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Situational awareness - March 26, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Senate passes the $2 trillion stimulus package.
  • Sen. Mitt Romney called the massive stimulus bill "good news."
  • The U.S. passes 1,000 deaths from coronavirus


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/House_District_7.jpgTwo former legislators facing off in House District 7 race
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Editor's Note: Over the next several weeks UtahPolicy.com will analyze several legislative races this year, the candidates and their political histories.In Ogden's House District 7 race this year it will be one old House member against an even older House member.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_12.jpgRomney calls massive $2 trillion stimulus package 'very good news'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday that the gargantuan $2 trillion stimulus package being considered by Congress is "very good news" as Washington races to confront the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic.
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_16.jpgAnalysis: Pro-tax reform vote did not hurt many lawmakers politically
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
When the anti-tax reform public movement was gaining strength in early January, there was all kinds of talk about how in key legislative contests, leading lawmakers who pushed reform in the December special session could be voted out this year.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt__Romney_06.jpgRomney tests negative for coronavirus
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he had tested negative for coronavirus, but would remain in quarantine for 14 days.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200324_coronavirus_response_plan.jpgGovernor Herbert releases coronavirus economic response plan
By News Release
Governor Gary R. Herbert released "Utah Leads Together," his comprehensive task force plan to mitigate the economic consequences of Covid-19 and return Utah to the record-setting growth it enjoyed prior to the pandemic. The report and economic playbook include recommendations from dozens of state and industry leaders throughout Utah. 
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_11.jpgGuest opinion: New special needs opportunity scholarship FAQ
By Sutherland Institute
What is the Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship Program?The Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship program is a tax credit scholarship program passed during the 2020 Utah Legislative Session that offers educational options for students with special needs. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgA big bag of germs - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 It's another quarantastic episode as Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick bring you the top Utah political news.
images/1000px_Mugs/Winder_Newton_Dougall_01.jpgWinder Newton picks Dougall as her running mate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Republican Aimee Winder Newton said Tuesday current Utah State Auditor John Dougall would be her running mate for the 2020 gubernatorial contest.

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Are you feeling stimulated?

The Senate unanimously passed the $2 trillion stimulus after a bipartisan deal. The package includes direct payments to taxpayers and billions for businesses. The House is aiming to pass the measure on Friday [New York Times].

In case you're curious, here's what's in the bill [CNN].

This is a handy calculator to help you estimate how big of a direct payment you'll get from the government. 80 percent of Americans will get some sort of cash payment [Washington Post].

Joblessness spikes

Millions of Americans may have lost their jobs last week [New York Times].

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says jobless claims will show a big increase when they're released Thursday morning [Bloomberg].

California saw 1 million unemployment claims in less than two weeks [Los Angeles Times].

Virus updates

The number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. topped 1,000 [Fox News].

An epidemiologist is predicting the number of deaths from coronavirus in the U.S. could hit a peak in three weeks [CNN].

The White House completely ignored the detailed pandemic response playbook that was developed by the National Security Council [Politico].

The anti-malarial drug chloroquine is no better at treating coronavirus than regular treatments. President Donald Trump has touted the medicine as a breakthrough treatment for the virus, but studies show that's not accurate [Bloomberg].

The U.S. is insisting that the United Nations call out the Chinese origins of the virus, which is blocking a possible response to the pandemic [NBC News].

United Airlines is cutting its domestic flights by 52 percent. That's up from a projected 45 percent cut [TechCrunch].

He's still in

Bernie Sanders could remain in the Democratic presidential race until June as the coronavirus has delayed several nominating contests [Politico].

For your radar

Federal-backed mortgages have tripled since 2007. FHA borrowers are likely to struggle with a slowing economy more than other homeowners as many of them are spending more than half of their economies on debt [Bloomberg].


Policy News

Utah Economic Response Task Force announces data analytics and decision support advisory team
Following Governor Herbert's release yesterday of the Utah Economic Response Task Force Plan, "Utah Leads Together," the Task Force announced the formation of a cross-disciplinary team of data analytics and subject-matter experts to advise decision-makers in achieving the Plan's goals. 
Attorney General Reyes warns Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Craigslist, Walmart: Online marketplaces are not exempt from price gouging laws
Attorney General Sean D. Reyes urged Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services.
Governor issues Executive Order relaxing requirements for telehealth providers
The governor issued an Executive Order suspending sections of state statute that may make it difficult for health providers to provide telehealth care to their patients. 
WTC Utah webinar series: Families First Coronavirus Response Act with Parsons Behle & Latimer
Join World Trade Center Utah, in partnership with Parsons Behle & Latimer, for a webinar on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
State restricts non-urgent medical procedures
In order to preserve masks, gloves and other protective equipment for medical professionals assisting in the fight against COVID-19, the Utah Department of Health has announced restrictions on medical, dental, and veterinary procedures that are non-urgent. 

More National Headlines


1812 - A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coins the term "gerrymander" to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection.

1830 - The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York.

1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced he had successfully tested a vaccine against polio.

1979 - Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

1982 - A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.

Wise Words

Still True

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side

Stock Market

"But Trump wanted to give a speech to reassure the nation that everything is going to be OK, and I think it worked. Today the stock market only dropped 2,000 points."- JIMMY FALLON

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