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Situational awareness - April 27, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Spencer Cox and Greg Hughes win the Utah GOP convention nod for governor. 
  • Republicans and Democratic delegates select their candidates.
  • States ready to reopen some non-essential businesses.


Oof, that was a tricky one! We got quite a few clever answers to Friday's question:

"What makes Utah's state capital uniquely different from any other state capital in the United States?"

But, nobody picked up on the wordplay element of the query. "Salt Lake City" is the only state capital name consisting of three words, and all three words have four letters each.

We'll try to crown a new winner on Friday. 

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Today At Utah Policy

images/Icons-Black/republican2.pngAnalysis: Will Utah Republicans follow their rules and kick Huntsman and Wright out of the party for gathering signatures?
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
When the sun came up Sunday morning, former GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright found themselves in an interesting position: According to state GOP bylaws, they were no longer Republicans.
images/Icons-Blue/utah1.pngRepublicans will have a four-way primary for governor in June as Greg Hughes joins Cox, Huntsman and Wright on the ballot
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former Gov. Jon Huntsman is thanking his lucky stars that he was able to secure enough signatures to get on the primary ballot as Utah GOP delegates roundly rejected his bid to return to the governor's mansion Saturday night.
images/1000px_Mugs/20200425_LaVarr_Hair_01.jpgThese are desperate times for my hair
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The thing is, I already needed a haircut when the world shut down. Now, several weeks later, I REALLY needed a haircut.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast - 'Glenn Beck's brain on Ritalin'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the avalanche of recent Utah political news.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_09.jpgLawmakers allocate more than $4 billion in coronavirus relief funds during special session
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
Utah lawmakers allocated billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds during Thursday afternoon's special session, most of it going toward the state's unemployment insurance fund. But, they're preparing for the economic pain that's sure to come.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_08.jpgLawmakers seek to shield businesses from some COVID-19-related lawsuits
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Lawmakers want businesses to re-open amid the coronavirus pandemic without fear of being sued if their customers or workers catch the virus.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_07.jpgLawmakers reach compromise with the governor on bill requiring notification of emergency actions
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A Utah governor would have to tell lawmakers about any emergency order he or she issues during a pandemic 24 hours before it takes effect, under an agreement reached between GOP Gov. Gary Herbert and Republican legislative leaders.
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.

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Trump's Sunday tweetstorm

President Donald Trump spent most of Sunday attacking journalists, demanding that they return their "Noble Prizes" (it's actually the Pulitzer Prize) and defending his response to the coronavirus pandemic [Deadline].

Trump goes into hiding?

President Trump appears to be retreating from his daily coronavirus briefings after his bizarre comments on sunlight and disinfectants last week [CNN].

Next round of stimulus

A new round of applications for a small business loan program opens Monday morning as Congress replenished funding with $320 billion [Politico].

Several large businesses tapped into the loan program that was designed to aid small firms weather the pandemic [New York Times].


The World Health Organization says there's no evidence that having coronavirus provides immunity from a second infection [CNN].

Back to work

Some states are starting to lift coronavirus restrictions and reopening non-essential businesses this week [New York Times].

Major retailers are calling on states to adopt a uniform plan for reopening businesses [Bloomberg].

Some NBA teams will reopen their practice facilities in cities where restrictions have been eased [ESPN].

Not so fast

Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus task force coordinator, says some form of social distancing will remain in place throughout the summer [Washington Post].

Food supply chain in trouble?

Meat processing plants across the U.S. are closing, which could cause a disruption in the consumer supply chain [CNN].

Consumer spending falls off a cliff

Discover Card says consumer spending on travel has dropped 99 percent year over year amid the current crisis [CNBC].

Schroedinger's dictator

South Korean media say rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is sick or dead are erroneous [New York Times].

But, Kim's recent absence from the public eye is unusual, suggesting something us up [Reuters].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_01.jpgRomney urges independent review of WHO's COVID-19 response
U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined his colleagues in sending a letter to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antnio Guterres requesting that the UN convene an independent panel of experts to conduct a review of the World Health Organization's (WHO) response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngNews release: Volunteers help Utah businesses navigate federal resources to mitigate COVID-19
The flood of new programs and resources from D.C. are critical for small business owners to understand, but with the volume and number of changes, that is easier said than done. One volunteer organization in Utah is making a difference for those who need financial assistance to keep their businesses and pay their employees.
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.

More National Headlines


1521 - Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives of the Pilippine Islands during his attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe.

1861 - President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.

1911 - Following the death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate.

1974 - Ten thousand people march in Washington D.C. calling for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

1986 - The city of Pripyat and surrounding areas are evacuated due to the Chernobyl disaster.

Wise Words

Looking for Lincoln

"I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause."Abraham Lincoln

Lighter Side

Trump being Trump

"That's right. Trump has never heard of the guy in charge of finding a vaccine. And you know what? To be honest, part of me is not surprised.[imitating Trump aide]'Sir, would you like to meet the scientist who is in charge of finding a vaccine?"[imitating Trump]A scientist? Ew, gross. I'd rather meet Eric.'"- TREVOR NOAH

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