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Situational Analysis - October 29, 2020

Welcome to Thursday. If you think Trump will win, invest in property overseas. Plenty of Democrats will be moving there.


5 days to the 2020 general election (11/3/2020)
7 days to legislative leadership elections (11/5/2020)
19 days to the Board of Canvassers meeting (11/17/2020
46 days until the Electoral College meets (12/14/2020)
82 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
88 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Trivia Quiz Answer

Ron Fox was first to correctly answer Dave Buhler's trivia question: 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? Answer: Democrat Scott Matheson and Republican Dave Monson, 1976 & 1980.

We'll have a new, tough question from Ron Fox on Monday.

Today At Utah Policy

images/Logos/facebook-twitter-google.jpgAnalysis: The incredible monopolistic power and riches of Google, Facebook & Twitter
By LaVarr Webb
Are gigantic technology companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter platforms or publishers? That's not just an academic question. It's a very practical issue important to the future of all of us. And here's a related question: Have these companies grown so massive that they are monopolistic and too-powerful gatekeepers in the flow of news and information? When the "information highway," as we used to call it, was emerging as an important component of society, it was thought that this thing called the Internet would be a great equalizer and disrupt large, centralized, bureaucratic organizations.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Can we still call them newspapers? . . . The silly mailer wars . . . Are there 'shy' Biden supporters?
By LaVarr Webb
Here are questions that inquiring minds really want to know: After the first of the year, when the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune go nearly all-digital, will we still be able to call them newspapers? There will be a lot of news, but not much paper. So, should we call them news mongers? Digital information services? Magical cyberspace machines that miraculously insert news and information into your computer, phone or tablet? Someone please help me come up with a good name for them.
images/mugs-300/steve-handy-300.jpgGuest opinion: Reflections on the newspaper business
By Steve Handy
Sometimes a stunning announcement, even when it is inevitable and probably makes sense from a business standpoint, is still a little hard to process. I'm talking about the announcements from the Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune about the future of their print editions, whose futures aren't exactly bright.

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Policy News

Utah is one of five states to receive 'A' grade in a government technology survey
SALT LAKE CITY - The Center for Digital Government announced the state of Utah again topped the Digital States Survey. Conducted every two years, the survey evaluates states' use of technology to improve service delivery, increase capacity, streamline operations and reach policy goals, and assigns each state a grade based on quantifiable results.
Hatch Center unveils policy blueprint to fix nation's civics crisis
Washington, DC- The Hatch Center-the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation has released Commonsense Solutions to Our Civics Crisis, a nonpartisan report that establishes strong links between poor civic education and a number of ills plaguing our democracy, including depressed voter turnout, low trust in institutions, and decreasing faith in the free market. To reverse these trends, the report calls on policymakers across all levels of government to devote increased state and federal resources to address the civics crisis. In doing so, it outlines a policy blueprint to recenter civics at the heart of America's public-school system.
President Adams' statement about the sale of the Utah Jazz
Salt Lake City - Utah Senate President J. Stuart Adams issues the following statement regarding Gail Miller an announcing agreement to sell the Utah Jazz to Ryan Smith: "The Miller family has been and will continue to be a pillar in our community. They invested in Utah and built our state's professional basketball team that Utahns are proud to cheer for. The legacy of Larry and Gail Miller built the last 35 years will continue to be carried out by Utah business owners Ryan and Ashley Smith. I'm delighted that the Smith family shares the commitment to keeping the Utah Jazz in the beehive state."
Leadership Tip: Growing Others
"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." -- Jack Welch



(From History.com)

1618 - Sir Walter Raleigh, English adventurer, writer and favorite courtier of Queen Elizabeth, is beheaded in London, under a sentence brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I.

1901 - Pres. William McKinley's assassin, Leon Czolgosz, is executed in the electric chair at Auburn Prison in New York. He had shot McKinley on Sept. 6, 1901.

1956 - Israeli forces invade Egypt, initiating the Suez Crisis, after Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal. The Israelis were soon joined by French and British forces.

1998 - At age 77, Sen. John Glenn is returns to space as a payload specialist aboard space shuttle Discovery. He was the oldest human ever to travel to space. He first went to space in 1962 as one of America's first astronauts.

Wise Words

Humanity: "Be curious, not judgmental." Walt Whitman

Lighter Side

Guilty As You

A red-faced judge convened court after a long lunch. The first case involved a man charged with drunk driving who claimed it simply wasn't true.

"I'm as sober as you are, your honor," the man claimed.

The judge replied, "Clerk, please enter a guilty plea. The defendant is sentenced to 30 days."  A Joke a Day

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