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Situational awareness - July 8, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Wednesday!


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

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

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

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

  • Huntsman may be exploring a write-in campaign for governor. 
  • The U.S. has seen more than 3 million coronavirus cases.
  • Trump pressures schools to open in the fall.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Jon_Huntsman_02.jpgSome of Jon Huntsman's supporters are exploring a possible write-in campaign
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
UtahPolicy.com has learned supporters of Jon Huntsman are testing the waters for a potential write-in candidacy by Huntsman in November. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'Primary election aftermath'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The primary elections in Utah are (mostly) over. Managing Editor Bryan Schott and Contributing Editor Bob Bernick break down the results in our Tuesday podcast.
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200707_Lee_Fox.jpgLee rips 'woke orthodoxy' and 'cancel culture'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mike Lee condemned "woke orthodoxy" that he said is fueling mass protests and "cancel culture" in the U.S., blaming them on liberal politicians and discrimination against conservative viewpoints at American colleges and universities. 
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.

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Grim milestone

The U.S. has seen more than 3 million coronavirus cases [NBC News].

Heading to the exit

The Trump administration formally notified the World Health Organization that the U.S. is withdrawing from the organization [NBC News].


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump are pressuring school districts to reopen in the fall [Politico].


Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for the virus [CNBC].

The federal government awarded $2 billion to two drugmakers to help produce a vaccine for the coronavirus [WSJ].


Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized overnight last month due to a head injury sustained during a fall [WaPo].


New data shows 40 percent of consumers plan to spend less due to the coronavirus, which could have a big impact on the economy [Bloomberg].

U.S. hiring surged to a record high in May, but that jump might be blunted by a resurgence in the coronavirus [Reuters].

2020 Election

President Trump's attacks on vote-by-mail are causing Republicans to shun absentee voting [WaPo].

Organizers for the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville will test attendees for coronavirus daily [CNN].

Roger Stone

The longtime Trump confidante has asked the president to either pardon him or commute his sentence before he begins his 40-month prison term next week because he fears being infected with the coronavirus [Bloomberg].

Social media

Civil rights groups who are behind a boycott of Facebook say a meeting with the company's top executives did little to assuage their concerns about the company's policies [Politico].


The MLS begins their "MLS is back" tournament today [CBS Sports].

TV networks are terrified the NFL will not play this fall [WaPo].

Major League Baseball released its schedule for the season which begins on July 23 [ESPN].


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. 

More National Headlines


1776 - The Declaration of Independence was read in public for the first time to people gathered at Philadelphia's Independence Square.

1835 - The Liberty Bell cracked while being run during the funeral of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.

1889 - The first issue of The Wall Street Journal is published.

1932 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, closing at 41.22.

1947 - Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico.

1969 - U.S. forces began withdrawing from Vietnam.

Wise Words

Current Climate

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead." Thomas Paine: The Crisis No. V - The American Crisis (1776 - 1783)

Lighter Side

Good Idea Jimmy

"Yep, Trump celebrated the 200th mile of his wall, even though the border is 2,000 miles long. Instead of finishing the wall, Trump's going to keep people out with a giant banner that says, 'Home of the coronavirus.'" - JIMMY FALLON

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