economist [CNN].

Morgan Stanley economists say a global recession is now inevitable, but they believe the slump will be similar to the 2001 recession, but not as bad as 2009 [Bloomberg].

The Trump administration is seeking roughly $850 billion in emergency stimulus from Congress [Washington Post].

The Senate could pass a "phase 3" coronavirus relief package this week that could carry a price tag of hundreds of billions of dollars [Politico].

The idea of giving cash handouts to Americans in order to stave off a recession is gaining traction in Congress [Bloomberg].

Casinos are asking Congress for emergency aid [Washington Post].

U.S. airlines say they need a $50 billion bailout to avoid collapse [Reuters].

Coronavirus crisis

President Donald Trump shifted his tone about the coronavirus on Monday, suggesting the U.S. may be fighting the outbreak until August [Bloomberg].

Jared Kushner repeatedly advised President Trump, his father in law, that the media's coverage was exaggerating the severity of the coronavirus outbreak [New York Times].

Residents in six counties in the San Francisco Bay area have been ordered to shelter-in-place for three weeks [AP].

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on the federal government to use the Army Corps of Engineers to build field hospitals to deal with the spread of coronavirus [NBC News].

The World Health Organization says two of their staffers have tested positive for COVID-19. Health care workers in the U.S. are starting to test positive, too [Fox News].

60 percent of Americans say the worst from the virus outbreak is yet to come [NBC News].

The Supreme Court has postponed oral arguments indefinitely [Politico].

2020 election

Aides say Bernie Sanders won't drop out of the 2020 Democratic primary even though he's expected to lose big in Tuesday's Democratic primaries [Politico].

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said Monday the state will order all polling places to not open for Tuesday's primary elections to help control the spread of the virus [Politico].


The Justice Department dropped charges against two Russian firms charged with interference in the 2016 election [Politico].

Federal judiciary

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is encouraging sitting Republican-nominated judges who are eligible to retire to step aside so they can be replaced while the GOP still controls the Senate and the White House [New York Times].


Policy News

Governor appoints Chris Parker as the new executive director for the Utah Department of Commerce
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has announced the appointment of Chris Parker as the executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce. 
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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.

More National Headlines


According to tradition, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul. Some sources list the year as 461, others say 493.

1776 - British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.

1842 - The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is formed.

1942 - Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.

1959 - The Dalai Lama fled Tibet for India in the wake of a failed uprising by Tibetans against Chinese rule.

1968 - As a result of nerve gas testing by the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Skull Valley, Utah, over 6,000 sheep are found dead.

1969 - Gold Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

2003 - President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave his country. Iraq rejected the ultimatum.

Wise Words


"Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Booker T. Washington

Lighter Side


"Everyone is still talking about the coronavirus and now the airline industry is also in trouble. But I read that some young people are taking advantage of cheap flights and booking trips. In one article, a girl actually said, 'If I die, I die.' Meanwhile, that's also the slogan for Spirit Airlines."- JIMMY FALLON

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