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Situational awareness - July 15, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Wednesday!

It's Tax Day #2. Don't forget to file your returns if you haven't already.


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

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

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

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

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was hospitalized Tuesday evening.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is willing to delay the August recess to hammer out another Covid relief package.
  • Utahns are divided over whether Republicans or Democrats can best handle race relations.


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images/1000px_Article_Photos/Black_Lives_Matter_01.jpgUtahns are divided over whether Republicans or Democrats handle race relations better
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Utah voters are split over which political party can best handle race relations in the U.S., a recent UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2 News poll shows.
images/1000px_Mugs/Stuart_Reid_01.jpgGuest opinion: Herd immunity is the only way to beat Covid-19
By Stuart Reid
Governor Gary Herbert is right not to close down Utah society again. Let's face it, sickness is necessary to save lives. There is no way around that reality, however counterintuitive it may seem. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Can branding defeat Covid-19?'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick discuss the top Utah political news in our Tuesday podcast.
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."

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was hospitalized Tuesday evening for treatment of a possible infection [AP].

That was...something

President Donald Trump turned a hastily called press conference into a political speech attacking Joe Biden and China [NYT].


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's willing to delay the scheduled August recess in order to have more time to hammer out another Covid aid package [CNN].

Coronavirus vs. politics

The Trump administration strips the CDC of control of coronavirus data. Instead, hospitals have been ordered to send all patient data to a database in Washington [NYT].

Four former top officials at the CDC criticized President Trump's politicizing of scientific data [WaPo].

The White House let trade adviser Peter Navarro publicly attack Dr. Anthony Fauci in an op-ed after insisting there was no effort to undermine the nation's leading infectious disease expert [CNN].

Uh oh

The federal stockpile of protective equipment for medical professionals may not have the capacity to supply medical officials amid the latest surge of coronavirus [NBC News].

2020 election

Former Sen. Jeff Sessions lost his comeback bid, dropping his Alabama GOP primary to former football coach Tommy Tuberville who was endorsed by President Trump [NYT].


Big banks are stockpiling billions of dollars in cash to cover bad loans in a sign they expect the economic downturn to worsen [Bloomberg].

The White House unveiled a new ad campaign highlighting alternate ways to start a career targeting the millions of Americans who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic. The effort was quickly bashed on social media for being tone-deaf [AP].

Backing down

The Trump administration dropped their policy change requiring foreign college students to leave the country if their classes were not meeting in person [CNN].


Kansas GOP Rep. Steve Watkins was charged with three counts of felony voter fraud. He is accused of using a UPS store as his home address to vote in the 2019 municipal election [Politico].


Scientists say the world population will peak at more than 9 billion in 2064, then begin to decline to 8.8 billion in 2100 [Bloomberg].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/EDCUtah_Logo_2020.pngProject pointer: 1-800Accountant bringing new jobs to Utah
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah are pleased to announce that 1-800Accountant will open an office in Utah, creating up to 120 new high-paying jobs in the next five years. The company anticipates project-related capital expenditures of $211,000.
Google Fiber expands to Millcreek
Millcreek is pleased to announce that Google Fiber will bring high-speed, high-bandwidth internet to residents of Millcreek.
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? 

More National Headlines


1806 - Pike expedition: United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike begins an expedition from Fort Bellefontaine near St. Louis to explore the west.

1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders aboard HMS Bellerophon.

1870 - Georgia becomes the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.

1959 - The steel strike of 1959 begins, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.

1979 - President Jimmy Carter gives his "malaise speech."

2006 - Twitter is launched, becoming one of the largest social media platforms in the world.

Wise Words

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"[T]he general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any."  James MadisonFederalist 14, 1787

Lighter Side


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