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Situational awareness - July 27, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Monday!


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

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

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

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

  • Republicans plan to unveil their next coronavirus relief proposal.
  • McAdams urges a fiscally responsible approach to the next round of government stimulus.
  • Republicans and Democrats fear a chaotic election in November.


Many of our readers knew President Richard Nixon attended the Days of '47 Rodeo on Pioneer Day in Salt Lake City in 1970.

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images/1000px_Mugs/Ben_McAdams_04.jpgMcAdams says Congress must take a fiscally responsible approach to coronavirus relief
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The centrist New Democrat Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative House Democrats in Washington, says the coronavirus is putting aside concerns about the ballooning federal deficit. However, Utah Democrat Ben McAdams, a member of the group, says he disagrees with that approach.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_06.jpgRomney opposes Trump Federal Reserve nominee
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney says he will vote against a controversial nominee for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.
images/1000px_Mugs/Wilf_Sommerkorn_01.jpgA Planner's outlook on the politics of housing affordability 2020
By Wilf Sommerkorn
Housing affordability and "reform" of local land-use practices have been a hot topic around the country over the last couple of years, including here in the state of Utah.  And it appears that it continues to be on political agendas, even amid the pandemic, with its apparent but uncertain impacts on future urban growth.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'As much pizzazz as a ketchup sandwich'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick discuss the latest Utah political news on a Pioneer Day episode of our podcast.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200723_Lee_Scott_Fox_01.jpgSen. Mike Lee and Lex Scott of Black Lives Matter Utah discuss police reform legislation
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mike Lee and Lex Scott, the founder of Black Lives Matter Utah, both believe there's an opportunity to pass a meaningful police reform bill through congress, but time is running out. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Derek_Brown_02.jpgUtah GOP chairman says he's not surprised Trump canceled Republican convention in Florida
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah GOP Chairman Derek Brown says he was not too surprised that President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Republican National Convention events in Jacksonville set to happen next month.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200723_McAdams_Fox.jpgMcAdams says federal law enforcement presence in Portland seems to be escalating tensions with protesters
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams said Thursday that scenes of federal law enforcement agents clashing with protesters in Portland were jarring, and raised serious questions about the constitutionality of those forces being deployed to an American city. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Election intrigue in Utah County
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Talk about wheels within wheels and personal conflicts of interest. It would be tough to find more intrigue than in the Republican intraparty primary battle just finished in Utah House District 66 -- mostly headquartered in Spanish Fork, Utah County.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/QAnon_01.jpgPodcast: QAnon 101 with The Daily Beast's Will Sommer
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The far-right QAnon conspiracy theory emerged in the Utah political sphere last week when it was reported that Republican Congressional candidate Burgess Owens appeared as a guest on an obscure YouTube channel dedicated to QAnon.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200722_Herbert_Presser.jpgHerbert again pleads with Utahns to wear masks to slow spread of coronavirus
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Not a lot of news coming out of Gov. Gary Herbert's Wednesday coronavirus news conference, except that, once again, Utahns need to wear masks and social distance -- and that a national news report about Utah's coronavirus battles was a bit off base.
images/1000px_Mugs/Jesse_Sandstrom_01.jpgGuest opinion: The pro-life paradox
By Jesse Sandstrom
 I am a life long member of the Republican party. One of the main stances of the Republican Party I most strongly believe is Pro-Life. I believe that life, whether just after conception or having just turned 101, is important and should be protected.

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Stimulus bill

Senate Republicans plan to release their latest stimulus bill proposal Monday afternoon. They originally planned to unveil the bill last week, so don't hold your breath. 

  • Congress might need to rush a smaller relief package in order to make sure the extended unemployment benefits don't lapse [WaPo].
  • Republicans want to include an extended unemployment benefit plan to replace 70 percent of an unemployed person's lost wages [Bloomberg].
  • The White House is pushing to scale back the size of the stimulus proposal. Senate Republicans are targeting $1 trillion in relief, but the White House is pushing for a more modest amount [CNN].
  • The bill will also include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks [CNN].


Florida is the new epicenter for the virus as the state has more cases than New York and California [CNBC].

Experts are finding it more difficult to predict when coronavirus cases will peak [NBC News].

China reported its biggest spike in cases since the end of the initial outbreak in Wuhan [Bloomberg].


A survey from Yelp says 60 percent of restaurants that have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic will not open again [CNN].

2020 election

We are less than 100 days to the 2020 election. Both Republicans and Democrats are worried the vote will be disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic [The Hill].

