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Situational awareness - July 10, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Friday!


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

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

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

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

  • Gov. Gary Herbert says Utah's K-12 schools will require masks, but he did not make face coverings mandatory for the rest of the state.
  • Utah pulled the plug on the contact tracing part of the multi-million dollar Healthy Utah app.
  • The Supreme Court ruled President Trump cannot block the release of his financial records.


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From statehood to 1940, Utah had seven governors. One particular fact distinguishes John C. Cutler and Charles R. Mabey from the others. What is it?

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_13.jpgTechnological boondoggle? Utah's multi-million dollar coronavirus app will no longer provide contact tracing
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
In a stunning announcement, Utah health officials said Thursday the state's much-hyped, multi-million dollar coronavirus contact tracing app would no longer collect location information from users.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200709_Herbert_Covid_Presser.jpgHerbert mandates masks for K-12 schools, but declines to issue statewide requirement
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Hebert announced Wednesday the state would require masks in Utah's K-12 schools, but he declined to make face-coverings mandatory for the rest of the state. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Losing an election is tough
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Congratulations to the Utah primary election winners, especially Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox who held on for a tight win over former GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_10.jpgNearly half of Utahns expect the state's Covid-19 outbreak in to get worse
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Nearly half of all Utahns believe the worst of the coronavirus is ahead of us, a recent UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll finds.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_16.jpgUtah legislative leaders say a statewide mask requirement is not necessary
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The top Republicans in the House and Senate came out against a mandatory statewide requirement for residents to wear masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus on Wednesday.
images/1000px_Mugs/Herbert_Mask_01.jpgLegislature's Covid-19 commission opposes statewide mandatory mask-wearing order
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A Utah legislative coronavirus commission does not want GOP Gov. Gary Herbert to mandate the wearing of face masks in the state, UtahPolicy.com is told.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200708_Imposters_Book.jpgPodcast: Have Republicans in Congress abandoned policy in favor of politics?
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Have Republicans in Congress abandoned pursuing good public policy to pursue political power?
images/1000px_Mugs/Jon_Huntsman_02.jpgSome of Jon Huntsman's supporters are exploring a possible write-in campaign
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
UtahPolicy.com has learned supporters of Jon Huntsman are testing the waters for a potential write-in candidacy by Huntsman in November. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Primary election aftermath'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The primary elections in Utah are (mostly) over. Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick break down the results in our Tuesday podcast.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200707_Lee_Fox.jpgLee rips 'woke orthodoxy' and 'cancel culture'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mike Lee condemned "woke orthodoxy" that he said is fueling mass protests and "cancel culture" in the U.S., blaming them on liberal politicians and discrimination against conservative viewpoints at American colleges and universities. 

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The Supreme Court ruled President Trump cannot block the release of his financial records. The ruling cleared the way for prosecutors in New York to obtain his financial records, but Congress has been stopped from obtaining his tax returns for now [NYT].

The Justices also ruled that a large part of eastern Oklahoma is a Native American reservation belonging to the Creek Nation [NPR].


The U.S. hit another new single-day record for new cases of coronavirus with 60,646 instances. It's the third time this week the country has set a single-day record [NYT].

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the states hit hardest by the coronavirus should consider shutting down again to control the spread of the virus [CNN].

The World Health Organization says the coronavirus may become airborne and may spread through particles in the air in indoor crowded spaces [CNBC].

FEMA says 56 hospitals in Florida are out of ICU beds. Another 35 medical centers have less than 10 percent capacity available [ABC News].

School opening

The CDC said Thursday they would not revise their guidelines for schools to open safely despite criticism from President Trump [AP].

CDC Director Robert Redfield said Thursday that the health risks of keeping schools closed in the fall is great than opening classrooms to students [The Hill].

2020 election

Presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden released his economic plan which includes $700 billion for the development of new technologies [NYT].

Republicans are exploring holding their convention in Florida outdoors [WaPo].

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is discouraging donors from giving money to stage the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month because of a feud with his former campaign manager who is advising convention organizers [NYT].

Stimulus round four

When the Senate returns from recess on July 20th, lawmakers will begin working on another coronavirus stimulus bill which could include another round of direct payments for Americans [Forbes].

Justice Department

Geoffrey Berman, the ousted top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, told the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr repeatedly pressured him to resign so the Trump administration could install a candidate they preferred in the post [Politico].


President Trump implied in a pair of interviews Thursday that he was preparing to grant clemency to longtime ally Roger Stone who was convicted of lying to Congress and is set to go to prison later this month [CNN].


