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Situational awareness - May 22, 2020

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Bob Stevenson is the GOP frontrunner in CD1.
  • President Trump says he won't shut down the country if there's another wave of coronavirus this fall.
  • Another 2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits.

Memorial Day 2020

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Bob_Stevenson_01.jpgBob Stevenson takes lead in Republican contest to replace Rob Bishop in Congress
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Davis County Commissioner Bob Stevenson is the frontrunner in the GOP race to replace Rep Rob Bishop with just over a month to the June primary election.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Vote_By_Mail_Ballot.jpgSmart politics or 'gaming the system'? How Huntsman's push to register more Republicans could prove decisive in the primary election
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Is it a winning political strategy, or dirty pool?
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: High stakes in the GOP primary for governor
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Our new poll this week shows the Utah GOP governor's race static at the top: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox still leads former GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman by 7 percentage points.
images/1000px_Mugs/Kim_Coleman_02.jpgGuest opinion: Even when McAdams votes against Pelosi's far-left agenda, he's still voting for it
By Rep. Kim Coleman
The Democratic-controlled House just passed two bills that clearly demonstrate why we must win Utah-4 this November. One was a pork-laden progressive Christmas list cynically titled the "HEROES Act." The other is an unconstitutional disgrace that reduces Congress to a Democratic no-show patronage job.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_11.jpgRomney jabs Trump over vote by mail
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney took a shot at President Trump on Thursday, telling reporters he does not understand the claims that voting by mail disadvantages Republicans.
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.

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There won't be another lockdown

President Trump said he would not close the country if a second wave of the coronavirus hits in the fall [CNBC].

Trump goes to Michigan

President Trump did not wear a face mask during a tour of a Michigan auto plant that requires them [WaPo].

During the tour of the plant, President Trump again slammed mail-in balloting [Detroit News].

What is he talking about?

President Trump offered up a word salad when speaking with the press about being tested for coronavirus. "I tested positively toward negative" said Trump in the most confusing way possible [USA Today].

Coronavirus spread

The CDC now says the novel coronavirus "does not spread easily" from contaminated surfaces or animals. The primary mode of transmission is from person to person [WaPo].

Washington, D.C. leaders say the area's public schools should not fully reopen until there is a vaccine for the virus [WaPo].


Another 2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total number of filings to 38.6 million since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak [CNBC].

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told House Republicans that he would fight against continuing enhanced unemployment benefits in the next coronavirus relief package [Politico].

Many jobs could vanish forever as layoffs from the coronavirus mount [New York Times].


Amazon is moving it's annual "Prime Day" sale to the fall [Wall Street Journal].

Starbucks has re-opened almost two-thirds of their stores in the U.S. [Yahoo!].

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said half of the tech company's workforce may be working remotely by 2030 [NBC News].

Big decision

The University of California system has decided to drop ACT and SAT testing requirements for college admissions through 2024 and drop them completely for California students by 2025 [Los Angeles Times].

Foreign policy

President Trump said Thursday he would withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia. The treaty allows nations to fly over each other's territory with sensor equipment to make sure they are not preparing for military action [New York Times].

The U.S. is planning new arms talks aimed at limiting Russian, Chinese and U.S. nuclear warheads [Wall Street Journal].


Republican officials are considering paring back their national convention scheduled for Charlotte in August [New York Times].

President Trump's advisors are beginning to worry about Republican chances in Arizona in November. Polling shows GOP Sen. Martha McSally is in trouble and Trump losing to Democrat Joe Biden [Politico].


Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 5-22-20
 Outdoors Report-- KSL.com: Chokecherry blossoms add to spring hikes-- KSL.com: Tired of quarantine, residents flock to Utah outdoors Venues and Organizations Re-Opening
Utah Inland Port Authority releases its strategic business plan
The Utah Inland Port Authority released its Strategic Business Plan that sets a course for the organization's first five years of operation, outlining goals and strategies for UIPA partnerships, policies, and programs. At a virtual press conference Thursday, the UIPA explained how it will advance sustainable and smart logistics investment that benefit the entire state.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert urged to protect e-commerce tools for small business
Community leaders and small businesses throughout Utah sent a letter calling on Governor Gary Herbert and other state policymakers to preserve access to business-critical digital tools and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and the long recovery period ahead.
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.

More National Headlines


1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.

1807 - A grand jury indicts former Vice President Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.

1826 - HMS Beagle departs on its first voyage.

1849 - Future President Abraham Lincoln is issued a patent for an invention to lift boats, making him the only U.S. President to ever hold a patent.

1856 - Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina severely beats Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a cane in the hall of the U.S. Senate for a speech Sumner had made regarding Southerners and slavery.

1872 - President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Amnesty Act into law, restoring full civil and political rights to all but about 500 Confederate sympathizers.

1900 - The Associated Press is formed in New York City as a non-profit news cooperative.

1906 - The Wright Brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine."

1972 - Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit Moscow.

1992 - Johnny Carson ended his nearly 30-year career as the host of The Tonight Show.

2017 - A suicide bomber killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

Wise Words


"I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars." Walt Whitman

Lighter Side

A Stretch

"Now, within minutes of the decision, the Tavern League of Wisconsin posted to its Facebook page, 'Open immediately!' Fair enough. I guess we should not expect too much common sense from the Tavern League of Wisconsin. You know their motto: 'Don't let 'em take your keys, bro!'" - STEPHEN COLBERT

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