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Situational awareness - July 13, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Monday!


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

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

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

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

  • Allies of Jon Huntsman are pushing him to launch a write-in campaign for governor.
  • Romney calls Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's sentence "historic corruption."
  • Florida sets a single-day record for coronavirus cases.


Turns out there were several correct answers to Friday's question:

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?

Several readers correctly identified Cutler and Mabey as one-term governors.

But, the two men also hold another distinction during their time in office. Douglas DeVore points out they were the only Utah governors during the time frame who were not in office during the decennial federal sentences.

Bonus fact, Gov. Gary Herbert is the only Utah governor (so far) who was in office during two censuses (2010 and 2020).

Congratulations to Mike Mower who was selected at random from all of the correct entries.

He gets to ask this Friday's question.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Jon_Huntsman_04.jpgJon Huntsman may be getting closer to a write-in campaign for governor
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former Gov. Jon Huntsman may be inching closer to launching a write-in campaign to return to the governor's mansion in the fall. 
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200507_GOP_Debate_02.jpgCox, Huntsman and Wright banked big campaign donations in the days before the primary election
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Talk about getting your check in just under the deadline -- three of the GOP gubernatorial candidates this year collected over $1 million just before or after the June 30 Republican primary election.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_09.jpgRomney calls Trump's commutation of Stone's sentence 'Historic corruption'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney blasted President Donald Trump's decision to commute Roger Stone's prison sentence on Saturday, calling the move "Historic corruption."
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Has anyone heard of Web M.D.?'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Listen to our Friday roundup of the top Utah political news with Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick.
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.

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The Trump Administration is putting the full-court press on schools to open in the fall. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said schools that don't re-open should be denied federal funds [Axios].

Roger Stone

President Trump commuted the prison sentence of longtime adviser Roger Stone on Friday just days before he was scheduled to report to prison [Politico].

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who prosecuted Stone, wrote an op-ed on Sunday defending his office and saying Stone remains a convicted felon [WaPo].


President Donald Trump wore a face mask for the first time in public on Saturday during a visit to Walter Reed military hospital [BBC].

Florida reported 15,300 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, a new single-day record for any U.S. state [AP].

New York City reported no new deaths from the virus for the first time since the pandemic hit [Bloomberg].

Walt Disney World reopened in Florida despite the surge in Covid-19 cases [Yahoo!].

A study finds asymptomatic and presymptomatic people are responsible for more than half of Covid-19 infections [ABC News].

Trump vs. Fauci

The Trump White House is undercutting Dr. Anthony Fauci as they continue to take heat for their response to the pandemic [NYT].

President Trump and Dr. Fauci are no longer speaking [CNN].

2020 election

A new poll in three sunbelt states suggests Donald Trump could be in trouble in three states he won in 2016 [CNN].

Facebook is considering a ban on political ads ahead of the November elections [Reuters].


Fox News host Tucker Carlson's top writer resigned after it was revealed he regularly posted racist and sexist remarks in online forums [CNN].


The Washington Redskins will announce they are ditching their longtime nickname on Monday. They will announce a new name at a later date [USA Today].


Policy News

Scott Anderson leaving Waterford.org board to take over as Chair-Elect of American Bankers Association
Waterford.org announced that Board Chair Scott Anderson is stepping down as he transitions into his new role as Chair-Elect of the American Bankers Association.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 88: Business found lax in protecting domains
For many businesses, their most valuable asset may be their web domain. If customers can't find you on the web, you may as well not exist. But a new study shows a shocking number of businesses don't take basic steps to protect their domains. Plus, we look at the new normal of online meetings. Love them or hate them, are they here to stay or will we ever get back to business as usual? 
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.

More National Headlines


1787 - The Continental Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance establishing governing rules for the Northwest Territory. It also establishes procedures for the admission of new states and limits the expansion of slavery.

1863 - Opposition to the Federal Conscription Act triggers New York City riots in which at least 120 people died and hundreds were injured.

1923 - The Hollywood Sign is dedicated in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles. It originally reads "Hollywoodland," but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949.

1973 - Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the "Nixon tapes" to the special Senate committee investigating the Watergate break-in.

1977 - New York City experiences an electrical blackout lasting nearly 24 hours that leads to widespread looting.

1985 - The Live Aid benefit concert takes place in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Moscow and Sydney.

1985 - Vice President George H.W. Bush becomes Acting President for the day when President Ronald Reagan undergoes surgery to remove polyps from his colon.

2013 - George Zimmerman was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Florida.

2016 - U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron resigns and is succeeded by Theresa May.

Wise Words

Law and Liberty

"Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness."  James Wilson, Of the Study of the Law in the United States, 1790

Lighter Side


The doubling down on explicit racism is "all Trump has left", [Seth] Meyers explained. "He and his allies on the right have very few tricks left in their re-election bag; they've apparently settled on a strategy of racist fear-mongering about Black Lives Matter protests, undermining the integrity of the election itself and assuring you that the president's right arm is strong enough to hold a glass of water," a reference to Trump sipping a glass of water at his Tulsa rally as the audience cheered "the way you'd reward a dog for learning to shake your hand".

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