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Situational awareness - July 7, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Tuesday!


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

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

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

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

  • Cox claims victory in the GOP race for governor. 
  • Most Utahns believe the worst is to come in the coronavirus pandemic.
  • States are starting to shut down again due to the virus.


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images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_08.jpgPoll: Majority of Utahns believe the worst part of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to come
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Most Utahns believe the worst is yet to come in the U.S. from the coronavirus outbreak according to a new survey.
images/1000px_Mugs/Spencer_Cox_02.jpgCox defeats Huntsman in GOP primary for governor
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former Gov. Jon Huntsman slightly closed the gap with Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to just over 9,100 votes on Monday, but Cox was projected as the winner by multiple organizations.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Vote_By_Mail_Ballot.jpgUtah would switch all primary elections to Ranked Choice Voting under proposed bill
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The winner of the Utah GOP primary for governor will likely prevail with just 35 percent of the total vote. Now, two Utah lawmakers want to change the state's primary elections to make sure candidates with a broad base of support end up with the nomination.
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.

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Contact tracing is no longer possible across the southern part of the U.S. because of the rapid rise in cases [CNN].

Restaurants and gyms are closing again in Miami-Dade County due to the surge in coronavirus cases [Miami Herald].

Florida orders schools to open in the fall, despite the skyrocketing number of cases [WaPo].

About 60 percent of the nation's colleges and universities are planning in-person classes in the fall [Chronicle of Higher Education].

Covid loans

The list of companies that got small-business loans to protect jobs benefitted owned by members of Congress and firms with ties to the Trump administration [WaPo].

A number of donors to President Trump were among the earliest recipients of the loans [AP].


The U.S. service sector rebounded strongly in June to near pre-pandemic levels [Reuters].

The chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta says there are signs that economic activity in parts of the country is leveling off because of the growing number of coronavirus cases [Bloomberg].

The number of Americans using air travel jumped over the 4th of July weekend, but the total number of travelers is down more than 70 percent from a year ago [CNBC].

Millions of Americans have moved because of the coronavirus [Bloomberg].


The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can punish members of the Electoral College who break a pledge to vote for a state's popular vote winner in presidential elections [WaPo].


President Trump is leaning on a strategy of stoking fear and resentment among white voters for his re-election bid [NYT].

President Trump called for NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to apologize for a "hoax" involving a rope fashioned into a noose the FBI determined wasn't a hate crime. Trump also criticized NASCAR's decision to ban the display of the Confederate flag at events [NPR].

President Trump also complained about the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians moving to change their names because they want to be "politically correct" [Twitter].

Democrats are growing more worried about whether holding a scaled-down national convention in August is safe amid the growing number of coronavirus cases [Politico].

Sen. Chuck Grassley says he will skip the Republican National Convention for the first time in 40 years because of the coronavirus [Des Moines Register].


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


1846 - U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.

1865 - Four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., after being convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.

1898 - The United States annexed Hawaii.

1930 - Construction began on Boulder Dam on the Colorado River.

1981 - President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1987 - Lt. Col. Oliver North began his public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing, telling Congress that he had "never carried out a single act, not one" without authorization.

Wise Words

Still True Today

"I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong." George Washington: letter to Francis Van der Kamp, May 28, 1788

Lighter Side


"Trump said he loves barriers that block dangerous things - then went back to not wearing a mask." - JIMMY FALLON

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