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Situational Analysis - October 13, 2020

Welcome to Tuesday. Trump is out there somewhere saying something outrageous. Biden is out there somewhere reading carefully from a teleprompter. Typical day.

TICK TOCK

Mail-in ballots start to be sent out today (10/13/2020)
2 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate (10/15/2020)
2 days to the second presidential debate (10/15/2020)
6 days to the 2nd Congressional district debate (10/19/2020)
8 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
9 days to the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)
21 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
98 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
104 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)


Today At Utah Policy

images/Charts/MSP_Actual_vs_Reduction_Scenario_Graph.pngOn the Nov. 3 ballot: What to know about Amendment G
By Staff
In a few short weeks citizens across the state will go to the polls to vote their consciences. In addition to selecting their favorite candidates, Utah voters will also have the opportunity to answer this ballot question:Shall the Utah Constitution be amended to expand the uses of money the state receives from income taxes and intangible property taxes to include supporting children and supporting people with a disability?This is Constitutional Amendment G, and if the majority of voters say "Yes" it will expand the allowable uses of monies the state receives from income taxes or from a tax on intangible property in order to support two populaces: children, and people with disabilities. The state does not currently tax intangible property, which includes property such as stocks, bonds, patents, and copyrights.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Lee at SCOTUS confirmation hearings . . . wild turkey problem
By LaVarr Webb
Sen. Mike Lee got the spotlight Monday in the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings, not necessarily because his opening statement (view it HERE) was brilliant (I thought it was very good), but because he didn't wear a mask 11 days after testing positive for COVID-19. The news media and social media erupted with outraged comments and stories about the maskless Lee.
images/articles/mcadams-owens.jpg4th District debate didn't change the race
By LaVarr Webb
Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams clearly won the 4th District debate Monday evening, at least on points. He was smoother and much more on the attack than his Republican opponent Burgess Owens. I don't have any recent polling numbers on the race, but the fact that McAdams felt the need to attack as aggressively as he did indicates that the race is close. That's surprising, given the fact that McAdams has dramatically more money to spend than Owens, and enjoys far greater visibility and name ID.

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images/Logos/utah-economic-energy-summit.jpgUtah Economic & Energy Summit is Oct 26
Join us for the 2020 Utah Economic & Energy Summit, presented by the Governor's Office of Economic Development, Governor's Office of Energy Development, World Trade Center Utah and Salt Lake Chamber, on October 26, 2020 at The Grand America Hotel. The Summit will include plenary sessions, awards presentations, the first-ever Economic Summit Startup Pitch, and breakout sessions in three tracks: economic development, energy, and global trade. Additionally, during the Summit Governor Herbert will be recognized for his economic accomplishments since 2009.
Guest opinion: Is the United States a democracy?
Republicans are desperate to distract from the raging dumpster fire of the Trump Administration. Having indelibly yoked themselves to their 2016 standard bearer, they are eager to talk about anything but him. Some of them, like Utah Senator Mike Lee, have made a cottage industry out of pretending they know more about the Constitution than everyone else. Lee's alleged expertise has long been the only line on his one-note resume, and so as the Trump campaign sinks below the waves, Lee's return to dodgy constitutional analysis forms his lifeboat.

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

(From History.com)

1792 - The cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington, D.C. It becomes known as the "White House" and John Adams in 1800 becomes the first president to live in it.

1943 - After Mussolini is deposed,  Italy declares war on Germany, its former Axis partner, and joins the battle on the side of the Allies.

1967 - The American Basketball Association debuts with the Anaheim Amigos losing to the Oakland Oaks 134-129.

2010 - The last of 33 Chilean miners are rescued from nearly a half mile underground after being trapped for 69 days. They survived being trapped underground longer than anyone else in recorded history.


Wise Words

Responsibility: "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." Abraham Lincoln

Lighter Side

Objection

"You seem to be in some distress," said the kindly judge to the witness. "Is anything the matter?"
"Well, your Honour," said the witness, "I swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but every time I try, some lawyer objects."

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