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Situational awareness - June 3, 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Protests continue, but the violence ebbs
  • Sen. Mitt Romney sees his approval ratings climb
  • Sean Reyes and David Leavitt trade blows in a testy Attorney General debate

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt__Romney_06.jpgRomney's job approval rating climbs in Utah according to new poll
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utahns have apparently moved past Sen. Mitt Romney's vote to impeach President Donald Trump as his job approval ratings have rebounded significantly.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200602_CD1_Debate.jpgFirst District Republicans offer up few policy details during televised debate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The four Republicans vying to replace Rob Bishop in Congress took part in a debate on Tuesday afternoon that was woefully short on specifics, but long on rhetoric, with a spat over pickleball thrown in for good measure.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200602_AG_debate.jpgReyes and Leavitt trade verbal blows in fiery AG debate
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Wow. If you want to see how a real political debate can go, back and forth, blow to blow, you need to watch Tuesday's televised debate between Republican attorney general candidates Sean Reyes and David Leavitt.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'A bunker of bad debates'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick are back to give perspective and context to the top Utah political news from the last few days.
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.jpgGOP 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.

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Protests continue

The nationwide protests against racial inequality and police brutality continued Tuesday night despite curfews, but the violence associated with those protests has ebbed [AP].

Military commanders seem uneasy with the more prominent role the military is playing in quelling the violent protests that have broken out across the country [Politico].

Attorney General William Barr personally gave the order to remove protesters near the White House on Monday evening, leading to the use of force against the crowd [Washington Post].

During a speech in Philadelphia, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden ripped into President Trump for fanning the "flames of hate" [New York Times].

Former President George W. Bush is calling for a nationwide examination of the "tragic failures" and racial injustice that led to a week of protests about the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota [Politico].

Nearly seven-in-10 voters say things in the U.S. are seriously on the wrong track according to a new survey [Politico].

Bank of America is pledging $1 billion to help communities address racial and economic inequality [Reuters].

Yikes! Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paused for 22 seconds before answering a question about President Trump's handling of the George Floyd protests [Twitter].

2020 elections

Iowa Rep. Steve King, who was ostracized in Congress for making racist comments, lost his primary election to fellow Republican Randy Feenstra on Tuesday night [CNN].

President Trump said Tuesday that the Republican Party has been forced to find a new state to hold their national convention this summer after North Carolina could not guarantee they would lift coronavirus restrictions by August [Politico].

Russia redux

The Senate Judiciary Committee kicks off their investigation into the origins of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday [Politico].

Social media

Facebook CEO defended his decision to not do anything about President Trump's inflammatory posts on the social network amid protests from his employees [New York Times].

Facebook shut down pages and accounts associated with a far-right hate group whose members were discussing bringing weapons to the protests that were happening across the country [CNN].


Dr. Anthony Fauci says the U.S. should have at least 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine available by the end of the year [CNN].

The Surgeon General is warning of new coronavirus outbreaks because of the nationwide protests about the killing of George Floyd [CNN].


One third of Americans who have applied for unemployment benefits have not yet received a payout [Bloomberg].


Policy News

Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission recommends most of Utah transitions to a smart green risk level
On June 2, the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission unanimously voted to recommend, after reviewing current, real-time data, adopting modified yellow and a smart green risk phases in the state's phasedguidelines in the Utah Leads Together Plan. The new phases will allow nearly all Utah businesses the opportunity to activate a plan to open safely and help the economy move forward. 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgWebinar: PPP loan forgiveness
The good news is that Bloomberg ranked Utah first in the nation for SBA loans awarded as a percent of eligible payroll at 97.5% meaning those eligible have been receiving those loans.
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.   

More National Headlines


1888 - The comic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" was published in the Sunday edition of the San Francisco Examiner.

1889 - The first long-distance electric power transmission line in the United States is completed, running 14 miles between Willamette Falls and Portland, Oregon.

1937 - The Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, married divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson after abdicating the British throne.

1943 - In Los Angeles, U.S. Navy sailors and Marines clash with Latino youths in the Zoot Suit Riots.

1965 - Gemini IV astronaut Ed White made the first American spacewalk.

1980 - An explosive device is detonated at the Statue of Liberty. The FBI suspects Croatian nationalists.

2006 - The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro's formal declaration of independence.

2013 - The trial of United States Army private Chelsea Manning for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks begins in Fort Meade, Maryland.

2017 - London Bridge attack: Eight people are killed and dozens of civilians are wounded by Islamist terrorists. Three of the attackers are shot dead by the police.

Wise Words

True For Everyone

"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side

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"President Trump today accused officials in Michigan of illegally sending out almost eight million absentee ballots and claimed he would withhold funding from the state if they, quote, 'want to go down this voter fraud path.' Yeah, you'd hate for us to get rid of our foolproof system of showing up to an abandoned library where an octogenarian looks for your name in a big binder, can't find it, then finally says, 'I don't know. Just go ahead.'" - SETH MEYERS

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