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Situational Analysis - October 5, 2020

Happy Monday morning. It's debate week for SLC. Pence vs. Harris on Wednesday.


2 days to the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah (10/07/2020)
7 days to the 4th Congressional District debate (10/12/2020)
8 days to the day mail-in ballots can begin to be sent out (10/13/2020)
10 days to the 3rd Congressional District debate (10/15/2020)
10 days to the second presidential debate (10/15/2020)
14 days to the 2nd Congressional district debate (10/19/2020)
16 days to the Utah Attorney General debate (10/21/2020)
17 days to the third presidential debate (10/22/2020)
29 days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
106 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
112 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Monday Trivia Quiz

Douglas Devore asks: Savvy Utah politicos know there are 29 counties in the state, but that hasn't always been the case. How many counties did Utah have when it became a state in 1896?

Bonus question: When were the additional counties created and by whom? (Hint: it wasn't the Legislature.)

Today At Utah Policy

Analysis: Utah's Legislature looks to the future - but has to bring citizens along for the ride
By LaVarr Webb
Legislative branches of government, by their very nature, are usually more reactionary than visionary. Most legislation responds to current problems or crises, rather than establishing a foundation for a bright future.
images/mugs-300/LaVarr_Webb.jpgWebb's Wrap: Trump vs. the virus . . . Pence vs. Harris . . . Hall wins union endorsements
By LaVarr Webb
Trump & the virus. Pres. Trump contracting COVID-19 is a cautionary tale, obviously. After projecting a cavalier attitude about the virus, it is ironic that Trump is infected himself. Will it change him? If his symptoms are mild, probably not. In fact, it may reinforce his devil-may-care mindset. I have agreed with Trump, in general, that shutting down the economy is almost as dangerous and hurtful as the health impacts of the coronavirus. But it's all in the way the message is delivered.
Guest opinion: Eliminating filibuster would enable sweeping policy changes - for good or ill
By Corey Astill
We may well look back on 2021 as the year Democrats in Congress finally achieved the large, sweeping policy changes in areas such as health care and climate change that they have long desired. That's because a victory in the 2020 election could open the way for them to eliminate the Senate filibuster.The term filibuster comes from a Dutch word meaning "pirate," and it refers to a senator who attempts to prevent a vote on the Senate floor. It emerged as a check on majority rule by giving certain rights to the minority party.

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images/Logos/Labor_Commission_Logo_High_Res_Main.pngLabor Commission announces quarantined employee grant program
The Utah Labor Commission has announced the launch of the Small Business Quarantined Employee Grant program to help small businesses (less than 50 employees) continue to pay employees who are required to quarantine or isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test or exposure to someone who has tested positive.
images/articles/zions-report-10-5.jpgEconomic report: Jobs growth slows in September
The US labor market recovery continues to slow, with 661,000 jobs added in September and the unemployment rate dropping to 7.9%. The economy has now added back 11.4 million of the 22 million jobs lost in March and April. The final jobs report before the November election shows an economy that is recovering but remains constrained by impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.



(From History.com)

1892 - The famous Dalton Gang attempts a daring daylight robbery of two Coffeyville, Kansas, banks at the same, but all but one are killed by quick-acting townspeople.

1947 - Pres. Harry Truman delivers the first-ever televised speech from the White House.

1989 - The Dalai Lama, the exiled religious and political leader of Tibet, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent opposition to Chinese domination of Tibet.

2011 - Visionary Apple founder Steve Jobs dies at age 56 from pancreatic cancer.

Wise Words

Violence:  "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." Mahatma Gandhi

Lighter Side

Engineer's Dream Salary

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Manager asked the young engineer fresh out of university, "And what starting salary were you looking for?"

The engineer said, "In the neighborhood of $100,000 a year, depending on the benefit's package."

The HR Manager said, "Well, what would you say to a package of $200,000 a year, 5 weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years - say, a red Mercedes?"

The engineer sat up straight and said, "Wow!!! Are you joking?"

And the HR Manager said, "Of course, ...but you started it." Engineering Jokes 

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