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Situational awareness - April 1, 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City and welcome to April

2020 is officially 25 percent finished.


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

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

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

294 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)

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

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

  • President Trump warns 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus.
  • The number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. passed 4,000, doubling in just two days.
  • Herbert says he will call a special session in the next few weeks so lawmakers can make budget adjustments.

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images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_27.jpgHerbert says he will call a special session so lawmakers can make budget adjustments
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert said Tuesday that he will call a special legislative session within "two or three weeks" to deal with the growing coronavirus impacts.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation to citizens: Try your hand at congressional redistricting
By Utah Foundation
Utah Foundation releases Lines in the Sand: A Primer on Redistricting in Utah, along with an interactive redistricting tool to help voters and policymakers further understand redistricting and the challenges surrounding the process. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgThe end of retail politics - Bernick and Schott on politics podcast
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick discuss the latest Utah political news.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jon_Huntsman_03.jpgPoll gives Huntsman highest approval ratings among Utah political figures
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
So, who is the most popular officeholder/candidate in Utah?Surprise -- it's not GOP Gov. Gary Herbert, who has been in that spot for some time.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/SD8_Map.jpgSD8 contest features a rematch from the 2018 election
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 perhaps the largest legislative rematch race of 2020, freshman Democratic Sen. Kathleen Riebe is being challenged by former GOP Sen. Brian Zehnder in Senate District 8, up on the east side of Salt Lake County.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/2020_Election_buttons.jpgCoronavirus pandemic has effectively shut down signature gathering for candidates
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Candidates for governor are finding it difficult to adapt their signature-gathering efforts in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. 
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_02.jpgUtah unveils small business loan program, free childcare for critical workers as part of coronavirus response
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
On Monday, Utah officials announced a new bridge loan program to help small businesses weather the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic. They also unveiled a program to provide free childcare for essential healthcare and public safety workers who are unable to stay at home during the outbreak.
images/1000px_Mugs/Cox_Huntsman_01.jpgPoll shows Huntsman tied with Cox in race for GOP nomination
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A new Dan Jones & Associates poll for the Salt Lake Chamber, obtained by UtahPolicy.com, shows that former GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman leads the congested governor's race among all voters, but comes in a close second -- but a statistical tie -- among just Republican voters.
images/mugs/LaVarr_Webb.jpgHerbert providing strong leadership at crisis time
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
In times of emergency and crisis, governors and other top leaders have to make tough decisions. Not everyone will agree with those decisions, and they risk alienating portions of the electorate. Critics and political opponents will seek to take advantage.

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"A painful two weeks"

President Donald Trump warned that as many as 240,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus according to projections that assume measures to restrict the spread of the virus work. The virus could result in an even steeper death toll in the coming weeks [Bloomberg].

The number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. passed 4,000 overnight, just one day after reaching the 3,000 mark [Fox News].

The United Nations is warning the virus will lead to "enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict" [UN News].

Devastating week for the economy ahead

"The economy is cratering deeper than we have seen in our lifetimes. Layoffs are coming so quickly, the state unemployment offices can't keep up. Banks are flooded with calls about upcoming mortgage and loan payments. Downtowns are deserted, malls are closed, bars are empty, and airplanes are grounded" [CNN].

47 million Americans could lose their jobs because of coronavirus, and the unemployment rate could hit 32 percent [CNBC].

Economists say the coronavirus is guaranteed to throw the world into a recession, but they're less confident that there will be a strong rebound in growth [Bloomberg].

The Dow had its worst first quarter in history [USA Today].

Fighting for supplies

Governors across the nation are pleading for medical equipment from a national stockpile. Some states have received everything they've asked for while others have been wanting [Washington Post].

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says states are bidding against each other and the federal government for critical medical supplies [News and Guts].

The Pentagon still hasn't transferred about 2,000 ventilators in military stockpiles to FEMA because they don't know where to send them [CNN].

Infrastructure push

President Trump called for $2 trillion in spending on the nation's roads, bridges, and tunnels because of record-low interest rates [Bloomberg].

"It's hard to envision that"

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden raised doubts on Wednesday that the Democratic national convention will be held as planned in July [Washington Post].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

Hospitals are threatening to fire healthcare workers who talk to the press about their working conditions during the coronavirus outbreak [Bloomberg].

She keeps going and going

The coronavirus outbreak isn't stopping Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg who is still working out twice a week at the court's private facility [Law 360].


Policy News

Attorney General Reyes announces partnership to monitor and combat coronavirus price gouging
Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes and online marketplaces KSL Classifieds, Amazon, eBay and Facebook are announcing a partnership aimed at monitoring and combating price gouging related to COVID-19.
Sandy City to close in person services and facilities to the public
In an effort to comply with social distancing direction provided by state leaders and to protect both residents and Sandy City employees, all in-person services will be closed starting April 1st until further notice. This includes Sandy City Hall, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Public Utilities facilities. Sandy City Police and Fire Stations are closed to the public. All essential city services will continue to operate normally.
Harmons distributing free digital thermometers through pharmacy drive thrus
Beginning April 1, Harmons will give away a free digital thermometer to customers.
Division of Securities urges caution as scammers target investors with COVID-19 schemes
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Utah Department of Commerce is alerting investors to be on guard against an anticipated surge of fraudulent investment schemes. 

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1789 - In New York City, the U.S. House of Representatives achieves its first quorum and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first Speaker.

1826 - Samuel Morey was granted a patent on the internal combustion engine.

1954 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

1970 - President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertising on television and radio.

1976 - Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino, California.

2003 - U.S. Marines rescued Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who had been held prisoner in Iraq since March 23.

2004 - Google announces Gmail to the public.

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"You know what we need to do with Donald Trump? The same way they bleep out curse words in rap videos, they need to start bleeping out Trump's misinformation at his press briefings." Trevor Noah

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