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Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City


26 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic state conventions (4/25/2020)

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

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

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

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

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

  • President Trump says coronavirus restrictions will remain in place until at least April 30.
  • Huntsman and Cox are tied in a new poll.
  • Herbert asks Utahns to stay at home for the next two weeks.


Our readers are really up to speed on their Utah-based religions. Quite a few identified Summum as the religion based on alien visits and mummification that started in Utah. According to Wikipedia, more than 250,000 people worldwide have "received" instruction in Summum.

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Today at Utah Policy

Gov. Herbert asks Utahns to stay at home the next two weeks, but local governments can implement stricter measures if they choose

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert is asking Utahns to stay home for the next two weeks in order to slow…

More than half of the signatures Jon Huntsman's campaign submitted to get on the ballot were thrown out

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Jon Huntsman’s bid to make the Republican primary ballot through signature-gathering is…

Utah GOP online meeting overrun with pornography and racist content

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Thursday night Republican gubernatorial candidate Aimee Winder Newton was holding an…

Gov. Herbert suspends sections of Utah statute regarding signature gathering

by News Release
In order to better accommodate social distancing measures that help prevent the spread of…

Two former legislators facing off in House District 7 race

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Editor’s Note: Over the next several weeks will analyze several…

Romney calls massive $2 trillion stimulus package 'very good news'

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday that the gargantuan $2 trillion stimulus package being…

Policy News


Northern Utah Response Team to localize COVID-19 economic resources

by News Release
Davis and Weber Counties, the Ogden-Weber Chamber, the Davis Chamber of Commerce, and the…

United Ways of Utah act quickly to mobilize Utahns through COVID-19 Community Response Fund

by News Release
Utah's six local United Ways worked quickly to develop a statewide COVID-19 Community…

CYBER24 Episode 75: What’s keeping business from taking security seriously?

by Marty Carpenter
For all the talk about the importance of cybersecurity, despite an increase in the number…

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

by TraciO
Outdoors Report -- Salt Lake Tribune: ‘I feel like hiking is a safe option’ — Utah’s…

Utah State Tax Commission postpones 2019 tax filing deadline

by News Release
Utah State Tax Commissioners approved adjustments to tax filing and payment deadlines for…

Leaders for Clean Air receives $25,000 UCAIR grant to help Utah workplaces install EV chargers

by News Release
Leaders for Clean Air (LFCA), a Salt Lake City non-profit, working in partnership with…

Local Headlines

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Lighter Side

Yin and Yang
“Ninety-five years old and still building houses – Jimmy Carter is the yin to Trump’s yang,” [Seth] Meyers continued. “It’s like he has to do a good thing for every bad thing Trump does, one house at a time.”

Wise Words


"If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future." Winston Churchill

National Briefing

30 more days

President Donald Trump said Sunday that social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus should remain in place until April 30, backing off his vow to restart the economy by Easter [New York Times].

President Trump suggested quarantining the New York City area, but his coronavirus task force unanimously rejected the idea over the weekend [Politico].

A pandemic expert says the coronavirus in the U.S. is actually much worse than it looks because of a botched federal response [Washington Post].

Another economic jolt

Lawmakers in Congress are already planning another round of economic stimulus to keep the economy from tanking because of the coronavirus pandemic [The Hill].

Strategists at JP Morgan say the markets are probably past their worst point in the current recession [Bloomberg].

What happens after April 1 when businesses and residents don't pay their rents because of the economic slowdown? [Slate].

A slowdown in coronavirus infections in Seattle suggests restrictions may be working [New York Times].

Awash in oil

Oil prices plunge to an 18-year old as demand is dropping because of the coronavirus [Business Insider].


The Justice Department is reviewing suspicious stock trades by members of Congress that were made after briefings about the threat the coronavirus [CNN].

Another cancelation

Wimbledon will reportedly be canceled this year for the first time since World War Two [CNN].