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Situational awareness - April 6, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Trump warns Americans to prepare for a difficult week ahead.
  • Utah lawmakers may not wait for Gov. Herbert to call a special session to deal with Coronavirus.
  • Poll shows Utahns are worried about the impact coronavirus will have on them.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_04.jpgPoll shows Utahns are worried about impact coronavirus will have on them
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
As may be expected, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted Utahns' lives in major ways -- from buying extra food to working from home to canceling travel plans, to name but a few of the daily changes, a new UtahPolicy.com/2News poll finds.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_30.jpgLawmakers mulling calling themselves into special session to fix budget problems from coronavirus pandemic
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert said last week he would call Utah lawmakers into a special session by the end of April so they address the worsening economy from the coronavirus pandemic. It may happen sooner than that.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_09.jpgRomney warns Trump to comply with coronavirus relief oversight
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday calling on him to comply with the oversight measures Congress put in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package that they passed last week.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast - 'Zooming without pants'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the latest Utah political headlines.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_03.jpgPoll shows Utahns feel prepared to handle hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
By far, most Utahns believe they are personally prepared for the effects of the coronavirus, a new UtahPolicy.com/ 2News poll finds.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Utah GOP turns to IRV
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
UtahPolicy.com is told that leaders of the Utah Republican Party plan to use Instant Run-off Voting at their online-only state nominating convention later this month.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200402_Herbert_covid_presser.jpgJobless claims spike in Utah as state unveils new program to increase coronavirus testing
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that the economic outlook for Utah amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak was quite dour. At the same time, he announced a new initiative on Thursday designed to double Utah's testing capacity to control the spread of the illness.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_02.jpgUtahns trust state government more than the feds to deal with coronavirus pandemic
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utahns have confidence in themselves when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus, their local doctors and hospitals, and Utah state government, but many don't trust GOP President Donald Trump and the feds to take care of the coronavirus crisis, a new poll finds.

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"Hardest, saddest week of most Americans' lives"

President Donald Trump and his administration is advising Americans to steel themselves for an agonizing week ahead as the country is nearing a peak in the coronavirus pandemic [Bloomberg].

Wasted time

A damning report says the Trump administration squandered nearly two months to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic, waiting until mid-march to place bulk orders for masks and other equipment needed by frontline healthcare workers [AP].

Denial and dysfunction in the White House caused the Trump administration to ignore and downplay the threat from the coronavirus until it was too late [Washington Post].

Brawl over coronavirus drug

President Trump's top trade adviser Peter Navarro got into a heated debate over the weekend in the White House Situation Room after Dr. Anthony Fauci questioned the science over the use of an unproven malaria drug to treat coronavirus [Axios].

President Trump keeps promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the virus, despite the lack of evidence about its efficacy [New York Times].

Controversial celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz has been advising senior Trump administration officials on coronavirus-related matters [Daily Beast].

Light at the end of the tunnel?

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence say they're starting to see signs the outbreak of the coronavirus in the U.S. may be stabilizing [Bloomberg].

When will sports return?

Experts say Americans should brace for empty stadiums and arenas this fall [Washington Post].

California Gov. Gavin Newsome says he does not believe the NFL will start on time in his state this year [Sports Illustrated].

Post-impeachment purge

President Trump abruptly fired Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson who told Congress about the whistleblower complaint that led to his impeachment [CNN].

Atkinson says he was fired by Trump because he did his job properly [Politico].


Policy News

Economic Response Task Force empowers working groups to support recovery
Governor Gary Herbert's Economic Task Force shared its critical priorities for week three, as subject matter experts from multiple industry groups, corporations, and academia assembled into working groups to implement the task force's guiding plan -- Utah Leads Together -- introduced March 24, 2020. 
Utah Attorney General's office to help law enforcement by distributing protective gear donations of personal protective equipment in a private/public partnership
The Utah Attorney General's Office is partnering with a growing list of private companies to collect and distribute masks, gloves, hand sanitizer etc. to rescue and law enforcement agencies who are running out. Most of those receiving the masks are in rural communities in northern, central and southern Utah.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 76: Utah's rapid transition to remote work
Over the past week, national leaders have asked businesses to allow employees to work from home and Utah added a big earthquake to the mix. 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgUtah banks ready to approve Small Business Administration loans
Utah lenders announced that they stand ready to approve U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans thanks to the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act during the bi-weekly virtual Town Hall for the Utah Economic Response Task Force. The CARES Act legislation is designed to help small business owners cover their payroll and other basic business expenses.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoors Report--Salt Lake Tribune: Arches and Canyonlands national parks to close due to coronavirus. Some who live around Zion National Park are rooting for it to be next.-- Salt Lake Tribune: Pressure builds from locals to close Utah's Zion National Park even as tourists continue to go there--Salt Lake Tribune: Park City Mountain Resort furloughs 391 employees after coronavirus ends the ski season early-- Salt Lake Tribune: In Utah's mountains and deserts, Columbia spotted frogs are sentinels of climate change-- Deseret News:Hovenweep, Natural Bridges close; Springdale wants Zion to shut down-- Deseret News:More southeast Utah closures, as visitors flood San Rafael to camp-- KSL.com: More southeast Utah closures, as visitors flood San Rafael to camp-- KSL.com: Local hikers: More people outdoors, trails getting trashed-- KSL.com: Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times-- KSL.com: Avalanche experts urge backcountry travelers to make conservative choices in wake of resort closuresVirtual 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
GREENbike offers $0.01 annual passes to essential workers
In coordination with Governor Gary Herbert's "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall's proclamation implementing the directive, GREENbike, Salt Lake City's nonprofit bike-share program, is offering $0.01 annual memberships to all essential workers.

More National Headlines


1712 - The New York Slave Revolt of 1712 begins near Broadway.

1808 - John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company that would eventually make him America's first millionaire.

1830 - Church of Christ, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement, is organized by Joseph Smith and others at either Fayette or Manchester, New York.

1841 - President John Tyler is sworn in, two days after having become President upon William Henry Harrison's death.

1862 - The Battle of Shiloh begins: In Tennessee, forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant meet Confederate troops led by General Albert Sidney Johnston.

1893 - The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is dedicated by Wilford Woodruff.

1896 - The first modern Olympics formally opened in Athens, Greece. 

1909 - Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole.

1917 - The United States declares war on Germany in World War I.

1968 - Federal troops and National Guardsmen were deployed in Washington, Chicago, and Detroit as rioting continued over the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wise Words


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."Winston Churchill

Lighter Side

USNS Comfort

"Because if there's one thing we've learned from the crisis it's that you definitely want to be on a giant ship."- JIMMY FALLON

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