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Situational awareness - July 6, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Monday!


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

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

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

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

  • Coronavirus cases are exploding in states that rushed to open up their economies.
  • The Supreme Court still has a number of big cases to decide before the current term ends. 
  • Spencer Cox's chances of winning the GOP race for governor grow.


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images/1000px_Mugs/Spencer_Cox_03.jpgUtah County and rural Utah may put Spencer Cox over the top in the GOP race for governor
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Spencer Cox's relentless campaign messaging about him being the only "rural" candidate in the race seemingly paid off and may have given him enough votes to claim the GOP nomination for governor. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Burgess_Owens_02.jpgAnalysis: Burgess Owens needs to expand his appeal beyond Trump's base to beat Ben McAdams in November
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Newly minted GOP nominee Burgess Owens may be a burgeoning star in conservative media, but he might have trouble expanding his appeal beyond Fox News Channel viewers in Utah's 4th Congressional District.
images/1000px_Mugs/Cox_Huntsman_01.jpgGeography, crossovers and late voters will determine gubernatorial winner
By LaVarr Webb, Publisher
Is it Huntsman or Cox?
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Vote_By_Mail_Ballot.jpgElection update: Cox widens lead over Huntsman, but there are still more than 111,000 ballots to count
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Spencer Cox increased his lead over Jon Huntsman slightly after the second round of election results were released on Wednesday, but there are still more than 111,000 ballots left to be counted statewide.
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Primary election madness'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Scott Howell joins Bryan Schott to discuss the initial primary election results.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200701_Stewart_Fox.jpgStewart says he's 'certain' Trump was not briefed about Russian bounties on U.S. soldiers
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Chris Stewart continued his defense of President Donald Trump, saying he is certain the president was not fully briefed on intelligence that Russia was offering bounties for the killing of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
images/1000px_Mugs/Spencer_Cox_02.jpgCox leads Huntsman after first round of ballots. Owens grabs 4th District nod over Coleman. Republicans dump Hillyard
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox forged a 2.77 percent lead over Jon Huntsman after the first wave of results in Tuesday's Utah primary elections, but the race is far from over, as election officials say there could be as many as 100,000 ballots outstanding.

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There is growing evidence that the coronavirus can remain airborne indoors and is infectious is smaller quantities than originally thought [WaPo].

A rush to reopen the economy led to a spike in coronavirus cases [WaPo].

Florida and Texas reported a surge of coronavirus cases over the weekend [CNBC].

The growth of the virus is outpacing testing in several coronavirus hotspots [Axios].

Several Texas cities are warning their hospitals will run out of beds in two weeks or sooner [Texas Tribune].


The Supreme Court still has a number of blockbuster cases to decide this term, including Trump's taxes and whether religious organizations are required to pay for birth control under the Affordable Care Act [CNN].

As if 2020 wasn't crazy enough

Musician Kanye West tweeted over the weekend that he's running for president. It's not clear if he's serious, or it's a publicity stunt for his upcoming album [Bloomberg].


Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is better than expected so far [Bloomberg].

President Trump signed an extension of the PPP small business coronavirus relief program on Saturday [CNBC].

A report predicts 100,000 brick and mortar retail stores in the U.S. will close by 2025 [Axios].


Sen. Tammy Duckworth is gaining steam as a possible running mate for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden [WaPo].


The Washington Redskins announced they would undergo a "thorough review" of their team nickname after a threat to pull funding from FedEx and Nike [ESPN].

If the Redskins do change their name, here are five possibilities for a new team moniker [Sporting News].

