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Situational awareness - June 15, 2020

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Another police shooting roils Atlanta,
  • New questions arise about President Trump's health.
  • Polling shows Trump's support in Utah is dropping among moderate Republicans and faithful Mormons.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Donald_Trump_06.jpgAnalysis: Trump support in Utah lagging among moderate Republicans and faithful members of the LDS Church
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
GOP President Donald Trump is not very popular in Utah -- a statistic that is amazing in and of itself.
images/1000px_Mugs/Spencer_Cox_02.jpgCox reels in campaign donation from nation's largest teacher's union
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Spencer Cox's campaign nabbed a $75,000 donation from the National Education Association according to financial disclosures. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'We watched some terrible debates so you don't have to'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Time for our Friday look at the stories driving Utah politics with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200611_Herbert_Presser.jpgHerbert says he'll call a special session next week for budget cuts, but he wants to preserve education funding
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he would call a special session of the legislature next week to address the effect the economic downturn will have on Utah's budget. However, he said he believes lawmakers will be able to avoid cutting the public education budget.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Utah's non-boring politics
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Sometimes, when you are in the midst of some really crazy stuff, you don't realize that you are, indeed, in the midst of some really crazy stuff.Like the 2020 primary election season in Utah.
images/1000px_Mugs/Dave_Robinson_01.jpgGuest opinion: Spencer Cox: Protecting Utah's 'Most Vulnerable'?
By Dave Robinson
In last week's interview with Equality Utah's Troy Williams, I was struck by a comment Lt. Governor Spencer Cox made.  In particular, Cox stated the reason he is a Republican and belongs to the Party of Lincoln, is because he cares about "protecting those who are the most vulnerable".
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.

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Police shooting in Atlanta

Atlanta police shot and killed 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks during a sobriety check that turned deadly [AP].

A coroner's report ruled the shooting was a homicide [Reuters].

Racial justice groups have been flooded with millions of dollars in donations since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis [NYT].

Trump's health

Fresh questions about President Donald Trump's health arose after he appeared to have trouble walking down a ramp following his speech at West Point on Saturday. Trump also had trouble raising a glass of water to his mouth [NYT].

President Trump said lack of a handrail and a slippery surface was responsible for his halting walk down the ramp [Bloomberg].

Coronavirus relief

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Sunday that the $600 per week additional unemployment benefit from the federal government will end in late July [Politico].

The White House is targeting another $2 trillion stimulus package that will focus on manufacturing [CNN].

Coronavirus cases spike

Record numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit several states over the weekend [Reuters].

Officials are warning a second coronavirus shutdown may be necessary if the number of cases continues to climb [CNN].

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo warned residents against triggering a second wave of the coronavirus by ignoring public health guidelines [Bloomberg].

Worries are growing that the desire for a coronavirus vaccine will lead to the U.S. approving one that doesn't work [Politico].

A new study shows wearing masks in public significantly reduces the risk of infection from Covid-19 [Reuters].

Another lockdown

China locked down parts of Beijing after a coronavirus cluster was discovered at a food market [NPR].

The number of cases related to the new outbreak in China rises above 100 [Bloomberg].

2020 election 

President Trump pushed back his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma by one day to avoid overlapping with Juneteenth [The Hill].

Republican state and local leaders are convinced that President Donald Trump will win re-election in a landslide [Politico].


Fox News removed a digitally altered photo that claimed to be from the protests in Seattle when it was actually a combination of pictures from different cities [Variety].


The deployment of three U.S. aircraft carriers to the Pacific Ocean has drawn a swift rebuke from China [CNN].

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Chinese officials in Hawaii this week according to reports [The Hill].

Book deal

Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump, is poised to publish a tell-all book this summer that will detail "harrowing and salacious" stories about the president and the rest of the Trump family [Daily Beast].


Policy News

Salt Lake Chamber honors Governor Gary Herbert as a Giant in our City
Governor Gary R. Herbert was recognized for his contributions and service to the State of Utah at the 41st Giant in our City. The award, presented by the Salt Lake Chamber Thursday night at the historic Redwood Drive-In Theatre, is given for exceptional and distinguished public service, as well as extraordinary professional achievement, and is widely recognized as the most prestigious business award in the state of Utah.
Salt Lake County creates $40 million Small Business Impact Grant program for those hit hardest
Mayor Jenny Wilson announced that Salt Lake County will be launching a new Small Business Impact Grant (SBIG) program, with the application opening June 16. 
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.

More National Headlines


1215 - King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta.

1648 - Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1667 - The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.

1752 - Benjamin Franklin demonstrated the relationship between lightning and electricity by flying a kite during a storm in Philadelphia. An iron key suspended from the kite attracted a lightning bolt.

1836 - Arkansas is admitted as the 25th state.

1844 - Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization.

1846 - The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

1864 - Arlington National Cemetary is established when 200 acres around Arlington Mansion are officially set aside as a military cemetery.

1921 - Bessie Coleman earns her pilot's license, becoming the first female pilot of African-American descent.


Wise Words

Sounding Good

"Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell

Lighter Side


"Here's a question for you - couldn't you just not do that? Of all the cities on all the days, couldn't you just hold it in Houston on Arbor Day or in Boise on Flag Day? Also, timing - Donald, we're in the middle of a pandemic. Couldn't you just wait before you say it and spray it all over Oklahoma? And I know you refuse to issue social-distancing guidelines for your rally, but hey, if it's like some of your past gatherings, couldn't you just admit crowding might not be a problem? So look, Donald, before you pop out of your bunker for Cough-a-palooza, couldn't you just rethink the plan?" - JIMMY FALLON

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