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Situational awareness - August 28, 2020

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mash Goodbye

All good things, as they say...

After 12 years of helming UtahPolicy.com, my time here has come to an end. After I push send for today's newsletter, my time as managing editor of this fine publication ends. 

I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish in the last 10 plus years. Bob Bernick and I have broken hundreds of stories and set the agenda for political reporting in the state. The past few years working with Bob was the most fun I've ever had professionally, and I'll miss that collaboration. 

It's immensely gratifying to hear from our readers how much they valued our reporting. I poured my heart and soul into this effort, waking before the sun came up, not closing my laptop until late at night, routinely operating on 4-5 hours of sleep. For me, it was a seven day a week endeavor. I can only hope you enjoyed reading the fruits of my labor as much as I loved doing the work.

I am grateful to LaVarr Webb, who approached me in March of 2008 when I was working at a local public radio station, to ask if I was interested in heading up his digital publication. I didn't know what I was getting into, but I did know that this was the new frontier of journalism. It was a risk, but also an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I wish him the best as he moves this fine publication to the Deseret News.

Next week I begin the next chapter of my career with the Salt Lake Tribune. It's another opportunity to help build something from the ground up, and I can't wait to get started. 

Thanks for reading. 

Thanks for allowing me to earn your attention every morning. 

Thank you for going on this journey with me.

I take my leave.

--Bryan Schott, August 28, 2020

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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Parting is such sweet sorrow
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
I write this column thousands of miles from Salt Lake City, on travels, and a bit sad.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/Authoritarian_Nightmare_John_Dean.jpgPodcast: John Dean on Trump and authoritarianism
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Former White House counsel John Dean knows what an authoritarian leader looks like. After all, he was a member of the Nixon administration where he played a central role in the Watergate scandal.
images/Resized_Logos/Utah_Foundation_Logo_01.jpgUtah Foundation finds state taxes and spending a top concern of Utah voters
By Utah Foundation
Utah Foundation releases the second in a series of Utah Priorities Project briefs looking at Utah voters' top concerns. State Taxes and Government Spending ranked second in July. Concern is driven in part by the economic crisis and a recent attempt at major tax reform.
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. 

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Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune



RNC night #4

President Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination for another term as president. Trump attacked Democratic nominee Joe Biden as a liberal who would lead America to ruin [The Hill].

Stimulus hopes fall

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows met Thursday to discuss a next round of stimulus, but the two sides have been unable to agree on a compromise [AP].

NBA resumes

NBA players decided to resume their postseason tournament after a one-day strike over the killing of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Wisconsin [CBS Sports].


Another 1 million Americans filed for first time unemployment this week [CNN].


Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 8-27-20
 Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Great Salt Lake can be saved, but only with some big changes, report says-- Salt Lake Tribune: Can chemical treatments reduce toxic algal blooms on Utah Lake?-- KSL.com: Utah DWR proposes handful of statewide, local fishing regulation changes-- KSL.com: Need a new hike to experience? Try Bloods Lake Trail-- KSL.com: BLM's new San Rafael Desert vehicle-use plan receives mixed reactionConcerts-- Random Acts Series: Wildwing, Cache Arts, Friday, 7 p.m., The Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 South Main, Logan, $8-- Tribute Night, Friday, 7 p.m., Zermatt Resort, 784 West Resort Drive, Midway, free-- 2020 Drive-In "Un"Common Concerts: Charley Jenkins Band, Holladay Arts, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Highland Drive and Donelson Lane (5165 South), Holladay-- Back to School Concert feat: Slow Ride, Saturday, 6 p.m., University Place Orem, 575 East University Parkway, Orem-- Lyceum Philharmonic Concert at Ashton Gardens, Saturday, 7 p.m., Thanksgiving Point, 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi-- Random Acts Series: Zootah: Past, Present, and Future Logan's Hometown Zoo, Cache Arts, Saturday, 7 p.m., The Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 South Main, Logan, $6-- Summer Concert Series, Saturday, 3 5 p.m., Camp Floyd State Park and Stagecoach Inn Museum, 18035 West 1540 North, Cedar ValleyTheater-- "The Music Man" through August 29, American Fork Community Theater-- "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-- "I Have a Dream Train," Friday, 7 p.m., Heber Valley Railroad, 450 South 600 West, Heber City-- Touba, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, Friday, 7 p.m., Main Street Theaters, 905 South Main Street, Saint George-- Box Elder County Fair, Friday and Saturday, Box Elder County Fairgrounds, 320 North 1000 West, Tremonton-- Provo Open Air Art Show, Friday and Saturday, 5 8 p.m., Provo Veterans Memorial Park, 800 East Center Street, Provo-- Midvale Drive-In: Song of the Sea, Utah Film Center, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., 7301 South 900 East, Salt Lake City-- Nights Under Lights, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 South Lone Peak Parkway, Draper-- Pa (Water) Celebration! Saturday, 11 a.m. 1 p.m., Fremont Indian State Park and Museum, 3820 West Clear Creek Canyon Rd., Sevier-- Dinah SOAR Days Hot Air Balloon Festival, through Sunday, various venues in Vernal-- Downtown Farmer's Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. 1 p.m., through October 24, Pioneer Park, 350 West Broadway, Salt Lake City 
images/1000px_Logos/EDCUtah_Logo_2020.pngProject Pam: Home Reserve finds a home in Ogden
The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) are pleased to announce that Home Reserve will open an office in Utah, creating up to 15 new manufacturing jobs in the next year.The company is leasing property in Ogden and projects $2.5 million in capital expenditures associated with the project.
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The Utah Division of Motor Vehicles announced in July that the usual postcard registration reminder was being discontinued.

More National Headlines


1609 - Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay.

1862 - Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of Second Manassas begins. The battle ends on August 30.

1898 - Caleb Bradham's beverage "Brad's Drink" is renamed "Pepsi-Cola."

1955 - Black teenager Emmett Till is brutally murdered in Mississippi for supposedly flirting with a white woman four days earlier. His alleged killers were acquitted.

1957 - Senator Strom Thurmond begins a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He stopped speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator.

1963 - The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

1968 - Rioting takes place in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention, triggering a brutal police crackdown.

Wise Words


"There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest." Confucius

Lighter Side


"It would suck to get dumped by Michelle Obama. Can you imagine? 'You were in over your head; you cannot deal with this. It is what it is.'" - JAMES CORDEN

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