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Situational awareness - May 28, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • More than 100,000 Americans have died from coronavirus in less than 4 months.
  • Utah lawmakers mulling deep cuts to education budgets.
  • Most Utahns say they would stay at home for another month if asked to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Social_distancing_01.jpgPoll: Most Utahns say they would continue to stay at home to contain coronavirus spread
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
A large majority Utahns say they would be likely to stay home for another month if public health officials recommended that course of action to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200527_UUP_GOP.jpgQuestions arise about moderator choice for televised gubernatorial debate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Monday's debate featuring the Republican candidates for governor will be one of the highest-profile political events in Utah this year as the four candidates will face off ahead of the June primary vote. However, some questions about the impartiality of the event's moderator are starting to bubble to the surface. 
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_11.jpgLawmakers considering big cuts to Utah's public education budget due to COVID-19 pandemic
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah's public schools could see up to a 10 percent cut in proposed funding this summer under a plan considered Wednesday by a legislative budget subcommittee -- cuts of $385 million.
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%. 

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The coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 Americans in less than four months. The nation passed that grim milestone on Wednesday [USA Today].

Experts say coronavirus may never go away, even if a vaccine is developed [Washington Post].

Trump targets Twitter

President Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday that will penalize social media companies that show "political bias." The move comes after Twitter fact-checked two of Trump's tweets that falsely claimed mail-in voting led to voter fraud. The White House did not consult the FCC about the forthcoming order [Washington Post].

The announcement of the impending executive order came after Trump and his allied raged against Twitter for fact-checking him [Bloomberg].

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says they will continue to point out inaccurate information about elections despite Trump's rage [Hollywood Reporter].

The move to fact-check Trump's tweets is a step many in the company have long wanted to take [New York Times].

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his social media platform won't move to fact-check Trump [Fox News].

Good for the goose?

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has voted by mail 11 times in the last 10 years [Tampa Bay Times].


The Dow rallied on Wednesday, closing above 25,000 for the first time since March [CNBC].

Disney World is targeting July 11 to reopen its Florida theme parks [CNN].

American Airlines plans to cut 30 percent of its management and administrative staff [Wall Street Journal].

These graphs show how deeply the coronavirus pandemic has changed Americans' behavior [Bloomberg].

FISA fail

An effort to pass a surveillance overhaul was scrapped in the House on Wednesday evening after President Trump tweeted his opposition to the bill [Washington Post].


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong was no longer autonomous from China. This could end the region's special trade relationship with the U.S. [CNBC].

Womp womp

Wednesday's manned SpaceX launch was scrapped about 15 minutes before launch due to weather. The next attempt will be Saturday afternoon [CBS News].

Must-see TV

CNBC anchors Andrew Ross Sorkin and Joe Kernen brawled on Wednesday when Sorkin blasted Kernen for dismissing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. At one point, Sorking accused Kernen of trying to help his "friend" President Donald Trump "every single morning" [CNN].

We are all soccer fans now

The NWSL, the professional women's soccer league, announced they will hold a tournament for their member teams in Utah beginning June 27 [NWSL].


Policy News

images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200527_Zions_Release.jpgZions Bancorporation to build technology campus in Midvale, Utah with a focus on sustainability and cost efficiency
Zions Bancorporation, N.A. announced that it will build a 400,000-square-foot technology campus in Midvale, Utah, on the former Sharon Steel Mill Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.
Governor issues executive order releasing updated guidelines for low-risk phase in the Utah leads together plan
Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued an Executive Order updating guidelines for areas in low health risk designation under Utah's phased health guidance plan.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngOffset your company's international business costs with STEP Grant funding
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. 
Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission recommends additional COVID-19 data be posted online
On May 21, the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission unanimously voted to recommend that new additional COVID-19 data be publicly posted on coronavirus.utah.gov. The data provides a nation-leading public look at how underlying conditions, demographics and other key factors interplay to create higher risks for certain individuals regarding COVID-19.
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.

More National Headlines


1830 - President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act which relocates Native Americans.

1892 - John Muir organizes the Sierra Club.

1937 - Volkswagen is founded.

1972 - White House "plumbers" first break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate Complex in Washington D.C.

1987 - Mathias Rust, an 18-year-old West German pilot, evades Soviet Union air defenses and lands a private plane in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.

1996 - President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, Jim and Susan McDougal and Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.


Wise Words


"Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears." Marcus Aurelius

Lighter Side


"Oh my God, what's it going to take? Just fill it with Skittles and strap it on his face like a feed bag. [as Trump] 'Can I get a new mask? This one has only purples left.'" - STEPHEN COLBERT

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