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Situational awareness - August 18, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote. 

A well-written history of the fight for women's suffrage is available here

Take a few minutes to poke around the Better Days 2020 website to learn more about Utah's role in the fight for women's suffrage. 


2 days to the 6th special session (8/20/2020)

37 days to the 1st Congressional District debate (9/24/2020)

42 days to the Utah gubernatorial debate (9/28/2020)

44 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/01/2020)

50 days to the Vice Presidential debate at the University of Utah (10/07/2020)

55 days to the 4th Congressional District debate (10/12/2020)

58 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate (10/15/2020)

62 days to the 2nd Congressional District debate (10/19/2020)

77 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

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

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

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

  • Democrats rip President Trump during the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
  • Lawmakers facing off with Gov. Herbert over coronavirus emergency declaration.
  • Kanye West qualifies for the ballot in Utah.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_13.jpgLawmakers debating whether to extend coronavirus emergency declaration ahead of Thursday's special session
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
A debate over Governor Gary Herbert's declaration of a state of emergency is dominating behind the scenes discussions ahead of Thursday's special legislative session.
images/1000px_Mugs/Burgess_Owens_02.jpgBurgess Owens praised a Republican candidate linked to white nationalism on Twitter
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Burgess Owens, the Republican nominee in Utah's 4th Congressional District, praised a North Carolina Republican candidate who has been criticized for what appears to be his support for white nationalism. 
images/1000px_Mugs/Kanye_West_01.jpgKanye West qualifies for Utah presidential ballot
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rapper Kanye West will appear as a candidate for president on Utah's ballot in November. 
images/1000px_Mugs/McAdams_Owens_01.jpgMcAdams/Owens matchup shifts slightly toward the GOP
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Freshman Democrat Ben McAdams' re-election prospects are looking a little dicier with less than three months to go before the election. 
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200814_Love_CNN.jpgLove: Trump promoting birther lie about Kamala Harris is 'harmful to the American people'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former Utah Rep. Mia Love criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for promoting a baseless, racist conspiracy theory about Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngBernick and Schott on politics podcast: 'The inexorable march of death'
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the latest news from around the Utah political universe.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation finds health care is the No. 1 concern of Utah voters
By Utah Foundation
Utah Foundation releases the first in a series of Utah Priorities Project briefs looking at Utah voters' top concerns. Health care (costs and accessibility) ranked first in July 2020, maintaining its top spot since the 2016 Utah Priorities Project.

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DNC night one

The first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention featured a slate of speakers who attacked President Donald Trump and said Joe Biden should be the next president [NYT].

Former First Lady Michelle Obama shredded Trump during her primetime address. "If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can and they will if we don't make a change in this election," she said [Politico].

Jill Biden will be the headliner for the second night of the convention on Tuesday [WaPo].

Getting grilled

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee on August 24 [Twitter].

House Democrats will vote on providing a $25 billion bailout for the Postal Service despite objections from the White House [CNN].

Uh oh

President Trump's executive order extending unemployment benefits may only provide three weeks of relief for workers affected by the coronavirus [WaPo].


Small businesses are re-opening at a rapid clip according to a new analysis from Goldman Sachs [Bloomberg].

That didn't work

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is reverting to online-only classes after just one week due to an outbreak of coronavirus among students [News and Observer].

Republicans up next

The St. Louis couple that waved guns at Black Lives Matter protesters will take part in next week's Republican National Convention, expressing their support for President Trump [WaPo].

2020 campaign

Mike Bloomberg pledged $60 million to help House Democrats keep, and possibly expand, their majority in Washington [WaPo].


The Trump administration finalized plans for opening the Alaska Wildlife Refuge for oil and gas exploration [AP].

Mystery guest

President Trump teased Monday night that he plans to pardon a "very, very important" person on Tuesday, but told reporters it's not Edward Snowden or Micahel Flynn [Reuters].

