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Situational Analysis - October 26, 2020

Welcome to Monday. Good idea of the day: Undecided voters in the 4th District should pledge to vote for whichever candidate is first to take down those nasty and tiresome ads.


8 days to the 2020 general election (11/3/2020)

85 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)

91 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Monday Trivia Question

From Dave Buhler: "The Utah Governor and Lieutenant Governor used to run for office independently, meaning, they could even be from different political parties.  Who were the last Gov./Lt. Gov. independently elected (rather than in tandem)?"

Today At Utah Policy

Policy Savant Panel: Can the Utah Climate & Clean Air Compact make a difference for Utahns?
By Staff
Utah is fortunate to be served by a number of capable think tanks and policy institutes. Periodically, UtahPolicy.com poses a question to leaders from these organizations regarding important and timely policy issues. For this week's question we noted the large group of Utah leaders that promoted and signed the Utah Climate & Clean Air Compact, which encourages all citizens and organizations to follow "The Utah Roadmap: Positive Solutions on Climate and Air Quality." The roadmap was commissioned by the Utah Legislature and developed by a wide range of experts convened by the Gardner Policy Institute. To the panel of policy savants, we asked:
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Vote for Prop 9 in Utah County . . . Wear a mask when canvassing . . . Why Lee will vote for Trump . . . Want to win an election? Choose a nickname
By LaVarr Webb
If you live in Utah County, you really should vote for Proposition 9, which would change the county's three-member commission form of government to a mayor and five-member county council. Utah County is a booming, diverse, sophisticated county and it needs a government to match. County commissions are fine for small, rural, homogeneous counties. But the diversity and surging growth of Utah County requires a modern, more responsive, and more representative government. If everyone represents everyone, as is the case with the current county commission, then no one really represents anyone. Residents of different regions of the county have no one that specifically represents their part of the county.
images/mugs-300/JaredWhitley.jpeg.jpgMonday musing: Yes, I work In politics. No, I don't want to talk with you about it
By Jared Whitley
There's a funny bumper stick you'll see on some trucks: "Yes, this is my truck. No, I don't want to help you move." If there were one of those about getting people to stop asking me about politics, I would buy 800 of them. No one warned me that this would be an occupational hazard when I pursued politics as a career, but I should have realized it. Whatever career path someone chooses occupies much if not most of their waking hours. It makes sense that people will talk to them about, whether they're colleagues or not.

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Utah Foundation analyzes the amendments on the November ballot
In a new episode of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation discusses the seven constitutional amendment propositions on the November 3, 2020, ballot. We give particular attention to Amendment G, which would allow income tax revenues to be used for purposes beyond education. Listen to the podcast.
Deadline extended for 2020 Eleanor Roosevelt Award nominations to Thursday, Oct. 29
The Eleanor Roosevelt Award is an annual tradition in the Utah Democratic Party that honors a woman in our community in the name of the legendary Democrat and humanitarian. The recipient of this award will personify courage, compassion, and dedication. The 2020 Eleanor Roosevelt nominees will be evaluated by the past recipients based on the following criteria:
images/Logos/EDCUtah_454X417.pngEDCUtah Development Ready Communities Program 'graduates' first class
The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) has announced that eight cities and counties have successfully completed the Development Ready Communities (DRC) Program. The five-stage program was launched in April 2019.
Right of Way: A conversation about pedestrian safety
BikeWalk Provo, along with UDOT's Move Utah, BYU Geography, BYU Civil and Environmental Engineering, and American Planning Association's Utah Chapter is pleased to host a conversation with writer and safe streets expert Angie Schmitt via Zoom on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.Angie will give a 30-minute presentation focusing on the ideas expressed in her new book, Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America. She will then take questions from participants.This webinar will be of interest to transportation engineers, urban planners and designers, safe streets activists, and public policy makers. APA members will receive CM credit for participating. Register HERE and buy Angie's book today!



(From History.com)

1941   The Erie Canal opens, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River. Gov. Dewitt Clinton of New York was the driving force behind the project.

1881  The Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Around 30 shots were fired, three people were killed, and Virgil and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday were wounded.

1951  In the UK, Winston Churchill become prime minister for the second time, defeating Clement Atlee, who leads the Labour Party.

1965  The Beatles were made members of the Order of the British Empire by the queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Wise Words

Be Kind: "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." Samuel Johnson

Lighter Side

Political Conference

Arriving late for a political conference, the college student asks another student standing by the door, "How long has the candidate been talking now?"

"Half an hour."

"And what is he talking about?"

"That I wouldn't know, he hasn't said."  A Joke a Day

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