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Situational awareness - July 14, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Tuesday!


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

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

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

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

  • Jon Huntsman says he won't run as a write-in candidate this fall, but his supporters think they can change his mind.
  • Several states are reimposing restrictions as coronavirus cases rise.
  • The U.S. budget deficit hits an all-time high.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Jon_Huntsman_03.jpgHuntsman says no to write-in campaign, but his supporters hope to change his mind
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former Gov. Jon Huntsman said Monday he would not be mounting a write-in campaign in November, but a group of supporters still hope they can change his mind.
images/1000px_Logos/KMV_Logo.pngKeep My Voice may be losing a major financial backer
By UtahPolicy.com staff
UtahPolicy.com is told that the official Keep My Voice effort which has been associated with Entrata boss Dave Bateman may be over, at least for now.
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. 

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Budget deficit exploding

The U.S. budget deficit hit an all-time high of $864 billion in June [AP].

The overall budget deficit hit $3 trillion for the 12-month period through June [WSJ].

America shuts down again

California Gov. Gavin Newsome has ordered businesses to close again as the number of coronavirus cases begins to rise in that state [LA Times].

New Mexico and Oregon are frantically reinstating restrictions again [CNN].

Los Angeles and San Diego area schools announce they will be online only when students return in the fall [NPR].

Uh oh

A new study suggests the antibodies from the coronavirus that many are counting on to provide herd immunity to the virus may only last a few months [CNN].


Congress is starting to hammer out another coronavirus relief bill, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not approve any legislation unless it includes legal protections for businesses that reopen [CNN].

More and more small business owners are permanently shutting their doors. Nearly 66,000 businesses have closed for good since March 1 [NYT].

2020 election

A growing number of Republicans are bailing on attending the Republican National Convention in Florida [NYT].

The Texas Supreme Court rules the Texas GOP cannot force Houston to allow them to hold an in-person convention this month [Texas Tribune].


More than 5 million Americans lost their health insurance amid the pandemic according to a new study [Families USA].

For your radar

The U.S. has rejected nearly all Chinese maritime claims in the South China Sea [AP].


Policy News

Cicero Group announces Kerri Briggs, Ph.D. as newest partner
Cicero Group is pleased to announce the advancement of Kerri Briggs, Ph.D. as a Partner in the firm's Social Impact and K-12 Education practice area.
Westminster signs amicus brief in support of international students
Westminster College is proud to join the growing number of institutions opposing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulations for international students.
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

More National Headlines


1789 - During the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside.

1798 - Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the U.S. government.

1874 - The Chicago Fire of 1874 burns down 47 acres of the city, destroying 812 buildings and killing 20.

1881 - Billy the Kid is shot and killed.

1921 - Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted in Dedham, Mass., of killing a shoe company paymaster and his guard. (They were executed in 1927.)

1933 - All German political parties except the Nazi Party were outlawed.

Wise Words

State's Rights

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."  James MadisonFederalist 45, 1788

Lighter Side


"If anything, the plague is getting worse," [Stephen Colbert] said, noting the US cases reached their highest total since April. "What?! April? Come on, we have to have made progress since April! I don't want to go back five months? Ten years? It's impossible to know."

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