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Situational awareness - April 9, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 presidential race. 
  • The Trump administration wants to reopen the economy as soon as May.
  • Utahns are more worried about the impact of coronavirus on the economy than how it will affect public health.
  • Utah will begin monitoring travelers coming into the state.


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images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_01.jpgUtahns are more worried about the impact the coronavirus will have on the economy than public health
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utahns are more concerned about the coronavirus' impact on the economy than they are what it's doing to public health, a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2 News survey finds.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_02.jpgOur readers tell us how they think coronavirus will change life in America
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
It's become almost cliche for reporters, pundits and commentators to say that the coronavirus will lead to permanent changes in America. But, what does that mean?
images/1000px_Mugs/20200408_Herbert_Presser.jpgUtah will start monitoring travelers coming into the state for coronavirus
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah will begin stopping travelers coming into the state to ask them if they are exhibiting any symptoms from the coronavirus and determine their final destination in an effort to control the coronavirus pandemic.
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.

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Revolution fizzles

Sen. Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, leaving Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee [CNN].

Congress battles over next steps

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing to pass a bill on Thursday providing another $250 billion in funding for small businesses, but it will likely fall short of enough votes to pass in the Senate [Bloomberg].

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging the GOP to "come to the table" and continue talks over funds for small businesses [Washington Post].


Attorney General William Barr called lockdown efforts to contain the coronavirus "draconian" and said they should be loosened beginning next month [Washington Post].


White House aides have begun discussions on a plan to reopen the US economy as soon as the start of May [CNN].

The Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates near zero until the economy has "weathered" the coronavirus impact [CNBC].

The CDC says critical workers who have been exposed to the virus should return to work if they don't show any symptoms [Bloomberg].

Fight for medical equipment

Governors are considering forming a consortium to end the chaos and bidding against each other to secure medical supplies [Politico].

The federal stockpile of protective medical equipment is nearly depleted [AP].


The Trump administration had a plan to provide millions of free cloth face masks for Americans, but that idea went by the wayside when they realized it would not be workable [Axios].

Skipping rents

A new report shows 31% of renters didn't pay their landlords in April [Vice].

With renters unable to pay their monthly bills, landlords may soon have difficulty paying the mortgage on their rental properties [Bloomberg].

Uh oh

South Korea says the coronavirus could "reactivate" in patients who have been cured [Bloomberg].


Genetic analysis finds most of the coronavirus cases in New York came from Europe, not China [New York Times].

Hundreds of young Americans have been killed by the coronavirus [Washington Post].

Researchers say warmer temperatures may not slow down the coronavirus [New York Times].


Google has banned workers they can't use Zoom, the popular teleconferencing software, on their laptops anymore because of security issues [BuzzFeed].


Linda Tripp, who recorded conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Wednesday. She was 70 [New York Post].


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


1585 - The expedition organized by Sir Walter Raleigh departs England for Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish the Roanoke Colony.

1682 - Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.

1865 - Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, bringing the Civil War to a close.

1866 - Congress passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1866, which granted African Americans the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship and formed the basis for the 14th Amendment.

1959 - NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven."

1965 - The Astrodome opens. First indoor baseball game is played.

2003 - Baghdad falls to American forces.

Wise Words


"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side


"During President Trump's press briefing . . . . about the pandemic, he invited the founder of MyPillow to speak, at which point I used my pillow to scream into."- SETH MEYERS

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