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Situational Analysis - October 12, 2020

Welcome to Monday. Snow on the mountain, more than a nip in the air, and a big political week ahead.   

TICK TOCK

Today is the 4th Congressional District debate (10/12/2020)

1 day to mail-in ballots beginning to be sent out (10/13/2020)

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

3 days to the second presidential debate (10/15/2020)

7 days to the 2nd Congressional district debate (10/19/2020)

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

10 days to the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)

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

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

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

Monday Trivia Quiz

Rep. Mike Winder was first to correctly answer last week's quiz, so he gets to ask this fun question: In the summer of 1988, which Utah congressional candidate was personally asked by Pres. Ronald Reagan to make him some jelly bean ice cream? Six gallons of the custom-made concoction was later shipped to the White House.

You have until Wednesday evening to send your answer to lwebb@utahpolicy.com, but many people will probably get the answer correct, so first correct response wins.


Today At Utah Policy

images/articles/mcadams-owens.jpgAnalysis: 4th District features culture warrior against political pragmatist
By LaVarr Webb
Voters in the 4th Congressional District have a very clear choice this year. The differences between incumbent Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams and conservative Republican challenger Burgess Owens should be very apparent in the 6 p.m. debate tonight sponsored by the Utah Debate Commission. If you were to only watch the ubiquitous campaign commercials being aired currently you'd quickly get the idea that these are two angry, mean politicians willing to tear down their opponent and say anything to get elected.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: All eyes today on SCOTUS confirmation showdown . . . Is America a democracy?
By LaVarr Webb
The week ahead. Big political happenings: --Hearings begin this morning in the U.S. Senate for the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to SCOTUS. --Important 4th Congressional District debate tonight at 6 matching incumbent Democrat Ben McAdams against GOP challenger Burgess Owens in Utah's most hotly contested major race. --And 2020 election ballots begin to be mailed tomorrow, giving voters plenty of time to study all those constitutional amendments.
Guest opinion: Difficult issues facing Utah require working together
By Jeremiah Clark
Utah's success is not guaranteed. Let's resist the extreme partisan politics we see on a national level and come together as neighbors, friends and fellow citizens to shape our future. I am running to be the state representative for House District 40, which includes part of Millcreek, Sugarhouse and Holladay. My wife and I grew up in this district, we love it here. As a teacher and educational administrator, I have substantial experience working with people of all ages, genders and with diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. We can honor diversity and work together to ensure that we successfully meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Policy News

Zions Bank October Economic Snapshot: Slow recovery
Utah. Utah's economic recovery is still near the best in the nation. Only Idaho is closer to returning to its 2019 economic levels than Utah, where employment declined only 1.8% over the last year. The state currently has the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 4.1%. Utah lost 25,300 jobs over the past year, with the construction (+8,400); trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,200); and financial activities (+1,400) sectors gaining the most jobs. Leisure and hospitality (-26,600); professional and business services (-6,000); and government (-4,000) lost the most jobs year over year. Annual housing price growth continues to accelerate, rising from 7.2% in July to 7.9% in August. Full snapshot HERE.
Pioneer Park Coalition hosts SL County mayor race forum
The Salt Lake County Mayor plays a vital role in the fight against homelessness.The Pioneer Park Coalition has invited both candidates to participate in a Pioneer Park Coalition "Virtual Town Hall" before the election. The forum will focus on stopping crime and ending homelessness.On Tuesday October 13th, at 5:15 pm we will be holding a town hall with Mayor Trent Staggs. The town hall will be held over Zoom at this link: https://zoom.us/j/91280112707If you are interested in sending a question to Mayor Staggs, simply send an email message to info@pioneerpark.co and we will work to get it on the docket.We are excited to host Mayor Staggs and hope to host Mayor Wilson as well.
Ivory Homes celebrates 10,000th tree planted; donates $20,000 to replace trees lost to windstorm
Ivory Homes and the Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation, in conjunction with Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, have announced a $20,000 donation to replant more than 200 trees in highly impacted parks in westside communities.

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

(From History.com)

1492  Italian explorer Christopher Columbus reaches the "New World." He sights a Bahamian Island and believes he has reached East Asia. He claims it for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored his voyage.

1945  Conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss, of Virginia, win the Medal of Honor. A dedicated pacifist, Voss served as a medical corpsman and saved dozens of lives in the bloody battle of Okinawa.

1964  The Soviet Union jumps into the space race lead by launching Voskhod 1 into orbit around earth, with three cosmonauts on board, the first spacecraft to carry a multi-person crew.

1997  Songwriter and performer John Denver dies in an aircraft accident. "Take Me Home, Country Roads," and "Rocky Mountain High" were among his hits.


Wise Words

Exploring:  "Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World." Christopher Columbus

Lighter Side

Good Vs. Great

What's the difference between a good lawyer and a great lawyer?
A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.

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