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Situational awareness - May 21, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Burgess Owens leads a tight four-way race for the GOP nomination in the 4th Congressional District.
  • President Trump escalates his rhetoric against China.
  • Some Republicans in Congress are beginning a push for another round of coronavirus relief

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images/1000px_Mugs/Burgess_Owens_01.jpgBurgess Owens leads a tight, four-way race for the GOP nomination in 4th Congressional District
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former NFL player Burgess Owens leads a tight race for the GOP nomination in Utah's 4th Congressional district according to a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2 News survey.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200520_Cox_Interview.jpgVideo: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox on campaigning during a pandemic
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed his approach to campaigning for the GOP nomination for governor.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200520_Herbert_Presser.jpgHerbert predicts Utah's economy will be in full recovery mode soon, but wouldn't give a specific timeline
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that Utah's economy could be in "completely open recovery mode in the next few weeks."
images/1000px_Mugs/Reyes_Leavitt_01.jpgReyes has big lead over Leavitt in GOP race for AG according to new poll
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes holds a commanding lead over his GOP primary challenger, Utah County District Attorney David Leavitt, a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll by Y2 Analytics shows.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Polling for dummies'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick give you their take on the latest Utah political headlines.
images/1000px_Mugs/Derek_Miller_03.jpgGuest opinion: Business & consumers: Stay safe to stay open
By Derek Miller, President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber
Initially the state put in place a "stay safe, stay home" directive to navigate us through the urgent phase of the coronavirus pandemic.  We are now into stabilization, with businesses and consumers needing guidance to follow as we re-engage economically.
images/1000px_Mugs/Kerry_Gibson_02.jpgGuest opinion: Why I'm endorsing Kerry Gibson in CD1
By Sen. Ronald Winterton, R-Roosevelt
Before arriving at the Utah State Senate, I owned and operated a transportation company for over 25 years. As any small business owner will attest, I quickly learned of the impact that government had on my ability to run a business and provide for my family.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_10.jpgUtahns say President Trump is doing a poor job handling coronavirus pandemic
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
President Donald Trump and the Utah State Legislature don't get good marks in their handling of the coronavirus, a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll shows.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_17.jpgLawmakers have opened more than 100 bill files ahead of next January's legislative session
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
It's only been a week since lawmakers could open bill files ahead of next January's regular session, but more than 100 pieces of legislation have already been requested since that time.

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Trump vs. China

President Trump is escalating his rhetoric against China, suggesting the country's leader is behind a "disinformation and propaganda attack" on the U.S. and its European allies [Bloomberg].


The number of global coronavirus cases surpasses 5 million [CNN].

A new report says if the U.S. had imposed social distancing measures one week earlier it would have led to 36,000 fewer deaths from the coronavirus [New York Times].

The White House has shelved guidelines from the CDC on how to safely re-open churches because the White House is fearful of a backlash from President Trump's religious supporters [Washington Post].

Chinese officials have locked down a city in the northeastern part of the country after a new outbreak of COVID-19 was discovered [New York Times].

Pandemic relief

There's a growing belief among some Republican senators that another round of coronavirus financial relief may be necessary [CNN].

U.S. farmers won't see any coronavirus relief funds until June [CNN].

Trump vs. vote by mail

President Trump threatened Michigan and Nevada on Wednesday that he would withhold federal funds if they went forward with plans to allow residents to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. It's unlikely that Trump will be able to make good on his threat, however [Washington Post].

Not so fast

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked House Democrats from gaining access to secret grand jury material from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The action means the House may not see the full Mueller report until after the November election or maybe later [NBC News].

More bad news for Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the firing of the state department inspector general who was probing the misuse of public funds by the secretary [New York Times].

The fired inspector general was also reportedly investigating an aide to Pompeo who was accused of covering up workplace violence [Politico].

President Trump won't read intelligence reports

President Trump reportedly struggles to read U.S. intelligence reports but enjoys the photographs and charts contained in them. Several sources say the president has an extremely short attention span and won't read papers, instead relying on gossip from conservative media and his friends [New York Times].

Economic news

The number of delinquencies on U.S. home loans jumped by 1.6 million in April, the biggest one-month gain ever recorded [Bloomberg].

Americans expect the economic recovery from the coronavirus to take years according to a new survey [New York Times].

Target's digital sales during the last quarter jumped by 141 percent [CNN].


Policy News

Multi-City firework show planned to salute all battling COVID-19 pandemic
Four south Salt Lake County cities are coming together to honor all individuals who have been on the front lines dealing with the effects of COVID-19. Draper, Herriman, Riverton and South Jordan cities will host the Frontline Salute, a multi-city firework show, on Saturday, May 30 at 10 p.m.
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Funding is available for small Utah companies to offset international business costs! There is no need to travel internationally to take advantage of this opportunity. 
images/1000px_Logos/Utah_Economic_Response_Task_Force_Logo_01.jpgUtah Economic Task Force town hall: What's new in Utah leads together 3.0?
The Utah Economic Task Force will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST to discuss the soon to be released Utah Leads Together 3.0 and EDCUtah's recent business impact survey, as well as provide an update on the retail industry in Utah.
Utah 'AAA' credit rating affirmed, state saves taxpayer dollars on infrastructure during pandemic
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Treasurer David Damschen announced that S&P Global, Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings have reaffirmed Utah's AAA credit rating the highest rating a state can receive.
Salt Lake City takes new action on 'Tech Lake City', hiring Clark Cahoon to oversee technology and innovation strategy
Salt Lake City is ripe to develop a pipeline of new tech and life science startup businesses and amplify the culture of tech that already calls the capital city home. And now more than ever, it is time to imagine and build a more sustainable economy to benefit all city residents. Since her first day in office, Mayor Erin Mendenhall and her administration have been working on the 'Tech Lake City' initiative, a plan that calls for attracting more innovation and tech talent to our City. 

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