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Situational awareness - July 16, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Thursday!


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

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

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

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

  • Trump shakes up his re-election campaign.
  • Utah is readying a $1 million public awareness campaign about wearing masks.
  • Ben McAdams has a big cash advantage over Burgess Owens.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/McAdams_Owens_01.jpgMcAdams has a massive cash advantage over Owens in Utah's 4th District
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams, Utah's lone Democrat in office, enjoys a massive cash advantage over his Republican opponent as they begin the sprint toward November's election according to new campaign finance reports filed Wednesday.
images/1000px_Mugs/Herbert_Mask_01.jpgUtah readying million dollar campaign to encourage wearing of masks in public
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Watch for a new $1 million state government public service announcement campaign coming that will encourage Utahns to wear masks, use social distancing in public and make other changes in their lives to help fight to coronavirus, which is expanding in Utah.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mary_Francis_McGowan_01.jpgPodcast: Looking down the 2020 ballot with National Journal's Mary Frances McGowan
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Mary Frances McGowan reports on governors and state politics for National Journal. She joins Managing Editor Bryan Schott to discuss some of the important down ballot races in 2020.
images/1000px_Mugs/Paul_Gibbs_01.jpgGuest opinion: We must listen to the experts about Covid-19
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
I'm not a doctor. I'm nothing resembling a doctor. Most of my medical knowledge comes a combination of M*A*S*H, ER and House, MD. And yet I feel I have a leg up on some of the Utah business and political figures pushing ideas and making decisions during this pandemic for the simple reason that I know I'm not a doctor and that means I should listen to doctors and other medical experts. 
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.

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Campaign shakeup

President Donald Trump demoted campaign manager Brad Parscale, replacing him with veteran operative Bill Stepien [NYT].


A new model forecasts over 224,000 Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. by November 1 [Reuters].

Walmart will require customers to wear masks beginning Monday [AP].

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus [Fox News].

Amazon extends its work from home policy until January 8 [Reuters].

More than 400 million people in India re-enter lockdown because of the virus [CNN].

White House vs. Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back against criticism from White House officials calling the behavior "bizarre" [Atlantic].

Pelosi vs. McConnell vs. coronavirus

The House and Senate are hurtling toward a showdown over a fourth coronavirus relief package [Politico].


The Federal Reserve says economic activity has picked up in most parts of the U.S., but remains below pre-pandemic levels [AP].

American Airlines plans to furlough 25,000 workers this fall [WSJ].

2020 election

Joe Biden has opened up a 15-point lead over Donald Trump according to a new Quinnipiac poll [CNN].

Biden has an 11-point national lead over Trump in a new NBC News/WSJ poll [NBC News].

Biden also maintains a solid lead over Trump in several swing states according to new polling [CNBC].

Kanye West dropped out of the 2020 presidential race [Yahoo!].

But, West dropped $35,000 to appear on Oklahoma's presidential ballot [The Guardian].

Tax fight continues

Despite a ruling from the Supreme Court, President Trump's legal team plans to raise new objections to a subpoena seeking his tax returns [NBC News].

Loyalty test

The White House personnel office is conducting intense one-on-one interviews with administration officials to determine whether they're sufficiently loyal to President Trump [Politico].

Twitter attack

The accounts of several prominent users, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, were co-opted by hackers on Wednesday evening [NYT].

The Twitter hack raises fears of the effect of disinformation ahead of the 2016 election [Bloomberg].


Policy News

The future of the Jordan River Parkway is in Utahns' hands
For every walker, runner, cyclist, boater, fisher, picnicker, resident and visitor who enjoys the Jordan River Parkway, and even those who have never visited the area, your voice is needed. 
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.

More National Headlines


1790 - The District of Colombia is established as the capital of the United States after signature of the Residence Act.

1861 - American Civil War: At the order of President Abraham Lincoln, Union troops begin a 25-mile march into Virginia for what will become the First Battle of Bull Run.

1935 - The world's first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City.

1941 - Joe DiMaggio hits safely for the 56th consecutive game, a streak that still stands as an MLB record.

1945 - The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

1951 - J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye was published.

1969 - Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Wise Words

Separation of Powers

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."  James MadisonFederalist 47, 1788

Lighter Side

Democracy Cash for Voting

"You know, it's funny how America has unlimited resources to make sure that countries around the world get democracy, but then America never seems to have the resources to make sure there's democracy in America," [Trevor] Noah said. "I mean, if Atlanta wants more voting resources, maybe they should just declare that they're a country in the Middle East: 'Yo so, we're actually Afghanistan-lanta, so can we get some that democracy cash?'" 

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