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Situational awareness - April 23, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

277 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 House is set to approve nearly $500 billion in additional aid for small businesses.
  • Mitch McConnell warns states should not expect any further aid from Congress.
  • Republicans lead on the generic Congressional ballot in Utah.

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images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_02.jpgRepublicans lead on generic congressional ballot in Utah, but not in the 4th District
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
More good news for freshman Democratic U.S. House Rep. Ben McAdams: A new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll shows in his 4th District the votes are split evenly between a possible Democratic candidate and a Republican candidate.
images/1000px_Mugs/Greg_Hughes_03.jpgInterview with Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Hughes
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former House Speaker Greg Hughes discusses how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way he is running his campaign for governor.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Healthy_Together_Utah_04.jpgUtah unveils new app to help with COVID-19 tracing
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah officials rolled out a new contact tracing smartphone app that will assist the state in tracking and slowing the spread of COVID-19.
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.

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More coronavirus aid

The House is set to pass nearly $500 billion in additional coronavirus relief for small businesses on Thursday [Reuters].

Coronavirus latest

The number of coronavirus cases in China may have been four times as many as what the government reported [Guardian].

The virus has killed more than 10,000 Americans in nursing homes according to a new report [WSJ].

Two cats in New York State are the first housepets to test positive for the coronavirus [New York Times].

Market upswing

Stocks rose for the first time in 3 days as the Dow jumped more than 400 points as oil prices began to stabilize [CNBC].

States are on their own

State and local governments are facing layoffs and cuts to services because of plummeting tax revenues from the pandemic [NBC News].

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that states should consider filing for bankruptcy as they won't be getting any federal aid in future stimulus bills [New York Times].

States that asked first got the most coronavirus emergency aid from the feds [Bloomberg].


After calling for a rapid-reopening of the nation's economy, President Donald Trump criticized Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, saying he was moving too quickly to allow businesses to reopen this week [USA Today].


Republicans are clamoring to re-open Congress as House Democrats back off of a plan to change the rules to allow for remote voting [Washington Post].

Tread lightly

Experts say states rushing to reopen businesses are making a deadly error, as the number of coronavirus infections will likely explode [Washington Post].

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is preparing to announce as early as Friday allowing a wide range of Texas businesses to reopen [Texas Tribune].

Dial it down

Fox News executives are trying to rein in their biggest personalities who are cheering on anti-lockdown protests [NPR].


Take a minute to watch Anderson Coopers totally bonkers interview with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. During the marathon interview, Mayor Goodman made several specious claims and repeatedly called for the cities businesses to reopen. She also said she had no responsibility for helping businesses reopen safely [CNN].

Backing away from hydroxychloroquine

The federal official who was in charge of the agency involved with developing a vaccine for coronavirus said Wednesday he was demoted after he pushed back against the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the virus [New York Times].

After relentlessly promoting the use of the anti-malarial drug to treat coronavirus, Fox News personalities suddenly stopped discussing the medication on their programs [New York Times].

Shoot down?

President Trump instructed the Navy to "shoot down and destroy" any Iranian gunboats that harass U.S. ships [Washington Post].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot?

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar tapped a former Labradoodle breeder with minimal public health experience to head up the agency's day-to-day response to COVID-19 [Reuters].


Policy News

Utahns Against Hunger surveys food pantries, identifies critical needs
In response to increased demand for emergency food because of the economic downturn and stay-at-home order, Utahns Against Hunger surveyed pantries across the state of Utah. During the month of April, UAH heard from 77 organizations of the more than 120 organizations with a food pantry, representing approximately 95 pantry sites.
Michael Akerlow appointed to FHLB Des Moines Advisory Council
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLB Des Moines or the Bank) Board of Directors recently appointed Michael Akerlow, chief executive officer, Community Development Corporation of Utah (CDCU), to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council (Advisory Council), representing the state of Utah.
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.

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