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Situational awareness - April 20, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

280 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 U.S. passes 40,000 coronavirus deaths.
  • Poll shows Bob Stevenson and Katie Witt leading the GOP race in CD1.
  • Republicans in Utah County give Rep. Brad Daw the boot.


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images/1000px_Mugs/Stevenson_Witt_01.jpgPoll: Stevenson, Witt lead race for GOP nomination in Utah's 1st Congressional District
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Davis County Commissioner Bob Stevenson is ahead in the U.S. 1st District House GOP race to replace retiring Rep. Rob Bishop, a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll finds.
images/Icons-Blue/button1.pngUtah County Republicans oust long-serving legislator, while several Salt Lake County contests are headed to a second round of voting
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah County Republicans gave the boot to 7-term Rep. Brad Daw while Salt Lake County Republicans pushed Sen. Wayne Harper to a primary election in June.
images/1000px_Mugs/Herbert_Trump_01.jpgPoll: Republican delegates give Trump, Herbert high marks on coronavirus response
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah GOP delegates give President Donald Trump and Gov. Gary Herbert high marks for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic according to a new survey.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200419_Utah_Job_Numbers.jpgUtah's unemployment rate grows to 3.6 percent
By News Release
Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for March 2020 grew by an estimated 2.6%, adding 40,400 jobs to the economy since March 2019. Utah's current employment level registers 1,583,000. February's year-over job growth has been revised down to 2.8%. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Sprinting toward reopening'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick wrap up the week's political news.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_07.jpgLawmakers, Governor Herbert, want to kickstart Utah's economy beginning May 1
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
Republicans in the Utah Legislature let it be known Friday: They want the state's economy opened quickly.
images/1000px_Logos/2020_Buttons.jpgPoll suggests Republican race in 4th District looks to be a wide-open contest
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The race for the Republican nomination in Utah's hotly contested 4th Congressional District looks to be a wide-open affair, but former radio host Jay McFarland and former NFL player Burgess Owens have a slight lead on the rest of the field according to a new poll.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200416_Special_Session.jpgLawmakers tackle fiscal and political response to coronavirus on first day of special session
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
While the overriding issue in the virtual Utah legislative special session is money -- changing budgets and deadlines because of the coronavirus's impact on state operations, there are a few political issues as well to be dealt with over the next few days.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Legislature puts pressure on Herbert's coronavirus response
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
While praising how he's responded to the coronavirus outbreak, the Republican majorities in the Utah House and Senate, meeting in special session, are clearly moving to collar GOP Gov. Gary Herbert.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_09.jpgRomney snubbed by White House on coronavirus task force
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Republican Senator not named to a congressional task force created by the White House to study how to kick start the nation's economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. 
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200416_Wilson_Online_Session.jpgWith a few glitches, Utah lawmakers begin inaugural online-only session
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
The Utah Legislature got underway Thursday morning with just a few glitches in a historic online, virtual special session.
images/1000px_Mugs/Sean_Reyes_01.jpgReyes, Skordas hold big leads in race for GOP, Democratic Attorney General nominations
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
GOP Attorney General Sean Reyes holds a healthy lead over the two fellow Republicans seeking to unseat him this year, a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll finds.

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Grim milestone

The number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. topped 40,000 over the weekend [CNN].


An investigation found far-right pro-gun groups and a network of conservative activists are masterminding calls for anti-quarantine protests [Washington Post].

Small business bailout

The Trump administration and congressional leaders are nearing a deal to add another $470 billion to a small business loan fund that ran dry last week [Washington Post].

Shake Shack, Ruth's Chris and other big chain restaurants got millions of dollars in government stimulus loans while thousands of small businesses were left in the cold [CNN].

Shake Shack said the company would return the entire $10 million stimulus loan [Bloomberg].

Kickstarting the economy?

The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has unveiled a plan to kickstart the economy and help businesses recover from mandatory shutdowns [Fox News].

President Donald Trump said Sunday the federal government is stepping up efforts to obtain supplies for coronavirus testing [Washington Post].

President Trump said some states will begin lifting coronavirus restrictions in the coming week [Reuters].

Experts say coronavirus testing needs to triple before the U.S. can reopen the economy [New York Times].

The White House ordered a company in Maine to make swabs for testing under the Defense Production Act [CNN].

24 Hour Fitness is weighing declaring bankruptcy after the pandemic forced the chain to close hundreds of clubs [CNBC].

Nieman Marcus will seek bankruptcy protection as soon as this week [Reuters].

Blame game

President Trump suggested Sunday that China may have deliberately caused the COVID-19 outbreak [Bloomberg].

