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Situational awareness - July 31, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Friday!


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

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

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

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

  • Utah will allow students who have been exposed to coronavirus to return to class so long as they are not showing symptoms and none of their household has tested positive. 
  • President Trump suggests delaying the 2020 presidential election.
  • Congress is nowhere near a deal on another coronavirus stimulus bill.


This week's question comes from Ronald Fox:

Tomorrow is the first day of August, the month we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment giving Women the Right to Vote. Utah lead the way, allowing a woman to cast the first vote in a modern election in the nation in 1870.

Name the first woman to be appointed to a state supreme court and the first woman to become a federal district judge in U. S. history. Who is she and what was her father's political tie to Utah?

Think you know the answer? Send your guess to me via email at mailbag@utahpolicy.com. We'll pick a winner at random from the correct answers, and that person gets to ask next week's trivia question. 

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images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200730_Herbert_Presser.jpgNew Utah guidelines say students exposed to coronavirus can still attend classes
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The Utah coronavirus website says people who have been exposed to Covid-19 but are not showing symptoms may be asked to quarantine for 14 days to avoid exposing others. That's not the case for Utah schoolchildren.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Come out, come out wherever you are
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, winner of the GOP primary for governor this year, is apparently going into a political turtle shell.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber honors 2020 Business Champions
By Salt Lake Chamber
The Salt Lake Chamber recognized this year's Business Champions at a virtual awards ceremony held in their honor on July 30, 2020.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_Test_01.jpgWhite House report says Utah is still in the 'red zone' for coronavirus and calls for statewide mask mandate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Last week, Utah was one of 18 states considered to be in the federal "red zone" for coronavirus according to a report prepared for the White House. The latest version of that report says Utah remains in the red zone and should implement a statewide mask mandate to slow the spread of the virus.
images/1000px_Mugs/Danny_Laub_01.pngPodcast: Wrapping up the 2020 primary elections with Poolhouse's Danny Laub
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Now that the 2020 Utah primary elections are over, we speak with political consultant Danny Laub from Poolhouse to get some insight on the results.
images/1000px_Mugs/Mitt_Romney_11.jpgRomney slams Trump's decision to move thousands of U.S. troops out of Germany
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney ripped the Trump administration's decision to move thousands of U.S. troops out of Germany as a "grave error" that will weaken any ability to respond to threats in Europe.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_04.jpgUtah's tax revenues fell 4.2 percent this year due to the impact of coronavirus on the economy
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
The Utah State government's financial picture has not been harmed as severely as economists/legislators/Herbert administration officials feared earlier this spring, a fiscal year-end revenue report shows.

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Coronavirus relief stalls

Congress is nowhere near a deal on another COVID stimulus, which means expanded unemployment benefits for millions of Americans are set to expire [Politico].

Can't do that...

President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the U.S. should delay the November election. Trump doesn't have the authority to postpone the election [Bloomberg].

Republicans rejected Trump's suggestion to delay the election [Politico].

2020 election

Donald Trump's re-election campaign hits pause on their campaign advertising to review their messaging strategy [CNN].

Former President Barack Obama unleashed on President Trump during fundraising events, warning against Trump's efforts to push "native, racist, sexist" fears and bringing up past allegations of sexual assault involving Trump [NYT].

Flynn again

A federal appeals court will revisit an earlier decision allowing the Department of Justice to drop criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn [NYT].


Republican Rep. Devin Nunes refused to answer when directly asked whether he has been given foreign information meant to damage Joe Biden, according to a transcript of a closed-door committee meeting [CNN].

Chilling story

The Department of Homeland Security compiled "intelligence reports" on journalists who published leaked documents and covered the protests in Portland [WaPo].


Public health experts are calling for urgent new measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus, which is harming the U.S. economy [WaPo].

The U.S. economy posted its worst drop on record as GDP fell nearly 33 percent in the last quarter [CNN].

Poverty in the U.S. could spike next year without a new stimulus and extended unemployment benefits [Bloomberg].

Unemployment claims rose for the second straight week. 1.4 million filed initial claims last week [CNN].


Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain died Thursday from coronavirus complications [Fox News].

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong government delayed legislative council elections for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic [WaPo].


Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 7-31-20
Outdoors Report-- KSL.com: 3 tips for being more comfortable while camping-- KSL.com: Groups launch million-dollar campaign to protect Bears Ears artifacts
Fruit Heights City launches community-wide water conservation pilot program
Fruit Heights City, Utah has introduced a first-of-its-kind city-wide pilot program to encourage residential water conservation. 
Hatch Center hosts Senator Tim Scott for symposium on race and civility
The Hatch Center-the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation-hosted a virtual symposium on Race & Civility in America with special guest Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). In his keynote remarks, Senator Scott outlined a path forward for reducing police violence and empowering minority communities through economic opportunity.
images/1000px_Logos/GOED_Logo_1000.pngTwo GOED grant programs announced
The Governor's Office of Economic Development has announced two grant programs to support businesses impacted by the pandemic.
St. George Area Chamber of Commerce launches new partnerships to elevate southern Utah women in business
The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Women's Leadership Institute of Utah and Women's Business Center of Utah in an effort to deliver a wave of new resources to women looking to launch a business, advance their career or lead in their community.
Over 400 WeberCARES grant applications have been received since opening
On July 6, 2020, Weber County opened the application period to the WeberCARES Grant to offer relief to local businesses financially impacted by the pandemic. 

More National Headlines


1498 - On his third voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus became the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.

1777 - The Second Continental Congress passes a resolution that the services of the Marquis de Lafayette "be accepted, and that, in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, have the rank and commission of major-general of the United States."

1790 - The first U.S. patent is issued to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.

1792 - Director David Rittenhouse laid the cornerstone in Philadelphia for the U.S. Mint, the first building of the federal government.

1932 - the Nazi Party wins more than 38% of the vote in German elections.

1964 - Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon.

1974 - Watergate figure John Ehrlichman was sentenced to prison for his role in the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. He was in prison for 18 months. Ellsberg was the Pentagon consultant who leaked the "Pentagon Papers."

1991 - Congress voted to overturn a 43-year-old law and voted to allow women to fly military warplanes in combat.

2012 - Michael Phelps breaks the record set in 1964 by Larisa Latynina for the most medals won at the Olympics.

2017 - Anthony Scaramucci resigned after 10 days as President Donald Trump's communications director.

Wise Words


"Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around." Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side


"He's working on a strategy now? That's like Ford's Theater being like, 'Good news, everyone - we're beefing up security.'" - JIMMY FALLON

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