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Situational awareness - June 19, 2020

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Supreme Court rules against the Trump administration's efforts to end DACA.
  • Utah lawmakers cut millions from the budget. 
  • California will require people to wear masks when in public.


Today's question comes to us from Doug Foxley. 

I was a Utah Governor, and later I served as Secretary of War. My campaign slogan in my governor's race was the best one ever. Who am I and what was my slogan? Bonus points, my nephew is a famous actor, what is his name?

If you know the answer, drop me an email at mailbag@utahpolicy.com. We'll pick a winner at random from the correct entries. 

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_27.jpgLawmakers slash millions from the state budget, but increase education funding slightly
By Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick
Just 120 days ago Utah's budget for next year was overflowing with cash. Revenue projections in mid-February gave lawmakers $921 million dollars in extra money to spend, most of it in the Education Fund.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_14.jpgLawmakers approve a ban on police officers putting their knees on a person's neck
By Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott
If voting for a new law that prohibits a police officer from kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed person is showing "we get it," as one legislator said Thursday, then what is voting against it?Not getting it?
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_16.jpgLawmakers approve measure to cut their own paychecks
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
You can't say Utah's 104 part-time legislators aren't taking seriously balancing next year's budget -- they cut their own pay in the effort.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200619_Huntsman_Mailer_02.jpgShadowy Colorado group sends mailers attacking Huntsman
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
 A shadowy Colorado super PAC is behind a mailer attacking former Gov. Jon Huntsman that Utah Republicans are finding in their mailboxes ahead of the June primary election.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Utah_National_Guard_01.jpgCoronavirus tests from Utah National Guard troops who went to D.C. were unaccounted for over several days last week
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
When the 200 Utah National Guard troops dispatched to Washington, D.C. to help with that city's response to violent protests returned to Utah, the soldiers were tested for exposure to the coronavirus. UtahPolicy.com has learned that at least half of those tests went unaccounted for over several days.
images/1000px_Mugs/20200617_Herbert_Presser.pngHerbert rolls out latest version of Utah's coronavirus economic recovery plan
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled the latest iteration of the state's plan to economically recover from the coronavirus downturn Wednesday, which he says will position Utah to rebound quicker than other states.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_06.jpgLegislative leaders set the table for big budget cuts ahead of Thursday's special session
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah's top legislative bosses on Wednesday cut nearly all of the new money that was put into the $20 billion fiscal 2021 budget, getting ready for a special session starting Thursday morning aimed at balancing next year's spending plan, which starts July 1.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200616_KUTV_Debate.jpgRepublican candidates for governor tangle over coronavirus and the economy in primetime debate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Long-simmering tensions between the four candidates for governor boiled over during Tuesday nights' primetime debate in downtown Salt Lake City.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_01.jpgLawmakers to tackle $850 million revenue shortfall in special session beginning Thursday [Updated]
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah state government is going to be $850 million short as the current fiscal year ends June 30 and the new fiscal year starts July 1, new revenue estimates say.

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The Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration illegally ended an Obama-era program protecting undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children [WaPo].

President Donald Trump lashed out at the Supreme Court following the ruling. "Do you get the feeling the Supreme Court doesn't like me?" Trump tweeted [NBC News].


California issued a statewide order requiring people to wear face coverings in public settings [Axios].

California, Arizona, Texas and Florida are all reporting record spikes in the number of coronavirus cases in those states [CNBC].

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned there may be no football season this year if a second wave of Covid-19 flares up this fall [CNN].

2020 campaign

President Trump's campaign tapped Rudy Giuliani to head a campaign to press for at least one more debate this fall against Joe Biden. Trump also wants to have a say in who will moderate. Biden's campaign dismissed Trump's request [Politico].

Sen. Amy Klobuchar took herself out of the running to be Joe Biden's running mate. She urged Biden to pick a woman of color as his vice president [Politico].

President Trump said in an interview that mail-in voting could cost him the 2020 election [Politico].

Joe Biden's campaign has not staffed up yet in several battleground states [Bloomberg].

A Fox News poll shows Joe Biden leading Donald Trump 50-38 percent [Fox News].

