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Situational awareness - April 30, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

270 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 number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. passes 60,000.
  • Utah gets a refund for the purchase of unproven coronavirus treatment.
  • Romney says federal response to the coronavirus is lacking

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images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_38.jpgUtah voters say the 2020 Legislature did not tackle Utah's pressing issues
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The 2020 Legislature's general session, which ended in early March, was not a success, most Utahns say in a recent UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll.
images/1000px_Mugs/20200429_Mitt_Romney.jpgRomney on coronavirus response: 'Not a great moment in American leadership'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney offered a stark criticism of the Trump administration's response to the novel coronavirus during an event at Georgetown University, saying it was not a "great moment in American leadership."
images/1000px_Logos/2020_Buttons.jpgCandidates for governor discuss growth at Envision Utah forum
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The four Republicans and lone Democrat remaining in the Utah gubernatorial race focused on growth in the first post-convention forum for the candidates hosted by Envision Utah.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_27.jpgUtah voters give lawmakers good job performance ratings
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Most Utahns approve of the job the Utah Legislature did during its 2020 general session, which ended in early March, a recent poll by UtahPolicy.com and KUTV 2News finds.
images/1000px_Mugs/20200428_Herbert_Presser.jpgUtah will allow some businesses to reopen on Friday
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Tuesday that the state would begin lifting coronavirus restrictions and allow some businesses to reopen beginning on Friday.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast - 'Terrible Twitter takes'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The June primary election lineups are set, mostly. Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the top Utah political news headlines.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_10.jpgGov. Herbert announces 'A Mask for Every Utahn" project
By News Release
Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox announced 'A Mask for Every Utahn,' a public-private partnership to provide a free face mask to Utahns who don't have one. Masks, along with social distancing, will play an important role as more people return to work and everyday activities, and we all work to reactivate the Utah economy.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Derek_Monson_01.jpegGuest opinion: Pandemic budget losses are painful but offer opportunity
By Derek Monson
Utah lawmakers just appropriated $4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds, with some strings attached. But they are still likely to have to fill large budget gaps caused by the dramatic economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_41.jpgPoll: Voters are not yet sold on constitutional amendment to change school funding
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah voters support changing the state Constitution to allow income tax revenues to be spent on programs for the disabled and children, in addition to higher and public education, which are already earmarked in the basic state law.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jan_Garbett_01.jpgFederal judge lowers signature threshold for Republican Jan Garbett to qualify for the ballot
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The already crowded Republican gubernatorial primary in June could add one more candidate as Republican Jan Garbett's was thrown a legal lifeline on Monday.

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The death count from the coronavirus passed 60,000 on Wednesday. President Donald Trump in recent weeks suggested that staggering number would be the total death count [AP].


A federal trial of an experimental antiviral drug showed some limited success in helping coronavirus patients recover more quickly [New York Times].

But, a Chinese trial of the drug showed no benefit for treating the virus [MarketWatch].

"Operation warp speed"

The Trump administration is working to rush development of a coronavirus vaccine with the goal of making enough doses for most Americans by the end of the year [Bloomberg].

Daily damage report

U.S. GDP fell at a 4.8 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the worst quarterly decline since 2008 [New York Times].

Forecasts predict another 3.5 million people filed for jobless benefits this week [Reuters].

Dr. Anthony Fauci says it could be a year before sports return to normalcy in the U.S. [CNN].

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the coronavirus could lead permanent scars on the U.S. economy [Bloomberg].

California Governor Gavin Newsome intends to order the closure of all state beaches and parks to slow the spread of the virus [CNN].

Umm, what?

President Trump's son in law Jared Kushner called the federal response to the coronavirus "a great success story" [The Hill].


Democrats are growing frustrated with Joe Biden's refusal to address allegations from a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her in 1993 [New York Times].

President Trump reportedly lashed out at his campaign manager during a phone call to discuss some grim polling numbers showing him trailing Joe Biden in key states [CNN].

During a one-on-one interview Wednesday, Trump said he did not believe phone calls showing Biden leading in the race for the White House [Reuters].



Policy News

Salute Utah Flyover to honor frontline responders, veterans and lift spirits across Utah on Thursday
In a show of solidarity, the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration and 388th Fighter Wing will conduct a formation flyover across the state of Utah on Thursday, April 30, beginning at 1 p.m.
DMV announces appointment scheduler
DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles) operations continue to evolve in order to follow Governor Herbert's direction to limit person-to-person contact and limit the size of public gatherings while continuing to provide necessary services.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_04.jpgCurtis, bipartisan House members introduce bill to bolster internet freedom globally
Representative John Curtis (R-UT), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,  joined released the following statement after introducing the bipartisan Open Technology Fund Authorization Act:  
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_03.jpgStewart urges adoption of national suicide hotline in next COVID-19 relief package
Congressman Chris Stewart (UT-02) joined a bipartisan, bicameral push in Congress with 22 U.S. Senators and 17 U.S. Representatives to include H.R. 4194, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, in the next COVID-19 relief package.
images/1000px_Logos/Congressional_News_02.jpgSens. Lee, Klobuchar call on law enforcement to investigate meat supply chain
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, and Mike Lee (R-UT), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, wrote a letter to the Justice Department, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), calling on the agencies to identify problems and implement appropriate solutions to help ensure that our country's food markets work for consumers, as well as our farmers, ranchers, and packers.

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1789 - On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

1803 - The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.

1812 - The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th state under the name Louisiana.

1927 - The Federal Industrial Institute for Women opens in Alderson, West Virginia, as the first women's federal prison in the United States.

1945 - Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.

1973 - Watergate scandal: President Richard Nixon announces that White House Counsel John Dean has been fired and other top aides, most notably H.R. Hadelman and John Ehrlichman, have resigned.

1975 - The Vietnam War formally ends as communist forces gain control of Saigon.

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Lighter Side

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"So we just better pray that coronavirus is cured by pumpkin spice."- STEPHEN COLBERT

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