About 1.3 million people filed for first time unemployment benefits last week, the 14th straight week the number of new claims has declined [NBC News].

Wells Fargo is readying to cut thousands of jobs [Bloomberg].

Starbucks will require customers to wear masks in all their stores [CNN].


The Big 10 Conference announced their teams will only play games within the conference this fall [ESPN].


Policy News

images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgReport looks at challenges facing homeless service providers
Utah Foundation releases Keeping Open the Doors of Hope: How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Affecting Homeless Services in Salt Lake County. The report presents findings from a survey of homeless service providers in Salt Lake County exploring the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first in a series of reports on homelessness.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 7-10-20
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Fire swept over Utah rock art but this preserve avoided any catastrophic damage -- Salt Lake Tribune: Worried about effects on recreation economy, Moab, Grand County urge feds to cancel energy lease sale-- KSL.com: Repaving project to close Emigration Canyon recreational activitiesConcerts-- Concert in the Park(-ing lot) Series, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 North 400 West, Centerville, $20 per vehicle-- Final Song Writer Showcase, Saturday, 7 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts, 425 West Center Street, Provo, $5-- Murray Arts in the Park: Foreign Figures, Friday, 8 p.m., Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 East 5300 South, Salt Lake City, $10Theater-- "Thoroughly Modern Millie" through July 25, Hopebox Theatre -- "Pippin" through July 27, Draper Historic Theatre -- "Bright Star" through August 15, Hale Centre Theatre-- "Mary Poppins" through September 5, Hale Centre TheatreEt cetra-- Free Friday Films, Davis Arts Council, Friday, Mulan, 5 p.m. and Hairspray, 8 p.m., Kenley Amphitheatre, 403 N Wasatch Drive, Layton-- Murray Movies in the Park: The Lion King, Friday, 9 p.m., Ken Price Ballpark 5065 Jones Court, Murray-- Princess and Pirate Train, Friday, 7 p.m., Heber Valley Railroad, 450 South 600 West, Heber City-- American Fork Steel Days, Friday and Saturday, various locations, American Fork-- Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Uintah County Western Park Amphitheater, 302 East 200 South, Vernal-- Monster Truck Insanity, Saturday, 1 and 7:30 p.m., Box Elder County Fairgrounds, 320 North 1000 West, Tremonton-- Real Monarchs vs. San Diego Loyal SC, Saturday, 2 p.m., Rio Tinto Stadium, 9256 South State Street, Sandy-- Urban Flea Market, Sunday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m., The Gateway, 18 North Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City-- Weber County R.A.M.P. Presents Sonic the Hedgehog, Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden-- Spanish Fork Fiesta Days, through July 24, various venues, Spanish Fork-- Sunflower Farm Festival, through early August, Cross E Ranch, 3500 North 2200 West, Salt Lake City
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber congratulates new Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Woolstenhulme
Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement on the appointment of Dave Woolstenhulme as the new Commissioner of Higher Education for the Utah Board of Higher Education:
images/Resized_Logos/ULCT_Logo1.jpgNominations open for Mayor Brent & Jennie Taylor Service Award
The late Mayor Brent Taylor of North Ogden gave a life of service to his community before he was tragically killed in November 2018 while serving a second tour to Afghanistan with the Utah Army National Guard. Major Taylor had just been reelected to a second term as mayor when he accepted his deployment.
Salt Lake City calls on local artists to help design Black Lives Matter mural
Salt Lake City is calling on local artists, designers and community members to help create a Black Lives Matter mural at the entrance to City Hall. The City will outline the words "Black Lives Matter" directly off the east steps of the City and County Building and a committee will select design entries to fill each of the letters in the coming weeks.

More National Headlines


1778 - American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on Great Britain.

1832 - President Andrew Jackson vetoes a bill that would re-charter the Second Bank of the United States.

1850 - President Millar Fillmore is sworn in, a day after becoming President upon Zachary Taylor's death.

1890 - Wyoming is admitted as the 44th state.

1913 - The temperature in Death Valley, California, hits 134 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature ever to be recorded on Earth.

1925 - The so-called "Monkey Trial" begins of John T. Scopes, a high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.

1962 - Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.

1985 - Coca-Cola, besieged by consumers dissatisfied with the new Coke formula introduced in April, dusted off the old formula and dubbed it "Coca-Coca Classic."

Wise Words

Keep All Your Friends

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." Thomas Jefferson: to William Hamilton, April 22, 1800

Lighter Side

Jimmy, Keep on Showing Up

"Yeah, Trump gave a speech at a church, and the biggest part of that speech is where he showed everyone how he can drink communion wine out of one hand." - JIMMY FALLON

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