Donald Trump wants to rev up his base by releasing his list of possible Supreme Court nominees, but his advisers say he needs to pare back the list [Politico].

A new poll shows Joe Biden leading Trump by 9 points in the crucial swing state of North Carolina [NBC News].

Biden is reportedly having difficulty finding a potential running mate who meshes with his leadership style [Politico].

Say what?

Sen. Tom Cotton called slavery a "necessary evil" while arguing against the use of The New York Times 1619 project in classrooms. Cotton introduced a bill last week to cut funding for schools that adopt a curriculum based on the paper's reporting [Arkansas Democrat Gazette].

Civil unrest

Police declared a riot at protests in Seattle and Portland over the weekend [AP]

Hurricane season

Hurricane Hanna made landfall in Texas on Sunday [Dallas Morning News].


The U.S. Department of Energy wants to build a quantum internet that is virtually unhackable [CNET].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 90: Twitter hacked and playing cyber defense to protect COVID-19 research
One of the world's largest and most influential social media platforms had a breach of some of its most high-profile users. In this episode of the CYBER24 podcast, presented by VLCM, we look at the hack of verified Twitter accounts and discuss foreign attempts to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from the U.S. and our allies. 
U.S. Department of Commerce invests $2.9 million in CARES Act funding to capitalize revolving loan runds to help small businesses across Utah respond to coronavirus
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration is awarding $2.9 million in CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs across Utah that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.      
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 7-23-20
 Outdoors Report-- KSL.com: Proposal would extend Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Salt Lake, Utah counties-- KSL.com: Groups launch million-dollar campaign to protect Bears Ears artifactsConcerts-- Murray Arts in the Park: High Society, Friday, 8 p.m., Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 East 5300 South, Salt Lake City, $10-- "Disney Goes Broadway," Saturday, 7 p.m., Vernal Theatre: LIVE, 40 East Main Street, Vernal, $6-$8Theater-- "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-- Fiddlers 'n Fireworks, Friday, 7 p.m., Heber Valley Railroad, 450 South 600 West, Heber City-- Mapleton Pioneer Day Fireworks, Friday, 10 p.m., Ira Allan Park, 1728 South 800 West, Mapleton-- Pioneer Day Food Trucks and Music, Friday, 4 8 p.m., Kiwanis Park, 820 North 1100 East, Provo-- Provo Pioneer Day Fireworks, Friday, 10 p.m., Provo Towne Centre Mall, 1200 Towne Centre Boulevard, Provo-- Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, Friday, 8 a.m. 12 p.m., Kamas-- Spanish Fork Fiesta Days, Friday, various venues, Spanish Fork-- 2020 Cache Valley Rendezvous and Pioneer Festival, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m., American West Heritage Center, 4025 South Hwy 89-91, Wellsville-- Blast from the Past Car Show, Friday and Saturday, Salina City Park, 1500 South Old Hwy 10, Salina-- Kamas Valley Fiesta Days, Friday and Saturday, various locations, Kamas-- Kanab Music Festival, Friday and Saturday, 5 10 p.m., Jacob Hamblin Park, 531 North 100 East, Kanab-- 2nd Annual Unity and Community Beer Fest, Saturday, 1 9 p.m., Policy Kings Brewery, 223 North 100 West, Cedar City -- Utah Foods Cook Off 2020, Saturday, 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m., Museum of Natural Curiosity, Thanksgiving Point, 3605 Garden Drive, Lehi-- Day of the Cowboy, through Sunday, Camp Floyd State Park and Stagecoach Inn Museum, 18035 West 1540 North, Cedar Valley-- 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-- Downtown Farmer's Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. 1 p.m., through October 24, Pioneer Park, 350 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City 
United Way of Salt Lake announces new board leadership, naming Mikelle Moore of Intermountain Healthcare & Kirk Aubry of Savage to leadership roles
United Way of Salt Lake has named a new Chair and Vice Chair of its Board of Directors, in addition to welcoming a new board member.  

More National Headlines


1789 - The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is established. It will later be renamed Department of State.

1890 - Vincent van Gogh shoots himself and dies two days later.

1940 - The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.

1953 - A truce officially ended the Korean War, which had begun June 25, 1950.

1974 - The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee votes 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment (for obstruction of justice) against President Richard Nixon.

1995 - The Korean War Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

1996 - A pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Wise Words

The Right Way

"Never give up. Never give in. Never become hostile... Hate is too big a burden to bear." John Lewis

Lighter Side

Some Good News

"You know, I actually feel a lot better knowing that the president of the United States passed concussion protocol." - JIMMY FALLON

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