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Situational awareness - May 7, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • President Trump reverses course on winding down the coronavirus task force.
  • It's anybody's race as Republicans vie to take on Ben McAdams in CD4.
  • Lawmakers could have one or two more special sessions before the end of June.

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images/Icons-Blue/republican2.pngAnalysis: GOP race to face Ben McAdams is wide open
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
As the Republican Party nomination battle in Utah's 4th Congressional District now gets underway, state Rep. Kim Coleman has the most cash on hand.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_40.jpgHow many special sessions will lawmakers need to tackle the COVID-19 crisis?
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the state's economy, but lawmakers still don't have a handle on how much damage the pandemic will leave in its wake.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgReport finds major gap in meeting legal needs in Utah
By Utah Foundation
Utah Foundation released The Justice Gap: Addressing the Unmet Legal Needs of Lower-Income Utahns. This report focuses on the legal needs of lower-income Utahns or the roughly 26% of Utah's population living at or below 200% of the federal poverty line.
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.

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Reversing course

President Donald Trump said the coronavirus task force would continue working "indefinitely" one day after he suggested it could be phased out in the coming weeks [CNBC].

Jobs apocalypse

Two new rounds of unemployment data are due Thursday and Friday that will likely show unprecedented economic pain from COVID-19 [CNN].

Payroll processing company ADP says more than 20 million jobs disappeared in April [AP].

Hispanics are almost twice as likely as whites to have lost their jobs from the pandemic [Washington Post].

Food insecurity

Nearly 1 in 5 young children in the US are not getting enough to eat during the pandemic [US News].

Conspiracy theories

President Trump and some of his top aides are questioning the way coronavirus tests are being calculated, suggesting the numbers are lower than what is being reported [Axios].

A growing number of ER doctors say they're fed up with the number of conspiracy theories about the virus [NBC News].

Politicizing the response to coronavirus

The Trump administration is scrapping a guide from the CDC offering advice on how to reopen the economy while minimizing the impact of the virus [AP].

While President Trump pushed states to reopen their economies, officials in the administration privately worried if states moved too quickly, it could lead to a larger and deadlier outbreak [Politico].

Arizona officials cut ties with a group of academics who were projecting the number of cases in the state would continue to rise [Washington Post].

Historic proportions

The European Union is forecasting its economy will contract by 7.5 percent this year, which would be a recession of "historic proportions" [AP].

Economic damage

More than half of small businesses in the US expect to be out of business within six months [Bloomberg].

Gold's Gym has filed for bankruptcy protection [CBS News].

Uber plans to lay off 3,700 workers [AP].

The Gap plans to reopen up to 800 stores by the end of the month [New York Times].

Paint it black

President Trump is again pushing to have his border wall painted black, which is adding at least $500 million to the cost [Washington Post].


President Trump said Wednesday his administration would continue their efforts to get the Supreme Court to strike down the Affordable Care Act [CNN].


President Trump vetoed a resolution meant to rein in his authority to use military force against Iran without congressional approval [CNN].


President Trump will name Louis DeJoy, a top Republican donor as the new head of the Postal Service [Washington Post].

Good news

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was released from the hospital on Wednesday [Politico].

Sports returning?

The Bundesliga, Germany's top soccer league, plans to resume play May 13, albeit without fans in the stands [ESPN].

Panic time?

People are panic-buying exercise bikes because gyms remained closed in several states [New York Times].

Welcome to the jungle!

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose got into a spat on Twitter with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday [Bloomberg].


Policy News

Treasurer Damschen encourages Utahns and businesses to search state website for lost money during COVID-19 crisis
Utah State Treasurer David Damschen encourages Utah residents and business owners to search mycash.utah.gov for unclaimed property during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.

More National Headlines


1718 - The city of New Orleans is founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.

1789 - The first U.S. presidential inaugural ball, celebrating the inauguration of George Washington, was conducted in New York City.

1846 - The Cambridge Chronicle, America's oldest surviving weekly newspaper, is published for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1952 - The concept of the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey Dummer.

1976 - Honda officially launches the Accord car model.

1992 - Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. The amendment bars Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise.

Wise Words

Word of Caution

"Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty."Ronald Reagan

Lighter Side

That Makes Sense

"Yesterday, the president told Reuters, 'I don't believe the polls. I believe the people of this country are smart, and I don't think that they will put a man in who's incompetent.' We did it last time, why wouldn't we do it again?"- JIMMY KIMMEL

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