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Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

293 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's trade adviser warned in January the coronavirus could cost the U.S. trillions of dollars.
  • The legislature may meet in a special session next week.
  • Utah Democrats call on Gov. Herbert to issue a statewide stay at home order.
  • New poll shows a third of Utahns don't believe coronavirus is a serious threat to them or their families.


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I've heard dozens and dozens of pundits say the coronavirus will change American life for good, or we won't be able to go back to the way things were before the virus.

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Policy News


United Utah Party to hold third annual state convention

by News Release
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Economic Response Task Force empowers working groups to support recovery

by News Release
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Utah Attorney General's office to help law enforcement by distributing protective gear donations of personal protective equipment in a private/public partnership

by News Release
The Utah Attorney General’s Office is partnering with a growing list of private companies…

CYBER24 episode 76: Utah’s rapid transition to remote work

by Marty Carpenter
Over the past week, national leaders have asked businesses to allow employees to work…

Utah banks ready to approve Small Business Administration loans

by News Release
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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report

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Lighter Side

Noah being Noah
“Last night, the building lit up like a siren to honor the medical workers serving on the front line of the epidemic. This might be a good idea when they first pitched it, but as someone who lives in New York, it was terrifying. The Empire State Building, the giant light flashing around — and...

Wise Words

Looking for Strength

"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength." Robert E. Lee

National Briefing

Another warning ignored

Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump's trade adviser, warned the administration in January that the coronavirus could cost the U.S. trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death [New York Times].


Congress is already eyeing another $1 trillion stimulus bill, fearing the first two bills didn't go far enough to keep the economy afloat [Washington Post].

The Federal Reserve on Monday said they would provide financing for the federal government's small-business lending program so that banks aren't stuck holding the low-interest loans [Reuters].

Experts say the U.S. is nowhere close to reopening the economy [New York Times].

Michal Burry, the doctor turned investor profiled in "The Big Short" film, slammed the economic lockdown from the coronavirus, saying the costs of shutting down the economy are worse than the disease [Bloomberg].

Connecting dots?

President Trump owns a financial stake in a company that produces an anti-malarial medicine he has been aggressively promoting as a possible treatment for the coronavirus [New York Times].

President Trump met with Fox News host Laura Ingraham to discuss the potential of the anti-malarial drug to treat coronavirus [Washington Post].

Some good news

President Trump announced an agreement with 3M for the delivery of 55.5 million face masks each month [CNN].


British PM Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care as he battles the coronavirus [BBC].

Wisconsin votes

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the state's Democratic Governor from postponing the state's primary election to June 9 because of the coronavirus crisis. Voters will head to the polls today and will not get an extension on returning absentee ballots [NBC News].

Schools out...

Teachers at some schools across the country say less than half of their students are participating in online learning [New York Times].

Oh, dear

New York City is considering a contingency plan to temporarily burying the dead on public land if the city's morgues are overwhelmed by the coronavirus [New York Times].