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Good Wednesday morning from Salt Lake City


34 days to the 2020 Utah primary elections (6/30/2020)

160 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

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

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

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

  • Gov. Herbert tried to get Thomas Wright to drop out of the race for governor and endorse Spencer Cox.
  • Utahns are worried the state may lift coronavirus restrictions too soon according to a new poll.
  • Twitter labels some of President Trump's tweets as "potentially misleading" for the first time.

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Today at Utah Policy

Guest opinion: Let Republicans pick the Republican nominee for governor

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Policy News

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Lighter Side

Michigan Trump
“The attorney general in Michigan said Trump had a legal, social and moral responsibility to wear one when he visited the plant. So of course, he didn’t.” — JIMMY KIMMEL

Wise Words

Principled Patriotism

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." George William Curtis

National Briefing

Fact check

Twitter labeled tweets from President Trump as "potentially misleading" for the first time. The offending tweets from Trump claimed using mail-in ballots in November would lead to massive voter fraud [The Verge].

Trump vs. Biden on masks

President Trump said wearing a mask in public is "politically correct," while presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Trump was a "fool" for mocking their use [WaPo].

Space oddity

SpaceX will attempt to deliver two astronauts to the International Space Station Wednesday morning in the first manned commercial space launch in history [CNN].

Here's how you can watch the historic launch, which is scheduled to take place at 10 am Salt Lake Time [].


Experts warn the U.S. is entering a "slow burn" phase in the COVID-19 pandemic, with cases and deaths down from their peak, but still taking a heavy toll [The Hill].

Antibody tests for the virus may be wrong up to half of the time according to the CDC [CNN].

Only half of Americans say they would get a coronavirus vaccine when one becomes available according to a new poll [AP].

Stepping up

The Republican governors of Georgia and Florida offered to host the Republican National Convention in August as President Trump threatened to pull the event out of North Carolina unless that state's Democratic governor lifted coronavirus regulations [CNN].

President Trump said he wants to know "within a week" whether North Carolina's coronavirus restrictions will be reduced enough for the Republican convention to go on as planned [WaPo].


Two of President Trump's key political advisers from his successful 2016 run warned him that his campaign was in deep trouble in several key swing states that would be crucial to him winning another term [Politico].


New home sales in the U.S. rose slightly in April despite the coronavirus pandemic [AP].

Fitness clubs are facing a $10 billion revenue shortfall as users cancel their memberships because of the COVID-19 outbreak [Bloomberg].


The Justice Department is no longer looking into suspicious stock sales by three U.S. Senators following a private briefing early during the coronavirus crisis [Bloomberg].


Four Minneapolis police officers were fired on Tuesday after video showed one of them kneeling on the neck of a black man who later died [BBC].