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Situational awareness - June 24, 2020

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

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci warns of a "disturbing surge" in the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S.
  • Utah Republicans running for governor spend big bucks on advertising.
  • Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson asks for permission to require face coverings in public.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200601_GOV_Debate.jpgRepublicans running for governor have dropped big bucks on advertising since the GOP convention
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Since the April Republican State Convention, the four Republicans running for governor have spent a combined $1.293 million on advertising their campaigns.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'How to be a cynic 101'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Let's Tuesday with another breakdown of the top stories in Utah politics with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/2020_Election_01.jpgContest! Predict the outcome of Utah's primary elections and win
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Test your knowledge of Utah politics by predicting the results of the four big Utah primary races next week.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/SLC_Protests_01.jpgMost Utahns say America is 'out of control'
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
More than half of Utah voters say the country is "out of control," no doubt worried about the coronavirus, the economy and political divides across the nation, a new UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News survey shows.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_10.jpgRomney calls ouster of New York federal prosecutor 'pretty swampy'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney called the weekend firing of the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan "pretty swampy" on Monday.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Utah_covid_task_force_01.jpgAs coronavirus cases spike, Utah sidelines COVID-19 Task Force
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah's COVID-19 Community Task Force, which was created in March to respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus, has been reduced to an "as needed" body by Gov. Gary Herbert's administration. The move comes as the number of coronavirus cases in Utah is spiking and health officials are warning that the state may have to reimpose restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus. 
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200616_KUTV_Debate.jpgPoll: Cox leads tight three-way race ahead of June primary election
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Just 8 percentage points separate first and third place in the Republican race for governor according to a new survey of likely primary voters.
images/1000px_Mugs/Burgess_Owens_02.jpgBurgess Owens leads fundraising in Utah's 4th Congressional District ahead of June primary
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Republican Burgess Owens leads the fundraising race heading into the June primary election, while his opponents are lagging behind.

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"Disturbing surge"

Dr. Anthony Fauci told Congress that parts of the U.S. are beginning to see a "disturbing surge" in the number of coronavirus cases. He also predicted a vaccine for the virus will be available by early next year [CNBC].

At the current rate of infection, the number of cases in the U.S. doubles approximately every 60 days [Twitter].

Research suggests the massive Black Lives Matter protests did not lead to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases [CNN].


A federal prosecutor will tell a Congressional hearing on Wednesday that Attorney General William Barr pressured the Justice Department to cut President Trump associate Roger Stone a break. The expectation was Stone would be treated "differently and more leniently" because of his "relationship with the President" [WaPo].

Trump in Arizona

President Donald Trump visited Yuma Arizona on Tuesday to inspect a new section of his border wall, saying the structure "stopped COVID" [Al Jazerra].

Travel ban

The European Union is considering blocking visitors from the U.S. because of the severe coronavirus outbreak here [CNN].

Social media

Twitter again slapped a warning on a tweet from President Trump threatening "serious force" against protesters in Washington, D.C. [Reuters].

Twitter permanently banned pro-Trump meme maker Carpe Donktum due to repeated copyright violations [Fox News].


President Trump says he supports another round of direct stimulus payments to Americans, but congressional Republicans remain skeptical of the idea [WaPo].

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. may emerge from the current recession by the end of the year [Bloomberg].

Job losses for women from the coronavirus hit women disproportionately harder than their male counterparts [NWLC].

2020 elections

Presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden has opened up a 14-point lead nationally over President Trump according to a new poll [NYT].

President Trump's chances of winning another term are being tamped down by economic problems as late-term recessions usually signal a loss for an incumbent [Bloomberg].

President Trump's perfect endorsement streak came to an end Tuesday night as two Trump-backed Republicans lost to challengers in Kentucky and North Carolina [AP].

Trump's campaign is trying to flush Joe Biden into open confrontation by challenging him to more debates and taunting him as "Hidin' Biden" [Axios].


Baseball is set to begin a 60-game season in late July after owners and players were able to come to an agreement [NBC News].


Policy News

Utah business organizations announce formation of the Utah Chamber Policy Coalition
To strengthen the voice of business and promote economic opportunity for individuals and families throughout the state, chambers of commerce across Utah have formed the Utah Chamber Policy Coalition, a statewide coalition to advocate for unified policy interests and policies that will promote business success, jobs, opportunity, and prosperity.
images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngResources to accelerate your company's growth
Join Salt Lake County and World Trade Center Utah to learn about game-changing resources to accelerate your company's growth.
Salt Lake City chosen for Accelerator for America's national financial assistance initiative announced during John Legend's Father's Day special
The non-profit Accelerator for America will provide technical assistance and $50,000 in funding to help Salt Lake City stand up the infrastructure needed to successfully administer a financial assistance program for residents whose livelihoods have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Treasurer Damschen encourages Utahns to participate in first-ever unclaimed property webathon, claim their lost money
The Utah Unclaimed Property Division of the Office of State Treasurer is hosting its first-ever webathon on Monday, June 22 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. to raise awareness of unclaimed property and encourage Utahns to find and claim their lost money online.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 Episode 85: China hacking away at COVID vaccine research
In this episode of the CYBER24 podcast, presented by VLCM, we take a closer look nation-state hackers trying to get access to COVID vaccine research in the U.S. Because the work is being done at universities and private companies, the federal government can't provide the level of security many say we need. 

More National Headlines


1916 - Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.

1947 - Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.

1948 - Soviet forces blockaded the western zones of Berlin.

1957 - The Supreme Court rules obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.

2009 - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.

Wise Words

Seeking Truth

"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." Rene Descartes

Lighter Side

Bad News

"It's crazy that somebody in the White House had to be like, 'Bad news, Mr. President. Yeah, we don't get to deport 700,000 Dreamers. Bad news, sorry.'" - JIMMY FALLON

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