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Situational awareness - June 8, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • Trump's job approval dropped 7 points in the last week.
  • Sen. Mitt Romney joins a Black Lives Matter march in Washington, D.C.
  • Minneapolis will move to dismantle their police force and replace it with community-led public safety.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Chart_Up_Down.jpgUtahns say the state is on the right track, but the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah is a very Republican and Mormon state. Historically, if you are a GOP/Mormon candidate in a general election year, you're going to do OK.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200607_Romney_BLM_March.jpgRomney: 'Black lives matter'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney joined a protest march to the White House on Sunday against violence and brutality, saying he wanted people to understand that "black lives matter."
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_13.jpgRomney, other top Republicans won't vote for Trump in November
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney, along with former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, won't back President Donald Trump's bid for another term in 2020.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200601_GOV_Debate.jpgPrimetime televised GOP governor debate set for June 16. Spencer Cox declines to participate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox has declined to participate in a televised primetime debate later this month featuring the GOP candidates for governor. The other three candidates, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Former House Speaker Greg Hughes and former GOP Chair Thomas Wright have agreed to participate.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_and_Schott_Logo_1000.jpgBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Splitting hairs'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Time to take stock of the latest Utah political news with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Vaccine_01.jpgPoll: Most Utahns believe development of a coronavirus vaccine is a year or more away
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Most Utahns are taking a pragmatic approach to the development of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. Two-thirds say they believe a vaccine will be available in a year or even longer according to a new survey.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_12.jpgState Auditor says investigation into coronavirus contracts won't be finished before the primary election
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Some possible good news for the gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox -- State Auditor John Dougall tells UtahPolicy.com that it is "unlikely" his independent audit of the Herbert/Cox administration's "single-source" purchases dealing with the coronavirus will be finished and made public by the June 30 primary election.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Musings on the upcoming primary elections
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
We're coming down to the homestretch in four really interesting Republican primary races -- governor, attorney general, 1st Congressional District and 4th Congressional District.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_10.jpgRomney praises Mattis' criticism of Trump
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Thursday that former Defense Secretary James Mattis blistering criticism of President Trump was "stunning and powerful."
images/1000px_Mugs/Gary_Herbert_05.jpgNearly 7 in 10 Utahns approve of Gov. Gary Herbert's job performance
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
GOP Gov. Gary Herbert's job approval ratings have shot through the roof, a new poll shows, no doubt because of his leadership in the state's fight against the coronavirus.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Republican_Convention_01.jpgThe Republican National Convention is moving out of North Carolina, but Utah officials aren't angling to host
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Could the Republican National Convention be split between two cities this summer? Utah GOP Chairman Derek Brown says it's a distinct possibility. 

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Trouble brewing

President Trump's approval ratings dropped 7 percentage points in the last week according to a new survey [CNN].

80 percent of Americans say things are out of control in the U.S. [NBC News].

White House officials are deliberating a plan for President Trump to address the nation this week on race and national unity [CNN].

Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he would vote for Joe Biden in November because President Trump is a "chronic liar" who has "drifted away" from the Constitution [NPR].

Republicans are growing increasingly pessimistic about the direction of the country [Reuters].

Republican members of Congress are growing increasingly worried President Trump's missteps in handling the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide protests following the killing of George Floyd could cost them control of the Senate in November [The Hill].

Police reform

A veto-proof majority on the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday they would begin the process of dismantling that city's police force and replace it with community-led public safety measures [The Appeal].

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio says he will move to cut funding for the NYPD following mass protests [NYT].

Democrats in Congress are set to introduce legislation to combat police violence and racial injustice. One bill would make it easier to sue police officers who kill civilians [Reuters].

Protests continue, but violence ebbs

President Trump ordered National Guard troops to leave D.C. [NYT].

Check out these aerial views of the massive protests across the world over the weekend [NYT].

The Marine Corps is banning the public display of the Confederate flag from public places on military installations [Military Times].

NFL's mea culpa

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the league was wrong in handling protests by players and apologized [Yahoo!].


