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Situational awareness - July 20, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Monday!


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

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

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

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

  • The Trump administration wants to block billions of dollars for coronavirus testing.
  • Lawmakers will begin discussions on another stimulus package on Monday.
  • Utahns are still wary about engaging in a number of activities because of the coronavirus.


Mike Mower's question was a little too obscure for our readers. The only reader who knew that State Senator Deidre Henderson and Salt Lake County Council member Aimee Winder Newton co-starred in Guys and Dolls when they were students at Bennion Junior High was Mike Winder, which is not surprising in the least.

Since he was the winner, Mike gets to ask our next trivia question. Stay tuned!

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images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_14.jpgPoll shows Utahns are still wary of engaging in many activities because of coronavirus
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Many Utahns are still uncomfortable engaging in activities that before the coronavirus would have been everyday occurrences, like going to church, or eating out at a restaurant or flying on a commercial airline, a recent poll for UtahPolicy.com and KUTV 2News finds.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: Utah in the red zone
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick discuss the latest Utah political headlines.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200719_Utah_Unemployment.jpgUtah's unemployment rate drops to 5.1 percent
By News Release
Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for June 2020 contracted by an estimated 2.8%, with 43,100 jobs sidelined compared to the June 2019 employment. Utah's current employment level registers 1,515,200. Utah's May year-over job change has been revised down two-tenths of a percentage point to -5.0%. 
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_07.jpgWhite House document says Utah is in the coronavirus 'red zone'and should return to more restrictive measures
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
A document prepared for the White House's Coronavirus Task Force, but not made public, recommends Utah should close bars and gyms to stop the spread of Covid-19 in two cities and five counties.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200716_Owens_PSB.jpgRepublican congressional nominee Burgess Owens appeared on a QAnon web show
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Burgess Owens, the Republican nominee in Utah's 4th Congressional District, was a guest on a QAnon internet program in May where he stumped for campaign donations.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200716_Herbert_Covid_presser.jpgGov. Herbert says Utah will change some state Covid-19 guidelines to allow Salt Lake City schools to open
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday that the state was making an adjustment to their Covid-19 risk levels that would allow Salt Lake City students to return to the classroom this fall the fall.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Does anyone know what is going on?
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Well, we are four months into the coronavirus in Utah and we're actually worse off than when this all started.
images/1000px_Logos/Hatch_Foundation_Logo.jpgHatch Center to hold 'Race and Civility' event with Senator Tim Scott
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The Hatch Center-the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation-announced it will be hosting a symposium on "Race and Civility in America" with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). The event will be held as a live webinar on Wednesday, July 29  at 2:30 pm EDT.
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.

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The Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars for more coronavirus testing and contact tracing [WaPo].

Trump's interview

President Donald Trump sat down with Fox News' Chris Wallace for a lengthy interview on Sunday. Trump defended his administration's mismanagement of the coronavirus response with several falsehoods and made other dubious claims [WaPo].

Wallace was cheered for his grilling of the president by many, but Fox News fans were not happy with the exchange [Market Watch].

Another stimulus bill

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says negotiations on the next stimulus bill will begin "in earnest" on Monday [Bloomberg].

Several swing-state senators are feeling pressure to approve another stimulus package [WaPo].

Millions of workers are facing the end of the extra $600 per week unemployment benefits unless lawmakers are able to agree on an extension [WSJ].

Coronavirus response

Republicans are beginning to break ranks with President Trump as the crisis begins to escalate in several states [NYT].


Dr. Deborah Birx, the chief medical officer on the White House coronavirus task force, told the White House the virus would decline rapidly in April. That wrong prediction led to the mid-April push to reopen the country [NYT].


Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis passed away on Friday [Politico].


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg said Friday her cancer has returned, but she has no plans to retire [AP].


A number of U.S. companies are losing hope that the economy will turn around quickly [WSJ].

2020 election

A new poll gives Joe Biden a double-digit lead over Donald Trump [WaPo].

Biden is coming under increasing pressure to name a black woman as his running mate [WaPo].

Biden's campaign is considering how to woo Republican voters in November while Trump's campaign is focusing on their base [AP].


President Trump and the mayor of Portland are blaming each other for more unrest in the city [CNN].

Right-wing media is painting a picture of Portland that is divorced from the truth [Oregonian].

For your radar

The Trump administration is reportedly considering enacting new federal policies without legal authority. Lawyers argue a recent Supreme Court ruling gives them the authority to do so [Axios].


The Toronto Blue Jays have been barred by Canada from playing games in their home city this season because the government does not believe it's safe for players to travel back and forth from the United States [AP].


