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Situational awareness - April 22, 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Congress passes another round of relief for small businesses.
  • A study concludes hydroxychloroquine offers no benefit in treating the coronavirus.
  • A new poll shows Rep. John Curtis is well on his way to another term in Washington.

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images/1000px_Mugs/John_Curtis_01.jpegRep. John Curtis has a sizable lead in 3rd District race
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
U.S. Rep. John Curtis is well on his way to re-election this year, a new UtahPolicy.com and KUTV 2News poll shows.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_09.jpgRight-wing social media freakout could kill a bill putting restrictions on local emergency orders
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
A misreading of one line in a bill to put restrictions on local governments during public emergencies led to a public freakout among some right-wing elements in Utah, and now the bill is in jeopardy.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_05.jpgHerbert calls for second special session beginning Thursday
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Wanting to get in on all this special legislative session stuff, Gov. Gary Herbert Tuesday afternoon called a special session for Thursday on his own.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast - 'The scoop of the year that wasn't'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick break down the top Utah political news stories.
images/1000px_Mugs/Chris_Stewart_02.jpgPoll: Rep. Chris Stewart has a big lead over his GOP challengers
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
U.S. GOP Rep. Chris Stewart seems a shoo-in to win re-nomination to his 2nd Congressional District, a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll shows.
images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_03.jpgMcAdams joins bi-partisan plan to restart American economy
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The bi-partisan "Problem Solvers Caucus" in Congress unveiled a comprehensive plan on Monday to reopen the economy.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_25.jpgLawmakers reach deal with Gov. Herbert on vetoed special needs scholarship bill
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
When Utah legislators meet, again, in special session Thursday, the special needs private school program vetoed by GOP Gary Herbert will be amended and passed, it's sponsor, House Majority Whip Mike Schultz, tells UtahPolicy.com.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_02.jpgBill offers legal protections for businesses that re-open during coronavirus pandemic
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah lawmakers and Gov. Gary Herbert are pushing to get some parts of Utah's economy back to work starting May 1. A bill set for debate when Utah lawmakers re-convene in their special session later this week offers some protection to businesses that reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
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%. 

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More small business funds

The Senate passed a $484 billion coronavirus relief plan that includes aid for small businesses and hospitals along with money to expand testing [CNBC].

No miracle drug

A new study concludes the anti-malarial drug aggressively promoted by President Donald Trump to treat the coronavirus has no benefit and was linked to higher rates of death for patients hospitalized with the virus [Washington Post].

Another wave

The head of the Centers for Disease Control is warning a second coronavirus outbreak could emerge this winter in conjunction with flu season, which could lead to an even more dire health crisis [CNN].

Economic turmoil

Stocks are starting to succumb to the economic reality of the recession now gripping the economy [Bloomberg].

Black and Hispanic families in the U.S. are taking the biggest income hit due to job losses from the coronavirus pandemic and those families are less prepared to withstand the blow [Reuters].

The United Nations is warning the world is at risk of widespread famines "of biblical proportions" caused by the coronavirus pandemic [BBC].

The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. is seeking to change the terms of its lease with the federal government as the Trump Organization is seeking to cut costs amid the coronavirus pandemic [New York Times].

Immigration ban

President Trump's plan to halt immigration during the coronavirus pandemic is not as expansive as originally thought. On Tuesday Trump said he would order a 60-day halt in issuing green cards, but he will not suspend guest worker programs [New York Times].


A long-awaited report from the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee concludes Russia interfered in the 2016 election in order to help President Trump defeat Hillary Clinton [New York Times].


The United Auto Workers endorsed Joe Biden in the presidential race [AP].

Biden will name his advisory panel to help him select a running mate by May 1 [Washington Post].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgWebinar: Creating a safe and healthy work environment plan
Join the Salt Lake Chamber, University of Utah Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational & Environmental Health and WCF Insurance for a webinar to help you create a safe and healthy work environment plan on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Over $500,000 in bridge loans awarded to Washington County small businesses
The Greater Together Small Business Resilience Fund, a partnership between county and city officials, the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and private industry, announced that 36 Washington County based small businesses have been awarded zero percent interest bridge loans totaling $517,500.
images/1000px_Logos/Utah_Economic_Response_Task_Force_Logo_01.jpgSave Small Business Initiative applications open now
On April 15, 2020, the U.S. Chamber its Save Small Business Initiative to address the immediate needs of the small business community, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize support for long-term recovery in the wake of the economic destruction of the COVID-19 pandemic.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 78: Driving forces behind ransomware growth
Ransomware is a growing problem for American businesses - particularly small and medium-sized businesses. In just the first nine months of 2019, there were nearly 152 million ransomware attacks.

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Wise Words


"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."John F. Kennedy

Lighter Side


"Angry Trump supporters were also at Michigan's State Capitol, where they blocked traffic and honked their horns in a protest called 'Operation Gridlock.' Who are you gridlocking? There's nobody else out there. Blocking empty streets is like streaking in your shower - it doesn't count!"- STEPHEN COLBERT

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