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Situational awareness - August 24, 2020

Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

58 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)

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

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

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

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

  • The Republican National Convention kicks off Monday. 
  • The Utah AG's office abruptly pulled the plug on a planned event because one of the groups involved had ties to QAnon.
  • Burgess Owens helped raise money for Steve Bannon's allegedly fraudulent effort to privately fund the border wall.


Apparently, this week's question was a bit obscure. Nobody knew the three Tooele County Commissioners who created a Hazardous Industries District in the West Desert in 1988 to regulate the hazardous waste disposal industry. 

For the record, they were Kelly Gubler, Bill Pitt and Leland Hogan.

Better luck next time.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200821_AG_rally_QAnon.jpgUtah anti-child trafficking event postponed after group's ties to QAnon uncovered
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The Utah Attorney General's office abruptly pulled the plug on an anti-child trafficking rally after it came to light that organizers of one of the groups involved are sympathetic to the QAnon conspiracy theory. 
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200821_Owens_Build_The_Wall.jpgBurgess Owens helped raise money for Steve Bannon's allegedly fraudulent 'Build the Wall' effort
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Burgess Owens, the Republican nominee in Utah's 4th Congressional District, helped to raise money for Steve Bannon's "Build the Wall" project. Bannon, along with several others involved in the project, was arrested Thursday for defrauding donors to the project. 
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200823_Utah_Unemployment.jpgUtah's unemployment rate drops to 4.5 percent
By News release
Utah's nonfarm payroll employment for July 2020 contracted by an estimated 1.8%, with 27,500 jobs sidelined compared to the July 2019 employment. Utah's current employment level registers 1,516,800. Utah's June year-over job change has been revised up two-tenths of a percentage point to -2.6%. 
images/1000px_Logos/Bernick_Schott_Cover_01_Small.pngPodcast: All Lee Greenwood, all the time
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Spencer Stokes joins Bryan Schott on the podcast to wrap up the week in Utah political news.
images/1000px_Mugs/20200820_Herbert_news_conference.jpgLawmakers, Gov. Herbert at odds over scope, length of coronavirus emergency declaration
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert says he will issue a new state of emergency declaration on Thursday night when the current declaration expires at midnight.
images/1000px_Mugs/Derek_Miller_03.jpgGuest opinion: Child care underpins our economy
By Derek Miller, President & CEO Salt Lake Chamber
Often the first decision many parents make surrounds who is taking care of their children that day, what do they need, what's the schedule, and how can they plan work around their child's needs. This selfless act and choice is made by millions, daily. Single parents especially face a daunting task of caring for children that may need to learn at home and still being able to perform work responsibilities.  

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Trump's turn

The Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday. The lineup of speakers includes several members of President Donald Trump's family and conservative allies [WaPo].

President Donald Trump will speak every night of the convention [Fox News].

The Republican Party will not adopt a new platform at the convention. Instead, the party passed a resolution stating broad support for Trump's agenda [Republican National Committtee].

New coronavirus treatment

The FDA, under pressure from President Trump, authorizes using blood plasma as a treatment for Covid-19. Medical experts are divided over how effective the treatment will be [Politico].

Switching teams

More than two-dozen former GOP members of Congress, including former Sen. Jeff Flake, launch "Republicans for Biden" [Fox News].

The check is in the mail

The House passed legislation to reverse operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service and provide $25 billion in emergency funding. The White House has threatened a veto [Roll Call].

Family drama

In secretly recorded audio, President Trump's sister says he has "no principles" and "you can't trust him" [WaPo].

Focus on the family

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway announces she will leave the Trump administration at the end of the month to focus on her family. Her husband, George Conway, is also stepping back from his work with the anti-Trump Lincoln Project [WaPo].

Pleading ignorance

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was asked whether President Trump supports the far-right fringe conspiracy theory QAnon. "We don't even know what it is," Meadows responded on Sunday. President Trump declined to criticize the movement last week [Politico].

Social media

During a private dinner at the White House last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told President Trump the rise of Chinese internet companies like Tik Tok should be a bigger concern for his administration than trying to regulate Facebook [WSJ].

Twitter flagged a tweet from President Trump because the company said it violated the platform's rules against dissuading people from voting [NYT].

Hurricane season

The Gulf Coast is bracing for two separate hurricanes to make landfall in a short amount of time. Tropical storms Laura and Marco could hit Louisiana within 3 days of each other [WaPo].