Americans at the World Health Organization provided real-time information about the spread of the coronavirus to the Trump administration, undercutting claims that the WHO failed to communicate the extent of the threat [Washington Post].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/Utah_Economic_Response_Task_Force_Logo_01.jpgEconomic Response Task Force releases blueprint for reopening business in 'Utah Leads Together 2.0'
As the COVID-19 curve begins to flatten, Utah's Economic Task Force released a plan for reactivating the economy through a process that is described not as a "switch" but a "dail," and calls for vigilance, confidence, patience, innovation, and engagement. 
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation: Mass telework experiment offers potential, pitfalls
Utah Foundation began a teleworking study in early 2020 without knowing just how timely the topic would become. Following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease a couple of months later, public and private sector responses upended many Americans' working lives, sending millions into telework arrangements overnight.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune:Wasatch Front residents are getting outside, but trail options are few and crowded--KSL.com:Salt Lake City creates survey to decide which streets to open up for pedestrians, cyclistsVirtual EventsWorldwide Museums--Met 360 Project--Virtual Museum Tours--Museum Zen Art--Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery--Tate Britain Museum--Musee D'Orsay Museum--Uffizi Gallery--Van Gogh Museum--Louvre Egyptian Antiquities Virtual Tour--Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History--The British Museum--The White House--Palace of Versailles--Doge's Palace--Anne Frank HouseLocal Museums--The Leonardo At Home--Utah Museum of Contemporary Art: Art Everyday--Utah Museum of Fine Art at HomeArt/Galleries-- Clever Octopus Kits-- Salt Lake Gallery Stroll-- Kimball Art Center Lesson Plans and ARTS Tours-- Free Art Streamed-- Google Art & Culture Project-- Utah Arts Alliance Online-- BYU Museum of Art App-- ACE Virtual Coloring Book--Visual Art Institute Virtual ClassesBotanical/Zoological--Hogle Zoo--Loveland Living Planet Aquarium-- Ogden Nature Center--Thanksgiving Point--Tracy AviaryDance-- Covey Center for the Arts Dance Classes-- Odyssey Dance Theatre: A Midsummer Night Dream--Repertory Dance Theatre Dance Classes--Ririe Woodbury Virtual Movement Dance ClassesTheatre-- Hale Centre Theatre Brighter Days-- "Little Red" streaming through April 23, SCERA Center-- On Pitch Performing Arts Virtual ConcertsLesson Plans for Children-- Clark Planetarium Activities for Home-- Discovery Gateway--Museum Lesson Plans-- National Student Essay Competition--Natural History Museum of Utah: Research Quest Live--Swaner Eco Center-- Utah Film Center--Utah Symphony Education from Home--Utah Opera Education from HomeFilms-- DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival-- Holt/Smithson Foundation Friday Films--Salt Lake Film Society--Sundance Collab--Tumbleweeds Film Festival On Demand--Utah Film Center has a variety of Film Streaming OptionsHumanities--Kings English Bookshop Story Time-- National Student Essay Competition-- Mapping Literary Utah -- "Mozart & Razaz," Sunday, 3 p.m., NOVA Chamber Music Series, free-- SLC Library Community Resources Page--Utah Humanities #VirtualCampfireMusic--Locals Lounge Every Night at 7PM--The Metropolitan Opera--Orchestra of Southern Utah YouTube--Utah Chamber Artists Virtual Vitruosity--Utah Symphony YouTubeSTEM-- Clark Planetarium STEM Activities for Home-- Discovery Gateway STEM Learning Lab--Stem Action Center STEM in the HomeHealth & Wellness-- Mindfulness: Online by UMFA--Seek Studio EverywhereEt cetra-- Explore Your Outdoors! Family Friendly Nature Talks & Activity Ideas (Virtual Event), Saturday, 10 11 a.m.,Utah Society for Environmental Education-- Baby Animal Festival Drive-Thru-Edition, through May 2,Cross E Ranch, 3500 North 2200 West, Salt Lake City
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More National Headlines


1534 - Jacques Cartier begins his first voyage to what is today the east coast of Canada.

1775 - The Siege of Boston begins in the American Revolutionary War.

1789 - George Washington arrives at Grays Ferry, Philadelphia while en route to Manhattan for his inauguration.

1861 - Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.

1871 - Congress passed the Third Force Act, also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, authorizing President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law, impose heavy penalties against terrorist organizations and use military force to suppress the Klan.

1898 - President William McKinley signed a joint resolution to Congress for a declaration of War against Spain, beginning the Spanish-American War.

1918 - Manfred von Richthofen, a.k.a. The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80t victims, his final victories before his death the following day.

1999 - Columbine High School massacre. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others before committing suicide.

2010 - The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning of an oil spill that would last six months.

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