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Situational awareness - June 25, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Thursday!


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

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

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

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

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

  • America could see 180,000 coronavirus-related deaths by October.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says he will likely grant Salt Lake County's request to require masks in public. 
  • Big spending in the Utah GOP race for governor.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200507_GOP_Debate_02.jpgRepublicans running for governor have raised and spent more than $6 million
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
The four GOP candidates for Utah governor have spent, combined, more than $6.1 million in their attempts to win the June 30 primary election.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Vote_By_Mail_Ballot.jpgExpect to wait a little longer to get results on election day
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Don't expect to get a sense of who is winning the primary elections when the polls close in Utah at 8 pm next Tuesday. Utah lawmakers added a provision in a bill, passed in one of the April special sessions, that bars any release of election results until 10 pm on election day.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200611_Herbert_Presser.jpgHerbert says he's likely to grant Salt Lake County's request to require masks in public
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
In the face of a rising number of coronavirus cases in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday he would not consider any requests from local governments to loosen COVID-19 related restrictions for two weeks. Herbert also said he would mandate the wearing of face masks in some state facilities.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/2020_Election_01.jpgPrimary election pick 'em contest!
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/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/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. 

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Coronavirus rages

A new model predicts America will see 180,000 deaths from the coronavirus unless pretty much everyone starts wearing a mask in public [Bloomberg].

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will quarantine visitors from states where the coronavirus is on the rise for 14-days. The list of virus hot spots includes Utah [NBC News].

Dozens of Secret Service agents have been told to self-quarantine following President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma [WaPo].

The Trump administration is considering scaling back the national emergency they declared earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic [LA Times].

The nationwide Black Lives Matter protests have not led to a spike in coronavirus cases [CNN].

2020 Election

Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 14 points nationally according to a new poll [NYT].

Biden also leads Trump by at least six percentage points in every battleground state [NYT].

Black Americans favor Biden over Trump by a massive 92-5 margin according to a new poll [WaPo].

Biden leads Trump by 8 points in Wisconsin [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel].

Democrats will not hold a traditional convention with thousands of attendees. Instead, the mostly virtual convention will still be anchored in Milwaukee, but state delegations are asked to do their business remotely [Politico].

Justice Department

A federal appeals court ordered a lower-court judge to drop the felony false-statement case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. The ruling comes after Attorney General William Barr moved to pull the plug on Flynn's prosecution after he had twice pled guilty to lying to the FBI [USA Today].

Attorney General Barr agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on July 28 [Axios].


The U.S. economic recovery seems to be slowing down in states experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases [Bloomberg].

Disney now says they will postpone the reopening of Disneyland indefinitely amid surging coronavirus cases in California [CNN].


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.
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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. 

More National Headlines


1848 - A photograph of the June Days uprising becomes the first known instance of photojournalism.

1876 - Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Custer's force of 208 men was killed by Chief Sitting Bull's Sioux warriors.

1910 - Congress passes the Mann Act, which prohibits interstate transport of females for "immoral purposes."

1942 - Gen. Dwight Eisenhower took command of the U.S. forces in Europe.

1947The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published.

1948 - The Berlin airlift begins.

1950 - The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.

1973 - White House attorney John Dean told a Senate committee that President Richard Nixon joined in a plot to cover up the Watergate break-in.

1976 - Missouri Governor Kit Bond issues an executive order rescinding the Extermination Order, formally apologizing on behalf of the state of Missouri for the suffering it had caused to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

2009 - Michael Jackson, known as the "king of pop," died of cardiac arrest at age 50.

Wise Words

Need All Three

"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side


"That's right, Trump was pretty upset by the decision because he actually did tweet: 'Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn't like me?' Then minorities, immigrants, scientists, doctors, women, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and every former staffer was like, 'Hey, don't forget about us!'" - JIMMY FALLON

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