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Situational awareness - April 10, 2020

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

290 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 Trump administration is making plans to re-open much of the economy next month.
  • 16 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past three weeks.
  • Cox leads Huntsman by 7 points in a new poll.
  • Mike Lee appears set to endorse Jon Huntsman's bid to return to the governor's mansion.


This week's question comes from Ken Roberts.

The media reported that due to quarantine from the coronavirus pandemic herds of goats had descended from the Great Orme to stroll the now-quiet streets of a nearby coastal town. 

What is the connection of that village to Utah? 

What event is planned on the Orme that coincides with a Utah 2020 event?

If you know the answer to these questions, send them to mailbag@utahpolicy.com. We will randomly select a winner from the correct answers.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Cox_Huntsman_Hughes_01.jpgPoll shows GOP nomination for governor turning into a three-person race between Cox, Huntsman and Hughes
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and former Gov. Jon Huntsman remain the favorites to win the GOP nomination for governor in June, but Former House Speaker Greg Hughes is starting to surge according to a new poll of likely Republican primary election voters.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook - Coronavirus is disenfranchising thousands of Republican voters
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Unless something pretty amazing happens, it appears to me that former GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman will not meet the required 28,000 verified registered Republican signatures by the Monday 5 p.m. deadline.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200409_Lee_Huntsman_01.jpgMike Lee appears set to endorse Jon Huntsman
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
It appears that Sen. Mike Lee is about to endorse Gov. Jon Huntsman's bid to grab the GOP nomination at the upcoming Republican State Convention.
images/1000px_Mugs/20200409_Herbert_covid_presser.jpgHerbert extends 'stay safe, stay home' directive to the end of April
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he was extending his "stay safe, stay home" directive until the end of April, but he had not heard from the White House about implementing a mandatory statewide stay at home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_01.jpgUtahns are more worried about the impact the coronavirus will have on the economy than public health
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utahns are more concerned about the coronavirus' impact on the economy than they are what it's doing to public health, a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2 News survey finds.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_02.jpgOur readers tell us how they think coronavirus will change life in America
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
It's become almost cliche for reporters, pundits and commentators to say that the coronavirus will lead to permanent changes in America. But, what does that mean?
images/1000px_Mugs/20200408_Herbert_Presser.jpgUtah will start monitoring travelers coming into the state for coronavirus
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah will begin stopping travelers coming into the state to ask them if they are exhibiting any symptoms from the coronavirus and determine their final destination in an effort to control the coronavirus pandemic.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_media_01.jpgHalf of Utah voters think the news media is overstating the threat from the coronavirus according to a new poll
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Half of Utah voters believe the news media is exaggerating the risk posed by the coronavirus outbreak according to a new Utah Political Trends survey.

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A grim record

New York State has more coronavirus cases than any other country on the planet [CNN].

Champing at the bit

The Trump administration is pushing hard to reopen much of the U.S. economy next month. Health experts are raising the alarm, warning of a resurgence of COVID-19 before the virus is stamped out [Washington Post].

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is warning President Donald Trump not to move too quickly to reopen the country for business [Politico].

President Trump is preparing to announce a second task force focused on re-opening the nation's economy [CNN].

Trump's re-election hanging in the balance

Top conservative leaders are growing increasingly worried that President Trump has 4-8 weeks to get the recovery from the coronavirus right, or it could cost him his re-election bid [Axios].

The Republican National Committee is launching a seven-figure digital ad campaign praising President Trump's handling of the coronavirus response [Politico].

Economy in tatters

17 million Americans have filed for unemployment over the last three weeks [NPR].

Economists say the U.S. unemployment rate is now 13 percent, the worst since the Great Depression [Washington Post].

A small business loan program is unraveling as the amount of cash available is dwindling [New York Times].

The number of air travelers has dropped by 96 percent from a year ago. The last time the nation saw this few people traveling by air was 1954 [AP].

The Federal Reserve rolls out a $2.3 trillion effort to bolster local governments and small and mid-sized businesses [Reuters].

The Senate failed to pass a plan to deliver $250 billion more in coronavirus aid for a small business loan program that is almost out of money [Politico].

Check your bank account

The Treasury Department says they may start sending stimulus payments to millions Americans starting Friday, with the money being available next week [Politico].

Reining Trump in

Some of President Trump's allies are worried that his marathon daily briefings, which often feature him lashing out at political opponents and contradicting health experts, could hurt him politically [New York Times].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

The White House blocked the nation's top health officials from appearing on CNN in an attempt to pressure the cable news channel into carrying the White House daily coronavirus briefings in full. Vice President Mike Pence's office reversed course on Thursday [CNN].


Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Local leaders shut down popular recreation sites, campgrounds in Grand Staircase, San Rafael Swell, other hiking hot spots
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngWTC Utah webinar series: Financing solutions for your business during COVID-19 with Divvy
Utah businesses of every size are working around the clock to address cashflow challenges resulting from COVID-19. 
Free tools help homeowners apply for mortgage payment forbearance and renters avoid evictions
The Refugee Justice League recommended to refugees seeking the eviction relief and mortgage forbearance relief provided by the CARES Act (COVID-19), that they use two new web-based programs developed to help them apply for these benefits Hello Lender (www.hellolandlord.org) and Hello Landlord (www.hellolender.org).
Don't fall for stimulus check scams or other fraud, Salt Lake County District Attorney issues warning to residents
"Crises bring out the best in people, and the worst in people." Said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. "We want to make sure that those struggling to meet rent, and those going through a tough time during this pandemic aren't being taken advantage of."
Utah Attorney General's office offers online safety tips
The Utah Attorney General's Office is offering tips to everyone who is concerned about online safety during the COVID-19 crisis. As schools closed and moved to an online setting, children are accessing the internet even more than normal.

More National Headlines


1816 - Congress approves the creation of the Second Bank of the United States.

1866 - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York by Henry Bergh.

1912 - RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden and only voyage.

1925 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published.

1970 - Paul McCartney announces he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.

Wise Words


"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."Jackie Robinson

Lighter Side

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"When they saw that, New Yorkers were like, 'That's great. Maybe next time could you give us a heads up? I thought we were being invaded by North Korea.'"- JIMMY FALLON

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