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Situational awareness - June 9, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

  • The U.S. economy officially entered a recession in February according to economists
  • President Trump opposes calls to defund or dismantle police departments.
  • Lawmakers targeting a special session on June 18 and 19.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Congress_B_W_01.jpgUtah Republicans, Democrats have divided opinions on how Congress is performing
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Most Utahns dislike what both Republicans and Democrats are doing in Congress, a recent UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll finds.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_04.jpgLawmakers targeting June 18, 19 for special session
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah lawmakers will meet next week on Thursday and possibly Friday in a special session to adjust next fiscal year's budget to deal with the impact from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
images/1000px_Mugs/Blake_Thomas_01.jpgGuest opinion: Building a resilient workforce & economy post-COVID19 requires looking at the future of jobs
By Blake H. Thomas
Leading up to COVID-19's presence in Utah, Salt Lake County's unemployment rate, which had been hovering at or below 3.5% since November 2014, was at a historical low of 2.3%. Along with such low unemployment rates, the economy continued to create new jobs, with year-over-year growth around 2.6%.
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 [UPDATED]
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
On Monday, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox agreed to join a two-hour primetime debate for the four Republican candidates for governor sponsored by KUTV 2News and the Pioneer Park Coalition
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.

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Protest aftermath

President Trump said Monday he opposed defunding or dismantling police departments. He also said 99 percent of the nation's police officers are "great, great people" [NYT].

Police unions are digging in against calls to dismantle or defund police departments [CNN].

A new poll shows 74 percent of Americans support the nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing. 61 percent say they disapprove of how President Trump responded to the protests [WaPo].

President Trump demanded 10,000 active-duty troops be deployed into the streets to quell the violence that had broken out in several cities [CBS News].

Attorney General William Barr confirms the Secret Service told President Trump to go to the White House bunker as protests swept through Washington, D.C. Barr's account contradicted Trump's claim he went to "inspect" the bunker [Bloomberg].

George Floyd will be laid to rest in Houston today. Nearly 6,000 people attended a public memorial service on Monday [AP].

IBM says it's abandoning its facial recognition business. The company's CEO called on Congress to enact reforms to promote racial justice and address systemic racism [CNBC].

U.S. Soccer is considering repealing its ban on players kneeling during the national anthem [SI].


Economists say the U.S. officially entered a recession in February [NYT].

As many as 25,000 stores will close in 2020, most of those in shopping malls [Bloomberg].

Business economists predict U.S. GDP will fall 5.9 percent in 2020 [AP].

Campaign 2020

President Trump plans to re-start his signature MAGA rallies in the coming weeks according to his campaign [WaPo].

Joe Biden is pouring millions of dollars into ads on Facebook [NYT].


14 states and Puerto Rico are starting to see record-high numbers of coronavirus cases [WaPo].

The World Health Organization said Monday the spread of Covid-19 by someone who is not showing symptoms appears to be rare [CNN].

MLB owners are proposing a 76-game schedule this year. They're also asking players to take another pay cut [CBS Sports].

North Korea

North Korea says it will begin shutting down all contact with South Korea [Reuters].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber joins national initiative to address inequality of opportunity
The Salt Lake Chamber has announced it is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity.
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


1732 - James Oglethorpe is granted a royal charter for the colony of the future state of Georgia.

1856 - Five hundred Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa for the Mormon Trail.

1954 - Joseph Welch, special counsel for the U.S. Army, lashes out at Sen. Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism has infiltrated the Army, saying "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

1967 - Israel captures the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War.

1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

1973 - Secretariat wins the Triple Crown.

1978 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opens its priesthood to "all worthy men", ending a 148-year policy of excluding black men.

Wise Words


"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lighter Side


"In a statement, General Mattis said, 'Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people, does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us.' Trump saw that and was like, 'Why don't you be a man and tweet that to my face?'" - JIMMY FALLON

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