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Situational awareness - May 1, 2020

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City

Welcome to May! 2020 is now more than 1/3 finished.

Take it away, Justin...

20200501 Gonna Be May


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

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

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

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

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

  • Biden breaks his silence on Tara Reade.
  • More than 30 million Americans are out of work.
  • Burningham sues to get on the June primary ballot.


During the Seventh Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Utah, held from December 15, 1857 to January 22, 1858, Brigham Young acted as the "defacto" Territorial Governor while the legally appointed Territorial Governor spent the time in the vicinity of Fort Bridger, Wyoming.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Jeff_Burningham_02.jpgJeff Burningham sues to get on the June primary ballot
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Jeff Burningham is the second Republican to file suit seeking a spot on the June primary ballot, claiming the COVID-19 outbreak unfairly stopped him from gathering enough signatures to reach the primary ballot.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Despite success of online conventions, there's no substitute for the real thing
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Well, the state Republican and Democratic party's conventions are over, and congrats to all the leaders who did such a fine job on making the virtual operations function so well.
images/1000px_Mugs/20200430_Huntsman.jpgVideo: Interview with Jon Huntsman
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Republican Jon Huntsman is seeking to return to the job he left in 2009.
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.

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Biden breaks his silence

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for the first time publicly denied allegations from a former staffer that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s. "They aren't true. This never happened," said Biden in a statement [The Hill].

Two more years?

A team of pandemic experts says the coronavirus is likely to keep spreading for at least another 18 months to two years [Bloomberg].

More money

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the next round of financial relief should include almost $1 trillion to help states and local governments struggling with the coronavirus pandemic [The Hill].

Jobs apocalypse

Another 3.8 million workers applied for unemployment last week, pushing the total number of unemployed in the U.S. to more than 30 million [AP].

Economists say the number of unemployed could be far worse than official tallies [New York Times].

Blaming China

President Donald Trump asserted, without proof, that he's seen evidence that the novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. Trump's statement contradicts his own intelligence community [CNN].

Trump also claimed China's mishandling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing "will do anything they can" to derail his re-election bid in November [The Guardian].

Economic wreckage

The Federal Reserve is expanding its emergency Main Street lending program, allowing larger companies and ones with more debt to access the program [CNN].

American Airlines posted a $2.2 billion loss, it's first quarterly loss since emerging from bankruptcy in 2013 [Reuters].

Europe is in the worst economic slump since World War II [New York Times].

Saving for a rainy day

Americans are putting cash in savings at a rate not seen since 1981 [CNN].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot?

Maryland's Republican Governor Larry Hogan says he's using the Maryland National Guard to protect 500,000 coronavirus tests he purchased from South Korea to prevent the Trump administration from commandeering them [New York Post].

Set. Hike!

Texas A&M and the University of Texas systems say they will reopen campuses in the fall, and Texas A&M plans to play football [Texas Tribune].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngWebinar: How Utah will get back to a new normal
As Utah prepares to enter a phase of economic recovery, businesses should begin to position themselves for growth and opportunity. This webinar will feature discussions regarding the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan, available business resources, and how the state's proactive measures are enabling our economy to get back to work sooner. 
SLCC announces fundraiser for students during #GivingTuesdayNow
Salt Lake Community College will participate in #GivingTuesdayNow, a special global day of giving during which the college aims to raise $10,000 on May 5 for its students who have been impacted by COVID-19.
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:  

More National Headlines


1846 - The few remaining Mormons left in Nauvoo, Illinois, formally dedicate the Nauvoo Temple.

1862 - American Civil War: The Union Army completes its capture of New Orleans.

1866 - The Memphis Race Riots begin. Reports of the riots influenced the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment.

1884 - Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.

1886 - Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour workday, culminating in the Haymarket affair in Chicago, in commemoration of which May 1 is celebrated as International Worker's Day.

1900 - The Scofield Mine disaster kills over 200 men in Scofield, Utah in what is to date the fifth-worst mining accident in U.S. history.

1931 - The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.

1950 - Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth.

1956 - The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.

1960 - Francis Gary Powers, in a Lockheed U-2 spy plane, is shot down over the Soviet Union, sparking a diplomatic crisis.

1999SpongeBob SquarePants premieres on Nickelodeon.

2003 - In what became known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln, President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."

2011 - President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. commando raid on his compound near the Pakistani capital.

Wise Words

Be Good

"Be not simply good - be good for something."Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

Worst Case Scenario

"On Tuesday, Dr. Redfield told The Washington Post that 'there's a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through.' And if you don't remember how difficult this past winter was, it had Trump's acquittal, the Australian bush fires, and 'Cats: the Movie.'"- STEPHEN COLBERT discussing Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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