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Situational awareness - June 1, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

238 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's job approval rating in Utah slides back into negative territory.
  • Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall responds to Saturday's violent protests.
  • President Trump blames the nationwide unrest on Antifa and says the U.S. will designate the group as a terrorist organization.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_06.jpgTrump's job approval in Utah slides into negative territory
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
President Donald Trump's approval rating with Utah voters has once again fallen into negative territory, a new Y2 Analytics survey finds.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Salt_Lake_City_05.jpgSome of Utah's growth challenges take a breather -- but not for long
By Dana Meier & LaVarr Webb
Everyone wants to know what will conditions be like when the pandemic crisis recedes and life settles into a "new normal?"
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200531_Mendenhall_CNN.jpgMendenhall calls protest violence an 'opportunity' for the nation to learn
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said Sunday that the violence that happened in Salt Lake City and other areas around the country was an "opportunity" to address the systemic problems in the U.S. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Who is the leaker?'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick explain a week chock full of Utah political news.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Plot thickens on Herbert/Wright chat
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Well, as you can say about so many political problems, the plot now thickens.
images/1000px_Mugs/Thomas_Wright_02.jpgWright says it's 'unfortunate' his private conversations with Gov. Herbert were leaked to the public
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Thomas Wright says he's disappointed in the story that Gov. Gary Herbert asked him to drop out of the GOP race for governor was made public, but he adds he thinks his campaign has been energized by the drama.
images/1000px_Mugs/Herbert_Wright_01.jpgHerbert confirms he asked Wright to drop out, but denies any deal
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert confirmed the story, first reported by UtahPolicy.com, that he asked former Utah GOP chairman Thomas Wright to drop out of the Republican race for governor and endorse Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Herbert's chosen successor. But Herbert denied he offered financial or political support for a future campaign.
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.

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More mayhem across the nation on Sunday night [New York Times].

Target, CVS and Walmart closed some stores because of protests that turned violent [AP].

Protesters and police continued to clash near the White House on Sunday night. Police fired tear gas at demonstrators [WaPo].

President Trump was taken to an emergency bunker under the White House as protests broke out in Washington, D.C. on Friday night [CNN].

Chinese state media mocked Trump for "hiding" during the protests that rocked the nation over the weekend [Guardian].


Many Republicans and conservative commentators blamed the nationwide protests on Antifa. President Trump tweeted Monday that the U.S. would designate Antifa as a terrorist organization, but experts believe that move would be unconstitutional [CNN].


Experts say the protests across the country over the weekend could lead to a new spike in coronavirus cases [NBC News].


President Trump delayed an in-person G7 meeting until at least September. Trump also wants to invite four additional countries including Russia and South Korea [CNN].


Two NASA astronauts successfully boarded the International Space Station after traveling aboard the SpaceX capsule [WaPo].


Leisure travel may return quicker than you may think [Bloomberg].

2nd Amendment

The Supreme Court may take action to expand gun rights as soon as Monday [Bloomberg].


Policy News

Press release: Hiring at Exoro Group
The Exoro Group, a public policy/ public relations firm is seeking a full-time Associate at its office in downtown Salt Lake City. Exoro, founded in 2002, serves the best corporations, governmental entities and non-profits. We achieve results by blending scientific analysis, modern communications and deep connections.   
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngArmchair discussion with Int'l Trade Assistant Secretary Ian Steff: Growing Utah's trade in challenging times
Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the Foreign Commercial Service, Ian Steff, has been invited to participate in a "virtual armchair discussion" with President and CEO of the World Trade Center of Utah, Miles Hansen. 
Riverton announces David Brickey as new City Manager
Riverton City officials are pleased to announce that David R. Brickey has been appointed as city manager. The appointment was made official by the Riverton City Council on Tuesday, May 19. The approval of a contract of employment was unanimous.
Preservation Fund saves 46 units of affordable housing
The Utah Housing Preservation Fund announced its first preservation of deeply affordable housing with the acquisition of 46 units of from Housing Connect, Salt Lake County's housing authority. The units otherwise would have been sold on the market necessitating the relocation of residents.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 5-29-20
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: 'I've never seen this many fish wasted': DWR seeks public help in case of 260 illegally dumped bass-- Salt Lake Tribune: BLM hands over property to Utah for local, state control-- Salt Lake Tribune: 'Trib Talk': What you should know about visiting national parks during a pandemic-- KSL.com: 'I've never seen this many fish wasted': DWR seeks public help in case of 260 illegally dumped bass-- KSL.com: Hikers uncover graffiti in Little Cottonwood Canyon, videotape vandals-- KSL.com: 54 boaters cited in Utah for quagga mussel violations over Memorial Day weekend-- KSL.com: Utah officials urge caution for those heading outside after flood of holiday weekend rescuesVenues and Organizations Re-Opening-- Alf Engen Ski Museum -- Artworks Gallery-- BallroomUtah Dance Studio-- Bipolar Art & Jewelry -- Easely Art Studio -- Eccles Community Art Center-- Garage on Beck-- Gardner Village-- Gilgal Sculpture Garden -- Flamenco del Lago -- Heber Valley Railroad -- Historic Wendover Airfield Museum -- ImprovBroadway -- Legacy School of Dance -- Make Salt Lake -- Lyrical Opera Theatre -- Parker Theatre -- Redwood Drive-In Theatre -- Salt Lake Bicycle Tours -- Salt Lake Running Company -- SCERA Center-- St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm -- St. George Musical Theater 

More National Headlines


1779 Benedict Arnold is court-martialed, charged with 13 counts of misbehavior.

1792 - Kentucky is admitted to the Union as the 15th state.

1796 - Tennessee is admitted to the Union as the 16th state.

1812 - President James Madison asks Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom.

1926 Norma Jeane Mortenson better known as Marilyn Monroe, is born in Los Angeles.

1967 Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

1968 Helen Keller dies in Westport, Conn., at the age of 87.

1980 Cable News Network (CNN) makes its debut as the world's first 24-hour TV news network.

Wise Words

Protest vs. Riot

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side


"I guess in Trump's mind, voting should be like your wife smiling at you: once a year, in public, and never at home," [Trevor] Noah said after Trump condemned states he alleged allowed voting by mail.

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