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Situational awareness - May 26, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Woah! Trump's lead over Biden in Utah is just 3 points.
  • Americans flock to beaches and other public places on Memorial Day.
  • Trump threatens to pull the Republican convention out of North Carolina.


Quite a few of our readers knew J. Reuben Clark authored a 236-page memorandum on U.S. intervention in Latin America, known as the Clark Memorandum. The document discouraged military intervention in South America while still acknowledging the need for the U.S. to protect national security interests.

Congratulations to Stewart Young, who was randomly selected as our winner from the correct answers. As the victor, he gets to pose this Friday's trivia question.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Trump_Biden_01.jpgPoll: Donald Trump leads Biden by just 3 points in Utah
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The last time Utah voted for a Democrat for president was Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964. The Beehive State's 56-year streak of voting for Republicans for president may be in real danger according to a new poll. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Casey_Snider_01.jpgGuest opinion: Let Republicans pick the Republican nominee for governor
By Rep. Casey Sinder, R-Paradise
I'm a proud lifelong Republican. I'm proud of a party that fosters individual growth and responsibility. I'm proud of a party that actively seeks to limit the burden of government in the lives of its citizens. And I'm proud of a party that believes in the importance of our founding documents.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200526_Utah_Jobs_Report.jpgUtah's unemployment rate spikes to 9.7 percent
By News Release
Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for April 2020 contracted by an estimated 7.1%, sidelining 110,900 jobs compared to the April 2019 employment. Most job reductions are furloughs and considered temporary in nature. Utah's current employment level registers 1,445,900. March's year-over job growth is revised down one-tenth of a percentage point to 2.5%. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast - Political 'Hail Mary' pass
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick bring you the only news roundup you need to understand what's going on in Utah politics.
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.

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Memorial Day

Joe Biden made his first public appearance in two months, attending a Memorial Day ceremony in Delaware [Washington Post].

Crowds packed beaches and other public places, and ignored social-distancing rules, across the nation during the unofficial start of summer. The gatherings prompted concern and warnings about worsening the nation's coronavirus outbreak [AP].

Trump vs. North Carolina

President Trump threatened to pull August's Republican National Convention out of Charlotte unless the state's Democratic governor can guarantee "full attendance" at the event. North Carolina is still banning large gatherings because of the coronavirus. Trump denied he wanted to move the convention to his Doral resort in Florida [Washington Post].

Warning signs

Polling shows President Trump's poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic could cost him votes among the GOP's most loyal voting block, older voters [Washington Post].

Is the worst over?

The economy is starting to show signs of life following the coronavirus shutdown [Wall Street Journal].

Another travel ban

The White House announced restrictions on travel for non-U.S. citizens from Brazil. That country has the second-largest coronavirus outbreak in the world, just behind the U.S. [NPR].

Meat shortage

The number of meat industry workers with coronavirus is exploding and could lead to a worsening meat shortage [Washington Post].


The World Health Organization is suspending testing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients due to safety concerns. Studies suggest the drug has limited effectiveness against the virus and may lead to a higher risk of death [Reuters].

Oh, dear...

The husband of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer allegedly tried to strongarm the owner of a dock company into putting his boat into the water ahead of other customers. Republican lawmakers in that state say the governor's family may not be following her stay at home guidance for the rest of the state. Whitmer is under consideration to be Democrat Joe Biden's vice presidential pick [Detroit News].

NBA resuming play?

The NBA is in talks to restart the current season at a sports complex owned by Disney in Orlando [ESPN].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgWebinar: The next legal issues and concerns for business
As businesses stabilize and make their recovery plans, consideration of emerging legal issues will avoid problems down the road. Join our panelists to learn about the labor, employment, liability, creditor, supply, and other business issues you need to be watching out for.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 83: Massive spike in pandemic related cybersecurity issues
You likely know that cybercriminals will never waste an opportunity to get access to your personal for company financial data. And disruptions to our everyday routines make it easier to slip one past us.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpg2020 Clear the Air Challenge results announced
Fidelity Investments and Dell Technologies - Utah took top honors in the 11th annual Clear the Air Challenge, sponsored by the Salt Lake Chamber, TravelWise and UCAIR. 
Attorney General Sean Reyes joins coalition of 34 states urging Congress to pass legislation allowing marijuana-related business to access the banking system
The badly needed gap between federal regulations and the lack of access to financial institutions for medical and legal use marijuana businesses is being addressed with proposed federal legislation that has the support of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Utah Treasurer David Damschen and the President of the Utah Banking Association, Howard Headlee.
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.

More National Headlines


1805 - Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king of Italy.

1864 - Montana is organized as a territory.

1868 - The impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal as the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction.

1940 - The evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.

1972 - President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow.

2009 - California's Supreme Court upheld the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban but said the 18,000 same-sex weddings that had taken place before the prohibition passed were still valid.

Wise Words


"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." Mark Twain

Lighter Side

Trump Test

"[imitating Trump] When it comes to being negative, my test was extremely positive, because, not to be negative, but, being positive would be super negative, and I wouldn't want to not be unnegative. Of that, I'm positive - in a negative way." - STEPHEN COLBERT

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