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Situational awareness - July 9, 2020

Good morning from Salt Lake City

Let's Thursday!


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

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

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

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

  • Gov. Gary Herbert is expected to announce Thursday whether he will issue a statewide mandate for wearing masks in public. Legislative leaders came out against a mandatory order on Wednesday night. 
  • President Trump threatens to withhold federal funding from schools that don't open in the fall.
  • The Supreme Court set to rule on whether investigators can get access to President Trump's tax returns.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/coronavirus_10.jpgNearly half of Utahns expect the state's Covid-19 outbreak in to get worse
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Nearly half of all Utahns believe the worst of the coronavirus is ahead of us, a recent UtahPolicy.com/KUTV 2News poll finds.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Coronavirus_16.jpgUtah legislative leaders say a statewide mask requirement is not necessary
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The top Republicans in the House and Senate came out against a mandatory statewide requirement for residents to wear masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus on Wednesday.
images/1000px_Mugs/Herbert_Mask_01.jpgLegislature's Covid-19 commission opposes statewide mandatory mask-wearing order
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A Utah legislative coronavirus commission does not want GOP Gov. Gary Herbert to mandate the wearing of face masks in the state, UtahPolicy.com is told.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200708_Imposters_Book.jpgPodcast: Have Republicans in Congress abandoned policy in favor of politics?
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Have Republicans in Congress abandoned pursuing good public policy to pursue political power?
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.

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On Thursday morning the Supreme Court will rule on two cases involving whether investigators can get access to President Donald Trump's tax returns and financial records [Politico].

The Justices ruled 7-2 the Trump administration can expand exemptions for employers who have religious or moral obligations to complying with the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate [CNN].

The Court ruled Wednesday that religious school teachers aren't covered by employment discrimination laws [ScotusBlog].

Opening schools

President Trump threatened to cut federal funds from schools that don't open in the fall, even though he likely does not have the power to withhold funding [Politico].

President Trump said the CDC's guidelines for safely reopening schools were too tough and expensive. The agency said they would issue new recommendations next week [CNN].

Grim numbers

Forecasters say a spike in coronavirus cases could result in 200,000 deaths in the U.S. by election day [Politico].

The U.S. hit another daily record for coronavirus cases, logging more than 59,000 on Wednesday [NYT].

Here we go again

Medical facilities are beginning to run short on masks, gowns and gloves again [WaPo].


President Trump has not attended a meeting of his coronavirus task force in months [CNN].


President Trump pushed the CIA to share counterterrorism intelligence about groups in the Middle East at the same time Russia was arming the Taliban to fight against U.S. troops. Intelligence officials say the intelligence sharing was a one-way street, with Russia not providing any useful information [Just Security].


Health officials say President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month "likely contributed" to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases in that city [AP].


Mortgage rates continue to fall, pushing demands for mortgages up by 33 percent [CNBC].

The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economic recovery may be stalling [Reuters].

United Airlines warns it could lay off 36,000 employees [CBS News].

Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy [CNBC].


The Ivy League called off all fall sports, including football, due to the coronavirus pandemic [NBC News].

Stanford University announced it was cutting 11 varsity sports because of the financial hit from the coronavirus [ESPN].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber congratulates new Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Woolstenhulme
Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement on the appointment of Dave Woolstenhulme as the new Commissioner of Higher Education for the Utah Board of Higher Education:
images/Resized_Logos/ULCT_Logo1.jpgNominations open for Mayor Brent & Jennie Taylor Service Award
The late Mayor Brent Taylor of North Ogden gave a life of service to his community before he was tragically killed in November 2018 while serving a second tour to Afghanistan with the Utah Army National Guard. Major Taylor had just been reelected to a second term as mayor when he accepted his deployment.
Salt Lake City calls on local artists to help design Black Lives Matter mural
Salt Lake City is calling on local artists, designers and community members to help create a Black Lives Matter mural at the entrance to City Hall. The City will outline the words "Black Lives Matter" directly off the east steps of the City and County Building and a committee will select design entries to fill each of the letters in the coming weeks.

More National Headlines


1540 - King Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

1776 - General George Washington orders the Declaration of Independence to be read out to members of the Continental Army in Manhattan, while thousands of British troops on Staten Island prepare for the Battle of Long Island.

1850 - President Zachary Taylor dies of cholera after eating raw fruit and iced milk; he is succeeded in office by Vice President Millard Fillmore.

1877 - The first Wimbledon tennis tournament is held in England.

1868 - The 14th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law.

1893 - Chicago surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery.

1896 - William Jennings Bryan delivers his Cross of Gold speech advocating bimetallism at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

2004 - A report by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence accused the CIA and other intelligence agencies of producing false and misleading pre-war information about Iraq's weapons program.

Wise Words

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"The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world." James Madison: Outline notes, September 1829 - inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress 

Lighter Side

At Least They Have Jobs

"President Trump gave a speech . . . . in Arizona to a group of young Republicans. Of course, in Arizona, the term young Republican refers to anyone who's only wearing one knee brace." - SETH MEYERS

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