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Situational Analysis - October 27, 2020

Welcome to Tuesday. One week to go. It's  OK to be excited, nervous, or bored. But don't be obsessed.


7 days to the 2020 general election (11/3/2020)
84 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
90 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

Analysis: A new era begins for Utah's two newspapers
By LaVarr Webb
Nearly 70 years of journalistic tradition in Utah closes at the end of this year with the dissolution of the joint operating agreement (JOA) between the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune. Beginning Jan. 1, the two newspapers will be entirely on their own -- to sink, survive or thrive in the new, ultra-competitive digital communications world.
images/Logos/Utah-GOP-Logo2.pngAnalysis: Likely not much change in GOP legislative leadership for next term
By Staff
Just two days after the Nov. 3 general election is another vote: Which, as far as the Utah Legislature is concerned, will be more important than how citizens vote next Tuesday. It's the GOP leadership races in the state House and Senate.  And no matter how citizens vote for their own individual representatives and senators, the leadership races will determine all kinds of issues over the next two years -- not the least of which will be redistricting for the 75 House and 29 Senate districts come 2021.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Do Cox & Peterson have the luxury of being nice?
By LaVarr Webb
Competing gubernatorial candidates Spencer Cox and Chris Peterson continue to receive accolades and national publicity for their joint advertising campaign encouraging civility and respect in politics. On Monday they were on Fox News with Dana Perino, who praised them. Their relative lovefest is striking a nerve because it is so different than the campaign nastiness being displayed all across the country, and even in Utah, as candidates take their final shots at opponents as the election winds down.

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Utah political leaders laud the Senate confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Gov. Gary Herbert: "Amy Coney Barrett is eminently qualified to serve as a judge on the Supreme Court. Her background informs us that she will be a great jurist. She has indicated that her decisions will be guided only by the law, and not by her personal political views. That is a standard every jurist should uphold, and something that both Democrats and Republicans should applaud."
Peterson campaign suspends in-person campaign events due to virus surge
Democratic candidate for Utah governor Chris Peterson and his lieutenant governor running mate Karina Brown are suspending all in-person campaign events as Utah's COVID-19 cases soar. Over the past two weeks, Utah has set records in coronavirus case counts, positivity rates, and hospitalizations.
Envision Utah and education and business leaders talk teacher compensation in webinar
Join Envision Utah on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3:30 p.m. for a discussion with Derek Miller, President & CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, and Dr. Sydnee Dickson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, for a deep dive into the most important things we can do to support teachers and improve education in Utah.
Trump administration sending 960,000 BinaxNOW tests to Utah
Salt Lake City, UT - As part of the Trump Administration's national effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and to assist the nation's Governors in doing so, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending 960,000 state-of-the-art Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests to the State of Utah.
Zions Bank digital seminar: 2020 election economic & market outlook
In a virtual seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 28, noon to 1 p.m., Robert Spendlove, Zions Public Policy Officer, will review what the election polls are predicting and how this could alter the economy. Rich Mebius, Zions Wealth Management Portfolio Manager, will follow up with implications to the market and long term insights. Register HERE.



(From History.com)

1659 - Two Quakers who came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution are executed in Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs.

1904 - The New York subway opens, running 9.1 miles through 28 stations. It is the second subway in the United States, launching seven years after the Boston subway.

1962 - The United States and Soviet Union step back from the brink of nuclear war after complicated and tension-filled negotiations following the Cuban Missile Crisis.

2004 - The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, finally vanquishing the so-called Curse of the Bambino.

Wise Words

Purpose: "Be not simply good - be good for something." Henry David Thoreau

Lighter Side

Who Lies Most

Three politicians were in a heated discussion as to which one was the best liar. As the discussion was getting louder and louder the bartender suggested they have a liars contest. After agreeing to the rules the first says, "I have never told a lie,"

The second indicated that he was not capable of telling a lie.

The third won the prize as he assured the bartender that, "The other two had told the exact truth."  A Joke a Day 

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