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Situational Analysis - October 15, 2020

Welcome to Thursday. Good news: We're one day closer to the election being over. Bad news: the negative attack ads in the 4th District are only going to intensify.

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Today is the 3rd Congressional District debate (10/15/2020)
4 days to the 2nd Congressional district debate (10/19/2020)
6 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
7 days to the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)
19 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
96 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
102 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Trivia Quiz Answer

Douglas Devore is again the weekly trivia quiz winner, being first to correctly answer Rep. Mike Winder's 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."

The answer, of course, is Richard Snelgrove, who was an owner of Snelgrove Ice Cream and today is a Salt Lake County Council member. Others who got the answer right, but were too late, were Mike Mower, Joe Hansen, Orrin Colby, Craig Call and Ron Fox.


Today At Utah Policy

images/articles/vote-utah-gov.pngPoll: Voting by mail or in person? Partisan differences exist
By Staff
All registered Utah voters will get mail-in ballots soon, as most counties mailed them out Tuesday. But a new Y2 Analytics poll finds that just over one-third plan to fill out those ballots and mail them in. While another third say they plan to fill out their mail-in ballots, but hand-deliver them to either their Nov. 3 polling place in-person, or drop them off in an official county ballot drop-off location -- apparently not trusting the U.S. Postal Service to get them to clerks in time to be counted.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Will Trump lose? . . . The impressive Amy Barrett . . . Get back to work to reduce virus spread
By LaVarr Webb
Who will win? I am frequently asked who I think will win the presidential election. I really have no idea. I won't predict anything related to Trump. I've been wrong too many times about him. A lot of Democrats and liberal media commentators are confident it's going to be a landslide for the Democrats. All my political instincts tell me Trump will lose. I believe the polls are generally accurate. I think reputable pollsters have tweaked their methodologies to capture the so-called "secret Trump voters." It seems to me that Trump has lost - unnecessarily so, in my opinion - a lot of mainstream Republicans.
images/Logos/utah-foundation-logo.pngNew report examines constitutional amendments before voters
By Utah Foundation
Utah Foundation launched its new election-year product - On the Ballot - which examines ballot measures. On the Ballot: Constitutional Amendments, November 3, 2020, analyzes seven proposed amendments. The purpose of the report is to inform voters of the substance of the propositions. Utah Foundation takes no positions on the amendments.

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Policy News

Stewart proposes new national park in Utah
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has reintroduced the Grand Staircase Escalante Enhancement Act (H.R. 8446) which aims to create Utah's sixth national park, the Escalante Canyons Park and Preserve.  Rep. Stewart originally introduced this legislation in the 115th congress (H.R. 4558). Following the bill's introduction, Congressman Stewart released the following statement:
Romney to unveil plan to improve wildfire policy
SALT LAKE CITY--U.S. Senator Mitt Romney on Wednesday will announce his plan to establish a wildfire commission which would conduct a national review of wildfire policy and make recommendations to Congress. Joining Romney are Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini, and Public Information Officer for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands Jason Curry.
Adams & Wilson sign letter of support for Barrett SCOTUS nomination
Utah Senate President J. Stuart Adams and Speaker Brad Wilson issued the following statement regarding a joint letter signed by legislative leaders from around the country approving the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. "We joined legislative leaders from all 50 states and 92 legislative chambers across the country supporting President Donald Trump's nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett is more than qualified to fill the vacant seat, and we support her confirmation without delay.
Guest opinion: What do you want from college?
When it comes to higher education in the United States today, it seems to me there are at least three realities that we need to recognize and try to harmonize. The first is that our system of higher education is broken, corrupt, and irretrievable. That results in students getting, at best, a defective and, at worst, a politicized education, at a cost that is so exorbitant as to approach obscenity.
What is the State's New COVID-19 Transmission Index?
The State of Utah has released the new coronavirus health guidance levels -- COVID-19 Transmission Index -- to replace the Utah Leads Together color-coded phased guidelines. The Index is a balanced approach intended to protect communities and represents collaborative work of state and local public health officials, the Governor's Office, legislative leaders, the hospital industry, and business leaders.

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

(From History.com)

1917 - Mata Hari, an exotic dancer and the archetype of the seductive female spy, is executed for espionage by a French firing squad at Vincennes outside of Paris.

1989 - Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings breaks the NHL points record, going ahead of Gordi Howe's record (1,850) in the final period of a game against the Edmonton Oilers.

1990 - Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his work ending Cold War tensions.

1991 - After a bitter confirmation hearing, Clarence Thomas is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on a 52-48 Senate vote.


Wise Words

Purpose: "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." Sitting Bull

Lighter Side

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"A Lawyer will do anything to win a case, sometimes he will even tell the truth."  Patrick Murray

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