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Situational awareness - June 27, 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Gov. Herbert tried to get Thomas Wright to drop out of the race for governor and endorse Spencer Cox.
  • Utahns are worried the state may lift coronavirus restrictions too soon according to a new poll.
  • Twitter labels some of President Trump's tweets as "potentially misleading" for the first time.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_08.jpgUtahns worried the state will lift COVID-19 restrictions too quickly according to new poll
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utahns are more worried about opening the state up too quickly from the coronavirus outbreak than they are that GOP Gov. Gary Herbert is moving too quickly, a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News shows.
images/1000px_Mugs/Herbert_Wright_01.jpgGov. Gary Herbert attempted to convince Thomas Wright to drop out of the GOP race for governor and endorse Spencer Cox
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
UtahPolicy.com has learned that GOP Gov. Gary Herbert pressured Republican gubernatorial candidate Thomas Wright to drop out of the June primary race and throw his support behind Spencer Cox, Herbert's pick to succeed him in the state's highest office. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Much very good information'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick dig into the latest Utah political headlines following the Memorial Day weekend.
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 Snider, 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?

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Fact check

Twitter labeled tweets from President Trump as "potentially misleading" for the first time. The offending tweets from Trump claimed using mail-in ballots in November would lead to massive voter fraud [The Verge].

Trump vs. Biden on masks

President Trump said wearing a mask in public is "politically correct," while presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Trump was a "fool" for mocking their use [WaPo].

Space oddity

SpaceX will attempt to deliver two astronauts to the International Space Station Wednesday morning in the first manned commercial space launch in history [CNN].

Here's how you can watch the historic launch, which is scheduled to take place at 10 am Salt Lake Time [Space.com].


Experts warn the U.S. is entering a "slow burn" phase in the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases and deaths down from their peak, but still taking a heavy toll [The Hill].

Antibody tests for the virus may be wrong up to half of the time according to the CDC [CNN].

Only half of Americans say they would get a coronavirus vaccine when one becomes available according to a new poll [AP].

Stepping up

The Republican governors of Georgia and Florida offered to host the Republican National Convention in August as President Trump threatened to pull the event out of North Carolina unless that state's Democratic governor lifted coronavirus regulations [CNN].

President Trump said he wants to know "within a week" whether North Carolina's coronavirus restrictions will be reduced enough for the Republican convention to go on as planned [WaPo].


Two of President Trump's key political advisers from his successful 2016 run warned him that his campaign was in deep trouble in several key swing states that would be crucial to him winning another term [Politico].


New home sales in the U.S. rose slightly in April despite the coronavirus pandemic [AP].

Fitness clubs are facing a $10 billion revenue shortfall as users cancel their memberships because of the COVID-19 outbreak [Bloomberg].


The Justice Department is no longer looking into suspicious stock sales by three U.S. Senators following a private briefing early during the coronavirus crisis [Bloomberg].


Four Minneapolis police officers were fired on Tuesday after video showed one of them kneeling on the neck of a black man who later died [BBC].


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

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Wise Words

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Lighter Side

Michigan Trump

"The attorney general in Michigan said Trump had a legal, social and moral responsibility to wear one when he visited the plant. So of course, he didn't." - JIMMY KIMMEL

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