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Situational awareness - August 26, 2020

Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

152 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 strike a hopeful tone in night two of their convention.
  • Burgess Owens plagiarized several parts of one of his books. 
  • Consumer confidence drops to a six-year low.

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Burgess_Owens_02.jpgReport: Republican Burgess Owens plagiarized numerous passages in one of his books
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Burgess Owens, the Republican nominee in Utah's 4th Congressional District, reportedly plagiarized numerous passages in one of his books. 
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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RNC night #2

Republicans tried to strike a hopeful tone on night two of their national convention [USA Today].

Mary Ann Mendoza, a member of the Trump advisory board, was pulled from her Tuesday night speaking slot after she tweeted about a supposed Jewish plot to enslave the world [Daily Beast].


A House committee is investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision to address the Republican National Convention from Jerusalem while on an official State Department trip [Politico].


Genetic testing shows more than 20,000 cases of coronavirus can be traced to a single conference in Boston [WBUR].

The CDC now says people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms do not need to be tested even if they have been exposed to the virus [NYT].

The FDA commissioner disputed President Donald Trump's claim that there are elements of the "deep state" in the agency trying to thwart the development of a coronavirus vaccine [Reuters].

Homeland Security

President Trump says he will nominate Chad Wolf as the permanent head of DHS [ABC News].

Cash flow

President Trump has moved $2.3 million of campaign cash from donors into his private businesses [Forbes].


Consumer confidence in the U.S. fell to a six-year low last month [Reuters].

New home sales surged 36% in July [CNBC].

American Airlines will cut 19,000 jobs without more financial aid from the government [Reuters].


Policy News

Registration renewal reminder postcards ending
The Utah Division of Motor Vehicles announced in July that the usual postcard registration reminder was being discontinued.
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. 

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Wise Words


"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." Mahatma Gandhi

Lighter Side

Look Guilty

"I don't know, maybe these charges are nothing. I mean, does Steve Bannon look guilty to you? Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, he definitely does. Just so you know, by the way, that's how he looked before he got arrested. He looks like someone you find sleeping in the bathroom stall at Margaritaville." - JIMMY FALLON

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