Shutdowns prevented about 60 million coronavirus infections in the U.S. according to a new study [WaPo].

The government's supply of remdesivir, the only drug known to work against COVID-19, runs out at the end of the month [CNN].

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the massive protests taking place across the nation are a "perfect set-up" for spreading the coronavirus [Business Insider].

New York City begins its phase one of reopening on Monday [NY Post].


The May jobs report showed the biggest increase in jobs ever as unemployment fell to 13.3 percent [CNBC].

Despite the surprisingly good jobs numbers, a senior White House official said there will "definitely" be another coronavirus stimulus package [Forbes].

State and local governments are cutting jobs, which could dampen any hope for a quick economic recovery [CNN].


Policy News

Governor maintains current health risk guidance
Gov. Gary R. Herbert extended to June 12, 2020 his Utah COVID-19 health risk status order of May 29, 2020. All current health risk guidance for the state remains unchanged. Specifically, the COVID-19 public health risk status remains Orange (Moderate Risk) in Salt Lake City, Bluff and Mexican Hat, and in all other areas of the state the status remains Yellow (Low Risk).
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 84: Effective cyber frameworks and maturity assessments
In this episode of the CYBER24 podcast, presented by VLCM, we take a closer look at effective cyber frameworks and maturity assessments. Our discussion covers the top reasons frameworks are important and what frameworks apply to which businesses. 
Utah to provide a mask for every veteran who requests one
The Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs announced a partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development to provide a free mask to veterans in Utah who don't have one.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 6-5-20
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Regulations finally coming for scenic air tours over Utah's national parks-- Salt Lake Tribune: Nature Conservancy buys stretch along Virgin River for $4.3M, protecting vital wildlife corridor near Zion National Park -- KSL.com: 3 reasons Flaming Gorge should be on your summer vacation list-- KSL.com: How to go rock climbing outside safely during a global pandemic-- KSL.com: Campground use increases in pandemic, sparking bad behavior-- KSL.com: 3 places to go whitewater rafting around Utah Venues and Organizations Re-Opening-- Alf Engen Ski Museum -- Artworks Gallery-- BallroomUtah Dance Studio-- Bipolar Art & Jewelry -- Easely Art Studio -- Eccles Community Art Center-- Garage on Beck-- Gardner Village-- Gilgal Sculpture Garden -- Flamenco del Lago -- Heber Valley Railroad -- Historic Wendover Airfield Museum -- ImprovBroadway -- Lagoon Amusement Park -- Legacy School of Dance -- Lyrical Opera Theatre -- Make Salt Lake -- The Monarch -- Parker Theatre -- Redwood Drive-In Theatre -- Salt Lake Bicycle Tours -- Salt Lake Running Company -- SCERA Center-- St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm -- St. George Musical Theater-- Thanksgiving Point-- This Is the Place Heritage Park -- Tracy Aviary-- Tuacahn Amphitheater-- Uintah County Heritage Museum -- Urban Arts Gallery -- Utah Artists School of Ballet-- Utah's Hogle Zoo -- Utah State University Extension Weber -- Wheeler Historic FarmVirtual EventsWorldwide Museums-- Met 360 Project-- Virtual Museum Tours-- Museum Zen Art-- Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery-- Tate Britain Museum-- Musee D'Orsay Museum-- Uffizi Gallery-- Van Gogh Museum-- Louvre Egyptian Antiquities Virtual Tour-- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History-- The British Museum-- The White House-- Palace of Versailles-- Doge's Palace-- Anne Frank HouseLocal Museums-- Clark Planetarium Activities for Home-- Discovery Gateway -- The Leonardo At Home-- Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Virtual Tour -- This is the Place Heritage Park-- Utah Museum of Contemporary Art: Art Everyday -- Utah Museum of Fine Art at Home-- Woodbury Art Museum Create