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Situational Analysis - October 21, 2020

Welcome to Wednesday. The world can't be spinning too far out of orbit if the World Series is on.


Today is the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
1 day to the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)
13 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
90 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
96 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/articles/Lee_Perry.jpgPolicymaker Profile: Getting to know Rep. Lee B. Perry
By Staff
Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Utah Representative Perry, Republican, District 29.What is your occupation? Retired law enforcement, consultant. What is your educational background?  BA in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College. Where did you grow up? Brigham City.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Can't we all just get along? . . . Lee on democracy (again) . . . Will Trump being Trump lead to defeat? . . . Political obsession
By LaVarr Webb
I've thought a lot about the matter of civility in politics. Personally, I don't like political confrontation, rudeness and insolence, although I confess I'm not always as civil as I should be. The often-nasty nature of politics is one reason I've never even been even slightly tempted to run for office myself. (That, and the fact that I'd make a really terrible politician.) So it's refreshing to see gubernatorial opponents Spencer Cox and Chris Peterson jointly call for courtesy and respect in politics and even spend money on some excellent advertising promoting niceness.
Reader perspectives: Won't vote for either Trump or Biden? Some advice
By Staff
Note: In Tuesday's newsletter I wrote that my wife, Jan, will not vote for Trump, but also doesn't want to vote for Biden. I received a number of thoughtful responses worthy of sharing.  -LaVarr Holly Handy. Thank you for including your thoughts on you wife and her refusal to vote for Trump. I echo her stance exactly. I cannot vote for Trump. I did not vote for him four years ago, just left it blank, and am planning on doing that again because I can't bring myself to vote for Biden either. Is this the best America can do?  Both parties desperately need good candidates to step up to the plate. Only then can we restore dignity to the process and the office.

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images/articles/Cox-Peterson.jpgSpencer Cox & Chris Peterson united to promote civility
SALT LAKE CITY - In an extraordinary undertaking between election opponents, Utah's two major party candidates for governor are uniting with a series of joint public service announcements to support a return to civility in politics. "The time-honored values of a peaceful transition of power and working with those with whom we differ are an integral part of what it means to be an American," said Chris Peterson, Democrat candidate for governor. "It is time to reforge a national commitment to decency and our democratic republic."
Nominees announced for 8th District Court vacancy
SALT LAKE CITY - The Eighth District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the Eighth District Court.  The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Edwin T. Peterson, January 15, 2021. The nominees for the vacancy are: Gregory Lamb, county attorney, Uintah County Attorney's Office; Michael Mathie, managing attorney, Office of Guardian ad Litem; William Reynolds, attorney, Sam, Reynolds & Van Oostendorp, PC; Joseph Stewart, assistant attorney general, Utah Attorney General's Office; Jaymon Thomas, chief deputy, Uintah County Attorney's Office.
Herbert takes 5th place nationally in scorecard grading governors on policy leadership & pandemic response
ARLINGTON, VA - The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has released the first ever governors ranking, the 2020 Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom. The scorecard ranks America's 50 governors based on policy performance and result, as well as executive leadership before and after the start of the COVID-19 health crisis. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert receives 5 stars and ranks among the top 5 governors overall. Low spending and taxes, and a record of fiscal restraint has enabled Utah to bring state debt to the ninth-best of any state.
NFIB endorses Blake Moore for 1st District Congress
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation's leading small business advocacy organization, has endorsed Blake Moore for election to represent Utah's 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
Justice: A vision for our future
In an effort to acknowledge Utah's dedication to youth involved in the juvenile justice system, Gov. Gary Herbert declared October, Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM). The Utah Board of Juvenile Justice (UBJJ) will host a free,public, virtual event to elevate the voices and perspectives of young people in Utah.This year's theme centers around justice - an individual's personal commitment to equity and fairness, the role of young people in making change, and community action to become a more just and equitable place where everyone can have success and happiness.



(From History.com)

1803  The U.S. Senate approves a treaty with France ratifying the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United State.

1962  The White House press corps is told Pres. Kennedy has a cold, but in reality he is holding secret meetings on the eve of ordering a blockade of Cuba.

1968  21-year old Oregonian Dick Fosbury wins gold and sets a 7 feet 4 and inches Olympic record in the high jump with his famous Fosbury Flop technique.

1973  Solicitor General Robert Bork dismisses Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, starting the "Saturday Night Massacre."

Wise Words

Government: "Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint." Alexander Hamilton

Lighter Side

Get What You Pay For

Dollar Tree bought Family Dollar for about $8 billion. It would have been $10 billion, but Family Dollar was dented. @JoeToplyn Reader's Digest 

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