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Situational awareness - May 6, 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • A Utah lawmaker says the state "overreacted" to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A Utah House candidate is suing for a spot on the ballot.
  • The White House is winding down the coronavirus task force.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Medical_mask_01.jpgPPE Push Pack Program launched to help small business jump start COVID-19 transition
By News Release
Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced the launch of the "PPE Push Pack" program to support small businesses in the transition to "moderate risk" COVID-19 protocols.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Other than that, how did you enjoy the play Mrs. Lincoln?'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick break down the important Utah political headlines from the past few days in the Tuesday edition of our podcast.
images/1000px_Mugs/Lorraine_Brown_01.jpgA GOP legislative candidate claims COVID-19 cut short time to collect signatures, so she's suing
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
A Weber County Republican candidate for the Utah House has filed suit in federal court seeking a spot in the June primary election after she fell tantalizingly short of gathering enough signatures to qualify because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.

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The White House is beginning to wind down the coronavirus task force even though the number of cases and deaths in the U.S. continue to rise [NBC News].

Price of doing business?

President Donald Trump said in an interview Tuesday states must reopen even if it leads to more coronavirus infections and deaths [Bloomberg].


Dr. Rick Bright, who headed the federal agency responsible for developing drugs to fight the coronavirus, filed a whistleblower complaint on Tuesday claiming he warned about the virus in January but was met with hostility from members of the Trump administration. He claims he was reassigned to a lesser role because he tried to "prioritize science and safety over political expediency" [Reuters].

No bailouts?

President Trump said it would be unfair to Republicans if Congress were to pass bailouts for states because most of those in financial trouble are run by Democrats [NBC News].

Fumbled response

President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner led a mostly inept effort to find safety gear during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. His team included a group of young volunteers who had little experience and few connections to suppliers [New York Times].

While President Trump was urging states to lift coronavirus lockdowns, his own health and emergency management officials were privately warning that states were still seeing a shortage of masks and other medical protective gear [Politico].


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is back in the hospital. The 87-year-old was treated for a gallbladder condition [BBC].


U.S. household debt reached $14.3 trillion in the first quarter of 2020 as Americans added $155 billion of debt [Reuters].

Unemployment is getting worse as temporary layoffs are turning into permanent job losses [Bloomberg].

Airbnb cut about 25 percent of its global workforce [TechCrunch].

Employees at meat plants are quitting over fears they will get sick from coronavirus [Bloomberg].

Disney took a $1.4 billion hit to earnings because of COVID-19 [WSJ].

Norwegian Cruise Lines says there is "substantial doubt" about its ability to continue [CNBC].

Starbucks will reopen 85 percent of its U.S. coffee shops in the next week [Washington Post].


President Trump's desire to include a payroll tax cut in the next round of coronavirus financial aid is not gaining much traction among Republicans in Congress [Politico].



The House Judiciary Committee says it intends to keep investigating President Trump for potentially impeachable offenses [CNN].


The social media platform booted several pages linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory on Tuesday. They also removed accounts linked to the anti-immigrant group VDARE [AP].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgUtah Leads Together: Supply chain & logistics webinar
Could COVID-19 be the black swan event that forces many industries and companies in Utah, nationally and globally to rethink and transform their global supply chain models?
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


1861 - Arkansas secedes from the Union.

1863 - Civil War: Confederate forces commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee routed Union troops under Gen. Joseph Hooker at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.

1877 - Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Lakota surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.

1889 - The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public.

1915 - Babe Ruth hits his first major league home run.

1935 - New Deal: Executive Order 7034 creates the Works Progress Administration to provide work for the unemployed.

1937 - The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.

1940 - John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath.

1941 - Josef Stalin became the official leader of the Soviet government.

Wise Words


"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."George S. Patton

Lighter Side

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"After recently being given poll numbers that showed him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, President Trump reportedly yelled at his campaign manager and threatened to sue him. Unfortunately, Trump's lawyers already have their hands full suing his bathroom scale, his mirror and the passage of time."- SETH MEYERS

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