Breaking ranks

Former Trump administration official Miles Taylor announced his support for Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Monday afternoon. Taylor served in the Department of Homeland Security between 2017 and 2019 [WaPo].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/SL_Chamber_Logo_1000.jpgSalt Lake Chamber to honor outstanding community leaders
Utah's business leaders will gather for the Salt Lake Chamber's 133rd Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast on September 10, 2020. The theme this year will be "Adventure Awaits!" as there is no one way to engage with the Chamber and it is a place for opportunity, networking, education, and professional growth for businesses and professionals throughout the state. 
UCAIR board names chair elect and ratifies executive committee to lead clean air pursuit
UCAIR, the Utah Clean Air Partnership, ratified its incoming Board Chair, Executive Committee, and named a new Chair-Elect at its annual Board reorganization meeting.
Filevine announces expansion to Salt Lake City's Sugarhouse business district
Filevine announced plans to expand its operation to Salt Lake City. The company is now serving nearly 2,000 firms with over 20,000 users worldwide.
images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 92: Apple security enhancements coming for iPhone, iPad
Apple recently held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference - this year with no in-person audience.
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 8-14-20
Outdoors Report-- The Salt Lake Tribune: The best places in northern Utah to beat the heat -- The Salt Lake Tribune: Feds yank oil and gas leases near Arches, Canyonlands parks from upcoming sale-- KSL.com: GottaGoUtah.Org offers tips on handling waste on Utah lands-- KSL.com: DWR temporarily suspends target shooting at 17 Utah locations amid active fire season-- KSL.com: From dumping ground to recreation opportunities, officials hope to continue to reshape Jordan River-- KSL.com: Work begins on new pedestrian bridge in Lehi aimed to further connect Wasatch Front trail systemsConcerts-- "Encore Concert," Music Theatre West, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., The Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 South Main, Logan, $8-$10-- Geezerfest, Friday and Saturday, Orem City Center Park, 300 East Center Street, Orem, free-- Joshua Creek, Saturday, 7 p.m., Zermatt Resort, 784 West Resort Drive, MidwayTheater-- "Bright Star" through August 15, Hale Centre Theatre-- "Les Misrables School Edition" through August 15, Kensington Theatre-- "Seussical Jr." through August 15, High Valley Arts -- "Seussical Kids" through August 15, High Valley Arts -- "The Music Man" through August 21, SCERA Center-- "James Blonde License to Thrill" through August 22, Desert Star Playhouse-- "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" through August 22, Timpanogos Valley Theatre-- "Little Shop of Horrors" through August 22, Murray Arts in the Park-- "Mary Poppins" through September 5, Hale Centre Theatre-- "Window Seat Sessions" through September 5, Good Company Theatre-- "Finding the Fickle Fortune" through September 12, Pickleville Playhouse-- "Little Women" through September 12, Hale Center Theater Orem-- "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" through September 19, St. George Musical TheaterEt cetra-- Garfield County Fair, Friday and Saturday, Triple C Arena, 800 North Main Street, Panguitch-- Kane County Fair, Friday and Saturday, North Events Center, 475 East State Street, Orderville-- Rich County Fair and Rodeo, Friday and Saturday, Rich County Fairgrounds, Randolph-- Wayne County Fair, Friday and Saturday, Wayne County Fairgrounds, UT-24, Loa-- Western Legends Heritage and Music Festival, Friday and Saturday, 76 North Main, Kanab-- Downtown Farmer's Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. 1 p.m., through October 24, Pioneer Park, 350 West Broadway, Salt Lake City

More National Headlines


1227 - The Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died.

1587 - Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil in the Roanoke Colony.

1590 - John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returns from a supply trip to England and finds his settlement deserted.

1920 - The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.

1963 - James Meredith becomes the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair concluded with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.

1991 - Soviet hardliners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail Gorbachev.

Wise Words


"Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lighter Side


"These guys love to joke about liberal tears, but they are the whiniest little babies in the world. Trump sounds like he's sniffling to his mom after getting home from the playground. [As Trump] 'She was the meanest, most horrible, most disrespectful bully. She gave me a wedgie.'" - SETH MEYERS

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