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Situational Analysis - October 30, 2020

Welcome to Friday. If 2020 wasn't bad enough: "Experts Fear Lab-Grown Brains Will Become Sentient" (Popular Mechanics).

TICK TOCK

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


Today At Utah Policy

Salt Lake City's two newspapers are taking very different paths
By LaVarr Webb
I'm an old duffer, so I've always liked turning the pages of a genuine paper newspaper -- despite the ink stains. I enjoy the serendipity of discovering things I didn't know I was interested as I thumb through the various sections. I used to even like perusing the classified ads before they disappeared. So, it was with somewhat mixed emotions that I acknowledged the decisions that both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune will go mostly digital at the first of the year even though it was inevitable.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Plenty to be frightened about . . . or not . . . Will polls get it right this time? . . . What will we line our birdcages with?
By LaVarr Webb
Happy Halloween tomorrow. There's plenty to be frightened about. Anyone who wants to be miserable and depressed can find plenty of justification. Consider just three scary matters:--The COVID-19 pandemic is getting worse, not better. Many states and nations are imposing harsh restrictions and we're all becoming exhausted. The psychological toll is great.--While the economy is rebounding, the improvements are uneven. Entire economic sectors have been decimated. Some jobs will never return.
images/mugs-300/Mitt_Romney.jpgMitt Romney suffers low approval ratings among his fellow Republicans
By Staff
Utahns, overall, are split in their opinions of the kind of job U.S. Sens. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney are doing, a recent UtahPolicy.com poll finds. Neither Republican is up for re-election this year: Lee runs for a third, six-year term in 2022 and Romney faces his first re-election in 2024. But a dive into the demographics of the Y2 Analytics survey finished last month shows the challenges the two face within their own Republican Party -- or, rather, the challenge Romney faces. Unless a lot of Utah Republicans and conservatives change their minds about Romney -- and that likely depends on the political/personal fate of President Donald Trump come 2024 -- then the man who voted to impeach Trump will find his GOP re-nomination very much in doubt.

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Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report 10-30-20
Outdoors Report-- Salt Lake Tribune: Two Utah ski resorts rank among the top five in North America -- Salt Lake Tribune: Feds look to approve helium well inside new wilderness area as opponents decry political 'mischief' -- KSL.com: Could Park City become Utah's newest Dark Sky Community?  -- KSL.com: Utah ski resorts prepare for ski season, COVID
Business community calls for patience and civility with the 2020 election
The Salt Lake Chamber, along with the signatories below, has issued the following statement promoting patience and civility regarding the upcoming election: "As business and community leaders, we express our optimism in the voice of the American people as they vote in this important election. Our Republic was founded on the desire for representation, and the spirit of democracy-manifest through the electoral process-sustains the health of our institutions, including our market economy.
The world in 2020 and beyond: Watch a conversation with CFP President Richard Haass
Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Miles Hansen, President and CEO of World Trade Center Utah, discuss the current state of foreign affairs and what it means for Utah. Haass shares that individuals matter when participating in history and encourages listeners to engage and make a difference.
Hatch Center webinar highlights bipartisan solutions to civics crisis
Salt Lake City, UT - The Hatch Center - the policy arm of the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation - hosted a virtual symposium Thursday to highlight commonsense solutions to our nation's civics crisis. The webinar coincided with the publication of a nonpartisan report published by the Hatch Center Policy Review that outlines a blueprint to recenter civics at the heart of America's education system. David Davenport - the Hatch Foundation visiting scholar and a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution - presented key findings from the report before joining a panel of business and community leaders to discuss ways to improve civic literacy in Utah and across the country. At the conclusion of the webinar, Hatch Foundation Chairman Emeritus Orrin Hatch and Executive Director Matt Sandgren issued the following statements:
The Point takes next steps to initiate master planning process
The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority has released the results of its statewide public survey. Utahns have been encouraged to help "Make The Point" by providing input through the survey. Building on significant public engagement conducted during The Point of the Mountain (POM) Visioning process, the survey asked respondents to rate the main elements identified in the POM Regional Vision. Utahns overwhelmingly responded, with approximately 2,838 people adding their voice to the thousands who previously participated in the process.

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

(From History.com)

1811 - Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" is published anonymously.  Austen began writing stories at age 12, and published several more popular novels before her death at age 42 of what today is thought to be Addison's disease.

1918 - The Ottoman Empire signs an armistice treaty with the Allies, ending Ottoman participation in WWI.

1938 - Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" is broadcast on the radio, frightening many listeners who thought a real Martian invasion was occurring.

1974 - Muhammad Ali, 32, wins the "rumble in the jungle," becoming heavyweight champion of the world for the second time, in Kinshasa, Zaire.


Wise Words

For Today: "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Winston Churchill

Lighter Side

In What Gear

ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?

WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.  A Joke a Day


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