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Situational awareness - April 8, 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

292 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 Treasury Department wants another $250 billion to backstop a program to give loans to small businesses.
  • Trump rips the World Health Organization for bungling the coronavirus response.
  • Half of Utahns believe the media is overstating the threat posed by the coronavirus.


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images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_media_01.jpgHalf of Utah voters think the news media is overstating the threat from the coronavirus according to a new poll
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Half of Utah voters believe the news media is exaggerating the risk posed by the coronavirus outbreak according to a new Utah Political Trends survey.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_24.jpgLawmakers could hold both a special session and veto override session online
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
UtahPolicy.com, your one-stop-shopping site for all things legislative (or at least we try) has talked to some folks who likely know how the upcoming, first-of-its-kind special session/override session called by the Legislature itself could be conducted.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast - 'Waiting for the peak'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the latest Utah political headlines.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgGovernor Herbert issues call to action for Utah small businesses and lenders
By News Release
Small business owners were strongly encouraged to apply for financial assistance through the recently passed Paycheck Protection Program by Governor Gary Herbert and Economic Task Force Chair Derek Miller, and lenders were thanked for their quick and efficient work with businesses in an effort to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus.
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.

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Expanding the stimulus

The Treasury Department is requesting another $250 billion to backstop a program to provide small business loans. The $350 billion program is already running out of money despite starting on Friday of last week [ABC News].


President Donald Trump ousted the head of a panel of federal watchdogs overseeing the implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package [Politico].

Trump slams W.H.O.

President Trump is threatening to withhold funds to the World Health Organization, blaming them for mishandling the coronavirus outbreak [New York Times].

Monitoring the coronavirus

White House adviser Jared Kushner wants to create a real-time surveillance system to track the spread of the coronavirus, but critics worry about patient privacy and civil liberties [Politico].

Ending the lockdown

China lifts the lockdown on the city of Wuhan after 11 weeks [CNN].

New White House Press Secretary 

President Trump named Kayleigh McEnany, his campaign spokesperson, as the new White House Press Secretary. She replaces Stephanie Grisham, who had the job for nine months and did not hold a single press briefing [New York Times].

McEnany has a history of making false statements, including downplaying the threat posed by the coronavirus [CNN].

Assessing leadership

Americans say former President Barack Obama would do a better job handling the coronavirus than President Trump, but Trump gets higher marks than Joe Biden on handling the disease [Politico].


Policy News

Utah governor signs law capping insulin co-pays at $30 for people with diabetes
Recently, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law American Diabetes Association-supported legislation capping monthly copayments for insulin at $30 for a 30-day supply.
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.

More National Headlines


1904 - Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.

1913 - The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, requiring the direct election of Senators, becomes law.

1935 - Congress approves the Works Progress Administration, a central part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.

1952 - President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills in an attempt to avoid a general strike.

1992 - Former tennis great Arthur Ashe confirmed he has AIDS. He said he contracted the disease from a blood transfusion.

Wise Words

Looking for Importance

"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."C. S. Lewis

Lighter Side

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"Yep, everyone was confused by the red and white flashing lights. At first, New Yorkers thought it meant Target finally got a shipment of toilet paper." - JIMMY FALLON

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