That's a good prank

Heavily armed far-right groups showed up at Gettysburg on Saturday in response to posts on social media by supposed Antifa leaders about a planned event to burn the American flag at the historic battleground. The expected Antifa event failed to materialize as the event was likely a hoax [BBC].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/WTC_Utah_Logo.pngIndia as a supply chain partner & alternative to China
With the growing uncertainty of COVID-19's effect on global supply chains as well as increasing challenges of sourcing in China, it is vital for Utah companies to optimize their production and distribution of products by looking for new partners and opportunities. This session of our Virtual Trade Mission will focus on operations and supply chain solutions in India.
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgBusiness community requests updated health guidelines and face mask requirement to combat Covid-19
The Salt Lake Chamber, along with the signatories below, has issued the following statement calling upon state leaders to update health guidelines to combat the coronavirus to include the requirement to wear a face mask in public places when social distancing is not feasible:
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 pisode 87: Risk ransomware or invest in security? Small biz struggles
In this episode of the CYBER24 podcast, presented by VLCM, we discuss why many businesses are willing to risk a cybersecurity incident rather than invest in security training and technology. We also look into a recent phishing incident at a Utah hospital system. 
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 7-3-20
 Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Fire restrictions - including limits on target shooting - go into effect in Utah County, Glen Canyon area -- Salt Lake Tribune: Fire restrictions - including limits on target shooting - go into effect in Utah County, Glen Canyon area Concerts-- Murray Arts in the Park Evening Series: Jerseystreet, Friday, 8 p.m., Murray Park Amphitheater, 495 East 5300 South, Salt Lake City, $10Theater-- "Matilda" through July 3, Hale Center Theater Orem-- "South Pacific" through July 3, Outlaw Trail Theatre -- "Through Yonder Window" through July 3, SONDERimmersive -- "Bright Star" through August 15, Hale Centre Theatre-- "Mary Poppins" through September 5, Hale Centre TheatreEt cetra-- Cache Valley Cruise-In Parade, Friday, 6 p.m., Main Street, Logan-- Freedom Train, Friday and Saturday, Heber Valley Railroad, 450 South 600 West, Heber City-- Independence Day Rodeo, Friday and Saturday, 7:45 p.m., Salina Outdoor Arena, 700 East Main Street, Salina-- Cedar City 4th of July Celebration, Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Main Street Park, 200 North Main St, Cedar City-- City of Lehi Fireworks, Saturday, 10 p.m., Lehi-- Duchesne City Independence Day Celebration, Saturday, 7 a.m., Roy Park & Fairgrounds Area, Duchesne-- Freedom Market, Saturday, 11 a.m. 4 p.m., Tooele Valley Wellness and Community Center, 140 East 200 South, Tooele-- Kanab 4th of July, Saturday, 6 p.m., Jacob Hamblin Park, 531 North 100 East, Kanab-- Oakley City 4th of July, Saturday, 10 a.m., Oakley City Recreation Complex and Rodeo Arena, 4300 North SR 32, Oakley-- Parowan 4th of July Celebration, Saturday, 10 a.m., Iron County Fairgrounds, 513-537 City View Drive, Parowan-- 2020 Fireworks Show - Utah Valley, Saturday, 10 p.m., LaVell Edwards Stadium, 1700 North Canyon Road, Provo-- St. George 4th of July Celebration, Saturday, 6:30 a.m., Town Square, 50 South Main Street, Saint George-- Gem Faire, through Sunday, Mountain America Expo Center (formerly South Towne Expo Center), 9575 South State Street, Sandy 
images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgExecutives react to COVID-19 recession with drop in confidence and firm expectations
Utah business executives statewide report a significant decline in confidence along with an expectation for future growth, both related to economic consequences associated with the coronavirus.

More National Headlines


1854 - The Republican Party was formally established at a meeting in Michigan.

1885 - French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur inoculated a human being for the first time - a boy, who had been bitten by a rabid dog. The youngster didn't develop rabies.

1942 - Anne Frank and her family took refuge in a secret section of an Amsterdam warehouse where they hid from the Nazis for two years.

1957 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time as teenagers at a church in their native Liverpool, England, following a performance by Lennon's band, the Quarrymen.

1984 - President Ronald Reagan said it was a "probability" that many young people now paying into Social Security "will never be able to receive as much as they're paying."

Wise Words

Preserved Freedom

"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." John Adams 

Lighter Side


"Unfortunately, putting a piece of cloth on your face has become a culture war, thanks almost entirely to our president," Stephen Colbert

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