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Situational awareness - April 13, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Trump leads Biden by just 5 points in Utah.
  • Why it took Trump six weeks to respond to the coronavirus.
  • Lawmakers to discuss how to re-open business in the state in this week's special session


Lots of subscribers knew that the village of Llandudno in Wales is the birthplace of Martha Hughes Cannon, the first female State Senator elected in the United States, and that the town plans to unveil a commemorative plaque honoring Cannon near her last known address on the same day her statue is unveiled in the U.S. Capitol building. 

Congratulations to Katherine Kitterman, who was randomly selected from the correct answers as our winner. 

As such, she gets to ask this Friday's trivia question.

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images/1000px_Mugs/Trump_Biden_01.jpgPoll: Trump leads Biden by just 5 points in Utah
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
President Donald Trump leads presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by just 5 percentage points according to a new Utah Political Trends survey.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_12.jpgLawmakers may consider expanding state's 'right to try' law and how to reopen businesses during this week's special session
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah lawmakers are gearing up for a special, online-only, legislative session later this week. The agenda may include measures allowing Utahns to access experimental treatments for coronavirus and the best way to re-open businesses in the state amid the current pandemic.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast - 'Packs of feral Mike Lee's roaming the neighborhood'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick wrap up the week's Utah political headlines.
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.

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Botched response

President Donald Trump was warned about the potential for a pandemic from the coronavirus, but he waited six weeks before taking aggressive action against the spread of the illness [New York Times].

When will the economy re-open?

President Trump wants to re-open the economy next month, but the ultimate decision will lie with the nation's governors [New York Times].

Dr. Anthony Fauci says it's possible that parts of the country could start relaxing stay-at-home orders sometime next month [Politico].

The U.S. may face 18 months of rolling shutdowns because of the coronavirus [Bloomberg].

Oil prices

President Trump reached a deal with oil-producing nations to cut production in order to stabilize oil prices, but it's unclear how much of an impact the cuts will have [CNN].

Government response

Congress is under pressure to pump out more stimulus funding as the economic toll from the virus continues to grow [Bloomberg].

The White House rejected a bailout for the U.S. Postal Service in the last fiscal stimulus bill [Washington Post].

States are still unclear on how to get supplies from the federal government for responding to the coronavirus pandemic [Politico].

Brewing crisis

The next economic crisis will hit states and towns as tax revenue begins to fall [Axios].

Tracking the virus

Google and Apple announced they are developing a smartphone platform to track the spread of the coronavirus while protecting the privacy of those who opt into it [Ars Technica].

Medication study halted

A small study about the use of chloroquine to treat the coronavirus was halted because patients developed irregular heart rates [New York Times].

Investigating claims against Biden

A probe into claims by a California woman who said Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in his Senate office in 1993 found no corroborating evidence or any other staffers in the office who were aware of the alleged assault [Washington Post].


A massive hole in the ozone three times the size of Greenland has opened over the North Pole [Space.com].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngSave the date: April 27-28, 2020 Virtual trade mission to the U.A.E.
Connect directly with businesses and government leaders from the United Arab Emirates in a virtual trade mission hosted by World Trade Center Utah and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Thrives_Podcast_Logo.jpgUtah Thrives podcast: A new census brings a new round of redistricting
In this episode of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation Research Analyst Christopher Collard and President Peter Reichard discuss the new Utah redistricting statute and the challenges of redistricting in our state. The conversation follows Utah Foundation's release of a new brief on redistricting and an interactive citizen redistricting tool.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 77: Easing the transition to remote work
Over the past couple of weeks, a large portion of the workforce has faced a quick transition from office life to working remotely. Some organizations were well prepared to make that change, many employees had already been working remotely, but some faced significant challenges. 
Utah Treasurer encourages teachers, parents to celebrate Financial Literacy Month by incorporating financial education into remote learning
April is Financial Literacy Month, and Utah schools are under a soft closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time of remote learning, Utah State Treasurer David Damschen encourages teachers and parents to incorporate financial education into students' daily learning.  
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. 

More National Headlines


1742 - George Frideric Handel's Messiah makes its world-premier in Dublin, Ireland.

1861 - Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces.

1870 - The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded.

1932 - Democrats accused the Hoover administration of wrecking the economy, plunging millions into misery and engulfing the government in debt due to extravagance.

1943 - The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. on the 200th anniversary of President Thomas Jefferson's birth.

1970 - An oxygen tank aboard the Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in danger while in route to the moon.

1976 - The U.S. Treasury reintroduces the two-dollar bill.

1997 - Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to ever win the Master Tournament.

Wise Words


"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."Mahatma Gandhi

Lighter Side

Shake Hands

"Yesterday Dr. Fauci said he doesn't think that we should ever shake hands again, which will be weird when every job interview starts with an awkward chest bump."- JIMMY FALLON

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