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Situational awareness - June 10, 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Voters in Georgia have a difficult time on primary election day.
  • President Trump tweets a baseless conspiracy theory about Antifa.
  • 1st District Republicans debate

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images/1000px_Screenshots/20200609_Romney_CNN.jpgVideo: Romney 'won't dignify' Trump's conspiracy theory tweet about Buffalo protester
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he would not respond to President Trump tweeting out a conspiracy theory about a Buffalo man injured by police.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200609_CD1_debate.jpgTrump, race relations take center stage during 1st Congressional District debate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The four Republicans competing for the nomination to replace Rob Bishop in Utah's 1st Congressional District struggled to answer questions about race relations and criticism of President Trump from fellow Republicans during their second debate on Tuesday evening. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'The top half of Mitt Romney's head'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Listen to the Tuesday edition of our podcast to understand the who, what, when, where, why, how and if of Utah politics with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Congress_B_W_01.jpgUtah Republicans, Democrats have divided opinions on how Congress is performing
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Most Utahns dislike what both Republicans and Democrats are doing in Congress, a recent UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll finds.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_04.jpgLawmakers targeting June 18, 19 for special session
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah lawmakers will meet next week on Thursday and possibly Friday in a special session to adjust next fiscal year's budget to deal with the impact from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
images/1000px_Mugs/Blake_Thomas_01.jpgGuest opinion: Building a resilient workforce & economy post-COVID19 requires looking at the future of jobs
By Blake H. Thomas
Leading up to COVID-19's presence in Utah, Salt Lake County's unemployment rate, which had been hovering at or below 3.5% since November 2014, was at a historical low of 2.3%. Along with such low unemployment rates, the economy continued to create new jobs, with year-over-year growth around 2.6%.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Chart_Up_Down.jpgUtahns say the state is on the right track, but the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah is a very Republican and Mormon state. Historically, if you are a GOP/Mormon candidate in a general election year, you're going to do OK.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200607_Romney_BLM_March.jpgRomney: 'Black lives matter'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney joined a protest march to the White House on Sunday against violence and brutality, saying he wanted people to understand that "black lives matter."
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_13.jpgRomney, other top Republicans won't vote for Trump in November
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney, along with former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, won't back President Donald Trump's bid for another term in 2020.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200601_GOV_Debate.jpgPrimetime televised GOP governor debate set for June 16 [UPDATED]
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
On Monday, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox agreed to join a two-hour primetime debate for the four Republican candidates for governor sponsored by KUTV 2News and the Pioneer Park Coalition

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Georgia chaos

New voting machines led to long lines and chaos on primary election day in Georgia [AJC].

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

President Trump has come under fire after tweeting a bonkers, and baseless, conspiracy theory that a 75-year-old man pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo was linked to Antifa [ABC News].


Federal prosecutors have found no evidence linking individuals accused of violence during the nationwide protests to Antifa [Reuters].



The WHO walked back a claim that people who are not showing symptoms are at a lower risk of spreading the coronavirus [Politico].

Coronavirus hospitalizations are rising sharply in several states following Memorial Day [WaPo].

More than half of states are not following CDC reporting guidelines for reporting coronavirus cases [CNN].

The White House has gone largely quiet in the wake of rising coronavirus cases in several states [Politico].

Police reform

Republicans in Congress are scrambling to craft legislation to address police reform [Politico].

The Trump Justice Department has largely stopped investigating police departments for systemic abuses [Boston Globe].


Protesters in Seattle have set up a six-block police-free "autonomous zone" in the middle of that city [Daily Dot].

Voter registration numbers are growing dramatically in the wake of the massive nationwide protests [CNN].

George Floyd was laid to rest in Houston on Tuesday [NPR].

Trump vs. Esper

President Trump wanted to fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper after they clashed over the use of active-duty military during nationwide protests [WSJ].


The Paycheck Protection Program passed by Congress is showing signs of boosting the economy [WaPo].

2020 Election

Democrats are increasingly pushing Joe Biden to pick a black woman as his running mate [NYT].

Republicans are set to move their convention to Jacksonville, Florida [WaPo].


Policy News

News release: Senator Orrin Hatch endorses Jon Huntsman for Governor
Governor Jon Huntsman has been endorsed by Utah legend, Senator Orrin G. Hatch. Senator Hatch announced his support for Governor Huntsman's gubernatorial bid citing Huntsman's bold vision to double Utah's economy as an example of the kind of leadership Utah is in need of at this critical time. 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber joins national initiative to address inequality of opportunity
The Salt Lake Chamber has announced it is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity.
Governor maintains current health risk guidance
Gov. Gary R. Herbert extended to June 12, 2020 his Utah COVID-19 health risk status order of May 29, 2020. All current health risk guidance for the state remains unchanged. Specifically, the COVID-19 public health risk status remains Orange (Moderate Risk) in Salt Lake City, Bluff and Mexican Hat, and in all other areas of the state the status remains Yellow (Low Risk).
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 84: Effective cyber frameworks and maturity assessments
In this episode of the CYBER24 podcast, presented by VLCM, we take a closer look at effective cyber frameworks and maturity assessments. Our discussion covers the top reasons frameworks are important and what frameworks apply to which businesses. 
Utah to provide a mask for every veteran who requests one
The Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs announced a partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development to provide a free mask to veterans in Utah who don't have one.

More National Headlines


1692 - Bridget Bishop was found guilty of the practice of witchcraft and hanged in Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She was the first colonist executed during the Salem witch trials.

1854 - The U.S. Naval Academy graduates its first class of students.

1898 - U.S. Marines invaded Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

1935 - Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio.

1944 - 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the youngest player ever in a major league game.

1964 - The U.S. Senate breaks a 75-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, leading to the bill's passage.

Wise Words


"He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side

Protecting the White House

"Yep, Trump is trying to protect the White House. He even ran around putting broken Christmas ornaments under windows and tying rope to paint cans to swing over the staircase." - JIMMY FALLON

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