A Quinnipiac poll gives Biden a 49-41 percent lead nationally [Quinnipiac].

Social media

Facebook removed ads from the Trump campaign that contained a symbol used by Nazis. The campaign called the symbol an "emoji" [NPR].

Twitter slapped a warning label on a video President Trump retweeted determining the post violated the company's policy on manipulated media [WaPo].

"Make sure I win"

An unredacted version of former national security adviser John Bolton's book said Trump directly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for help winning his 2020 re-election bid. "Make sure I win," Trump allegedly said [Vanity Fair].


A top State Department official tendered her resignation to protest President Trump's response to racial tensions in the country [WaPo].


Another 1.5 million Americans filed for jobless benefits last week, which is more than economists expected [CNBC].

AMC Theaters say they will re-open most locations across the U.S. on July 15. The company says they will not require face masks because they don't want to get caught up in a political controversy [Variety].

Carnival, the cruise line operator, reported a $4.4 billion quarterly loss [New York Post].


Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 6-19-20
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Climbers balk as feds seek to shut down roped activity in two popular canyons near Moab-- KSL.com: 10 Utah waterfall hikes you'll fall in love with-- KSL.com: Walk-in lottery reopens for permits to hike The Wave at Utah-Arizona borderConcerts-- Salt Lake City Concert Cruise, Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m., Downtown Salt Lake City, 200 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, $30-- "Showtime," Julie Moffit Ballet School, Friday and Saturday, multiple times, Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden, $8Theater-- "Quarantunes: A Musical Review!" through June 20, Draper Historic Theatre -- "The Scarlet Pimpernel" through June 20, SCERA Center-- "Through Yonder Window" through June 20, SONDERimmersive -- "Cinderella" through June 27, Parker Theatre-- "Hairspray" through June 27, Hurricane Valley Theatrical Company Et cetra-- The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show, Saturday, 6 p.m., Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 South West Temple, Salt Lake City-- Great Scott Magic Show, Saturday, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 12 p.m., University Place Orem, 575 East University Parkway, Orem-- Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days, through Saturday, Historic Downtown, 200 South Main Street, Pleasant Grove-- Summer Solstice Celebration 2020, Friday and Saturday, Heber Valley Railroad, 450 South 600 West, Heber City-- Eyes to the Sky Balloon Festival, through Sunday, North Sevier Middle School, 200 North 100 West, Salina-- Juneteenth Events, through Sunday
Governor issues executive order moving sections of rural Utah to green health risk status
In close consultation with local health authorities and with the Utah Department of Health, Gov. Gary R. Herbert has approved requests for the following counties to transition to Green, or New Normal Health Risk Status: Beaver, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Millard, Piute, Uintah and Wayne beginning tomorrow, June 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm.
United Way of Salt Lake supports Utah students through 10th Annual Stuff the Bus supply drive
Summer break is just beginning, but students across the state are already preparing for an uncertain school year ahead.
Weber Housing Authority announces rental assistance program
Weber Housing Authority has announced the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help households with maintaining current living situations and avoiding evictions due to financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. The assistance will be available to households that have experienced financial hardship and have applied for and been denied Unemployment Benefits.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngGlobal logistics in a COVID world: Building resilience with supply chains
Join World Trade Center Utah, Utah Inland Port Authority and Air & Sea International for a webinar discussing global logistics in a COVID world. Attendees will learn about COVID-19's impact on logistics and shipping, as well as what Utah companies can do to work around those changes and build resilience in their supply chains. 

More National Headlines



1586 - English colonists leave Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in North America.

1846 - The first officially recorded, organized baseball game is played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1.

1856 - The first Republican national convention ended in Philadelphia with the nomination of explorer John Fremont of California for president. James Buchanan, a Federalist nominated by the Democrats, was elected.

1862 - Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.

1953 - Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by electric chair at Sing Sing Correctional facility in New York.

1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the Senate.

1987 - The Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring schools to teach the creationist theory of human origin espoused by fundamentalist Christians.

1991 - Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar surrendered to police. 

2000 - The Supreme Court ruled prayers led by students at public high school football games aren't permitted under the constitutional separation of church and state.


Wise Words

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"Goodness is the only investment that never fails." Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

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