Greenland lost a record 532 billion tons of ice in 2019 [NASA].


Policy News

images/1000px_Logos/CYBER_24_Logo.jpgCYBER24 episode 93: Physical security as an element of cybersecurity
When you think about cybersecurity, you probably picture a hacker in a dark room. But there are physical threats to your cybersecurity that are just as critical to your overall defenses. From physical barriers to video surveillance, we look at what you may be missing when it comes to protecting your business. 
images/1000px_Logos/EDCUtah_Logo_2020.pngTeleworking and air quality: Five questions for Thom Carter of UCAIR
The Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) recently published the results of a survey on teleworking. The survey, which EDCUtah and other partner organizations helped to distribute, had 7,500 respondents. About 72 percent of respondents were employees, and 28 percent were executives. 
Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 8-21-20
Outdoors Report-- KSL.com: 3 (mostly) family-friendly arch hikes around MoabConcerts-- Silver City Pink, Saturday, 7 p.m., Zermatt Resort, 784 West Resort Drive, Midway, free-- Women of Rock n Roll Concert Cruise, Saturday, 6 p.m., Downtown Salt Lake City, 200 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, $35Theater-- "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-- "Forever Plaid" through September 5, Covey Center for the Arts-- "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-- Free Film: Coco, Davis Arts Council, Friday, 5 p.m., Kenley Amphitheater, 403 North Wasatch Drive, Layton-- Free Film: That Thing You Do, Davis Arts Council, Friday, 8 p.m., Kenley Amphitheater, 403 North Wasatch Drive, Layton-- SLC Drive-In: TESLA, Utah Film Center, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Land Cruiser Heritage Museum Parking Lot, 575 South 500 West, Salt Lake City-- Utah's 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration - Memorial Open House, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. 8 p.m., Grounds of Council Hall, 300 North State Street, Salt Lake City, registration required-- Canyon 2 Canyon Family Bike Ride, Saturday, 6:50 a.m. 1 p.m., Bryce Canyon City, 26 South Main, Bryce-- Millcreek Mask-up Music and Munchies Muster, Millcreek Arts Council, Saturday, 3 8 p.m., Canyon Rim Park, 3100 South 2900 East, Salt Lake City-- Real Monarchs vs. New Mexico United, Saturday, 1 p.m., Rio Tinto Stadium 9256 South State Street, Sandy-- SLC Drive-In: Ernest & Celestine, Utah Film Center, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Land Cruiser Heritage Museum Parking Lot, 575 South 500 West, Salt Lake City-- Box Elder County Fair, through August 29, Box Elder County Fairgrounds, 320 North 1000 West, Tremonton-- Downtown Farmer's Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. 1 p.m., through October 24, Pioneer Park, 350 West Broadway, Salt Lake City
Amazon continues expansion in Utah, begins hiring in American Fork and announces lease for new delivery station in North Salt Lake
Amazon has begun hiring new full-time positions for a new delivery station located at 398 E 1100 S St., American Fork, UT, 84003. The company is also announcing a lease for a new delivery station at 989 West Center Street, North Salt Lake, UT, 84054, set to open next year. Collectively, these new delivery stations will add hundreds of new full- and part-time roles to Amazon's Utah delivery network.
Valley Behavioral Health hosts back to school drive-thru for at-risk Salt Lake County kids to receive hundreds of donated school supplies
Valley Behavioral Health, a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral and health conditions, hosted its third annual Children's Services Back to School event at the Maverik Center in West Valley City to provide school supplies for hundreds of at-risk kids. This year's event featured a drive-thru where current Valley clients received free lunch, shoes and backpacks as they pulled through the parking lot. Non-clients also were welcomed with free lunch prepare students for the upcoming school year.

More National Headlines


79 - Thousands died and the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

1682 - William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.

1814 - British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn the White House and Capitol building.

1857 - The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history.

1891 - Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.

1932 - Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop.

1949 - The treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect.

1950 - Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the United Nations.

1954 - The Communist Control Act goes into effect, outlawing the American Communist Party.

1981 - Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.

1989 - Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is banned from baseball for gambling.

2006 - Pluto was demoted to "dwarf planet" status when the International Astronomical Union adopted a new definition of "planet."

Wise Words


"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." Ronald Reagan

Lighter Side

Really Noah

"I can't believe this - another Trump guy has been arrested? After the Aryan Brotherhood and Latin Kings, the largest prison gang in America might be the former Trump campaign officials." - TREVOR NOAH

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