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Situational awareness - June 11, 2020

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Trump weighing an executive order to address police reform.
  • The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. passes 2 million.
  • James Evans calls on Utah's racial minorities to vote in the June GOP primary election.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200610_CD4_Debate.jpgAnalysis: 4th District GOP debate was a disservice to voters
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
If it's a race for Congress in Utah's 4th Congressional District, you can be sure that the Republicans in the contest will spend as much time attacking Nancy Pelosi as they do discussing their Democratic opponent. And, true to form, the four vying to take on Ben McAdams in November mentioned the current Speaker of the House more than the freshman Democrat during their final debate on Wednesday evening. 
Former GOP Chairman James Evans calls on Utah's minority communities to vote in the GOP primary
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A former Utah state Republican Party chairman is asking all racial and ethnic minorities in the state to register as Republicans and vote in the closed party primary June 30.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_05.jpgGOP candidates for governor raising, and spending, big bucks ahead of primary election
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Just about everyone watching Utah's GOP governor's race says the June 30 closed party primary is the REAL election -- the Republican nominee will coast to victory in November.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/National_Debt_02.jpgMcAdams joins bipartisan group warning about exploding national debt
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams joined a bipartisan group of representatives in sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warning about the ballooning national debt. 
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%.

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George Floyd's brother testifies before congress, calling his brother's murder at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer "a modern-day lynching" [Reuters].

NASCAR bans the confederate flag from all of their events [ESPN].

U.S. Soccer repeals their policy barring players from kneeling during the national anthem [CNN].

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has requested the removal of nearly a dozen statues from the U.S. Capitol depicting Confederate leaders [Politico].

President Trump said he will oppose calls to rename military bases that currently honor Confederate generals, even though he has no power to block the change [WaPo].

Protesters pulled down the statue of Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia [NYT].

Protesters toppled statues of Christopher Columbus across the nation [CNN].

HBO Max temporarily pulled "Gone With the Wind" from its library over racist depictions. The streaming service plans to bring the film back after adding historical context [NYT].

Police reform

President Trump is weighing an executive order targeting police reform, but it's unclear what that would contain [CNN].

Democrats in Congress aren't backing police reform measures being put forth by Republicans [Politico]. 

Amazon is blocking police from using their facial recognition technology for one year [Amazon].


Consumer prices fell 0.1% in May, the third consecutive month showing a decline [AP].

Starbucks is closing up to 400 stores as they shift to a strategy focused on takeout [CNN].


There are now more than 2 million coronavirus cases in the U.S. [Politico].

The number of coronavirus deaths are expected to decline followed by a sharp increase in September according to a new model [CNN].

Governors across the nation are rejecting new lockdown measures [Politico].

Countries are beginning to end their coronavirus lockdown even as the number of infections surge [NYT].

Texas reports a third straight day of record numbers of coronavirus hospitalizations [CNBC].

Disneyland plans to reopen on July 17th [Yahoo!]

2020 Election

President Trump's advisers are growing increasingly worried about his internal polling numbers ahead of November's election [ABC News].

Joe Biden says he's "absolutely convinced" the military would remove Donald Trump from the White House if he refused to leave after losing November's election. Biden also warned that Trump was "going to try to steal the election" by rigging the voting process in his favor [WaPo].

President Trump will hold his first public rally since March next Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma [The Hill].

Elections officials are growing worried about November's elections following the disaster that unfolded during Georgia's primary elections this week [CNN].

That's not how that works

The Trump campaign demanded CNN retract and apologize for a poll showing Trump losing to Biden by a whopping 14 points [CNN].

CNN issued a hilarious response, comparing Trump's demand to what they would expect from authoritarian regimes like Venezuela [CNN].


A former judge said the push by the Justice Department to dismiss the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn was a "gross abuse" of power and should be denied [AP].


White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Trump's promotion of a bonkers conspiracy theory that a 75-year old man injured by police in Buffalo, N.Y. would be a member of Antifa [Axios].

It's about time!

Twitter is testing a new feature asking users whether they've read an article before retweeting it [CNET].



Policy News

images/Logos/WFRC_Logo.pngWasatch Front Regional Council statement on racial justice, equity, and access to opportunities
WFRC mourns the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other people of color throughout our nation's history. We acknowledge society's deeply rooted racism and inequities.
Health safety standards reshape the 29th season of the Downtown Farmers Market opening June 13 in Pioneer Park
Recognized as an essential grocery service for the Intermountain region and an economic lifeline for local farmers and producers, the Downtown Farmers Market will purvey products each Saturday, from June 13th through October 24th.
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.

More National Headlines


1184 BC - The city of Troy is sacked and burned according to calculations by Eratosthenes.

1770 - British explorer Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

1776 - The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence.

1788 - Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.

1805 - A fire consumes large portions of Detroit.

1920 - During the Republican National Convention in Chicago, party leaders gathered in a room at the Blackstone Hotel to come to a consensus on their candidate for the presidential election, leading the Associated Press to coin the political phrase "smoke-filled room."

1963 - Alabama Governor George Wallace defiantly stands at the door at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Later in the day, accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, they are able to register.

1963 - Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.

1963 - President John F. Kennedy addresses Americans from the Oval Office proposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

1990 - The Supreme Court struck down an anti-flag-burning law passed by Congress the year before.

2001 - Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Wise Words


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side

Trump's Fence

"Authorities there are busy erecting another fence that will go around the existing White House fence, which will make two fences, which I think was a Spin Doctors song. So it looks like Trump is finally getting his wall built after all. How long before we find out Don Jr. invested in a fence company?" - JIMMY KIMMEL

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