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Situational Analysis - October 23, 2020

Welcome to Friday. Rest up this weekend for the last full week of the 2020 election.

TICK TOCK

11 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
88 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
94 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)


Today At Utah Policy

Fossil fuels are bridge to a carbon-free world
By LaVarr Webb
Pres. Trump and Joe Biden clashed vigorously over climate change and fossil fuels in the presidential debate Thursday evening. Trump defended the oil and gas industries, while Biden said he would phase out fossil fuels. In reality, validity exists in both of their positions. I firmly believe that fossil fuels will, in fact, be phased out, as Biden said. But not because of harsh regulations and mandates. It will occur because of advanced technology, innovation and because the market will demand clean energy.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: A substantive debate . . . The era of big government . . . Let's wear masks!
By LaVarr Webb
Thursday's presidential debate was a lot better than I expected. Plenty of heated exchanges occurred, but Trump managed to stay in control and avoid being boorish. That, alone, was a victory for him. If Trump acted that way all the time, he would not have alienated so many mainstream Republicans and moderates. He seemed to have actually listened to his advisors in his debate preparation. He was several notches cooler than usual.
images/articles/barn-sallows.jpgFriday change of pace: The swallows are gone
By LaVarr Webb
I knew autumn was closing in fast when, suddenly, the swallows were gone. I'm not exactly sure when they disappeared. I know it was still relatively warm when, in the back of my mind, something seemed out of place in the evenings. I then realized the swallows were missing. We really love the swallows, even though they can be noisy and they make messes nesting in our shop and hay barn. But they keep the mosquito and bug population well in check. We have hardly any mosquitos, even with a lot of standing water.

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Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 10-22-20
 Outdoors Report -- KSL.com: Zion National Park reports record-breaking visitation numbers Concerts -- Music Therapy Concert, Friday, 5:30 p.m., Utah State University, 1400 Old Main Hill, Logan-- "Broadway Villains in Concert," Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 North 400 West, Centerville
Romney joins bipartisan letter urging new sanctions on Russia
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in pressing the Administration to use existing authorities to implement new sanctions on Russia for the poisoning of leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny. Romney is also a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation that would impose sanctions on Russian officials complicit in the Navalny poisoning and other violations of international law.
The First Lady's statement on the passing of Collin Kartchner
Utah's First Lady Jeanette Herbert has issued the following statement regarding the death of Collin Kartchner. "Our family was deeply saddened to hear of Collin's death. He was an incredible advocate for our youth and was one of the favorite speakers at our Uplift Families Parent Conferences. He had an immense impact on many families - not only in Utah, but worldwide. Collin taught us to be present, to put down our devices, and to safeguard our children from social media. The entire Hebert family prays for Collin's sweet wife, Elizabeth and their children. We know Collin's legacy will live on through them, and through the countless families he inspired. The governor and I send our sincere condolences at this time."
McAdams blasts Owens' comments on Mitt Romney
Congressman Ben McAdams called out Burgess Owens for his unwarranted, negative attacks on Sen. Mitt Romney, who Owens has said does not represent Utah's values during recent national news program interviews.Widely-circulated news reports quote Owens as saying, among other things, that "Mitt is not representative of Utah values."  In contrast, Romney recently issued a call for a return to civility, saying that politics has moved away from a spirited debate "to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation.""I know Sen. Romney, I work with Sen. Romney and to me, no one cares more about Utah families, our state and our country than Sen. Romney. His character and integrity are beyond reproach and I wish more politicians would emulate his public service," said McAdams. "My opponent's attacks on Sen. Romney's faith and family values are offensive and just not what we are about here.  Burgess Owens just doesn't get Utah."

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

(From History.com)

42 B.C. - Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, dies by suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi.

1941 - The animated film Dumbo is released, the fourth Disney animated feature. It was based on a children's book about an elephant with big ears.

1983 - A suicide bomber drives a truck bomb into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 military personnel. That same morning, 58 French soldiers are killed in a similar attack.

2002 - About 50 Chechen rebels storm a Moscow theater, taking up to 700 people hostage. When Russian special forces invade, nearly all the guerrillas and 120 hostages are killed.


Wise Words

Service: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

Lighter Side

Roe V. Wade

"I cannot stand people who disagree with me on the issue of Roe v. Wade which I believe is about the proper way to cross a lake." -Stephen Colbert  Reader's Digest 


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