ClubArt/Galleries-- ACE Virtual Coloring Book-- BYU Museum of Art App-- Clever Octopus Kits-- Free Art Streamed-- Google Art & Culture Project-- Kimball Art Center Lesson Plans and ARTS Tours-- Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Virtual Tour -- Salt Lake Gallery Stroll-- SCERA Quarantine Art Club-- SpyHop Art Shop Classes-- SpyHop Rewired Workshops-- Utah Arts Alliance Online-- Visual Art Institute Virtual Classes -- Woodbury Art Museum Create ClubBotanical/Zoological-- Hogle Zoo-- Loveland Living Planet Aquarium-- Ogden Nature Center-- Red Butte Garden Virtual Resources-- Thanksgiving Point -- Tracy AviaryDance-- Covey Center for the Arts Dance Classes-- Repertory Dance Theatre Dance Classes-- Ririe Woodbury Virtual Movement Dance Classes Theatre-- "The Corona Conundrum" through June 6, Parker Theatre-- "The Scarlet Pimpernel" through June 20, SCERA Center-- "Hairspray" through June 27, Hurricane Valley Theatrical Company -- Hale Centre Theatre Brighter Days -- On Pitch Performing Arts Virtual Concerts-- Pioneer Theatre Company The Show Goes On..Line-- Salt Lake Acting Company: We Got This Story CollectionLesson Plans for Children-- Clark Planetarium Activities for Home-- Discovery Gateway-- Museum Lesson Plans-- National Student Essay Competition -- Natural History Museum of Utah: Research Quest Live-- Red Butte Garden Virtual Resources-- SpyHop Art Shop Classes-- SpyHop Rewired Workshops-- Swaner Eco Center-- Thanksgiving Point -- Utah Film Center-- Utah Symphony Education from Home-- Utah Opera Education from HomeFilms-- DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival-- Holt/Smithson Foundation Friday Films-- Salt Lake Film Society-- SpyHop Rewired Workshops-- Sundance Collab-- Tumbleweeds Film Festival On Demand -- Utah Film Center has a variety of Film Streaming OptionsHumanities-- Kings English Bookshop Story Time -- National Student Essay Competition -- Mapping Literary Utah  -- SLC Library Community Resources Page-- Utah Humanities #VirtualCampfireMusic-- The Depot SLC-- Locals Lounge Every Night at 7PM-- The Metropolitan Opera-- Orchestra of Southern Utah YouTube-- SpyHop Rewired Workshops-- Utah Chamber Artists Virtual Vitruosity-- Utah Symphony YouTubeSTEM-- Clark Planetarium STEM Activities for Home-- Discovery Gateway STEM Learning Lab-- SpyHop Art Shop Classes-- Stem Action Center STEM in the Home-- Thanksgiving Point LiveHealth & Wellness-- Mindfulness: Online by UMFA-- Nicole Yoga Online-- Seek Studio Everywhere Et cetra-- The Greatest Showman, Movie Sing-Along, Friday, 9 p.m., Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 East 5300 South, Salt Lake City-- Baby Animal Birthday Party, Friday and Saturday, Thanksgiving Point, 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi-- Full Moon Lift Rides, Friday and Saturday, 8:30 11 p.m., Sundance Resort, 8841 North Alpine Loop Road, Provo-- Community Marketplace, Saturday, 11 a.m. 4 p.m., Tooele Valley Wellness and Community Center, 140 East 200 South, Tooele 

More National Headlines


1789 - James Madison introduces twelve proposed amendments to the United States Constitution in Congress.

1861 - Tennessee secedes from the Union.

1869 - Ives McGaffney obtained a patent for a "sweeping machine," the first vacuum cleaner.

1906 - Theodore Roosevelt signs the Antiquities Act into law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value.

1949 - Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Danny Kaye, Frederic March, John Garfield, Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson are named in an FBI Report as Communist Party members.

1949 - George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.

1995 - Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.

Wise Words

Very True

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." Benjamin Franklin

Lighter Side


"Mattis added that 'We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values - our values as people and our values as a nation.' That is a stirring message of compassion, unity, and reason from - 'Mad Dog'? I hereby rename you 'Principled Pooch.'" - STEPHEN COLBERT

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