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Situational awareness - March 19, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City

Today is the deadline for candidates to file for the 2020 election


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rep. Ben McAdams discloses he's tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Some rural lawmakers say the state is overreacting to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Congress races to shore up the economy.

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images/1000px_Screenshots/20200319_McAdams_Today.jpgVideo: McAdams says America needs to increase availability of coronavirus testing
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams is the second member of Congress to test positive for the COVID-19 virus. He said Thursday morning testing should be expanded to cover more Americans.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_01.jpgSome rural lawmakers say the state is overreacting to the coronavirus outbreak
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
18 rural Utah lawmakers sent a letter to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox that essentially accused them of overreacting to the threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and warning of irreparable harm to the state's economy.
images/1000px_Mugs/Joe_Jarvis_01.jpgJoe Jarvis dropping bid for Congress to be Jan Garbett's running mate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Republican Jan Garbett will name physician Joe Jarvis as her running mate UtahPolicy.com has learned.
images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_02.jpgMcAdams tests positive for coronavirus
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams is the second member of Congress to test positive for the COVID-19 virus.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Deidre_Henderson.jpegSen. Deidre Henderson won't run for re-election
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
In a surprise move, state Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, announced Wednesday morning that she won't run for re-election this year, retiring from the Senate after eight years, just two terms.
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_Captiol_28.jpgAnalysis: The most 'conservative' and 'liberal' members of the Utah Senate
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
While a few Utah House Republicans and Democrats are somewhat close to each other in their political leanings, you don't find that in the state Senate -- in that smaller, more elite body, members of the two major political parties are very, very far apart philosophically.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_36.jpgShould Utah make changes to how education is funded? We asked the GOP candidates for governor
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
UtahPolicy.com asked the now-seven major GOP candidates for governor about the plan to amend the Utah Constitution to allow income tax revenue to go to more than just higher and public education.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgAre two-dollar bills counterfeit? - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
We're socially isolating because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but the podcast rolls on. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick bring you the latest news from Utah politics.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Michael_Parker_01.jpgGuest opinion: Utah must display unrivaled economic resilience
By Michael Parker
Our state, nation, and the globe are facing an unprecedented challenge associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. While addressing the public health aspects of this crisis is paramount, we must begin immediately working on how we can protect and respond to this challenge economically.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_15.jpgAnalysis: Ranking the most 'conservative' and 'liberal' members of the Utah Legislature
By Bob Bernick, Contributing 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?

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Coronavirus latest

The Chinese city of Wuhan reported no new infections from COVID-19 for the first time since the outbreak. However, Italy is set to surpass China's death toll from the virus [AP].

Younger adults are falling seriously ill from the coronavirus, but the risk of dying is much higher in older people [New York Times].

Nobody knows how long Americans will have their lives upended by the virus [AP].

The government moves to shore up the economy

President Donald Trump signed the first coronavirus aid bill, a sweeping multi-billion dollar package that provides paid sick leave for Americans affected by COVID-19 [USA Today].

President Trump is pushing hard for a $1 trillion fiscal stimulus package [Washington Post].

Congress is considering a massive bailout package unlike anything the nation has ever seen as entire sectors of the economy are threatened with shutdown from the virus [New York Times].

Democrats are demanding that any taxpayer bailout to major industries include restrictions on corporate bonuses and stock buybacks [Huffington Post].

The Federal Reserve is moving to shore up the $3.8 trillion mutual fund industry [Reuters].

President Trump said Wednesday he may invoke the Defense Production Act, which gives him the power to direct civilian businesses to meet orders for products necessary for the national defense [ABC News].

Dow plummets

The Dow finished below 20,000 for the first time since February 2017. The new low has effectively wiped out all of the gains made since President Trump took office [CNBC].


Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes and the wealthy are facing allegations of favoritism as they seemingly have easier access to coronavirus tests than the general public [AP].


Bernie Sanders' campaign signals he may be open to dropping out of the Democratic presidential race [Washington Post].

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is benefitting from the coronavirus outbreak as President Trump's re-election campaign is taking a break from attacking him [Politico].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngWTC Utah webinar series: Force majeure with Parsons Behle & Latimer
Join World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with Parsons Behle & Latimer, for a webinar about whether the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shock may excuse a party's performance under a contract.
Central Wasatch Commission opens a call for project ideas and will accept idea submissions now through April 3rd
The Central Wasatch Commission is pleased to announce the launch of a Call for Ideas for new projects specific to the project area of the Central Wasatch Commission, which includes Millcreek Canyon, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, and the Wasatch Back.
State orders restaurants, bars to suspend dine-in services to slow spread of COVID-19
The Utah Department of Health, in coordination with the Governor's Office and Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force, issued an order to all restaurants, bars, and food service establishments in the state of Utah to suspend dine-in operations for a period of two weeks. 
Smith's offering special hours for senior citizen shopping
Starting Wednesday, March 18, Smith's Food & Drug Stores will dedicate the first hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, solely to the shopping needs of senior citizens until further notice. This group is the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
United Ways of Utah to provide support with COVID-19 community response fund
United Ways of Utah announced the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, in a collective effort to alleviate some of the economic impact many Utah families are facing as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus.
Utah Food Industry Association urges calm and responsible shopping in the wake of the emergence of the coronavirus
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting retailers, our customers and employees nationwide. Our members operate grocery, pharmacy, home improvement and convenience stores throughout the state. Utah retailers' first priority is always the health and safety of our customers and employees. We urge consumers to shop responsibly during this public health event. 

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1941 - The 99th Pursuit Squadron also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the U.S. Army Air Corps, is activated.

1942 - With World War II underway, all U.S. men between the ages of 45 and 64 were ordered to register with draft boards in what was sometimes called the "old man's draft."

1962 - Bob Dylan releases his first album.

1966 - Texas Western becomes the first college basketball team to win the NCAA championship with an all-black starting lineup.

1979 - The House of Representatives begins broadcasting its day-to-day business via C-SPAN.

1987 - Televangelist Jim Bakker resigns as head of the PTL Club due to a brewing sex scandal; he hands over control to Jerry Falwell.

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