Policy News

Weber County, Weber-Morgan Health Department, local cities and local businesses launching mask up campaign to slow COVID-19 spread
The group is set to launch a new public information campaign encouraging citizens to wear masks to prevent the rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Weber County has continuously worked to balance the health of our residents, the necessities of the economy, and the personal American rights of our citizens. 
Millcreek to kick off Utah's Pioneer Week honoring Black pioneers
Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini plans to kick off Pioneer Week in Utah with unveiling new street signs designating 3205 South Street in Millcreek as "Chambers Avenue." That street is the only unnamed avenue in Millcreek's new City Center project between Highland Drive and Richmond Avenue and city leaders want to use the opportunity to honor early Millcreek pioneers Samuel and Amanda Chambers.
Salt Lake City receives $80,000 grant to develop community nutrition hub in parks and recreation
Salt Lake City's Youth and Family Services, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, has received an $80,000 grant to develop a community nutrition hub to expand access to healthy foods through park and recreation programs and services.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 7-17-20
 Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Dangerous algal bloom turns up in Zion National Park after dog dies in North Fork of the Virgin River-- KSL.com: Wildlife leaders enact some changes, propose for more cougar hunt opportunities in Utah-- KSL.com: STOP: What to do when lost in the woodsConcerts-- Concert in the Park(-ing lot) Series, Friday and Saturday evenings, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 North 400 West, Centerville, $20 per vehicle-- "PAN," Salt Contemporary Dance, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Marina Cove Beach at American Fork Boat Harbor, 100 W, American Fork, $15-$60-- Random Acts Series: JD & The Brass Saddle Band, Cache Arts, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., he Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, 43 South Main, Logan, $10-- Salt Lake City Concert Cruise, Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m., various locations in downtown Salt Lake City, $35-- Common Folk Bluegrass Band, Saturday, 6 p.m., University Place Orem, 575 East University Parkway, Orem-- "Disney Goes Broadway," Saturday, 7 p.m., Vernal Theatre: LIVE, 40 East Main Street, Vernal, $6-$8-- 2020 Drive-In "Un"Common Concerts, Holladay Arts, Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Highland Drive and Donelson Lane (5165 South), Holladay, free, but reservations requiredTheater-- "Frozen Jr." through July 18, American Fork Youth Theater -- "A Midsummer Night's Dream" through July 24, Renaissance Now Theatre & Film -- "King Lear" through July 25, Renaissance Now Theatre & Film -- "Thoroughly Modern Millie" through July 25, Hopebox Theatre -- "Pippin" through July 27, Draper Historic Theatre-- "Bright Star" through August 15, Hale Centre Theatre-- "Little Women" through August 22, Hale Center Theater OremEt cetra-- Free Friday Films, Davis Arts Council, Friday, Mulan, 5 p.m. and Hairspray, 8 p.m., Kenley Amphitheatre, 403 N Wasatch Drive, Layton-- Rock-n-Roll Train, Friday, 7 p.m., Heber Valley Railroad, 450 South 600 West, Heber City-- West Jordan Drive-in Movie: The Princess Bride, Friday, 8 p.m., West Jordan Arena, 8035 South 2200 West, West Jordan-- Ute Stampede Rodeo, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Juab County Fairgrounds, 350 West Center Street, Nephi-- Movies in the Park: Aladdin, Taylorsville City, Saturday, 9 p.m., Taylorsville City Hall, 2600 West Taylorsville Boulevard, Salt Lake City-- Weber County R.A.M.P. Presents Trolls World Tour, Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden-- Urban Flea Market, Sunday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m., The Gateway, 18 North Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City-- Spanish Fork Fiesta Days, through July 24, various venues, Spanish Fork-- Outdoor Movie Series, Fridays, 8:30 p.m., through July 31, Thanksgiving Point, 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi,-- Sunflower Farm Festival, through early August, Cross E Ranch, 3500 North 2200 West, Salt Lake City 

More National Headlines


1848 - The first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York concludes.

1903 - The Ford Motor Company ships its first automobile.

1944 - Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.

1969 - Apollo 11's crew successfully makes the first manned landing on the moon in the Sea of Tranquility.

1973 - Bruce Lee, the famous Chinese actor and martial arts expert, dies in Los Angeles at age 32 from a brain edema.

1976 - The American Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.

2015 - The United States and Cuba resume full diplomatic relations after five decades.

Wise Words


"We are teaching the world the great truth that Governments do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion Flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government." James Madison: letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822

Lighter Side

No Expert

"And I'm no expert, but generally speaking, things are not going great when you're firing your campaign manager 100 days before the election. That's like a jockey jumping off his horse in the homestretch and deciding to run the rest of the way." - SETH MEYERS

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