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Situational Analysis - October 28, 2020

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6 days to the 2020 general election (11/3/2020)
8 days to legislative leadership elections (11/5/2020)
20 days to the Board of Canvassers meeting (11/17/2020
47 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
83 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
89 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/articles/Melissa_Ballard.jpgPolicymaker Profile: Getting to know Melissa Garff Ballard
By Staff
Utah Policy regularly profiles policymakers from across the state. In this edition we profile Utah Rep. Ballard, Republican, District 20. What is your occupation? CEO of six kids and two dogs, and professional musician. What is your educational background? Bachelor and Masters in Music, Piano Performance from the University of Utah. Where did you grow up? Blame me for the population growth. I grew up in Bountiful and live two miles from my childhood home. Three of my children are married and all are living close to home
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: No matter who wins, we'll be OK . . . Count on it
By LaVarr Webb
I really don't know if Joe Biden or Donald Trump will win next Tuesday. I hear partisans on both sides make fairly strong cases for victory for their candidate. But as I've said before, and it bears saying one more time before election day, the republic will survive no matter who wins the presidency, controls the Senate, and wins local races. You and I will do OK. I promise. You can count on it.
images/Charts/utah-priorities.pngUtah Priorities 2020: Half of Utah registered voters are Republicans; only 15% are Democrats
By Utah Foundation
During every gubernatorial election year, Utah Foundation surveys Utah voters to understand their priorities and releases a series of reports as the Utah Priorities Project. The summer 2020 priority list for Utahns overall can be found in the first report of the 2020 series. This report, Red, Gray and Blue: The Issues that Unite and Divide Utah Voters, looks at how priorities are different across party and ideological lines. The report highlights both similarities and dissimilarities between the groups. Among the findings of the report:

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Nominees announced for two 4th District Court vacancies
SALT LAKE CITY - The Fourth District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two vacancies on the Fourth District Court.  These vacancies result from the retirements of Judge James Taylor, January 1, 2021 and Judge Lynn Davis, January 1, 2021. The nominees for the vacancies are: Yaiko Carranza, partner, Moody Brown Law; Robert Lund, assistant attorney, United States Attorney's Office; Matthew Morrise, attorney, Utah County Public Defender Association; Sean Petersen, commissioner, Fourth District Court; Denise Porter, member, Utah Board of Pardons and Parole; Douglas Thompson, attorney, Utah County Public Defender Association.
GOP Chair Derek Brown responds to Barrett swearing in
We have witnessed history as Justice Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the newest member of the Supreme Court. For several days, the Senate grilled her on every legal and political topic imaginable. And for over 20 hours, she skillfully answered question after question, showcasing a startling breadth of legal understanding, without relying on a single note! It is hard to imagine anyone more qualified or prepared for this critical role.
Government Affairs Bootcamp: Become a better advocate for good public policy
To ensure that Utah's business community is effective and compliant in their efforts to advance their interests, the Salt Lake Chamber developed the Government Affairs Bootcamp. As Utah's leading business advocacy organization, this intensive two-day bootcamp is designed for new and experienced government affairs professionals, company executives and public policy advocates to improve their effectiveness and understanding of advocating in the state of Utah.
Homeless in Salt Lake: The COVID-19 response and people on the streets
HOW HAVE UTAH'S HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS dealt with the pandemic? Where are the efforts to address service gaps going? How should we approach those who remain on the streets from a policy standpoint? Utah Foundation's next Breakfast Briefing discussion will feature a panel of experts on the topic:



(From History.com)

1886 - The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, is dedicated in New York Harbor by Pres. Grover Cleveland.

1929 - Black Monday occurs on Wall Street as the stock market crashes with a 13% drop. The next day it drops another 12%.

1940 - Mussolini's Italian army invades Greece in what will prove to be a disastrous military campaign.

1962 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending the Cuban missile crisis.

Wise Words

Something New: "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." Albert Einstein

Lighter Side

Time to Give

"Why is it that a judge has so little time left for himself?"

"I suppose it's because he is so busy."

"Wrong. It's because he hands out so much time to other people."  A Joke a Day 

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