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Situational Analysis - October 22, 2020

Welcome to Thursday. Don't watch the debate out on the patio. Gonna be chilly.


Today is the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)
12 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
89 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
95 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)
Trivia question answer: See separate story on Wayne Owens

Today At Utah Policy

Voter opinions split on job approval of Utah Legislature
By Staff
Utahns are back to having split opinions about how the state Legislature -- dominated by Republicans -- is doing its job these days, a recent UtahPolicy.com poll finds. Overall, 48 percent "strongly" or "somewhat" approve of the job the 104 part-time lawmakers are doing, while 46 percent "strongly" or "somewhat" disapprove. A year ago, before Republicans in the Legislature passed, then repealed, a major tax reform effort, most citizens approved of the job lawmakers were doing.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Judiciary vote today . . . debate tonight . . . AG hopefuls sling some mud . . . Romney considering independent effort?
By LaVarr Webb
Two big national events today: The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett at about 11 a.m. Utah time, and the presidential debate in the evening. Democrats are going to boycott the committee meeting, meaning Barrett will likely get a 12-0 vote from Republicans and the nomination will be sent to the full Senate for a Monday vote. Barrett will likely be sitting on the Supreme Court by the middle of next week and the court will have a clear conservative majority.
images/mugs-300/wayne-owens.jpgTrivia answer: Wayne Owens, the likeable liberal
By LaVarr Webb
There was enough interesting response to last Monday's trivia question that I decided to write a little article about it. Here's the question: "What Utah politician, who was seemingly couldn't resist running for higher office, said, 'Whenever someone whispers in my ear I hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing the Hallelujah Chorus'?" Numerous readers got the answer right -- Wayne Owens -- once I provided a couple of hints. Quite a few readers guessed Merrill Cook, who ran for office even more frequently than Owens. But Cook didn't utter the clever quote.

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Evening of Hope fundraiser for Utah Clean Energy
Utah Clean Energy will hold An Evening of Hope fundraiser on Oct. 28, 7 p.m. (virtual), to ignite hope, resilience and resolve to meet the climate challenge. The event will feature a discussion with Damon Gameau, the star and filmmaker of "2040 -  an optimist's guide to saving the world."  Damon's film follows his imagining of a future for his four-year old daughter Velvet, where climate change has been solved.  Damon explores what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us.
images/articles/Eric-Osth.jpgProduct-to-place: Building neighborhoods in the Salt Lake Valley
The annual meeting (virtual) of the Utah chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism will feature Eric Osth, who will speak about building neighborhoods in the Salt Lake Valley. It will be held Nov. 5, 9 a.m. Eric Osth, AIA, LEED AP, is Vice Chairman of Urban Design Associates based in Pittsburgh, PA. Eric serves as Principal-in-Charge on urban design and architecture projects across the United States and abroad. In addition to his responsibilities at UDA, Eric served as the 2011 President of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and currently serves as a Fellow and a Board Member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.



(From History.com)

1957 - The U.S. military suffers the first casualties of the Vietnam War when 13 Americans are wounded in three terrorist bombings in Saigon.

1962 - Pres. John F. Kennedy shocks the nation in a televised speech revealing U.S. spy planes have discovered missile bases in Cuba. He announced a naval "quarantine" of Cuba.

1965 - Pres. Lyndon Johnson signs the Highway Beautification Act limiting billboards, as well as junkyards and other unsightly things, along America's interstate highways

2012 - Cyclist Lance Armstrong is stripped of the seven Tour de France titles he won and is banned from life from competitive cycling after revelations he systematically used performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions.

Wise Words

People: "When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion." Dale Carnegie

Lighter Side

Honest Abe

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?" Abraham Lincoln Reader's Digest 

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