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Situational awareness - April 7, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • President Trump's trade adviser warned in January the coronavirus could cost the U.S. trillions of dollars.
  • The legislature may meet in a special session next week.
  • Utah Democrats call on Gov. Herbert to issue a statewide stay at home order.
  • New poll shows a third of Utahns don't believe coronavirus is a serious threat to them or their families.


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images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_06.jpgPoll: One in three Utahns don't believe COVID-19 is a serious threat to themselves or their families
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
By far, most Utahns believe the coronavirus is a serious threat to the world and to the United States, a new poll finds.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_06.jpgSpecial session to address economic impact from coronavirus could happen next week
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
The timeframe for a special legislative session to deal with the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating. Legislative sources tell UtahPolicy.com that a special session, held entirely online, could come as early as next week.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_05.jpgHouse Democrats call on Gov. Herbert to issue statewide stay at home order
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
On Monday, Utah House Democrats called on Gov. Gary Herbert to issue a mandatory stay-at-home order for the entire state as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. As of Monday, Utah remained one of eight states without a statewide order.
images/1000px_Mugs/Malissa_Morrell_01.jpgPodcast: Therapist Malissa Morrell on coping with coronavirus
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
As Utahns stay at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, many are finding it more and more difficult to cope with the isolation from social distancing.
images/Resized_Mugshots/Derek_Monson_01.jpegGuest opinion: Utah Leads Together and the consent of the governed
By Derek Monson
As I sat in my room working from home last week, I was heartened to hear that the state of Utah had released the forward-thinking Utah Leads Together plan to address the public health and economic crisis represented by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The release of this plan creates an opportunity to consider how it must work if it is to succeed.
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.

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Another warning ignored

Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump's trade adviser, warned the administration in January that the coronavirus could cost the U.S. trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death [New York Times].


Congress is already eyeing another $1 trillion stimulus bill, fearing the first two bills didn't go far enough to keep the economy afloat [Washington Post].

The Federal Reserve on Monday said they would provide financing for the federal government's small-business lending program so that banks aren't stuck holding the low-interest loans [Reuters].

Experts say the U.S. is nowhere close to reopening the economy [New York Times].

Michal Burry, the doctor turned investor profiled in "The Big Short" film, slammed the economic lockdown from the coronavirus, saying the costs of shutting down the economy are worse than the disease [Bloomberg].

Connecting dots?

President Trump owns a financial stake in a company that produces an anti-malarial medicine he has been aggressively promoting as a possible treatment for the coronavirus [New York Times].

President Trump met with Fox News host Laura Ingraham to discuss the potential of the anti-malarial drug to treat coronavirus [Washington Post].

Some good news

President Trump announced an agreement with 3M for the delivery of 55.5 million face masks each month [CNN].


British PM Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care as he battles the coronavirus [BBC].

Wisconsin votes

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the state's Democratic Governor from postponing the state's primary election to June 9 because of the coronavirus crisis. Voters will head to the polls today and will not get an extension on returning absentee ballots [NBC News].

Schools out...

Teachers at some schools across the country say less than half of their students are participating in online learning [New York Times].

Oh, dear

New York City is considering a contingency plan to temporarily burying the dead on public land if the city's morgues are overwhelmed by the coronavirus [New York Times].


Policy News

United Utah Party to hold third annual state convention
The United Utah Party will be holding its third annual state convention on Saturday, April 18 at 10 AM. Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines still in place, the convention will not take place in any one physical location and will be held entirely online. Bruce Lindsay, former news anchor for KSL-TV, will be the keynote speaker at the convention.
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. 

More National Headlines


1829 - Joseph Smith commences translation of the Book of Mormon, with Oliver Cowdery as his scribe.

1862 -  Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.

1922 - Under the direction Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall, petroleum reserves at Wyoming's Teapot Dome Oil Field were leased without competitive bidding to private companies. A Senate investigation ensued, leading to a bribery case that would become known as the Teapot Dome scandal.

1969 - The Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.

1990 - Former national security adviser John M. Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. (A federal appeals court later reversed the convictions.)

Wise Words

Looking for Strength

"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength."Robert E. Lee

Lighter Side

Noah being Noah

"Last night, the building lit up like a siren to honor the medical workers serving on the front line of the epidemic. This might be a good idea when they first pitched it, but as someone who lives in New York, it was terrifying. The Empire State Building, the giant light flashing around - and can you imagine if someone was high in their living room? They must have freaked out. '[Expletive], dude! I think we're getting pulled over by that building!'"- TREVOR NOAH

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