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Situational awareness - August 25, 2020

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Republicans re-nominate Trump for another term. 
  • Huntsman getting close to a decision on a write-in campaign.
  • New York Attorney General investigating the Trump organization.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Jon_Huntsman_02.jpgJon Huntsman's decision on a write-in campaign expected this week
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former Gov. Jon Huntsman met in person with a group of supporters hoping to convince him to launch a write-in campaign last week UtahPolicy.com has learned. The Friday afternoon meeting lasted almost four hours, but Huntsman has not yet made a final decision. 
images/Resized_Logos/UtahPolicy6_400x288.jpgDeseret News is purchasing Utah Policy
By Utah Policy Staff
After 16 years of being published by LaVarr Webb, Utah Policy is being purchased by The Deseret News. The sale is expected to be finalized by the end of the month. The Deseret News has asked Webb to continue managing the newsletter and driving key content and relationships. 
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.

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Salt Lake Tribune


RNC night #1

Republicans officially renominated Donald Trump for a second term on Monday. Speakers at the RNC on Monday night spent much of the evening defending his response to the coronavirus and attacking Democratic nominee Joe Biden [USA Today].

Fact-checkers say speakers at Monday night's Republican convention told more mistruths than the entire four nights of the Democratic National Convention [CNN].

Trump Inc.

The New York Attorney General is investigating whether President Trump's company misled lenders and cheated on property taxes by improperly stating the value of his assets [WaPo].

Postal service

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced grilling by members of the House Oversight Committee about changes that have slowed down mail delivery, but the hearing devolved into partisan bickering [ABC News].


Scientists say the FDA "grossly misrepresented" data showing blood plasma treatment for coronavirus reduced deaths by 35 percent [NYT].

President Trump, without evidence, accused the head of the FDA of delaying research into a coronavirus vaccine [CNN].

Scientists in Hong Kong are reporting what appears to be the first confirmed case of the reinfection of a coronavirus patient [NBC News].

Jerry Falwell

A business partner of evangelical leader Jerry Fallwell Jr. says he had a sexual relationship with Falwell and his wife that lasted 7 years [Reuters].

Liberty University said Monday that Falwell had resigned from the school's leadership, but Falwell denied the reports [NYT].


Policy News

Mayor Mendenhall announces expanded digital equity efforts in Rose Park, Glendale
Salt Lake City's digital equity efforts are continuing to grow in the city's west side neighborhoods as Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced the expansion of City Connect Wi-Fi to the Sorenson Unity Center, and the extension of the Rose Park Connect.
Department of Commerce announces sanctions against broker for unauthorized use of client trust money
The Utah Department of Commerce announced a settlement involving disciplinary action against Bruce Armstrong, a licensed real estate principal broker, for taking tens of thousands of dollars from trust funds he held on behalf of his clients.
Deadline for Salt Lake County property tax relief quickly approaching
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Treasurers' office has been limited in its efforts to promote the tax relief programs available to the residents of the County.  Staff usually visits senior centers and participates in senior expos and conventions to get the word out.  Countywide Council Member Shireen Ghorbani and Treasurer K. Wayne Cushing want to emphasize this worthy cause.
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. 

More National Headlines


1814 - On the second day of the burning of Washington, British troops torched the Library of Congress, United States Secretary, Department of War, and other buildings.

1916 - The National Park Service is created.

1944 - Paris is liberated by the Allies.

1948 - The House Un-American Activities Committee holds first-ever televised congressional hearing.

1950 - President Harry Truman orders the U.S. Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to prevent a strike.

2012 - Voyager 1 spacecraft enters interstellar space becoming the first man-made object to do so.

Wise Words


"Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something." Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

Yacht Guilty

"And everything about this story is insane. First of all, Bannon was arrested on a 150-foot yacht. And I know everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but I mean, let's be real: anyone arrested on a yacht, I mean, you're guilty." - TREVOR NOAH

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