Today's Situational Awareness

Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City


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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 presidential race. 
  • The Trump administration wants to reopen the economy as soon as May.
  • Utahns are more worried about the impact of coronavirus on the economy than how it will affect public health.
  • Utah will begin monitoring travelers coming into the state.


Thanks for subscribing to Utah's must-read daily political news rundown.

If you know of friends or colleagues who would benefit from our daily news roundup, please encourage them to sign up for our emails.

National Briefing

Revolution fizzles

Sen. Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, leaving Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee [CNN].

Congress battles over next steps

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing to pass a bill on Thursday providing another $250 billion in funding for small businesses, but it will likely fall short of enough votes to pass in the Senate [Bloomberg].

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging the GOP to "come to the table" and continue talks over funds for small businesses [Washington Post].


Attorney General William Barr called lockdown efforts to contain the coronavirus "draconian" and said they should be loosened beginning next month [Washington Post].


White House aides have begun discussions on a plan to reopen the US economy as soon as the start of May [CNN].

The Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates near zero until the economy has "weathered" the coronavirus impact [CNBC].

The CDC says critical workers who have been exposed to the virus should return to work if they don't show any symptoms [Bloomberg].

Fight for medical equipment

Governors are considering forming a consortium to end the chaos and bidding against each other to secure medical supplies [Politico].

The federal stockpile of protective medical equipment is nearly depleted [AP].


The Trump administration had a plan to provide millions of free cloth face masks for Americans, but that idea went by the wayside when they realized it would not be workable [Axios].

Skipping rents

A new report shows 31% of renters didn't pay their landlords in April [Vice].

With renters unable to pay their monthly bills, landlords may soon have difficulty paying the mortgage on their rental properties [Bloomberg].

Uh oh

South Korea says the coronavirus could "reactivate" in patients who have been cured [Bloomberg].


Genetic analysis finds most of the coronavirus cases in New York came from Europe, not China [New York Times].

Hundreds of young Americans have been killed by the coronavirus [Washington Post].

Researchers say warmer temperatures may not slow down the coronavirus [New York Times].


Google has banned workers they can't use Zoom, the popular teleconferencing software, on their laptops anymore because of security issues [BuzzFeed].


Linda Tripp, who recorded conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Wednesday. She was 70 [New York Post].

Today at Utah Policy

Our readers tell us how they think coronavirus will change life in America

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
It’s become almost cliche for reporters, pundits and commentators to say that the…

Utah will start monitoring travelers coming into the state for coronavirus

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Utah will begin stopping travelers coming into the state to ask them if they are…

Half of Utah voters think the news media is overstating the threat from the coronavirus according to a new poll

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Half of Utah voters believe the news media is exaggerating the risk posed by the…

Lawmakers could hold both a special session and veto override session online

by Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor, your one-stop-shopping site for all things legislative (or at least we…

Bernick and Schott on politics podcast - 'Waiting for the peak'

by Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the latest Utah political headlines.

Governor Herbert issues call to action for Utah small businesses and lenders

by News Release
Small business owners were strongly encouraged to apply for financial assistance through…

Lighter Side

“During President Trump’s press briefing . . . . about the pandemic, he invited the founder of MyPillow to speak, at which point I used my pillow to scream into.” — SETH MEYERS

Wise Words


"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Thomas Jefferson