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Situational awareness - June 2, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

237 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 threatens to use military force to quell violent protests. 
  • Republican candidates for governor debate.
  • Ben McAdams sees his approval ratings rebound dramatically.

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images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_03.jpgMcAdams' job approval rating rebounds into positive territory following impeachment drama
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams is seemingly in a good position with voters in his 4th Congressional District as he aims for another term in Washington according to a new survey.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200601_GOV_Debate.jpgRepublican candidates face off in competent, yet tepid debate
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Monday night's big televised debate between the four Republican gubernatorial candidates came off without a hitch -- no big gaffes by any of the four, no home runs hit out of the park, either.
images/1000px_Mugs/Rich_Cunningham_01.jpg'The party says I'm not a Republican.' GOP Senate candidate blocked from using party resources for taking signature route
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Telling UtahPolicy.com "this crap has got to stop," former GOP state House member Rich Cunningham says he's "frustrated" that the Utah Republican Party won't allow him to use the party's non-profit mailing status to send out brochures in his intra-party challenge to Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200601_UT04_Debate.jpg4th District Republicans debate economy, COVID-19 ahead of June primary election
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Largely absent from the debate among the four Republicans hoping to win the nomination in the 4th Congressional District was any discussion of their potential opponent in November, Democrat Ben McAdams. Instead, the four spent most of their time on Monday trying to burnish their conservative bona fides, cozying up to President Donald Trump and attacking Marxists, socialists, Antifa and other perceived threats to America.
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.

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Trump goes full law and order

President Trump threatened Monday to send the U.S. military into states that don't do enough to quell civil unrest [Bloomberg].

Trump called the nation's governors "weak" in their response to protests and urged them to use force against protesters [WaPo].

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker called on President Trump to dial back his incendiary rhetoric during a conference call on Monday [Politico].

Military police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters so Trump could walk across the street for a photo-op outside St. John's Church [New York Times].

Social media

Facebook employees staged a "virtual walkout" on Monday to protest the company's decision not to take action against President Trump's provocative messages [Axios].

A white nationalist group was discovered to be posing as Antifa on Twitter and calling for violence [NBC News].

54 percent of Americans support Twitter flagging one of President Trump's tweets as violating the social media platform's rules on glorifying violence [Axios].

It's still an election year

Voters in nine states cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections amid unrest and a global pandemic [Politico].

Republicans are worried President Trump's attacks on voting by mail will hurt them in the November elections [New York Times].

Out of sight

Dr. Anthony Fauci says he hasn't spoken with President Trump in two weeks [CNN].


It will take the U.S. economy more than a decade to recover from the coronavirus. The virus will cost the economy more than $8 trillion [CNBC].

U.S. manufacturing activity starts to increase after hitting an 11-year low [Reuters].

Delta Airlines has 2,300 more pilots than it needs to operate a reduced schedule [Bloomberg].


Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah housing permits plummet in April
Utah housing building permits decreased from 3,070 in March to 2,089 in April, a 32% decrease. Interestingly, this came just after a March in which the greater Salt Lake City area (MSA) saw the highest number of housing permits in decades, and perhaps ever over 1,500. The next month, they plummeted: April saw a decrease to just over 800.
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.

More National Headlines


1851 - Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol

1924 - Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.

1953 - Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.

1981 - The Japanese video arcade game "Donkey Kong" made its U.S. debut.

1997 - Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

2011 - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Wise Words


"Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love." Mother Teresa

Lighter Side


"There are two surefire ways to piss Donald Trump off: showing him that shirtless photo of Obama, and giving people access to mail-in votes." - TREVOR NOAH

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