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Situational awareness - May 5, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • The Trump administration is predicting the number of coronavirus cases will jump to about 200,000 per day.
  • The dash for cash could determine the winner of the race to replace Rep. Rob Bishop. 

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Money_Politics_01.jpgAnalysis: Campaign cash may define the 1st Congressional District GOP race
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
As the Republican primary race in U.S. House District 1 in Utah gets started, former state Agriculture director Kerry Gibson leads in cash on hand, but he's way behind in the UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2 News polling of "likely" GOP voters in the district.
images/1000px_Mugs/Biden_Sanders_01.jpgDemocratic Party rule could give some of Bernie Sanders' Utah delegates to Joe Biden
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bernie Sanders won the lion's share of Democratic delegates in Utah during the Super Tuesday presidential primary, but a longstanding Democratic Party rule could force some of his delegates to support presumptive nominee Joe Biden at the party's convention in August.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_30.jpgLegislative leaders eyeing two more special sessions in May and June
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
Sources tell UtahPolicy.com that the Utah Legislature will be called into at least two more special sessions before the end of the fiscal year, June 30.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jan_Garbett_03.jpgGarbett drops her lawsuit, but a GOP legislative candidate is also suing for a spot in the primary
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Jan Garbett has dropped her bid to appear on the June primary ballot after the state said she only submitted 8,711 valid signatures to qualify for the June primary ballot. That paltry number is a major setback to her legal claim that she would have collected enough signatures to appear on the primary if not for the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, a Republican candidate for legislature joined the lawsuit also hoping to be added to the primary election.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jeff_Burningham_04.jpgFederal judge denies Jeff Burningham's lawsuit seeking a spot in the June primary
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
A federal judge on Friday afternoon denied Republican Jeff Burningham's legal bid to secure a spot on the June primary ballot. Burningham tells UtahPolicy.com he will not appeal the decision.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'The Fruit Stripe Gum of debating'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Although time has no meaning anymore, Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick bring you the Friday edition of our Utah political news roundup.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jeff_Burningham_02.jpgJeff Burningham sues to get on the June primary ballot
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Jeff Burningham is the second Republican to file suit seeking a spot on the June primary ballot, claiming the COVID-19 outbreak unfairly stopped him from gathering enough signatures to reach the primary ballot.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Despite success of online conventions, there's no substitute for the real thing
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Well, the state Republican and Democratic party's conventions are over, and congrats to all the leaders who did such a fine job on making the virtual operations function so well.

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Coronavirus explosion

An internal Trump administration report predicts the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. will surge to about 200,000 per day with 3,000 daily deaths [Washington Post].

Another model favored by the White House raised its projection for the number of American deaths from the coronavirus to more than 134,000 by early August [Bloomberg].


The White House has blocked all members of the coronavirus task force from testifying before Congress during the month of May [RealClearPolitics].

Blaming China

Intelligence shared among US allies indicates it's "highly unlikely" the coronavirus outbreak was the result of an accident in a laboratory. The virus likely originated in a Chinese market [CNN].

China is lashing out at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling him "evil" and a "liar" after he said there was "enormous evidence" that the coronavirus outbreak started in a Chinese lab [Bloomberg].

The WHO says the Trump administration has provided no information for its "speculative" theory about the origins of the novel coronavirus [Guardian]. 


The Treasury plans to borrow $3 trillion in the second quarter for coronavirus relief. That staggering number is the largest amount for any full fiscal year [MarketWatch].

California is borrowing from the federal government to make their unemployment payments [WSJ].

Carnival Cruise Lines says it will resume sailing on August 1 [CNBC].

A United Airlines executive is urging employees to consider leaving the company voluntarily [CNN].

A top economist is warning the global economy will not snap back quickly from the coronavirus pandemic [Bloomberg]. 


Costco is rationing meat sales amid fears that supplies are running short [New York Post].


The secretary of the Senate said her office had no legal discretion to disclose any personnel records related to an allegation of sexual assault against Joe Biden in 1993 [New York Times].

Worked out well the last time...

President Donald Trump is reportedly mulling firing FBI director Christopher Wray [Axios].

Trump TV?

An investment group with ties to Donald Trump Jr. has acquired a major stake in pro-Trump television channel One America News Network [Vanity Fair].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/Utah_Economic_Response_Task_Force_Logo_01.jpgTown hall: I have my federal money, now what?
The Utah Economic Task Force will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. MST to discuss how businesses can use their Paycheck Protection Program Loan, specifically how to spend, account for and ultimately have the loan forgiven.
images/1000px_Logos/EDCUtah_1000.pngCOVID-19 business impact survey
The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 have been deep and acute. In March, the Utah Economic Response Task Force conducted a business impact survey, and more than 1,200 Utah businesses responded.
Utah chatbot, Porter, helps citizens find important COVID-19 information
The Utah Department of Technology Services has launched an online chatbot to help Utah.gov visitors find important COVID-19 information they need.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngWebinar: Resources for women-owned businesses to overcome COVID-19 economic challenges and engage globally
Local business development experts provide resources to help women-owned businesses regain traction and succeed during the upcoming economic stabilization phase. Speakers will share insights and answer your questions live in order to make your business more resilient now and in the future. 
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 80: Google pushes back on Zoom
Some of us are old enough to remember the Cola Wars between Coke and Pepsi. The pandemic, work-from-home version of that is a Video Conference War. Zoom has become so widely adopted that it has become a verb but Google has now banned its use on company computers, citing security concerns. 

More National Headlines


1821 - Napoleon dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena.

1893 - Panic hit the New York Stock Exchange; by year's end, the country was in the throes of a severe depression.

1925 - John T. Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.

1985 - President Ronald Reagan attended a wreath-laying ceremony at a military cemetery in Bitburg, West Germany. The visit drew worldwide condemnation because 49 members of the Waffen SS were buried there.

1961 - Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America's first space traveler as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Wise Words


"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."Archimedes

Lighter Side

Making No Sense

"The weirdest part about all of this is that Elon Musk always says that we're all living in a computer simulation. But now he's like, yo, yo, the universe might be fake, but my stock price is real."- TREVOR NOAH

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